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Panhandler who followed man, kicked in apartment door arrested again for East Side disturbance

Panhandler who followed man, kicked in apartment door arrested again for East Side disturbance

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A panhandler who was arrested in December for following a man home to his apartment and kicking the door in was again arrested Tuesday for causing a disturbance on the East Side. 

George R. Staisil, 37, was at the Metro Transit East Transfer Point, 102 W. Corporate Drive, fighting, yelling and harassing other passengers at around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Madison police spokesperson Tyler Grigg said. 

Staisil then struggled with officers, spat at and made threats towards them all while resisting arrest. 

He was ultimately taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation before being booked into the Dane County Jail on tentative charges for disorderly conduct, resisting/obstructing, two counts of bail jumping, threats to law enforcement, two counts of discharge bodily fluid in public and urinating in public. 

George Staisil


Grigg said Staisil is the same man who was arrested around 1:05 p.m. on Dec. 17 after Staisil followed a 42-year-old man home to his apartment from the Metro Transit North Transfer Point, 1213 Huxley St., and repeatedly asked for money. The man said he ignored Staisil, but he continued to follow him to his apartment on the 2000 block of Packers Avenue and wanted to go inside when they arrived. 

The man was able to get inside his apartment and lock the door, but Staisil kicked it in before fleeing as police were called.

He was later found on the 1900 block of Manley Street but took off running. Officers found him again, and Staisil struggled with officers, threatening to disarm one and injure others before he was taken into custody. 

Looking back a decade later, 10 stories about Act 10

The most seismic political story of the last decade in Wisconsin began on Feb. 7, 2011, when Republican Gov. Scott Walker informed a gathering of cabinet members of plans to unilaterally roll back the power of public sector unions in the state. He "dropped the bomb," as Walker would describe it afterward, four days later.

The audacious proposal, to be known forever after as Act 10, required public employees to pay more for pension and health insurance benefits, but also banned most subjects of collective bargaining and placed obstacles to maintaining union membership.

The proposal laid bare the state's deep, at times intensely personal, political divisions as tens of thousands of protesters descended on the Capitol. The month-long, round-the-clock occupation drew international attention, but failed to stop the bill.

A decade later, the aftershocks of one of the biggest political earthquakes in Wisconsin history continue to be felt. Taxes have been held in check, and state finances have improved. But public unions are vastly diminished and the state is more politically divided than ever.

Here are 10 stories from people who experienced the historic events firsthand.

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Former Sen. Mark Miller and Rep. Peter Barca tried to slow down passage of the legislation to force a compromise.

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A decade later, former Gov. Scott Walker said he views Act 10 as one of the best things he's done for the state.

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Susan Cohen wondered if the Capitol dome would come crumbling down from the cacophonous vibrations during the Act 10 protests.

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Dale Schultz believes the state's ability to solve people's problems was greatly diminished by Act 10.

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Longtime Madison Teachers Inc. leader John Matthews explains why collective bargaining still matters.

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Charles Tubbs said his mission was communicating with protesters and voluntary compliance.

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During the peak of the Act 10 protests, Ian's Pizza was delivering 1,200 pizzas a day to protesters. 

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Sen. Joan Ballweg saw the recall elections that resulted from Act 10 as the people getting a chance to have their say.

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Michele Ritt remembered her son Josef Rademacher wearing a hole in the soles of his snow boots during the protests.

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Jason Stein was amazed to find himself in the midst of the No. 2 story on the New York Times home page.


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