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Police withhold cause of death in north Madison party death

Police on Thursday asked the district attorney to charge one of the suspects in a north Madison death investigation with homicide.

The Madison Police Department said it has recommended to the Dane County District Attorney that Roy Smith Jr., 36, of Fitchburg, be charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 26-year-old Lonzell Daniel, of Chicago. It is up to the DA to decide to charge Smith.

Daniel was among several others including Smith at a party on the 1400 block of Trailsway when police responded to a report of a disturbance Jan. 10. Police said Daniel was found injured in the apartment and died at the scene. Daniel died of homicidal violence, but investigators didn't specify the nature of the fatal injuries.

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Verona school to hold pre-K meetings for parents

The Verona Area School District will hold informational meetings on pre-kindergarten registration this week. 

On Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at Stone Crest Apartments in Fitchburg, parents attending the meeting will receive information about the pre-K program and can register.

A second meeting will be Thursday from 6-7 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club... Read More

Responses sought to urban forest survey

The City of Fitchburg  is looking for community input regarding local urban forests by seeking public participation in a survey.  

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, Feb. 6.

The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FitchburgUrbanForest and paper copies will be available at City Hall, the Fitchburg Community Center and the Public Library.  Completed paper copies of the survey can be sent to or dropped off at the front desk of city hall:  Parks, Rec. & Forestry Dept., 5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711. ... Read More

Fitchburg Library to host free kids movie

The Fitchburg Library will host a free showing of The Boxtrolls on Jan. 31.

The movie will be shown in the Storytime Room at 3 p.m., and popcorn will be provided.

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Fitchburg police warn of recent string of burglaries

Fitchburg police said they are investigating several reports of residential burglaries over the last week in rural and urban subdivisions throughout the city.

Several of the incidents involved unsecured garages, according to a news alert.

Police encouraged residents to pay attention to neighborhood activity, contact police if you see anything or anyone suspicious, keep doors and windows locked and leave some exterior lights on overnight.

Officials ask that residents report all suspicious activity to the Fitchburg Police Department at 608-270-4300.

Police: Woman stole school iPads in Craigslist encounter

A 27-year-old woman was charged with burglary after police said she met a stranger at a McFarland home and stole electronics in early January.�

McFarland police Lt. Brian Redman said a 39-year-old man was house-sitting for relative in McFarland on Jan. 4 when he arranged to meet a woman he didn't know via Craigslist for a sexual encounter.

According to the report, Kelsea K. Statz arrived on the evening of Jan. 4 and left in the early morning hours.

After Statz left, several items and cash were discovered missing including two iPads belonging to the McFarland School District, police said. The missing items were valued at about $1,000.

Police said undercover McFarland officers made arrangements through Craigslist to meet Statz and took her into custody three days later, on Jan. 7.

Redman said anyone using sites like Craigslist to meet strangers should be aware that incidents like the burglary in this case are possible.

MPD: 'Person of interest' in north side homicide in custody

Madison police have located a 36-year-old Fitchburg man they called a "person of interest" in connection with a homicide last week on the north side.

Saturday morning police said 36-year-old Roy Smith Jr., of Fitchburg, was located and was in custody on charges unrelated to the death of a 26-year-old Chicago man Jan. 10.

Madison police said Lonzell Daniel, of Chicago, was in cardiac arrest when officers arrived at a north Madison apartment. He died shortly afterwards. The Dane County Medical Examiner said Daniel died of homicidal violence.

Madison police said officers responded to a disturbance at a party there at 12:45 a.m. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said Daniel was visiting people at the apartment when he was killed.