From Republican State Rep. Steve Nass comes this gem of an email, copied without any editing:
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 12:39 PM
To: *Legislative Assembly Democrats; *Legislative Assembly Independents; *Legislative Assembly Republicans; *Legislative Senate Democrats; *Legislative Senate Republicans
Cc: Huebsch, Mike – DOA; Jensen, Jodi – GOV
Subject: Capitol Basement as a Homeless Shelter
Is this what we can look forward to by opening up the Capitol basement, as Rep.
(D-Madison) suggests? Chris Taylor
Imagine encouraging this character to be in close proximity in the State Capitol to the thousands of visitors and state workers, including school children, that come to this building for legitimate purposes. If keeping the Capitol basement closed will protect even one school student from this type of risk inside the State Capitol, then shouldn’t we keep it closed.
The State Capitol is a public office building. If it’s safe to open the Capitol basement as a de facto homeless shelter, then the
DOA , the Building City-County and other Building municipal buildings should also be utilized. Madison
Representative Steve Nass
31st Wisconsin Assembly District
(888) 529-0031 Toll-Free (
Police: Officer pummeled by homeless man in
park while dozens watched Madison
BILL NOVAK | The Capital Times | [email protected] | Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 10:47 am
A homeless man allegedly put a
police officer in a headlock and punched him repeatedly in Downtown Madison Wednesday afternoon, while about two dozen people looked on. Madison
The alleged attacker, Ryan Wehinger, 24, no permanent address, was tentatively charged with battery to a police officer, resisting/obstructing and bail jumping, following his arrest by the officer in an area known as
in the 100 block of Bonsai Park at about 3:25 p.m. Wednesday. West Mifflin Street
The unidentified officer was taken to a hospital with head injuries, including a golfball-sized lump on his head.
Another man, Joseph Kearney, 49,
, was arrested for theft and resisting/obstructing after he allegedly tried to steal the officer’s cap and sunglasses that had fallen to the ground during Wehinger’s attack on the officer. Madison
“The officer had contacted Wehinger in the park after recognizing him as a possible suspect in an earlier battery where a 29-year-old woman was injured,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.
Wehinger came after the officer, wrapping his arm around the officer’s neck and pushed his head down while delivering blows, DeSpain said.
“The officer eventually was able to take the suspect to the pavement and gain control,” DeSpain said. “He also stopped
as he tried to steal the MPD baseball cap and sunglasses.” Kearney
The officer recommended as a condition of bail that both Wehinger and
be put on the Kearney ban list. State Street
“The officer also said a couple of dozen people were in the park at the time of the attack, but none came to his aid,” DeSpain said.