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Sun Prairie parents hold discussion about race and police following Robinson shooting

Following Tony Robinson's officer-involved shooting death, a group of Sun Prairie parents felt a more urgent need to hold an already-planned open dialog on race and police.

So, about 60 Sun Prairie residents met inside the Prairie Phoenix Academy Thursday night along with Sun Prairie Police officers, school district officials and the Sun Prairie African American Parent Network.

While emotions were still raw over the March 6 shooting, this discussion actually started after AAPN President Jerry Ruffin's sons met with a Sun Prairie police sergeant, after they felt like they were being racially profiled while driving.

Ruffin felt he had a productive conversation with police after the incident. Now, he wants to expand that conversation to other African American community members, especially young people in Sun Prairie.

Group plans meeting to openly address race, police in city

A community group is hosting a meeting this week with the city police department to discuss race and police in Sun Prairie. 

President of the Sun Prairie African American Parent Network Jerry Ruffin confirmed the meeting will take place at Prairie Phoenix Academy, 160 South St., in Sun Prairie from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. Police Chief Patrick Anhalt and Assistant Chief Scott A. Faust are scheduled to participate.

Sun Prairie boys rank female classmates in bracket

Teachers at Sun Prairie High School are discussing a "tournament bracket" in their classes, created by boys at the school ranking their female classmates.

Dozens of students have been sparring on Twitter over its existence. Teachers have criticized the existence of the document, and it's been talked about in numerous class periods.

“I was so mad, I personally even went home on Tuesday because it made me so angry,” says Cara Scott, a Sun Prairie high school student.

Scott says the brackets were passed out by boys during the school hours.

“They also had piles of them in the bathrooms - in the boys’ bathroom only though, so boys could pick them up and fill them out,” she says.

Scott calls the bracket demeaning to girls at the school.

City garage sales planned for first weekend in May

The city said on its website that the garage sales are planned for the first weekend in May this year. 

Sun Prairie said the citywide garage sale will begin on Thursday, April 30 and continue through Saturday, May 2. 

To register, contact Steve Stocker at 608-445-2676 or steve.stocker.53590@gmail.com, or pick one up a form at Stop N Go, Kwik Trip or Copps Foods.

Sun Prairie police ID person of interest thanks to assistance from public

The Sun Prairie Police Department said thanks to help from the public, they have identified a man who is a person of interest in an incident that happened Saturday.

The incident happened in Sun Prairie but officials could not release the details of the incident.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Koval tells black church leaders he 'desperately' seeks forgiveness

The most emotional moments during a Friday night forum African-American church leaders hosted to help mourners prepare for Tony Robinson's funeral came as Madison Police Chief Mike Koval talked about what his department's officer-involved shooting death has meant for him.

"One day...I hope everybody in this room can respect that I don't want to be defined by this," Koval said at The Faith Place Church. "We do a lot of good. For a lot of people. I hope at some point there can be some forgiveness. I desperately seek that."

Koval made reference to the Robinson family during his speech, saying Madison would not have remained as peaceful if it were not for how they chose to publicly handle their family tragedy.

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $3.75 million in funding Thursday to increase radio coverage in rural areas and inside large buildings, according to a release.

The allocation was approved as part of a larger resolution approving the issuing of bonds to pay for commitments already approved in the 2015 capital budget, officials said. The new funding is in addition to the $3 million already dedicated to improvements in the DaneCom radio system.

News 3 reported in December that parts of DaneCom would be taken offline at the beginning of 2015 to determine if the county’s new emergency communication system was causing emergency radio problems.