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Storm causes fatalities, La Hacienda still cooking controversy, Ragland replaces Conniff

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Wednesday 8.22
Three people are electrocuted when a power line falls onto a flooded Sherman Avenue during a storm. Lakisha Dancy, 28, and her 2-year-old daughter, Maya Reese, are killed while trying to board a Metro bus. A family friend, Demetrius Dobbs, 22, is killed when he jumps off the bus into the electrified water to try to save them. Dancy's 7-year-old son, Malik, and the bus driver, Jeffrey Seitz, are also injured when they try to help. The Public Service Commission is investigating the incident; circuit breakers are supposed to stop electricity flow when a line breaks.

Army Capt. Derek Dobogai, 26, of La Crosse is killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashes in northern Iraq. Dobogai is the 78th state soldier to die in the war.

Thursday 8.23
Madison Metro fires Kris Burke, 31, from his job as a bus driver. In July, Burke refused to let Michael Cooper board the bus, then drove for more than a minute at speeds of up to 35 mph, with Cooper hanging on to the bus' sideview mirror. Cooper was not injured. A criminal investigation is ongoing.

Friday 8.24
David Herrera, the owner of La Hacienda restaurant on Park Street, files a lawsuit against five former workers, challenging their claims that he owes them overdue wages. Herrera previously sought an injunction to bar protesters from picketing his restaurant; it was denied.

A 39-year-old woman is struck by a car and seriously injured when she tries to cross Verona Road. The driver, Robert Gavigan, 71, told police he couldn't see the woman because of the rain. No charges are likely.

Monday 8.27
Francis Adams, 75, is struck and killed by lightning on the Odana Hills golf course. Adams had been on the course playing with friends, when a thunderstorm rolled through.

Tuesday 8.28
Police arrest a 24-year-old man in connection with an early-morning sexual assault on the west side. A woman told police the man approached her at the West Transfer Point and took her to a nearby wooded area.

Dane County officials announce that recent floods have caused more than $3 million in damage. Inspectors with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are assessing the damage, to determine whether Dane County should receive federal aid.

Mayor Cieslewicz names his aide, Enis Ragland, as interim director of the city's Office of Community Services. Ragland replaces Dorothy Conniff, who retires next week. He also retains his salary of $102,206, which is higher than Conniff's salary - after 30 years of leading the department - of $90,681.

Wednesday, 8.29
Dane County declares the entire surface of Madison's four lakes to be a slow, no-wake zone, in response to dangerously high water levels.

Compiled from local media

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