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Join the Lyon in devouring truth and facts about the realities of life in Dane County, WI. Time to lay everything on the table. No partisanship. No lies. No cowardice. This is a podcast for free-thinking adults. All thoughts and opinions welcome. Let’s hunt down the truth of what’s actually happening in Dane County and tackle possible solutions--together.

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Join the Lyon in devouring truth and facts about the realities of life in Dane County, WI. Time to lay everything on the table. No partisanship. No lies. No cowardice. This is a podcast for free-thinking adults. All thoughts and opinions welcome. Let’s hunt down the truth of what’s actually happening in Dane County and tackle possible solutions--together.

    Ret. Det. Bruce Frey on Madison’s Nightmare Meadowlands Apartments

    Ret. Det. Bruce Frey on Madison’s Nightmare Meadowlands Apartments

    In episode 3 of The Lyon’s Den, retired Madison Detective Bruce Frey sits down for a full-length interview focused on the now infamous Meadowlands Apartments on Madison’s far East Side, where drugs, gunfire, brawling, harassment, and other crimes have spiraled out of control.


     


    The first phase of this massive complex opened to renters in late 2022. With alarming speed, it has devolved into a frightening trap for residents and a major boondoggle for law enforcement. Problems have also rapidly spread out from the Meadowlands to surrounding neighborhoods.


     


    Frey, who lives near the Meadowlands, has helped draw significant public attention to this ugly and dangerous situation. He also has extensive past law-enforcement experience in successfully partnering with residents to reduce crime in troubled Madison neighborhoods. Frey is extremely well-placed to share insights on what’s unfolded at the Meadowlands to date, why it’s happening, and how to arrive at the right solutions.


    Shownotes:
    Indianapolis-based KCG Management's web page for the Meadowlands
     
    https://www.kcgcompanies.com/portfolio/the-meadowlands/
    KCG Management's initial pitch to the City of Madison for the Meadowlands Apartments:
    https://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district/districtfiles/district3/documents/The%20Meadowlands%20-%20Neighborhood%20Meeting%208_8_19.pdf
    Madison Planning Commission approves Meadowlands Apartments over objections of area residents:
    https://captimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/madison-plan-commission-approves-east-side-affordable-housing-complex-over-resident-concerns/article_8be34c6d-c67a-5708-8b93-8ea1cba2c6ad.html
    KCG' February 2021 Invitation to Bid for development of the Meadowlands Apartments:
    https://www.wheda.com/globalassets/documents/tax-credits/emerging-business-program/solicitation-for-bids/meadowland-solicitation-of-bid.pdf
    Local news reporting shows a steady stream of stories on the problems at Meadowlands, starting in at least March 2023, including the City of Madison declaring the complex a public nuisance in April:
    March:
    https://www.wkow.com/news/increasing-police-activity-leads-madison-apartment-complex-to-be-declared-chronic-nuisance/article_d6f18ddc-c9cd-11ed-9fa8-c301afc07173.html
    April:
    https://captimes.com/news/community/madison-m-block-housing-complex-declared-chronic-nuisance/article_c6ec9609-a382-5ac0-a17e-dcb2b4db3a81.html
    https://captimes.com/news/community/150-police-calls-7-in-one-day-life-at-madisons-m-block-apartments/article_64ddd9d5-acf2-5aea-8724-4a87fc44a131.html
    May:
    https://www.nbc15.com/2023/05/05/its-wrecking-my-nerves-madison-mom-moves-family-hotel-after-fearing-safety-meadowlands/
    June:
    https://captimes.com/news/community/how-two-madison-affordable-housing-projects-took-a-turn-for-the-worse/article_7195d9b0-e808-5df3-94ca-3d9a385eaefb.html
    August:
    https://captimes.com/news/community/troubled-meadowlands-apartments-to-be-focus-of-meeting/article_a4c7649b-d145-594e-bfdc-1f2f80c43764.html
    https://www.channel3000.com/news/weve-messed-up-city-property-manager-hold-meeting-on-nuisance-meadowlands-apartments/article_50a9fdb4-47ad-11ee-a0e5-a7c019a4afe2.html
    Note: While KCG certainly has much to answer for, they're not wrong about how hard it is to evict people here. It tends to be a very long and arduous process.
    September:
    https://www.nbc15.com/2023/09/13/madison-single-mom-fears-familys-safety-meadowlands-apartment/

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    Apartment Crime Hell

    Apartment Crime Hell

    We all know Dane County crime is exploding. But do you have the facts on just how badly things have deteriorated at some of this county's apartment complexes? In this second episode of The Lyon’s Den, we’ll briefly look at one apartment complex on Madison’s East Side, It’s the perfect prelude to our soon-to-be-released interview with a retired Madison police officer, who’ll have a lot more to say on this topic. 
    NOTE: We apologize for the audio quality in this episode. We’ll have the issues resolved by the next episode. Thanks for bearing with us!
     
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    Grading Crime in Dane County

    Grading Crime in Dane County

    One thing that most Dane County residents can agree on is that crime is quickly rising in our extended community. The problem isn't just in Madison anymore. In this introductory episode of the Lyon's Den, the Lyon explores some recent stories from local news outlets, shares the troubling CrimeGrade.org gives Dane County, and poses some important questions about your safety and the protection of your rights in the Greater Madison area.
    RELEVANT LINKS:
    Man Arrested 3 Time in One Week in March
    https://madison.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-arrested-for-3rd-time-in-a-week-after-woman-finds-him-in-her-downtown/article_7a760fc5-6d38-5a76-87ff-3c746e7afeef.html
    Middleton Dealership Employee Dies in Shooting over Vehicle Sale
    https://www.nbc15.com/2023/03/21/middleton-dealership-employee-dies-shooting-over-vehicle-sale/
    Shots Fired Outside East Side Bowling Alley
    https://www.nbc15.com/2023/03/21/gunfire-reported-outside-madison-bowling-alley/
    Individual Arrested for String Wire Across Madison Bike Path
    https://www.channel3000.com/news/police-arrest-man-accused-of-stringing-wires-across-madison-bike-path/article_fd6e9d12-d326-11ed-a29d-df7dd56db5f1.html
    Woman Sexually Assaulted on Oregon Rotary Bike Trail
    https://www.nbc15.com/2023/04/05/250k-cash-bond-set-suspect-dane-co-bike-path-sexual-assault/
    Middleton Police Seeking Man Who Exposed Himself to Woman in Laundromat
    https://www.channel3000.com/news/middleton-police-trying-to-identify-man-who-reportedly-exposed-himself-at-laundromat/article_7bf920c8-d57d-11ed-865f-cf93e8754089.html
    Officers Injured in Arresting Predator Who Sexually Assaulted Woman and Attacked Two Men
    https://www.nbc15.com/2023/04/11/2-madison-officers-hurt-sexual-assault-arrest/
    Dane County's Crime Grade:
    https://crimegrade.org/safest-places-in-dane-county-wi/
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    • 11 min

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