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UPDATE: State employee charged in balloon incident at Capitol

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MADISON – A state employee has been arrested following Monday's fight between the employee and a woman who brought a balloon into the state Capitol.

Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs reports that Ronald Blair was arrested and charged by the Capitol Police with endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. 

Officials say the employee popped the balloon during an argument with the woman who brought a balloon to the daily lunch hour protest at the Capitol against Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining law.

The case is now before the Dane County District Attorney. 

Separately, the State is continuing its investigation of this same incident from a personnel perspective under civil service procedures. The employee has been placed on paid administrative leave until such time as the investigation is concluded. 

Before the Capitol opened on Friday, a net was installed across the entire state Capitol rotunda just above the fourth floor railing.

Protesters have been bringing balloons into the building and releasing them to the top of the rotunda, requiring state workers to retrieve them.

 

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