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A citizen helped the Madison Police Department by calling in after they saw the suspect around 1 p.m. at East Towne Mall.

Suspect arrested in Tuesday night homicide

A woman in her early 20s and employee of the Metro Market on the east side was killed in a shooting Tuesday night, according to a Madison Police Department incident report. She was shot in a parking lot on the 6000 block of Cottage Grove Road around 8 p.m.

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Emerald Ash Borer Task Force updates plan to combat deadly tree beetle

More than 2,500 ash trees were removed during 2015 in accordance with Madison’s adopted response plan to the emerald ash borer, according to a Common Council meeting Tuesday night. The Emerald Ash Borer Task Force updated Madison Common Council with a presentation on the response plan to the invasive beetle species that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.


City responds to reported coyote pet-attacks

Hazing coyotes to ensure they keep their distance is the subject of a new video that was released by Public Health Madison & Dane County last Wednesday. The three minute clip, titled “How to Haze a Coyote”, teaches viewers how to haze, or scare, the coyotes away to make them feel uncomfortable in urban neighborhoods. “Coyotes in urban areas are not a new problem, and this video gives some concrete solutions for how we can safely co-exist with them,” said John Hausbeck, PHMDC Animal Services supervisor, in a city press release. The video comes as PHMDC has received reports of coyote attacks in Madison and Dane County.

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Man arrested for fifth OWI, crashing into traffic signal

A 36-year-old man allegedly crashed his car into a traffic signal at the corner of East Washington and North Ingersoll before driving away Saturday night, according to a Madison incident report. Joshua Reed is being charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, operating while suspended and hit-and-run.

The Madison Police Department reminds residents to lock their cars. 

Thefts contribute to rising car theft trend

Two incidents add to a growing trend of car thefts in the Madison area. Sometime Monday night, thieves entered two unlocked cars on the 4800 block of Marathon Dr, according to a Madison Police Department incident report. Most of the crimes of this nature have been occurring to unlocked vehicles during the evening.

Vendors, including those on Library Mall, will experience an increase in fees if the ordinance passes.

Vending Oversight Committee amends licensing ordinance for street vendors

The Vending Oversight Committee met at the Dane County Municipal Building Wednesday evening to amend a series of licensing fees ordinances for downtown street vendors. The first series of amended ordinances, which passed unanimously, creates what is known as an Umbrella Basic Street Vendor License, and gives vending businesses the option to register an unlimited number of workers with city government for $450 per year. According to District 4 Alder and amendment sponsor Mike Verveer, the current ordinance requires a license fee be paid for any worker interacting with the public, whether it be handling cash or delivering food. As stated in the ordinance’s legislative draft, the license fee is currently $150 per year on top of any necessary specialty licenses, which includes food vending and arts and crafts. According to Verveer, the new amendment gives vendors the option to pay one universal fee to cover all workers, instead of requiring separate licenses. In addition to the umbrella amendment, the committee unanimously voted to increase a series of street vending fees. The vending fees, according to Verveer, serve a variety of purposes including “funding to the Public Health Department for important health inspections [as well as] funding for downtown programming.” The amendments to this ordinance would increase fees for vendors near State Street and Capitol Square from an annual $850 to $1000.

Both pedestrian and bicycle crashes are up from 2014, according to an MPD report.

Pedestrian awareness a Madison problem, MPD lieutenant says

Total Madison Police Department traffic citations through the third quarter of 2015 increased compared to 2014, partially thanks to continued Department of Transportation grant initiatives. MPD Lieutenant Trevor Knight spoke to the Pedestrian, Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Commission Tuesday evening about the Third Quarter Traffic Enforcement Activity Report. The report showed there were 6,946 citations issued in the third quarter, an increase from the second quarter’s 4,943. Of those, 1,336 citations and 375 warnings came from DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety grant initiatives.

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