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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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