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Full Beltline closure scheduled for crews to remove pedestrian bridge

All traffic will be detoured off the Beltline Thursday night for crews to remove a pedestrian bridge, according to a release.

Starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, all westbound and eastbound lanes between Verona and Fish Hatchery roads will be detoured, officials said. Traffic will be detoured until 5 a.m. Friday.

A signed detour will use Verona Road, McKee Road and Fish Hatchery Road, according to the release.

Nighttime lane closures are also scheduled on the westbound and eastbound lanes between Verona and Fish Hatchery roads starting at 8 p.m. until the full closure at 10 p.m., officials said.

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Driver going 100 mph involved in hit-and-run crash on Beltline, police say

A driver going nearly 100 mph on the Beltline early Saturday morning lost control and caused a hit-and-run crash, according to a release from Madison police.

Witnesses told police that the driver of a Pontiac Bonneville struck a car at 12:26 p.m. in the left lane near Todd Drive, causing it to spin. The second car then struck a minivan.

One witness told police that the Bonneville traveled across a grassy area and stopped near the West Beltline Frontage Road. The driver and a male passenger got into another car on the frontage road.

A number of people were injured, but none of them seriously.

Moped driver injured in rear-end crash

A 69-year-old Verona man was injured when the moped he was driving was rear-ended by a car Sunday night, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to Fish Hatchery Road at West Badger Road at 6:08 p.m. after the moped driver, who was stopped for traffic, was hit from behind by a car driven by a friend, according to police.

Police said the two men were in the process of moving things, including the moped, to a storage locker.

The moped driver suffered non-life-threatening head injuries. His friend was cited for inattentive driving.

Two homes hit by gunfire on south side

Two homes were hit by gunfire on Madison’s south side Sunday night, and Madison police are investigating what might have led to the shots.

The incident happened in the 2900 block of Traceway Drive about 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

Police said a number of callers reported hearing shots fired in the area. Police said no one inside the homes was injured, and there are no known injuries due to the shooting.

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting, according to police.

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Brat Fest adds zero waste initiative to 2015 event

The 2015 Brat Fest will not only feature the traditional brats, brews and bands, but the organizers are implementing a zero waste initiative this year, according to a release.

Brat Fest organizers said they plan on improving their current recycling program and will also be composting during the event, with the goal of reducing the amount of garbage in an effort to protect the environment.

“The zero-waste movement is all about creating waste management procedures with the ultimate goal that everything be recycled, reused or composted, with as little as possible remaining for disposal, the release said.

According to the release, Brat Fest organizers are proactively working with food vendors to choose compostable supplies so that more of the trash generated will be diverted from the landfill.

There will also be volunteers to help event-goers know which containers to put their waste into, organizers said.

MPD plans new police station to accommodate growing city

Plans to build a new police station to alleviate Madison's West District have been talked about for years, but now construction plans are officially in the works.

With a growing Madison on the horizon, including the annexation of the town of Madison, and a west district already above average capacity, the Madison Police Department is preparing to expand along with its growing city.

"If you look at both this building, the west district and the south district, they are both bursting at the seams. We don't have enough room for the people that we have now and we just can't absorb that growth, so it needs to give somewhere and Midtown is the logical spot for it," Madison Police West District Capt. Vic Wahl said.

The West District covers more than 330 square miles and serves 84,000 people. The building that started out with 58 employees has now grown to more than 90 people.

Former Madison police chief: 'Stop the killing'

Echoing a recent blog entry, former Madison Police chief turned Episcopal Priest David Couper made a passionate recommendation for stopping police shootings.

"The issue of race is not going to go away. We’ve got so much work to do," Couper said. "There are some specific things I think citizens can do, working with police to improve things."

During his Edgewood College "New Police for a New Era" speech, Couper emphasized the decades-old community policing philosophy he used as chief, which he now believes should be a national standard.

In what he calls a "Prescription for Police to Change," Cooper said: