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A message from the MPD's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team

With the school year right around the corner, the Madison Police Department would like to remind Madison residents to slow down and obey school zone speed limits.

Watch for crossing guards and please follow their directions. Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street and be aware of children present in the area.

Obey posted parking restrictions and park your vehicle accordingly.

The MPD considers School Zone safety a top priority and will be enforcing School Zone violations throughout the school year, to help keep children safe.

They also want to remind the public of Wisconsin State Statute 346.46 (2m) when approaching a crossing guard.

To read more about MPD rules and regulations, click here for more information.

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2 cars struck by gunfire

2 cars struck by gunfire

Two cars parked by an apartment building were struck by bullets Tuesday morning, according to a report from Madison police.

A resident told police several shots were heard on Sunfish Court and witnesses reported seeing a car driving away quickly from the parking lot moments after the gunfire.

Officers said shell casings were recovered.

Police said they don’t know if the cars were targeted.

No one was injured.

City budget commits funds to create affordable housing

Madison's 2015 Executive Capital Budget will have funds committed to addressing the issue of not having affordable housing in the city.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 people are served by the shelter system in Madison annually, according to a release from city officials. Lack of affordable housing has been made worse by low vacancies in the rental market, new landlord-tenant laws and a tightened lending market.

"Housing is essential to creating a safe community," Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said.

The primary goal for the Affordable Housing Strategy is to support the development of approximately 750 additional units of affordable rental housing by committing over $20 million over the next five years to a new Affordable Housing Fund, officials said.

Fingerprint connects suspected burglar to scene, police say

A fingerprint connected a Madison teen to the scene of a south Madison burglary, police said.

The Madison Police Department said investigators lifted a fingerprint from the window of a home on the 500 block of Spruce Street.

A 64-year-old man and his wife were in bed on Aug. 17 when someone attempted to break in at about 6 a.m., according to the report.

Police said the fingerprint matched 19-year-old Jermaine E. Peeples.

Peeples was previously arrested on charges connected to a Jefferson Street home burglary on Aug. 4. In that case, a laptop and van keys were stolen, police said. The van was later involved in a hit-and-run crash.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said Peeples was also linked to a Brookwood Road home burglary on June 17. Detectives said Peeples pawned several iPhones at stores in East and West Towne malls during May and June.

Monday garbage, recycling pickup delayed due to holiday

Crews will not be picking up garbage or recycling in the city of Madison Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, according to a release.

Residents who have their garbage and recycling picked up on Mondays will have their material collected on Tuesday next week, officials said. All other garbage and recycling pickup will happen on normally scheduled days.

"Because of the double collection on Tuesday, it is important that residents have their material out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection," Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said in the release.

Because of the holiday, the street's division's large-item pick-up service may run a day late.

The city of Madison drop-off sites will be open Saturday and Sunday, but will not be open on Monday, according to the release.

Police: Drunken teen drives into truck, mailboxes, fire hydrant

Police: Drunken teen drives into truck, mailboxes, fire hydrant

A drunken 18-year-old crashed his car into a parked truck, three mailboxes, a fire hydrant and tore up several lawns early Sunday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Police were called to the 600 block of Moorland Road at 1:37 a.m. after numerous callers reported hearing a loud bang and watching the driver eventually get his car back onto the road. Police said sparks were flying from the bottom of his car.

Police said Javier Gallegos Hernandez was pursued by town of Madison police as he drove onto South Towne Drive and pulled into a parking ramp near Walmart on Royal Avenue. He was arrested by Madison police on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, hit-and-run, and operating after suspension and fleeing.

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Police: Man involved in crash suspected of 4th OWI

A man was arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated after getting into a crash on John Nolen Drive Saturday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers said a 39-year-old Madison man was driving south on John Nolen Drive when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 43-year-old Shane D. Hommen. Police said Hommen was northbound on John Nolen and struck the vehicle as he was turning west onto East Lakeside Drive.

Hommen was slumped over the wheel when police arrived, according to the report. An officer said Hommen acknowledged he'd had a couple drinks.

Neither man was seriously hurt.

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