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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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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.

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.

Speeder flees police, crashes in cul-de-sac, police say

Speeder flees police, crashes in cul-de-sac, police say

A man who drove his van at 80 mph on East Washington Avenue and refused to stop for police crashed after turning into a cul-de-sac, according to a release from Madison police.

An officer attempted to stop the van driven by Antonio R. Gentry, 32, late Saturday night, and estimated the van was going about 80 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Police said the van turned from Portage Road onto Village Lane and crashed into a wrought-iron arbor between two homes when the road ended.

Gentry ran and was tackled while trying to climb a 7-foot fence, police said.

Gentry was arrested on suspicion of fleeing an officer, criminal damage to property, resisting an officer and on a probation hold. He was cited on suspicion of operating after revocation, imprudent speed and having no insurance.

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3 knife-wielding men rob teens

3 knife-wielding men rob teens

Three men carrying knives robbed two teens on an east side sidewalk early Tuesday morning, according to a report from Madison police.

Police said two 18-year-olds were walking west on a sidewalk in the 1100 block of Spaight Street after midnight when three men walking the other direction on the opposite side of the street crossed the road. The men showed their knives and demanded money and phones from the teens.

The robbers searched the victims and ordered them to walk away and not turn around.

Officers searched the area and were unable to find the men.

One of the robbers is described as white, in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, skinny with scruffy blond hair. He was wearing a T-shirt and baggy jeans. Another robber is described as black, 6 feet 2 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing and a beanie.

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3 men robbed at knife point by 3 men

Three men were robbed by three other men while walking on East Johnson Street early Monday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

The victims, ages 24, 24 and 25, told police they were approached by three other men in the 500 block of East Johnson Street and one of them asked for a cigarette. When the men said they didn?t have any, the other three men responded by pulling knives.

The robbers took cellphones and money before fleeing, according to police.

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Ride the Drive will close east side streets Sunday

This Sunday?s Ride the Drive event on the east-side will close several streets for six hours, according to a release.

http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/ridethedrive/eastside/

�The 2.2-mile route will be closed to traffic and impacts Atwood Avenue, Walter Street, Hargrove Street, Fair Oaks Avenue, Maple Avenue and Lakelane Avenue, officials said. Traffic will be allowed to cross the bike route at several intersections with police direction.

�The six streets will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

�Madison Metro will be detouring three routes during the event.

http://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/detours/ridethedrive.cfm