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Man points gun at officer investigating report of shots fired

A Madison man was arrested early Sunday morning after pointing a gun at an officer who was investigating a report of shots fired on the east side.

Madison police officers were dispatched to the area of Hudson and Sommers avenues for reports of shots fired around 2:45 a.m., according to a release.

White investigating the incident, officers initially talked with Nathaniel W. Homestead, 23, of Madison, a couple blocks away, authorities said. Homestead told police he heard some shots while he was walking home.

About 20 minutes later, an officer saw Homestead walking in the 2700 block of Milwaukee Street, according to the release.

As the officer stopped his squad car he noticed Homestead had a handgun, which he pointed at the officer and his squad car, officials said. The officer was able to convince Homestead to put the gun down, and he was arrested.

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MPD: More than 30 packages stolen following deliveries

Madison police say that since November, more than 30 packages have been stolen following deliveries throughout the city.

Police reported on Dec. 8 that there were similar reports in the Isthmus area, but now say that there have been 10 thefts in the Central District, seven in the West District, six in the South District, five in the East District and three in the North District.

All the thefts took place during daylight hours after deliveries by USPS, UPS and FedEx.

Anyone expecting deliveries might want to have packages routed to places of work or other locations where someone is present.

Teen attacked, robbed in Tenney Park, police say

Teen attacked, robbed in Tenney Park, police say

A Madison teen was attacked and mugged Thursday evening in an east Madison park, police said.

Madison police said a 19-year-old was at Tenney Park at about 6:30 p.m. smoking a cigarette in the parking lot near Lake Mendota when he was suddenly struck in the face.

The teen told police he went to the ground and used his arms to shield himself from more blows and kicks from one or more attackers.

Police said the teen said there were possibly three assailants but he did not get a look at any of them.

The robbers fled with the teen's money and cell phone, according to the report

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Madison Metro will have reduced service hours next week due to the holidays.

The city of Madison posted a reminder Thursday that the buses will follow regular weekday schedules on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, but service will end early with the last trips of the day between 5 and 6:30 p.m. 

Buses will follow the holiday schedule Christmas Day, Thursday. 

For online guides, visit www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/Holidays/index.cfm

More information is also available through the Metro customer service center at 608-266-4466.

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Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

The Madison Metropolitan School District will ask voters for $41 million school facilities referendum in April.

A school district official said the school board finalized a project list involving 16 schools during a Monday meeting.

If approved, the money would be used to improve accessibility in 10 schools, add classroom space to five schools and renovate four schools in need of upgrades.

The biggest projects include $8 million in renovations at Jefferson Middle School and $4 million to redo the theater at East High School.

If approved, taxpayers owning an average $237,000 home would pay an additional $62.95 a year in property taxes for 10 years.

"If we can get these addressed not only will we create stronger schools and learning environments for our students, but we will set ourselves up for some long-term facilities planning that will really help bring our vision as a school district to life," MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said.

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

According to the city of Madison, there will be no refuse or recycling on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

Residents should be sure to get material out to the curb by 7 a.m., as Street Division crews will be collecting in both the Thursday and Friday refuse districts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Because of the double collection, large item collection will be reduced. Residents are asked to hold large items until after the holidays if possible.

The Streets Division's offices and drop-off sites will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They will conduct regular refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their offices will also be open on those dates.

For additional information, visit the Streets Division's web page.

Numerous delivered packages reported stolen

Madison police said there have been about a dozen reports of delivered packages being stolen from porches in the last month.

A 23-year-old woman in the 800 block of Jenifer Street reported to police that a USPS package was confirmed delivered to her home shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, but when she got home it was gone.

Police said the similar incidents involved packages delivered by USPS, FedEx and UPS and most occurred in the greater Isthmus area.

Residents expecting deliveries may want to have packages routed to places of work or other locations where someone is present, according to police.