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MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

The newest member of the Madison Police Department?s Mounted Unit will be announced Monday at a Community Corral, according to a release.

Torres is an 8-year-old Friesian Gelding that has spent the last two months in field training with the unit, and has now earned the right to start his solo career, officials said. Torres joins the unit thanks to a private donor working in conjunction with MPD?s nonprofit organization.

In March, Jack, a veteran horse member of the unit, passed away following a short illness, according to the release. But Torres has filled the void and is ready to carry on in Jack?s footsteps.

Torres will be introduced to the public at the Community Corral from 5-7 p.m. at Vilas Park. The unit?s team members will also be available to share information and answer questions about the horses and the responsibilities of being a mounted police officer.

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

The city of Madison said Metro bus passengers will have about three months to exchange paper Quik Tix for a new pass due to an upgrade in equipment beginning next month.

Madison said in a release Thursday that Metro Transit will install new fareboxes on all fixed-route buses in August. The new system will accept cash and Metro fare items, but paper Quik Tix will not longer be valid as of Oct. 31.

The city said passengers are asked to trade in existing Quik Tix for two-ride or 10-ride cards.

City, VA leaders hope to end veteran homelessness by 2015

Homeless veterans could have new housing options soon with city leaders and Veteran's Administration officials setting a goal to end veteran homelessness in Madison by 2015.

City leaders said there is new assistance available in the form of 23 Section 8 housing vouchers.

Madison's Community Development Authority and Veterans Administration are working with about 110 homeless veterans, officials said.

"We have to get our veterans, as is the case with all homeless people, into permanent housing. If that is not done and we focus on programs that sustain life on the street we're basically undermining our best efforts," Soglin said.

The voucher program relies on private landlords to provide rental units.

Man injured leaping from car hood into side of bus, police say

Man injured leaping from car hood into side of bus, police say

Police said a Madison man was injured when he jumped from the hood of a car into the side of a bus Wednesday during rush hour.

A 26-year-old man was traveling in a car near the 3000 block of East Washington Avenue with a woman at about 5:30 p.m. and the two appeared to be arguing, witnesses told police.

The car carrying the couple had stopped in the bus lane, according to the report. Witnesses told police the man jumped multiple times from the hood into traffic before he leaped into the bus.

He was taken to the hospital. Police said the man's injuries did not appear life-threatening.

Free medical clinic being offered in Madison

A free one-day medical clinic is being offered in Madison for people without insurance.

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is offering the clinic all day on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Alliant Energy Center.

The clinic will provide basic primary and preventive care to anyone in the area who has limited or no access to health care. Organizers of the event say patients will also receive information about local resources and health care providers.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers to help assist with the clinic which will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Police: Man walking dog was wearing only turban

A man walking a dog and wearing only a turban has been reported by a number of residents on Madison?s north side, according to a release from Madison police.

Police were called to North Sherman Avenue and Northport Drive at 9:26 a.m. on Sunday for a report of a naked man walking his dog near that intersection.

Another resident reported seeing the man near Lake View Elementary School.

Officers couldn?t find the man, but found a third resident who reported seeing a nude man walking a brown dog. He said the man appeared to have a T-shirt wrapped around his head.

The man is described as white, in his 30s with reddish brown hair.

City asks for public input this week on transportation master plan

A series of design workshops will be held this week for the city of Madison?s Transportation Master Plan, Madison in Motion, according to a release.

The workshops will give residents from throughout the city the opportunity to share their ideas on how Madison can address its current and future transportation needs.

The workshops will be held at the Madison Senior Center at 330 W. Mifflin Street:

  • Monday: 12-5 p.m.

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be a wrap-up presentation at the Thursday event from 6-8 p.m.