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Police: Screaming man arrested at West Towne Mall

Police: Screaming man arrested at West Towne Mall

A man who was screaming and throwing merchandise at West Towne Mall had been smoking synthetic marijuana, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Cyrus J. Hunter, 44, of Dane, created the disturbance in the Boston Store men's department Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses told police Hunter was also acting wildly in the parking lot.

Hunter was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and on a parole violation.

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Victim: Bicycle-riding thief peddled up, grabbed purse

Victim: Bicycle-riding thief peddled up, grabbed purse

Police said a woman who reported her purse was stolen Sunday night told officers the thief peddled up on a bicycle.

The Madison Police Department said a 43-year-old Madison woman was walking on the 6300 block of Raymond Road at 9 p.m.

Several young men on bikes peddled up behind the woman, according to the report. One of them, described as a teen, grabbed the woman's purse and rode off.

The purse was green with an orange bottom, orange straps and had a gold-colored "G" on its side.

The purse-snatcher was described as black, 15 or 16 years old with short dreadlocks. He was wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts, police said.

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.

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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.

Verona Road traffic shifts

Verona Road traffic shifts

Whether drivers are fine with construction or cannot wait for it to end, traffic on Verona Road is shifting Wednesday into Thursday, entering the project?s next phase of construction.

It takes Amanda Hippensteel longer to drive from her apartment to the Beltline than it does to walk.

?The biggest problem is how backed up the construction is making traffic. It takes 20 minutes to go two blocks, usually if you're coming at rush hour,? Hippensteel said.

Atlas Rogers is training to be a bus driver and rides the stretch of road under construction every day, and he?s impressed with the progress.

?It has not really been that bad over here, you know, it's been kind of smooth,? Rogers said. ?Except for the few people that haven't adjusted or want to make a quick turn here or there, but otherwise everybody's been following direction and instructions and going the proper way.?