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Alleged reckless driver hits off-duty officer with pepper spray

An off-duty police officer was hit with pepper spray when he tried to make contact with the occupants of a vehicle he observed driving recklessly Sunday night, according to a release.

The officer was going home from work at the West Police District around 10 p.m. when he noticed a vehicle driving recklessly, almost hitting another vehicle and a light pole, officials said. The vehicle also jumped a curb, crossed a sidewalk and had what appeared to be fresh front end damage.

The officer contacted the 911 center and followed the vehicle to the BP gas station at 699 S. Gammon Road, according to the release. While waiting for MPD to arrive, the officer made contact with the driver and occupants of the vehicle.

Police said the officer properly identified himself as an MPD officer and was subsequently sprayed in the face with pepper spray by Sherill K. Howard, 18, of Madison.

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Credit union hosts shred event, food drive

A local credit union will be holding a shredding event and food drive Saturday morning, according to a release.

The Dane County Credit Union will be sponsoring the event where personal documents will be confidentially destroyed and recycled for a non-perishable food donation, organizers said.

The event will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Dane County Credit Union at 709 Struck Street in Madison.

Food donations will go to area food pantries through the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, according to the release.

Organizers are asking participants to only bring personal papers and to be as generous as possible with the food donations.

Many 6th-graders falling behind on required vaccination

Getting kids back to school is just one priority for parents. Another is making sure kids are caught up on their vaccinations.

Many schools report that the biggest gap in school immunizations is with the Tdap, a vaccine that boosts protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is required for entry into the sixth grade.

In July, the Madison Metropolitan School District sent 1,200 letters to parents of incoming sixth-graders who still needed their Tdap boosters. Other districts will be taking similar actions over the next couple of months.

"Whooping cough is particularly hard on kids. While it looks like a common cold in the beginning, severe coughing soon follows. Even with treatment, extreme coughing fits may last several weeks," said Immunization Specialist for Public Health-Madison and Dane County Diane McHugh, RN.

Police find damaged door, no shell casings at report of shots fired

Police find damaged door, no shell casings at report of shots fired

Police said damage to a gas station door could have been caused by a bullet Friday night.

The Madison Police Department said at 10:52 p.m. officers responded to a report of shots fired at the BP at 4501 Verona Road.

A door to the BP was found damaged possibly by a bullet, according to the report. Officers did not find shell casings.

An SUV was seen leaving the gas station around the time of the shots fired report, police said.

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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.

Mini Brat Fest raises money for stabbing victim

Metcalfe?s Market is sponsoring a mini Brat Fest in its parking lot on the west side of Madison Friday.

The event is a fundraiser for the Wisconsin girl who was stabbed 19 times by people she thought were friends in May.

Organizers said holding the event was the right thing to do.

?It?s an amazing event: amazing people around this and amazing people around the world that have helped this family,? spokesman for the girl?s family Steve Lyons said. ?The family?s one message to everyone around the world is, ?Thank you Madison. Thank you everyone who?s been part of this.??

The event starts Friday at 7 a.m.

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.