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3-year-old may need rabies shots after dog bite

A 3-year-old child may need rabies shots soon unless the owner of the dog that was involved can be located, according to Madison police.

The incident happened about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Haen Family Park in the 7700 block of Tree Lane.

According to police, the child suffered a puncture wound to his wrist after he got too close to the dog, which pulled away from its owner. Police determined after the dog and owner had left the park that the child might need to start getting shots if the dog isn't located.

Police describe the dog as a gray pit bull, with white spots and one large white spot on chest. Police say the owner of the dog is described as a white male in his teens or early twenties with red hair. He was last seen wearing a white baseball hat with an orange "T" on front.

Police are asking people who have any information to contact Animal Control at (608) 266-4948.

Program gives people transportation to jobs around Madison

Programs such as the YWCA's JobRide are helping people with challenges they may face after getting a job.

The latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Madison?s unemployment rate went up to 5.5 percent, but it's still well below the state's unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.

However, once someone actually gets a job, there are other challenges with training, technology, and even finding a way to get to that place of work. There are a number of programs around Madison trying to help.

Mike Jackson has been behind the wheel part time for JobRide for more than two years.

"I'm pretty much in the business of helping others," Jackson said.

JobRide gives people a reasonably priced ride to work when they can't afford a car or other transportation. The organization now gives about 2,000 rides a month, and Jackson said he has seen the van fill up more often since he started.

Parents urged to vaccinate children

Wisconsin traditionally has high compliance rates with childhood immunization requirements, but this year the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is stressing the important of vaccines for students returning to school.

The widespread outbreak of more than 3,700 cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in Wisconsin this year makes the vaccine especially important, said the DHS in a �press release.

?Immunizations are key to ensuring a healthy start to the school year for your child and for their classmates,? said Dr. Henry Anderson, the state health officer. ?Following age-appropriate vaccination guidelines will help keep them healthy and in school rather than sick at home with an illness that could have been prevented.?

Donated coats collected for annual campaign

This year, the 27th annual Koats for Kids will once again collect winter coats and clothing for individuals and families in need.

Local residents are encouraged to donate gently-worn winter outerwear, non-leather caps, scarves, and mittens pinned in pairs to any Klinke Cleaners. Donations will be cleaned free of charge by Klinke Cleaners and then given to the Community Action Coalition for distribution.

Area schools will also take part in the ?Collect-A-Coat Contest.? The schools which collect the largest total number of coats and the most coats per capita will receive commemorative plaques.

Gunfire prompts police response

Madison police responded Sunday morning to a report of shots fired in the 1900 block of Cameron Drive.

Several residents reported hearing two gunshots around 1:17 a.m. and witnesses told police the gunfire followed some loud arguing.

No victims or shell casings were found.

Madison man punched in road rage incident over parenting

An Edgerton man was arrested on suspicion of battery after what police are describing as a road rage incident.

Jason P. Gohlke, 29, told police he ?lost it? when another motorist began shaking his head at him as he tried to quiet his toddler son. Both cars were stopped for a traffic light on S. Gammon Road near the Highway 12 around 3 p.m. Saturday. Gohlke was a passenger in his car.

Police said Gohlke walked to the victim?s car window and punched the 44-year-old Madison man in the head. Gohlke told police he interpreted the other man?s shaking of his head as judgment of his parenting.

An off-duty Middleton police official witnessed the incident.

Madison girl tells police about suspicious man

A 15-year-old Madison girl told police she was approached by a suspicious man in a truck Aug. 13.

Police said the girl was walking her dog on Ambleside Drive when a man in a rusty black pickup truck began asking her questions. The girl said the man identified himself as an animal control officer and produced an ID card she believed to be illegitimate.

She hurried home without telling the man where she lives.