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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.

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Monday garbage, recycling pickup delayed due to holiday

Crews will not be picking up garbage or recycling in the city of Madison Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, according to a release.

Residents who have their garbage and recycling picked up on Mondays will have their material collected on Tuesday next week, officials said. All other garbage and recycling pickup will happen on normally scheduled days.

"Because of the double collection on Tuesday, it is important that residents have their material out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection," Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said in the release.

Because of the holiday, the street's division's large-item pick-up service may run a day late.

The city of Madison drop-off sites will be open Saturday and Sunday, but will not be open on Monday, according to the release.

Woman wakes to man touching her; Police release sketch

Woman wakes to man touching her; Police release sketch

Police have released a sketch of a man who woke a 21-year-old Madison woman by touching her outside her underwear.

The woman told police she was in the bedroom of her apartment in the 500 block of West Mifflin Street in the early morning hours of Aug. 17 when the incident occurred.

Police said there had been a party at her home and it?s not clear if the back door was locked before her roommates went to bed.

The man is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds with dark spiked hair and facial stubble. He was wearing a dark gray T-shirt and longer green or dark colored athletic shorts.

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UW police highlight safety tips on campus

UW police highlight safety tips on campus

University of Wisconsin freshmen begin moving into the dorms this week, and with two sexual assaults taking place near campus in as many days, police are reminding students how to stay safe.

Just south of the UW campus, near Spring Street and Fahrenbrook Court, you'll find student housing that appears to be in a relatively safe neighborhood, or at least that's what the students there tell us.

"It's pretty close to campus, and I wouldn't think there'd be crime or anything," UW junior Cheyenne Danbrova said. Danbrova has lived on Spring Street for the past two years.

But appearances can be deceiving. Just last week, two separate sexual assaults took place just blocks from one another.

Mayor wants to move forward on Judge Doyle Square Project

Mayor wants to move forward on Judge Doyle Square Project

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin wants a green light on the public potion of the Judge Doyle Square Project so it can move forward while the private development is hashed out.

City officials wanted to have a comprehensive agreement, including a new hotel, finalized this month, but that timeline included more than $40 million in TIF money.

The public portion includes a renovation of the municipal building and the Government East Parking Ramp.

?You don?t nail it the way you want it the first time around, but when you make a decision that?s good for 40, 60, 100 years, taking some extra time to get it right is well worth it,? Soglin said.

The mayor wants flexibility to do the public work first and save space for the private development later, which he hopes will be a hotel serving Monona Terrace.

Man allegedly follows woman from bar, sexually assaults her

Man allegedly follows woman from bar, sexually assaults her

A Madison man has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman last week.

Police said Marcus T. Boone, 27, was identified because of a good description provided by the victim which was used to search surveillance video from downtown cameras.

A 21-year-old woman told police the assault occurred early Wednesday morning in a parking lot on Fahrenbrook Court while she was walking home from an evening with friends in the State Street area.

A criminal complaint said Boone followed the woman home from the State Street area, and tried to talk to her a couple times during the walk.

Boone threatened to shoot the woman during the incident, but she told police she did not see a gun, according to the complaint.

Arrest made in sexual assault near UW campus

A Madison man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault for a sexual assault near the University of Wisconsin campus last week.

Police said Marcus T. Boone, 27, was identified because of a good description provided by the victim which was used to search surveillance video from downtown cameras.

A 21-year-old woman told police the assault occurred early Wednesday morning in a parking lot at Fahrenbrook Court while she was walking home from an evening with friends in the State Street area.

Officers worked undercover looking for a suspect and trying to determine his identity. They also used surveillance video from various downtown locations.

?In using the video that was out there we were able to find an individual and track his movements to some degree,? Madison Police Department Joel DeSpain said. ?We were able to identify him as a possible suspect based on what the victim had told us the person that attacked her looked like.?