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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.

Mounted patrol helps find missing Madison man

A 74-year-old man with memory issues was found Thursday afternoon after going missing Wednesday , police said.

Steven Nelson was found just before 4:30 p.m. in the area of Nakoma Road, officials said. Police said he appeared to be in good health, but was being evaluated by medical staff as a precaution.

Madison police said two officers on mounted patrol found Nelson in brush near a wall separating the Arboretum and Nakoma Road.

Nelsen suffers from memory issues and walked away from his home in the 3600 block of Nakoma Road Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Volunteers, first responders participate in mass casualty training

A mass casualty training exercise at Camp Randall Stadium Thursday morning shut down a section of Monroe Street.

Hundreds of volunteers worked with first responders to simulate a bomb going off at the stadium. The training exercise gave those involved a chance to develop skills they hope they never have to use.

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Operation Wisconsin Dawn started with some smoke rising near Camp Randall around 7 a.m., followed by first responders rushing to the aid of victims.

"As law enforcement we have an obligation to be ready and prepared for something like this," University of Wisconsin Police Department spokesman Marc Lovicott said. "And this gets our officers involved in a scenario that we make as real as possible with victims and everything else."

UW holds simulated terrorist attack training exercise

The concourse of Cam Randall will be a much different scene than fans are used to seeing Thursday as emergency crews simulate a terrorist attack.

Police said they hope the scenario, a bomb blast in a packed stadium, is one they never have to face.

The drill will be the first and largest of its kind in the state, and will cause a pretty big ruckus on the University of Wisconsin campus and Madison?s near west side.

The blast will happen right in the concourse between Camp Randall and the Shell Athletic Center. Around 7 a.m. an electronically simulated explosion will happen, and police said they have done the best they can to alert people on what to expect.

?We are prepared for people who don?t know. I don?t know where they have been, but wherever they have been and haven?t heard about this (we ask them) to dial the real 911 center and our pseudo 911 center,? UW Police Chief Sue Riseling.

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.

New invasive species, crazy worm, found in UW Arboretum

Wisconsin?s newest invasive species, the Asian crazy worm, has been found for the first time on the University of Wisconsin campus, according to a release.

The UW Arboretum is the first confirmed site for Amynthas agrestis, an invasive worm believed to have come to the United States from its native Japan and the Korean Peninsula with plants imported for landscaping, officials said.

?Amynthas was listed as a prohibited species under Invasive Species Rule NR 40 since its adoption in 2009, because we knew their introduction into our state poses a huge threat to the future of our forests," said Bernie Williams, invasive species specialist in forest health at the DNR.

Williams and arboretum staff members found the worm in the fall of 2013, according to the release.

Arboretum ecologist and Research Program Manager Brad Herrick said they believe the worms' egg cocoons have survived the harsh winter.

Police: Man fleeing bar runs into squad cars

Police: Man fleeing bar runs into squad cars

A Madison man fleeing a State Street bar was arrested after he ran into the path of two squad cars early Tuesday morning, according to a report from Madison police.

Police said Marcus G. Henly, 22, was kicked out of Mondays at 523 State St. after causing a disturbance and kicking in the bar's door. Bouncers chased Henly until they flagged down police.

A squad car was traveling north on North Lakeside Street and another one was traveling south when Henly dashed out from a parking garage and into the path of both, according to the report.

Henly was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

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