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Missing woman sought by police found safe

A Madison woman who was last seen Sunday is found safe.

Madison police said Sara Lovelle, 31, was last seen at her home on the west side. She was later found safe.

Police said she returned home late Monday night.

West, Memorial battle to scoreless tie

Madison West and Madison Memorial battled to a 0-0 tie in a boys soccer match at Mansfield Stadium Tuesday night.

West is ranked third in the state in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association poll this week, while Memorial is ranked fourth.

Middleton, which is ranked second, defeated Sun Prairie 3-1 Tuesday night.

Middleton travels to Mansfield Stadium to face Memorial Thursday.

State’s report cards show MMSD meets expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Madison Metropolitan School District was rated at 69.8, which is meeting expectations. That score is an improvement over last year’s score of 68.5.

While Madison remained in the bottom third of districts statewide, it moved up from 11th to eighth among districts located in cities.

“As a school district, we’ve been very focused on the school improvement process. That means tightening up the process by which we set measurable goals for them to choose a few powerful strategies for meeting those goals and then consistently monitoring them along the way so they can make adjustments,” MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said. “We believe this is how you raise student achievement to narrow achievement gaps.”

Madison reaches top of 100 best places to live list

Madison has reached the top of Livability?s 2015 list of the Top 100 Places to Live.
The website announced the rankings on its website on Monday.

Madison ranked fifth on the list last year.

Mayor Paul Soglin told Liveability.com that he wasn?t satisfied with the No. 5 ranking and convened a task force to determine how to improve the ranking and make Madison a more livable place.

"I think the way we respect this award is to not simply accept a first place ranking, but to set a goal of everyone in our community being happy and believing that they live in the best place in the country," Soglin said.

Livability makes the rankings based on the local economy, health, housing, civic engagement, education, amenities, diversity and infrastructure. Madison has appeared in previous Livability rankings for top college town, foodie city and top music destination.

Epic annual meeting to cause Beltline delays

Next week, thousands of visitors will come to Madison for the annual Epic Systems Users Group Meeting.

Significant backups and delays are anticipated on the Beltline, Verona Road (Highway 18/151), and other area roadways, especially during the morning rush hours Monday through Thursday.

Make sure you plan ahead if you travel on these roads.

As we are also in the midst of the Verona Road project, use the signed alternate route, which can be viewed on the Verona Road Project website.

Sexual assault suspect IDs himself in surveillance pictures

Bail was set Tuesday for the man arrested in connection to a sexual assault on Park Street.

On Friday, police arrested 21-year-old Amory Waters, of Fond du Lac, on charges of second-degree sexual assault in connection to the case.

On Aug. 22 at around 1:30 a.m., a 21-year-old woman told authorities she was sexually assaulted by a stranger in the alleyway near 21 N. Park St. The victim said she has been out with friends in the State Street area and was walking home by herself when the assault happened.

According to the criminal complaint, Waters followed the woman from a bar in downtown Madison to where the assault happened.

Woman sexually assaulted while napping on couch, police say

Madison police report that a�20-year-old Milwaukee woman was sexually assaulted while napping on a couch Saturday afternoon.

The victim was staying with friends in the 100 block of Lathrop Street and awoke to a stranger on top of her, touching her on the outside of her pants. He fled as she got up.

A police dog was brought to the scene, but the suspect was not found. It appeared the man entered through an unlocked door.

Madison police describe the suspect as male, Hispanic, in his 20s, with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a red T-shirt and khaki shorts or pants.

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