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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.

Man claims stolen goods from hippie named 'Shaggy'

A man arrested on a burglary warrant told police the stolen items officers found in his bag were bought from a hippie named "Shaggy."

Madison police said Alexxander C. Crespo, 22, of Madison, was spotted walking on Regent Street early Monday morning after a homeowner on Commonwealth Avenue reported a thief inside his unlocked car. Crespo matched the description of the robber given by the homeowner, according to police.

Officers said property stolen in other recent crimes was found in Crespo's backpack, including stolen credit cards and debit cards. Crespo said the items didn't belong to him and that he had bought them from a hippie downtown. He said he thought it was a good idea at the time.

Crespo was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property and on a burglary warrant.

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.

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.

Man attacked, robbed by group

A 27-year-old Madison man was attacked and robbed by a group of young men early Saturday morning, according to a report from Madison police.

The man told police he was walking along South Shore Drive from a South Park Street bar early Saturday morning when several young men who were outside the bar followed him.

The men asked the victim if he wanted to buy marijuana. He said no and was attacked a short time later, police said. The man was punched, knocked down and robbed of his wallet.

Prep Mania Game of the Week fall football schedule

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school football games this fall sports season. Here's the schedule:

Thur., Aug. 21 - Waunakee at Edgewood (Breitenbach Stadium, Middleton) - 7 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 29 - Middleton at Verona - 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 5 - Madison West at Madison LaFollette (Lussier Stadium) - 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 12 - Reedsburg at Monona Grove - 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 19 - Middleton at Sun Prairie - 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 26 - DeForest at Mount Horeb - 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 3 - Waunakee at DeForest - 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 10 - Verona at Sun Prairie - 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 17 - TBA

Waunakee rolls 49-21 in season opener

Waunakee rolls 49-21 in season opener

Thursday night at Breitenbach Stadium, Waunakee avenged last year's loss, running through Madison Edgewood 49-21.

The Warriors got off to a good start as the offensive line opened up a gaping hole and Troy Laufenberg galloped into the end zone for the first touchdown of the season.

Later, with Edgewood trailing 21-6, Jack Dunn knifed his way through the Waunakee defense and scored to make it 21-13.

From there, it was more Laufenberg. He found the pylon to make it 28-13, and the Warriors never looked back.

Laufenberg tallied five touchdowns in Waunakee's 49-21 win.