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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 as meeting expectations.

The state report cards for about 2,100 public schools show approximately 88 percent met or exceeded expectations. About 98 percent of the state's 424 districts also achieved that mark.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

Both are evaluated in four main areas; student achievement in reading and math on statewide assessments, student growth in those assessments, closing achievement and graduation gaps and readiness for college or careers.

If you would like to find out how your school district did, click here.

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Vacuum cleaner shop burglarized

A vacuum cleaner shop was broken into early Tuesday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to Olson Vacuum Cleaner at 1978 S. Stoughton Road at 1:01 a.m. for a burglary alarm. Officers said they found a broken window and a damaged cash register with money missing.

A police K-9 was brought to the scene to track the burglar, but no suspect was found.

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Mounted patrol joins search for missing dementia patient

Madison police are seeking the public?s help looking for a missing 60-year-old dementia patient.

Nejay Redd was last seen at 11 p.m. Monday near Rethke and Worthington avenues on the east side. She was last seen wearing a dark-green wraparound multi-colored dress and a white head wrap.

Police said she?s an African immigrant who doesn?t speak English. She?s 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 pounds.

Police dogs and mounted patrols are in the area where she was last seen with hopes that her scent is picked up. Automated calls are also being made to residents in the area.

Residents are asked to check backyards and outbuildings.

Anyone who sees Redd is asked to call the Dane County Dispatch Center or Madison police.

Man charged with 6th OWI on east side

A Cottage Grove man faces his sixth charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he was arrested following a minor car accident late Monday, according to Madison police.

The incident happened just before midnight in the parking lot of Murphy?s Tavern in the 3700 block of East Washington Avenue.

According to police, Michael Dorn, 45, was seen causing the accident in the parking lot before he left the scene. Police said officers found Dorn close by shortly after the incident.

Dorn was arrested and taken to the Dane County jail.

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Police: Drunken driving suspect nearly hits police car

A woman faces drunken driving charges after she nearly drove into a Madison police squad car early Saturday morning, according to a release.

Rachel L. McCartney, 39, of Sun Prairie, was driving east in the westbound lanes of the 4300 block of East Washington Avenue just after 1 a.m., police said. There was a baby in the back seat of the vehicle and she had her bright lights on.

The officer did a U-turn and turned on the squad?s emergency lights to get McCartney?s attention and to alert oncoming vehicles of the situation, according to the release.

The driver finally stopped at the Zeier Road intersection and was arrested on a tentative charge of second-offense operating while intoxicated with a passenger under 16 years of age, and was cited for driving the wrong way on a divided highway, failure to dim high beams and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Police released the child to another adult.

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.

Police ID east Madison intersections with high crash rates

Police ID east Madison intersections with high crash rates

Six Madison intersections were identified as the areas with the highest rates of crashes on the city's east side, authorities said Friday.

The Madison Police Department said in a news release that the intersections include:

  • South Stoughton Road and Pflaum Road
  • North First Street and East Washington Avenue
  • Lien Road and East Washington Avenue
  • Mendota Street and East Washington Avenue
  • Buckeye Road and South Stoughton Road
  • North Stoughton Road and East Washington Avenue

Police also said the majority of crashes on the east side happen during the afternoon traffic rush between 2 and 6 p.m. An evaluation of the crashes showed they are more likely to happen in daylight on a clear, dry day.