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Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

A health and wellness website has listed Madison as one of the top 25 happiest and healthiest cities in the country.

Prevention.com evaluated 100 of the nation?s largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness and well-being to compile the list, according to the article. Some of the things they looked at include access to green space, access to concert halls, number of farmers? markets, the average inclination to eat fruits and vegetables, disease incident, depression measures, unemployment rates and FBI crime statistic.

Madison was ranked eight on the list of 25 behind San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and San Jose.

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Drunken teen totals SUV, police say

A 15-year-old boy who drove his family?s SUV into a tree was driving drunk, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the 300 block of North Walbridge Avenue at 5:23 a.m. Friday and found an SUV had struck a tree. Police said the SUV had extensive front end damage, three of the tires were coming off, airbags had deployed and the drive shaft was 50 feet from the rest of the SUV. Madison firefighters were called to handle fuel spilling from the SUV.

The driver fled the scene but was found when officers tracked the SUV?s registration to the owner?s home, according to the report. The family members told police they were not aware the SUV was taken for a joyride.

The teen was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center on suspicion of hit-and-run, operating after suspension, failure to keep vehicle under control and violating the absolute sobriety law.

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Teens spotted carrying gun near East Towne Mall, police say

Two teens were cited after concerned citizens reported seeing teenagers carrying a gun near East Towne Mall on Thursday, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers said they responded to the area at about 5:30 p.m. and found a 15-year-old, 14-year-old and two 12-year-olds. The officers found an Airsoft pistol under a tree near where the group was walking.

Two of the teens were cited for having a facsimile weapon.

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Man arrested in deadly shooting outside hotel, police say

A suspect in a drug-related homicide case was arrested in Chicago on Tuesday, according to a release from Madison police.

Marcius Lee, 42, was arrested on a first-degree intentional homicide warrant in the death of Robert France, 46, of Portland, Oregon, according to the release.

"It appears he stays in various locations, often at hotels. He does have contacts here in the Madison area. He is not a Madison resident and has no permanent residence in the city," Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at 9:07 a.m. Sunday. Officers found that France had been shot and killed. Police said they believe the homicide was related to drug activity.

Deputy knocked unconscious during struggle

Deputy knocked unconscious during struggle

A Dane County sheriff's deputy was knocked unconscious when his head hit the pavement while trying to take a man into custody, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Brian Biwer was helping Madison police on a call about an unwanted subject on Walbridge Avenue at about 3 a.m. Thursday. Madison police said a 21-year-old woman called for help when her former boyfriend damaged the door to her residence and took off with a key.

The report states that Jaren E. Lee, 24, of Madison, was running toward Biwer, who attempted to take Lee into custody. When Lee resisted, Biwer struck his head on the road leaving him unconscious for a short period, deputies said.

Police said Lee tried to flee but was slowed by low-riding jeans that ended up around his knees.

Biwer was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. He is a 14-year veteran in the Sheriff's Office and a K-9 handler.

Police: Man robbed at gunpoint while walking to car

Police: Man robbed at gunpoint while walking to car

A Madison man was robbed at gunpoint while walking to his car early Thursday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

The 32-year-old man told police he was walking from an East Washington Avenue nightclub to his car parked in the 3500 block of Ridgeway Avenue when he was approached by two men carrying handguns. The men demanded his property and they fled with the man's wallet and phone.

One of the robbers is described as black, in his mid to late 30s, 6 feet 1 inch tall with a medium build, dark complexion, short hair and a gap in the middle of his teeth. He was wearing dark clothing.

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City opens Fire Station No. 13 on far east side

The Madison Fire Department welcomed a new fire station to the city on Monday.

Fire Station No. 13 opened on Town Center Drive on Madison?s far east side.

MFD Chief Steven Davis said response times before the station used to be 10-12 minutes, but with the new location that?s been cut down to three minutes.

?It?s huge because fire doubles in size every 30 seconds that it burns,? Davis said. ?So it?s huge to get four fully-trained, fully-equipped people on the scene in a matter of minutes.?

The fire department is now working on Fire Station No. 14, which will also be on the east side on Femrite Drive.

Davis said he hopes Fire Station No. 14 will open in about three years.