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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.

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Man arrested in connection to attempted homicide on east side

A Madison man has been arrested and tentatively charged in an attempted homicide incident Sunday morning, according to a release.

Police responded to the 5300 block of Trafalger Place on Madison's east side around 12:20 a.m., officials said. A 39-year-old man with stab wounds to the head was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. Police said he remains hospitalized and is listed in critically stable condition.

"This is a life-threatening injury and we're hopeful that perhaps he can pull through, but this also could become a homicide," Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

Following an investigation, George Brown, 58, was arrested on a tentative charge of attempted second-degree intentional homicide, according to the release.

Police do not believe the general public is in danger, and the incident appeared to involve individuals who knew each other, according to the release.

Man killed outside east Madison hotel identified

The man killed outside an east Madison hotel Saturday morning has been identified.

Police said Robert France, 46, of Portland, Oregon, was targeted for drugs or drug money. Police are still looking for a suspect.

Madison Police Department officials said officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at 9:07 a.m. Officers found that France had been shot and killed.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Sunday that police are looking for a man 30-40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 350 pounds. He had very short hair and was wearing a white or light-colored button-down shirt and orange and brown shorts.

On Sunday officers found a "vehicle of interest" that may be related to the shooting. Police said the SUV had been reported stolen before Saturday morning.

Police: Drunken driver runs from vehicle during traffic stop

A Fitchburg man was arrested on tentative drunken driving charges after fleeing a traffic stop Saturday night, Madison police said.

James M. McCullum, 32, fled from the vehicle he was driving after being pulled over in the 3200 block of East Washington Avenue just before 10 p.m., according to a release.

McCullum was chased down by officers and taken into custody near the 900 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, police said.

He was arrested on a warrant out of Jefferson County and on tentative fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, speeding and resisting or obstructing charges.

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Police: Homicide at hotel was drug related

Police said a man killed outside an east Madison hotel Saturday morning was targeted for drugs or drug money.

Madison police said the man killed in the shooting is from the state of Oregon. Police are looking for a suspect.

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Sunday that police are looking for a man 30-40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 350 pounds. He had very short hair and was wearing a white or light-colored button-down shirt and orange and brown shorts.

Madison Police Department officials said officers responded to a report of a shooting at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel at 9:07 a.m. Officers found a 46-year-old man had been shot and killed.

"I heard this "pow, pow" like a gun shot," said Linda, who witnessed the shooting.

Linda works at the Mobile Gas Station just a couple yards away from the Howard Johnson hotel. She was helping a customer Saturday morning when she heard the gun shots go off.

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

The newest member of the Madison Police Department?s Mounted Unit will be announced Monday at a Community Corral, according to a release.

Torres is an 8-year-old Friesian Gelding that has spent the last two months in field training with the unit, and has now earned the right to start his solo career, officials said. Torres joins the unit thanks to a private donor working in conjunction with MPD?s nonprofit organization.

In March, Jack, a veteran horse member of the unit, passed away following a short illness, according to the release. But Torres has filled the void and is ready to carry on in Jack?s footsteps.

Torres will be introduced to the public at the Community Corral from 5-7 p.m. at Vilas Park. The unit?s team members will also be available to share information and answer questions about the horses and the responsibilities of being a mounted police officer.

Free ballpark movie Sunday is 'Despicable Me' sequel

The Madison Mallards will host the Zimbrick Honda Movie night series at the Duck Pond ballpark on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The free, family friendly event is open to public.

Gates are open at 3:30 p.m. and the movie "Despicable Me 2" will start at 4 p.m., organizers said. The movie will be shown on the Zimbrick Honda video board and movie-goers can sit in the outfield grass or in the Mallards grandstand.

The TDS Triple Play Club concession stand will be available with food, beer, soda and water.

Find more information at www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/moonlightmovieseries.cfm