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Teen attacked 69-year-old man, police say

Five teens were detained by police after a daylight attack on a 69-year-old Madison man, according to a release from Madison police.

The man told police he was walking in the 6500 block of Schroeder Road just after 7 p.m. on Monday when a group of boys approached him from behind. He said the blow hurt him but he stood his ground and said he was calling police as the teens fled.

The man described the teens, including one with a distinct hairstyle that helped police identify the group as it walked near the intersection of Watts Road and Struck Street.

The 14-year-old accused of hitting the man told police some of his friends encouraged him to do it. One of the other group members admitted to police that his friend struck the man.

The 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of battery to an elderly or at-risk individual. The other four were released to parents and police will recommend that each be charged with being a party to the crime.

Report ranks Madison 7th best swim city

Report ranks Madison 7th best swim city

USA Swimming and Speedo has ranked Madison as the seventh top swimming city in America, according to a release from All City Swim and Dive.

Categories evaluated for the listing include percentage of active swimmers and swim clubs, number of accessible pools, number of masters swimmers and volume of top-level swimmers from the area, according to the release.

The study said that Madison ranks second in members of USA Swimming, the sport?s national governing body, and is among the top communities for swimming facilities within city limits.

The cities ranked ahead of Madison were Ann Arbor, Michigan; San Jose-Santa Clara, California; Raleigh Durham, North Carolina; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut; San Francisco-Oakland, California; and Fort Collins, Colorado.

Police: Woman fights with officers during disturbance

Police: Woman fights with officers during disturbance

A Madison woman fought with officers as police tried to break up a disturbance on Russett Road early Saturday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Police patrolling in the area when they found a disturbance underway in the 5800 block of Russett Road at 1:05 a.m. Officers said a crowd of people encircled them as they struggled to arrest 22-year-old Tiara M. Weston. Police said she had been drinking and got into a loud argument with others.

Officers said they used pepper spray to keep themselves safe.

Weston was arrested on suspicion of resisting an officer.

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

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.

Home's windows shot out by BB gun

A home on Madison's west side lost several windows when someone with a BB gun started shooting them out Thursday night, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the 2000 block of Westbrook Lane at 10:14 p.m. for a report of someone shooting out the windows of a home.

Police said the BBs broke exterior panes of double pane windows.

The resident told police a younger man was in front of the house before the damage occurred.

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Police: Screaming man arrested at West Towne Mall

Police: Screaming man arrested at West Towne Mall

A man who was screaming and throwing merchandise at West Towne Mall had been smoking synthetic marijuana, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said Cyrus J. Hunter, 44, of Dane, created the disturbance in the Boston Store men's department Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses told police Hunter was also acting wildly in the parking lot.

Hunter was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and on a parole violation.

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