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Police investigate death of Madison teen

Police are investigating the death of a Madison teen who died after an incident in downtown Madison early Saturday.

The Madison Police Department said officers and the fire department responded to a report of a person jumping or falling from an apartment balcony at the Equinox Apartments, 409 W. Gorham St., at about 12:17 a.m.

Police said responders found an 18-year-old man injured outside the apartment building. The teen, a high school student, was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Lt. Tim Strassman said Saturday morning that police did not suspect any criminal act but police were investigating whether the fall was accidental or intentional. It also wasn't clear Saturday morning if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the death, but an autopsy was scheduled.

Strassman also said the teen didn't live in the Equinox and his connection to the building wasn't clear, as he didn't know anyone living there.

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Police: Argument ends in stabbing

Madison police believe alcohol was a factor in an argument that led to a stabbing early Saturday morning, according to a release.

Officials said Erin E. Crawford, 30, of Sun Prairie, and a 23-year-old Madison man were in a friend?s apartment at 2 W. Gorham St. just before 3 a.m. when the argument turned into a physical fight.

During the incident Crawford pulled out a knife and stabbed the Madison man, according to the release. The man was transported to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries to his thigh and hand.

Crawford faces tentative charges of recklessly endangering safety, possession of switchblade knife and carrying a concealed weapon.

2 attack, severely beat off-duty State St. bar bouncer

An off-duty bouncer at a Madison bar suffered severe face injuries after he was beaten by customers early Saturday.

Madison police said the 21-year-old Madison man entered the restroom at The City Bar on State Street at about 1:15 a.m. The off-duty bouncer told police he saw two men in the bathroom and one was ingesting a white powdery substance.

The off-duty worker told the men he was going to get the manager and the two men began attacking him.

The bouncer was severely beaten, according to the report. He was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken nose, fractured orbital socket and a facial laceration that required sutures.

The two attackers fled out the front entrance with three other men, police said.

Preschoolers say goodbye to 300-year-old campus tree

The youngest and the very, very oldest on the University of Wisconsin campus came together to say goodbye Friday, as a campus landmark is set to be removed.

It?s known as the President?s Tree, an old burr oak named for its proximity to a building that once housed the university?s presidents. At 300 years old, it?s the oldest tree on campus.

Classes from the nearby UW Preschool Lab have spent the last decade or more picnicking under its leaves and learning from it. The latest class, taught by Kris Krystofiak, has been visiting the burr oak for two years.

?They watch the tree grow and change as they have,? said Krystofiak. ?For them, the tree has become a kind of a partner, a friend, a very special part of their lives.?

?I do like to think about what this tree has witnessed over the last 300 years,? said Daniel Einstein, a historic and cultural manager with the Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture Department.

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MPD: More than 30 packages stolen following deliveries

Madison police say that since November, more than 30 packages have been stolen following deliveries throughout the city.

Police reported on Dec. 8 that there were similar reports in the Isthmus area, but now say that there have been 10 thefts in the Central District, seven in the West District, six in the South District, five in the East District and three in the North District.

All the thefts took place during daylight hours after deliveries by USPS, UPS and FedEx.

Anyone expecting deliveries might want to have packages routed to places of work or other locations where someone is present.

Sun Prairie choir to perform in Madison theater

Choir members from Sun Prairie United Methodist Church will perform in Madison for a special holiday concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum.

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