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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Madison Metro will have reduced service hours next week due to the holidays.

The city of Madison posted a reminder Thursday that the buses will follow regular weekday schedules on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, but service will end early with the last trips of the day between 5 and 6:30 p.m. 

Buses will follow the holiday schedule Christmas Day, Thursday. 

For online guides, visit www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/Holidays/index.cfm

More information is also available through the Metro customer service center at 608-266-4466.

Man grabbed handful of cash from tip jar, police say

Man grabbed handful of cash from tip jar, police say

A homeless man stole cash from a State Street restaurant's tip jar Monday night after the store refused him free food, police said.

The Madison police department said 60-year-old Ray A. Wallace was at the Five Guys Burgers and Fries at 517 State St. shortly before 8 p.m.

Wallace reportedly asked the Five Guys manager for a "burger for credit," but the manager said that wasn't possible. Wallace then reached into the tip jar and grabbed a handful of money, about $10, according to the report.

The manager yelled, but Wallace walked out, police said. The manager provided police with a description of the thief, and officers found Wallace with a bottle of alcohol and tip jar money.

Wallace was arrested on suspicion of theft and unlawful possession or consumption of an open intoxicant on a public street.