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Madison reaches top of 100 best places to live list

Madison has reached the top of Livability?s 2015 list of the Top 100 Places to Live.
The website announced the rankings on its website on Monday.

Madison ranked fifth on the list last year.

Mayor Paul Soglin told Liveability.com that he wasn?t satisfied with the No. 5 ranking and convened a task force to determine how to improve the ranking and make Madison a more livable place.

"I think the way we respect this award is to not simply accept a first place ranking, but to set a goal of everyone in our community being happy and believing that they live in the best place in the country," Soglin said.

Livability makes the rankings based on the local economy, health, housing, civic engagement, education, amenities, diversity and infrastructure. Madison has appeared in previous Livability rankings for top college town, foodie city and top music destination.

Man knocked unconscious, hospitalized after fight

A man was hospitalized after he was knocked unconscious in a fight early Saturday morning, police said.

A 24-year-old was walking with a friend when he began arguing with several men on the 400 block of West Mifflin Street at 3:30 a.m., Madison police said.

The argument turned into a physical fight and the 24-year-old was knocked unconscious, police said.

The man was taken to a hospital and was being treated Saturday morning, according to the report.

The men were between 18 and 23 years old. Police said there were several men involved in the fight, though it wasn't clear how many.

Stabbing in downtown Madison not random, police say

A male who was stabbed downtown Saturday knew the men who attacked him, police said.

Madison police said a male was in the 600 block of East Johnson Street at about midnight when three men approached him. The man was taken to UW Hospital for a non-life-threatening stab wound.

Sgt. Jason Sweeney said it appeared the men involved all knew each other.

"There is nothing that would lead law enforcement to believe that the general public is in any danger," Sweeney said.

Police ID east Madison intersections with high crash rates

Police ID east Madison intersections with high crash rates

Six Madison intersections were identified as the areas with the highest rates of crashes on the city's east side, authorities said Friday.

The Madison Police Department said in a news release that the intersections include:

  • South Stoughton Road and Pflaum Road
  • North First Street and East Washington Avenue
  • Lien Road and East Washington Avenue
  • Mendota Street and East Washington Avenue
  • Buckeye Road and South Stoughton Road
  • North Stoughton Road and East Washington Avenue

Police also said the majority of crashes on the east side happen during the afternoon traffic rush between 2 and 6 p.m. An evaluation of the crashes showed they are more likely to happen in daylight on a clear, dry day.

Police: Man stole backpack from person sleeping downtown

A man sleeping on the steps of a downtown business Thursday was attacked and had his backpack stolen, according to Madison police.

The incident happened in the 100 block of Wisconsin Avenue just before 10 p.m. Thursday.

According to police, the man was struck several times in the face before his backpack was stolen.

Police said the man was described as a black male, 20 to 23 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing around 128 pounds, last seen wearing tan pants, a tan hooded sweatshirt underneath a black sweatshirt, and white gym shoes. The man was last seen around the Capitol Square area.

Anyone that knows anything about the incident is asked to call Madison Police or Madison Crimestoppers at 266-6014.

North Broom Street will be closed over weekend

North Broom Street will be closed Saturday and Sunday while crews dismantle a tower crane at The Domain project, according to a release.

The 200 block of North Broom Street will be closed to through traffic between West Dayton and West Johnson streets from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

Traffic on North Broom Street heading to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus should follow the signed detour to University Avenue, according to the release. Eastbound traffic should follow the same route to West Johnson Street.

Access to the Overture Parking Ramp will be available via North Broom Street to the West Mifflin Street and West Dayton Street entrances, officials said.

Local vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be allowed to all residences on the 200 block of North Broom Street at all times during the closure, according to the release.

Phone scam targets parents, grandparents of UW students

Parents and grandparents of University of Wisconsin-Madison students have become the most recent targets of a phone scam, according to a release from the UW Police Department.

UWPD has gotten a number of calls over the last few weeks reporting scammers calling and identifying themselves as being from a government agency and then demanding payment information over the phone, officials said.

Most recently, the callers have been identifying themselves as being with the UWPD, and they are calling because their son or daughter has been arrested, according to the release. The caller then says the person needs to pay immediately to release their student from jail.

People who have gotten these calls have reported that the number on caller ID appears to be coming from a legitimate UWPD number, officials said.