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Man ODs on heroin, suspected dealer arrested

Madison police said one of many heroin cases from over the weekend included the overdose of a man while his mother waited in a gas station parking lot.

The Stoughton woman told police her son, in his 30s, asked her to drive him to the Speedway at 4902 Verona Road on Saturday afternoon to collect money after winning a bet. She said he went inside and was gone several minutes when police arrived.

Police said surveillance video showed the woman?s son meeting outside another door with a man who arrived in a van driven by a woman and filled with children. The video showed the son going into a bathroom, coming out and collapsing.

The van was spotted just before 8 p.m. as the driver parked in the 6900 block of Odana Road, police said. Andre D. Bowman, 40, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of delivery of heroin and on a parole violation. The driver, the suspect, and children were on their way to a nearby pizza party, according to police.

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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.

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.

DNA testing leads to arrest in sexual assault case

DNA testing done at the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory has led to the arrest of 43-year-old man.

A 44-year Stoughton woman was walking on South Park Street when she was approached from behind by a man wielding a handgun on May 14, according to a Madison Police Department report.

�The man led her to a dark parking lot along North Wingra Drive and threatened to kill the Stoughton woman during the attack. He also tried to rob her of money, but she had no cash, police said.

Mariono L. Weaver, 43, was arrested on July 24. Weaver was charged with first degree sexual assault and attempted armed robbery.�

Confrontation lands man in hospital, police say

Confrontation lands man in hospital, police say

A 32-year-old man was punched, kicked and cut when he was attacked by three young men Thursday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

The victim told police he was walking in the 4700 block of Jenewein Road when he was attacked and cut with some sort of sharp-edged weapon. He said he got into a verbal confrontation before the attack.

Most of the man's cuts were superficial, but two required stitches, according to police.

The victim told police he knows who the attackers are but didn't want to tell police.

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3 generations celebrate bakery's 60th anniversary

Three generations of men were on Madison's south side at the bakery named for the family to celebrate a milestone Thursday morning. 

"It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of struggles, moving from location to location. But it's all been worth it," Chuck Lane said.

Lane's Bakery celebrated a grand re-opening and anniversary at its new location, about a mile and a half south of its former operation on South Park Street. Lane's closed for about a year before reopening Dec. 18, 2013. The first store originally opened its doors in 1954.

A frosted filled favorite from the eatery, Lane's kringle, would become a specialty. The bakery makes nearly 200 kringles a week, with peak kringle popularity on Fridays and Saturdays.  

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Four Phantom Moth Production films that took home awards for acting and cinematography will be shown at the Madison Central Library Thursday.

The films, from Madison’s Nicolas Alexander and Phantom Moth Productions, will be shown from 6:30-8:45 p.m. in meeting room 302, according to a release.

Over the past two years, Alexander has gathered local, multi-talented artists for his production troupe including cinematographer Evan Parquette and hip-hop musician and actor Carlos Christian, organizers said. “Keep Movin” and “Runnin” situate biographical elements from Christian’s life inside of pulp crime fiction stories.