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Former Badgers cornerback, twin brother formally charged

A former Badgers football player and his twin brother were formally charged in a string of armed robberies Tuesday.

Jack Ikegwuonu, 28, and his brother William Ikegwuonu both entered not guilty pleas for misdemeanor theft charges.

Police caught the twins last Wednesday after an armed robbery at Klinke Cleaners on the west side, but they are also suspects in four other thefts.

Police said the SUV was the suspected getaway vehicle in a string of robberies, so officers obtained a warrant and placed a GPS device on the SUV just before the Klinke Cleaners robbery.

Officers tracked the SUV as it drove toward downtown Madison after the robbery, police said.

Police said the twins were using money from the robberies to buy heroin.

They will be back in court Dec. 9.

Police: Alert neighbor helped catch jewelry store burglars

Two of three men suspected of burglarizing a jewelry store were caught thanks to an alert neighbor, according to a release from Middleton police.

Officers were called to Chalmers Jewelers at 6202 University Ave. at 4:45 a.m. on Monday for a report of a burglary in progress. Police said a neighbor saw the crime, called police and told them where the burglars were headed.

Officers arrived within minutes and saw suspects getting into a vehicle at a property adjacent to Chalmers Jewelers. The suspects fled on foot, and after a short chase, two out of the three suspects were taken into custody.

James D. Thompson, 26, of Madison, and Dewayne Williams, 39, of Fitchburg, were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Anyone who may have information or witnessed the burglary is asked to contact Middleton police at 608-824-7300, tipster line at 608-824-7304 or text at 608-824-7300.

Former UW cornerback, twin brother suspected in string of robberies

A former UW cornerback and his twin brother were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of five robberies.

Madison police said Jack Ikegwuonu, 28, and William Ikegwuonu were arrested on University Avenue by a team of officers who were looking for an SUV tied to the armed robbery of Klinke Cleaners at 1003 North Gammon Rd. on Wednesday.

Police said the SUV was the suspected getaway vehicle in a string of robberies, so officers obtained a warrant and placed a GPS device on the SUV just before the Klinke Cleaners robbery.

"At the time that the vehicle was pulled over, we did recover a handgun and other evidence from the Middleton robbery," Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said. "So, at this time they've been arrested and tentatively charged with the robbery in Middleton and are suspects in the other four Madison cases."

Officers tracked the SUV as it drove toward downtown Madison after the robbery, police said.

Police: Drunken driver hits street sign, light pole

A Middleton woman who collided with a street sign and street light pole Saturday night faces drunken driving charges, according to a release.

Sarah J. Leale, 28, was driving west in the 5600 block of University Avenue at Hickory Hollow Drive when she lost control of her vehicle, went onto the median and continued driving until she hit a street sign and light pole, Madison police said.

The collision caused the pole to collapse onto the roof of her vehicle, but she was not injured, according to the release.

Leale failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on a tentative charge of first-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, police said.

Free gifts from the heart on Black Friday

People were not camped out on the sidewalk for days in advance, and there wasn't a mad rush at 6 a.m. to get a flat-screen television at a bargain price.

What there was, when the doors opened at noon on Black Friday, was a chance to make a gift that will be remembered long after the holiday season ends.

The Black Friday Craft-In was held at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church on Madison's west side. It gave families a chance to learn from craft experts and create a gift for loved ones that was made with their own hands.

"There is just a real sense of intention that somebody thought about making something for me; That while they were making it they were thinking of me," said the Rev. Miranda Hassett, pastor at St. Dunstan's.

Families were given the opportunity to make everything from Christmas ornaments and greeting cards to mittens and scarves.�

Robber tells clerk to kneel, wait 5 mins. before calling police

A dry cleaning store was robbed Wednesday evening in Middleton, police said.

Middleton police responded to a report of an armed robbery at Klinke Cleaners on North Gammon Road at 5:45 p.m.

A man entered the store, confronted the clerk and displayed a handgun that was tucked into the waistband of his pants, according to the report. He demanded all the money from the cash drawer, then asked for the money in the drive-up window cash drawer.

The robber ordered the clerk to kneel on the floor and wait five minutes before calling police, according to the report. The robber fled with an unknown amount of cash in an unknown direction.

Middleton and Madison officers and a K-9 unit assisted at the scene.

The robber was described as black, about 6 feet tall wearing a knee-length wool coat with a scarf over his face.

The clerk was not injured in the robbery, police said.

Police arrest 4 in string of armed robberies

Police have arrested four people in connection to a recent string of robberies in Madison and Middleton.

Madison police said Tuesday that detectives from Madison and Middleton have charged Joshua E. Kahl, 29, of Madison, Matthew O. Roach, 23, of Madison, William L. Christian, 28, with no permanent address, and Anne E. Christian, 29, with no permanent address, with multiple robberies spanning Oct. 29 through Nov. 16.

Investigators said much of the money taken was used to buy drugs including heroin, according to the report.

Police said William Christian, Anne Christian and Kahl were accused of robbing the Tobacco Outlet Plus on East Washington Avenue Oct. 29.

William Christian reportedly robbed the PDQ on South Ridge Way in Middleton on Nov. 4.