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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.

Officials: Snowmobile trails won?t open earlier than Dec. 1

Dane County officials said Monday that even though there is snow on the ground, the snowmobile trails will not open before Dec. 1.

Once trails are ready for use, the trail opening policy requires a minimum of six inches of snow for the trail base along with an extended time below freezing temperatures, according to a release.

More than 500 miles of snowmobile trails are a winter destination in Dane County, and the county works closely with the Dane County Council of Snowmobile Clubs to groom and maintain the trail system, officials said.

Other winter recreational opportunities in Dane County include skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and winter hiking.

Dane County and the city of Madison provide over 30 miles of maintained and groomed cross country ski trails, according to the release. A Ski Trail Permit is required to use the designated trails.

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Area food pantries well short of Thanksgiving demand

Even as a delivery of fresh turkeys arrive on the loading dock of the Goodman Community Center, the Fritz Food Pantry that operates out of the center is not even close to meeting the demand.� They are trying to provide a Thanksgiving meal to 3,000 families.� They have only 2,100 turkeys and simple math tells you the problem.

?Every year we have been able to give every family a turkey.� We have 500 more families than we?ve ever had in the past. �So we do need the communities support to make sure that those extra 500 families do receive a turkey for Thanksgiving,? said Amy Mach, a manager at the Fritz Food Pantry.