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MHS performers to showcase music before overseas trip

MHS performers to showcase music before overseas trip

The Middleton High School fine arts tour group will showcase this weekend the music they will be performing in London at the end of the month.

The Open Tour Rehearsal will be held at the Middleton Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The open rehearsal provides an opportunity for parents and the Middleton community to hear the fine music that the MHS students will be bringing to London. The public is invited to attend.  

Members of the MHS band, orchestra, choir and drama departments will be traveling to London on a fine arts tour from Dec. 27 through Jan. 3. The MHS tour band will be marching in the prestigious London New Year’s Day parade.

The MHS tour band and orchestra will be performing at London’s Cadogan Hall on Monday, Dec. 29. The MHS tour orchestra and choir will perform at the London New Year’s Day Parade Festival Concert at St. John’s Smiths Square on Dec. 30.

High school club to host 4th film festival in April

High school club to host 4th film festival in April

The fourth annual student Film Festival, which is hosted by the Middleton High School Productions Club, will be held on Wednesday, April 15 at the Performing Arts Center and entries are now being accepted.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the red carpet, formal event with films starting at 7. The top 15 submissions will be shown, which will be followed by an awards ceremony.

All Dane County high school students are eligible to compete. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet other filmmakers from Wisconsin, while professionals who work in the field will critique and nominate the student films.

Refreshments and music will be provided. The invite is free and all students and community members are encouraged to attend.

Award categories include Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Script, and Viewers Choice Award. The audience at the festival will also vote for the Viewers Choice.

Area police continue to warn residents of IRS scam

Police in two area communities are warning residents of a phone scam that is targeting taxpayers, according to news releases.

Middleton police sent out a news alert Tuesday saying a sophisticated phone scam has been making the rounds throughout the country has now hit the Middleton community.

According to the alert, callers claim to be employees of the IRS, can sound convincing when they call, use fake names and may know a lot about the people they are targeting. The callers also usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer, police said. If the victim refuses to cooperate, the caller threatens them with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver?s license.

Small aircraft flips in Middleton injuring 2

A Monona couple was injured after a small aircraft flipped Saturday afternoon at the Middleton airport.

Middleton police Sgt. Don Mueller said the department responded to a report of an airplane crash at Morey Airport, 8300 Airport Road, at 3:14 p.m.

Mueller said the 70-year-old pilot, a Monona man, told police he was practicing landings in his Carbon Cub SS Sport two-seat airplane on the airport's grass field. The man made a pass to land but the propeller hit the ground, dug in and caused the aircraft to flip. The man and a passenger, his 66-year-old wife, were injured.

According to a news alert, the landing was the pilot's second attempt after having to abort his first attempt for reasons unknown at this time.

The man suffered a head injury but was out of the plane and walking when police arrived, according to the report. The woman suffered a possible neck injury and broken ribs, Mueller said. Her injuries were serious but non-life-threatening.

Police ask help to ID woman who stole donations

Police ask help to ID woman who stole donations

Middleton police asked help identifying a woman who allegedly stole a box of donated money from a Middleton business counter. 

The Middleton Police Department shared a surveillance image of the woman on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

Middleton police Sgt. Don Mueller said the woman reportedly stole a donation box for the UW Children's Foundation from the Milio's Sandwiches on the 6200 block of University Avenue on Nov. 26.

Police said the woman is black and between 40-50 years old. Mueller said an exact amount of money in the donation box was not known, but it's estimated there was between $20-30 in it when it was taken. 

Anyone with information about the woman's identity or the theft from Milio's is asked to call or text Middleton police at 608-824-7300. 

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.