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2 allegedly involved in violent home invasion back in court

2 allegedly involved in violent home invasion back in court

Two of the six suspects connected to last month's violent home invasion were back in court Tuesday morning.

Kristopher Hughes faces eight felonies, including first-degree sexual assault and armed robbery.

The 20-year-old waived his right to a preliminary hearing and the court entered a not guilty plea.

He's being held on a $50,000 bond.

Demarco Mallit also entered a not guilty plea. He's accused of two felonies, including attempting to conceal items taken during the robbery and harboring a felon.

After three Madison police officers testified, a judge determined there is enough evidence for Mallit to stand trial.

The other four suspects allegedly involved in the home invasion were in court last week.

Retiring police chief to head WPS security

Retiring police chief to head WPS security

After a decade leading the Middleton police force, Chief Brad Keil will retire his public service hat later this month for a figurative one working in corporate security.

WPS Health Insurance said in a news release Thursday that Keil was hired as manager of corporate facilities security. He begins the job March 31.

Capt. Chuck Foulke, a 33-year veteran of the Middleton police force, said the department is sad to see Keil leave.

"I think in general his entire staff has mixed feelings (because) we’re professionally and personally sad to see him go, but (the WPS position is) a very good opportunity for him," Foulke said. "(Keil is) going out on top."

Foulke and Middleton Police Commission President Bev Jambois both pointed to the department's recent accreditation through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, a state policing standards credentialing authority, as one of Keil's many accomplishments as police leader. 

Drabek at sentencing: 'I need help'

Drabek at sentencing: 'I need help'

A judge has sentenced a Madison man convicted of sexually assaulting his starving stepsister and a 15-year-old girl to five years in prison and three years of extended supervision.

A jury convicted Joshua Drabek, 20, on two sexual assault charges and a child abuse count this month. He was sentenced Wednesday.

Drabek's now 17-year-old stepsister told police her father and her stepmother kept her locked in their basement for five years and starved her down to 68 pounds. She said her stepbrother tried to have sex with her when he was 13 and later forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Drabek pleaded guilty in July to another sexual assault charge after prosecutors accused him of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Moeser asked for a 30-year prison sentence, which would have put Drabek in prison until he was 50. Judge Julie Genovese said that didn't make sense.

Men violently invade wrong east side home, police say

Men violently invade wrong east side home, police say

Madison police are continuing to investigate a 'violent home invasion' where two residents were assaulted by several men who forced entry into their home, officials said.

Two people believed to be involved in the incident were taken into custody Sunday, according to a release. The incident happened on a street near the 3200 block of East Washington around 6 a.m.

Police are not releasing the exact location in order to protect the 30-year-old man and woman who were attacked, officials said.

According to the release, several men forced entry into their home, demanded money and assaulted the residents.

Investigators believe the robbers meant to target another residence and hit this home by mistake.

Officers gathered information while in the neighborhood that led them to tentatively identify two suspects, officials said. Those two individuals are in custody on unrelated charges.

Police: Men push woman down, rifle through pockets at bus stop

Police: Men push woman down, rifle through pockets at bus stop

Police said two men attacked a Madison woman at an east side bus stop and rifled through her pockets early Wednesday. 

The Madison Police Department said a woman in her 20s was at the bus stop at 5:45 a.m. on the 800 block of North Thompson Drive. Two men knocked her down and ran their hands through her pockets. 

Police said nothing was taken and the woman was not injured. 

The victim told police the attackers were wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and dark baggy jeans. 

PD notifies community of sex offender's move to Rosemary Ave.

PD notifies community of sex offender's move to Rosemary Ave.

Police plan to hold a meeting with east Madison residents next week to notify them of a registered sex offender's scheduled move to Rosemary Avenue. 

Madison police will host the community information gathering at the Salvation Army Annex, 3030 Darbo Drive, on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. 

According to the state Department of Corrections, 45-year-old Michael P. Nelson is required to register as a sex offender for life. 

The Madison Police Department said Nelson has served the sentence imposed on him by the courts, is on parole supervision and scheduled to move into an apartment on Rosemary Avenue.

According to police, Nelson was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in 1989. He was convicted about 13 years later of first-degree sexual assault of a child and repeated acts of sexual assault of a child, in 2002. Nelson's victims have been girls known to him.

2nd OWI for driver sleeping in grocery lot, police say

2nd OWI for driver sleeping in grocery lot, police say

A Madison man was charged with a second drunken driving offense Monday after he was found asleep behind the wheel in an east side parking lot, police said. 

The Madison Police Department said police responded to a report of a man passed out in a vehicle while it was running at the Woodman's parking lot on Milwaukee Street. 

Officers said they found 32-year-old Pietro Busalacchi sleeping in his SUV at 7:16 p.m.

Busalacchi was arrested on suspicion of second-offense operating while intoxicated, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.