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Two face federal charges stemming from Ridgeland bank robbery

Two Wisconsin men have been accused in federal court of robbing a Ridgeland, Wis. bank. Christopher Gordon, 44, of Ingram, Wis., and David Best, 21, of Hawkins, Wis., face federal charges stemming from the Oct. 14, 2009 robbery of the Security Ba...

Two Wisconsin men have been accused in federal court of robbing a Ridgeland, Wis. bank.

Christopher Gordon, 44, of Ingram, Wis., and David Best, 21, of Hawkins, Wis., face federal charges stemming from the Oct. 14, 2009 robbery of the Security Bank in Ridgeland. The indictment was returned last week by a federal grand jury sitting in Madison, and was unsealed following the arrest of Gordon.

Gordon is charged with conspiring to rob the Security Bank with Rudolph Frenzer and Robert McCallie. If convicted of the conspiracy charge, Gordon faces up to five years in federal prison.

Frenzer was killed in a shootout with police on Oct. 30, 2009, following the robbery of the Dairyland State Bank in Exeland, Wis. On May 17, McCallie pleaded guilty in federal court in Madison to robbing both the Dairyland State Bank and the Security Bank. His sentencing is scheduled for July 27, 2010, before Judge William M. Conley.

Best is charged with knowingly receiving proceeds from the Security Bank robbery. If convicted, he faces up to one year in prison. Best will make an initial appearance on June 11, 2010.

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The charges against these men are the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sawyer County Sheriff's Department; Birchwood Police Department; Price County Sheriff's Department; Rusk County Sheriff's Department; Washburn County Sheriff's Department; Barron County Sheriff's Department; Rice Lake Police Department; Rhinelander Police Department; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; and Wisconsin State Patrol. The prosecution of this case is being handled by

United States Attorney Stephen P. Sinnott.

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