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Art crawl to feature 25 artists, 20 businesses in Evansville

Evansville?s annual Art Crawl will feature 25 local artists at more than 20 Evansville businesses Friday night, according to a release.

The 5th annual event is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Evansville.

?Art enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy this relaxed atmosphere and be pleasantly surprised by area artists? high quality work and creativity. We are very fortunate to have such talented artists. Their work represents everything from handmade jewelry, textiles, abstract paintings and more,? co-organizer Lisa James, of Allen Creek Gallery, said in the release. ?People who come to downtown Evansville Friday evening will have a great experience with artists, music and refreshments.?

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4 arrested following large fight outside Janesville bar

Janesville police said four people were arrested, and two people were sent to the hospital early Friday morning following a large disturbance outside an east side sports bar.

The incident happened just after midnight at the East Point Sportz Pub in the 3500 block of East Milwaukee Street in Janesville.

According to police, witnesses reported seeing six to eight patrons fighting, and that the brawl had moved out into the parking lot.

One of the men involved ran off after he was in a car pulled over by Janesville police. That man fell off an embankment after being chased by officers down Milwaukee Street. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville with head injuries.

Overdoses prompt warning about strong heroin

Janesville police are issuing a warning about stronger-than-normal heroin that might be circulating after two overdoses on Wednesday.

Police said the two overdoses were reported within hours of each other, and the patients survived. They believe there might be a stronger batch of heroin being distributed.

Users cannot tell how potent the heroin is by looking at it, according to police. They said users should know the heroin could be deadly and seek treatment for their addiction.

DOJ: Janesville doctor sentenced for Rx drug fraud

A Janesville doctor was sentenced Tuesday for prescription drug fraud, according to a state Department of Justice release.

Richard Barney, 53, was sentenced to two years of probation and a $3,000 fine, officials said. Barney pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 17. In addition to the probation and fine, Barney agreed to surrender his registrations that allow him to prescribe controlled substances and not to reapply for new ones for three years.

In 2012, Beloit Memorial Hospital and Northpointe Hospital in Rockton, Ill., used Instymed machines to dispense prescriptions to patients, according to the release. To prescribe medications through the machine, the prescribing doctor sends a prescription to the machine from a computer terminal. The patient can then pick up the medication at the machine by entering some codes and paying for the medications.

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Former postal carrier sentenced for stealing mail

A former Janesville postal carrier was sentenced Tuesday for stealing mail, according to a state Department of Justice release.

Kristy Hollibrush, 43, was sentenced to two years’ probation and $1,225 in restitution for the theft, officials said. Hollibrush pleaded guilty to the charge Nov. 13.

Hollibrush worked as a rural letter carrier with the U.S. Post Office in Janesville since 1999, according to the release. From late 2011 through September 2012, Hollibrush took items from the mail that she was supposed to deliver.

In total, 41 postal customers reported mail tampered with or missing, officials said. Twenty of the victims reported stolen money totaling $1,225. Hollibrush was terminated from the U.S. Postal Service in September 2012 when investigators discovered the theft.

3 arrested in connection to sale, distribution of heroin

3 arrested in connection to sale, distribution of heroin

Three people were arrested after police raided a house they believed to be involved in selling and distributing heroin, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff?s Office.

Traffic on South Main Street was closed for approximately 10 minutes on Tuesday while the house in the 600 block was being secured, officials said.

During the search, officials found approximately a half-ounce of suspected heroin, several hundred prescription pills, three ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the release. A High Point 9 mm handgun and a switchblade knife were also seized.

James F. Gillard, 34, was arrested on tentative charges of two counts of delivery of heroin, three counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place, and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being in possession of a switchblade and on a probation violation.

Janesville city council approves new fire station

The Janesville City Council approved plans to renovate and expand a fire station Monday night at the city council meeting.

That means up to 12 homes around the current fire station will be demolished. The council approved a $9.4 million renovation to the central fire station in a 6-1 vote.

The fire station has not been upgraded in nearly 60 years. However, the renovation covers two and a half acres, which will require homeowners within the affected area to relocate.

The approval created mixed emotions for the residents affected.

"I just want to say I'm completely, completely against it. Don't add insult to injury," said nearby resident Joyce Shea.

However, some neighbors understood the decision, even though they will lose their homes in the process.

"My home is going to be made into a parking lot and I can still see the need for this so clearly," said nearby resident Rebecca Farrell.