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Teen rescued from river after fleeing police

A 17-year-old who jumped into a river while fleeing police was rescued Friday morning, according to a release from Janesville police.

Officers were called to 414 N. Washington Ave. at 11:25 a.m. for a report of a vehicle break-in and found that the thief had cut himself while he was in the vehicle, leaving a blood trail. The trail led police to 212 N. Franklin St.

When police made contact with a teen who ran toward the Rock River and jumped in behind an apartment building at 120 N. River St. Officers threw a rope to the teen who held onto the rope as he struggled to stay afloat, police said.

Janesville firefighters lowered a ladder to the teen who was arrested after he was rescued. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft, resisting and on a probation hold.

Police said they’re also investigating another vehicle break-in that occurred in the same area. The break-ins were suspected to have occurred after 5:30 a.m. Friday.

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Pregnant driver's unborn child dies after crash

A pregnant driver's unborn fetus died and five others were injured after a crash in Rock County Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The Orfordville Police Department said an officer came across a two-vehicle accident on West Highway 11 near Genesis Drive at about 5:30 p.m.

Police said 26-year-old Brandon L. Russell, of Janesville, was driving east on West Highway 11 when the vehicle drifted onto the south shoulder of the road. Russell reportedly overcorrected and lost control. The vehicle slid across the center line and struck a westbound car driven by a pregnant 29-year-old woman from Brodhead.

The woman, who was 34 weeks pregnant, and her 4-year-old son were taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville, according to the report. The woman was rushed into surgery, but lost her baby as a result of injuries suffered in the crash, police said.

The 4-year-old was treated at Mercy and later taken to Rockford Memorial Hospital with possible internal injuries.

Police investigate motorcycle crash that injured driver

A man was injured after he crashed and rolled his motorcycle during an evasive maneuver Thursday afternoon, according to a news alert.

Around 4:40 p.m. a motorcycle going east on West Court Street at North Pine Street was involved in a non-contact traffic crash, police said.

The motorcycle was passing a vehicle when the driver was forced to make an evasive maneuver, which caused him to crash and roll the motorcycle, according to the alert.

The 54-year-old driver was not wearing a helmet when the accident happened and was injured, but police did not release his condition. He was taken to Mercy Hospital.

Investigators closed West Court Street between North Palm and North Pine streets to recreate the accident, according to the alert. No citations have been issued pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Officials did not know if alcohol was a contributing factor.

7 arrested in drug, gun raid in Beloit

Seven people were arrested Thursday during a drug and gun investigation in Beloit involving federal authorities.

The Beloit Police Department, Rock County Sheriff’s Office, FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are involved in the investigation aimed at gangs and drug activity in the city.

Different tactical units targeted at least two locations in Beloit and searches were conducted at the arrest locations, according to a release from Beloit police. The operation was aimed at arresting 10 people.

Law enforcement was out in Beloit 6 a.m. making arrests and collecting evidence.

Four of those arrested are scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday afternoon.

Ceasar Hernandez, 24, of Beloit, was arrested on suspicion of four counts of distributing cocaine, distributing marijuana, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Police: Intoxicated driver leaves roadway, hits Beloit house

Beloit police said an intoxicated driver crashed into a house Wednesday afternoon.

An intoxicated driver left the roadway and hit a house on Fairview Drive, officials said.

The crash is being investigated, but officials said there were no injuries.


2 arrested, 2 being sought in connection with January shooting

Beloit police have arrested two people and are looking for two more in connection with the shooting death of Terez Herd in January, according to a release.

The shooting happened Jan. 19 at the intersection of Randall Street and Porter Avenue just before 2 p.m. Police arriving on the scene found three men lying in the road with gunshot wounds. One of the victims ran away from officers, but he was found in the 1200 block of Copeland Avenue.

All three victims were taken to area hospitals, according to police. One of the victims, 23-year-old Terez Herd, died there.

Samuel Brooks, 25, and Dajhaun Allen, 17, have been arrested as part of the open investigation into the shooting, police said.

Textile manufacturer employee threatens to shoot coworkers, arrested

A Janesville man accused of threatening to shoot was arrested Wednesday, officials said.

The Janesville Police Department said officers responded to a report of an employee threatening to shoot other employees at Monterey Mills, on East Delavan Drive, at 6:37 a.m. Wednesday.

Police set up a perimeter and were able to take 31-year-old Robert Lee Brooks into custody.

Police said Brooks was not armed at the time, and no employees or citizens were injured.

Brooks reportedly threatened to shoot another coworker at the textile manufacturing business Monday. Brooks denied possessing a firearm, and police searched his home but did not find a gun.

Brooks was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.