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UW Colleges face significant cuts under Walker’s budget

UW Rock County UW Rock County Dean Carmen Wilson said in her 20 years with the UW Colleges system, the $6.5 million cut is the most challenging yet.
Dannika Lewis reports.

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UW Colleges face significant cuts under Walker’s budget

UW Rock County is quiet in the days between commencement and summer classes, but Joel Frat still keeps an eye on campus.

"Being that it's our full-time job, we're here every day, you could said it's a home away from home, and we take pride in that," Frat said.

But for a custodian who goes beyond his job description and looks to protect students, he’s not feeling good about his job security.

“There are definitely going to be some cuts, some deep cuts. And how deep? We just don't know,” Frat said. “And that's the thing that bothers me the most and I'm sure a lot of people who are employed for the UW campuses.”

UW Rock County Dean Carmen Wilson said in her 20 years with the UW Colleges system, this cut is the most challenging yet. According to Wilson, the entire system of 13 campuses and an online program faces a $6.5 million cut. The Rock County campus’s budget alone: $6.5 million.

3 women, 1 man arrested in Edgerton drug, prostitution sting

Three women and one man were arrested in connection with a drug and prostitution sting in Edgerton this week, officials said.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office said the department's SWAT team, Special Investigations Unit and officers from Edgerton police searched several apartments and common areas at 5 1/2 N. Henry St. in Edgerton Wednesday in connection with a drug and prostitution ring investigation.

The sheriff's office said the search warrants were specifically written to locate evidence of drug trafficking and prostitution alleged to have been taking place in apartments 1, 2 and 4.

Edgerton officers working in conjunction with SIU began investigating suspected criminal activity at the apartments in April based on a tip, according to the news release. 

Rock County sets up life jacket loaner station at boat launch

Rock County officials announced Wednesday that they have teamed up with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to offer a life jacket loaner station this summer.

The “Kids don’t float” life jacket loaner station will be at the Newville Public Boat Landing of North Ellendale Drive starting Memorial Day weekend, officials said. The loaner station will be there through Labor Day.

Officials said the program is to promote safe boating and help ensure all boats are property equipped with personal flotation devices as required by law.

The life jacket loaner station will be equipped with adult, children, infant and Type IV personal floatation devices, according to the release. The program is honor-based, and deputies will inspect the station weekly.

The Newville station will be the first in Rock County, but the sheriff hopes to expand the project in 2016.

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Edgerton Hospital’s new CEO is current interim CEO

Edgerton Hospital’s Board of Trustees announced Wednesday its current interim chief executive officer has been appointed the permanent CEO.

Jim Schultz has been the interim CEO since July 2014, and has served as a Board of Trustees member for the past 10 years, according to a release. He has also been the board chair for five years and the foundation board chair for four years.

As CEO, Schultz will oversee strategic operational and clinical initiatives for the 18-bed critical access hospital, officials said.

Crash causes interstate delays for more than 7 hours in Rock County

A crash on Interstate 39/90 near Newville caused more than 7 hours of delays for traffic heading toward Madison Wednesday morning.

The crash was reported at 6:25 a.m., and the left lane of westbound I-39/90 was closed until just before 2 p.m, state traffic officials said in a news alert.

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A semi-trailer was headed west when it ran off the road and hit a guardrail, Wisconsin State Patrol said. The driver reportedly fell asleep.

At some points during the lane closure, traffic was reportedly backed up 5 miles and it was taking drivers an hour to get through the backup.

Images from state traffic operations showed backups extending past I-90 and County Road M, north of Janesville, and about 3 miles from the initial crash scene.

Janesville man pleads guilty in homicide case

A man charged with killing his girlfriend in Janesville a year ago has pleaded guilty to the homicide in an agreement with prosecutors.

Twenty-one-year-old Britney Cross has found bludgeoned to death behind a building along the Rock River on May 4, 2014. A witness testified Cross argued with Clayton Courtney near the Memorial Bridge that night, then saw Courtney alone.

Courtney's guilty plea to first-degree intentional homicide requires a mandatory life prison term, but the sentencing judge could set a possible parole date. Charges related to a knife attack on Courtney's roommate the same night and threats to the roommate's girlfriend could be dismissed, but read in at sentencing.

The Janesville Gazette reported sentencing is set for August 12.