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Free lunches in Janesville cut expenses for families

Parents with students in Beloit and select schools in Janesville will have one less expense to worry about when it comes to back-to-school shopping.

The national Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act helps schools provide free meals for students throughout the school year.

"We are feeding children year-round. We are taking the initiative to make sure they have the ability to learn, have the nutrition so they can go to class," said Jim Degan, Janesville School District's manager of school nutrition.

Every student in the district of Beloit will receive free meals this school year. In Janesville, Degan said five out of 20 schools have qualified for the program.

"It really isn't costing the government more money for reimbursements, they are just redirecting how they are allowing for those reimbursements," he said.

Districts will receive federal reimbursements to cover the cost they would have made from selling meals.

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Son formally charged with killing father with hammer

A son has been formally charged with killing his father in Beloit early Monday morning.

Peter Hemmy, 30, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide Wednesday, and was put on a $250,000 bond.

Police said Hemmy walked into the Beloit police lobby around 1:30 a.m. and said he committed a crime at his home. That's when police went to check it out and found Bruce Hemmy, 58, dead.

Prosecutors said Hemmy used a hammer to kill his father because his parents were moving and he would have no place to live.

A criminal complaint said Hemmy told an officer that he had killed his father by hitting him in the head "three or four times" with a hammer.

Hemmy is due back in court next month.

Milton man suspected of 5th OWI

A Milton man was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated after jumping a curb, according to a release from Janesville police.

Police said an officer who was in the area of West Delavan Drive and Center Avenue at 2:20 a.m. spotted a car driving north on Center Avenue jump a curb before turning east on Delavan Drive.

Police pulled over the car driven by Michael S. Terrill, 34, who denied drinking. The officer said he had slow and sluggish speech and showed signs of impairment during a field sobriety test.

A breath test given at the police department showed Terrill?s blood alcohol content was 0.13, according to the report.

Terrill was also arrested on suspicion of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Janesville police search for phony hostage caller

Janesville police are still looking for the person who is responsible for making the phony call Sunday that shut down a street and forced neighbors from their homes.

Deputy Police Chief John Olsen said this is the first time since he has worked for the department that he has encountered a phony call of this magnitude.

"We have gotten calls and the officers have a 'no find,' but something this significant like that -- where somebody is reporting that they shot somebody and that they were holding another person hostage -- is significant," Olsen said.

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Residents ask city to turn old gas station into classic car museum

Residents ask city to turn old gas station into classic car museum

Car enthusiast Tom Skinner owns a 1937 Chevrolet made at the old General Motors plant in Janesville. Over the years he has seen the city change, but he said there is one thing that should remain the same.

"This is a car town. General Motors has been here and Samson Tractor before that. We want to highlight and showcase this history of transportation in this city," Skinner said.

Skinner, along with other city residents, has formed the group Friends of Franklin Street Service Station to save a former 1930s gas station from being torn down. They are asking the city to allow them to restore the building and turn it into a classic car museum.

"I think this has a real good chance of bringing people to the downtown area. We've lost so many historic buildings, and this is one of the few remaining historic gas stations in the city. It would be a shame to see it disappear," he said.

Former deputy accused in double homicide booked into jail

Former deputy accused in double homicide booked into jail

The former Dane County deputy accused of killing his wife and sister-in-law has been booked into the Dane County Jail, but is being housed in the Rock County Jail, officials said.

Andy Steele, 39, was booked into the jail Tuesday, according to a news alert.

Lt. Todd Stetzer with the Fitchburg Police Department said Steele is being housed in Rock County because he used to work for the Dane County Sheriff's Office, and there was a necessity to separate him from both his former co-workers and any inmates he may have had contact with.

Fitchburg police are recommending Steele be charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and his sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol.

Fire destroys garage, Harley Davidson motorcycle

A Tuesday morning fire in the town of Beloit destroyed a garage and its contents, including a Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to a release.

The town of Beloit and town of Turtle fire departments were dispatched to 2312 S. Dewey Ave. around 10:10 a.m. for reports of a garage fire, officials said.

When crews arrived they found a detached, two-and-a-half-story garage fully engulfed in flames with a house 6 feet away, according to the release. Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from the house, which had been evacuated.

Crews were able to get the fire under control in 20 minutes, officials said.

The garage, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and all other contents were destroyed in the fire, according to the release. The fire caused an estimated $56,000 in damage to the building and the contents.