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Car wash can help prevent unexpected costs caused by road salt, brine

It may be hard to find the motivation to get our cars washed during the winter, but mechanics say to avoid having your car end up in the shop thanks to damage caused by road salt and brine, a $5 car wash pays off in the long run.

Brine and road salt are two solutions crews rely on to keep cars from losing control on the roadways. However, if left untreated on our cars, mechanics say it could cause other problems down the road.

"It's automotive cancer. Once it's there, it has to be cut out or replaced or else it just keeps coming back and coming back," said Guy Olson, service manager at Butitta Brothers Automotive.

Brine is stronger than rock salt. Its powerful solution, often combined with calcium chloride, means its strength also takes a harsher toll on the wear and tear of your car. Once your car starts to rust, Olson said the only way to fix the car is to replace the metal, which could cost up to thousands of dollars depending on the make of your car.

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Janesville police hope public can help ID robbery suspect

Janesville police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a robbery early Sunday morning.

The theft happened around 1:15 a.m. at the Time Out Pub and Eatery at 101 E. Milwaukee St. in Janesville, police said.

The business was open at the time of the theft, and an undisclosed amount of money was taken, according to the release.

Police ask anyone with information that may help identify the suspect to call Detective Steve Williams with the Janesville Police Department at 608-755-3089 or Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636.

Driver facing OWI charges in crash that leaves one injured

The Rock County Sheriff’s Department said one man is in critical condition, and a woman faces charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, following a roll over crash late Sunday night.

The incident happened near the corner of North Hillside Drive and East Wildwood Way in the town of Fulton around 8 p.m. Sunday.

According to the sheriff’s department, the driver, Brenda McConochie, 46, of Edgerton was able to get out of the car. But the passenger in the car, Gary Caroll, 61, of Edgerton was pinned inside the vehicle and unconscious.

Deputies said emergency workers were able to free Carroll and start life saving measures before he was taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville. McConochie was also transported to Mercy in stable condition with minor injuries.

Deputies said McConochie was going north on Hillside when she failed to negotiate a curve, and the car rolled over.

Filmmakers and movies take over Beloit for international film festival

The Beloit International Film Festival will transform restaurants and cafes into movie houses starting Friday.

For 10 days, close to 200 films will be screened and more than 200 filmmakers from as far as Europe and Asia will be in Beloit.

Co-founder and executive director Rod Beaudoin describes the atmosphere as "vibrant and diverse."

"Through the years we've gotten to be friends with some of the larger film festivals around the world, and those that are extremely hard to get films into they recommend people sending films to us," Beaudoin said.

"Bus Ride" is a three-minute film by Stephen and Cameron Pickering of Janesville. The drama centers on immigration, politics aside.

"Shot it over two days and edited over two days and it turned out to be our neat little piece with no dialogue," said Stephen Pickering.

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Filmmakers and movies take over Beloit for international film festival

The Beloit International Film Festival will transform restaurants and cafes into movie houses starting Friday.

For 10 days, close to 200 films will be screened and more than 200 filmmakers from as far as Europe and Asia will be in Beloit.

Co-founder and executive director Rod Beaudoin describes the atmosphere as "vibrant and diverse."

"Through the years we've gotten to be friends with some of the larger film festivals around the world, and those that are extremely hard to get films into they recommend people sending films to us," Beaudoin said.

"Bus Ride" is a three-minute film by Stephen and Cameron Pickering of Janesville. The drama centers on immigration, politics aside.

"Shot it over two days and edited over two days and it turned out to be our neat little piece with no dialogue," said Stephen Pickering.

Janesville Mall makeover includes 3 new retailers

The Janesville Mall is set to undergo a major makeover in the next months with the addition of three major retailers to the shopping center.

Mall employees are already anticipating the multi-million dollar renovation after mall officials announced the project Wednesday.

Lea Fritzinger has owned the Orange Julius store in the mall for the last eight years. Fritzinger hopes adding national stores to the building will draw more foot traffic through the door.

"It's a big name and I just think that will get them in the mall first of all, and then they will spend money elsewhere," she said.

Dick?s Sporting Goods, Ulta, and Rogers and Hollands are setting up shop, replacing stores that have left holes in the shopping center.

?This is going to bring more people to the mall that typically would've gone somewhere else," the mall's general manager, Julie Cubbage, said.

Underestimating cold weather could result in frostbite, ER visit

As temperatures drop and even colder wind chills set in, doctors say the best way to avoid ending up in the emergency room this winter is to take precautions.

"Folks sometimes lose sight of the big picture -- that Mother Nature can really hurt you if you?re not prepared for it," said Jay MacNeal, EMS medical director at Mercy Hospital.

MacNeal said he sees cases every winter in the emergency room where people underestimate the cold.

"We have had several cases in the past few weeks where we have found people outside and they have succumbed to frostbite and other diseases, and they are difficult diseases to treat, so the best disease treatment is prevention," MacNeal said.

It's a lesson Lindsay Olig learned the hard way.

Last January, Olig was modeling for a photo shoot outside with 17 below zero wind chills. She was wearing a dress and open-toed shoes, and in just a few minutes her feet went numb.