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Fire causes estimated $80K in damage to apartment building

Damage is being estimated at $80,000 for an apartment fire that happened overnight in Beloit, officials said.

Beloit police and fire crews responded to 1854 Northgate Drive for reports of an apartment fire just before 1 a.m., according to a release.

The fire started in one of the second-floor apartments, but the cause is still under investigation, officials said. There?s fire damage to apartment 206 as well as the attic and hallway around the apartment.

According to the release, there is smoke damage throughout the second floor of the 24-unit apartment building.

Alliant Energy crews helped with controlled the electric and natural gas utilities, officials said. Crews from 12 local fire departments also assisted at the scene.

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Handicap accessible park in need of repairs

A Janesville playground that has inspired more than 100 other play places across the country is in desperate need of repairs.

Since it first opened in 1993, at least 1.3 million people have visited Camden Playground. At the time, it was a first-of-its-kind handicap-accessible play area that parks across the country have imitated.

The whole idea came from Sara Knutson and her son, Camden. A little over 20 years ago, Knutson said she and her husband were hard-pressed to find a playground where their child with special needs could fit in

"He didn't have anything to play on," Knutson said. "Nothing but real tall slides to go on, no swings to actually grab on to hold and balance himself."

Knutson and her husband decided to build a playground themselves by raising money and recruiting volunteers. In May of 1993, Camden Playground opened.

New football season brings fresh start for Evansville

It's hard to believe that a year ago Evansville High School football fans had a much different view than they do today.

"It was painful for a lot of people who had been around this community for a long time and had been a part of our football tradition," said Brian Cahsore, Evansville athletic director.

Last August, before the start of football season, the press box went up in flames. The fire destroyed the building and equipment inside.

Cashore said through support and donations from the community the athletic department was able to reach their goal.

"It wasn't easy but we found a way to get through it, again with a lot of effort from the community - rallying together, putting our heads together to figure out how to get through this," he said.

Community members and students teamed up to raise more than $15,000 dollars for the new press box, which was debuted at Friday night's first home game.

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.