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District 15 candidates disagree on education system

Democrat Janis Ringhand and Republican Brian Fitzgerald will be on the ballot Tuesday fighting for the state Senate seat in the 15th District, which along with Rock County, also covers parts of Dane, Jefferson and Walworth counties.

As Tuesday?s election comes around the corner, Janis Ringhand was out knocking on doors Thursday.

Ringhand survived a three-way Democratic primary in August to get to this point, but it?s her experience in the State Assembly she hopes will help her cross the finish line.

?Knowing how to treat people and listening is really an important aspect of the job,? Ringhand said.

Her first goal, if elected, is to bring job growth to the area.

?Education is really key to bringing in the businesses that are willing to come here,? Ringhand said. ?We have a really strong work ethic. We just need to advance ourselves technologically to meet that challenge.?

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Contractor accused of skipping employee retirement payments

A Janesville contractor is accused of lying about deducting funds from employees? paychecks for a retirement fund.

A federal grand jury indicted Christopher C. Fields, 41, on five counts of mail fraud.

Fields owns and operates a residential and commercial construction company named F.J. Lincoln that was working as a subcontractor on a federal project for City Row Townhouse Apartments in Madison.

The indictment states that from February 2010 through March 2012, Fields deducted $336,261 from his employees? wages but these deductions were never paid to the employees or deposited into the retirement plan.

If convicted, Fields faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count.

Mother, grandmother arrested after child abduction scare

Police arrested the mother and grandmother of a 1-year-old who was found safe after a child abduction alert was issued Wednesday morning.

Janesville police said they were called to 107 Red Apple Dr. at 7:15 a.m. on a report of a child abduction. The victim told police he has sole custody of the child who was staying with the child?s mother overnight while he was at work. He told police the child and the child?s mother, Bianca McLaughlin, 27, of Janesville, were gone when he returned.

Police found McLaughlin and the child at another home in Janesville.
Police said McLaughlin?s mother lied to officers about her daughter?s whereabouts.

Bianca L. McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of interference with child custody. Her mother, Linda L. McLaughlin, 52, of Janesville, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer.

Woodman's sues Clorox for price discrimination

The Woodman's grocery store chain is suing Clorox Corp., alleging price discrimination.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Madison, Woodman's said Clorox will only make large packs of products available to warehouse clubs, including Costco and Sam's Club.

The Janesville-based Woodman's said that's a violation of federal law which prohibits anti-competitive practices, including price discrimination.

The State Journal reported the lawsuit said Clorox told Woodman's it was changing its marketing strategy and creating the "right assortment" of sizes and brands for different retailers based on their shoppers. Woodman's says that will hurt its ability to compete with the warehouse clubs.

Clorox said the lawsuit is without merit and plans to vigorously defend its practices.

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Ryan says Burke trying to win by default

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is trying to win by default by getting voters to hate Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Ryan campaigned with Walker on Wednesday and made the comments after a stop at Mid-State Equipment in Prairie du Sac.

Both Walker and Ryan are considering runs for president in 2016, but they say they have not talked about it.

Ryan said they are focused on Tuesday's election.

Walker said that he thinks the election will be close and he's not conceding any votes.

Walker said he came to Mid-State because he thought it was a good omen given that he appeared at the company's Janesville location just before winning the 2012 recall election.

Beloit police conduct tactical training Tuesday night

Beloit police conduct tactical training Tuesday night

Officers with the Beloit Police Department will be participating in tactical training Tuesday night, according to a news alert.

The training will be taking place in the 1700 block of Park Avenue from 5:30-8:30 p.m., officials said.

The area will be marked with signs, and there is no danger to the community, according to the alert.

Normal traffic flow will not be affected by the training, officials said.

Exposure suspect caught during traffic stop

A man suspected of exposing himself on two separate occasions in Milton last year was arrested during a traffic stop.

Milton police said Matthew R. Peterson, 30, of Janesville, was pulled over Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. in connection to an incident on Vickerman Road. After some investigation, Peterson confessed to the September 2013 indecent exposure incidents, according to police.

Police said the man exposed himself to women at two separate locations in Milton.

Peterson was arrested on suspicion of two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior.�