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Beloit man charged with possession heroin, pot

A Beloit man was charged with possession of pot and heroin after a suspicious vehicle stop Friday night, police said.

Janesville police said an officer suspected a vehicle traveling in the Fourth Ward neighborhood and downtown Janesville at about 9:15 p.m. was involved in distributing controlled substances, and the occupants were suspected of having gang affiliations.

Police stopped the vehicle in the 200 block of East Centerway, according to the report. During the investigation, the driver, 31-year-old Depronce A. Burnett, was reportedly found in possession of controlled substances, arrested and taken to the Rock County Jail.

Police said officers seized 8.6 grams of heroin, 18.7 grams of marijuana and cash.

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Beloit man sentenced to 12 years for dealing heroin

A Beloit man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in federal prison plus three years of supervised release for dealing heroin, according to a state Department of Justice release.

Charles Evans, 40, sold heroin to an informant working with law enforcement, according to the office of U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin John Vaudreuil. Prosecutors said Evans admitted to selling heroin.

Evans also participated in a conspiracy to intimidate a witness, the release said. On August 22, 2014, when a drug buyer failed to pay Evans for previously purchased heroin,

Stoughton man faces 7th OWI charge

Janesville Police said a Stoughton man faces his seventh charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicate after he was pulled over early Friday morning.

The incident happened near the corner of North Wright Road and Randolph Road just after 2:30 a.m. Friday.

According to police, Jonathan Seeliger, 35, was driving on North Wright Road when an officer observed him running into the bike lane. He also noticed that Seeliger’s car had expired registration tags.

Police said the officer pulled Seeliger over and he showed signs of impairment. Police said Seeliger admitted to using marijuana earlier in the day, and marijuana was also found in his possession.

Police arrested Seeliger and took him to Mercy Hospital in Janesville for a blood draw, before taking him to the Rock County Jail.

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.