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Police find cocaine, pound of pot, arrest 5

Police arrested five men after officers seized drugs, including more than a pound of pot at a Janesville home Saturday morning.

The Janesville Police Department said officers responded to a report of people breaking into cars on the 3100 block of Vold Court at about 5 a.m. The caller told police one person ran away when confronted. An officer arriving in the area attempted to contact two men outside and the men ran.

During the foot chase, the two men ran into an apartment on Vold Court and the officer followed, according to the report. Backup officers arrived and the two fleeing men were taken into custody.

Police said narcotics and drug paraphernalia were in plain view inside the apartment. Officers obtained a search warrant and seized several articles of drug paraphernalia, 498.6 grams of THC and 8.8 grams of cocaine.

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Hit-and-run causes gas leak, police say

Police said a vehicle may have cut a gas main in Janesville Saturday causing traffic to be diverted due to a gas leak.

The Janesville Police Department said at about 2:15 p.m., officers and the fire department responded to a report of a natural gas leak at the intersection of Beloit Avenue and Palmer Drive.

According to the report, investigators believe a gray utility trailer may have come disconnected from a vehicle and severed the gas main to a nearby water utility building. Police said the trailer likely had gray wooden slats along the side.

Police said traffic was rerouted around the area as a precaution until the gas was shut off. In an alert at 4 p.m., police said the area is safe and traffic has returned to normal.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Rock County Communications at 757-2244 or Crimestoppers 756-3636.

Man reportedly slumped over wheel suspected of 5th OWI

Rock County authorities said a driver who was found slumped over the wheel in a Newville gas station parking lot has been arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense drunken driving.

The sheriff's office said someone reported the driver on Saturday about 12:30 a.m. Deputies who roused 48-year-old Michael L. Drought said he smelled of alcohol.

Authorities said the Janesville man performed poorly on field-sobriety tests. He was arrested on a tentative charge of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, and taken to the Rock County Jail.

He's scheduled to make an initial appearance in court Monday.

Heroin dealer sentenced to 15 years in prison

A Rock County man described as a major heroin dealer was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Rock County District Attorney?s Office said David Givhan, 29, was also sentenced Sept. 10 to 11 years of extended supervision. Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 55 years. Givhan was charged with five counts of manufacture /delivery of heroin as a second and subsequent offense, five counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place as a second and subsequent offense, possession with intent to deliver heroin as a second or subsequent offense on or near a school, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of narcotic drugs as a second and subsequent offense, two counts of possession of marijuana as a second and subsequent offense and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Givhan was facing a total potential sentence of 180 years prison and 60 days in jail.

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Videos show liquor store burglary

Videos show liquor store burglary

Janesville police are hoping the release of two videos will help them track down the two people who burglarized a liquor store on Monday.

The video shows one person going into the Liquor Cabinet at 1924 E. Milwaukee St. and taking wine and liquor after another person broke the glass front door at around 12:40 a.m.

One of the two is believed to be a male, 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark-colored jeans and an urban camouflage-colored hooded sweatshirt that’s most likely black grey and white. The other is believed to be a female with a medium build, light-colored shirt and dark-colored pants.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Janesville police at 608-757-2244 or Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636.

Man sought after hit-and-run crash

Janesville police are looking for a man they believe might have been involved in a hit-and-run crash early Thursday morning.

Officers were called to 1111 N. Sumac St. at 2:23 a.m. for a report of a suspicious vehicle and found an unoccupied vehicle with heavy damage and airbags deployed. The driver of the vehicle wasn?t there.

Officers said they looked for the registered owner and his known relatives but were unable to find him.

The registered owner of the vehicle is 28-year-old Michael L. Ranum, who?s described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run or Ranum?s whereabouts is asked to call Janesville police at 608-757-2244.

Police: Teen caught in tobacco shop burglary

A 16-year-old boy was arrested after the burglary of a tobacco shop, according to a release from Janesville police.

Officers were called to Smokers World II at 1905 Center Ave. Suite 3 at 1:40 a.m. Thursday for a burglar alarm. Police spotted someone leaving the area on foot who fled when officers tried to contact him.

The teen was caught after a short foot chase. Police said he had stolen property from the burglary.

The front door of the business was smashed by someone throwing an object through a window, according to the release.

The teen was arrested on suspicion of burglary, criminal damage to property, theft, resisting an officer, felony bail jumping, underage alcohol consumption and curfew violation.