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DOT: Construction to limit access, turns at Janesville intersection

Turns will be restricted at the intersection of Highway 14 and Lexington Drive in Janesville starting Monday for construction work, according to a release.

Drivers will not be able to make left turns at the intersection, and drivers on Lexington Drive going across Highway 14 will also be restricted, officials said.

The intersection of Highway 14 and Pontiac Drive will still be open, according to the release.

Crews will be reconfiguring the Highway 14 and Lexington Drive intersection, lengthening the left turn lanes on Highway 14 and updating traffic signals, officials said.

The project is expected to be done by July 20.

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New bar gives animal lovers something to howl about

Imagine having a bite to eat, drinking a beer and watching the game on TV, all while having your dog close by. That’s just part of the plans for a new bar in Janesville.

"My dog is an absolute sweetheart and I wanted to kinda memorialize him, because dogs don’t last forever," Greg Hughes said.

In honor of man's best friend, Greg Hughes, senior vice president of communications at NBC Sports, is opening his third bar in his old childhood neighborhood of Janesville along with a group of local investors that he also calls friends.

"There a lot of connections to the community and ultimately its home for me," he said.

But it's not only the drinks he hopes will bring the customers through the door.

"They can have a beer and a burger or whatever they want, while their dog is playing too," Hughes said.

Janesville police seize drugs, guns, arrest 3

Three people were arrested in a drug investigation that resulted in the seizure of guns and drugs at different locations in the Janesville area, according to a release from Janesville police.

Police said officers smelled marijuana during a traffic stop in the 1900 block of Alden Road on Tuesday and found 11.68 pounds of marijuana prepackaged in vacuum sealed bags. The driver, Evan D. Blum, 23, of Janesville, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver marijuana near certain places, maintaining a drug trafficking vehicle near certain places and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said that led them to search an apartment at 1913 Alden Road. That search resulted in the seizure of a small amount of marijuana and some drug paraphernalia. A second search warrant was executed at a storage shed on Janesville’s north side that resulted in the discovery of six assault rifles and a stolen handgun suppressor, according to the release.

Marijuana, crack seized in drug search

Crack, pot and drug paraphernalia were seized from a Beloit home Tuesday morning and a man was arrested after a police search, officials said.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office said special investigation deputies searched the home at 226 Caldwell Ave. for evidence of drug trafficking at 11 a.m.

According to the news release, police seized crack cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia commonly used in manufacturing illegal drugs.

Police said a man living at the residence, 37-year-old Trail M. Leland, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to deliver cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.

Leland was taken to the Rock County Jail and will be held until he appears for court on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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Deputies: Girl turns herself in as runaway

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says media coverage prompted a  missing/endangered runaway to turn herself in on Tuesday.

Deputies had said Sydni E. Briggs, 16, might be in the Janesville area and was last seen on May 6.

Briggs turned herself in at 8:51 p.m. because of media coverage.

Beloit police vote ‘no confidence’ in chief

A union representing Beloit police officers said the officers have voted no confidence in Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin.

Jacobs and Dunkin were recently placed on leave after an investigation of department leadership.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association said the officers’ vote was based on, “an ‘alarming’ state of morale and an environment that has discouraged proactive policing to deal with Beloit’s violent crime."

A statement from the union said officers have “already noted an improvement in their morale” after David Zibolski was named interim police chief.

Police: Management inadvertently interrupts attempted Walmart robbery

Police said management inadvertently interrupted three men attempting to rob the Walmart in Janesville early Saturday.

Janesville police said the suspects entered the Walmart at 3800 Deerfield Drive shortly after midnight and went to the electronics department. The men mentioned they were armed with guns and attempted to rob the store of video game consoles and cash.

According to the news release, police said the suspects decided to leave the store after management inadvertently interrupted the robbery. The suspects fled the area in a silver or tan compact sedan with unknown plates.

Walmart's asset protection department told police that the same suspects are possibly involved in similar incidents at the Delavan and Lake Geneva Walmart stores.