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Angus to retire from The Gazette

The editor of a Wisconsin newspaper which has earned a reputation as a leader in its field is retiring.

Scott Angus has spent 36 years at The Gazette in Janesville, the last 25 as its editor.

Local news editor Sid Schwartz will replace Angus in mid-March.

The 58-year-old Angus is a Fort Atkinson native who got his start in journalism working for his father's paper in high school and college.

Inland Press Association selected a redesign headed by Angus in 2004 as one of the year's top 10 newspaper innovations, while Editor & Publisher selected the paper as one of "Ten That Do It Right."

In addition, The Gazette was named Wisconsin's best newspaper in its circulation class in 2000, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Teen stopped after low-speed police chase

Teen stopped after low-speed police chase

An Evansville teenager was arrested after a low-speed chase early Thursday morning, according to a release from Janesville police.

Police said that at 12:39 a.m. an officer tried to stop a vehicle that had fled from a Rock County Sheriff's Deputy 20 minutes before. The vehicle was spotted at the Highway 11 bypass and Hanover Road, and the officer tried to stop her.

The driver was driving below highway speeds.

Another officer put stop sticks on Highway 11 that successfully deflated the left front tire.

Zoe Elizabeth Meyers, 18, was arrested on suspicion of fleeing an officer and obstructing an officer.

Yellow Alert system could help track hit-and-run suspects faster

Yellow Alert system could help track hit-and-run suspects faster

A proposal would create an alert system like an Amber or Silver Alert for hit-and-run crashes.

One mother applauds the idea and wishes it had been around 14 years ago.

"I think every family needs that closure of that piece of it as soon as they can," Bonnie Stamm said.

But closure was delayed for Stamm and her family after her daughter Amiee was killed by a driver who hit her while she was jogging in 2001.

"I think back to when my daughter was killed and how long it took for anybody to find the person who did that," she said.

Under the potential bill proposed by Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, a Yellow Alert would display the car make, model and license plate of the suspected driver in a hit-and-run crash if the person has been killed or seriously injured.

'Night to Shine' gives teens with special needs the royal treatment

'Night to Shine' gives teens with special needs the royal treatment

When it comes to prom, there's no such thing as too much sparkle for Clinton High School students Olivia Parry and Brandy Smith.

The two went shopping for prom dresses at Veils and Tails in Clinton to attend Night to Shine, a prom specifically for teenagers with special needs.

"I'm excited to go on the red carpet, get dressed up, get my hair and makeup done and just have fun," said Olivia.

Brandy said she was excited for the limo ride and red carpet.

Earlier this year, Central Christian Church in Beloit learned it would receive a grant from the Tim Tebow Foundation to make the night happen. It was one of 46 churches chosen to participate. Another Wisconsin church, Brooklife Church in Mukwonago, will hold Night to Shine as well, according to the foundation's website.

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3 robbery suspects arrested following high-speed chase

3 robbery suspects arrested following high-speed chase

Janesville police said they have arrested three men on armed robbery charges following a high-speed chase early Wednesday.

The incident started just before 1 a.m. in the 500 block of South Jackson Street.

According to police, a man called police and said he was robbed at gunpoint by the three men, and was following the men near Lustig Park. Police said the three men raced away through the park when police tried to stop the vehicle.

Police said they successfully deployed stop sticks near the corner of Center Avenue and West Delevan Drive, but the car continued to go west on Delevan at speeds exceeding 100 mph until the driver crashed the car.

All three men fled on foot once the car crashed, according to police. One was immediately captured and arrested, but the other two were only captured after a search behind some homes in the 2000 block of East Delevan Drive.

Cops: Kids in car with man passed out at wheel in traffic

Cops: Kids in car with man passed out at wheel in traffic

Police said a man thought he was in Beloit when police found him slumped over the wheel of his running car with young passengers aboard Saturday morning in Madison.

Police said 39-year-old Luis F. Garduno was stopped in a traffic lane at 11:37 a.m. on the 2900 block of East Washington Avenue when police spotted him. Officers said Garduno was surprised to learn he wasn't in Rock County but was in Madison.

Police said Garduno admitted that he had smoked synthetic marijuana.

There were also three children under the age of 10 in the vehicle, according to the report. The kids were turned over to a family member.

Garduno was arrested on suspicion of operating while under the influence, possession of synthetic cannabinoid and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputy arrests potential drunken driver while pumping gas

Deputy arrests potential drunken driver while pumping gas

The Rock County Sheriff's office said a Janesville man faces his fifth offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after recklessly driving right by a sheriff's deputy.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday at Jake's Mobil on south U.S. Highway 51 south of Janesville.

According to the sheriff's department, the deputy was filling up his squad car with gas when a car driven by Brian Hunt, 49, of Janesville attempted to turn into the gas station parking lot.

Deputies said he missed the driveway, then drove through a ditch to get access to the gas station parking lot and pulled into a stall.

The sheriff's department said the deputy made contact with Hunt, and smelled intoxicants on his breath. Hunt failed field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested, according to the sheriff's department.