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Janesville community steps up to save historic chapel

It will cost more than $250,000 to restore the century old Janesville chapel, but the group trying to save the building said they have no doubt they will reach their goal with the overwhelming support of the community.

"This chapel was built for centuries to come," said Richard Snyder, the co-president of Friends of Oak Hill Chapel.

Janesville residents have been working together since last year to save the Oak Hill Chapel from being demolished. The city wanted to tear the building down in 2013 because of its deterioration and infrequent use by the public.

Instead of watching the building crumble volunteers started the group Friends of Oak Hill Chapel raising $40,000 in six months to save the building.

Now the group is in the first phase of restoring the historic 1899 chapel, but it's the community's continued support they said that has surprised them.

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Rockford man charged in second killing

A man already accused of killing a man in Winnebago County, Illinois, is charged in a second northern Illinois killing.

Prosecutors in Illinois' Lee County on Tuesday filed 12 murder counts against 36-year-old Terence Doddy, of Rockford, in the July 1 death of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman. Other charges include robbery, concealment of a homicidal death, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle and credit card.

Doddy is accused of asphyxiating Bargman at a rest stop at Paw Paw along Interstate 39 before stealing the Monticello woman's car. Doddy already was charged in Winnebago County in the June 30 killing of 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier.

He was arrested July 4 after a chase near Beloit, Wisconsin.

Police said Doddy led them on a 25-minute high-speed chase that started in South Beloit and continued through the Wisconsin and Illinois border.

Town of Beloit police add boating unit to regular patrols

The town of Beloit Police Department is hitting the water with a new addition to their patrol units.

"We regularly get complaints about activities that are taking place on the river that we previously did not have the means to address," Town of Beloit Police Chief Steven Kopp said.

The town has received complaints ranging from reckless boating to underage drinking. Now with the addition of a boat to patrol the river Kopp said he hopes officers will be able to cover a wider area while continuing their regular patrols.

"The one thing that we don't want to do is cut down on our regular patrol staffing on the street. So, we are trying to fit in the water safety patrol with our normal duties," he said.

Police identify woman shot, killed Sunday

A 44-year-old Beloit woman who was shot and killed in Sunday morning is identified as Jennifer Falcon, according to a release.

Around 6:30 a.m. Beloit police officers were dispatched to the area of Woodward and White avenues for reports of a person down in the street, officials said.

When they arrived officers found Falcon in the road with an apparent gunshot wound, according to the release. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville and pronounced dead the hospital.

The incident is still under investigation, but it does not appear that the incident was random, according to police.

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Police: Man stabbed during domestic disturbance

A man was stabbed in the arm early Sunday morning during a domestic disturbance in Janesville, according to a release.

Police were dispatched to reports of a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 300 block of West Van Buren Street around 1:40 a.m., officials said.

Officers found a man who had been stabbed in the upper arm, according to the release. He was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was treated and released.

Investigators conducted interviews, and arrested Alisa M. Golden on a first-degree recklessly endangering safety charge, police said. She was taken to the Rock County Jail where she remains in custody pending a court appearance.

OWI suspect found slumped over steering wheel, deputies say

A man suspected of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated was found slumped over the steering wheel of a car parked at the end of a driveway, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies said they found Michael P. Freet, 55, of the town of Rock, in a car parked diagonally at the end of a driveway in the 4700 block of County Road G in the town of LaPrairie just before noon on Friday.

The car was partially on the shoulder of the road, according to deputies.

Freet was arrested after the deputy noticed the presence of alcohol.

Carelessly discarded smoking material causes apartment fire

Officials said the careless discarding of smoking materials was the cause of an apartment fire in Janesville Thursday that caused more than $12,000 in damage.

The Janesville Fire Department was dispatched to the 1400 block of Canyon Drive around 12:15 p.m. for reports of a possible structure fire, according to a release.

The fire was reported by tenants in an adjacent apartment complex who had noticed smoke coming from a first-floor bedroom window, officials said. Firefighters discovered the fire started in the apartment?s bathroom.

The fire was confined to the bathroom and extinguished, according to the release. Smoke and heat damage contributed to an overall estimated loss of $12,500 to the property and contents inside.

Tenants of the apartment building evacuated after an alarm system went off, officials said. No one was home at the apartment where the fire started.