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Beloit College holds forum after racial slur spray painted on dorm

A southern Wisconsin college is reacting to the latest incident of racist messages on campus.

Beloit College held a town hall meeting Wednesday after a racial slur was spray painted on the side of a dorm. More than 100 students and faculty attended.

The Beloit Daily News reported that the vandalism happened early Friday morning. But dean of students Christina Klawitter said she wasn't notified until 6 p.m. that day.

Klawitter told the forum the college is still trying to find out who's responsible. She said racism is "not OK in our community," and urged anyone who sees something similar to come forward.

A similar slur was written on a chalkboard in a classroom a couple of weeks ago, and posters hanging on the office doors of African-American teachers were defaced.

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RWD, Janesville eliminated at state hockey

Cedarburg defeated Reedsburg-Wisconsin Dells 3-2 and Superior stopped Janesville 4-2 in the opening games of the WIAA State Boys Hockey Tournament at Alliant Energy Center Thursday.

Dylan Brown scored both goals for RWD as they held a 2-1 lead early in the second period.

But Cedarburg's Evan Gable and James Furey scored goals to give the Bulldogs a spot in the semifinals Friday.

Janesville fell behind Superior 2-0 after the first period, but the Bluebirds got second period goals by Connor Perkins and Harry Henschler to tie the game.

The Spartans took a 3-2 lead on Grant Hanson's tally in the third period and Beau Reder's empty net goal provided the final margin for Superior.

Janesville's DROP program offers heroin addicts help

Instead of arresting heroin users, the Janesville Police Department is hoping to give addicts another chance. The new drug rehabilitation program has only been running for six months, but is already starting to show signs of success.

"I would've probably buried her. I would've buried my daughter. I had the funeral planned," said Becky Drozdowicz.

After years of watching her only child Megan, battle with addiction from drinking at the age of 15 to heroin at age 19, Becky Drozdowicz thought she had run out of options.

"There would be a little ray of hope of that she would become clean but I didn't know how it was going to happen, when it was going to happen."

Looking for help, she turned to Officer Brian Foster from the Janesville Police Department.

"He didn't give up on her. Even when she if she was high. He was still talking to her," Drozdowicz said.

Judge rules Beloit man competent to stand trial in van killing

A judge has ruled a Beloit man is competent to stand trial in the death of his ex-girlfriend.

Forty-one-year-old Christopher Rutherford is accused of running over 47-year-old Sheila Rosenbaum of Beloit with her van and killing her on May 11. He's charged with first-degree reckless homicide.

The Beloit Daily News reported that Rutherford's attorney told a court hearing Tuesday that a psychological evaluation requested by the defense determined Rutherford is competent.

Rock County Judge Richard Werner accepted the report and scheduled Rutherford's trial for April 27.

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DOT Secretary: Change in bonding would delay Verona Road, I-90 projects

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb says the Verona Road project and Interstate 90 expansion project from Madison to Beloit would be delayed two years if lawmakers reduced the amount of bonding in the governor's proposed two-year budget by $500 million.

Gov. Scott Walker's budget would borrow $1.3 billion for transportation projects in the state rather than raise money through an increase in the gas tax or mileage fees. Republican lawmakers have made clear they are uncomfortable with the level of borrowing and have indicated they will change it.

In a DOT agency briefing Wednesday, Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, asked Gottlieb how many projects would be delayed if $500 million was cut from the bonding level. As part of a long list, Gottlieb said that the Verona Road and Interstate 39-90 projects in south-central Wisconsin would be delayed by two years.

Sun Prairie man suspected in Edgerton robbery

A Sun Prairie man was caught after a foot chase following the robbery of a convenience store in Edgerton early Wednesday morning.

Edgerton police were called to Stop N’ Go at 1 S. Main St. at 12:05 a.m. for a report of a robbery. The robber said he had a gun, demanded money and left with an undetermined amount of cash, according to police.

Burtram Antonio Moon was arrested on suspicion of robbery by threat of a dangerous weapon, obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Dane County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol assisted in the case.

Partnership puts more Rock County deputies on patrol in Beloit

Rock County sheriff's deputies will boost patrols in Beloit.

After eight homicides last year, the community was looking for ways to curb violent crime. Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said the Beloit PD and the sheriff's office have a common goal.

"These people who live in Beloit, they pay taxes for county, they pay taxes for the city, and they should be able to have those resources available for them and used for them to keep their families safe," Spoden said.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office is adding two additional deputies to the minimum of three patrol cars within Beloit. The new patrols will target specific neighborhoods with the most crime.

Beloit police Capt. Dan Risse said the motivation behind the initiative was to improve community involvement.

"Law enforcement is not going to be the answer by ourself," Risse said. "We need the community to step up and give us a hand and talk to us."