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House fire is training, clears space for new fire department

Janesville firefighters are lighting a house on fire for training and to also make room for a new fire station.

The fire department is conducting live fire training on several homes in the triangle-shaped property between Milton and Prospect avenues purchased for the construction of a new fire station.

The structure at 315 Milton Ave. will be used for live burn training Monday. All asbestos and other hazardous materials have been removed from the structures.

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Police: Unknown dog bites 3-year-old boy

Police: Unknown dog bites 3-year-old boy

The Janesville Police Department is looking for the public’s help in finding a dog and its owner involved in a reported dog bite incident Saturday.

Just after noon, a three-year-old boy was bitten by an unknown dog at 1611 Eagle Lane, officials said.

 

The dog is described as a small dachshund, wiener dog type of dog with short white hair with brown patches, according to a news alert.

Police ask anyone with information on the dog or a possible owner to contact the Janesville Police Department at 608-755-3100 or the Rock County 911 Center at 608-757-2244.

Road salt shortage hits snow-removal contractors

It's not hard to remember last year's harsh winter, but private construction companies are still feeling the aftereffects. Contractors are battling a shortage of road salt this season, on top of skyrocketing prices.

Bill Yoss has owned his own construction business for the last four decades and said he has never had a problem getting salt in the past, or had to pay as much as he� is this year to stock salt.

"We've seen it double since last year, and normally we would have a couple tons a year. We got less than 25 percent of that this year, which left us really short and scrambling for salt," Yoss said.

Yoss was shorted by 150 tons of salt and had to pay the same price per ton for the amount from Morton Salt. It forced him to find an additional supply from Venezuela, to be able to provide snow removal this year to shopping centers and areas like the Eclipse Center in Beloit.

Packaging manufacturer bringing 140 jobs to Beloit

Pratt Intrustries, America's leading 100 percent recycled paper-packaging company, announced Friday it will begin construction on a new $52 million box factory in Beloit next spring, a project expected to create 140 new jobs.

"I'm pleased that Pratt Industries, after seriously considering sites in three other Midwest states, has decided to locate the new facility in Wisconsin," said Gov. Scott Walker.

The proposed 350,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which will be built in the Beloit Gateway Business Park, a 56-acre site in Beloit, will produce about 600 tons of recycled boxes a day at capacity, the equivalent of saving more than 10,000 trees every 24 hours.

"This is a memorable day for our company. This plant will be our first ever in the great state of Wisconsin, and is a perfect fit with our aggressive growth strategy to increase our manufacturing footprint and capabilities in the Midwest," said Pratt Chairman Anthony Pratt.

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Missing 'at-risk' man found

Beloit police said a man reported missing Friday morning has been found safe.

Police said John Lloyd Isaacson Jr., 52, was last seen in the 300 block of Shirland Avenue at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Police reported at 11:26 a.m. that he had been found safe.

Organization hopes to provide affordable homes for families

A Janesville not-for-profit organization hopes that building a new house in the city?s oldest neighborhood will bring a renewed sense of ownership to its residents.

"The house is a structure, but the real character and power of an area is the neighbors," said John Ramstad, director of Community Programs at Community Action.

It's all in an effort to provide affordable housing and encourage more development in the neighborhood.

"If you look where the bulk of the wealth of what families have, it comes from the homeownership and the long-term appreciation of those houses, and so the more people that can share in that the hope is they would have some level of financial base in which the family can live over the long term," he said.

Deputies: Drunken driver involved in 2 crashes

A Janesville man suspected of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated was involved in two crashes Wednesday evening, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff?s Office.

Deputies were called to U.S. Highway 14/11 and South Van Allen Road at 6 p.m. for a report of a car that crossed the center line several times. Deputies said the car turned onto East County Road O, where it crossed the center line and struck a westbound vehicle head-on.

The driver of the car, Michael D. Golownia, 27, tried to leave the scene but was unable to get his car out of the ditch, deputies said.

Deputies said Golownia smelled of intoxicants and admitted to drinking. While at the scene, deputies learned that Golownia rear-ended another vehicle while traveling on Highway 14 and left the scene without reporting it, according to a news release.

A search of his car turned up 44 grams of marijuana and evidence of narcotics delivery, deputies said.