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Police: Armed man robbed victims at home

Police: Armed man robbed victims at home

Janesville police are looking for a man suspected of robbing people at gunpoint in their home.

Officers were called to 202 S. Academy St. at about 8 p.m. Thursday for a report of a robbery. The victims told police they were robbed at gunpoint when they answered a knock at the door.

Three robbers took money and fled in a black car, according to the release.

The victims said one of the men was 21-year-old Jerard A. Edwards. He?s described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. The other two men were wearing T-shirts, black baseball caps and sunglasses.

Anyone with information about Edwards or information on the robbery is asked to call Janesville police at 608-755-3100 or Janesville Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636.

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Police: Erratic driver arrested for 6th OWI

Janesville police said an erratic driver was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated.

An officer spotted the car Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. making a wide turn and nearly striking a curb. The car over-corrected, crossed the centerline and ran over a curb nearly striking a parked car when the officer made a traffic stop, according to police.

The officer said an open can of beer was in the center console and the driver, Randy A. Bluhm, 48, of Janesville, admitted drinking. He also admitted to smoking marijuana 20 minutes before the traffic stop, police said.

Bluhm failed field sobriety tests and a blood sample was taken.

Bluhm was arrested on suspicion of operating after revocation, not having insurance and for having open intoxicants in a vehicle.

Janesville transit service center prepares for next 50 years

Lines formed around the building as the city of Janesville unveiled its new state-of-the-art transit service center, a facility 12 years in the making.

"We really operate a regional transit service here that's grown immeasurably within the last decade, so the facility that supports it had to grow with it," said Janesville city transit Director Dave Mumma.

City officials celebrated the new $7.9 million building with a dedication ceremony, open house and free bus rides for the public. Federal grants supplied $6.6 million, and the remaining cost was covered by the city of Janesville.

City officials said the 43,200-square-foot center, located off Highway 51 on Black Bridge Road, was designed to serve the community for the next 50 years.

Rock County looks to Dane County for medical examiner

Rock County may soon be looking to Dane County for medical examiner services, after the current county coroner's elected term is finished the first of next year.

Assistant to the Rock County Administrator Randy Terronez said after years of concerns with how the Coroner's Office operates, this year county board officials decided to eliminate the Rock County coroner position and transition to a medical examiner.

"There has been a certain amount of controversy in the last 10 years or so. There's been concern about how the office was operated. Having it appointed instead of elected where the voters end up deciding who that person is, and through the authority of the county administrator office who would do the hiring, appointment and supervision, that sets up a better of accountability," Terronez said.

On Monday, the Rock County Public Safety and Justice Committee board supervisors were presented with two proposals to consider:

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Man arrested in heroin investigation

A Beloit man was arrested during a Rock County Sheriff?s Office heroin investigation, according to a release.

Deputies said a SWAT team served a search warrant at 1636 Dewy Ave. on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the sale of heroin.

Sean Dion Staff, 33, was arrested on suspicion of four counts of delivery of heroin, two counts of maintaining a drug vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. He?s scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

The FBI Safe Streets Task Force and Beloit Police Department assisted the investigation and search.

Police look for info on stray dog bite

The Janesville Police Department is asking for the public’s help with information about a stray dog that bite someone Monday afternoon, according to an alert.

Around 2:30 p.m., a citizen in the area of West Racine Street and Park Avenue was bitten by a stray dog, police said.

The dog is described as a light tan pit bull with no collar, according to the alert. The dog has white on its face, a white left front paw and unclipped ears.

The dog was last seen running north east toward the 400 block of Johnson Street, police said.

Officials ask anyone who owns or finds a dog matching the description to call the Janesville Police Department at 608-755-3100.

Area communities receive funding for after-school programs

Students in some south-central Wisconsin communities will get to participate in programming outside of the school day thanks to funding from a federal grant, according to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Fifty-five sites around Wisconsin received funding through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to improve math and reading skills, run academic enrichment programs, and develop students? athletic and social skills, officials said.

?Community Learning Centers have a proven track record of supporting students and families and boosting academic achievement,? State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. ?Funding is targeted to schools with higher socioeconomic needs to help us close achievement gaps so all students are on track to graduate college and career ready.?