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Beloit Neighborhood Watch meeting will look at recent crime activity

Topics at the next Beloit Neighborhood Watch block captain meeting will include recent major crime activity and neighborhood patrols, according to a news alert.

The agenda also includes national police issues, how police patrol neighborhoods and an update on police using personal body cameras, officials said.

The Neighborhood Watch block captain meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Beloit Public Library at 605 Eclipse Boulevard.

An open forum will take place before the meeting adjourns at 7 p.m.

Sheriff’s office adds patrols for homecoming weekend

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office will be adding additional patrol deputies to the roads during Homecoming this weekend, according to a release.

Deputies will be dedicated to patrolling roadways and areas that can be hazardous for young and inexperienced drivers, officials said. They will also be enforcing traffic and alcohol violations.

The leading cause of violent traffic deaths for teenagers is motor vehicle crashes, according to the release.

“It is our intent to be proactive in hopes of preventing any unfortunate events and to see that their homecoming night is safe and enjoyable,” the release said.

Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said he wants to encourage parents and guardians to talk with their teenagers about the importance of using seat belts, adhering to traffic laws and to reinforce safe driving habits.

Hospital to kick off 'Bras for Hope' fundraiser

Hospital to kick off 'Bras for Hope' fundraiser

To celebrate October as breast cancer awareness month, Edgerton Hospital has launched its "Bras for Hope" fundraising event.

Local individuals and companies are invited to create bra art in various themes that will be displayed throughout Edgerton Hospital for the month of October. The more creatively designed, the better. The goal is to raise awareness for breast cancer and to support local residents and their families facing the struggles of cancer by donating all proceeds to the Rock County Cancer Coalition. 

The cost to submit a bra is $10, and the bra that raises the most money ($1 is one vote) will be deemed the winner during a ladies night out event at the hospital on Nov. 6.

To participate, people should:

Traffic routes will be altered for Beloit fireworks event

Traffic routes will be altered for Beloit fireworks event

There will be altered traffic routes in the area of Riverside Park Friday night for the 2014 Pop on the Rocks event, according to an alert from the Beloit Police Department.

The altered traffic routes will be in place to prevent unsafe traffic hazards for those attending the fireworks event from 7:30-9:30 p.m., officials said.

Police reminded drivers to be cautious of pedestrian traffic.

Annual motorcycle event raises thousands for muscular dystrophy

The 20th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Tub Run, a charitable fundraising motorcycle ride, returns Saturday in Janesville. 

The 90-mile motorcycle ride, presented by the South Central Wisconsin Janesville Harley Owners Group, Kutter Harley-Davidson and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, begins at Kutter on North Pontiac Drive in Janesville at noon, organizers said. 

The Tub Run also includes a poker run, live music, pork barbecue, camping, bike games, a silent auction and steak dinner presented by Texas Roadhouse.  

Janesville police said motorists should expect traffic disruptions because of the motorcycle riders from about noon to 12:30 Saturday. Traffic flow on Highway 14 and other roadways in the area near North Pontiac Drive, Ruger Avenue and South Wright Road will aslo be affected. 

Hospital org recognizes employee for community efforts

Hospital org recognizes employee for community efforts

On Wednesday, Edgerton Hospital's community education coordinator, Lisa Rebman, accepted the 2014 Rural Health Ambassador Award given by the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. Rebman was one of 15 recipients in the state of Wisconsin.

The Rural Health Ambassador Award was established in 2004 to recognize employees at member hospitals who have gone above the call of duty in promoting their hospital and have made significant contributions to rural health care in general. The award recipient must be involved in one or more activities that enhance the hospital’s relationship with the community, strengthen rural health care within their community and demonstrate a positive attitude with patients, visitors and co-workers.

Walmart gives police $3k for community programs

Walmart gives police $3k for community programs

Walmart donated money to the local police department to fund community programs. 

According to a Janesville Police Department release Wednesday, the Walmart Foundation and the Janesville Walmart gave $3,000 through the Local Facility Giving Program.

"Walmart believes that the police department is doing important work in the community it serves and Walmart is proud to be able to support [those] efforts," Janesville police said in the release.

Police said the $3,000 will support the police department's 12th annual Bike Rodeo on June 7 at Wilson Elementary School. The money will also help the "Shop with a Cop" program in December at Walmart.