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Exam: Man competent to stand trial in father's hammer death

Exam: Man competent to stand trial in father's hammer death

A psychological exam finds a Beloit man competent to stand trial on charges he beat his father to death with a hammer last summer.

Prosecutors requested the evaluation of 30-year-old Peter Hemmy. Hemmy is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the Aug. 25 killing of his father, 58-year-old Bruce Hemmy.

At a hearing Tuesday, defense attorney Jason Daane said he still has questions about the evaluation and wants to conduct his own exam.

But Daane says Hemmy won't meet with a defense evaluator. The Beloit Daily News reports the judge scheduled a hearing Feb. 11 for the defense to question the prosecution's evaluator.

Police say Hemmy told investigators he was angry with his parents because they were moving to an apartment and he could no longer live with them.

Man arrested in connection with Bad Brad's robbery

Man arrested in connection with Bad Brad's robbery

A Janesville man was arrested Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery at an area bar last month. 

The Janesville Police Department said 29-year-old Jeffery Forsythe was arrested at the Rock County Jail on a charge of armed robbery related to an incident at Bad Brad's tavern on Rockport Road Dec. 15. 

Det. Kyle Austin said in a news release that information from the public helped identify Forsythe. 

Bad Brad's was robbed on a Monday morning, according to police. The robber showed a handgun, demanded money and fled the bar with cash. 

Police sent out an alert that afternoon asking for the public's help identifying the suspect based on a physical description of the robber including that he was wearing a "Michigan" sweatshirt


Call to report robbery ends with drug charges for 2 19-year-olds

Call to report robbery ends with drug charges for 2 19-year-olds

Two Janesville teenagers face drug charges after calling police to report an alleged armed robbery, Janesville police said.

Just after 7 p.m. Friday, officers were sent to 456 1/2 N. Chatham St. for a report of an armed person, according to a news alert.

Officers spoke with Cody Odom and Briahna Boudreau, both 19, who said two men forcibly entered the residence with guns and took Odom's cellphone, officials said.

Odom and Boudreau smelled of THC, and Boudreau admitted to smoking marijuana, according to the alert. Officers also said they could smell marijuana throughout the residence.

Officials obtained a search warrant and a search of the residence resulted in officers finding numerous items of drug paraphernalia and 55.2 grams of individually packaged marijuana, police said.

Odom and Boudreau face tentative charges of possession with intent to deliver THC, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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.

Police: Businesses say scammers claim to be from utility company

Janesville police said a scam targeting businesses has been reported in the area.

Four separate Janesville businesses reported receiving a phone call from 608-721-8076 recently, according to a news alert. The caller identifies themselves as a representative from Alliant Energy, and tells the business that their utility bill is past due.

The caller tells the business that their utilities will be disconnected within the hour if the bill is not paid, police said. The representative suggests the business pay with a debit or prepaid Green Dot card.

Alliant Energy officials told police they are not making the calls, and citizens should never give out any personal information over the phone.

Alliant Energy customers can call 800-255-4268 if they have questions about their account.

Janesville man charged in Home Depot shoplifting scheme

Janesville man charged in Home Depot shoplifting scheme

A massive investigation that spanned more than a year has resulted in the arrest of 30-year-old Tyler Groeller of Janesville.

Police believe Groeller was the mastermind behind a scheme to shoplift $20,000 in merchandise from Home Depot stores in 11 different cities in Wisconsin over the course of a year. Groeller allegedly recruited 35 known heroin users to shoplift the merchandise for him.

Police said once the merchandise was stolen, the shoplifter would return the item to Home Depot. Because they did not have a receipt for the item the store issued them gift cards.

Janesville police were first contacted by internal security at Home Depot in October 2013. Home Depot security discovered that $20,000 in gift cards had been used by a Janesville landlord. They tracked those gift cards and discovered the cards had been issued to the 35 individuals alleged to be involved in the shoplifting.

Beloit PD to intensify traffic safety enforcement Friday, Saturday

The Beloit Police Department will intensify its traffic safety enforcement Friday and Saturday. Beloit Police Officers will be working under an Alcohol Saturation Grant, provided the State of WI, to combat drunken driving and increase safety belt use.

The Beloit Police Department along with WI Department of Transportation has identified the following roadways in the community as 'at-risk':

Liberty Ave. (Highway 81), Riverside Dr. (Highway 51), and Prairie Ave.