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Videos show liquor store burglary

Videos show liquor store burglary

Janesville police are hoping the release of two videos will help them track down the two people who burglarized a liquor store on Monday.

The video shows one person going into the Liquor Cabinet at 1924 E. Milwaukee St. and taking wine and liquor after another person broke the glass front door at around 12:40 a.m.

One of the two is believed to be a male, 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark-colored jeans and an urban camouflage-colored hooded sweatshirt that’s most likely black grey and white. The other is believed to be a female with a medium build, light-colored shirt and dark-colored pants.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Janesville police at 608-757-2244 or Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636.

Police seek woman who reportedly solicited gas money

Police seek woman who reportedly solicited gas money

Police are seeking a woman suspected of theft by fraud for reportedly asking for gas money.

The Janesville Police Department said officers are looking to speak with Richelle Borchardt.

According to an advisory Saturday afternoon, police said Borchardt has been arrested in the past for soliciting without a license by asking citizens for money under the pretense that she needed gas.  Officers are seeking Borchardt for a recent incident in which she is suspected of committing theft by fraud in the same manner.

Anyone who has contact with Borchardt is asked to contact Janesville police.

The police department said it strongly discourages citizens from handing money to soliciting for gas. If a person questions the legitimacy of a stranger for asking for money, contact police to help the stranded motorist, the department advised.

According to court records, Borchardt is 38 years old and her most recent address is in Janesville.

Police: Drunken driver had teens on board

Police: Drunken driver had teens on board

A Beloit man suspected of seventh-offense operating while intoxicated was driving erratically with two 15-year-olds on board, according to a release from Beloit police.

Officers were called to McKinley and Burton avenues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a vehicle driving erratically into oncoming traffic. Officers said they found the vehicle spinning its tires and creating smoke in the area.

Joseph Lounsbury, 53, was arrested on suspicion of seventh offense OWI with passengers under 16 years of age. He was also cited for operating a vehicle after revocation and reckless driving.

Police notify public of sex offenders moving, relocating in Beloit

Police notify public of sex offenders moving, relocating in Beloit

One registered sex offender in the Beloit area is relocating to another part of the city and another is being placed in the city, according to a notice Wednesday.

The Beloit Police Department said 51-year-old Todd Gupton moved to Dearborn Avenue last week after living on Cherry Street for nearly two years since his release, according to the notice.

The police department also said another registered sex offender, 35-year-old Randall Dorweiler Jr. will be released later this month to live on the 800 block of Johnson Street in Beloit.

Gupton was convicted of enticing a child for immoral purposes in 1989, second-degree sexual assault of a child in 1991 and robbery by force in 2004, according to the notice. He was released in November 2012 to live on the 1000 block of Cherry Street and moved to Dearborn Avenue Sept. 3.

Police: Woman escapes from police squad

Police: Woman escapes from police squad

Beloit police said a woman escaped from police Wednesday afternoon.

Beloit police Sgt. Matthew Donovan said 19-year-old Unique A. Handley was picked up Wednesday on a probation violation. She escaped an unsecured squad car at about 4:40 p.m., before she was transported to the secure entryway at the department at 100 State St.

Handley is described as black and was wearing a turquoise tank top and gray sweatpants. She was not wearing shoes, Donovan said.

A Janesville police K-9 unit and Beloit officers were still searching for Handley in Beloit Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. South Beloit police were also searching, Donovan said.

Anyone with information that may be related to the incident is asked to call 757-2244.

Former deputy accused in double homicide booked into jail

Former deputy accused in double homicide booked into jail

The former Dane County deputy accused of killing his wife and sister-in-law has been booked into the Dane County Jail, but is being housed in the Rock County Jail, officials said.

Andy Steele, 39, was booked into the jail Tuesday, according to a news alert.

Lt. Todd Stetzer with the Fitchburg Police Department said Steele is being housed in Rock County because he used to work for the Dane County Sheriff's Office, and there was a necessity to separate him from both his former co-workers and any inmates he may have had contact with.

Fitchburg police are recommending Steele be charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and his sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol.

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.