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Project to illuminate neighborhood with porch lights

The Janesville Police Department kicked off Operation Porch Light Friday, a project that will illuminate the 4th Ward neighborhood at night by installing porch lights in front of homes, according to a release.

The police department said about six police officers and six police explorers will visit all homes in the neighborhood, offering to install high-efficiency bulbs to light up the area in the hopes of reducing crime and disorder. The department also said it will give officers the chance to meet community members in a positive environment and build trust.

Driver of stolen van leads police chase; squad car struck

Driver of stolen van leads police chase; squad car struck

A South Beloit man was arrested after leading officers on a chase on Beloit’s west side early Wednesday morning, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

A minivan was reported stolen from a home on Shirland Avenue at midnight and was spotted by a Rock County deputy at 2 a.m. speeding on Liberty Avenue, according to the release. The deputy lost sight of the van when it turned south from Liberty Avenue, but a second deputy spotted the van in the area of St. Lawrence Avenue and 8th Street. Deputies said that they tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver accelerated.

Deputies and police said they tried unsuccessfully to stop the van using tire deflation devices, and that the driver lost control of the van and almost struck a tree in the 700 block of Moore Street. Deputies said that when that happened they attempted to box the van in but the driver backed into a squad car and got free.

Beloit woman pleads guilty to intimidating a witness in connection with heroin investigation

Beloit woman pleads guilty to intimidating a witness in connection with heroin investigation

A Beloit woman pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to intimidate a witness in connection with a federal heroin investigation, according to a release from the Department of Justice.

The release said Tiana Williams, 25, will face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. She is scheduled for sentencing June 4.

According to the release, the prosecution established Christopher Evans, the subject of a federal grand jury investigation, assaulted a drug customer and was taken into custody on a probation violation. While in jail, Evans asked Williams to persuade the victim to change his testimony. 

The release said Williams drove to the victim's residence in September and attempted to meet with him to convince him to change his testimony.

The release said Williams admitted she was involved with Evans in a conspiracy to distribute heroin in Thursday's plea hearing. She will be sentenced as if convicted of drug conspiracy.

Crime map lets Janesville residents track police activity

Police in Janesville have started using new software to give residents more information about police activity and the community where they live.

WATCH News 3 Reporter Velena Jones' report on how Janesvillians can stay safe and informed using RAIDS Online, a free online crime map app for computers and smartphones. 

Milton police chief accepts CG chief position

Milton police chief accepts CG chief position

Daniel Layber told the Herald-Independent he accepted the offer to become the new police chief of the village of Cottage Grove. The police commission chose the Milton police chief on March 7.

Layber joined the Milton Police Department in 2011 as the chief of police and will transition to Cottage Grove once he passes background checks, according to the Herald-Independent. ... Read More

Janesville man faces 6th OWI charge

Janesville man faces 6th OWI charge

Janesville Police said a 45-year-old man was stopped during a high visibility traffic enforcement operation Thursday night, and now faces his sixth charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The incident happened just before 7:30 p.m. According to police, an officer ran the plate of John Krause during the enforcement operation, and found the owner of the vehicle had a revoked driving status and five previous OWI convictions.

Police said the officer started following Krause and found him weaving on the roadway and crossing the lane divider lines. Police said Krause didn't stop right away when the officer tried to initiate contact.

Police said Krause eventually pulled over, and the officer could smell the odor of intoxicants coming from the car. The officer said Krause admitted to drinking and had slurred/sluggish speech, according to police.

EMTs revive man who OD’d on heroin in McDonald’s bathroom

EMTs revive man who OD’d on heroin in McDonald’s bathroom

Sauk Prairie emergency crews revived a man who had overdosed on heroin in a McDonald’s bathroom Friday afternoon, according to a release.

Around 4:10 p.m., officers were called to the McDonald’s in the 700 block of Phillips Boulevard for a report of an unresponsive man in a bathroom, police said.

The first officer that arrived found a man rendering aide to an unresponsive man inside the bathroom, according to the release.

When the officer started performing CPR on the unresponsive man, the other man fled on foot, officials said. A witness also told police they also saw a woman leaving the scene before police got there.

Sauk Prairie EMTs revived the man using Naloxone, and the person was transported to the Sauk Prairie Hospital.