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Advisory: Sex offender to move to Portland Avenue next week

Advisory: Sex offender to move to Portland Avenue next week

A registered sex offender is scheduled to move into the Beloit area, according to a notice Thursday.

The Beloit Police Department said 46-year-old Norman A. Stuhr is scheduled to move to the 1200 block of Portland Avenue Wednesday.

Stuhr was convicted of first-degree and third-degree sexual assault of a child in 1987 and 2006.

Police said he will be on GPS electronic monitoring while living on Portland Avenue. As part of his supervision conditions, Stuhr is not allowed to have contact with minors, go to taverns, bars or liquor stores, cannot consume alcohol or drugs and cannot take part in any activities in the community without prior approval from his supervising agent.

Beloit PD said Stuhr is not wanted by police at this time and the information the department is providing about his release and location is only intended to inform the public.

Man who fled police caught with drugs, stolen gun, police say

Man who fled police caught with drugs, stolen gun, police say

A Beloit man who fled officers involved in a drug investigation was caught with drugs and a stolen gun after a foot chase, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the Rock County Special Investigation Unit was in Beloit Wednesday morning conducting a drug investigation when they spotted two people involved in a drug transaction in a vehicle just before noon. When a deputy tried to pull the vehicle over, it sped away and police didn't pursue it.

Minutes later, deputies spotted the vehicle in the area of White and Park avenues, and deputies followed it to the Watertower Apartments where the driver parked, according to the release. Deputies said that when they pulled up and identified themselves, the driver ran about 100 yards before deputies caught up to him and tackled him.

Beloit man facing drug charges flees, resists during arrest

Beloit man facing drug charges flees, resists during arrest

A Beloit man was arrested on drug charges Wednesday after leading police on a foot chase, Rock County officials said.

Around 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday members of the Rock County Special Investigation Unit conducted a drug investigation in Beloit and observed two subjects conduct what looked like a hand-to-hand drug transaction in a vehicle, according to a release.

When a Rock County deputy attempted to the stop the vehicle, the driver accelerated away and the deputy did not pursue the vehicle, police said.

Within minutes deputies observed the vehicle in the area of White and Park avenues, according to the release. After deputies made contact with the driver in the parking lot of the Watertower Apartments, he fled on foot.

The driver, Joshua D. Gillespie, 24, of Beloit, ran about 100 yards before being tackled by deputies, officials said. Gillespie fought with deputies, but they were eventually able to handcuff him.

Man wanted for bar robbery questioning

Man wanted for bar robbery questioning

Milton police are looking for a man wanted for questioning after a bar was robbed Saturday.

Officers are looking for Michael L. Ranum, 28, who is also wanted for a parole violation for a 2007 robbery. He's described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pound, bald with brown eyes and tattoos. He's known to frequent Janesville and Milton.

The Junction Pub on Merchant Row was robbed by threat of force at 1:08 a.m. Police said Ranum demanded a bottle of liquor from the bartender and threatened to harm the bartender if he did not receive the alcohol.

Ranum and a woman who was with him had been involved in a fight with other patrons moments before the robbery, officials said. Ranum and the woman fled out the back door when police were called.

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.

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.