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Janesville man charged with 6th OWI

Janesville man charged with 6th OWI

The Rock County Sheriff's Department said a Janesville man is facing his sixth charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he was pulled over south of Janesville late Wednesday evening.

The traffic stop happened just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday near the corner of West Sunny Lane and South U.S. Highway 51 in the town of Rock, south of Janesville.

According to the sheriff's department, John Licastro, 61, was observed to have been "passed out" in his car by another driver before he left a parking lot near the intersection.

Sheriff's officials said a deputy nearby pulled him over, and could smell the odor of intoxicants and observed an open intoxicant inside the vehicle.

Licastro failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Rock County Jail, according to the sheriff's department.

SWAT, police to train at Janesville City Hall

SWAT, police to train at Janesville City Hall

Janesville police will be training at the City Hall the next two weekends, according to a news alert.

The SWAT team training on Nov. 8 will include building clearing, rescue operations and casualty care, officials said.

On Nov. 15, the Janesville Police Department will host rapid deployment training at City Hall.

Rapid deployment is the swift and immediate deployment of law enforcement personnel to on-going, life-threatening situations where a delayed deployment could result in death or great bodily injury to innocent people, officials said.

During the trainings, several Rock County law enforcement agencies will practice rapid response and deployment formations, according to the release.

Beloit police conduct tactical training Tuesday night

Beloit police conduct tactical training Tuesday night

Officers with the Beloit Police Department will be participating in tactical training Tuesday night, according to a news alert.

The training will be taking place in the 1700 block of Park Avenue from 5:30-8:30 p.m., officials said.

The area will be marked with signs, and there is no danger to the community, according to the alert.

Normal traffic flow will not be affected by the training, officials said.

Police look for man who crashes vehicle, flees on foot

Police look for man who crashes vehicle, flees on foot

A man who fled police at a high rate of speed and then ran away on foot after crashing his vehicle is still wanted by the Janesville Police Department, according to a release.

Janesville police were involved in a drug-related investigation on the south side of Janesville around 4:34 p.m. when they stopped a vehicle on Center Avenue near Nicolet Street, officials said. The vehicle was a green Ford Expedition, and it fled north at a high rate of speed on Center Avenue.

The officer began to pursue the Ford, but immediately ended the chase on Center Avenue near West State Street due to public safety, according to the release. At one point, the suspect vehicle was seen crossing over the opposite lane of traffic.

The vehicle tried to go over the center median of Monterey Bridge, which disabled the tires, police said. The vehicle stopped as it crashed into the bridge dividers on Center Avenue near Riverside Street.

Police seek help in case of starved dog

Police seek help in case of starved dog

Police are asking for the public's help concerning the death of a dog found Tuesday in Beloit.

The city of Beloit police said a dark brown male pit bull was found dead inside a metal animal cage behind the Del Mae Motel at 1850 Madison Road. The pit bull was found along the tree line.

Police said it appeared the dog had starved to death and was dead about two to three weeks before it was found.

In a request from the department seeking the public's help, police asked anyone with information that could be related to the incident to call 364-5876.

"This was a terrible way for this poor dog to die and we would like to hold the person responsible," the police department said in a post online.

Police said officers have talked to many people but are lacking leads in the case.

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.