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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.

Police say no one heard gunshot in apparent suicide

Police say no one heard gunshot in apparent suicide

Police called the death of a 31-year-old Janesville woman Wednesday an apparent suicide.

The Janesville Police Department said officers responded to a home on the 1600 block of Mole Avenue just before 3 a.m. for a report of a domestic dispute.

In a news release Wednesday afternoon, police said officers met Carl Rowan, 32, outside the home. Rowan reportedly told police his wife, 31-year-old Hollie Rowan was inside the house and may have a handgun.

"We were sent to this domestic, and it was clearly a pretty violent domestic," Janesville Police Chief David Moore said. "We had two victims that were stabbed, and then of course, even more tragic we got inside the home and found that Mrs. Rowan had committed suicide."

Officers found Hollie Rowan dead inside from an apparent gunshot wound, according to the release.

Police identify 4 arrested during tactical situation in Beloit

Police identify 4 arrested during tactical situation in Beloit

A tactical standoff at a Beloit home has ended with two men in the residence being detained, police said.

Beloit police Capt. William Tyler said there was a report of an attempted armed robbery in the 900 block of 10th Street before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Beloit police Capt. Dan Risse said a man was found with a head wound. The man had been pistol whipped following an argument earlier.

Police searched for a suspect until about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, when officers centered their search at a house on the 1900 block of McKinley Avenue.

Tyler said police tried to make an arrest but the suspect, who was armed, refused to come out. Police negotiators and a tactical team were called to the scene at about 6 a.m. At 7:30 a.m. Charreese Long, 22, and Arsheal Gill, 19, both from Beloit, surrendered and were detained, Risse said.

Third victim of Beloit park shooting ID'd

Third victim of Beloit park shooting ID'd

The third victim of a shooting at Summit Park in Beloit has been identified, according to a release.

Eighteen-year-old Tyrice Somersett's condition has stabilized enough for him to be interviewed by police, officials said.

The deceased victim of the shooting was previously identified as Jose Carruthers-Paramo, 16, from Beloit.

On Saturday, around 8:40 p.m., Beloit police were dispatched to reports of shots fired at Summit Park, at 1218 Henry Ave., according to a release.

When police got to the scene, they reported seeing a large crowd trying to get out of the area, officials said.

The third shooting victim has been identified as a 14-year-old girl from Beloit, according to a police report.

The victim who had been reported injured during the incident and was treated at Beloit Memorial hospital has been identified as Robert Brandon, age 20, from Madison.

The investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.

Program to connect communication between Rock, Illinois county

Rock County authorities said a partnership with an Illinois County sheriff's office will improve public safety. 

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said the agency is partnering with the Illinois Winnebago County Sheriff's Office to exchange information in real time.

A communication program called Adobe Connect allows law enforcement to share information related to public safety such as missing persons reports or kidnapping cases. Investigators will be able to upload information from squad-mounted computers. Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers offered to share use of the web-based program for free with Rock County deputies. 

Spoden explained that since Rock and Winnebago counties are in different states, they operate under different regulations and also have differing technical issues related to communication devices. 

4 arrested with $3K worth of THC, officials say

4 arrested with $3K worth of THC, officials say

Four people were arrested after a drug investigation and traffic stop turned up Ecstasy and $3,000 worth of THC in Janesville, police said.

During an investigation into drug distribution use in the 1400 block of Canyon Drive, Janesville police observed a vehicle leaving the area of 1415 Canyon Drive with two occupants, according to a release.

Officers initiated a traffic stop and a K-9 alerted police to drugs, police said. Officers found and seized THC from inside the vehicle. The two occupants were taken into custody.

Investigators continued to gather information and eventually executed a search warrant at 1415 Canyon Drive No. 15, according to the release. During execution of the search warrant, police arrested two more people and seized THC, drug paraphernalia and Ecstasy.