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City of Beloit, local NAACP partner to stop violence

The city of Beloit and community leaders are working together to reduce crime, after a summer of unusual violence for the city.

"We want to certainly do everything we can at a societal level to try to dampen down this crime and this violence," City Manager Larry Arft said.

Arft and the local NAACP chapter are looking to create a youth center, to provide a safe refuge for local teens.

"The purpose is to try to get young people in more constructive, productive types of activities and in a safe environment where there is adult supervision. Hopefully, that will prevent some of the kinds of violence that the city experienced this past spring and summer," Arft said.

Plans for the center include providing teens with activities and mentorship programs. Possible locations for the center include the local Boys & Girls club.�

But the center is just one of many ideas to decrease crime in the area.

Police: Man shoots at woman when confronted about love triangle

A man fired a gun at one of two women who confronted him about being in a relationship with both of them at the same time, according to a release from Janesville police.

Officers were called to 1134 Hoover St. at 11:09 p.m. Sunday for a report of intruders being held at gunpoint. Officers said that when they got to the scene they found the intruders were two women who had come to confront Nathan Dane Orbison, 37, about being in a relationship with both of them at the same time.

Police said Orbison had ordered the women to the ground behind his home and fired a shot from a semi-automatic handgun at one of the women.

No one was injured.

Orbison was arrested on suspicion of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment.

Minivan pulling trailer may be responsible for gas leak

Police said a vehicle may have cut a gas main in Janesville Saturday, causing traffic to be diverted due to a gas leak.

The Janesville Police Department said at about 2:15 p.m., officers and the fire department responded to a report of a natural gas leak at the intersection of Beloit Avenue and Palmer Drive.

According to the report, surveillance video shows a green minivan, possibly a Chrysler, towing a trailer.

A person driving the green minivan can be seen removing a white or gray trailer from the area of the gas leak, officials said of the surveillance video. The person is described as a white man, 6 feet tall, wearing dark glasses, shorts and white T-shirt with writing on the front.

Police believe the gray utility trailer may have become disconnected and severed the gas main to a nearby water utility building.

Police find cocaine, pound of pot, arrest 5

Police arrested five men after officers seized drugs, including more than a pound of pot at a Janesville home Saturday morning.

The Janesville Police Department said officers responded to a report of people breaking into cars on the 3100 block of Vold Court at about 5 a.m. The caller told police one person ran away when confronted. An officer arriving in the area attempted to contact two men outside and the men ran.

During the foot chase, the two men ran into an apartment on Vold Court and the officer followed, according to the report. Backup officers arrived and the two fleeing men were taken into custody.

Police said narcotics and drug paraphernalia were in plain view inside the apartment. Officers obtained a search warrant and seized several articles of drug paraphernalia, 498.6 grams of THC and 8.8 grams of cocaine.

Man reportedly slumped over wheel suspected of 5th OWI

Rock County authorities said a driver who was found slumped over the wheel in a Newville gas station parking lot has been arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense drunken driving.

The sheriff's office said someone reported the driver on Saturday about 12:30 a.m. Deputies who roused 48-year-old Michael L. Drought said he smelled of alcohol.

Authorities said the Janesville man performed poorly on field-sobriety tests. He was arrested on a tentative charge of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, and taken to the Rock County Jail.

He's scheduled to make an initial appearance in court Monday.

Heroin dealer sentenced to 15 years in prison

A Rock County man described as a major heroin dealer was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Rock County District Attorney?s Office said David Givhan, 29, was also sentenced Sept. 10 to 11 years of extended supervision. Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 55 years. Givhan was charged with five counts of manufacture /delivery of heroin as a second and subsequent offense, five counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place as a second and subsequent offense, possession with intent to deliver heroin as a second or subsequent offense on or near a school, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of narcotic drugs as a second and subsequent offense, two counts of possession of marijuana as a second and subsequent offense and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Givhan was facing a total potential sentence of 180 years prison and 60 days in jail.

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.