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Janesville residents could face bumpy drives without added funds

Janesville's public works officials say some of the city's roads are at risk of falling into failing condition and without necessary funding it will be hard to find a fix.

City officials said if more money is not put into street repairs, drivers will be in for a bumpy ride.

"I don't believe the referendum means that people don't want the roads fixed, but they want us to go about it a different way or come back with a better-worded referendum," said Sam Liebert, Janesville City Council president.

After a November referendum for $1.2 million to cover the cost of repairing Janesville roads failed, fixing those roads might be more difficult.

"Our hands are essentially tied. It's either referendum or borrow or don't fix the roads. Those are the three options," Liebert said.

Police hope picture will help ID owner of found property

Police hope picture will help ID owner of found property

Janesville police say some found property may be identifiable based on a photo found with the item, according to a news alert.

A Janesville resident found property in a Janesville neighborhood on the north side, officials said. The owner of the property is unknown, but a photo associated with the property may reveal the owners identity.

Officials ask anyone who recognizes anyone in the picture to contact Lt. Terry Sheridan at 608-755-3100.

House fire started by child playing with lighter, officials say

Investigators believe a Beloit house fire Wednesday was started by a child playing with a lighter, according to a release.

The Beloit Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire at 510 Froebel Street just before 11 a.m., officials said.

Crews said there was smoke and flames showing from the west side of the home when they go to there.

The fire was extinguished after crews confirmed all occupants were out of the building, according to the release. The fire was confined to a bedroom, but there was smoke damage in the kitchen and living room.

Investigators said the child playing with a lighter started a mattress on fire.

No injuries were reported, according to the release. Damage is estimated at $5,000.

Police arrest man who tries to rob Dunkin Donuts

A man who tried to rob a Janesville Dunkin Donuts Nov. 3 has been arrested, according to a news alert.

The incident happened around 6:45 p.m. at the bakery in the 1900 block of Center Avenue.

According to the alert, Steven A. Megis, Jr., 31, told the clerk he had a gun, but he kept his hand in his pocket and no weapon was displayed or seen.

Megis fled empty-handed before police got to the scene.

On Nov. 25, Megis was arrested on a tentative charge of attempted armed robbery thanks to several tips from the public, officials said.

Megis is being held at the Rock County Jail.

Man dies from gunshot wound; Police investigate

A man found shot on the terrace of a Beloit street Sunday afternoon has died, Beloit police said.

Around 12:30 p.m. Beloit officers were sent to the area of the 1200 block of Copeland for a report of a man down, according to a release.

When officers got to the scene they found a man down on the terrace suffering from a single gunshot wound, authorities said.

Joe?l Paul P. Baldwin Davidson Royster, 24, of Beloit, was transported to Beloit Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead.

Investigators are currently investigating the incident, but they believe this was not a random shooting.

Janesville unveils new plans for fire station

Plans to build a new central fire station in Janesville have been a sensitive topic for some community members. Now with the latest proposal showing a reduction in the building's size to cut costs, some residents are wondering if it will be worth it in the end.

"You might as well just bury me with the house because I'm not having any luck," Janesville resident Patricia Perry said.

Perry is one of the few residents left on the empty part of Prospect Avenue.

"I was supposed to be out by the 29th of October. So they are giving me leeway, I don't know how much leeway they are going to give," Perry said.

Perry's house, along with 11 of her neighbors' houses, will become the new location for Evansville new central fire station. But after seven years of renting and her current income, Perry is finding it hard to find a new home.

Police: Arrest of armed, dangerous man locks down Beloit school

A Beloit school was put on lockdown while police arrested an Illinois man on felony charges Thursday afternoon, according to a release.

Around 12:30 p.m., the Beloit Police Department was contacted by the Winnebago County Sheriff?s Office and the Rockford, Illinois, Police Department, and told them a suspect that was considered armed and dangerous and who was wanted on felony warrants was at a home in Beloit, officials said.

Beloit police set up surveillance and observed Joseph E. Carter, 35, of Rockford, inside the home, according to the release.

A tactical unit surrounded 1513 Henry Ave. just after 2:20 p.m., authorities said. Carter was taken into custody a short time later.

During the police response, traffic was briefly restricted and an area school was locked down, according to the release.

The residence was the home of a relative that was not known or believed to be connected to the investigation involving Carter, officials said.