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Deputies seek help finding girl

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing/endangered runaway.

Sydni E. Briggs, 16, might be in the Janesville area, according to deputies. She was last seen on May 6.

Briggs is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 100 pounds with auburn hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about Briggs' location is asked to call the Rock County Communication Center at 608-757-2244.

Beloit police vote ‘no confidence’ in chief

A union representing Beloit police officers said the officers have voted no confidence in Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin.

Jacobs and Dunkin were recently placed on leave after an investigation of department leadership.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association said the officers’ vote was based on, “an ‘alarming’ state of morale and an environment that has discouraged proactive policing to deal with Beloit’s violent crime."

A statement from the union said officers have “already noted an improvement in their morale” after David Zibolski was named interim police chief.

Police: Management inadvertently interrupts attempted Walmart robbery

Police said management inadvertently interrupted three men attempting to rob the Walmart in Janesville early Saturday.

Janesville police said the suspects entered the Walmart at 3800 Deerfield Drive shortly after midnight and went to the electronics department. The men mentioned they were armed with guns and attempted to rob the store of video game consoles and cash.

According to the news release, police said the suspects decided to leave the store after management inadvertently interrupted the robbery. The suspects fled the area in a silver or tan compact sedan with unknown plates.

Walmart's asset protection department told police that the same suspects are possibly involved in similar incidents at the Delavan and Lake Geneva Walmart stores.

Dozens evacuated after Beloit building wall collapses

A wall collapse at a Beloit building overnight Thursday forced dozens of people from their apartments, police said.

The Beloit Fire Department said firefighters responded to a report of a collapsed wall at 161 W. Grand Ave. at 10:50 p.m. Part of the wall had fallen, and the fire department said the entire east side of the building was weakened and there was potential for a secondary collapse.

One of the walls of the apartment building at 608 4th St., Brittan House, is close to the collapsed wall. Officials evacuated the 45 residents until the structure could be deemed safe. At 8 a.m., Brittan House was declared safe and the occupants were allowed to return at about 10 a.m.


Officials said the wall that fell is part of a 140-year-old building. It's expected to take about two weeks to fix.

No one was injured, fire officials said.

Driver killed in head-on crash with tree identified

Officials have identified the man who was killed Thursday when his car struck a tree head on in Rock County.

The Dane County medical examiner said Friday that 57-year-old Donald J. Rortvedt, of Milton, died from injuries he suffered in the single-car wreck on County Road Y near Wright Road in the town of Harmony.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the crash at 4:28 a.m. 

According to the report, Rortvedt was driving a 2011 Cadillac sedan north on County Y when the car crossed both lanes of traffic, entered the opposite ditch and hit a tree.

Rortvedt was pinned within the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

County Y was closed for about three hours while the Rock County sheriff’s crash reconstruction team investigated.

Missing Beloit teen found safe

Beloit police said a 13-year-old girl who was reported missing Wednesday night has been found safe.

Aneshuwa R. Hall was last seen in the 900 block of Washburn Street around 6 p.m. Wednesday, police said. She reportedly ran away from her mom because she was going to get into trouble at home.

Hall was last seen wearing a gold sleeveless shirt and bleached blue jeans. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds.

Town of Beloit man pleads not guilty in death of 19-year-old

A man accused of murdering a woman he met online pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Rock County Court.

Prosecutors said Andre Robinson killed 19-year-old Brandy Lee Carroll after she responded to an ad posted on the website backpage.com.

A judge said there’s enough evidence to try the 38-year-old on first-degree homicide charges and hiding a corpse.

Carroll’s body was found inside Robinson’s garage in early May.

Sheriff’s deputies said Robinson admitted he was going to get rid of her body that day, but had to go to work.