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Deputy arrests potential drunken driver while pumping gas

The Rock County Sheriff?s office said a Janesville man faces his fifth offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after recklessly driving right by a sheriff?s deputy.

The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday at Jake?s Mobil on south U.S. Highway 51 south of Janesville.

According to the sheriff?s department, the deputy was filling up his squad car with gas when a car driven by Brian Hunt, 49, of Janesville attempted to turn into the gas station parking lot.

Deputies said he missed the driveway, then drove through a ditch to get access to the gas station parking lot and pulled into a stall.

The sheriff?s department said the deputy made contact with Hunt, and smelled intoxicants on his breath. Hunt failed field sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested, according to the sheriff?s department.

Man who drives through ditch faces 5th drunken driving charge

A man who a sheriff?s deputy saw drive through a ditch to get to a gas station parking lot Saturday night faces his fifth drunken driving charge, according to a release.

Just before 10 p.m. a Rock County sheriff?s deputy was putting gas in his squad car at Jake?s Mobil on South Highway 51 when he saw Brian R. Hunt, 49, of Janesville, attempt to turn into the gas station parking lot, officials said.

Hunt missed the driveway, drove through the ditch to get into the parking lot and pulled into a parking stall, according to the release.

The deputy went to talk with Hunt and could smell alcohol on his breath, officials said. Hunt failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for felony fifth-offense operating while intoxicated, and was also issued a citation for inattentive driving.

Hunt will be in jail court Monday afternoon.

Fire causes $60K in damages to vacant home

The cause of a fire in an unoccupied two-family home in Beloit Saturday night is still under investigation, according to a release.

Firefighters could see fire coming from the front and back, and heavy smoking coming from all sides of the home at 617 Merrill Ave. just after 10:30 p.m., officials said.

No one was injured in the fire, but the structured sustained heavy fire damage to front of the home on the first floor and the entire second floor, according to the release. There is also smoke damage throughout the entire structure.

The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation, but officials estimate the damage to be about $60,000.

Walker's kibosh on casino may put Beloit plans up in air

After Gov. Scott Walker on Friday rejected plans that were years in the making for a casino in Kenosha, a city official and an industry businessman are concerned it may mean bad news for a similar Beloit proposal.

Beloit City Manager Lary Arft and the Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer said their plan for a casino will now be expedited through federal review.

"This decision is no cause for celebration," Greendeer said. "In the face of it, it looks like one over the other. But I don't think that this really typifies a victor and a loser."

Ho-Chunk Nation has opposed the Menominee Nation's plan to build a casino in Kenosha since the beginning. Greendeer said if the casino was approved, it could adversely affect the Ho-Chunk Nation by $30 million.

"It's not specific to Menominee, it's any tribe that is looking to leap frog into another tribes traditional, historical territory and market," Greendeer said.

Church to hold memorial service for man found in creek

A memorial service for a man whose body was found near a creek will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. at Milton United Methodist Church.

The body of Allen Brown, 80, was found last week near a creek bank, along with his partially submerged SUV.

According to a news release, Brown crossed the center line while driving on Highway 59 and drove into a ditch before landing in Badfish Creek.

Brown had been missing for nine days after he failed to return home from a luncheon with a friend in Monticello.

Victim?s blood to be tested for HIV in homicide trial

A Rock County man facing homicide charges could have his charges changed if the victim?s blood sample tests positive for HIV.

Clayton Courtney is accused of brutally stabbing his roommate and killing Brittany Cross in May. Courtney faces charges of first-degree attempted intentional homicide and first-degree intentional homicide.

In court Thursday, Rock County Judge Daley approved a motion to allow Mayo Clinic to test a sample of Cross's blood for HIV.

On the date of the homicide, Cross reportedly told Courtney she was HIV positive and would not be able to have children with him.

Police: Injured dogs suffering from malnutrition found during investigation

Two people were arrested in Janesville for animal neglect Saturday as officers executed a search warrant.

Lucas Scott and Elizabeth Hartwig are facing charges for having two dogs in what police called deplorable conditions at a Janesville home.

The animal neglect conditions were found as police were investigating the couple over the weekend for a home invasion in Dane County.

Two pit bulls were living with no food or water, and were sitting in their own feces and urine, officials said. One was living in a cage outside the home and another was in the couple's basement.

The dog that was living outside had to be put down, but the other one is being treated at the Dane County Humane Society.

?It?s heart-wrenching to see the injuries that these animals sustained because of neglect of an owner that wasn?t responsible enough to provide the adequate conditions for the dogs to live in,? Janesville police Sgt. Chad Pearson said.