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Son formally charged with killing father

A son has been formally charged with killing his father in Beloit early Monday morning.

Peter Hemmy, 30, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide Wednesday, and was put on a $250,000 bond.

Police said Hemmy walked into the Beloit police lobby around 1:30 a.m. and said he committed a crime at his home. That's when police went to check it out and found Bruce Hemmy, 58, dead.

Hemmy is due back in court next month.

Janesville police search for phony hostage caller

Janesville police are still looking for the person who is responsible for making the phony call Sunday that shut down a street and forced neighbors from their homes.

Deputy Police Chief John Olsen said this is the first time since he has worked for the department that he has encountered a phony call of this magnitude.

"We have gotten calls and the officers have a 'no find,' but something this significant like that -- where somebody is reporting that they shot somebody and that they were holding another person hostage -- is significant," Olsen said.

Residents ask city to turn old gas station into classic car museum

Residents ask city to turn old gas station into classic car museum

Car enthusiast Tom Skinner owns a 1937 Chevrolet made at the old General Motors plant in Janesville. Over the years he has seen the city change, but he said there is one thing that should remain the same.

"This is a car town. General Motors has been here and Samson Tractor before that. We want to highlight and showcase this history of transportation in this city," Skinner said.

Skinner, along with other city residents, has formed the group Friends of Franklin Street Service Station to save a former 1930s gas station from being torn down. They are asking the city to allow them to restore the building and turn it into a classic car museum.

"I think this has a real good chance of bringing people to the downtown area. We've lost so many historic buildings, and this is one of the few remaining historic gas stations in the city. It would be a shame to see it disappear," he said.

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.

Fire destroys garage, Harley Davidson motorcycle

A Tuesday morning fire in the town of Beloit destroyed a garage and its contents, including a Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to a release.

The town of Beloit and town of Turtle fire departments were dispatched to 2312 S. Dewey Ave. around 10:10 a.m. for reports of a garage fire, officials said.

When crews arrived they found a detached, two-and-a-half-story garage fully engulfed in flames with a house 6 feet away, according to the release. Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from the house, which had been evacuated.

Crews were able to get the fire under control in 20 minutes, officials said.

The garage, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and all other contents were destroyed in the fire, according to the release. The fire caused an estimated $56,000 in damage to the building and the contents.

Father, son involved in Beloit's 7th homicide this year

One man is dead, and another man has been arrested in connection to his death on Beloit?s east side Monday.

Beloit police arrived at the scene in the 2200 block of Sunshine Lane around 1:40 a.m. Monday.

According to police, Peter Hemmy, 30, walked into the Beloit police lobby around 1:30 a.m. and said he committed a crime at his home. That's when police went to check it out and found Bruce Hemmy, 58, dead.

The two men are father and son. There were two other people in the house at the time and police had to wake them up, authorities said.

The department is investigating the death as a homicide. Hemmy was arrested on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide.

Police said preliminary indications suggest the death was the result of a domestic situation and that there is no ongoing danger to the community from the incident.

Missing man found safe

Janesville police say a man who was last seen on Friday has been found safe.

Larry R. Lemere was last seen at the Janesville Moose Lodge for a Veterans meeting. He was found after police put out a request for the public's help in finding him on Monday.