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Trial date set for Janesville man charged with homicide

A Janesville man accused of murder will face trial in June.

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.

During a hearing Wednesday, a trial date was set for June 22. Courtney?s attorney also asked that a jury be brought in from another county citing media coverage of the case.

Judge James Daley declined the request, but didn?t rule out the use of an outside jury later, if needed.

The jury will be sequestered.

The judge did grant a motion to order the Wisconsin State Crime Lab to test Cross' blood sample for HIV.

Beloit superintendent retires for private sector

Beloit Superintendent Steve McNeal has been working in education for the last 36 years, 32 of them in administration, but now he is saying goodbye.

"I'll miss the kids," he said.

McNeal is retiring from his position as superintendent after 3 1/2 years in which the district has increased enrollment by 400 students, and completed more than a dozen building projects to revamp the district.

His retirement also comes after a formal reprimand earlier this year by the board of education for using an offensive image at a school convocation. Community groups pleaded for him to step down during a protest in October.

"To say that it's been my favorite fall would certainly be a lie. Did it play in my decision? Absolutely some. But I hope that I always look in the mirror and know that I did the right thing," he said.

Janesville man charged in shoplifting scheme heads to trial

Tyler Groeller, 30, is heading to trial following accusations he was the mastermind behind a shoplifting scheme.

Groeller appeared in Rock County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing. He stood mute, as a judge bound him over for trial. A date has not been set yet.

Groeller is accused of trying to steal $20,000 in merchandise from Home Depot stores across Wisconsin. Police say he would recruit heroin users to steal from the store, then return the item for a gift card.

Groeller had told investigators a Janesville landlord would buy the gift cards for 50 cents on the dollar. Police have turned the case over to the Rock County District Attorney's Office, which will decide if charges will be filed against the landlord.

Prep Mania Game of the Week winter schedule released

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school sports this winter sports season.

The games will air live on Channel3000.com.

Here's the schedule:

Thurs., Dec. 18 -- Madison Memorial at Madison West - boys hockey - 8 p.m., Madison Ice Arena

Tues., Jan. 6 ? DeForest at Mt. Horeb boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 8 ? Reedsburg at DeForest girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 16 ? Poynette at Lodi boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 29 ? Madison Memorial at Sun Prairie boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 30 ? Janesville Parker at Verona girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 6 ? Sun Prairie at Middleton boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 10 ? Middleton at Madison West boys hockey ? 8 p.m. (Madison Ice Arena)

Tues., Feb. 17 ? Stoughton at Monona Grove boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Police: Two people beaten up outside Janesville bar

Two people suffered significant injuries after a group of people battered them early Sunday morning outside a Janesville bar, according to Janesville police.

The incident happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday near QT?s Bar and Banquet on South River Street in Janesville.

According to police, a disturbance originally occurred inside the bar. Police said after that altercation, the two victims were followed to the intersection of West Milwaukee Street and North Franklin Street, where they were beaten. One of the victims is a disabled person, according to police.

"The disturbance started because one person knocked the pool ball off the pool table and someone threw it back onto the table, and it came close to someone else in the bar," said Lt. Keith Lawver, with the Janesville Police Department. "That initiated the disturbance inside the bar."

Man wearing Michigan sweatshirt robs Janesville bar, police say

Police in Janesville are asking for the public?s help in locating a person who robbed a bar Monday morning.

Bad Brad?s Bar on Rockport Road was robbed around 11:15 a.m., officials said.

The robber is described as a white man, approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a tin or medium build. He was wearing a dark ski mask and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with ?Michigan? written in yellow across the front of the sweatshirt.

The robber displayed a weapon and took money from the tavern, according to a news alert.

Officials ask anyone with information to contact the Janesville Police Department at 608-755-3100 or the Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636.

Beloit College remembers grad who died following Al-Qaida raid

About 80 mourners, including Luke Somers? mom, brother and close college friends, somberly packed into the Beloit College Chapel Sunday afternoon to remember the 33-year-old 2008 graduate who died Dec. 6 following serious injuries sustained following a failed US attempt to rescue him from his Al-Qaida captors who had kidnapped him last year.���

?May the pure love Luke himself bore such eloquent witness hold you up to the day it finally heals your heart," Beloit College spiritual program director Bill Conover told memorial service-goers who looked on to see the photojournalist?s pictures while using music to help remember his life.

Beloit College faculty said about half of their student body study abroad, which was a big factor attracting the British-born Somers to Beloit College.