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Interstate construction set to start near Edgerton

Construction work is scheduled to start Monday on Interstate 39/90 at the Highway 73/51 interchange near Edgerton, according to a release.

The project will improve safety, upgrade the road to meet current design standards, modify the ramps and lengthen the bridge of the interstate, Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials said. The project is part of the work before the interstate expansion from the Illinois state line to the Highway 12 interchange near Madison.

The new bridge over the interstate will be constructed south of the existing structure to maintain access to area businesses and neighborhoods, according to the release. Periodic lane and ramp closures are expected near the interchange, but they are dependent on weather and subject to change.

The $12.3 million project is expected to be completed in November.

Rock County Clerk to take Beloit clerk job

The Rock County Clerk is leaving her post to be the clerk for the city of Beloit.

Lori Stottler was announced as the next Beloit City Clerk on Friday. City Manager Larry Arft said Stottler was “by far the best qualified candidate.”

Stottler was elected Rock County Clerk in 2008. She starts in Beloit on June 1.

Alliant Energy wants to build $750 million plant near Beloit

Alliant Energy Corp. is asking regulators to build a $750 million gas-fired plant near Beloit.

The Madison-based utility company on Friday filed an application with the state Public Service Commission to build a plant it says will provide cleaner power than the coal plants it's shutting down. Alliant will close a coal plant on the Mississippi River in Cassville, as well as coal boilers in Sheboygan.

Alliant is also proposing to build a $9 million solar generating facility next to the gas-fueled plant.

The Journal Sentinel reported the new plant would be built on the site of the Riverside Energy Center north of Beloit.

Police: Pizza delivery driver robbed by 3 men, police say

Three men in bandanas robbed a pizza delivery driver in Beloit early Friday morning, according to a release from Beloit police.

Officers were flagged down in the 1000 block of Summit Avenue at 12:09 a.m. by the pizza delivery driver. He told police that he was walking to a home to deliver pizza when three men came up behind him. He said one of the men was armed and used the gun to strike him in the side of the head. He was slightly injured, but didn’t require medical attention.

The driver said an undetermined amount of cash was taken from his pocket, and the robbers also ran away with his pizza and soda. The pizza and soda were discarded by the thieves, and police recovered them at the scene.

A Janesville police K-9 assisted with a track that ended in the 1600 block of Dewey at no specific address.

Police: Milton woman arrested for OWI in fast food drive-thru

Janesville police said they picked up a Milton woman on OWI charges early Friday morning while she was waiting to get food at the drive-thru at Taco Bell.

The incident happened at the restaurant in the 1600 block of Milton Avenue in Janesville just before 1 a.m. Friday.

According to police, Sara Hemming, 37, went through the drive-thru twice on separate occasions to get food. Police said an employee thought Hemming was intoxicated and called police.

Police said officers made contact with Hemming, and she refused field sobriety tests. However, police said Hemming did do a breath test after she was arrested, which revealed she had a BAC of .27.

Hemming faces her fourth charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Family of infant hit by flash grenade settles for nearly $1M

It appears the family of the infant hit in the face with a flash grenade last May has settled with officials in Habersham County, Georgia, for nearly $1 million.

Baby Bou Bou was sleeping while his Janesville family was visiting Georgia when a SWAT team raided the residence and threw a grenade into the then-19-month-old’s crib.

It turns out the SWAT team raided the wrong house.

Documents obtained by BuzzFeed say the Janesville family will receive $964,000, and more than half of that will go toward medical expenses.

Another $200,000 will be scheduled in future payments for Bou Bou, while $137,000 is set aside for his father and nearly $90,000 goes to his mother and three siblings.

Standoff with armed woman inside residence ends peacefully

A Janesville woman was arrested Tuesday night after arming herself and barricading herself inside a residence, police said.

Janesville police were sent to the 800 block of Harding Street for reports of an armed subject around 5:05 p.m., according to a release.

The caller inside the residence said his girlfriend armed herself with a knife and was threatening him, police said. When the man left the residence, the woman threatened to harm herself.

Officers from the Janesville Police Department SWAT Negotiations Team established communication with the woman, according to the release. The woman threatened to force an officer to shoot her if police did not leave the area, so officers deployed a series of less-than-lethal options.

The SWAT Negotiations Team eventually engaged the woman in conversation and police were able to secure her, officials said.

At 7 p.m., the woman was taken into custody without any injuries, according to the release.