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Police: Man arrested following Janesville high-speed chase

Janesville police said they arrested a man who led officers on a high-speed chase following a minor traffic crash early Sunday morning.

A police sergeant saw a minor traffic crash about 2:20 a.m. Sunday in a municipal parking lot at 16 N. Parker Dr., and when the sergeant approached the lot, both vehicles involved in the crash drove from the lot at a high rate of speed.

The driver of one of the vehicles, an Oldsmobile Alero, stopped for officers on S. River St. at Rock St. The driver, Brittany E. Forslund, 25, of Janesville, was arrested on a charge of first-offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to the Janesville Police Department.

Police said the driver of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado, accelerated away from the stop at a high rate of speed.

An officer relocated the Silverado near Linn Street and Wilson Street, and said the truck was still traveling at a high rate of speed disregarding any traffic signs.

Friends create, sell music in honor of missing teen

Beloit police said officers are still looking for leads in the case of teen who went missing nearly a year ago.

While that investigation stays open, friends of Bilial Hammette are not giving up, and they're using their musical talents to help in the search for Hammette.

"I just think about KO and I can't help but shed a tear about the situation," said recording artist Tahj Stewart, also known as Taz Raww.

He was hard at work in the studio Saturday, putting the finishing touches on his first mixtape "KO'd." The record is a collaboration with Trace Thayer, also known as Lil Chief.

It's in honor of their friend Hammette who has been missing from Beloit since Aug. 6, 2011. Hammette was also a recording artist and went by the name "KO."

Stewart said Hammette was the first person he ever recorded songs with, making his recent success with music bitter sweet.

Teen dies in Rock Co. crash

A 17-year-old boy died Saturday morning after his vehicle rolled over in Turtle township.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office said Noah Morris of LaPrairie township was pinned in the driver's seat of a 1999 Chevy�Suburban and not breathing when authorities arrived.�

Authorities said the SUV crashed into a tree and rolled over on County Highway J near Smith Road. Authorities said Morris was wearing his seat belt.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived about 6:16 a.m. but were unable to revive Morris. Authorities said the teen died at the scene around 7:30 a.m.

Turtle township police continue to investigate the crash.

Levels of E.coli in Rock River return to normal

The Rock County Health Department confirmed Friday that E. Coli levels in the Rock River and Lake Koshkonong are within normal ranges.�

Thursday, The Rock County Health Department warned residents to be careful about drinking water when at the Rock River or Lake Koshkonong because of elevated levels of E.coli in the water.

The Health Department previously found elevated levels in four locations. The Health Department suspects the higher levels are because of recent rains that washed bacteria-laden runoff into the waterways.

Health officials said the health advisory has been lifted.

Milton struggles to recruit volunteer firefighters

In Rock County, as well as around the country, volunteer fire departments are trying to find enough people to fill empty spots in their ranks.

Milton Fire Chief Loren Lippincott said it's a challenge to find enough volunteers.

Milton has nearly 40 on their staff, but the department is still taking applications. Next week, the Milton Fire Department will be interviewing potential volunteers to get them ready for training.

Lippincott said the biggest challenge is finding people available during the day from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"It's an ongoing challenge for all of us. There are some departments that are more fortunate to have people that are available during those daytime hours, but it's becoming more and more problematic to fill those slots," Lippincott said.

He said the losing the General Motors plant made it tougher to find volunteers, especially during the day.


Democratic senator decides to leave caucus

A Democratic state senator said he has quit his party's caucus after Majority Leader Mark Miller offered him a weak committee chairmanship post.

Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, said Miller insulted him by offering him the chairmanship of the Small Business and Tourism Committee. Cullen turned the position down, saying the panel doesn't matter, and Miller responded by making him the only Senate Democrat without any committee chairmanship.

"It's so blatantly aimed at me, it's so blatantly intended to send a message that I'm not welcome," Cullen said. "If you know me, you'd know I wouldn't just take it."

Cullen, a moderate who was the Senate's majority leader in the 1980s, said he will no longer join Senate Democrats' meetings and is leaning toward becoming an independent.


Storm damage cleanup under way

Cleanup continues in southern Wisconsin where a powerful storm system produced winds between 50 and 60 mph early Tuesday.

SLIDESHOW: See Wind Damage In Beloit

There are no reports of injuries, but Wisconsin Emergency Management said numerous roads and streets were blocked by tree debris and power lines.

In Rock County, the city of Beloit was hit hard and opened its emergency operations center.

Numerous trees and power lines are down. About 7,000 people lost power. By Tuesday evening, all but about 30 customers had power restored.

Trees removal services were actively working around Beloit Tuesday morning taking down tree branches.

Beloit resident Charlene Tolmie was cleaning up branches, while Dillards Tree Care worked to get a fallen tree off her roof.