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Fire destroys home in Town of Beloit

One firefighter was slightly injured battling a blaze at a home early Friday morning in the Town of Beloit.

The Town of Beloit Fire Department responded to a call just after midnight. The house is in the 3200 block of South Prairie Avenue.

When fire crews arrived at the scene, they saw the home fully engulfed in fire and smoke. Firefighters made two sweeps of the house and found no one inside.

Fire officials said the structure's whole roof collapsed and the home is considered a total loss.

One firefighter suffered dehydration while battling the blaze and was treated at the scene.

Damage is estimated at $50,000, officials said.

Romney to campaign at Janesville manufacturer

Republican Mitt Romney plans to campaign at a Janesville manufacturer on Monday as part of his six-state bus tour.

A source close to the Romney presidential campaign who requested anonymity because the campaign had not officially released the details said today that Romney will be at Monterey Mills in Janesville.

The source said U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, who is from Janesville and a potential vice presidential pick, will also appear with Romney.

Monterey Mills bills itself as the premier supplier of knitted fabric to the paint roller industry.

Romney's bus tour begins on Friday in New Hampshire and concludes Tuesday in Michigan.

The Wisconsin stop marks the first time Romney has campaigned in the state since winning the primary in April. It comes less than two weeks after Gov. Scott Walker won a recall election, bolstering Republicans' hopes for the presidential race.�

Orfordville Parkview headed to baseball title game after semifinal win

Orfordville Parkview High School boys baseball team is headed to the Division 3 state baseball title game on Thursday after a no-hitter in the semifinals.

Orfordville Parkeview junior pitcher Jameson Lavery threw the no-hitter against St. Mary's Central. It was his third no-hitter this year.

"(I) actually wasn't feeling that great this morning and finally, I went swimming and loosened up a bit. It really didn't hit me that I had the no-hitter until like the fifth inning when I went up to one of the freshman and I was like, 'They really have no hits,' and I just plowed through it," Lavary said.

He had 10 strike outs and retired the final 17 batters that he faced for just the fourth no-hitter in Divison 3 history

The Vikings won 2-0 and will face Prescott in the title game.

Woman writes book about Rock County cold cases

Many of Rock County's unsolved killings are decades old and the original investigators have since retired. But some are making sure the memory of murder victims is far from forgotten.

Twenty-four years ago, investigators made a grisly discovery inside a Rock County home. They found the body of 23-year-old Virginia Hendrickson. The Hendrickson case is a sad trip down memory lane for Doug Witt, who's a former investigator for the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

"I believe there were in excess of 70 stab wounds on the body and it was just really sad," said Witt. "To think of her young child up there in the room left for the rest of her life without a mother.

"If it was a member of your family or my family, it would haunt you the rest of your life," he said.

But county resident Terri Garcia has decided to try and do something about unsolved deaths, like Hendrickson's.

Locals speculate Romney's trip through Wisconsin could include Janesville

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is scheduled to travel through Wisconsin next week, leaving many speculating he could come through Rock County.

Romney, who is expected to challenge President Barack Obama in November, is crisscrossing the nation to rally support for his candidacy. His trip to Wisconsin is part of a larger sweep through the Midwest.

Listeners at WCLO Radio are buzzing about the news that Romney is coming to Janesville. However, those reports are just rumors right now.

Tim Bremel, host of the program "Your Talk Show," said the Janesville's troubled economy continues to top the list of concerns for area residents.

In 2008, the city's General Motors plant served as a presidential campaign stop for then-U.S. Sen. Obama. Now, some speculate that empty shell could become the battlefield on the road to the White House.

Cause of Rock County woman's death changed to homicide

The death of a 91-year-old Turtle Township woman last September has been changed from an apparent accident to a homicide, according to Rock County Sheriff's Office.
Marjorie Sands was found dead in her home. Authorities initially thought she had fallen and struck her head in her home in the 2200 block of East West Hard Road on Sept. 18, 2011.
The Rock County Coroner's Office said that she died from "accidental blunt force trauma to the head," but detectives said that they have received information that make investigators reconsider her death.
After exhuming Sands' body, a forensic pathologist found "inconsistencies" between her injuries and the original cause of death ruling, according to the Sheriff's Office.


Two buildings damaged in Janesville fire

Two buildings went up in flames in Janesville on Sunday.

Authorities report that the owner had a brush fire from 10 days ago, which reignited on Sunday afternoon.

The buildings were destroyed, causing an estimated $30,000 in damage.

No one was hurt the fire.