Our network


Janesville city manager finalist for job in Calif.

Janesville City Manager Eric Levitt is the only finalist in the search for a city manager in the city of Simi Valley, Calif, according to a news release from the Simi Valley City Council.

The city is conducting a background review of Levitt, who has served as Janesville's city manager since 2008. He was the city manager of Sedona, Ariz. for seven years before moving to Janesville.

The Simi Valley City Council said it was impressed with Levitt's sensitivities and commitment to ethics and transparency. It said Levitt has demonstrated his ability to collaboratively resolve issues.

Levitt's background review is expected to take two weeks.

Janesville police charge man on 4th OWI

Janesville police said a man they found crossing the centerline with his car late Tuesday night has been arrested on his fourth offense of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Police said Roger Tadder, 53, of Janesville was seen by an officer crossing the centerline on Harding Street, as well as Benton Avenue. Police said Tadder failed field sobriety tests after he was pulled over.

Police said Tadder took a Breathalyzer test and had a blood alcohol level of .19. Tadder is currently being held in the Rock County Jail.

Police investigate pharmacy robberies in Verona, Beloit

Police in Verona and Beloit are investigating pharmacy robberies.

Verona police said the Hometown Pharmacy, 202 S. Main St., was robbed at about 5 p.m. Tuesday by a man.

The man entered the pharmacy and demanded Oxycontin, according to Verona police.

He was described as a white man, between 20-30 years old with a scruffy face. He was wearing a darker orange coat with a hood and dirty boots.

He fled the store on foot taking an undisclosed amount of Oxycontin, Verona police said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call the Verona Police Department at 608-845-7623. Anonymous tips can be left by calling Crime Stoppers, 608-266-6014.

Meanwhile, Beloit police are investigating the theft of Oxycodone from a pharmacy Monday.

Beloit police officers responded to the CVS pharmacy at 1063 Fourth St. for a report of an Oxycodone theft about 8:15 p.m. Monday.

More Americans living with pacemakers, study says

A new study by the American Heart Association shows more Americans are living with pacemakers than ever before.

The use of pacemakers has gone up 50 percent in the last decade, according to the study.

"My chances of even being here are so small that it has to be a miracle. That's all it can be, is God's miracle," said Les Johnson from Delavan.

His wife, Kitty, said that Les collapsed after a morning run last August.

"I heard this thud, I turned around and he was lying flat out on the brick walkway," Kitty Johnson said.

One the most common heart problems is an irregular heartbeat. Dr. Tom Teelin, a cardiologist with Mercy Health System who specializes in studying heart rhythms, said a pacemaker can be a good alternative to open heart surgery.

"Les was really doing everything a physician would want their patient to do -- dieting, he was exercising," said Teelin.

Man sentenced on armed robbery, kidnapping conviction

A man convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison.

Edward Dean Cox's prison term will be followed by 20 years of supervision by the Department of Corrections.

The Beloit Police Department said Cox was arrested in connection with crimes committed in December 2011 and January 2012.

On Jan. 10, 2012, a Beloit police officer stopped and identified Cox, who matched the description of the suspect in a Dec. 5, 2011, sexual assault, according to a Beloit Police Department news release.

As the officer was approaching Cox, a witness told the officer that Cox had just been chasing a female on foot. Police said Cox had a large knife and was taken into custody on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Police: OWI suspect struck parked vehicle, blew 0.43 BAC

A Beloit man struck a parked vehicle, recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.43 and was arrested on suspicion of seventh offense operating while intoxicated, according to Janesville police.

An officer came across a traffic crash on North Pontiac Drive and St. George Place at 12:59 a.m., according to police. The officer found a vehicle driven by Ronald E. Campbell Jr., 37, had struck an unoccupied parked vehicle.

Campell initially agreed to field sobriety tests, and he refused to finish, according the officer. The officer said there was as strong odor of intoxicants coming from Campbell, he was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and admitted to being drunk.

A preliminary breath test showed a result of .43 blood alcohol content, according to police.

Campbell was also arrested on suspicion of operating after revocation.

Guns stolen, police make plea to gun owners

Beloit police are asking gun owners to be more careful about securing firearms and keeping serial numbers after five guns were stolen from a home.

Police said a home in the 1500 block of Cleveland Avenue was burglarized Wednesday afternoon. A rear window was broken out and two flat-screen televisions, a laptop computer and five guns were taken.

The homeowner was able to provide serial numbers for two of the five guns. Police said that makes it difficult to return the other three if they're recovered and it makes it difficult to know where the guns came from if they're used in a crime.

The burglars took a Mossburg 500 shot gun, a .22-caliber Ithaca rifle, a .32-caliber special Winchester 94 rifle, a .380-caliber Taurus handgun and a .38-caliber Special Charter Ammo revolver. Police said several hundred rounds of ammunition, holsters and gun parts were also taken.