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Home invasion suspects captured in Lake Delton

Four people suspected in a Rock County home invasion were arrested Monday following a chase and large manhunt in Lake Delton.

The incident began around 1 p.m. when Lake Delton police officers saw a suspect vehicle driving on Meadowview Drive that was wanted in connection with a Rock County burglary.

When officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Highway 12, the driver did not stop and attempted to elude the officers, according to a Lake Delton Police Department news release.

Police said a short time later, the driver acted as if they were going to turn left into a motel parking lot on West Munroe Avenue, but instead drove the wrong way on the divided street for about a block before the vehicle started coming to a stop.�

Before the vehicle stopped, two women and two men jumped out of the vehicle and ran north onto Camp Chi property, police said.

Police said they were able to take one woman and one man into custody immediately.

More hospitals require staff to get flu shots

A handful of health care workers nationwide have been fired for refusing mandated flu vaccines.

In his 14 years as a paramedic, Chris Kaiser said this has been the worst flu season he's ever seen. He said receiving the flu vaccine was a big priority for him, especially because he is often coming in and out of the emergency room at St. Mary's Janesville.

"I'd like to keep myself healthy," Kaiser said. "I certainly don't want to spread infection between patients. I would hate to think as a health care provider, I was spreading flu amongst our patients that I saw. That seems counterproductive to what we're supposed to be doing here, which is keeping people healthy."

"Our main motivation is how do we keep our staff and our patients and our visitors safe." said Chris Smith, director of safety and quality at St Mary's Janesville. "So, clearly, getting a flu shot is what's recommended by all the experts. And so safety of our patients is our main motivation."

Janesville man arrested on suspicion of 4th OWI

A Janesville man was arrested on suspicion of fourth offense operating while intoxicated after a traffic stop early Monday morning, according to Janesville police.

A Janesville police officer said he stopped the vehicle driven by Timothy R. Willger, 40, after running the vehicle?s plates and discovering the registered owner had a revoked driving status.

The traffic stop occurred at Milton Avenue and Morse Street at 1:30 a.m., according to police.

The officer said Willger had bloodshot, glassy eyes and smelled of intoxicants. He said Willger denied drinking but later admitted he had been drinking.

Willger failed field sobriety tests and was arrested, according to police. A blood sample was taken for testing but results are not yet available.

Willger was also arrested on suspicion of operating after revocation.

Guns, money, pickup truck stolen in home invasion

One man received minor injuries Friday night after two men invaded a couple's home and robbed them, according to the Rock County Sheriff?s Department.

On Friday at 10:54 p.m., Rock County deputies, along with police, fire, and EMS personnel from Edgerton, were dispatched to a report of a home invasion and armed robbery on West Miles Road in Fulton Township.

Police said a man and his wife were home when two men wearing dark-colored ski masks entered the house through an unlocked door, held both homeowners hostage at gunpoint, and demanded access to a safe.

Investigators do believe that the house was specifically targeted by the robbers.

"Based on statements that were made by the suspects when they entered the residence," Rock County Capt. Jude Maurer explained, "there were specific demands made which leads us to believe that there was some inside knowledge as to what they were looking for in the residence."


Police look for dog that bit child's face

Janesville police are searching for a dog that apparently came up and bit a child's face.

Police said an adult and an 8-year-old child were walking in the area of West Holmes and Lincoln streets around 8:15 p.m. Friday, when a dog bit the child.

The dog ran away. Police describe the dog as mixed breed, medium-sized, and black and brown.

The child received 10 stitches from the injury.

Authorities are asking for any witnesses to come forward and contact the Janesville� Police Department.

DNR announces first winter season free-fishing weekend

Residents, nonresidents invited to try winter-time fishing without a license    

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wisconsin’s first winter free fishing weekend, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 19-20.

Bob Manwell, DNR spokesman in Fitchburg, said residents and nonresidents are invited to fish Wisconsin waters without first purchasing a license.

Wisconsin has had a similar free fishing weekend in June for many years but Manwell said the mid-January free fish event offers the chance to  try "hardwater" fishing.

Manwell also said loaner tackle is available at some sites.

Burglars take copper from vacant homes

Police in Milton are investigating two burglary cases where copper was taken from vacant homes.

The burglaries occurred between Saturday and Sunday at a home on West Elizabeth Street and another home in the 900 block of Hilltop Drive, according to police.

Police are asking the owners of vacant homes, real estate agents and neighbors near vacant homes to make sure properties are secured and suspicious activities are reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Milton Police Department at 608-757-2244 or Janesville Area Crimestoppers at 608-756-3636.