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Residents oppose proposed Milton gravel pit

A group of residents in Rock County are hoping their legislator can stop a gravel pit from coming to their neighborhood.

A developer is making a second appeal for a permit to install a gravel pit on a farm in the town of Milton.

Nestled among the trees on Klug Road is Camp Wakonda in the Town of Milton. Brandon Crandall maintains the 84-acre campground for the Milton 7th Day Baptist Church.

"We came here 60 years ago because of the serenity of this place," Crandall said. "(They said) because of the neighborhood and the proximity to Storrs Lake Wildlife Area that this is the only and best place to have another gravel pit. A gravel pit will absolutely change our way of life."

Neighbors and friends of Klug Road and Storrs Lake Wildlife and Marsh Area said a proposed gravel pit will harm the environment and destroy their roadways.

At a news conference Thursday, the residents presented a petition with 300 signatures to state Rep. Evan Wynn, R-Whitewater.

Dead fish found along shoreline of Rock County lake

A Rock County lake is being monitored after several dozen dead fish were discovered along the shoreline.

Jim Ark and his high school friend were catching and releasing memories on Thursday afternoon on Lake Leota.

"Every fish we've caught today have been real nice and fat. They look real healthy," said Ark.

Things at the Evansville lake hit a snag last Friday when city workers discovered dead fish along the shoreline of the lake.

"I got a call there were some fish floating in the water. I came up here to look," said Rock County Streets Department worker Brian Roberts. "They were around the spillways and along the north shore here, probably three dozen or so (dead fish)."

A group of residents working to preserve the lake notified Department of Natural Resources officials, who believe the fish kill was likely an isolated incident.


Court: Koepp was properly convicted in triple homicide

A Wisconsin appeals court says a Janesville man was properly convicted of killing his neighbor and her teenage children.

A jury convicted James Koepp in 2010 of stabbing and strangling Danyetta Lentz, her daughter, Nicole, and her son, Scott, in their trailer home in 2007. Prosecutors theorized Koepp killed Lentz to ensure she didn't reveal their affair and killed the children because they witnessed the slaying.

Koepp argued on appeal the trial judge should have allowed testimony showing Lentz had a late-night argument with an unknown man after she refused to have sex with him and her ex-boyfriend had been bothering her.

The 4th District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday nothing shows any violence resulted from the argument or Lentz's ex-boyfriend threatened her.

Koepp's attorney didn't immediately return a message.

Missing Beloit girl returns home safe

A Beloit girl who was missing after she left her home on Monday night has been found safe.

Police said that Carly Jensen, 13, returned home on her own on Tuesday.

The girl had been missing for a couple of hours when police sent out an alert to the public.

Missing teenager found in Beloit

A 13-year-old Beloit girl who had been missing since Monday night returned home safely on Tuesday.

Carly Jensen, 13, left home in the 1900 block of Forest Avenue on the city's west side on her own accord without permission at about 6:15 p.m. Monday, police said.

The Beloit Police Department said officers had been checking with friends, family, acquaintances and numerous locations throughout Tuesday morning without developing any leads as to Carly's whereabouts.

Police said Carly has left home without permission in the past but not for this long of duration. Police said she left home without her needed thyroid medication.

Funeral held for Orfordville soldier killed in action

A decorated soldier from Orfordville was laid to rest Tuesday with full military honors after a private service.

Cpl. Benjamin Neal was killed in action April 25 in Kandahar, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit. He was 21 years old.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. William Catholic Church in Janesville. A public memorial service was held Monday at Parkview High School in Orfordville where Neal graduated in 2009.

A row of American flags lined the street in front of the church as friends and family members said goodbye to Neal. Several hundred people, including many students, attended the service.

"Parkview School District let out classes for the day so everyone could pay their respects, family and friends," said Gina Duwe, a reporter for the Janesville Gazette.

Janesville girl uses positive attitude to overcome arm injury

A Janesville girl whose arm was badly injured in an accident a few weeks ago is making a robust recovery, which her family and doctor credit in part to her positive attitude.

Alyssa Hartin is far from out of the woods, but she's determined and nothing is going to stop her from coming back from the devastating injury. And if Hartin's smile reveals her innocence, her words show her strength.

"I'm just happy because my grandpa actually saved my life," she said.

The 11-year-old's right arm is heavily bandaged now, but she's lucky it's there at all.
"It actually did feel like my arm was gone and half of it was," she said.

Her arm was hurt a few weeks ago when Hartin was traveling with her grandfather in a tractor-trailer. A strong storm hit as the two were driving in Louisiana during Alyssa's spring break. The storm knocked the semi on its side.

"And when it tipped, my arm flung out the window," Alyssa said.