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Bachmann, Ryan among top 5 House fundraisers

U.S. Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota are among the top five U.S. House candidates nationwide in money raised during the current two-year election cycle.

The Center for Responsive Politics says Bachmann raised $14.8 million and Ryan brought in $4.2 million. Ohio Republican John Boehner raised the most, at $18.2 million, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report.

Mid-year election filings also show that Ryan has $5.4 million cash in hand, the most of any House candidate in the country.

The Janesville Republican is well above his fundraising pace from his first five House campaigns, when he raised an average of about $1.3 million per election. In this campaign he's on pace to top $5 million.

Bachmann has $1.9 million cash on hand.

Chamber orchestra summer program aims to reach out to children

A newly formed chamber orchestra is hoping its new summer program will reach out to children and benefit some of Rock County's homeless children.

The Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra is hosting a three-day strings camp this year. "We're working on some techniques such as shifting, and other more advanced techniques that they might not get in class because it's larger groups," said concertmaster Tiffany Chang.

Chang said area musicians are volunteering to help the 40 student participants, including Olivia Vincent.

"I really like being able to play something that sounds really pretty," said Vincent.

Music Director Ian Nie said the goal is to inspire future classical musicians. "I don't want people to think of music as a background thing, but as something that is enjoyable that can touch the heart," said Ian Nie.

Police: Mich. man travels to Janesville to sexually exploit girl

Janesville police said they arrested a Michigan man who traveled to Janesville on Monday morning for the purposes of having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl he had been communicating with online.

Janesville police said they arrested Jerry John Osmolinski, of Belding, Mich., on several charges stemming from online communications Osmolinski was having with a 13-year-old Janesville girl.

Detective Steve Williams assumed the victim's identity online, and Osmolinski continued the conversation for several months, believing he was communicating with the girl, according to a Janesville Police Department news release.

Police said Osmolinski traveled to Janesville Monday intending to have sex with her.

Osmolinski was taken into custody Monday at 222 N. Franklin St., where he believed the victim lived, police said.

Rock County deputies find missing man

Rock County sheriff's deputies said a missing man they were searching for has been located and is in good health.

Sheriff's officials said Woodie Garrett, 58, left the Rock County Health Care Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Office said it needed to find Garrett to check on his welfare.

Garrett was found in good health at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Pavelski, Janesville Jets continue tryouts

With temperatures in the 90's, Friday was a great day to go inside to watch hockey.

At Eagles Nest ice arena in Verona, the Janesville Jets continued their final tryout camp.

There are a lot of guys trying out, enough for seven teams to start. They'll cut that down to 40 for more scrimmages over the weekend, then a final roster of 27 will make the Janesville Jets.

Joe Pavelski, a former badger and now San Jose Shark is a co-owner of the jets. He remembers back to the days when he was on the ice for this sort of tryout.

"It's amazing and you look at how young kids are and how it seems like it was just yesterday but it's been a little while -- it's been 8-9 years -- since we were kind of in those days so it's pretty fun to see -- see kids play and try out and try to do anything to make the team," said Pavelski.

Report: Dead baby found in Ill. recycling center

Police in Illinois are investigating the death of a baby found on a�conveyor belt at a recycling center located near the Illinois-Wisconsin state line.

WIFR-TV reported that Winnebago County sheriff's deputies were called to the Total Waste Recycling plant just outside of Rockton about 8:45 Friday morning.

Workers were�separating garbage from recyclables when they saw the body, according to WIFR-TV.

According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, the baby may have been stuffed into a container and brought to the facility by a garbage truck.�

"We thought it was a dead animal but when we got closer, we found out it was a baby," said John Sioberio, an employee at Total Waste Recycling who discovered the infant with his co-workers.

Finding where the baby came from will be difficult, said detectives, since trucks from all over the�state line�use the facility daily.

Suspects in bank robberies arrested, charged in 6 robberies

Two people have been arrested and charged with six bank robberies in the Madison, Middleton and Janesville areas.

Michael Benike, 29, of Madison, and Tara Thousand, 25, of Mt. Horeb, were arrested Friday by FBI agents, along with police officers from the Madison and Mount Horeb police departments.

In a criminal complaint, police said the pair "knowingly took by force and violence, and by intimidation, money" from six banks over the last few months.

The complaint said this pair robbed Associated Bank on Allen Boulevard in Middleton on May 9, Associated Bank on West Broadway in Madison on May 14, Anchor Bank on Holiday Drive in Janesville on May 19, M&I Bank on Mineral Point Road in Madison on May 23, Anchor Bank on South Westfield Road in Madison on June 6 and Home Savings on Mineral Point Road in Madison on June 8.