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Janesville police investigate purse snatching

A woman was involved in� a purse snatching outside of a bar Wednesday night in Janesville, and police want to see if there is connection to similar incidents recently.

Police said Wednesday night's purse snatching happened outside Bazingas Pub and Grill in the 1100 block of Kellogg just before 10 p.m. last night.

According to police, a 41-year-old Janesville woman was outside the bar smoking when an unknown man grabbed her purse off her shoulder.

Police said the person involved is described as a man in his 20s with short blond hair. He ran away on foot to the west of the bar before leaving in a vehicle.

Another purse was stolen Thursday at 2:30 p.m.� The thief fled with two purses from one cart and is described as a tall white man in his 20s wearing a red Wisconsin hooded pullover and black sweat pants.

Police officer teaches Spanish to other officers

A Janesville police officer is teaching a Spanish course specially designed for other police officers.

A Spanish class for police officers isn't anything new, but a Janesville officer is developing his own approach to teaching the language. Officer Chad Sullivan's course is aimed at connecting law enforcement with the Latino community, and officers around the state and the country are turning to his lesson plans.

Philip Castillo, a Watertown police officer, said he is used to asking questions like, "Any reason for the speed today?" But Castillo said he noticed that on more than a few traffic stops, law enforcement often gets lost in translation.

"Names, how are you doing, that's easy," said Castillo. "But when you get into legalities and certain terms, if you don't know them, it's hard to talk to people."

Beloit College eyes renovating old power station into rec center

Some riverfront real estate could reshape the Beloit College campus.

The college has its eye on a piece of history -- Wisconsin Power and Light's Blackhawk Generating Station along Highway 51.

Beloit College is exploring the possibility of renovating the power station to create a new recreation and activity center. Beloit College said it will need to raise $30 million in private donations to make the project a reality.

Those proposing the plan said it's a chance for the college and the city to redefine life along the river.

The Rock River is where Bill Moore remembers Beloit's vibrant industrial days.

"They've done a remarkable amount of work beautifying the river," said Moore, who has walked along the river since 1973. "I remember when they used to generate power there. There used to be a large coal dump on the end of the building there. Freight trains would drop off cars full of coal."

Police: Woman stole thousands from organizations

Beloit police said they have arrested a woman suspected of stealing more than $27,000 from her parent teacher organization and the Beloit Boys & Girls Club.

The Beloit Police Department said it has arrested Holly K. Flanagan, 34, of Beloit, on charges of theft and financial transaction card crimes.

Police said the Beloit Boys & Girls Club was the first to determine that money was missing on Sept. 25.

Police said Flanagan was a part-time office assistant at the Boy's & Girl's Club who had access to the club's credit card number. Police said she used the organization's credit card for personal use between March and August of 2012. Records revealed that the amount Flanagan charged was nearly $5,400, police said.

The Beloit Boys & Girls Club said it has gotten about 95 percent of the money back through the credit card company, and the club's leader said he hopes to see the rest of the money soon.

Edgerton Hospital Practices Mass Casualty Exercise

Edgerton Hospital Practices Mass Casualty Exercise

If you visited Edgerton Hospital’s emergency department on Thursday, Oct. 11, you would have found a very busy team in the middle of a very serious mock tragedy. A semi truck vs. bus accident on the interstate resulted in multiple patients, with critical wounds, sent by ambulance to the hospital, while others were transported via Medflight. Doctors, nurses, technicians and other staff were busy bustling from room to room, treating each patient and moving on to the next. Luckily, this scenario was just an exercise, but an exercise that could be life-saving one day.

Sheriff: Man fleeing officers causes head-on crash

A man who was being chased by authorities traveled across a highway median and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on Sunday, the Rock County Sheriff's Office said.

At about 11:22 a.m. Sunday, Rock County Sheriff?s Office was advised by Waukesha County authorities that they were trying to check the welfare of a man who was driving a silver Chevrolet Malibu, who was located near the Highway 11/14 Rock and Walworth County line.

Walworth County authorities also reported numerous citizen complaints of this vehicle driving recklessly and dangerously as it traveled through Walworth County.

Rock County deputies saw the vehicle all over the road westbound on Highway 11/14 just west of Emerald Grove. Two Rock County deputy units turned and attempted to stop the Malibu, but the driver of the Malibu increased his speed to around 90 mph and was swerving and traveling in the eastbound opposite lane of traffic, Rock County sheriff's officials said.

Fire damages Janesville restaurant

A fire damaged a restaurant in Janesville on Saturday night.

The Janesville Fire Department was called to Fazoli's Restaurant, 2105 Humes Rd., at about 8 p.m. for a fire.

Firefighters saw light smoke showing from the roof.

Upon entering the building, firefighters found light smoke inside. Fire crews laddered the roof and found the fire to be on the exterior of the structure at the roof level.

Firefighters had the fire under control in about 20 minutes, according to a Janesville Fire Department news release.

Fire crews remained at the scene until about 9:30 p.m. and then turned the scene over to restaurant management.

The fire caused an estimated $20,000 damage to the building and $11,000 damage to its contents, according to the news release.

No injuries were reported.