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Beloit man found unharmed

An ?at-risk? man who went missing Sunday afternoon in Beloit has now been found, said police.

City of Beloit police said the missing person is Brian D. Schoonover. He was last seen at about 3 p.m. on Sunday in the 900 block of Grant Street. �He was recovered Monday.

Police describe Schoonover as a 39-year-old white man with short red hair, green eyes, no teeth and tattoos.

Schoonover had made threats of self-harm, said police, and could be suicidal.

Sheriff: Drunken driver nearly hits squad car head-on

A Rock County sheriff's deputy arrested a suspected drunken driver who nearly crashed head-on into the deputy's squad car, the Rock County Sheriff?s Office said.

The deputy was driving in the 900 block of Vine Street in the city of Beloit at about 1:13 p.m. Sunday when he saw a Pontiac Aztek driving southbound in the northbound lane of traffic and heading straight toward his squad car, according to a Rock County Sheriff?s Office news release.

The deputy was able to avoid a collision and stopped the Pontiac Aztek.

When the deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Jose E. Jimenez Valencia, 57, of Beloit, the deputy saw an open can of beer in the driver's console, according to the news release.

Sheriff's officials said Valencia was slurring his words and the deputy could smell the odor of intoxicants coming from him. Due to his level of intoxication, Valencia could not perform standard field sobriety tests, sheriff's officials said.

Police: Mom drank, drove with 1-year-old on board

A Beloit woman was arrested after a crash in Janesville where police reported the driver had an open bottle of vodka and a 1-year-old child on board.

Police were called to a report of a car that had struck a light pole in the median on Beloit Avenue south of Venture Drive at 2:53 a.m. Saturday.

Police said the driver of the car, Janice A. Rook, 32, admitted to drinking prior to the accident and failed field sobriety tests. Police said an open bottle of vodka was found in the passenger compartment.

Rook's 1-year-old child was in the vehicle at the time of the crash, according to police The child was examined at a hospital and found to have no injuries.

Rook was arrested on suspicion of third offense operating while intoxicated, having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, and knowingly operating after revocation causing property damage.

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Saturday, the first day of September.

As Labor Day weekend brings the end of summer, ReadyWisconsin is urging Wisconsinites to discuss emergency preparation.

“Preparing for emergency events like tornadoes, flooding and winter storms requires individuals and families to be self-reliant and ready to face days without utilities such as electricity, water and phone service, access to local businesses such as gas stations and supermarkets, and other needed services,” said a Wisconsin Emergency Management press release.

People across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergencies by getting an emergency supply kit, making a plan for an emergency, and being informed about what types of emergencies could happen in your community.

OfficeMax offers back-to-school discounts

OfficeMax offers back-to-school discounts


Local OfficeMax stores are offering back-to-school savings for Madison parents and teachers.

Teachers will receive a 25 percent store-wide discount with an exclusive coupon during its “Thank You Teachers Event,” said a press release.  Teacher discounts will take place Sept. 2 through Sept. 4.

Teachers taking advantage of the discount must be a MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers member, which is free. Teachers can sign up in-store or online

Teachers must also present a coupon, which can be found here.

Parents and students can save 50 percent off backpacks, messenger bags, totes and lunch bags.  The items range in price from $8.99 to $69.99, said OfficeMax. 

Parent discounts end on Sept. 1.

Popular dog trial comes to Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival

Popular dog trial comes to Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival

The Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival will feature the Crook & Whistle Stock Dog Trial in September.

The festival, held at Jefferson Fair Park, includes 125 border collies.  The sanctioned trial, according to a press release, is one of the most popular in the upper-Midwest.  Runs will be featured all three days of the festival.

Sheep shows will be held on Sept. 8 and 9.  Attendees can learn about breeds of sheep, meet baby lambs, test sheep knowledge, and watch shearing demonstrations.  Fleece will also be sold.

Other sheep and wool events include production classes and a Make It with Wool competition on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Ryan's RNC speech gets mixed reaction in Janesville

Paul Ryan's acceptance speech in Tampa, Fla., for the Republican vice-presidential nomination is getting mixed reviews in his hometown.

The idle General Motors factory in Janesville remains a hot topic for many Rock County residents. Some former auto workers tuned in Wednesday night hear what Ryan had to say.

For those who WISC-TV spoke with Thursday, the biggest sticking points were Ryan's comments about GM and the Janesville plant's shutdown in April 2009.

"Paul Ryan is pointing the finger at President Obama and saying it's his fault -- it's not. It's Paul Ryan's (fault). He did not do his job. He hasn't done his job in the 14 years he's been in office," said Dave Vaughn, vice president of UAW Local 95.

Ryan supporter Brian Williams disagrees.