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3rd ambulance successful in transporting woman during storm

It took a third ambulance and a snow plow to transport a pregnant woman to a Janesville hospital.

Clinton emergency responders were dispatched to help the woman shortly after midnight Friday after she got stuck in the snow on Highway 14 while driving to the hospital. Clinton first responders were unable to get through the snow storm.

The woman walked over to a private ambulance that had also gotten stuck along Highway 14. Authorities said a third ambulance was dispatched, this one from the Janesville Fire Dept., but also got stuck.

Janesville Fire Shift Cmdr. Scott Morovits said a county snowplow was summoned and the third ambulance was able to take the woman to St. Mary's Hospital in Janesville. Hospital spokesman Joan Neeno said the pregnant woman was treated for nausea, but was not ready to deliver her baby.

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage


Madison-area community closures, advisories will be updated
throughout the strong winter storm affecting much of Southern Wisconsin.

Beloit attempted homicide suspect arrested in Chicago

One of three men sought by Beloit police in an attempted homicide case was arrested in Chicago, according to Beloit police.

Beloit police identified Samuel L. Jones, 29, Terrell Peppers, 31, and Charles A. Steel, 29, as suspects in an Aug .4 shooting outside the Turtle Tap at 1344 East Grand Ave.

Peppers was arrested Wednesday in Chicago on a warrant, according to Beloit police.

Police are working with the Rock County District Attorney on Peppers? extradition.

Police said they found evidence of a shooting in the parking lot at the bar after responding to a shots-fired call.

A few minutes later, the 911 center received a call that there was a gunshot wound victim near Nelson and Keeler avenues, according to police.

Police said when they arrived, officers found an abandoned car which had several bullet holes in it, and blood inside the vehicle indicating that someone had been injured.

Deputy: OWI suspect had open beer can in car

A Stoughton woman was arrested on suspicion of fifth offense operating while intoxicated after a deputy witnessed her car nearly collide with another vehicle, according to the Rock County Sheriff?s Office.

The deputy noticed the car driven by Cheryl Ackerman, 40, at 7:28 p.m. Wednesday while traveling east on State Highway 14 near North Newville Road.

The car was all over the road and nearly collided with another vehicle, according to the deputy.

The deputy reported seeing an open can of beer in the car?s center console and said Ackerman failed field sobriety tests.

She was also cited for having open intoxicants in a vehicle and unsafe lane deviation.

Snow 'major contributing factor' in double fatal crash

Two people were killed when their car slid into the path of a semi Wednesday night in Center Township, according to the Rock County Sheriff?s Department.

Deputies responded to State Highway 11 a half-mile west of North Roherty Road at 9:28 p.m. for a report of a car versus semi crash.

Investigators said a car driven by Jaime Paiz-Gutierrez, 41, of Footville, was traveling east on Highway 11. He lost control of the car on the snow and ice-covered roadway. The car crossed the center line and was struck on the passenger side by a westbound semi.

Paiz-Gutierrez and passenger Guadalupe Ortiz, 45, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies said both had been wearing seat belts and were trapped inside the car.

The semi driver, Jeffrey B. Smith, 46, of Rockford, Ill., was transported to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Highway 11 was closed for approximately five hours.

Traffic crackdown nets zero OWI arrests, 287 traffic citations

Traffic crackdown nets zero OWI arrests, 287 traffic citations

12 area police agencies take part in county-wide enforcement mission

The Rock County Sheriff’s Department said its Friday crackdown on impaired driving and seat belt enforcement resulted in nearly 300 traffic citations and zero drunken-driving arrests.

The county-wide Booze-N-Belts mission included 12 local police agencies patrolling extra officers Friday to spot drivers without seat belts fastened

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden released the deployment results Monday, which included:

  • 100 seat belt citations
  • 47 speed citations
  • 43 operating after revocation or suspension
  • 97 other traffic offenses
  • 135 warnings

The sheriff also said seven warrant arrests and four drug arrests were made as a result of the Booze-N-Belts effort.

Fire damages Beloit apartment building

A fire at a Beloit apartment building was knocked down quickly but did $10,000 in damage, according to the Beloit Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to an apartment building at 920 Park Ave. at 11:17 a.m. on Tuesday for a report of a fire in a first-floor apartment.

The first firefighters on the scene reported nothing showing from the outside of the building, and the alarm in the building hadn?t sounded so no one was evacuating.

A man was found conscious inside burning apartment unit and damage was contained to that apartment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters from South Beloit and the Town of Beloit were called to assist because of the size of the apartment building.