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Rock County Woman's Death Under Investigation

Investigators said that they hope an autopsy will reveal how a 46-year-old Janesville woman died on Thursday morning.

Deputies said Rebecca J. Carney was unresponsive when they found her in the driver's seat of her vehicle just after 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Her vehicle was traveling northbound on Highway 14 when it left the road near West Butts Corners Road, and traveled about 1,300 feet before stopping in a farmer's field, investigators said.

Deputies and emergency responders from Evansville EMS and Madison paramedics responded, and attempted CPR before pronouncing Carney dead at the scene.

The cause of death isn't yet known, but foul play isn't suspected, according to investigators.

Carney was the only person in the vehicle, which was not damaged when it left the road, investigators said.

Bus Line Between Janesville, Whitewater Could Help Job-Seekers

A proposed commuter bus line between Janesville and Whitewater could start as early as next month.

The new commuter route could be the missing link for unemployed people in Janesville looking for work.

Joshua Myers called the Rock County Job Center his home away from home. After three years of looking for work, he said his criminal record is just one of the hurdles he'll need to overcome before getting hired.

"I don't have a car, and there's no way I can get out to businesses outside of Janesville," Myers said.

But Myers isn't alone. Christopher Baumann has been out of work for about six months.

"I've had a lot of job offers out of town, but I couldn't accept them because I couldn't get there," Baumann said.

Bob Borremans, with the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, said Generac in Whitewater is looking to hire 500 new workers and is one of the co-sponsors of the proposal.

Beauty Salons, Spas See Spike In Business

Signs that the economy is starting to rebound can be found at some Rock County beauty salons.

Customers who may have cut or colored their hair at home during the recession are now returning to area salons, according to some local business owners.

Around the nation beauty salon sales have grown more than 5 percent in the last two years, according to financial analysis company Sageworks.

Rudy Mahan heads to Clippers and Curls in Beloit every two weeks to get a trim.

"I make arrangements for that," said Mahan.

Mahan's on a fixed income and said his hair cuts are an important apart of his monthly budget. His stylist of 22 years, Patricia Majeed, said many of her other clients aren't as fortunate as Mahan.

"Some people used to come every week, but a lot of those people are gone now because they worked at the GM plant or one of those plants that serviced the GM industry," Majeed said.

Death Of Beloit Woman Found In Pond Ruled Accident

The death of a Beloit woman whose body was found in a Walmart retention pond has been ruled accidental, according to police.

Beloit Police Capt. Bill Tyler says 49-year-old Michelle Lynn Burke Silbar died from multiple falls.

Silbar's body was found Saturday afternoon in the pond behind Walmart. Police reviewed surveillance video from area stores.

Tyler said Silbar fell "multiple times" and that she entered the pond on her own late Wednesday. He said she likely was impaired, although police are still waiting for toxicology results.

Tyler told the Beloit Daily News that Silbar was known to walk around town, but police can't explain why she was in the pond area.

Milton Man Arrested After Drug Raid

A 36-year-old Milton man was arrested on suspicion of delivering heroin after drug raid at his home on Monday.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and the Milton Police Department executed the search warrant at the home in the 500 block of East Madison Avenue in Milton.

Michael L. Kimball, who lives at the home, now faces charges including three counts od delivering heroin, three counts of Prohibited Acts B and tax stamp violation.

Kimball is being held at the Rock County Sheriff's Office. His court appearance is set for Tuesday, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Beloit Police Identify Body Found In Retention Pond

Beloit police have identified who was found in a water-retention pond of a Walmart parking lot on Saturday afternoon.

Police Capt. William Tyler said MIchelle Silbar, 49, of Beloit, was identified as the person found in the pond.

According to Tyler, a forensic pathologist said Silbar died from head injuries, and there is no indication of foul play at this point in the investigation.

Police investigators are looking at security camera footage from the Walmart store. Police said the victim entered the pond after purchasing some items at the store last week, The victim was last seen on Wednesday of last week at the store in the parking lot.

Police said a person walking their dog found the body and reported it Saturday about 2:15 p.m.

Two Rock County Deputies Placed On Leave

Two Rock County Sheriff's deputies have been placed on administrative leave as the department conducts an internal investigation.

Sheriff Robert Spoden has declined to explain why the two are being investigated, but he said he'll share what, if any, violations occurred, and if any discipline is needed, after the investigation.

Stay tuned to WISC-TV and Channel 3000 for continuing coverage.