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Ryan's congregation reacts to VP pick

News of the vice president pick spread quickly in Paul Ryan?s hometown.

The current congressman has been a long-time church-goer, and regardless of their political views, his congregation is generally impressed and proud to have someone from their church up for such a high post.

As the bells struck five o?clock, crowds shuffled in to Saturday night mass at Saint John Vianney Roman Catholic Church in Janesville.

But Saturday's congregation was down at least one person in the pews: Republican vice president candidate Paul Ryan.

Jeanne Vogt worked on Ryan?s first campaign and also attends his church.

Vogt said in disbelief, "Did we ever think we'd know anybody that was going to be on the presidential ticket?"

After working beside him on the campaign trail, Vogt said she?s proud to know Ryan and always thought he was going places.

Ryan's life in politics

Paul Ryan is a Janesville native, but he's spent much of his working life in Washington, D.C.

He took the idea of a limited government to Congress 14 years ago.

Some of his friends believe while the country wasn't ready for those ideas then, it is now.

Ryan graduated from Janesville Craig high school back in 1988, after he was elected student body president. He moved on to earn a degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio.

From there, he went to work in Washington D.C. He served in many legislative positions, including working as a speechwriter in 1996 for Vice-Presidential nominee Jack Kemp.

After coming back to work for his family's road construction business, he ran for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional seat in 1998 to replace Mark Neumann, who lost in a race to Russ Feingold in a race for the U.S. Senate.

Charity supporting troops hit twice by burglars

Burglars in Beloit have robbed a home twice, taking a charity's items that were scheduled to be shipped to troops overseas.

Operation Ooh-Rah organizer Linn Krafjack, who started the charity five years ago to raise money to send care packages to troops serving overseas, said all the charity's donations have been moved to another location in hopes of keeping the items safe.

Krafjack said the burglaries happened last month just nine days apart.

Krafjack said the charity lost more than $1,200 in donations and raffle items, including autographed pictures of Ryan Braun and Clay Matthews.

"Plus, when they came back they decided they hadn't taken enough from Operation Ooh Rah, so they went into the care packages and took shampoo and bar soap razors and shave cream," Krafjack said.

Krafjack said the charity is taking donations for a reward in hopes of getting some leads on the burglaries.

Clear Lake sees dramatic drop in water level

Clear Lake in the Town of Milton is still about two feet higher than normal, but the water level has recently dropped dramatically.

After flooding problems in 2008, residents along the lake said they're not complaining about the drop.

Dry conditions are a contributing factor to the receding water level, which is revealing more shoreline.

Clear Lake resident Karl Schultz estimated that 10 to 15 feet of shoreline has been gained.

"People that had beaches before are starting to recreate them again, and that's a good thing to have people working down there," Schultz said.

Cat tails have emerged near the shore, something that Schultz hasn't seen in the 10 years he has lived here.

In 2008, high water caused Clear Lake to swell more than 8 feet, pushing flood water into area homes.

Janesville man in rental truck charged with 5th OWI

A Janesville man is facing his fifth OWI charge after police said he was involved in a hit-and-run.

The incident was reported around 2:15 a.m. Thursday.

Witnesses said the suspect vehicle knocked over a grease Dumpster in the parking lot at TAASBAG bar, 2339 Milton Ave., then continued south on Hwy. 51 from Hwy. 14.

The suspect vehicle was a 26,000-pound rental truck, police said.

The passenger jumped out of the truck when he noticed the squad car following. He was later located and released to a responsible party, police said.

The driver, 29-year-old Ricardo Moreno, Jr., stopped the truck at the intersection of Mt. Zion Avenue and N. Ringold Drive, according to police.

Police said they arrested Moreno after he failed a field sobriety test. He's currently being held in the Rock County jail, and faces charges of OWI fifth offense, operating after revocation and hit-and-run.

Police search for suspects in Beloit shooting

Beloit police are looking for three suspects in a shooting outside a bar that injured a 22-year-old Beloit man.

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Beloit police have identified Samuel L. Jones, 29, Terrell Peppers, 31, and Charles A. Steel, 29, as suspects in the shooting outside the Turtle Tap early Saturday morning.

The Beloit Police Department said it will be working with the Rock County District Attorney's Office on Monday to secure warrants for attempted first-degree intentional homicide against the three suspects.

Jones, Peppers, and Steel should be considered armed and dangerous, and people with information on their whereabouts should call 911 or Beloit Crime Stoppers at 608-362-7463, police said.

Sheriff: Man high on heroin crashes into church

The Rock County Sheriff's Office said a man driving under the influence of heroin was arrested after crashing his truck into a church in the Town of Beloit.

Rock County Sheriff's deputies were called to the Henderson United Methodist Church in the Town of Beloit about 10 a.m. Saturday on a report of a crash.

Paramedics found Brian J. Mursa, 33, of Janesville, behind the wheel of a Chevy K1500 truck at the scene, according to a Rock County Sheriff's Office news release.

Mursa wasn't injured, and there was minor damage to the church, sheriff's officials said.

Sheriff's officials said the investigation reveals that Mursa was northbound on Cottage Avenue when he came to a stop at East Henderson Avenue. He proceeded into the intersection and drove onto the driveway of the church, where he failed to stay on the paved portion of the drive and struck a support beam located by the front entrance, officials said.