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Beloit approves casino land sale

The Beloit City Council voted Monday to approve a proposal to sell 41.5 acres of city property to the Ho-Chunk Nation for development of a casino.

The city and the Ho-Chunk Nation have negotiated a price of $1.87 million for the land that's connected to land it already owns. The nation will pay a down payment of $187,195 followed by monthly payments for 20 years at a 4 percent interest rate.

The Ho-Chunk Nation already owned 32 acres in the area near Interstate 39-90 the state line where it plans to build a casino and convention center. The nation's application for a casino is being reviewed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Janesville police make 4th-offense and 6th-offense OWI arrests

A Janesville man and Janesville woman were arrested in separate cases of operating while intoxicated over the weekend, according to Janesville police.

At 11:36 p.m. on Saturday, an officer spotted a vehicle on East Racine Street and found that the driver had outstanding warrants. The officer said the driver, Misty D. Rogers, 32, appeared to be intoxicated. She agreed to take field sobriety tests and failed, according to police.

Rogers was arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated.

At 1 a.m. Sunday a Janesville police officer said he stopped a vehicle because a check of records showed the owner had a revoked license. The registered owner was not the driver.

The driver, David L. Dutcher, 35, did not have a driver?s license, and when asked, told the officer he had not been drinking, according to police.

Pet heater causes fire, sheriff's dept. says

One person suffered minor smoke inhalation and a house was destroyed by fire in Milton Friday night, authorities said.

At 10:30 p.m. Rock County sheriff?s deputies and Milton firefighters responded to a report of a house on fire at 11607 N. Highway 26 in Milton. Crews at the scene reported heavy smoke and flames were visible.

Deputies said all occupants escaped. One member of the family was treated for minor smoke inhalation, but was released from the scene, according to the report. the sheriff's department said several animals were still inside the residence, and it appeared possible that some perished in the fire.

"It was reported that one of the residents was treated for smoke inhalation," said Sgt. Steve Selby of the Milton Police Department. "It was also reported that there were some pets inside the residence that were not able to get rescued."

Police release video of liquor store burglary

Janesville police have released video of the Wednesday morning burglary of a liquor store.

Police responded to an alarm at Julie and Ray's Liquor Store at 1621 W. Court St. at 1:57 a.m., and found the north side drive-up window smashed out.

Driver injured, trapped after semi goes airborne

A semi carrying 42,000 pounds of liquid carbon dioxide went airborne and slid through a field, injuring and trapping the driver Friday morning, according to the Rock County Sheriff?s Office.

Emergency crews were called to State Highway 81 at South Olson Road at 3:42 a.m. for a report of a semi rollover crash. Crews said they found a semi turned on its passenger side in a field and the driver, Brian Lamont, 33, of Monroe, was trapped inside. It took more than an hour to get Lamont out. He was taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies said the semi was traveling east on Highway 81 when Lamont failed to negotiate a curve and crossed through the oncoming lane of traffic. The semi followed the north shoulder of the road before it hit a culvert at South Olson Road and became airborne.

Girls' basketball: Verona, MG win Thrillers

Girls' basketball: Verona, MG win Thrillers

The top two girls basketball teams in the big 8 met in Verona Thursday Night. Janesville Parker had a chance to clinch the conference outright with a win.

Under 20 seconds to play, the Wildcat's Marissa Mears drains the three to tie the game at 50. We go to overtime.

Bookkeeper who stole $53M gets nearly 20 years

A judge has sentenced a small Illinois city's former bookkeeper to nearly 20 years in prison for embezzling more than $53 million over more than two decades.

U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard in Rockford sentenced 60-year-old Rita Crundwell on Thursday after witnesses testified about the hardship her massive theft had caused the city of Dixon.

The former Dixon comptroller pleaded guilty to wire fraud in November and admitted to embezzling city funds from 1991 until her 2012 arrest.

Crundwell used the stolen money to establish a nationally renowned horse-breeding operation in Beloit and to live lavishly.

Outside the federal court on Thursday, Dixon residents said they are trying to move on and finally close a dark chapter in their city's history.

"She barely apologized. I don't think anything would change this," said Bev Eykamp, a Dixon resident.