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Janesville woman faces sixth OWI charge

A Janesville woman is facing her sixth OWI charge after she admitted to police she was in trouble for "drunk driving,"�Janesville police said.

Police said Dawn Kuennen was taken into custody around 1 a.m. Saturday after officers discovered her vehicle going the wrong way.

Police said that the 50-year-old admitted to drinking.

She is now in the Rock County jail.

Town of Beloit fire truck crashes into tractor

A fire truck collided with a tractor that turned into its path on the way to a fire in the Town of Beloit on Friday.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office said the chief of the town's fire department was driving the Dodge Durango fire truck on County Highway D to a house fire on West Nye School Road Friday afternoon when he encountered a slow-moving tractor driven by a 35-year-old Orfordville man.

The tractor driver turned into the truck's path just as Fire Chief Dennis Ahrens was attempting to pass.

Authorities said the truck's sirens and emergency lights were operating at the time.

Ahrens was wearing his seat belt and was transported to Beloit Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for back pain and released. The tractor driver was not injured.

The fire truck was severely damaged, while the tractor sustained only minor damage.

Rock County is first to implement burn ban

Dry weather conditions and recent fire dangers have led to a burn ban in Rock County.

Edgerton Fire Chief Brian Demrow said he and other Rock County fire chiefs implemented the ban in the hopes of preventing crews from doing any unnecessary work during the current dry spell.

This means no outdoor fires, unless they?re small, like a campfire, officials said.

?We're just hoping we can stop some of (the fires) and prevent it,? Demrow said.

The Rock County fire departments don't have the power to fine or cite people for disobeying the fire ban. Demrow said they?re really hoping people police themselves.

Rock County is the first county with a burn ban, but Demrow said he hopes other counties heed the warning.

The ban will be in effect until the county gets significant rainfall, he said.


Janesville man arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn

A Janesville man has been charged with possessing child pornography.

Daniel Courtney faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted, authorities said.

Investigators said that they found Courtney had a computer hard drive containing pictures of minors engaging in sex acts in November 2011.

Beloit College community reacts to longtime professor's death

Students and staff at Beloit College are reacting to news of the death of a longtime professor Tuesday.

Many are now reflecting on the influence of professor Dan Shea's teachings. For 45 years, Shea took every opportunity to leave a lasting impression.

Summer keeps the Beloit College campus quiet these days, but the unexpected loss of Shea is prompting reflection on campus.

"It's a loss, a loss we'll feel," said Beloit College spokesman Jason Hughes. "All of us, we'll notice."

"I remember him as the exact style of teacher that really fits for me," said sophomore Erik Enderlein. "And it's everything that I, as a student, needed."

Enderlein took a class with Shea, who had spent four decades in the Anthropology Department.

FBI searches for 2 serial bank robbers in Wisconsin

The FBI Milwaukee Division said Wednesday it's seeking the public's help in identifying two serial robbers in Wisconsin.

One bank robber is suspected in 10 bank robberies in Madison, Middleton, Janesville, Rockford, Ill., and Dubuque, Iowa.

The FBI said this bank robber (pictured right) is described as a white man, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slender build and light brown hair in his late 20s to early 30s.

During the robberies, the man walked into the banks wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, handed a note to a teller that demanded cash and indicated that he had a weapon, the FBI said.

The man may be driving a 2003 to 2008 silver Toyota Corolla with a sunroof.

The FBI said this robber is believed to be responsible for 10 bank robberies at:

Officials: Unemployment creeps up in most Wisconsin cities

Unemployment rates crept up in most major Wisconsin cities last month, while most counties saw unemployment drop, according to state officials.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development released the latest local unemployment figures for May on Wednesday.

The report shows that 11 cities saw rates drop or have no change between April and May while 21 saw an increase. However, none of those rose more than roughly one half of a percentage point.

Of the state's 72 counties, unemployment rates increased in 36, stayed the same in six and went up in 30.

Beloit had the highest unemployment rate at 11.6 percent followed by Racine at 11.2 percent. Milwaukee's was third highest at 10.2 percent.

Statewide unemployment for the month was 6.8 percent.