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Milton police chief accepts CG chief position

Milton police chief accepts CG chief position

Daniel Layber told the Herald-Independent he accepted the offer to become the new police chief of the village of Cottage Grove. The police commission chose the Milton police chief on March 7.

Layber joined the Milton Police Department in 2011 as the chief of police and will transition to Cottage Grove once he passes background checks, according to the Herald-Independent. ... Read More

Voters to see voting equipment ahead of election

Rock County voters will have a chance to preview new voting machines before the early April election.

Two open houses will be held at the Rock County Clerk's office in the next week: from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday and 9-11 a.m. March 20, according to a Janesville Gazette report

#BlackLivesMatter Beloit Art Exhibition calling for community submissions

According to a Wright Museum of Art press release, the #BlackLivesmatterBeloit is asking Beloit community members to submit artwork for their exhibition at the museum.

The project wants to know what the assertion that black lives matter means to individuals, and how the movement and the events that inspired it changed their views of race in society.

Soul Food Luncheon to bring in money for multi-ethnic students

Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) will host its annual Soul Food Luncheon on Tuesday to raise scholarship money for multi-ethnic students.

Attendees will be able to sample a menu featuring baked and fried chicken, fried catfish and barbecue ribs. Various sides like candied yams, plus corn bread and desserts will be offered as well.

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival returns Dec. 5-6

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival returns Dec. 5-6

The Brodhead Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Fire and Ice Festival Dec. 5-6.

There will be many activities held throughout the two-day event, including photos with Santa, ice sculpting, arts and crafts vendors and carriage rides.

A list of events and their times can be found here.


Beloit PD to intensify traffic safety enforcement Friday, Saturday

The Beloit Police Department will intensify its traffic safety enforcement Friday and Saturday. Beloit Police Officers will be working under an Alcohol Saturation Grant, provided the State of WI, to combat drunken driving and increase safety belt use.

The Beloit Police Department along with WI Department of Transportation has identified the following roadways in the community as 'at-risk':

Liberty Ave. (Highway 81), Riverside Dr. (Highway 51), and Prairie Ave.

Program to connect communication between Rock, Illinois county

Rock County authorities said a partnership with an Illinois County sheriff's office will improve public safety. 

Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said the agency is partnering with the Illinois Winnebago County Sheriff's Office to exchange information in real time.

A communication program called Adobe Connect allows law enforcement to share information related to public safety such as missing persons reports or kidnapping cases. Investigators will be able to upload information from squad-mounted computers. Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers offered to share use of the web-based program for free with Rock County deputies. 

Spoden explained that since Rock and Winnebago counties are in different states, they operate under different regulations and also have differing technical issues related to communication devices.