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Yellow Alert system could help track hit-and-run suspects faster

Yellow Alert system could help track hit-and-run suspects faster

A proposal would create an alert system like an Amber or Silver Alert for hit-and-run crashes.

One mother applauds the idea and wishes it had been around 14 years ago.

"I think every family needs that closure of that piece of it as soon as they can," Bonnie Stamm said.

But closure was delayed for Stamm and her family after her daughter Amiee was killed by a driver who hit her while she was jogging in 2001.

"I think back to when my daughter was killed and how long it took for anybody to find the person who did that," she said.

Under the potential bill proposed by Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, a Yellow Alert would display the car make, model and license plate of the suspected driver in a hit-and-run crash if the person has been killed or seriously injured.

3 robbery suspects arrested following high-speed chase

3 robbery suspects arrested following high-speed chase

Janesville police said they have arrested three men on armed robbery charges following a high-speed chase early Wednesday.

The incident started just before 1 a.m. in the 500 block of South Jackson Street.

According to police, a man called police and said he was robbed at gunpoint by the three men, and was following the men near Lustig Park. Police said the three men raced away through the park when police tried to stop the vehicle.

Police said they successfully deployed stop sticks near the corner of Center Avenue and West Delevan Drive, but the car continued to go west on Delevan at speeds exceeding 100 mph until the driver crashed the car.

All three men fled on foot once the car crashed, according to police. One was immediately captured and arrested, but the other two were only captured after a search behind some homes in the 2000 block of East Delevan Drive.

Janesville under snow emergency Thursday

Janesville under snow emergency Thursday

Janesville officials said a snow emergency was in effect as of 6 p.m. Thursday. 

In a news release Wednesday morning, the Janesville Police Department said the snow emergency means all parked vehicles must be removed from city streets and public parking lots until snow plowing operations are complete.

Police said if residents are not able to park in a garage or driveway, parking in a designated snow emergency stall is available at several downtown municipal parking lots.

Janesville residents can get additional snow emergency information from the city's website, www.ci.janesville.wi.us, or by calling 755-SNOW.

To report problems or concerns, call the City Services Center at 755-3110.

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.

Ramp near Edgerton will be closed Thursday

Ramp near Edgerton will be closed Thursday

The ramp from Highway 59 to Interstate 39/90 southbound near Edgerton will be closed Thursday, according to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The ramp will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for maintenance work.

The closure is weather dependent and subject to change, officials said.

Motorists will be required to use alternate routes, according to the release.

Sheriff’s office adds patrols for homecoming weekend

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office will be adding additional patrol deputies to the roads during Homecoming this weekend, according to a release.

Deputies will be dedicated to patrolling roadways and areas that can be hazardous for young and inexperienced drivers, officials said. They will also be enforcing traffic and alcohol violations.

The leading cause of violent traffic deaths for teenagers is motor vehicle crashes, according to the release.

“It is our intent to be proactive in hopes of preventing any unfortunate events and to see that their homecoming night is safe and enjoyable,” the release said.

Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said he wants to encourage parents and guardians to talk with their teenagers about the importance of using seat belts, adhering to traffic laws and to reinforce safe driving habits.

Janesville residents to vote on $1.2 million road referendum

Janesville residents to vote on $1.2 million road referendum

Bumpy roads and broken pavement have become the new normal for the city of Janesville. But with 300 miles of roadways and 10 percent of them in failing condition, city officials say it's time for a change.

"The citizens have asked that the streets be addressed. Yes, we do spend money every year through our operating budget and our borrowing, but the pace that we are keeping up with, the streets are falling behind," said Tim Allen, city finance director.

City funds only allow for repair of 6 miles of roadway each year. The city is now looking to double that number. Residents will have the chance to vote on a $1.2 million annual referendum in November.

Allen said because of state-imposed levy limits, more cities are looking at citizens for additional funding.