Janesville student prank raises alarms

Janesville School officials are investigating what appears to be a student prank that caused a panic. District Administrative and Human Services director Steve Sperry says the hoax was started by a group of middle school student athletes, who posted online on Facebook...

Janesville lawmaker faces residency challenge

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is filing a challenge against the residency of a state lawmaker from Janesville. State Representative Joe Knilans (R-Janesville) owns a home in the 45th Assembly District, even though he recently won a seat in the 44th District....

Plea deal keeps former IT manager out of jail

A former Janesville School District IT manager, accused of buying school district computer equipment from his own companies, could avoid a felony charge if he makes scheduled restitution payments. Rock County Judge Richard Werner says 32-year-old Brandon Keirns must...

‘Car czar’ makes Janesville stop

Janesville is ground zero for economic recovery in southern Wisconsin if a visit by a cadre of Obama administration officials is any indication. White House Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, Ed Montgomery, said Friday that the group is tasked to...

Feingold, Ryan’s plan to reel in spending

This week President Obama joined a long list of predecessors calling for line item veto authority in effort to rein in spending. US Senator Russ Feingold has a proposal dubbed the “Janesville Line-Item Veto” because he introduced it with fellow Janesville native...

Mom’s tears at killer’s sentencing (AUDIO)

A seven year old is trying to cope with witnessing his mother’s murder in April 2009. The man responsible for the death of Erica Ostenson was sentenced Thursday in Rock County Court. Kyle Hicke will not be eligible for parole until 2052. The victim’s...

Republican plot or plan for better oversight?

The Rock County Board voted Thursday night to table a decision to switch to a medical examiner system. Those in favor of the coroner system say the county would strip voters of their rights. Those who want a medical examiner say the coroner’s office has a...

Janesville city workers go green

Some Janesville city employees are working to save taxpayers some “green,” while being environmentally friendly. The twenty workers are teaming up to find ways to make their jobs more energy efficient according the Management Analyst Al Hulick. Al Hulick...

Triple homicide trial underway

A triple homicide trial is underway in Rock County today as 50-year-old James Koepp is on trial for the murders of a woman and her two teenaged children. Danyetta, Nicole and Scott Lentz were found dead in the mobile home south of Janesville in January of 2007....

Big Janesville pot bust

Janesville police say they stopped a marijuana growing operation Tuesday night. It was a big bust, one that could significantly reduce available pot on the street. Officers serving a search warrant seized 147 pot plants with a street value of about $75,000. Police say...

These crime fighters are all thumbs

It’s a piece of 21st century technology that Dick Tracy would approve of: texting crime tips has proven successful for Janesville Area Crimestoppers. “Back in March we launched the ability to submit tips via texting,” says Crimestoppers Vice...

Error foils money transfer scam

Janesville police helped an elderly woman recover three thousand dollars, after a con artist posing as the woman’s grandson called her and said he needed bail money wired to Canada. She had already wired the money, but the manager who set up the transfer...

Deputy accused of sexually assaulting teen resigns

A deputy with the Rock County Sheriff’s Department, accused of sexually assaulting a teen at a Halloween party, has resigned. Steven L. Stenulson of Janesville was asked to resign in the midst of allegations he sexually assaulted an 18-year-girl November 1st in...

Janesville to get outdoor volleyball bar

Although some neighbors served up another round of opposition, the Janesville City Council approved a liquor license for the city’s first bar with outdoor volleyball. Council members say it was a tough decision, since a small group of neighbors was very vocally...

Works bomb alert in Janesville

Janesville police warn the public about “works” or “Macgyver” bombs. Deputy chief Dan Davis says these devices are made with chemicals commonly found in the home. Two explosions occurred in Janesville on Monday night and Tuesday afternoon. Both...