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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Law enforcement officers and innocent drivers survived life-threatening situations this past Dec. 31 during a police chase that started in the town of Beloit and ended after a standoff near the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

And Rock County Sheriff’s Office squad car cameras caught all of the frantic action along U.S. Highway 51 between Beloit and Janesville.

BELOIT -- City officials are working to quell a dispute over 21-gun salutes following a packed city council meeting last Monday, March 6, 2017.

 Beloit Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2306 honor guard commander Steve Mayfield told WISC-TV that the conflict started when the Beloit Police Department asked the group not to fire the traditional rifle volleys near a highway at a recent funeral.

BELOIT COLLEGE -- Body cameras are coming to the Beloit police force, and Chief David Zibolski will present the details during a public meeting tonight, March 1, 2017, at Beloit College.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium, 700 College St., on campus.

BELOIT -- One of the four men accused in the shooting death a year ago of 5-year-old Austin Ramos Jr., says he has an alibi.

Sergio Ortiz-Raygoza’s attorney claims that his client was in Iowa at the time of the shooting, and that witnesses can corroborate, according to WCLO.

Ortiz’s trial has been postponed until the middle of July.

Ramos Jr. was shot and killed about 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Shopiere Road in Beloit.

Ramos was a passenger in a car driven by his father, Austin Ramos Sr., when another vehicle pulled alongside and opened fire. Ramos was shot in the abdomen and died a short time later at Beloit Memorial Hospital of "firearm-related trauma," according to the Rock County medical examiner’s office during that time.

Four suspects, Sergio Ortiz-Raygoza, 23; Eric Salazar-Mota, 21; Issac W. Torres, 24; and Hugo Martinez, 18, were charged with first-degree intentional homicide. The four suspects have since pleaded not guilty.

Thursday, 29 December 2016 12:24

2016: Top stories in the Stateline

STATELINE NEWS -- 2016 saw a community’s outpouring of support for a slain youngster, the official changing of the guard at the Beloit Police Department and the return of the remains of a soldier who had been missing for more than 64 years.

BELOIT -- David Zibolski has nearly two weeks in as Beloit’s police chief, a welcome change after what he calls "a year of uncertainty" for the department.

Zibolski dropped the interim title when he was sworn in April 25.

"I’m excited that we’re over the hump and the job is permanent and we can move ahead and get things done," Zibolski said. "That takes the burden away in terms of uncertainty. Now, I feel I can take a breath and focus on doing what we need to do, which is a great feeling. It’s a great job. I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to moving ahead."

BELOIT -- Lori Curtis Luther describes her first seven months as Beloit’s city manager as "uniquely challenging."

Just this week, she's helped calm a grieving city following the shooting death of 5-year-old Austin Ramos Jr.

That follows months-long maneuvering to remove the police chief, and next up is a tough city budget.

UPDATE -- Jan. 29, 2016. Beloit police today announced the arrest of Hugo Martinez, 18, in connection with the shooting death Jan. 22, 2016 of 5-year-old Austin Ramos Jr.

Martinez had been identified as a fourth person of interest in Ramos Jr.'s death.  

Eric Salazar-Mota and Sergio Ortiz-Raygoza are currently are wanted and police say the face charges of homicide party to a crime.

A fourth man, Isaac W. Torres, was picked up by authorities in McHenry County, Illinois on an unrelated warrant of substantial battery. He is being returned to Rock County.

BELOIT -- A 24-year-old Beloit man has been detained as a 'person of interest' in connection with the shooting death of a 5-year-old boy Jan. 22, 2016 in Beloit, Interim Police Chief David Zibolski announced at a news conference a short time ago.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:25

Photos: Beloit vigil for a slain 5-year-old

BELOIT -- Community members rallied around a grieving family Jan. 24, 2016 for a candlelight vigil in Beloit at the intersection where Austin Ramos Jr. was shot and killed Jan. 22, 2016 while riding in a car with his father.

Photos by Dan Plutchak/staff. Read the story HERE. Complete coverage HERE.

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