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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.

BELOIT -- While police continued their search last week for the killer of a 5-year-old town of Beloit boy, the community grappled with the shocking and senseless killing.

Austin Ramos Jr. was shot and killed about 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Shopiere Road in Beloit, according to interim Police Chief Dave Zibolski.

A gunman pulled alongside the car Austin's father was driving and opened fire, striking Austin in the abdomen while he sat strapped into his car seat.

Monday, 25 January 2016 16:17

Beloit Wintefest 2016: Fun in any weather

BELOIT -- Winterfest is all about fun in the snow, with a dash of creativity. For about 20 years, the event has remained popular.

This year’s event, held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 29 through Jan. 31, will feature several new activities, including snowman building. Beloit Memorial High School students will work with children and their parents to help them create a snowman masterpiece. Residents should register ahead of time by calling 608-364-2890, ext. 1.

Friday, 22 January 2016 22:16

Five year old dead in Beloit shooting

STATELINE NEWS -- A five-year-old Beloit boy was shot and killed about 7:10 p.m. tonight near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Shopiere Road in Beloit.

(Complete coverage HERE. Social media coverage HERE. Video HERE.)

The child was in the back seat of a car driven by his father when a gunman pulled up alongside and opened fire, according to interim Police Chief Dave Zibolski.

The father was uninjured and is assisting with the investigation.

The suspect vehicle is described as a maroon SUV.

Police are asking residents with any information on the shooting to contact police.

More information will be added when it becomes available.

Welcome to the redesigned Walworth County Sunday, Stateline News and Janesville Messenger.

The new look papers will arrive at your home this weekend.

We hear a lot of talk about the decline of the printed newspaper and what the news business will be like a few short years from now.

STATELINE NEWS -- The city of Beloit is surveying its oldest properties for consideration as historic landmarks, but a proposal making its way through the Wisconsin Legislature could derail those efforts.

City Planner Alex Morganroth said once a building has been designated as a landmark or historic district, it is eligible to be placed on the State Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places and is protected by the city’s historic preservation ordinance, meaning any exterior alterations made to the building must be approved by city staff or the landmark commission.

STATELINE NEWS -- Ever since his latest book was published, Beloit author Tom Warren has been on a mission to help find a future for investigative journalism.

Warren said the focus of the book, "Discovering Beloit: Stories Too Good to be True?" is a fictionalized exploration of the decline of investigative journalism in smaller communities such as Beloit.

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