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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BELOIT -- Who will lead Beloit’s police department now that Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin have agreed to leave at the end of January? That decision is in the hands of the Beloit Police and Fire Commission.
Jacobs and Dunkin agreed Monday to part ways with the city after the two sides hammered out a separation agreement. The agreement avoids what could have been a lengthy termination hearing that was set to begin Jan. 7, 2016.
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