Rockford Scanner™: Apartment Fire in Janesville

Holiday Drive between N. Pontiac and Carrousel Lane is currently closed due to an apartment fire in the 2800 Block of Holiday Drive

Still developing


Rockford Scanner™: ROAD RAGE INCIDENT: Suspect Shoots At Victim For Driving Too Slow


BPD: We responded to a road rage incident where a shot was fired at 2 p.m. yesterday near Milwaukee Road and White Avenue.

The victim reported that a male driver was upset that the victim was driving too slow, screamed at him, pulled a gun and fired a shot, which went into the vehicle’s tire.

The victim later spotted the suspect in a business parking lot in the 3200 block of Colley Road and contacted our officers, who arrested Kevyn J. Whitehead, 30, of Janesville.

A handgun and a small amount of marijuana were located inside of Whitehead’s vehicle. He was taken into custody for felony endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.



Rockford Scanner™: Water Rescue Of An 8 Year Old in The Rock River


On 7/7/2019 at 2:09 PM Janesville Police and Janesville Fire responded to a water rescue call at 21 Dodge St, Janesville Town Square.

An eight year old boy was on the pier behind the Town Square Pavilion. The boy fell off the pier into the Rock River. An Officer responded to the north parking lot of 215 S River St, Rivers Edge Bowl. A throw rope was deployed and the boy was able to grab onto it.

The Officer pulled the boy to the edge of the cement embankment and was able to hold him there, but could not lift him out because of the steep embankment.

Another Officer had responded to the Racine St Bridge. There was a fisherman in a boat. The Officer asked the fisherman for help. The fisherman responded to the area behind Rivers Edge Bowl and assisted by lifting the boy out of the water so Officers could take hold and lift him the rest of the way up over the embankment. The boy had no apparent injury, but was transported to a local hospital for medical examination.



Rockford Scanner™: Shots Fired During A Police Chase in Janesville

On 07-04-2019 at 11:47 p.m. Officers from the Janesville Police Department responded to a disturbance at 507 S. Academy Street. The disturbance was based on a parking dispute. When officers arrived on scene the suspect causing the disturbance had left. As soon as the officers left they were called back as the suspect returned.

The officers located the suspect on Academy Street north of Wilson Street. The Officers made a determination to arrest a subject they identified as Antonio D. Sims. As soon as the officer told him he was under arrest Sims fled. During the foot pursuit, Sims pulled a handgun from his waist band and fired three rounds in the air. He fled the area but a gun was recovered near the scene as well shell casings.

At this point Sims is not in custody. This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide updates when we have more information. The officers that chased Sims were not injured, nor did they fire their weapons.

Antonio D. Sims 39 YOA (Addresses in Illinois and Janesville)
Wanted for: Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Recklessly Endangering Safety
Obstructing/Resisting an Officer



Rockford Scanner™: Man Arrested For OWI, Allegedly Under The influence Of Drugs


On 6-16-19 at 11:35 PM Janesville Police were sent to the Kwik Trip at 3359 Milton Av for a down subject.

Upon arrival officers had contact with a male subject in a vehicle in the parking lot. The suspect appeared to be impaired by drugs upon initial observation.

The suspect was put through standard field sobriety tests which confirmed impairment. The driver was arrested for OWI and submitted to an evidentiary blood test with results pending.

A department of transportation records check showed 3 prior convictions for OWI. Officers located drug evidence in plain view inside the vehicle. The suspect is being held at the Rock County Jail until his initial court appearance.

Arrested: Thompson, Aaron T. age 32 of Janesville
Charges: OWI 4th offense
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Probation Hold



Rockford Scanner™: Officer Injured, Man Arrested For Heroin


On Sunday, June 9 at approximately 7:39 PM the Janesville Police Department Street Crimes Unit and Patrol served a search warrant at 944 Bedford. The suspect of the investigation Jacob Bradley resisted officers at the door of the residence and was eventually taken into custody.

An officer was injured due to his resisting and was transported, treated and released from a local hospital. Bradley was held at the Rock County Jail.

Bradley, Jacob T M 22 years old

961.41(1)(d)(1) Delivery of Heroin (3 Counts) Felony
961.43 (1m)(d) Possession with intent to deliver Heroin (1 Count) Felony
946.41(2r) Causing injury to an officer (1 Count) Felony
961.42(1) Maintaining a drug trafficking vehicle (3 Counts) Felony
961.41(3g)(e) Possession of marijuana (1 Count) Misdemeanor
961.573 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1 Count) Misdemeanor
961.49 Deliver y on or near certain places Enhancer


Rockford Scanner™: OWI 3rd Offense with Passenger Under 16

On May 10, 2019 at approximately 5:09 p.m. Rock County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 241 East Russell Rd in Janesville Township for a disturbance.

Family members were confronting Jessica J. Nottestad, 42 years old residing at this address, for driving under the influence of alcohol with her children in the car.

Nottestad had just arrived home after picking her two children up from school. Deputies conducted an OWI investigation, and as a result of the investigation, arrested Nottestad for operating while intoxicated with passenger under 16.

Nottestad had two prior OWI convictions making this her third offense. Third offense OWI with passenger under 16 is a felony in Wisconsin.

Nottestad will be held in jail pending an initial court appearance.

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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Rockford Scanner™: Man Arrested For Burglary To A Business, He Previous Was Arrested For Burglarizing The Same Business Last Year

On May 12, 2019 at about 6:30 a.m. the Janesville Police Department was dispatched to a burglary that had just occurred at the Odd Fellows Lodge at 20 N. Main St.

A resident living in the building heard the breaking of glass and went outside to investigate. He saw a subject walking down the back staircase of the building carrying a cash register. The resident followed the suspect to a vehicle parked in the parking ramp next door and recognized the suspect as a former Odd Fellows member who was arrested last year for a similar burglary to that same location.

The reporting person gave Rock County Dispatch the suspect’s name and the vehicle description, a silver pickup, as it drove away. The dispatcher checked report records and found a license plate and local address the suspect may be going to. Janesville officers went to an address in the 900 block of Caroline and found the suspect vehicle and its engine was warm. The suspect, Edmund Reetz, c ame outside as requested and was taken into custody. With cooperation from the homeowner, the cash drawer was found in the garage and the cash register was found in the ceiling. Clothing Reetz was wearing matched that on the video of the suspect inside the Odd Fellows and the nearby parking ramp.

Reetz was on bond for a previous burglary to the Odd Fellows that occurred on October 7, 2018 and is a person of interest in a trespass and theft at a residence on Mitchell St. in Janesville.

Arrested: Edmund J. Reetz (38 YOA) of Edgerton
Charges: Burglary
Felony Bail Jumping

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Rockford Scanner™: Man Driving in His Underwear is Arrested For Smoking Crack And Driving

On May 9, 2019 at approximately 12:30am, a deputy from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office was traveling on W STH 11 near S Kessler Rd when they observed a disabled vehicle on the north side of the road.

The deputy made contact with the lone occupant of the vehicle who was identified as David Dutcher (41 years old of Janesville, WI). Dutcher was wearing only his underwear and was displaying erratic behavior while talking with the deputy.

Dutcher did not know where he was and could not explain how he got to his current location.

During questioning, Dutcher admitted to smoking crack cocaine.

Due to the admission of consuming illicit drugs and behavior that was consistent with illicit drug use, the deputy attempted to perform field sobriety tests on Dutcher, but he would not perform the tests.

Dutcher was subsequently arrested for Operating with a Restricted Controlled Substance. A check through DOT records showed Dutcher has 6 prior convictions for OWI, making this arrest his 7th offense.

Dutcher was transported to the Rock County Jail, where he submitted to an evidentiary blood draw. The results of the blood draw are unknown at this time.

Dutcher was booked into the Rock County Jail for the 7th offense OWI violation and a Probation Hold. Dutcher will go to Jail Court on 05/09/2019 at 3:00pm for the OWI violation.

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Rockford Scanner™: Homicide by Intoxicated Use of Vehicle

On 5/4/19 at 2118 hours Rock County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a two vehicle head on collision on Hwy 14 North of E Cty Tk MM. On Hwy 14 a southbound Ford Mustang was attempting to pass an uninvolved vehicle. While the Mustang was traveling southbound in the northbound lane, it collided head on with a Buick Encore.

As a result of the collision a 33 year old male of Janesville was pronounced dead on scene. The male was an occupant of the Mustang. The driver of the Encore suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital but eventually released.

The driver of the Mustang, Thomas Bluhm of Janesville, showed signs of impairment and was arrested for:

-Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle
-OWI 2nd Causing Injury
-OWI 2nd

As a result of the crash Hwy 14 was shut down for approximately five hours while the Rock County Recon Team could complete their investigation.

Bluhm was booked into the Rock County Jail for court on 5/6/19.

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.