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Increase in Fatal Accidents in Beloit Area

The city of Beloit has reported another homicide of the year, making it up to three ongoing investigations for the Beloit police department. A woman was found stabbed to death Saturday morning, Jan. 29. 

Beloit police records show that police responded at around 7:20 a.m. after there was a report of a person down near Howe Drive and Clary Street. To the officers’ discovery they found a deceased woman in the area. The Beloit Police Department declined to release her identity but did announce the victim as a 42-year-old woman from Janesville.

According to WKOW news station, the Police Chief Andre Sayles did not state whether the woman was alive by the time officers arrived on the scene.

“We’re looking at some different investigative tactics and tools that we can use partnering with some of our neighbors to the south and to the north and within Rock County to help us out with this,” Chief Sayles said.

A department spokesperson said that the investigation still remains active and that they are “pursuing any and all leads.” No suspects have been taken into custody right now. WKOW reports that officers investigating the incident are canvassing the surrounding neighborhood for doorbell cameras that may lead to any developments. 

“It’s very unfortunate that we have so many people in the city that are walking around doing cowardly acts of violence to our residents,” said Chief Sayles. Chief Sayles continues to express his frustration with the increased number of death tolls in such a short time period. “I’m overly frustrated. I know the men and women of the Beloit Police Department are frustrated. I know our residents here to the city of Beloit are frustrated.”

This is the second fatal incident that occured on Saturday, later that evening there was a fatal shooting in the parking lot of Beloit Memorial High School. Chief Sayles said that the two homicides show no linkage. Prior to this incident there was also a fatal shooting of a woman Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Wisconsin State Journal reports the events of the officers that Wednesday saying they responded to a call on the 1400 block of Madison Road in Beloit at around 12:10 p.m.. When officers arrived at the scene they found the woman with a gunshot wound in which they assisted her with emergency first aid. From there the Beloit Fire Department took the injured woman to a local hospital. Later on she died from the gunshot wound. 

 Anthony D. Richmond, 34, of Beloit, was charged for this alleged shooting with first-degree homicide. The homicide was related to a domestic violence in which the alleged shooting resulted in the death of a 31-year-old woman. 

Last Monday Richmond was released due to conflicting versions of the shooting as well as insufficient evidence to warrant filing charges. He was released on personal recognizance bond with conditions and is not allowed to have any contact with the victim’s family and residence.

The surrounding community where the incidents have occured have also expressed concern with the city’s death toll. WKOW received a comment from a resident who lives nearby, Ken Warneke who said “It is a bit shocking. I don’t know what to make of it. A little bit surprised or shocked, very saddened to hear of a potential homicide on my block and street.” Residents living in the community described their neighborhood as quiet and talked about the shock they felt when seeing crime scene tape and police vehicles on their street. 

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