City considers move to help Beloit police fight crime, catch fugitives

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BELOIT - The Beloit City Council will consider two documents that would grant the Beloit Police Department access to state and regional task forces at its meeting Monday.

If approved, the department would become part of the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Regional Fugitive Task Force. As a member of the cyber crimes task force, the department will have greater response capabilities to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. The agreement would provide investigation assistance, locate offenders and facilitate their arrest and prosecution and educate the community and children about dangers of online exploitation.

The regional task force, managed by the U.S. Marshals Service, will allow for expanded operations targeting local, state and federal fugitives involved in crimes from crimes against persons, weapons offenses and drug offenses, according to the agenda.

In other business:

• The council could consider final public works payments of $865 for completed demolition of three city-owned houses adjacent to Riverside Park West and $3,104 for completed detention basin work in the Gateway Business Park.

• The council could take action on approving a liquor license for Greg Hatley, owner of Hats Traditional Pub, 435 E. Grand Aven. in Beloit. The pub will occupy the former Suds O'Hanahan's space. Hatley could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

• The council is scheduled to meet in closed session to discuss a possible settlement of a claim filed by American Family Mutual Insurance Co. on behalf of Douglas Eddy. No pending lawsuit listing the City of Beloit or American Family Mutual Insurance is listed in Rock County Circuit Court records.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the break room of the Beloit Engineering and Utilities Building, 2400 Springbrook Court, for agenda review and then meet in the large conference for its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

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