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Arrests made in melee Thursday

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
August 14, 2010
— A fight that involved two members of rival gangs resulted in a number of arrests Thursday night, according to Janesville police.

The melee happened at 11:33 p.m. Thursday at an eight-unit apartment complex in the 300 block of North High Street, police said.


When dispatched, police knew one person had a serious head injury. Upon arrival they found broken glass, a large amount of blood in the street and on the front porch and a blood trail leading into an apartment, Sgt. Aaron Ellis said.


"We ended up having to force entry after we didn't get an answer to check that subject's welfare," he said.


Officers found an injured 17-year-old who is believed to be a member of a gang. He was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was treated and released then issued a court date, Ellis said.


Another person, believed to be a member of a rival gang, escaped out the back door, he said.


While police were on scene, the mother and son who live in the apartment arrived and got into a physical altercation with an officer on the front porch. The son was shot with a Taser by Officer Jimmy Holford III, who fell, cut his chin and broke a tooth, Ellis said. Holford also was treated and released at Mercy Hospital.


Richard Olin, 21, was arrested on charges of resisting an officer and disorderly conduct before he was taken into custody at the Rock County Jail.


Joanne Olin, 41, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer before she spit at Ellis and on another officer. Then she also was charged with propelling bodily fluids toward a law enforcement officer.


When she learned she was being taken to jail, "she went nuts in the back our squad car and cracked open her head. She really hurt herself," Ellis said.


Joanne Olin was taken to Mercy Hospital, where she received 13 stitches. She, too, is in custody at the county jail.


While officers were trying to place Joanne Olin's 6-year-old grandchild with a responsible person, her boyfriend David Shilhavy, 38, of the same address, came home and wanted custody of the boy. When officers wouldn't allow that because Shilhavy was intoxicated, he caused a disturbance with a neighbor, ending with Shilhavy being arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a phone, Ellis said. He also is in custody at the jail.


Meanwhile, a next-door neighbor offered to take custody of Joanne Olin's grandchild. But when police ran a background check on her they learned there was a warrant out for her arrest. She then was taken into custody and jailed, Ellis said.


Officers also learned the woman had 13 cats in her house.


"The odor was so bad..." Ellis said.


Police notified city code enforcement to check it out.



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