Three men arrested for brass knuckles
Deputies were alerted by a customer at the Kwik Trip, 3123 S. Highway 51, that a man was sleeping in the back seat of a vehicle with a dog, and a handgun could be seen on a front seat.
Deputies investigated around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and arrested three men who were traveling in the vehicle:
-- Christopher A. Benz, 27, of Hixton, on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation. Deputies report confiscating a pot pipe and a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun.
-- Carl E. Hansen, 40, of Hixton, on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
-- Bucky J. Ewers, 33, of Black River Falls, who had been sleeping in the back seat, was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property.
Deputies found license plates in the car that had been taken from the garage of a Janesville woman.
The men were held at the Rock County Jail with court hearings scheduled on Thursday.
The case remains under investigation.