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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Police say a child has been killed in one of four overnight shootings that left three others wounded. The Courier reports that officers were called to a house around 5:15 a.m. Saturday and found a victim, described as a boy, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died. In two other separate shootings early Saturday, three other people suffered injuries not believed to be life threatening.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An 18-year-old Des Moines man accused of beating his infant son has pleaded guilty to charges in the case. The Des Moines Register reports that Dominick Joseph Clausi pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of child endangerment causing bodily injury and two counts of neglect of a dependent. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Clausi is expected to receive a 45-year suspended sentence in July.

EARLHAM, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have charged a south-central Iowa man after dozens of severely neglected horses – and 2 horse carcasses – where found on his property. The Des Moines Register reports that the nearly 60 animals were found Thursday night at the Lemontree Welsh horse stable in Earlham. Jimmy Lee Lemon, co-owner of Lemontree Welsh, has been charged with three counts of livestock neglect and two counts of failure to dispose of animal remains.

PANORA, Iowa (AP) – Authorities are searching a central Iowa lake for the body of a Grand View University student. Authorities say the student, Kenton Greaves, is a member of the wrestling team at the private Des Moines school. Investigators say Greaves was on a boat Thursday afternoon with seven other friends on Lake Panorama when he fell into the water. Officials say several of his friends jumped into the water to try to save him.


Wisconsin News

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – A recent study of 35 national parks found the waters off an island in northwestern Wisconsin had the highest concentration of plastic pollution. The National Park Service, South Carolina’s Clemson University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program began working on the study in 2015. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that samples collected from the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore had an average of 170 to 225 pieces of microplastic per kilogram of sand.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin district attorney’s office is using a $100,000 federal grant under the Victims of Crime Act to provide protection to those who’ve suffered domestic abuse. Wisconsin Public Radio reports the grant for Dane County will be used to purchase alarms that’ll alert police when someone tries to enter a victim’s home. They’ll be connected to the county’s 911 center and operated with a pendant that can be worn on the neck or placed in the home.

TOWN OF BELOIT, Wis. (AP) – Police are investigating a suspicious death in southern Wisconsin. Police say a man’s body was found behind an elementary school in the Town of Beloit Saturday morning. Officers believe the man died elsewhere, and his body was placed on school grounds. WISC-TV reports officers responded around 9:30 a.m. and found the body. The man is estimated to be around 30 years old. Authorities are withholding the man’s name until his family is notified and an autopsy completed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A shortage of correctional officers to work in Wisconsin’s prisons cost taxpayers more than $42 million in overtime last year. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says there are currently 920 unfilled corrections jobs, or a vacancy rate of about 12 1/2 percent.

 


Illinois News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The crowdsourcing site where people seek contributions for school books or medical bills has a new campaign: $9.7 million to keep artifacts belonging to Abraham Lincoln in his hometown. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation in Springfield, Illinois, has turned to GoFundMe to pay a loan from 2007 that covered artifacts belonging to the 16th president. They include bloodied gloves Lincoln took to the theater the night he was shot and a stovepipe hat he purportedly wore.

OREGON, Ill. (AP) – A group needs $500,000 to complete the restoration of a century-old landmark in northern Illinois known as the Black Hawk statue. The Rockford Register Star reports that restoration efforts began five years ago on the landmark in Lowden State Park. The project stalled amid a lack of state funding and a dispute on the restoration team. The statue has since been covered in black protective sheets. The Black Hawk Team has gathered volunteers to begin fundraising efforts to continue the restoration.

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – An East St. Louis police officer who made nearly $200,000 last year is now on administrative leave pending an internal department review. City Manager Daffney Moore confirmed that Sgt. Mario Fennoy was placed on leave Wednesday, but she declined to discuss specifics of the ongoing investigation. Fennoy is a 21-year veteran of the East St. Louis Police Department. His base salary last year was about $69,000, but with overtime the 47-year-old earned nearly $200,000.

MARION, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a disaster proclamation for nine southern Illinois counties affected by a water main break that left cities short of water and forced schools and businesses to close. Rauner made the announcement Friday during a visit to the area to get an update from Rend Lake Conservancy District on water restoration efforts. His proclamation covers Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Saline, Washington, White and Williamson counties.