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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have arrested a man shot at by an officer during a foot chase in Des Moines. Police say 21-year-old Michael Garrison was taken into custody Sunday and charged with assault and other crimes. Court records don’t list an attorney for him. Police say the officer fired at Garrison when Garrison pointed a gun at him. No one was injured. Police recovered a pellet gun believed to be the weapon Garrison pointed at the officer.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska lawmaker says Iowa’s successful strengthening of a ban on texting while driving could be a model for legislation after years of unsuccessful legislative efforts to crack down on distracted driving. State Sen. Merv Riepe says Iowa shows how enforcement can be increased. The Iowa State Patrol says citations for texting while driving have increased sixfold in the past year since Iowa lawmakers allowed officers to begin pulling over drivers for texting.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Open government advocates are alarmed by public officials’ increasing use of digital tools that can make text and email messages. The executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition says technologies such as private messaging apps undermine state open government laws. But some governors and state lawmakers say public employees should be free to communicate on private cellphones and social media platforms without triggering open records requirements.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State football team showed up in storm-ravaged Marshalltown to help residents clean up two days after a destructive tornado swept through the city. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports that the entire Cyclones roster was on hand Saturday. Players did everything from clearing tree limbs and debris, raking yards, moving remnants of houses, rooftops and garages, and removing furniture from damaged homes and businesses.


Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – When Rebecca Dallet joins the Wisconsin Supreme Court next month, she is looking forward to building strong relationships with her fellow justices after a tumultuous campaign in which she blasted the court as being “broken and dysfunctional.” Dallet takes her seat on Aug. 1, weakening conservative control from 5-2 to 4-3. The court has struggled with internal conflicts in recent years.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee woman is accused of leaving five children, including a newborn, in a casino garage while she gambled. The Journal Sentinel reports that 27-year-old Takeshia Stanton is charged with five counts of criminal child neglect in connection with the July 2 incident. Police say Stanton left the children for up to four hours in her parked car at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. The children vary in ages from 3 months to 13 years old.

GERMANTOWN, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a pedestrian was killed when he ran out on Interstate 41 near Germantown and was struck by a car. Germantown police say the accident happened just after midnight on Sunday. The car was in the center lane when it hit the pedestrian, who was pronounced dead at the scene. WISN-TV reports that shortly before the accident officers were called to a business in the area on a report of a disorderly subject. The man ran off before officers arrived.

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (AP) – Two 17-year-old sailors from southern Wisconsin are starting a European tour in their quest to make the U.S. sailing team for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The Janesville Gazette reports that Lake Geneva residents Harry Melges IV and Finn Rowe are embarking on a summer tour with several marquee regattas. The high school students excel in the 49er boat class and have to balance their training with schoolwork. That included training most weekends in Florida last winter when local lakes were frozen.


Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – The city of Chicago is set to pay nearly $3 million to the families of two people killed when a man fleeing police crashed his vehicle in 2015. An agenda for Monday’s City Council Finance Committee lists the settlement and payment to the families of 66-year-old Willie Owens and 88-year-old Margaret Silas. The families sued the city, arguing officers should have a pursuit that reached speeds of up to 90 mph.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Six students from Chicago and its suburbs are among more than two dozen whose anti-violence activism has earned them Giffords Courage Fellowships to aid them in organizing anti-violence prevention. Five Chicago students and one from Palatine will be among 28 traveling to Washington, D.C. this week for three days of team-building, organizing training and gun-policy education. The yearlong program will call on them to develop community violence-prevention projects and other projects.

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) – A corrections officer has been charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a prisoner at the Kane County Jail in St. Charles, west of Chicago. The Kane County State’s Attorney office says 52-year-old John H. Johnson appeared Saturday in bond court on criminal sexual assault, custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct charges. Prosecutors say the assault allegedly occurred on June 23 and was reported two days later to the sheriff’s office.

CHICAGO (AP) – One man has been killed and six other people wounded after shots were fired at the group in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. The victims were gathered around a park bench about 9:40 p.m. Saturday when four men approached them and started shooting. A 30-year-old man was shot in the head and later pronounced dead at a hospital. Two other men were listed in critical condition at hospitals.