June 16, 2019
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) – Mount Pleasant police say one of their officers shot and killed a man after he was uncooperative. The department says in a release that the incident happened about 1:35 a.m. Saturday when an “officer was forced to discharge” a gun. Police say they attempted live-saving procedures but were not successful. No further details were made available. Names of the people involved have not been released. An autopsy has been scheduled.
MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) – A shipyard on the border between Wisconsin and Michigan was for one day crowded with Minnesotans to watch the launch of the U.S. Navy’s newest combat ship, named in honor of the Twin Cities. The EagleHerald reports that the USS Minneapolis-St. Paul was dropped into the water Saturday at a shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The ship’s sponsor, Northfield, Minnesota native and Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Jodi J. Greene, christened the ship by smashing a bottle of champagne against its bow.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it couldn’t wait for spring floods to recede before starting to dredge the Mississippi River because of the volume of sand that needs to be removed. Dan Cottrell is the Corps dredging manager for the St. Paul district, which reaches from St. Paul to Guttenberg, Iowa. Cottrell tells the La Crosse Tribune that the Corps starting dredging April 29. Paul Machajewski, the district’s dredge material manager, says $29 million has been allocated for the operation.
PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota has been holding employment fairs at state prisons with the aim of hiring more correctional officers. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Legislature has provided $10 million to the Minnesota Department of Corrections to employ 78 new officers. Organizers want to expedite the hiring process, potentially assessing, interviewing and hiring new staff in just days. Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell says expanding the workforce will mitigate the dangers associated with the job.
June 16, 2019
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – A central Illinois woman who admitted to seriously injuring a 5-month old boy at her home-day care business has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that 59-year-old Debbie May of Champaign was sentenced on Friday.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Sealaska Heritage Institute officials say they are collaborating with a university that is studying how the DNA of indigenous people might have been affected by trauma linked to European colonization. Researchers from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign will be at the Juneau-based institute next week for the project focusing on Tlingit people with ties to Hoonah. Another research trip to Hoonah is planned for later this year.
CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson remains hospitalized after doctors found a small blood clot in his lung. A department spokesman said on Saturday that Johnson was still in the hospital after being admitted Friday afternoon.
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) – Industry analysts say gasoline tax hikes in Illinois could send more drivers looking for better prices to gas stations in Indiana. Starting July 1, the Illinois tax will double from 19 cents to 38 cents per gallon, compared to the 29 cents per gallon tax in Indiana. GasBuddy.com petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan told The (Northwest Indiana) Times that the increase is “nearly guaranteed to drive business to Indiana.”
June 16, 2019
MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) – Eastern Iowa officials are investigating the death of a man in police custody. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says in a news release that the death happened Saturday morning after Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies and the Maquoketa Police Department were called to an address in Maquoketa for a fight. The incident lead to the arrest of Drew Edwards, of Maquoketa. Officials say that soon after Edwards’ arrest, he began showing signs of a medical emergency and died at a hospital.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Iowa set a record for rain and snow over the past 12 months. The Des Moines Register reports that the state saw nearly 51 inches of precipitation from June 2018 through May of this year. That’s about 16 inches more than the 34.42 inches the state averaged per year from 1981 to 2010. State climatologist Justin Glisan says the past 12 months have been the wettest since 1895, the year officials began keeping weather records.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A former eastern Iowa banker has been sentenced to a year in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.2 million for hampering a bank examination. Federal prosecutors for Iowa said in a news release that 39-year-old Martin Smith, of Center Point, was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in federal prison. Smith pleaded guilty last year, admitting he backdated a refinancing loan to obstruct an investigation by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Police in several Iowa cities will hold events in the coming days to build connections with the communities they patrol. Police in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Marshalltown will hold “Coffee with a Cop” events, which allow the public to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know police officers. In Iowa City, officers will sit down with residents at a booth during the Iowa City Pride Festival this Saturday. In Cedar Rapids, police will hold an event Wednesday morning at a Hy-Vee grocery.