OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) – A hospital in Oskaloosa is closing its inpatient psychiatric care unit. Mahaska Health Partnership Chief Executive Officer Jay Christensen said Wednesday that the hospital discharged its last psychiatric inpatient Monday. He says the unit has been losing about $500,000 a year.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill that would set mandatory minimum prison sentences for repeat domestic abuse offenders in Iowa is drawing opposition from an unlikely source: one of the state’s largest advocacy organizations for victims. Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence is registered against the bill, which is expected for House debate Thursday. Director of Public Policy Laura Hessburg says increasing prison penalties can cause unintended harm – such as perpetuating cycles of violence and racial inequality.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Court of Appeals says a Davenport man should get another trial because prosecutors removed the only two black people from the prospective jury pool violating a constitutional protection against removing jurors because of their race. Marquise Miller, who is black, was charged with eluding police and theft for allegedly helping two accomplices flee after shoplifting at a Dillard’s department store in Davenport in 2015.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A Waterloo police officer has been placed on administrative leave after she was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and causing a crash. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 32-year-old Diana Del Valle was arrested on suspicion of first-offense operating while intoxicated following a late-night March 16 collision on a Waterloo street while she was off-duty. Authorities say she hit a parked vehicle. She was also ticketed for failure to maintain control.
WESTON, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a police officer and three other people and killed when a domestic dispute escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex where the suspect had a standoff with police including SWAT officers for hours. The area is about 90 miles west of Green Bay.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Some of the youngest victims of the nation’s opioid epidemic are children under age 5 who die after swallowing opioids. Curious toddlers sometimes find the pills in a mother’s purse or accidentally dropped on the floor. Chewing just one releases the full concentration of a time-released adult drug into their small bodies. The number of children’s deaths is still small relative to the overall toll from opioids. But toddler fatalities have climbed steadily over the last 10 years.
DETROIT (AP) – A woman has been convicted of kidnapping a Detroit-area college student in 2000 after years of living under a different name in Wisconsin. Kim Johns was found guilty Wednesday of kidnapping and other crimes in Detroit federal court. She was captured a year ago living under an alias in Marathon County, Wisconsin. The government alleged that Johns was upset because the woman was ending their relationship.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities say a Milwaukee housing inspector was fatally shot while on duty. Police say officers were called around 2 p.m. Wednesday. They found a man who had been shot in his car. Police Chief Edward Flynn says the Department of Neighborhood Services employee had gone to conduct a home inspection. Mayor Tom Barrett says the victim had worked for the city for 33 years. Police are searching for the killer.
CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago chiropractor has been indicted on federal charges that he submitted at least $10 million in false claims to Medicare and private insurers. The U.S. Attorney’s office says in a news release that Henry Posada allegedly submitted fraudulent claims for physical therapy and chiropractic services that never happened and using the names of his patients without their knowledge to create false claim forms.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – An Illinois nonprofit organization is refurbishing surplus state and federal computers and providing them to at-risk families, people with special needs, seniors and schools. State Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez of Leland Grove connected the organization, Computer Banc, with the state’s department of Central Management Services. The department manages state and federal surplus property. That includes electronic equipment from Scott Air Force base in Southern Illinois.
CHICAGO (AP) – A hospital system’s study of Chicago neighborhoods has found wide health disparities, including when it comes to post-traumatic stress disorder and unmet health care needs. The Sinai Urban Health Institute released a survey Thursday. Roughly 7 percent of adults in the U.S. experience PTSD. However, residents in some Chicago neighborhoods report current symptoms at quadruple that rate.
AURORA, Ill. (AP) – A 39-year-old suburban Chicago man is charged in the beating death of an 18-year-old during a gang-related dispute. A Wednesday statement from the Aurora Police Department says Anthony W. Bills is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping and mob action in Clarence King’s death. Charging documents allege that Bills and King were involved in a fight at an area apartment on July 15 last year. Bills and others involved in the initial fight allegedly spotted King later and fatally beat him.