UNDATED (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that age alone is enough to show a person needs protection from elder abuse under a state law enacted in 2014. The ruling Friday comes in the case of 69-year-old Judith Chapman, who successfully obtained an elder abuse protection order against her adult son, John Wilkinson Jr., in late 2014. Chapman sought the order after she said her son tried to force her out of her mobile home.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A Waterloo man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in the July shooting death of another man. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 25-year-old Jacques Dominique Williamson pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Williamson had been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder for his role the July 17 drive-by shooting that killed 21-year-old Otavious Brown and injured Dewon Campbell Jr. and Aundrey Roberts Jr.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Polk County judge has ordered law enforcement not to disclose confidential information in the case of a man accused of killing two Iowa police officers after the man’s attorney asked for a gag order. Lawyers for Scott Greene complained about a Polk County Jail employee’s comment Feb. 17 on a newspaper Facebook post. Greene has pleaded not guilty to two murder charges in the Nov. 2 slayings of Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin and Des Moines Police Sgt. Anthony Beminio.
OSAGE, Iowa (AP) – Osage may soon see a junior firefighting program for teens 16 to 19 that would serve as a mentoring program for future volunteer firefighters. The program would allow those considering becoming a volunteer firefighter the opportunity to assist the fire department in a limited capacity. Osage firefighter Tim Blake recently presented the idea to the Osage City Council, which voted to allow the fire department to implement it. Blake says the program would allow junior firefighters to roll up hoses and remain beside a mentor running a pump during fires. The teens would not be allowed at crash scenes or real emergency events.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – State superintendent candidate Lowell Holtz sent the draft of a campaign-focused email detailing his support among Republicans using his Whitnall Public School email address during a school day. The email was provided to The Associated Press by the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now which received it through an open records request. The email sent in May appears to be in violation of the state law prohibiting the use of government resources for campaign work.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Milwaukee program’s expansion may allow more children and families to receive counseling in response to exposure to gun violence and other trauma. Wisconsin Public Radio reports the Milwaukee Trauma Response Initiative began as a pilot project two years ago in a police district with the city’s worst gun violence. The city and Milwaukee County agreed to expand the effort to another high-violence police district after 240 children or families were referred for counseling last year.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The mayor of Madison is proposing a task force aimed at making Wisconsin’s capital a more welcoming place, especially for hip-hop artists and audiences. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Mayor Paul Soglin’s proposed Equity in Music and Entertainment task force comes after years of efforts by the hip-hop community to find equity in city policies and policing.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Minnesota-based delivery company that at one time had 11 warehouse locations in six states has closed its doors nearly 70 years after it was founded in Madison. Dunham Express ceased operations on Feb. 10. An order establishing a receivership and appointing a receiver filed in Minneapolis on Jan. 18 had revealed the company owed nearly $8 million to lenders and creditors it was unable to pay.
CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Public Schools officials say they’ll restore $15 million of once-frozen discretionary funds to some of the district’s poorest schools. The move increases the district’s budget gap to $129 million. Officials had reduced principal’s discretionary funds to cut costs. The money is used for school supplies, among other things. However, the district faced criticism for the cuts. Schools with more low income-students saw discretionary funds cut at twice the rate and schools with a majority of Hispanic students saw bigger freezes than mostly white schools.
School officials say the freeze can’t be equal in all schools, but they wanted to respond to concerns.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – An Illinois lawmaker is looking to legalize the possession of noise suppressors in Illinois in order to reduce the risk of hearing damage from firing a gun. The proposed by Democratic Sen. William Haine of Alton is among dozens of firearm-related bills that have been introduced by Illinois lawmakers this year. Haine says noise from firearms is a public health concern for hunters and those who shoot for sport. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, shooters without ear protection can suffer a severe hearing loss from as little as one shot.
CHICAGO (AP) – A newspaper report says a suburban Chicago legislator works at a law firm that’s been paid $9 million over five years for doing legal work for state agencies, government workers’ pension funds and local governments. The Chicago Sun-Times examined business conducted by Burke Burns & Pinelli in Chicago where Democratic Sen. Don Harmon is a partner. Harmon says he receives no “financial benefit from state or state-affiliated work done by the firm.”
TINLEY PARK, Ill. (AP) – Authorities say thieves broke into a suburban Chicago car dealership, stole five vehicles and fled to Interstate 57. The theft occurred after 11 p.m. on Friday night at Bettenhausen Automotive in Tinley Park and led to a police chase. The stolen vehicles include a 2013 Dodge Charger and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. One vehicle was recovered immediately