Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
ATKINS, Iowa (AP) — Sheriffs officials in eastern Iowa have identified a driver killed in a crash after reached speeds over 100 mph while fleeing a traffic stop. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release Thursday that 38-year-old Matthew Earl Cox, of Cedar Rapids, died in the early Wednesday crash. Investigators say the chase began when a Linn County deputy tried to pull over a car in Atkins that Cox was driving. Investigators say Cox’s speeding car drove off a Benton County road and crashed into a culvert. Officials say a woman also in the car and later identified as 33-year-old Mary Jeanette Ridenour, of Cedar Rapids, was seriously injured and flown to an Iowa City hospital.
LONG GROVE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified two people killed in an eastern Iowa crash that also injured three others earlier this week. The crash happened Tuesday morning north of Davenport on Highway 61 near Long Grove, killing 47-year-old Gary Warren and 45-yearold David Muller, both of Maquoketa. Investigators say Warren was driving and Muller was a passenger in a car that was hit when an oncoming van crossed the median. Another passenger in the car, a 19-year-old man, remains hospitalized in Iowa City in critical condition. Police say the 18-year-old driver of the van was taken to a Davenport hospital with serious injuries and faces charges. The van also hit a pickup truck, and the truck’s 59-year-old driver suffered minor injuries.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Police have made an arrest in the shooting death last year of a Waterloo man. The Courier reports that police arrested 28-year-old Stephen Devon Phillips on suspicion of first-degree murder in the May 15 death of 30-year-old Terrell Bernard Flowers. Investigators have said the shooting followed an argument between the two men earlier in the day during a gathering at a Waterloo home. Police say Phillips was told to leave the house and that he told people on his way out that he would return and “shoot up the place.” Police say Phillips later returned to the house and again argued with Flowers before pulling a gun and firing.
Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials have detected more coronavirus variants in the state but predict every adult who wants a vaccine shot will get one by mid-summer. Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said Thursday that sequencing has now detected 19 cases of the coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom in Wisconsin. She said every adult who wants a vaccine shot should be able to get one by June or July. She also said the state is only a “couple months” away from the other side of the pandemic. The seven-day positivity rate remained under 2.5% Thursday.
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A judge has rejected a request to withdraw no contest pleas by a man convicted of causing a western Wisconsin crash that killed three Girl Scouts and a mother in 2018. Colten Treu was sentenced to 54 years in prison after entering the pleas to four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of hit-and-run causing great bodily harm. Treu’s new lawyer, Dennis Schertz, contends that Treu’s original attorneys “erroneously advised” him that he could still appeal his denied request for a change of venue, even after entering a plea. A Chippewa County judge on Wednesday ruled there was no evidence of improper advice.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The city of La Crosse has filed a lawsuit against dozens of chemical manufacturers alleging they produced firefighting foam that has contaminated city and private wells around the city’s airport with man-made chemicals known as PFAS. The city filed the lawsuit Thursday in La Crosse County Circuit Court against 3M Company, AGC Chemicals and a host of other manufacturers. The city alleges the companies have known since the 1960s that the foam would contaminate the area’s groundwater but continued to manufacture and sell it without warning their customers, creating an unreasonable danger to public health. The city seeks an unspecified amount of damages to cover costs of investigating, monitoring wells and treating contamination.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System has ordered auditors to review how UW-Madison handled bids on a project to streamline the school’s administration. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday that one of the companies not selected for the contract requested an investigation. The company, Deloitte Consulting, alleges UW-Madison allowed two competitors to participate in crafting the bid and each won contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The system’s Office of Internal Review will conduct the review. UW-Madison officials say they won’t seek additional bids for the project until the review is complete.
Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — The president of Northwestern University will step down in August 2022, ending a tenure that saw calls for his resignation over his handling racial tensions on campus. A university spokeswoman says Morton Schapiro’s departure date was agreed upon several years ago. She says Schapiro will use his remaining time at Northwestern to facilitate the transition. The 67-year-old Schapiro arrived at Northwestern in 2009 from Williams College in Massachusetts. Board of Trustees Chairman J. Landis Martin said Thursday a search committee will be formed to identify Schapiro’s successor.
UNDATED (AP) — As the U.S. prioritizes teachers nationwide for coronavirus vaccines, states and many districts are not keeping track of how many school employees have received the shots. While vaccines are not required for educators to return to school buildings, the absence of data complicates efforts to address parents’ concerns about health risk levels and some teachers unions’ calls for widespread vaccinations as a condition of reopening schools. The number of school staff members receiving vaccinations — and refusal rates — are unclear so far in several large districts where teachers were prioritized, including Las Vegas, Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky.
WAUKEGAN, Ill (AP) — A man arrested Wednesday in connection with a Gurnee armed robbery is charged with first-degree murder in the December deaths of a Beach Park couple. Authorities say 35-year-old Derenell Hill of Waukegan is the second man charged in the deaths of 52-year-old Carlos Rodas Perez and 49-year-old Mercedes Rodas. Timothy D. Triplett Jr. of Waukegan was indicted last month on first-degree murder charges. Lake County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Covelli said Thursday the charges against Hill arose after officers searching the apartment he’d been staying in found a firearm that belonged to Perez. Hill is being held in lieu of $5 million.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a suburban Chicago man to 12 years in prison for trying to help the Islamic State terrorist group by providing cellphones to be used as bomb detonators. Thirty-eight-year-old Joseph Jones of Zion was sentenced Wednesday after a jury convicted him in 2019 of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Prosecutors sought a 17-year term while Jones’ attorneys sought a sentence of time served, or nearly four years. Jones spoke during the hearing, saying, “I am not a terrorist. I never had any intention of doing anything involving this crime.”