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CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police say a man believed to be the suspect in the shooting and wounding of an officer has been shot and captured. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL’-mee) tweeted Saturday that officers apprehended a “person of interest” believed to be 45-year-old Michael Blackman following an armed encounter with officers and a daylong manhunt. He says the individual was shot by police and no officers were injured.

DIXON, Ill. (AP) – Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home may have to close its doors due to financial woes. WREX TV reports that the Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home and Visitor’s Center is seeking donations to stay afloat. Patrick Gorman, the center’s executive director, says the house in Dixon generates $30,000 annually through tours and the gift shop. Operating expenses cost about $70,000 a year, creating a $40,000 annual deficit.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) – A suburban Chicago mall has reopened after a man drove an SUV into it and sent frightened shoppers and employees scurrying. Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg reopened Saturday, a day after the 22-year-old man drove in and plowed into kiosks and a clothing store. Nobody was seriously hurt or hit by the vehicle despite the panic that ensued. Authorities say the man, who was arrested, may have been suffering from a medical condition.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Pedestrian and motorist safety around trains and railroad tracks will be the focus of Illinois Rail Safety Week next week. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police announced that the fifth statewide rail safety initiative will be Sunday through Sept. 28. In 2018, there were 86 rail-crossing collisions involving motor vehicles. They resulted in 26 injuries and 15 deaths. There were 40 incidents that resulted in 18 injuries and 22 fatalities after victims trespassed on railroad property.

Wisconsin News

EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) – Organizers of an annual festival to help struggling farmers say it was fitting to hold Farm Aid 2019 in Wisconsin farm country. The Journal Sentinel reports that it’s the second time the event has been held in Wisconsin in its 34-year history. The last time was Farm Aid’s 25th anniversary show, which was held at Miller Park in Milwaukee. About 30,000 people were expected Saturday at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, located among fields of corn, soybeans and other crops in southeastern Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The longtime treasurer of a Milwaukee investment club convicted of bilking her friends out of more than $80,000 has been sentenced to nine months in federal prison. The Journal Sentinel reports that 63-year-old Wendy Yanow allegedly stole $50 monthly investments from Women of Wealth club members for 16 years, after cleaning out the existing portfolio in 2002. Yanow has already paid back about $81,000 in restitution, which would have grown to more than $400,000 if she had invested it.

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin man accused of killing a woman’s puppy with a hammer has been sentenced to nine months in jail.  Brandon Shearer, of Portage, learned his sentence on Friday. He pleaded no contest in May to the mistreatment of an animal causing death, disorderly conduct and contacting a victim after a domestic abuse arrest. Prosecutors allege that Shearer killed the 6-month-old dog with a roofing hammer because he was upset it had urinated and defecated in the woman’s house.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a man who was operating a boat in the Town of Tainter was found dead in the water near the Lake Tainter Channel. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report of a missing person about 11:30 p.m. Friday. When deputies arrived on scene, they found the boat partially tied up to the dock with its lights still on and the motor running. The man’s body was found in the water near the board. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

Iowa News

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa has reopened an inquiry into allegations that members of its marching band were targets of abuse during last weekend’s game at Iowa State University. Members of the Iowa band say they were subjected to racial slurs, verbal and physical and sexual harassment and assault before, during and after the game. The schools’ athletic directors said last week that they had looked intot he claims, but they didn’t announce any punishment. Students said that was insufficient.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – One of five suspects in the shooting death of a Davenport man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Twenty-year-old Darell Allen Williams Jr., of East Moline, Illinois, was sentenced Friday for his role in the robbery and shooting death of Brady Tumlinson, whose girlfriend was seriously injured in the September 2017 attack. The Quad-City Times reported Williams pleaded guilty in July to first-degree burglary as part of a plea deal.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A man convicted of stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her friend in Sioux City has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Tran Walker, who will turn 20 Sunday, was sentenced Friday in the January 2018 deaths of 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan and 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr.  Walker was convicted in August of two counts of first-degree murder.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Volunteers planned to meet at a Des Moines park this weekend to search for a missing South American orange iguana. The 16-year-old, 4-foot iguana named “Brahm” is the pet of a Seattle woman and her boyfriend who were in town earlier this month for the Renaissance Faire. The Des Moines Register reports the large lizard somehow made his escape into Sleepy Hollow Sports Park and hasn’t been found.