STERLING, Ill. (AP) — A suspected Illinois cocaine dealer whose girlfriend was killed when he ran a stop sign and crashed his car into a pickup truck has been charged with reckless homicide.
Thirty-nine-year-old Michael Mulberry of Rock Falls in northwestern Illinois is also charged with four felony drug charges. He is being held in Whiteside County Jail on $1 million bond.
The (Dixon) Telegraph reports authorities say Mulberry was under surveillance after allegedly selling crack cocaine just before the crash on April 7 of last year. Police say he may have been trying to elude a police surveillance detail when he crashed.
Mulberry's passenger, 34-year-old Dawn Nicole Trosclair, of Cedar Rapids, was rushed to a hospital in Rockford where she died the next day of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.
Another defendant acquitted in Waterloo slaying
WATERLOO (AP) — A Black Hawk County jury has acquitted another of three people accused of shooting to death a Waterloo man in 2016.
On Tuesday the jury found 18-year-old Armand Rollins Jr. not guilty of murder and attempted murder charges stemming from the July 17, 2016, slaying of 21-year-old Otavious Brown and wounding of Dewon Campbell and Aundrey Roberts Jr.
On Friday the same jury found 22-year-old Shavondes Martin not guilty of the same charges but convicted 17-year-old Doncorrion Spates. The jurors told the judge Friday they were unable to agree on Rollins, so they were ordered to return Monday to resume deliberations.
Prosecutors said the three were in a vehicle when they opened fire on a group of people. The driver, Jacques Williamson, earlier pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.
Plan proposes removal of 2 dams in central Iowa
FORT DODGE (AP) — A proposed plan to remove two dams across the Des Moines River in central Iowa could cost more than $4 million and be completed next winter.
The Messenger reports that the proposal presented to the Fort Dodge City Council Monday calls for the removal of the Hydroelectric Dam and the Little Dam during the winter of 2018-19.
Wade Greiman is a project manager with engineering firm Snyder & Associates. He says the Hydroelectric Dam removal will cost about $3.6 million and the Little Dam removal will cost about $750,000.
The dams would be replaced with structures to direct water and reduce stream bed erosion.
The funding will be included in a $9 million general obligation bond issue proposal, which the council will consider on March 12.
Man accused of U of Iowa sex assaults gets 7 years
IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa City man accused of sexually assaulting numerous students and employees on the University of Iowa campus has been sent to prison.
Court records say 35-year-old Adam Weinstein was sentenced Monday to seven years. He'd entered an Alford plea to assault with intent to commit injury and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. In an Alford plea, a person doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction. Prosecutors dropped several other charges in exchange for Weinstein's pleas.
Police say Weinstein sexually assaulted, groped and harassed at least eight women on the campus during a 15-hour period on Nov. 10, 2015. Police say the incidents took place at the university hospital, near residence halls and the law school.
Senate president Cullerton urges Rauner to balance budget
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Senate President John Cullerton is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to propose a budget plan that's balanced.
The Chicago Democrat told reporters at the state Capitol Tuesday that the first-term Republican has never introduced a spending plan in which spending matched revenue.
Rauner says he has and promised last month that he would deliver another.
Rauner will unveil his 2019 budget proposal Wednesday. He's coming off the first yearlong budget since taking office in 2015. Lawmakers sent it to him last summer after voting to override his veto of an income-tax increase.
Cullerton pointed out that the governor's plan last year included $4.7 billion in revenue contingent on the Senate's so-called grand bargain to end a two-year budget impasse by giving ground on Rauner's business agenda. The talks collapsed.
Accidental meth overdose blamed for Le Mars man's death
LE MARS (AP) — Authorities say a man whose body was found in his northwest Iowa home died of a methamphetamine overdose.
A state autopsy report says the death of 57-year-old John Koley was caused by "accidental acute drug intoxication."
Officials say Koley had been dead for several days in his Le Mars home before his body was found by his son on Dec. 13.
Woman gets probation for using counterfeit cash at casino
SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Le Mars woman has been given two years of probation for using counterfeit cash at a Sioux City casino.
Court records say 29-year-old Brittany Derby pleaded guilty Monday to forgery. She was given a deferred judgment, which will allow her conviction to be removed from court records if she successfully completes the terms of her probation.
Police say Derby, Jackelen Hartsock, of Le Mars, and Kurt Jones made several cash transactions Aug. 5 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Police say the bills were later found to be counterfeit.
Hartsock also has been given two years of probation. Jones has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial next month.