ROCK FALLS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a driver who was fatally shot by a northern Illinois officer during a traffic stop had put the car in reverse and accelerated toward the officer.
Rock Falls police Chief Tammy Nelson said in a statement that she was releasing some details Sunday about the shooting amid online postings from family members and others who said Nathaniel T. "Nate" Edwards posed no threat. An autopsy was planned Monday.
The statement says the shooting took place Friday night in Rock Falls following a "lengthy pursuit."
Sauk Valley Media reports that Edwards was driving with a revoked license and was facing another charge of driving without a license at the time of the shooting. Nelson has said the shooting involved a 10-year veteran officer who is white, while the driver was black.
Iowa woman accused of stealing from bank, bank customer
CHARLES CITY (AP) — A woman has been charged with stealing from a bank and a bank customer in northern Iowa.
Court records say 33-year-old Cassandra Lane is charged with two counts of theft. Court documents say she stole $13,300 from the customer and nearly $4,000 from the bank while working from October 2016 to August 2017 at the First Security Bank and Trust branch in Charles City.
The records say she's bonded out of jail. They don't list the name of attorney who could comment for her.
Iowa county considers response to wrongful arrest lawsuit
CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — An Iowa county is considering its response to a lawsuit filed by an Arizona man who spent two months in jail for a robbery he didn't commit.
The Linn County Board of Supervisors met in closed session Monday to consider the lawsuit filed by 23-year-old Joseph McBride.
The county hasn't answered the lawsuit, which alleges County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden signed a complaint against McBride containing false statements.
McBride was 1,500 miles away when a violent 2017 robbery occurred in Cedar Rapids, his former hometown. The victim told police that a Facebook photo of McBride appeared to match one of the assailants.
Investigators never spoke to McBride before he was arrested, shipped by prison van to Iowa, and jailed 61 days. He was released after investigators checked his alibi, which included time-stamped photos of him in Arizona.
Authorities ID man killed when tractor ran off Iowa road
CRESCENT (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man killed after a tractor he was driving crashed off a gravel road in western Iowa.
The crash occurred around 5 p.m. Saturday, a little over a mile and a half east of Crescent. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office says the driver became trapped when the tractor overturned and caught fire after running off the road. The driver's body was recovered after a tow truck lifted and removed the tractor wreckage.
The Sheriff's Office identified the driver Monday as 40-year-old Brian Louison, who lived in rural Council Bluffs.
Police say body found in cemetery was that of missing woman
WATERLOO (AP) — Authorities say a body found on the ground in a Waterloo cemetery has been identified as that of a missing Waterloo woman.
The body of 40-year-old Lakisha Williams was found around 3 p.m. Friday in a remote area of Garden of Memories cemetery. Her mother had reported her missing Thursday. She was last seen around 5 p.m. Jan. 20 near her apartment.
Police say Williams' death is suspicious.
Her husband is being held in St. Paul, Minnesota, on a warrant charging him with being a fugitive from justice. Iowa court records don't list other new charges against him, nor the name of an attorney who could comment for him.
Iowa records indicate he's served prison time for burglary, robbery and weapons crimes.
Historic Iowa park to be restored
DES MOINES (AP) — A Des Moines park that for decades drew thousands of people for its amusement park rides, music and dancing is set to return.
The Des Moines Register reports that Riverview Park advocates have announced $4 million in funding that will pay for an outdoor concert venue and other features.
The Parks Area Foundation is a nonprofit formed by residents of the north-side Oak Park, Highland Park and Union Park neighborhoods and has been the driving force behind the park restoration project. The group has raised $750,000 by flipping burgers and selling hot dogs during summer gatherings. It also secured financial support from the city of Des Moines, Polk County and Prairie Meadows.
The park opened in 1915 and was modeled after Brooklyn's Coney Island. It closed in 1978.
NIU seeking naming rights partner for Convocation Center
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University says it's looking for a naming rights partner for the school's 10,000-seat NIU Convocation Center.
NIU athletic director Sean Frazier said Monday that the official proposal seeking potential partners has been posted to the state procurement website. The center is home to Huskies men's and women's basketball and volleyball games. It also hosts events like concerts, trade shows, graduations and job fairs. Officials say it has nearly 215,000 visitors annually.
Frazier says seeking naming rights for the center "is an important step as we look to maximize the potential revenue generation for NIU athletics and the university." Frazier says the school feels confident the center will have naming rights interest from local, regional and national brands.
The $36 million facility was completed in 2002.
Inquests set in Rockford officer's, motorist's deaths
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois officials have decided to hold inquests into the deaths of a Rockford police officer and a motorist.
Officer Jaimie Cox may have been struck and killed by a truck driven by Eddie Patterson, who was fatally shot. The Rockford Register Star reports Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz said an inquest for Cox is scheduled Wednesday while the inquest for Patterson is planned Friday.
Inquests may be convened when someone's death was under suspicious, violent, or criminal circumstances. A jury decides the cause and manner of death.
Authorities say Patterson's driver's license was revoked and Cox may have pulled him over after noticing license plates on the pickup didn't match the vehicle.
Cox was found near the truck and pronounced dead at a hospital. Patterson's body was inside the truck.