Woman rescued after breaking through pond ice in north Iowa
CLEAR LAK — Authorities said police officers rescued a woman who'd fallen through ice on a pond while trying to retrieve her dog.
The Clear Lake Fire Department said in a news release 28-year-old Kelsey Boehnke went onto Fieldstone Pond to get her dog a little after 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Boehnke then broke through the thin ice into the chilling water. Police officers who were first on the scene pulled her out.
She was taken to Mercy Medical Center — North Iowa in Mason City for treatment. It's unclear whether her dog also fell in.
Man imprisoned for neglect of wife's disabled daughter
DAVENPORT — A Davenport man whose wife's intellectually disabled daughter was always locked in a bedroom has been given 10 years in prison.
Eugene Harris, 56, was sentenced Friday. He'd been convicted of neglect of a dependent person, but the jury couldn't reach an agreement on a charge of dependent adult abuse. It's since been dropped.
Harris' wife, 48-year-old Kimberly Williams, has pleaded not guilty to the same charges. Her trial is scheduled to begin March 4.
Authorities said officers sent to the home May 22 to check a report about a domestic disturbance were led by Harris to a bedroom locked from the outside. That's where they found Williams' daughter. Nearby were soiled adult diapers, a mattress on the floor and a few other items.
Prisoner hit by 2 cars after escaping police van in Chicago
CHICAGO — Authorities said a prisoner was hurt in Chicago after escaping from a police transport van and getting hit by two other vehicles.
Police said the man was struck Monday morning on the city's south side. He opened a van door and jumped out during a stop at a police station, and was hit by the vehicles about a block away.
The man was taken to a hospital, where he was reported in stable condition.
Parent accused of wearing referee uniform, swaying football playoff game
CHICAGO — The father of a football player is accused of influencing the outcome of a recent game in favor of Nazareth Academy, in suburban Chicago, and is at the center of a lawsuit filed by groups associated with Simeon Career Academy against the Illinois High School Association.
The Simeon Alumni Association, the Blue Machine — the Simeon football team’s booster club — and a handful of parents filed the lawsuit Nov. 16 against IHSA in Cook County Circuit Court, less than a week after the Chicago football team lost a Class 7A quarterfinal 34 to 27 to Nazareth Academy, a Catholic high school in suburban La Grange Park.
Matt Troha, the assistant executive director of IHSA, said early Monday the association did not have a comment. Though it was aware of media reports about the lawsuit, IHSA had not yet received notification about it.
The lawsuit alleges a parent of a player from Nazareth wore his referee uniform and was involved in calls the referee team made though he was not officiating the Nov. 10 game. The father also was seen alongside referees in an area where only officials are supposed to be.
On Facebook, the father responded to criticism of him being involved in the game by saying, “I did what was needed to make sure Naz won,” according to screenshots included in the lawsuit.
In another comment, the father tells someone, “I didn’t make one bad call. I made sure the best team won.”
The groups filing the lawsuit on behalf of Simeon high school argue the father’s conduct adds up to a breach of IHSA’s rules and by-laws. They are asking that the winner of the game be stricken and no winner be declared.