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Around the Tri States: Macomb School District preparing to show off new building; suspect dead after police chase

Jane Carlson
Tri States Public Radio

A weekly roundup of news from around the region.

Macomb School District preparing to show off new building
The Macomb School District will hold a grand opening next month for its new middle school.

The open house-style event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 10.

The district will start using the building the very next week.

Teachers are scheduled to report on August 15, and the first day of classes is August 17.

Suspect dead after police chase
A Des Moines man wanted on domestic violence charges is dead after a police chase in southeast Iowa.

Joshua Paul Thompson, 31, was armed and traveling with a female passenger.

Des Moines County Sheriff’s deputies spotted Thompson on U.S. Route 34 Sunday afternoon and attempted a traffic stop.

Following a police pursuit, the vehicle came to a stop in the 200 block of North Gertrude Street in Burlington.

Police say Thompson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The passenger was unharmed.

Galesburg man charged with sex crime
A Galesburg man is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a family member and contributing to the delinquency of minors.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint and found two intoxicated juveniles in the company of 43-year-old David Showalter.

He was taken to the Knox County jail and posted bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 9.

Macomb greenhouse ordinance approved
It’s now legal to build a greenhouse in Macomb’s residential areas zoned R-1 and R-2.

City council members approved the plan last week.

Residents will have to obtain a special use permit, and the greenhouses are limited in size to 800 square feet.

Macomb city council hears more about urban chickens
During this week’s city council committee of the whole meeting, seven people spoke in favor of Macomb’s proposed urban chicken ordinance.

No one opposed it.

But city council members John Vigezzi and Don Wynn both said they’ve spoken to numerous people who are against the ordinance. Both indicated they will vote against it.

Council member Byron Shabazz said he’s in favor of the program, but he would like more conversation on the issue.

The city council will decide on August 7 whether to approve the ordinance.

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