Quincy honors 1st black police officer who died in 1876

QUINCY, Ill. — A western Illinois city is honoring its first black police officer who died in the line of duty more than 100 years ago.

Hundreds attended a memorial service Wednesday to pay their respects to Quincy's first black police officer, William H. "Billy" Dallas.

Organizations worked with individuals to finance a grave marker for the fallen officer and his wife. A local church also held a public funeral honoring his legacy.

Dallas was born 1844 in South Carolina. He escaped slavery and settled in Quincy just before the Civil War.

After serving for the Union Army, he joined the Quincy police force in 1874. He was killed in a shootout two years later.

Dallas is the state's first black police officer to die in the line of duty.

Crashes on same stretch of Iowa road kill 1, injure 2 others

KENSETT — The Iowa State Patrol said one person was killed and two were injured — including a sheriff's deputy — in separate crashes on Interstate 35 in north-central Iowa.

The crashes happened Friday night on the same stretch of the southbound lanes of the interstate near Kensett.

Investigators said the first crash happened around 7:51 p.m. when a semitrailer hit an overpass support, injuring the driver. About 9:30 p.m., a sheriff's sport utility vehicle parked in the shoulder to provide warning of the semi crash was hit from behind by a car, killing the car's driver.

The patrol said Johnnie Lee Waslick, 65, of Mason City was killed. Worth County Deputy Zachary Schrupp, 30, of Northwood was treated for injuries.

Powerful former Chicago union boss banished from Teamsters

CHICAGO — One of Chicago's most powerful labor leaders before he was indicted on federal charges of extorting $325,000 from a film studio in the city has been banished from the Teamsters Union.

Records show International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James P. Hoffa approved the recommendation by a panel of union leaders to permanently expel John Coli Sr. Coli had maintained his union membership even after resigning his leadership positions prior to his indictment last year.

The move follows a hearing in which Coli cited his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to answer questions from a court-appointed union investigator.

Coli is charged with extorting money from Cinespace Chicago Film Studio, which produces NBC series "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D."

Coli has denied any wrongdoing.

Mother who left kids alone to visit Germany offered plea deal

DES MOINES — An Iowa mother accused of leaving her four children home alone to travel to Europe could avoid a prison sentence.

Prosecutors have offered to drop a gun charge against 31-year-old Erin Macke and give her a deferred judgment if she pleads guilty to four counts of child endangerment.

Macke is charged with the four counts plus one count of making a firearm available to a person under 21.

Police were called to her home in September by the children's father, who said the children — two age 12, one 7, one 6 — had been left alone. Police said Macke tried but failed to make child care arrangements before leaving Sept. 20 for a 10-day vacation in Germany.

A plea hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.