District Court Judge Cynthia Danielson has scheduled Adam Pitman’s murder trial for Tuesday, July 10 at the south Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.
The trial, which is expected to last about two weeks, was originally scheduled for later this month.
Pitman is accused of killing his mother, Rosa Pitman, 46, of Keokuk on August 30, 2011. Officers found her body in her home after Adam Pitman allegedly confessed to the crime during a traffic stop in Fort Madison.
District Court Judge John Wright has ruled that Lexington Square will be able to intervene in a lawsuit involving the Keokuk Board of Adjustment.
The Board of Adjustment is being sued by 17 individual neighbors of the nursing home over the panel’s decision to allow Lexington Square to expand its facility.
Lexington Square wanted to enter the lawsuit because of the impact the final ruling would have on its operations. The nursing home is looking to add more private rooms without increasing its bed count.
Construction is picking up at the former Eagles building in downtown Keokuk. The two-story structure is being redeveloped for residential and commercial use.
Main Street Keokuk’s Joyce Glasscock says the biggest reason for the increased activity is the funding for the project is now in place. She says the development is taking advantage of grants and historic tax credits.
There is some apprehension among members of the Keokuk City Council when it comes to supporting the local hospital.
Keokuk Area Hospital continues to face an uncertain future due to its financial instability.
The hospital says it is reimbursed about 75% of the money spent on care and services. That is due to a number of factors, including a large number of low income clients and the formula for state and/or federal reimbursements.