A jury trial has been scheduled for a Muscatine Chiropractor facing a felony willful injury charge for a domestic incident that happened last March, according to documents filed at the Muscatine County Courthouse. Richard W. Leavitt of Blue Grass, owner of Leavitt Chiropractic in Muscatine, allegedly struck a female victim in the face during a domestic dispute and caused a broken jaw, multiple bruises and other broken bones resulted after Leavitt reportedly caused the victim to fall down a set of stairs.  Leavitt has requested multiple extensions on the case and the trial date is now scheduled for 9 a.m., April 15. The court will also hear four pending charges against Leavitt at that trial. Leavitt was arrested three times in late 2011 for driving on a revoked license, a serious misdemeanor, stemming from an OWI.  During one of the traffic stops, on November 9, 2011, Leavitt allegedly pushed a police officer and was charged with interference with official acts.


Muscatine High School juniors and seniors can get on-the-job experience through the “Mentor a Muskie” academic internship program.  Career exploration allows students to attain real-world experience in career fields they are interested in persuing. Molly Elizalde, Academic Internship Coordinator has business partners waiting to mentor a Muskie. Students or parents can contact Molly at 563-299-3399.


Four new hires will be responsible for helping Muscatine along the path of becoming a healthier place With the Blue Zones Project initiative. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways announced the hiring of Joni Axel as community program manager, Jennifer Fish as project manager, Sara Fitzer-Huston as organization lead and Andrew Anderson as engagement lead for the Blue Zones Project. Muscatine was selected last month in a state-wide competition for the community betterment project after citizens expressed interest in making efforts to increase healthy-choices and activities.


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