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A group of men participate in a late afternoon pickup game of basketball Friday at Monterey Park in Janesville. Temperatures reached the mid-80s Friday. Similar conditions are forecast for the weekend. Forecast on Page 9A.


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Heads, hearts and forms: What to expect during back-to-school physicals

JANESVILLE

It’s that time of year.

August passes by at an unreasonable speed and suddenly the first day or football practice is—wait, what? Tuesday!?

We asked Dr. Dan Beardmore, a pediatrician with SSM Health Dean Medical Group, about back-to-school physicals for kids.

His first piece of advice: Schedule them now. Your doctor will not be able to accommodate everyone the day before the first practice.

Here are some more questions we had for Beardmore and his answers:

Q: What do physicals involve?

A: Hearts and heads is the quick answer.

“When it comes to sports physicals, it’s a big cardiac exam and a family history of cardiac conditions,” Beardmore said. “That’s the primary thing. There are even guidelines from the American Heart Association about what to look for and ask for.”

Beadmore’s practice is focused on sports medicine, especially for caring for young athletes, according to his biography on the SSM Health Dean Medical Group website. Even without that specialty, doctors are going to talk to student-athletes about concussions.

“I always talk about concussions. I review past concussion history and talk to them about what to do if you get a knock in the head,” Beardmore said. “We want to make sure we’re taking care of those kids right.”

Knowledge about the danger of concussions is getting better thanks to news coverage and work the NFL is doing, Beardmore said.

But there’s still a gap.

“Kids that don’t come out of the game or where they think they’re fine and go back into the game,” Beardmore said. “That’s were we worry that they’re going to get injured worse by continuing to be active during an active concussion.”

Beardmore tells student-athletes that if they ever get knocked in the head and something doesn’t feel right, they should “trust their gut” and get out of the game.

Also, if they have headaches that are stronger or last longer than usual, or if they feel foggy, they should make sure they get it checked out.

But Beardmore knows that young people would rather be on the field than on the bench, so he ends his discussion about concussions with a warning.

“I tell them I’ve seen guys and gals who’ve gotten a second concussion before the first one heals, and they end up in their bedroom for months with the lights out because their head hurts so bad. I’ve met those kids,” Beardmore said. “So at the end of my spiel I tell them exactly and then they say, ‘Oh, OK.’”

The school physical also includes ear, nose and throat checks and a neurological exam to test reflexes and responses.

Q: What should athletes or their parents bring to such appointments?

A: Information about any family history of heart disease is important, Beardmore said. In addition, an immunization record is crucial.

“Oh, and don’t forget your forms,” Beadmore said.

Q: What about kids who aren’t student-athletes?

A: Beardmore strongly recommends the HPV vaccine, which prevents cervical and other kinds of cancer.

In addition, whooping cough and meningitis vaccines are also recommended.

Finally, don’t forget the flu shot.


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Crime
Judge wants to hear from inmate who suggests different murder suspect

JANESVILLE

A Rock County judge said Friday she wants to hear from a potential witness who suggests someone other than the accused man stabbed a Janesville woman to death in 2017.

Julian D. Collazo, 22, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the Dec. 9, 2017, stabbing death of Christine Scaccia-Lubeck, 43, in her Janesville home.

Jeffrey Jensen, Collazo’s lawyer, seeks to introduce evidence that Nicole R. Kazar, 25, was the person who stabbed Scaccia-Lubeck, based on a conversation Kazar had with another inmate at the Rock County Jail.

During a motion hearing Friday, Judge Barbara McCrory said she wants to hold an evidentiary hearing to tease out what the inmate can and cannot legally say because, as Assistant District Attorney Scott Dirks pointed out, the inmate has made different statements about what happened.

If the inmate describes what she claims Kazar told her, then that evidence would be allowed, McCrory said. But it would be considered hearsay if the inmate based the information on what someone else told her.

The judge’s hope is to hammer such details out and avoid having debates during Collazo’s trial, which is scheduled for October.

Jensen’s motion asks McCrory to allow the evidence the defense is collecting from the inmate.

“If there is evidence that a third party had motive and opportunity to commit the crime with which the defendant is charged, the court should allow evidence if it is relevant and there is proof directly connecting the third party to the offense charged,” Jensen’s motion states.

There is then a three-pronged test to see if the evidence is admissible:

  • Did the third party have a motive?
  • Did the person have opportunity?
  • Is there evidence connecting the third person with the offense charged?

McCrory ruled in favor of the motion, thereby saying the defense can present this evidence, but questions remain about how the evidence will be presented.

Kazar is accused of telling the other inmate that she was “getting away with murder,” according to the motion.

The inmate claims Kazar said she saw Collazo hugging and kissing Scaccia-Lubeck, and Kazar “snapped and picked up a knife and ran after the woman and started to stab her,” the motion states.

Kazar has been convicted of helping Collazo steal Scaccia-Lubeck’s car after the stabbing. But prosecutors said in the criminal complaint that she didn’t know about the stabbing until later.

Dirks said Friday that in all of the inmate’s versions of events, Collazo is still at the house the night of the stabbing. If prosecutors must change their homicide charge against Collazo to party to the crime, they have that option, he said.

Collazo admitted to a fellow inmate that he stabbed Scaccia-Lubeck, according to a Janesville detective’s testimony at a preliminary hearing last year.

Jensen said there’s no requirement in the motion that this evidence represent a “complete” or “particularly strong” defense. What the inmate has to say would help “lay the foundation” for Kazar’s admission, he said.

The hearing to present the evidence in question is set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

Collazo’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 21.