Southern Illinois group home to close after stabbing

TAMMS, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois group home is closing after the stabbing of two residents led to a $12,500 fine by a state licensing agency.

A review of Illinois Department of Public Health records by the (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan shows that the owners of the 26-bed H&S Care Center in Tamms agreed in May to shut down. A department spokeswoman said that will happen by the end of June.

The state review followed the repeated stabbing of two residents on April 21. Forty-one-year-old resident Jule Woods was arrested on felony charges of aggravated battery.

The Jonesboro company that owns the home for people with disabilities has until Friday to request a hearing to appeal the state’s decision. Its owners have declined comment.