Iowa News

Ethanol producer blames Indiana plant closure on Trump’s EPA

CLOVERDALE, Ind. (AP) — The owner of a western Indiana ethanol plant is blaming its shut down on the Trump administration allowing some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET says it will cease production by ...

Audit: Some felons got IDs to work for Iowa security firms

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa agency granted professional licenses to more than 5,800 private security workers without conducting mandatory criminal background checks, including at least two dozen who had records that should have disqualified them, auditors said Thursday. Ineligible applicants ...

Services held for deputy who died in crash

ROCK RAPIDS (AP) — Services are being held Monday for a northwest Iowa sheriff’s deputy who died after her patrol vehicle crashed. A Mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for Deputy Stephanie Schreurs, who died Tuesday. She was injured Aug. 9 when her vehicle ran off a ...

Police: Convenience store clerk killed

BETTENDORF (AP) — Police say a clerk died after being shot during a robbery at an eastern Iowa convenience store. The robbery occurred around 5:40 p.m. Saturday at a Big 10 Mart in Bettendorf. The name of the 28-year-old woman who was shot hasn’t been released. No arrests have been reported.

Boy sentenced for Iowa man’s slaying

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A 16-year-old Nebraska boy has been sentenced to 10 to 50 years in prison for the slaying of a man in western Iowa. Pottawattamie County District Court records say Xavier Smith-Catchings, of Omaha, was sentenced Thursday. He’d entered a written plea of guilty ...

Men killed in house fire identified

FRUITLAND (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people who died in an eastern Iowa house fire. The Quad-City Times reports that the Muscatine County medical examiner’s office has identified the two men as 45-year-old Graham Jared and his 21-year-old nephew, Ethan Jared. They ...

Warren apologizes for heritage claim, woos Native Americans

By ELANA SCHOR and JOSH FUNK Associated Press SIOUX CITY — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be a big political liability. “Like ...

Hy-Vee warns of security incident

WEST DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa-based grocery store chain is warning customers about what it says is a security incident involving payment card systems. Hy-Vee said in a news release Wednesday that it launched an investigation after it detected unauthorized activity on some of its payment ...

Iowa becomes 11th state in US to allow sports gambling

DES MOINES (AP) — Six Iowa casinos began accepting bets on sporting events Thursday, making the state the 11th in the nation and first in the Midwest to allow such wagering. Casinos in Altoona, Bettendorf, Osceola and Waterloo offered betting on-site and through a mobile app, while casinos ...

Bond set for woman charged in 2 killings

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Bond has been set at $2.2 million for a 44-year-old woman charged in the shooting deaths of two Iowa men. The Daily Nonpareil reports that a judge set bond for April Montello-Roberts, of Shenandoah, on Friday. She is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, ...

Jackson Co. officials rethink plan after jail bond issue fails twice

MAQUOKETA (AP) — Officials in one eastern Iowa county are regrouping after a voters rejected a jail bond issue for a second time. The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports that Jackson County voters didn’t approve a $6.5 million bond issue to build a 50-bed jail this month. The result is ...

Iowa newspaper carrier saves woman from sex-trafficking ring

ANKENY (AP) — Court records show a Des Moines newspaper carrier helped save a woman caught in a sex-trafficking ring. The Des Moines Register says one of its delivery workers, Lavon Franz, was on her paper route early the morning of July 28 in Ankeny when she saw a woman waving her arms on ...

Iowa lawmaker holds gun-focused event

DES MOINES (AP) — A western Iowa Republican lawmaker says he’s holding a campaign fundraiser featuring U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley at a shooting range despite calls for him to cancel the gun-centered event following weekend mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. State Rep. Steve Holt says his ...

Democrat Scholten says he’ll run again

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Democrat J.D. Scholten says he will make another run for an Iowa congressional seat held for 17 years by conservative Republican Rep. Steve King. Scholten announced Monday he would again seek the Democratic nomination in the 4th Congressional District, made up of 39 ...

Prosecutors dismiss cases tied to Iowa officer who resigned

IOWA CITY (AP) — Several pending criminal cases brought by an Iowa police officer with a history of misconduct will be dropped because he is no longer a credible witness, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Since Friday, the Cedar County attorney’s office has dismissed charges against four ...

Reward raised to $50K for info on cousins’ slayings

EVANSDALE (AP) — A reward has been doubled to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest in the slayings of two Iowa cousins. Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers said Tuesday the increase was possible because of a donation from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Waterloo Police Department ...

19-year-old woman hit, killed by truck in central Iowa

ALTOONA (AP) — Authorities in central Iowa say a 19-year-old woman has died after being hit by a pickup truck. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday at an Altoona intersection. The Iowa State Patrol says the truck was northbound and had ...

Police say shooting that injured woman was accidental

WATERLOO (AP) — Police in northeastern Iowa say a Waterloo woman wounded in an accidental shooting is expected to recover. The Courier reports that the woman was taken to a hospital following the shooting Thursday night. Police say first responders were called to a home around 10:15 p.m. ...

Couple get probation for neglecting children

OSCEOLA (AP) — An Iowa man and wife accused of neglecting and mistreating their adopted children have been given two years of probation. Clark County District Court records say 42-year-old Kelly Fry and her 43-year-old husband, Kenny Fry, on Thursday were granted deferred judgments and were ...

Officials: Kayaker rescued from Mississippi River

CLINTON (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa say a kayaker has been rescued from the Mississippi River at a dam at Clinton. Television station KWQC reports that the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office was called Friday to Lock and Dam 13 for a water rescue. Officials with the Clinton Fire ...