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Iowa man, 19, gets 100-year sentence for 8-month-old’s death

DES MOINES (AP) — A 19-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 100 years in prison for the death of his 8-month-old daughter after he pleaded guilty to several charges. The Des Moines Register reports that Jayden Straight pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and several related ...

Warren, Buttigieg circle each other in Iowa as caucuses near

DECORAH (AP) — Gaining momentum in the final three months before the Iowa caucuses, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg offered sharply different messages this weekend as they inched closer to a confrontation over the direction of the Democratic Party. Warren, a Massachusetts senator, ...

Man gets 10 years for stabbing roommate

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally stabbing his roommate in Sioux City. Woodbury County District Court records show 39-year-old Elmi Said was sentenced Friday. He’d been charged with second-degree murder for the Oct. 28, 2018, slaying of ...

Reynolds appoints criminal justice reform committee

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has named 14 officials to a committee she’s created that will make recommendations for removing racial bias from the Iowa criminal justice system and help reduce recidivism among former offenders. Reynolds says the group’s recommendations will ...

Fire destroys Ogden’s only grocery store

OGDEN (AP) — A fire has destroyed the only grocery store in the central Iowa community of Ogden. The fire began after one of the owners closed Ogden Mart for the night on Saturday. The rubble continued to smolder Sunday as hot spots persisted. Fire officials say no one was injured and say ...

5th suspect arrested in fatal Des Moines shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — Another suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of man in north Des Moines. Police say 20-year-old Calvonta Stallings was arrested Sunday after a robbery in Davenport. The Polk County charges include first-degree murder and robbery in the slaying of 23-year-old ...

Man gets 18 months for defrauding homeowners group

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Marion man has been imprisoned for defrauding a homeowners association out of nearly $125,000. The Gazette reports that 55-year-old Wayne Jones Jr. was given 18 months at his sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He’d pleaded guilty to wire ...

Iowa, city to pay $80K for illegal search of home

DES MOINES (AP) — The state and the city of Boone have agreed to pay $80,000 to an Iowa drug suspect who was arrested after an illegal search. The State Appeal Board on Monday approved the payout under a legal settlement with Daniel Vinnece. The state and the city will split the cost. The ...

Judge rejects plea deal in homemade cannon accident

MANCHESTER (AP) — A judge has rejected a plea deal for a man charged in the death of a woman hit in northeast Iowa by fragments from a homemade cannon. Delaware County District Court records say Max Fenton pleaded guilty to aggravated misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter, which replaced the ...

Iowa health officials tackle vaping health concerns

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will not sign an executive order that would ban the sale of flavored vaping products but that several state agencies are developing plans to deal with the health risks tied to using electronic cigarettes. Reynolds says she met Friday with ...

2 top crimefighters on leave amid personnel inquiry

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa’s human resources agency has been investigating a personnel issue that has put two top crimefighters off work for two weeks. Assistant Division of Criminal Investigation director Terry Cowman and Special Agent in Charge C.J. Noelck were put on leave earlier this ...

Sheriff: Party explosion was a stunt gone awry

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa family’s attempt at a gender reveal party for a soon-to-be-born baby went horribly wrong when a homemade device that was meant to discharge colored powder instead exploded like a pipe bomb, killing a 56-year-old relative. The Marion County ...

Missouri farmer gets prison term for organic fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Missouri farmer who played a role in the largest organic grain fraud scheme in U.S. history has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison. John Burton became the fifth farmer to receive prison time in the “Field of Schemes” case on Monday, when he was ...

District gets grant to monitor social media accounts

IOWA CITY (AP) — An eastern Iowa school district has secured federal grant funding to monitor students’ social media accounts for possible warning signs that students might harm themselves or their peers. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the Iowa City Community School District ...

Iowa woman dies after explosion at gender reveal party

KNOXVILLE (AP) — An Iowa woman has died after an explosion at a gender reveal party created debris that hit her. The Marion County Sheriff’s office says the explosion happened at a home in central Iowa around 4 p.m. Saturday during a party to announce the gender of a baby a couple is ...

Idle Iowa meat-processing plant sold for $5.8 million

CHEROKEE (AP) — An idle Iowa meat-processing plant that closed earlier this year after only a few months of operation has been sold. The Sioux City Journal reports that Lopez Foods paid $5.8 million for the plant in Cherokee, and the company plans to restart operations there by early next ...

Police make arrests in skywalk security

DES MOINES (AP) — Police have made arrests in an attack earlier this month on a man and his girlfriend inside the skywalk in downtown Des Moines. Police say 18-year-old Jeffrey Lionel Smith Jr., of Des Moines, was charged Friday with assault in connection with the investigation. A ...

Man gets 2 years for taking locker room pictures

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A former janitor has been sentenced to two years for taking pictures of women in an eastern Iowa college locker room. Linn County court records say 46-year-old Jeffrey Pospisil was sentenced Friday on two counts of invasion of privacy. He’d pleaded guilty in ...

Man accused of murder in eastern Iowa shooting death

MUSCATINE (AP) — A man has been accused of shooting to death a woman at a recreation area in eastern Iowa. Muscatine County court records say 23-year-old David Hatfield, of Muscatine, faces a murder charge. Authorities say he fatally shot his girlfriend, 18-year-old Kaitlyn Palmer, at ...

Child welfare worker enters guilty plea

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa social services worker has entered a guilty plea to perjury over her false testimony that helped convince a judge to remove four children from their parents. Former Iowa Department of Human Services employee Chelsie Gray entered a written Alford plea to the felony ...