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Parents among 3 charged in death of 5-month-old Iowa baby

SHELDON (AP) — The parents of a 5-month-old baby who died last year in northwestern Iowa are among three people now charged in the infant's death. Lawrence Ruotolo, 20, and Brittanee Baker, 21, both of Sheldon, have been charged with child endangerment causing bodily injury in the July 31 ...

Judge rejects rule that let pork plants speed up production

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a rule allowing pork plants to speed up production lines because the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn't properly consider the risks to workers. The judge in Minnesota ruled Wednesday that the agency's Food Safety and Inspection Service ...

Davenport man pleads not guilty to charges in mother’s death

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport charged with killing his mother in February has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other counts in the case. Andrew Rupp, 53, entered the written not guilty pleas on Tuesday, the Quad-City Times reported. Rupp was arrested after police were ...

Garbage truck suspected in Iowa hit-and-run; driver arrested

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Deputies in eastern Iowa had to chase down a garbage truck suspected in a hit-and-run crash that injured one person, and the truck's driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities said. The crash happened Monday, when a car on U.S. Highway 30 in ...

US arrests Bosnian fugitive wanted for 1994 military killing

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Bosnian soldier who fled custody while awaiting trial for murder in the 1994 killing of a fellow military officer has been arrested and jailed in Iowa after living in the U.S. for decades. Federal agents arrested Dzevad Pajazetovic in Des Moines on March 1 ...

Iowa coronavirus trajectory echoes national upward trend

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coronavirus data continued to suggest Friday that virus activity is increasing in the state, with virus infections and deaths continuing to rise. Similar trends were noted Friday by the White House COVID-19 Response Team members who expressed concerns about rising ...

Feds arrest armed Colorado man after remark about Boulder

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa gun store refused to sell a semi-automatic rifle to a heavily armed and agitated Colorado man after he said he was surprised his friends didn't suspect he was the Boulder mass shooter, according to federal court documents ...

Iowa school bus driver resigns after 2nd-offense DUI arrest

FOREST CITY (AP) — A school bus driver in northern Iowa has resigned following her arrest on a charge of second-offense drunken driving while she was transporting young school children. Rebecca Anne Spencer, 44, resigned earlier this month from the Forest City Community School District, the ...

Ex-Sioux City ag co-op officer gets prison for fraud scheme

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A second former officer at a northwest Iowa agriculture cooperative has been sentenced to federal prison for a grain-blending fraud scheme. Kenneth Ehrp was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison after pleading guilty in November to one count of conspiracy to ...

Largest Iowa detention facility seeks change to ICE contract

IOWA CITY (AP) — The rural jail that has long been the largest detention facility for immigrants facing deportation in Iowa plans to stop housing long-term detainees without additional federal funding or other changes, its administrator said Thursday. The Hardin County Jail has informed the ...

Iowa coronavirus positivity rate, hospitalizations rise

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa's coronavirus positivity rate has been rising along with the number of people hospitalized and in intensive care, according to state public health data. Some health experts feared spring weather and the belief that the coronavirus pandemic is waning would lead people ...

Patrol: Man leads officers on chase through 4 Iowa counties

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — A Des Moines man allegedly driving a stolen Maserati led officers on a two-hour chase through four counties Thursday, with speeds sometimes reaching 150 mph, the Iowa Highway Patrol said. The pursuit began about 6 a.m. near Ankeny on Interstate 35 when a patrol trooper ...

Cedar Rapids police investigating vandalism as hate crime

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Police in Cedar Rapids are investigating the spray painting of a racial slur on the front of a vacant rental house as a hate crime. Police received a call about the vandalism Tuesday morning, and officers discovered a message in yellow spray paint using the slur and ...

Trial for 2 men charged in fatal police shootout begins

OTTUMWA (AP) — Attorneys gave opening statements Wednesday in the attempted murder trial of two men accused of a violent home-invasion robbery that led to the fatal 2018 shooting of a third suspect by police. Wapello County prosecutors told the jury they will hear evidence showing Michael ...

Iowa expects to open vaccinations to all adults on April 5

JOHNSTON (AP) — Iowa expects to allow any adult to get a coronavirus vaccine starting April 5, the governor said Wednesday. The state expects to receive enough vaccine to open eligibility to anyone age 18 or older who wants one, Gov. Kim Reynolds said. "When this occurs, once again there ...

Man facing Illinois murder charge arrested after Iowa crash

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — An Illinois man out on bail for a murder charge was arrested by police Wednesday in Iowa on charges related to a fatal crash on a freeway in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police issued warrants Wednesday afternoon for Tyler Lee, 34, of Rockton, Illinois, and he turned ...

Police: Inmates killed 2 Iowa prison staff in escape attempt

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Inmates used hammers to attack staff members during a failed attempt to escape an Iowa prison, killing a nurse and a correctional officer, kidnapping a third employee and severely injuring an inmate who intervened, authorities said Wednesday. Those killed in Tuesday's ...

Iowa woman accused of swiping kin’s unemployment payments

WATERLOO (AP) — A Waterloo woman faces theft charges after police say she stole nearly $30,000 in unemployment benefits from a relative. April Ann South, 43, is charged with first-degree theft, identity theft and credit card fraud, The Courier reported. The theft occurred after the ...

Police say remains found in eastern Iowa pond by fishermen

DeWITT (AP) — Human remains have been found in a pond in a rural area near DeWitt, about 20 miles north of Davenport where authorities have been investigating the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl since last summer. The Clinton County Sheriff's Office, Davenport police and the Iowa ...

Nurse, officer dead after inmate attack at Iowa prison

IOWA CITY (AP) — A nurse and a correctional officer at a prison housing some of Iowa's most dangerous offenders died on Tuesday after an inmate carried out an attack on staff members and other inmates, state officials said. The attack happened at around 10:15 a.m. in the prison infirmary at ...