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Prosecutor defends failed effort to convict Iowa journalist

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa prosecutor defended his unsuccessful pursuit of charges against a journalist who was arrested while covering a protest, saying Thursday that he believed the evidence was strong and that dismissing the case would have amounted to special treatment. Polk County ...

Iowa woman accused of locking children in blacked-out room

JOHNSTON (AP) — An Iowa woman has been charged after officials say she kept three children locked in a blacked-out room in filthy conditions. Brittany Roozeboom, 31, of Johnston, was charged last week with three counts of child endangerment and one count of child endangerment resulting in ...

Iowa officials find animal parts strewn across 2 fields

NEOLA (AP) — Environmental officials are considering what actions to take against a southwestern Iowa feedlot after finding animal parts from slaughtered cattle strewn across two open fields. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said its staff discovered the gore Monday upon responding ...

Iowa man sentenced for filming employee pumping breast milk

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa City man who admitted to using recording device inside a pen to film an employee while she pumped breast milk at work was given a suspended sentence Thursday and ordered to register as a sex offender. Robert Charles Carlson, 68, pleaded guilty in November to nine ...

Man dies after apparent fall from tree stand

OLLIE (AP) — A 76-year-old man died after he apparently fell from a tree stand while hunting, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said. The agency said law enforcement officers found Raymond Byers’ body after he was reported missing Thursday when he didn’t return home from hunting ...

Sheriff: Medical episode cause of jailed woman’s death

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — An unidentified medical episode led to the death of a woman in an eastern Iowa jail on the same day she was arrested, the Linn County sheriff said. Jacqueline Marie Bridges, 59, of Cedar Rapids, was found dead in her Linn County Jail cell on Saturday afternoon after her ...

Audit faults Iowa’s move to spend virus aid on $21M software

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa’s auditor warned Monday that the governor’s decision to spend $21 million in federal pandemic relief funds on a new executive branch software system would not be allowed and should be abandoned. State Auditor Rob Sand said that using ...

Man accused of biting off another man’s nose

DUBUQUE (AP) — A Dubuque man faces charges after police say he bit off the nose of another man during a fight. Blayre Ward, 24, of Dubuque, was arrested just after midnight Saturday on suspicion of willful injury, assault causing injury, harassment and other counts, the Telegraph Herald ...

2 sisters die, 3 hurt in Des Moines collision

DES MOINES (AP) — Two sisters died and three other people were injured Sunday when two vehicles collided in Des Moines. The crash happened around 5 a.m. Sunday after a northbound Toyota car crossed into the southbound lanes and collided with a Jeep SUV, Des Moines Police spokesman Paul ...

Iowa rate of new coronavirus cases ranks eighth-highest

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa reported nearly 1,000 more coronavirus cases Sunday, and the state’s rate of positive cases remains high. The state reported 910 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 new deaths as of Sunday morning to give Iowa 107,057 cases and 1,538 deaths since the pandemic began, ...

Report: Damage from August wind storm at $7.5B

DES MOINES (AP) — Damage estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa and some other parts of the Midwest in August are growing, with the total now at $7.5 billion, according to a new report. The Aug. 10 storm hit Iowa hard but also caused damage in Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and ...

Victim in semi crash was UNI student

CEDAR FALLS (AP) — A freshman at the University of Northern Iowa was struck and killed by a passing tractor-trailer while outside his car on a highway overpass, authorities say. Cedar Falls Public Safety says 19-year-old Isaac Roerig of Sioux City, was hit Friday on U.S. 20. He was taken to ...

Police investigate weekend shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Cedar Rapids police are investigating gunfire that hit a local apartment building over the weekend. The shooting happened just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of the Jane Boyd Community House, television station KCRG reported. Police said several people reported ...

Iowa reports over 600 confirmed coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa on Monday reported more than 600 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours and two additional deaths. The state Department of Public Health reported 611 confirmed cases in the 24 hours since Sunday morning, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to ...

Judge upholds GOP law making absentee voting harder in Iowa

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A judge is refusing to block a new Republican-backed Iowa law that makes it harder for county officials to process absentee ballot applications and more likely that incomplete requests won’t be fulfilled. In an opinion dated Friday and ...

Iowa temporarily replaces top Davenport school officials

DAVENPORT (AP) — Iowa school regulators temporarily removed Friday the top two officials in the Davenport school district amid concerns about inequities in discipline for minority students, inadequate special education and school safety. The State Board of Education decided to replace ...

Iowa man sentenced to 10 years for chase that injured deputy

MANCHESTER (AP) — A Manchester man who hit a pedestrian and then led authorities on a chase that ended with a sheriff’s deputy seriously injured has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Kevin Krapfl, 30, was sentenced recently after pleading guilty to causing a serious injury with a ...

Iowa reports another 804 positive COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials reported Sunday the state confirmed 804 more COVID-19 cases and four new deaths. The new numbers raise the state’s totals since the coronavirus pandemic began to 86,229 confirmed cases and 1,315 COVID-19 deaths. The state said its numbers during the ...

Police: 1 shot and killed, 7 wounded at biker gathering

WATERLOO (AP) — Gunfire erupted early Saturday at a gathering of motorcycle clubs in Iowa, killing one person and wounding seven others, authorities said. About 100 people were at the gathering inside a building in Waterloo when there was “some kind of confrontation shortly after 3 a.m., ...

Iowa officials ID body found in burning ditch near Kellogg

KELLOGG (AP) — Authorities have identified a man whose body was found last week in a burning ditch in rural central Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said the body is that of Michael Williams, 44, of Grinnell. His body was found after authorities were called around 5:30 p.m. ...