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First defendant of five found not guilty in Des Moines death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of five people charged in a 2019 shooting death in Des Moines has been found not guilty. Jackson Calaway, who is now 18, was 16 when he was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rashid Ibrahim, 23, in Des Moines. Police said a group of five men and ...

Iowa’s State Board of Health too short of members to meet

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state board meant to help oversee the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic has not met since May because it does not have enough members. Seven of the 11 seats on the Iowa State Board of Health are vacant, The Des Moines Register reported. The board, which ...

Over 100 people protest vaccine mandates at Iowa Capitol

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 100 people gathered outside the Iowa state Capitol Saturday to rally against mandates requiring people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, such as the ones some Iowa hospitals have issued. One of the speakers at the rally, Republican state Rep. Jeff Shipley, ...

Iowa man with guns at Chicago hotel ‘didn’t mean to startle’

CHICAGO (AP) — An Iowa man arrested by Chicago police for having guns and ammunition in his hotel room overlooking a Lake Michigan beach told officers he "didn't mean to startle anyone" and simply forgot to remove the firearms from a bag while packing for a trip to the city, police video ...

Iowa couple arrested after marijuana, mushroom lab found

BLUE GRASS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa woman who summoned police to her house in Blue Grass on a separate complaint ended up being arrested along with her boyfriend after officers found a marijuana-growing lab and mushrooms there. Police arrested Ilana Sylvie Poulin, 43, and Timothy Owen ...

Des Moines man sentenced for dismemberment killing of wife

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man was sentenced Friday to up to 50 years in prison for killing and dismembering his wife last year. Datron Simmons, 33, must serve a mandatory 35 years behind bars before he's eligible for parole, the Des Moines Register reported. A jury convicted ...

Police investigate child sexual abuse case, apparent suicide

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Police in Marshalltown and Ames are investigating a sexual exploitation allegation and an apparent suicide that appear to be related. A former Marshalltown school employee was found dead inside an Ames home on Thursday, police said. Marshalltown police who were ...

Judge OKs subpoenas for Iowa murder suspect’s medical files

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Emergency responders and a hospital that treated a Cedar Rapids man for a gunshot wound after he allegedly killed his parents and sister must share his medical records with prosecutors, a judge ruled Tuesday. Alexander Jackson, 20, is charged with first-degree murder ...

Fire at Osceola airport destroys hangar, destroyed planes

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) — A fire at Osceola's small airport has destroyed a hangar and at least two airplanes, officials in the south-central Iowa city said. The fire at Osceola Municipal Airport was reported around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, television station KCCI reported. Osceola Fire Chief Byron ...

Iowa man pleads not guilty to charges in death of bicyclist

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City man has pleaded not guilty to felony vehicular homicide and other counts in the June crash death of a bicyclist. Cody William Skiye, 28, has pleaded not guilty in Cerro Gordo County Court to homicide by vehicle while operating under the influence, as ...

Cedar Rapids police ID girl found dead in car with gunshot

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified a teenage girl found dead behind the wheel of a crashed vehicle in Cedar Rapids and suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was Tyliyah Whitis, 15, of Peoria, Illinois, Cedar Rapids police said Wednesday in a news release. Police had ...

Court: UI violated religious club’s First Amendment rights

A federal appeals court has upheld a 2019 ruling against the University of Iowa, affirming that the university discriminated against a Christian club by stripping it and dozens of other religious clubs of their registered status. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeal on ...

Iowa duo deny any involvement in Mollie Tibbetts’ death

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two childhood friends named by defense lawyers as alternate suspects in the killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts said Friday they had nothing to do with the crime. Lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the man convicted of killing Tibbetts, named Gavin ...

Preliminary data says 26 tornadoes swept Iowa on Wednesday

LAKE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Preliminary data shows more than two dozen tornadoes tore across Iowa earlier this week, according to the National Weather Service. The service said in a tweet Friday that it appears 26 tornadoes touched down in the state on Wednesday. If that number holds true, it ...

Teen pleads not guilty to murder in Sioux City killing

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with first-degree murder and other counts for his alleged role in the fatal shooting of another man in downtown Sioux City has pleaded not guilty. Lawrence Canady, 21, entered the pleas Thursday in the May 1 death of 22-year-old Martez Harrison, the ...

Woman says her boat had problems before Iowa ride accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A woman whose family went on an Iowa amusement ride shortly before an accident that killed an 11-year-old boy and critically injured his brother said Friday her boat also had problems floating properly and felt unsafe. Amber Estrada, 31, said the boat carrying her and ...

Biden nominates former Iowa Gov. Culver to Farmer Mac board

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver to the board of a federal organization that works to ensure rural areas have access to credit. If confirmed by the Senate, it would be Culver's second turn serving on the board of the Federal Agriculture ...

Iowa woman cancels Wyoming magic shows after threats

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A magician and comic has canceled performances at libraries in northeastern Wyoming because of online and phoned in threats over a social media post about her being a transgender woman, she said. The Campbell County Library posted on its Facebook page that Mikayla Oz, ...

Lawyer: Iowa man in Chicago to propose, not criminal conduct

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for an Iowa man arrested in Chicago for having guns and ammunition in his hotel room said Wednesday his client was in the city to propose to his girlfriend, not to launch a mass attack. Jonathan Brayman said the baseless accusation against Keegan Casteel by Mayor ...

2 Iowa counties pass 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolutions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials have voted to declare two Iowa counties as Second Amendment sanctuaries where any laws hindering gun rights cannot be enforced, joining similar efforts across the country and coming even as Iowa has significantly loosened firearms regulations. Republican ...