Iowa News

Train slices semi carrying turkey

LE MARS (AP) — A semitractor-trailer carrying raw turkey was sliced in half following a train collision in northwest Iowa. The collision happened Friday afternoon on a road near a grocery store in downtown Le Mars. The driver of the semitrailer was taken to a hospital with minor ...

Murder warrants sought in slaying

BURLINGTON (AP) — A county attorney says she’s seeking first-degree murder warrants for two Missouri men in connection with the March slaying of a Burlington teenager. Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers asked a district judge Friday to issue the warrants in the case of 16-year-old ...

3 arrested after high-speed chase

DES MOINES (AP) — Three people have been arrested following a brief high-speed car chase in Des Moines that also caused injuries. Des Moines Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek says officers stopped a Jeep Friday afternoon after receiving a tip about suspicious activity involving the vehicle. ...

Woman drove at 110 mph in 45 zone

ALTOONA (AP) — A Des Moines woman has been accused of driving at speeds of 110 mph in a 45 mph zone amid a car chase with police. Belladonna Melissa Guirgis, 36, was taken into custody following the Friday night incident. Court records do not list an attorney. Altoona Police say an officer ...

Man charged with false unemployment claims in three states

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — A California man has been charged with setting up fake businesses in three states, then using names taken from temporary visas issued to student visitors on a cultural exchange to obtain more than $355,000 in unemployment benefits for nonexistent ...

Iowa woman reunites with son nearly 40 years after adoption

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — An eastern Iowa woman has reunited with her son nearly 40 years after she placed him for adoption. Television station KCRG reports Cheryl Janss embraced Sam Lane at a Cedar Rapids airport Thursday. Janss, of Cedar Rapids, says she was 16 when Lane was placed for ...

Man charged in murder-for-hire scheme accused of new plot

NORTH LIBERTY (AP) — An Iowa man charged in a murder-for-hire scheme now faces accusations of trying to hire someone to kill a state agent and two other witnesses who were expected to testify against him. Authorities said Justin DeWitt, 36, was charged Thursday with three new counts of ...

Man suspected of pepper-spraying officer arrested, charged

URBANDALE (AP) — Police have arrested a man suspected of pepper-spraying an Urbandale officer after a traffic stop. An Urbandale police news release says 25-year-old Brandon Bordinat was arrested Thursday afternoon in Polk County. He’s charged with assault on a police officer and two ...

Demolition underway at former elementary school

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Demolition has begun at the old Walnut Grove Elementary School in Council Bluffs. The school closed its doors to students in 2014, after the district deemed the school was no longer suitable for use and too costly to repair. At least seven single-family homes will be ...

Man hospitalized after being rescued from grain bin

LELAND (AP) — Authorities say a man has been hospitalized after being rescued from a grain bin in northern Iowa. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office says emergency crews were sent to a Leland property around noon Thursday. They worked for more than an hour to get the man out of the bin. ...

Sheriff: Woman says accidental shot fatally wounded husband

ALLISON (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa man was fatally wounded when his wife’s gun discharged while they were hunting on Christmas Eve. Butler County Sheriff Jason Johnson says in a news release that the shooting was reported a little before 11:30 a.m. Saturday near Allison. The sheriff ...

USDA announces new conservation farmland transfer policy

DES MOINES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new policy designed to allow farmers to take land out of a conservation program early if it is to be transferred to the next generation of farmers. Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam says beginning Jan. 9, the ...

Religious artifacts found in ruins of Loras College building

DUBUQUE (AP) — Maintenance workers cleaning up a Loras College building that was devastated by a fire have found a box filled with religious items dating back more than 50 years. The north building of the Visitation Complex caught fire in March after being struck by lightning, the Telegraph ...

Iowan dies in prison cell after move

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — An inmate from Iowa with a history of violence toward guards and one notorious escape has died in a Wisconsin prison one month after he was transferred there, authorities said Thursday. Justin Kestner, 26, was found unresponsive Dec. 21 in his ...

Firefighters hurt battling tire shop blaze

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities say a Des Moines firefighter has been injured battling a blaze at a tire shop. The fire was reported around 10 a.m. Monday. Authorities say the fire started while workers were attending to a vehicle on a lift inside Don’s Tire and Auto. The employees escaped ...