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Des Moines police arrest dozens after using tear gas

DES MOINES (AP) — Police arrested more than two dozen people after using tear gas to break up a protest and stop vandalism near the Polk County Courthouse in downtown Des Moines. Live video from WOI-TV showed a small group of people spraying paint on the courthouse and breaking at least one ...

Police: Teen shot at Des Moines home dies from wounds

DES MOINES (AP) — A teen who was shot in the neck at a home over the weekend has died from his injuries, police said. The shooting happened Saturday afternoon in a home just north of the city’s downtown, the Des Moines Register reported. Ishmael Muhammad, 17, was shot just before 3 p.m. ...

DM woman charged after stabbing cat

DES MOINES (AP) — Police in Des Moines have charged a woman with animal torture after they say she stabbed her cat, then tried to drown it. Police learned of the attack after being called to an apartment around 2 a.m. Sunday for a report of an animal bite, the Des Moines Register reported. ...

Teen dead, another injured as truck flees

PROLE, (AP) — An 18-year-old driver fleeing a police stop died and his passenger was injured when their vehicle crashed into trees over the weekend, authorities in south-central Iowa said. Memphis Issac Kincade Pickett, 18, of Winterset, died in the crash and his passenger, 21-year-old ...

From farms to food banks

By JOSH FUNK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs. Now some states are ...

Iowa sees weekend surge of COVID-19 deaths, confirmed cases

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa saw a surge of COVID-19 deaths and coronavirus cases over a 36-hour period, with 10 additional deaths and 436 new cases confirmed by midday Monday. The state’s online dashboard showed 459 total deaths since the state’s first COVID-19 death two months ago. The state ...

Tyson Foods worker, 44, dies after long battle with COVID-19

IOWA CITY (AP) — An employee at the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, died Monday after battling the coronavirus during a six-week hospitalization that was chronicled and widely followed online. Jose Ayala, 44, died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, said his friend, Zach Medhaug, who ...

Iowa reports 17,213 virus cases, 449 deaths tied to COVID-19

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials are reporting 263 more coronavirus cases and five additional deaths related to the virus outbreak in the state. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday there have now been 17,213 cases of COVID-19 and 449 deaths linked to the virus in the ...

Des Moines Police arrest teen after fatal shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — A 16-year-old boy is facing several charges after another teen was shot in the neck and died. Des Moines Police said 17-year-old Ishmael Muhammad was wounded Saturday afternoon while he was with a group of several other teens at a home in a neighborhood north of downtown. ...

Iowa hiker dies after fall along trail in Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating the death of a hiker in Palisades-Kepler State Park in Mount Vernon. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Sunday that 32-year-old Brian Jungen, of Coralville, died Friday after a fall. Officials say a group of four hikers found ...

Iowa father, 35, recovering after nearly dying of COVID-19

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — The 35-year-old Iowa father was in critical condition and unconscious last month when doctors warned he was likely within hours of succumbing to the coronavirus. A friend and neighbor shared the grim prognosis with the family. His mom and wife ...

Regulators sat on complaint as outbreak at Iowa plant grew

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Safety regulators declined to inspect an Iowa pork plant despite a complaint alleging workers were exposed to the coronavirus in crowded conditions — a decision that critics said allowed a burgeoning outbreak to grow unabated. The April 11 ...

Iowa farmers nearly complete planting

DES MOINES (AP) — Thanks to favorable weather, Iowa farmers have planted most of the corn crop and are nearing completion of soybean planting, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday. The USDA said in the week ending Sunday, farmers had planted 96% of the expected corn crop, ...

Iowa reports 2 cases of virus related syndrome in children

DES MOINES (AP) — Public health officials on Monday reported two cases in Iowa of a new inflammatory disease in children associated with coronavirus infections. State Epidemiologist Dr. Caitlin Pedati said the state learned of two potential cases Friday in children in eastern Iowa. They are ...

Iowa man arrested after police chase

CASS COUNTY, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa man is facing several charges after fleeing from police in southeast Nebraska. The Cass County Sheriff’s office says the chase reached speeds up to 130 miles per hour on U.S. Highway 75 Friday morning. The 55-year-old Council Bluffs man stopped briefly ...

Iowa health officials report 351 deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — State health officials reported five more deaths and 323 additional cases of coronavirus on Sunday. The Iowa Department of Public Health said 351 people have died from COVID-19 in the state and 14,651 have tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. For some ...

Police: Des Moines teen shot in head; 3 others arrested and charged

DES MOINES (AP) — Three men have been arrested and charged after an 18-year-old was shot in the head near Drake Park in Des Moines, police said. The shooting was reported Sunday evening after an officer heard gunshots in the area and spotted a vehicle speeding away, according to a news ...

Iowa woman pleads guilty in death of 2-year-old boy in Waterloo

DES MOINES (AP) — A Waterloo woman has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the death of a 2-year-old boy who swallowed medication while riding in her car. Amanda Roena Leonard-Hellum, 39, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in the June 2019 death of Maximus Leonard-Hellum, who she planned ...

Man who sought trial by combat with swords now wants ex-wife evaluated

HARLAN (AP) — A Kansas man who sought legal permission in Iowa to engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife is not insane but merely angry over their child custody arrangement, according to a psychological evaluation. David Ostrom, of Paola, Kansas, asked in a Jan. 3 court filing to be ...

Iowa governor in ‘modified quarantine’ after Pence meetings

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa’s governor and its medical director were in partial quarantine Monday after potential exposure to the coronavirus, even as the state made plans to lift more restrictions that were intended to slow the spread of the disease. Gov. Kim ...