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Iowa, city to pay $80K for illegal search of home

DES MOINES (AP) — The state and the city of Boone have agreed to pay $80,000 to an Iowa drug suspect who was arrested after an illegal search. The State Appeal Board on Monday approved the payout under a legal settlement with Daniel Vinnece. The state and the city will split the cost. The ...

Judge rejects plea deal in homemade cannon accident

MANCHESTER (AP) — A judge has rejected a plea deal for a man charged in the death of a woman hit in northeast Iowa by fragments from a homemade cannon. Delaware County District Court records say Max Fenton pleaded guilty to aggravated misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter, which replaced the ...

Iowa health officials tackle vaping health concerns

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will not sign an executive order that would ban the sale of flavored vaping products but that several state agencies are developing plans to deal with the health risks tied to using electronic cigarettes. Reynolds says she met Friday with ...

2 top crimefighters on leave amid personnel inquiry

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa’s human resources agency has been investigating a personnel issue that has put two top crimefighters off work for two weeks. Assistant Division of Criminal Investigation director Terry Cowman and Special Agent in Charge C.J. Noelck were put on leave earlier this ...

Sheriff: Party explosion was a stunt gone awry

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa family’s attempt at a gender reveal party for a soon-to-be-born baby went horribly wrong when a homemade device that was meant to discharge colored powder instead exploded like a pipe bomb, killing a 56-year-old relative. The Marion County ...

Missouri farmer gets prison term for organic fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Missouri farmer who played a role in the largest organic grain fraud scheme in U.S. history has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison. John Burton became the fifth farmer to receive prison time in the “Field of Schemes” case on Monday, when he was ...

District gets grant to monitor social media accounts

IOWA CITY (AP) — An eastern Iowa school district has secured federal grant funding to monitor students’ social media accounts for possible warning signs that students might harm themselves or their peers. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the Iowa City Community School District ...

Iowa woman dies after explosion at gender reveal party

KNOXVILLE (AP) — An Iowa woman has died after an explosion at a gender reveal party created debris that hit her. The Marion County Sheriff’s office says the explosion happened at a home in central Iowa around 4 p.m. Saturday during a party to announce the gender of a baby a couple is ...

Idle Iowa meat-processing plant sold for $5.8 million

CHEROKEE (AP) — An idle Iowa meat-processing plant that closed earlier this year after only a few months of operation has been sold. The Sioux City Journal reports that Lopez Foods paid $5.8 million for the plant in Cherokee, and the company plans to restart operations there by early next ...

Police make arrests in skywalk security

DES MOINES (AP) — Police have made arrests in an attack earlier this month on a man and his girlfriend inside the skywalk in downtown Des Moines. Police say 18-year-old Jeffrey Lionel Smith Jr., of Des Moines, was charged Friday with assault in connection with the investigation. A ...

Man gets 2 years for taking locker room pictures

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A former janitor has been sentenced to two years for taking pictures of women in an eastern Iowa college locker room. Linn County court records say 46-year-old Jeffrey Pospisil was sentenced Friday on two counts of invasion of privacy. He’d pleaded guilty in ...

Man accused of murder in eastern Iowa shooting death

MUSCATINE (AP) — A man has been accused of shooting to death a woman at a recreation area in eastern Iowa. Muscatine County court records say 23-year-old David Hatfield, of Muscatine, faces a murder charge. Authorities say he fatally shot his girlfriend, 18-year-old Kaitlyn Palmer, at ...

Child welfare worker enters guilty plea

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa social services worker has entered a guilty plea to perjury over her false testimony that helped convince a judge to remove four children from their parents. Former Iowa Department of Human Services employee Chelsie Gray entered a written Alford plea to the felony ...

Marion expanding airport runway, improving lights

MARION (AP) — Work has begun to expand the airport runway in the Cedar Rapids suburb of Marion. The Gazette reports a groundbreaking ceremony was held last week for the $1.7 million project. The work will widen the runway from 23 to 60 feet, meeting the standards of a basic service airport. ...

Mother of boy who shot himself gets probation, fine

DES MOINES (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old boy who shot himself after finding an unsecured gun in her vehicle in Des Moines has been sentenced to a year of probation. Polk County court records say 28-year-old Rachel Rowe also was fined $315 and given a deferred judgment. Under a deferred ...

Women sent by Iowa to Wisconsin juvenile home settle isolation cell lawsuit

DES MOINES (AP) — The state of Iowa has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by two women once held at a state-run juvenile home for nearly $700,000. The Iowa State Appeal Board has agreed to the settlement which pays Laera Reed and Paige Ray-Cluney more than $170,000 each and their lawyers more ...

Authorities: 10-year-old killed in ATV crash

LAWTON (AP) — Authorities say the crash of an all-terrain vehicle killed a 10-year-old in northwest Iowa. The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and medics were sent about 3:20 p.m. Sunday to a residence a few miles west of Lawton. Details about what happened and the boy’s ...

Pat Grassley, grandson of US senator, to be Iowa Speaker

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa state Rep. Pat Grassley, the grandson of the long-serving U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, was chosen Monday to head the Iowa House leadership team as Speaker-Select. Pat Grassley was chosen by the GOP House caucus on Monday. He will take over ...

Unions sue USDA in effort to halt new pork processing rule

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — The union representing workers at pork processing plants sued the federal government on Monday to challenge a new rule that allows companies to set line speeds and turn over more food safety tasks to company employees. The United Food and ...

Trial set for man whose property contained dead, live cats

DES MOINES (AP) — A November trial has been scheduled for a Polk County man charged after authorities removed nearly 200 cats from his property, which also contained nearly 200 cat carcasses. Polk County court records say 66-year-old Dennis Carlson has pleaded not guilty to animal neglect ...