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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 ...

Motorcyclist dies after crash with unlicensed teen’s SUV

DES MOINES (AP) — Police say a motorcyclist died after crashing with an SUV driven by an unlicensed teen in downtown Des Moines. The Des Moines Police Department said the crash happened around 5:15 p.m. Saturday when a turning Jeep Cherokee failed to yield to an oncoming Harley Davidson ...

Iowa reports 11,959 virus cases

DES MOINES (AP) — State health officials said 13 more people with COVID-19 have died in Iowa to give the state a total of 265 deaths linked to the coronavirus outbreak. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday the number of infections in the state grew by 287 to a total of 11,959 ...

Police pull body from the DM River Saturday

DES MOINES (AP) — Police are investigating after pulling a body from the Des Moines River this weekend. Des Moines Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek said officers were sent to Prospect Park Saturday afternoon after someone spotted a body in the Des Moines River. Rescue personnel from the ...

2 die when motorcycle veers off road, crashes into fence

CLINTON COUNTY (AP) — Two people died when the motorcycle they were riding veered off the road and crashed into a fence. Clinton County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Scott Reyhons said the crash happened around 4:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Deputies who responded to the crash found that a ...

Iowa health officials report 528 new virus cases, 9 deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials reported 528 additional coronavirus cases and nine new deaths linked to COVID-19 to give the state 9,169 cases. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday a total of 184 deaths have been reported in the state. The actual number of infections is ...

Western Iowa officials respond to gas station explosion

EARLING (AP) — Authorities in western Iowa responded to an explosion at a gas station Monday morning in the tiny town of Earling, an official there said. A woman who answered the phone for the Shelby County Emergency Management office confirmed that an explosion had occurred at the gas ...

Legislative leaders extend session suspension until mid-May

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa legislative leaders said Monday they would not resume this year’s legislative session until after May 15. The Iowa Legislative Council will meet by telephone this week to vote on the continued suspension of the session. The date and time for the meeting wasn’t ...

Iowa to partially reopen most counties despite virus surge

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa will allow restaurants and stores in most counties to reopen and church services to resume, even as the state sees a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths, the governor said Monday. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an order allowing malls, ...

Iowa sheriff investigating woman’s death

GRIMES (AP) — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman whose body was found inside a house near Grimes over the weekend. Deputies, firefighters and medics were called to the house shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday for a report of a death, the sheriff’s office ...

Reynolds: Iowa meat plants must stay open despite risks

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that Iowa’s meatpacking plants must stay open despite coronavirus outbreaks that have sickened hundreds of workers, saying that shutting them down would be devastating for farmers and the nation’s food ...

Iowa virus cases jump more than 15% on Sunday

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of cases of coronavirus in Iowa increased more than 15% on Sunday to 2,902, according to state health officials. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that 389 additional cases of COVID-19 and one additional death related to the virus had been ...

Suspect in robbery accused in arson case

WATERLOO (AP) — A one-time boxer and suspect in a deadly, botched armored car heist last month is now charged in a fire that destroyed a well-known Waterloo restaurant. Kevin Cruz Soliveras, 29, of Evansdale, was arrested Monday on arson and burglary charges in the March 5 fire that gutted ...

Audit: More than $42K not deposited

DES MOINES (AP) — A newly released report by the Iowa State Auditor says a former Buffalo city employee failed to deposit more than $42,000 in collections over a three-year period into the city’s bank account. The audit was released Tuesday. State Auditor Rob Sand said the special ...

Iowa officer who fatally shot man identified

CLINTON (AP) — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation on Monday named Clinton officer Ryan Livesay as the officer who fatally shot a man during a car chase last week. Livesay is on paid administrative leave for the April 7 shooting of 38-year-old Clinton resident Jacob Matthew Dau, The ...

COVID-19 cases surge in Iowa

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa reported its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases Tuesday as the number of employees testing positive at a large pork plant grew to 166 and the number of outbreaks at long-term care facilities doubled. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced ...

Davenport nursing home says 2 workers, 1 resident have virus

DAVENPORT (AP) — A Davenport nursing home said Monday that two employees and one resident have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Kahl Home said in a statement that additional employees and residents have reported symptoms but none have so far tested positive. Two employees are ...