Iowa

New Trial Site Selected In Slaying Of Southeast Iowa Teen

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – The trial of a second man accused of fatally shooting a gender-fluid Iowa teenager will be moved to another county. The Hawk Eye reports that a judge Thursday granted a request from the attorney for Jason Purham, of St. Louis. The attorney cited in part the extensive media coverage of the case in Des Moines County….

Family Grieving Loss of Loved One in NW Iowa House Fire

A fire in George, Iowa has claimed one life. According to the fire department, crews were called to the scene just after midnight Sunday at 200 S. Sydney Street.  The house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.  Four family members inside made it out of the home safely and unharmed.  One person died in the fire.  Investigators will…

Iowa Court: Offensive Text Photos Aren’t Indecent Exposure

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has declared that text messaging a photo of one’s genitals to another person is not indecent exposure under state law. The court ruled Friday that to meet the definition of the Iowa law as written such an offensive display must be done in the physical presence of the offended person. The…

Tom Brokaw Collection Opens To Public At University Of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Longtime NBC journalist Tom Brokaw has donated thousands of documents spanning his career to the University of Iowa, and they’re now available to the public. The collection includes a notebook with interview questions for Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev and press badges from Saudi Arabia and the 1992 Republican National Convention. Some of the donated…

New Trial Site Sought In Slaying Of Southeast Iowa Teen

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) – A defense attorney wants to move the trial of a second man accused of fatally shooting a gender-fluid teenager in southeast Iowa. Jason Purham’s attorney, Allen Cook III, filed the motion Thursday in Des Moines County District Court. Cook cited in part the extensive media coverage of the case. He didn’t say where he wants the…

Iowa Governor Signs Voluntary Water Quality Bill Into Law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that redirects existing money toward voluntary water quality programs in Iowa. Reynolds signed the bill Wednesday at the state Capitol, marking her first bill signed as governor. The law is expected to redirect $282 million over 12 years from an infrastructure fund and water tax. Research…

Iowa Customers Could See $147M In Utility Savings

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The federal tax cut could save up to $147 million in utility bills for Iowa residents as the state’s investor-owned utility companies pass along some of their giant tax reductions. The Des Moines Register reports that utility companies, like MidAmerican and Alliant, will save millions as part of the new tax law signed by President…

Iowa Mom Gets 3 Life Sentences In Girl’s Starvation Death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa woman convicted of murder in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter has been given three life sentences. The sentences were handed down Friday to 43-year-old Nicole Finn of Des Moines. She was convicted last month of first-degree murder and three counts of kidnapping. Authorities say Natalie Finn weighed only 85 pounds when…

Former Iowa Teacher Charged With Sexual Abuse Now Facing Child Porn Charges

SIOUX CENTER, I.A. –  A former Iowa elementary teacher charged with inappropriate conduct with students is now facing child porn charges. Sioux Center police say 35-year-old Curtis Van Dam was arrested at his residence on Friday morning. The arrested warrant was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, for Sexual Exploitation of a Child and…

Racist Chants Rain Down On Iowa High School Basketball Team

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say some student spectators at a predominantly white school in northwest Iowa greeted a visiting rival boys’ basketball team with racist chants. The chants and slogans at the Jan. 19 game at Spencer High School included some fans yelling that the Storm Lake players should “go back where you came from.” Other students chanted, “USA.”…

Wind Turbine Blade Maker To Lay Off 200-Plus At Iowa Plant

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) – Wind turbine blade maker Siemens has announced it will lay off 202 workers at its Fort Madison plant in the southeastern corner of Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Siemens notified affected workers on Wednesday and plans to eliminate their positions by March 24. The company also notified Iowa Workforce Development. A statement from…

Iowa GOP Activist Fined For Not Disclosing Saudi Arabia Work

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state ethics board says a Republican activist violated the law by failing to disclose income she earned by working as an agent of Saudi Arabia while serving as a governor-appointed state board member. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board concluded Thursday that Connie Schmett made omissions on personal finance disclosure statements. She must…

Texas Woman Gets 10-Year Term For Fatal Iowa Crash

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A Texas woman has been imprisoned for causing a fatal crash in eastern Iowa. Court records say 58-year-old Lauria Kelly was given a 10-year sentence at a hearing Wednesday in Davenport. Kelly had been found guilty of vehicular homicide-reckless driving. She lives in Alvarado, Texas. Davenport police say Kelly was speeding on Jan. 30 last year…

Nebraska Man Arrested In Iowa Charged With Kidnapping

RENWICK, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities have arrested a Nebraska man accused of kidnapping a woman. Court records say 36-year-old Valentin Velez, of La Vista, Nebraska, is charged with kidnapping in Humboldt County. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press. Velez’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 5. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says…

Former Iowa Teacher Gets 6 Years In Student Sex Case

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) – A former teacher in the North Polk Community School District has been sentenced for having a sexual relationship with a teenage student. Court records show Kevin Muehlenthaler, of Ames, was given six years in prison at his sentencing Wednesday in Nevada. He also was fined $625 for each count. A jury had found the 30-year-old Muehlenthaler…

Vandal Damages Field Of Dreams Site In Eastern Iowa

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) – A vandal has caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Field of Dreams by driving a vehicle onto the site made famous by the 1989 movie. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that workers at the site outside Dyersville found the damage Tuesday morning and were still assessing the costs and needed repairs. Owner Denise Stillman…

School Bus Ends Up On Side After Slipping Off Icy Road

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say one child was taken to a Dubuque hospital after a school bus crashed off an icy road in eastern Iowa. The accident occurred around 6:40 a.m. Monday, about 2½ miles east of St. Donatus. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says the bus slipped off an ice-covered road into a ditch as it was making…

Trial For Iowa City Pedestrian Mall Shooting To Begin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s new “stand your ground” law will be tested this week in a trial of a man charged in a pedestrian mall shooting in Iowa City that resulted in the death of one person. The Des Moines Register reports that 24-year-old Lamar Wilson is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous…

Jury Expected To Resume Deliberations On Dubuque Murder Case

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A jury is expected to resume deliberations Monday about the fate of a Dubuque man accused of stabbing to death his girlfriend. Twenty-five-year-old Fontae Buelow is charged with cocaine possession and first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing 21-year-old Samantha Link on March 31 at a home in Dubuque. The jury members began their hard work Friday…