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Man arrested in South Sioux City Homicide

(South Sioux City, Neb.) A body was discovered at a South Sioux City, Nebraska residence Friday.  South Sioux City police and Dakota County Sheriff's officers entered the residence at 300 East 23rd Street to check on the welfare of the resident who had not been seen for a number of days.  After  search of the home, authoriites discovered the body.  An autopsy on Saturday, October 22nd revealed the resident did not die of natural causes.  An arrest warrant was issued for John P. Baker for second degree murder.  The investigation is ongoing.

Iowa man on bike dies after being hit by pickup

(Information in the following story is from: The Hawk Eye,
http://www.thehawkeye.com)

MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) - A bicyclist has died after being struck by
a pickup near Montrose.
The Lee County sheriff's office told The Hawk Eye that
57-year-old Michael Alexander of Fort Madison died at a hospital
after being hit Friday afternoon by a pickup.
The sheriff's office says the bike and the pickup, driven by
48-year-old Wayde Youngquist of Montrose, were both traveling
southbound in the same lane.


Inmate dies hours after being booked in Iowa jail

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - An inmate at the Scott County jail has
died within hours of being booked for failing to appear in court.
Police say 40-year-old Phillip Towery of Davenport was arrested
Thursday after he didn't show up for a hearing in a theft case. He
was booked into the jail about 9 p.m. and was found unresponsive in
his cell three hours later. He died at a hospital.
An autopsy has been ordered.
Towery's death marks the second for the jail this year. Inmate
Robert Wulf overdosed in prescription medications in March. The
47-year-old's death was ruled a suicide.


Authorities ID body found in Iowa apartment

MARION, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified a body found at
an apartment complex in Marion.
Police say 60-year-old Greg Morris was found Friday afternoon in
his home. His death is considered suspicious but authorities say
there is no threat to the public.
An autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday in Ankeny.


Police: Person found dead in Iowa fire set it

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say the person whose body was
found after an Urbandale fire may have intentionally set the blaze.
The house fire was reported just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
Urbandale police say firefighters were advised that someone may be
inside the home but attempts to locate that person were
unsuccessful.
Police say the body was found after the fire was put out. The
victim's name has not been released, pending notification of
family. An autopsy has been ordered.


Oprah travels to Iowa school for group meditation

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) - Oprah Winfrey meditated with some 480
women and talked to students during a brief stop in Fairfield.
Suzanne Stryker says she was among the women participating in
the transcendental meditation Wednesday at the Maharishi School.
She says no one in the meditation group knew Winfrey was going to
be there until she arrived with a film crew.
The private Maharishi School specializes in
"consciousness-based education" for kindergarten through 12th
grade.
Director Richard Beall says on school's website that Winfrey
spoke with students about her spiritual journey. He says the school
will host a discussion Monday night about the visit.


Iowa authorities say MegaBus driver was drunk

(Information in the following story is from: Iowa City
Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The driver of a bus transporting
passengers from Chicago to Des Moines has been arrested for drunken
driving.
The Iowa State Patrol pulled over the MegaBus Friday night on
Interstate 80 near Iowa City. The driver, 52-year-old Carl Smiley,
of Chicago, was being held Saturday in the Johnson County jail on
suspicion of second-offense operating a motor vehicle while
intoxicated.
Chicago attorney John Tantazis was among the 30 to 40 passengers
on the bus. He told The Press-Citizen the bus had been swerving but
he thought it was the wind.
Police records say Smiley smelled of alcohol, admitted to
drinking and failed a field sobriety test.
MegaBus director Edward Hodgson says the company is
investigating the incident. He declined to comment on whether
Smiley would be fired.


McNutt's reception record keys Iowa in 45-24 win

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Marvin McNutt caught three touchdown
passes to become Iowa's career leader and Marcus Coker ran for two
more scores to lead the Hawkeyes past Indiana 45-24 on Saturday.
Iowa (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) followed up on its 41-31 victory over
Northwestern a week ago with another big offensive outing,
triggered by McNutt's scoring catches of 80, 24 and 29 yards from
James Vandenberg, who had a career-best four TD passes in all.
That gave the senior a school-record 24 touchdown receptions for
his career. He had been tied for the lead with Tim Dwight and Danan
Hughes at 21.


Texas A&M beats ISU in Ames, 33-17

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Ryan Tannehill threw for 263 yards and two
touchdowns as 17th-ranked Texas A&M held off Iowa State 33-17 on
Saturday for its third straight Big 12 win.
Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray each rushed for more than 100
yards for the Aggies. Iowa State cut the deficit to 30-17, but the
Aggies kept the Cyclones scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Freshman Jared Barnett, who replaced a struggling Steele Jantz
in the first quarter, was 16-of-36 passing for 180 yards for the
Cyclones (3-4, 0-4), who have dropped four in a row.
In other college football action, Mike Piatkowski threw for 214
yards and four touchdowns as Drake rolled to a 50-0 victory against
Valparaiso. And Northern Iowa beat Southern Illinois 17-10 on
Saturday.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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