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Police in Iowa arrest suspect after kids find body

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man is facing murder charges after
some Iowa children found a dead body near the trash at a Des Moines
apartment complex.
Des Moines Police say the children found the body of 27-year-old
Gerald Bonner of Des Moines Saturday evening. Their mother called
police after learning that Bonner's body was cold to the touch.
A gunshot wound to Bonner's torso indicated his death was a
Police arrested 27-year-old John D. Edwards of Des Moines early
Sunday morning. He is in custody facing charges of first-degree
murder, robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Police say they seized a gun believed to be the one used to kill

Iowa pays millions to spur job creation in 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state of Iowa has paid tens of
millions of dollars in tax benefits and loans in 2012 to nearly 70
companies that promise to create about 2,000 jobs.
It was an unprecedented year for economic development. The state
landed huge fertilizer projects in Lee County and Sioux City, each
involving capital investments exceeding $1 billion.
Companies receiving state incentives pledge to spend $3.7
billion in the state to build facilities or expand existing
The Iowa Economic Development Authority says it spent about $12
million on loans to companies expanding or locating in Iowa during
the year. The agency did not immediately have a breakdown of tax
credits awards offered this year alone, but says it made more than
$151 million in tax credit awards in 2011 and 2012.

Iowa petition group tries to ban red light cameras

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A group of Iowa City residents is
gathering signatures on a petition to ban the use of traffic
cameras and drones in their hometown.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the group has collected
between 500 and 1,000 signatures since October. The group hopes to
get 10,000 signatures by April 1st to put their proposal on the
Martha Hampel says she worries that traffic cameras might be
part of a growing trend toward government surveillance of citizens.
She says that could violate American's constitutional rights.
The group also wants to ban the use of automatic license plate
recognition systems.

Iowa woman, 18, dies in head-on collision

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating a head-on
collision that killed an 18-year-old woman and injured two other
people in eastern Iowa.
KWWL reports that Angela Harrison, of Washington, died Sunday
morning after the crash in Johnson County.
The Iowa State Patrol says Harrison was driving along Highway 22
south of Iowa City when her car crossed into oncoming traffic near
Utah Avenue.
Harrison's car collided with a pickup truck.
The truck's driver and passenger were taken to an Iowa City
hospital for treatment, but they are expected to survive.

Iowa pheasant hunter shoots himself in the foot

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa hunter is recovering after shooting
himself in the foot with a shotgun while getting into a pickup
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it is
investigating the incident that happened near Eldora.
Officials say that 53-year-old Tim Oelschlager of Roland shot
himself in the foot Saturday morning.
He was taken to Grundy County Memorial Hospital and then flown
to University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.
Hospital officials refused to release any information about his
condition on Sunday.

Iowa man avoids jail for faking charity concert

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A 64-year-old Cedar Falls man convicted of
fraud for staging a bogus charity concert can avoid prison if he
pays his fine.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Dennis Leahy was
sentenced Friday despite showing up for the hearing without a
Judge Nathan Callahan went ahead with the delayed sentencing
because he said Leahy had ample time to hire a lawyer since a
December 17th hearing.
Prosecutors say Leahy tried to collect money in March for a
charity concert that didn't exist. He was convicted of a similar
crime involving a charity basketball game in 2003.
Callahan ordered Leahy to pay a $2,225 fine with a 35 percent
surcharge and pay court costs. If Leahy can't pay the fine, he will
have to serve 365 days in jail.

Liberty Bowl offers different kind of rematch

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Iowa State and Tulsa don't necessarily
think of their Liberty Bowl showdown as a rematch, even though they
already faced each other September 1st in the season opener for
both teams.
So much has changed since Iowa State's 38-23 victory over Tulsa
that both teams feel as though they'll be facing an entirely new
opponent Monday in a game sponsored by AutoZone.
Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz threw two touchdown passes
and ran for a third score in the regular-season victory over the
Golden Hurricane. He has since lost his job to redshirt freshman
Sam Richardson.
Injuries will prevent Iowa State running back Shontrelle Johnson
and linebacker Jake Knott from playing in the rematch. Johnson
rushed for 120 yards and Knott had a team-high 11 tackles against
Tulsa in September.

Wichita State beats Northern Iowa 66-41

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Cleanthony Early scored 16 points to lead
Wichita State to a 66-41 win over Northern Iowa on Sunday in the
Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
Early was 6 of 11 from the field.
Malcolm Armstead had 14 points, and Demetric Williams and Tekele
Cotton had 12 points apiece. Jake White had eight rebounds for the
Shockers (12-1) in Wichita, Kansas.
Wichita State led 30-18 at halftime. Wichita State shot 46
percent from the field for the game, while Northern Iowa shot 32.6
percent. Wichita State also led Northern Iowa in rebounds 40-22.
Jake Koch led the Panthers (7-6) with seven points. Austin Pehl
had four rebounds.

No. 5 Hoosiers ready to get freshman forward back

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - 5th ranked Indiana will have freshman
forward Jeremy Hollowell back Monday night at Iowa.
Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass issued a statement Sunday
saying the NCAA has cleared Hollowell of any potential infractions.
On Friday, Glass said Hollowell and his family notified the school
of a potential "compliance issue." Glass says those details will
be released later.
Glass thanked the NCAA for making a quick ruling and accepting
Indiana's self-reported secondary violation, which led to the
immediate reinstatement of Hollowell.
Indiana can use another body in the line-up after losing
sophomore forward Austin Etherington for the season to a fractured
left kneecap. Backup guard Maurice Creek also is out indefinitely
with a right foot injury.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


Sunday News, December 30

(Le Mars) A late night - early morning fire call resulted in five-thousand dollars damage to a Le Mars residence.  Le Mars Fire-Rescue responded to a reported house fire just before midnight Saturday.  Flames and smoke were visable on an exterior wall of a home located at 50 12th Street Southwest.  Mortar of a brick chimney had disintegrated, allowing flames and embers from inside to come in direct contact with wood studs and insulation in the wall of the home.  Firefighters used a ventilation saw to cut the siding of the home and extinguish the fire in the wall.  Occupants of the home discovered smoke coming from the chimney mantel area in the living room of the home.  Responders were on the scene for about an hour.  Le Mars Fire-Rescue was assisted by Le Mars Police and MidAmerican Energy.

Mental health exam ordered for accused Ia. shooter

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has ordered a mental health
evaluation for a man accused of shooting a foreign exchange student
in a Sioux City bar.
Sioux City television station KTIV reports that 24-year-old
Soloman Harris is charged with assault while taking part in a
felony, and reckless use of a firearm.
Harris is accused of shooting of 20-year old Natacha Butera in
Mac Behrs, a downtown Sioux City bar, on November 18th. Police say
he fired the gun while arguing with another man, but the bullet
struck Butera in the arm and chest.
The judge granted a request from Harris's attorney to see if his
client is mentally competent to stand trial.
Butera, a foreign exchange student from Rwanda, has since been
released from the hospital.

Iowa town looks for closure as girl laid to rest

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) - Residents in Evansdale mourned as the
second of two eastern Iowa two girls found dead in a wooded area
was laid to rest.
The Des Moines Register reports that mourners said their final
goodbyes Saturday at a funeral service for Lyric Cook.
Residents say Lyric's funeral will provide some peace for the
town, but real closure hinges on finding the person, or people, who
killed the girls.
The bodies of Cook and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, were found
on December 5th, about 25 miles from where they were last seen.
Elizabeth was 8 and Lyric was 10 when they vanished while bike
riding in Evansdale on July 13th.
A memorial service for Elizabeth was held December 13th.

Friend rescues boy who falls into icy Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - An 11-year-old boy plunged through ice
and into Clear Lake but was rescued by a 10-year-old friend who
inched out and pulled him from the water.
Clear Lake police say the boys, whose names weren't released,
were walking on the northern Iowa lake Friday when they approached
an aerator, which keeps part of the lake from freezing to prevent
fish kills.
As they neared the open water, the ice gave way and one boy
plunged into the lake, though he threw out his arms and managed to
stay above water.
Police say the other boy slid toward him and managed to pull him
back onto the ice.
The wet boy wasn't injured, but people on shore took the boys
into a warm room and wrapped the cold boy in blankets.

Iowa man accused of setting fire to stolen vehicle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa man faces a felony
charge after authorities say he intentionally set fire to a stolen
vehicle in Cedar Rapids.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that 32-year-old Robert
Mikesell of Luzerne is charged with second-degree arson.
Police say they found the flaming vehicle stuck in the snow on a
bridge. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, and police realized
the vehicle was stolen from a location in Vinton.
Cedar Rapids police Sergeant Cristy Hamblin says Mikesell was
with the vehicle when he stopped a woman who was driving past.
Mikesell allegedly climbed into the woman's car and told her to
drive. The woman then drove Mikesell to a local grocery store and
dropped him off. Police say they found Mikesell at that grocery
store and arrested him.

Motorist charged after crashing into Iowa mall

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man faces weapons and drunken
driving charges after he allegedly crashed his car through the
front entrance of a mall sporting goods store.
Twenty-three-year-old Joseph Albert Moreno of Iowa City was
arrested shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
Police say Moreno crashed through the front entrance of a
Scheel's All Sports store at the Coral Ridge Mall. Officers who
arrived at the scene heard what may have been a gun shot before
they found him. They arrested Moreno and located a pistol that they
think belongs to him.
Police say Moreno suffered a cut, but no other injuries were
reported. Moreno is charged with burglary, operating while
intoxicated, reckless use of a firearm and carrying a concealed

1 injured in Iowa when train crashes into car

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One person was injured and two escaped
unharmed when a car was hit by a train in downtown Des Moines.
The Des Moines Register reports that the car was northbound on
Friday night when it was hit and pushed off the tracks by an
eastbound train.
One person in the car was taken by ambulance to a hospital with
minor arm injuries.
Police say it's not clear whether the driver slid onto the
tracks because of slushy road conditions, or didn't attempt to stop
at all.
Witnesses say the railroad crossing warning lights were flashing
when the car drove on to the tracks, according to police. The
crossing does not have safety arms.

Ed Carlson, free spirit known as 'The Waver,' dies

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ed Carlson, a smiling free spirit who became
known as "The Waver" for waving at motorists while on foot across
the country for over 30 years, died Friday at his home in Iowa at
the age of 75.
Carlson became an institution in Reno, Nevada, which was his
home base from the 1970s to 2007 when he moved to Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, to be close to family.
Friend Betty Layton of Reno says the Burlington, Iowa native
used to wave in Reno and then hitch a ride 25 miles to the south to
Carson City, where he waved before hitching back to Reno.
Daughter Kristina Butterfield of Cedar Rapids says her father
also waved to motorists on his many walks across the U.S.
Services in Cedar Rapids and Reno are pending.

Justice center supporters, foes meet in Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Opponents of a county jail and courthouse
project in Iowa City are meeting with the proposal's supporters,
but they still can't agree on how to proceed after voters failed to
approve it.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that critics of the
so-called justice center have participated in a series of meetings
held by supporters.
The meetings began shortly after the November election, when a
$47 million bond proposal failed at the ballot box.
Iowa City resident Aleksey Gurtovoy, who opposes the project,
says supporters are ignoring the ideas his side has proposed.
Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek says critics are raising the
same issues discussed in public meetings for years.
Officials say the county's 92-bed jail is constantly

Police: Iowa tobacco store owner was unlicensed

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa store owner is facing
criminal charges after police allegedly discovered him selling
tobacco products without a license.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that 45-year-old Nasrel
Ahmed-Ibrahim is accused of selling tobacco to a 17-year-old
customer. Police say the sale was made during a December 19th
compliance check at Alsafa Market in Iowa City.
Ahmed-Ibrahim is charged with selling tobacco without a license.
Police say he does not have a valid license from the state's
Alcoholic Beverages Division.
A website for the business describes it as an African and
Mediterranean specialty store that sells "a variety of hookahs and
Iowa law prohibits anyone younger than 18 from smoking, using,
or possessing tobacco products.

Iowa group announces search for best egg recipes

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - A group that monitors Iowa's egg industry
is looking for the best recipes that think outside the shell.
The Iowa Egg Council is kicking off its "Incredibly Good Eggs"
cooking contest. Recipes can include party foods or drinks,
breakfast entrees, main dishes, side dishes, snacks or desserts.
The recipes must be original and contain at least four eggs in
the form of whole eggs, yolks or whites.
The contest will be divided among adults, culinary arts students
and general students from sixth grade through high school. Winners
will be selected online after a preliminary judging period.
Contest entries must be received by March 1st.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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