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Woman who lied about medical problems convicted

WATERLOO (AP) — A Waterloo woman has been found guilty of scamming a couple out of thousands of dollars by saying she had a kidney transplant, tumors and other medical problems. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 47-year-old Shawn Adams, also known as Shawn Tomkins, was convicted ...

Jury awards $1.4M to man who got vasectomy

DES MOINES (AP) — A jury in Iowa has awarded $1.4 million to a Burmese immigrant who wanted a circumcision but instead got a vasectomy. The Des Moines Register reports that the jury last week leveled a $2 million judgment against Dr. Kevin Birusingh, who performed the vasectomy. But jurors ...

Iowa man charged with neglecting malnourished goats

NEW PROVIDENCE (AP) — A 26-year-old man is facing animal neglect charges after authorities found several malnourished and dead goats on his property in north-central Iowa. The Hardin County Sheriff’s department found two dead goats and a malnourished goat in an outdoor shed without bedding ...

Police arrest gunman after standoff

DES MOINES (AP) — Police have arrested a 25-year-old man after a nearly four-hour standoff at an apartment complex in eastern Des Moines. Des Moines Police say officers responding to reports of gunfire shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday found the suspect on a second-floor balcony. The man fired at ...

Couple accused of stealing from his mom plead guilty

DUBUQUE (AP) — A Dubuque man and his wife accused of stealing more than $200,000 from his disabled mother have pleaded guilty to federal charges. The Telegraph Herald reports that Howard Derby and Patti Derby recently entered the pleas to charges of wire fraud. The state charges were dropped ...

Authorities say Iowa worker died at burn center

LE MARS (AP) — Authorities say a man burned in a fire at a northwest Iowa hog confinement has died. Le Mars Fire-Rescue says 38-year-old Jorge Orozco died Saturday at St. Elizabeth Burn Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. He’d been flown there after being taken in a private vehicle on Sept. 30 to ...

Safety violations found after attacks at psych hospital

IOWA CITY (AP) — Regulators have recommended a nearly $73,000 fine against the Iowa Department of Human Services after finding serious workplace safety violations at a state-run psychiatric hospital where several employees have been assaulted by combative patients. Staffers at the ...

Iowa man, 19, gets 100-year sentence for 8-month-old’s death

DES MOINES (AP) — A 19-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 100 years in prison for the death of his 8-month-old daughter after he pleaded guilty to several charges. The Des Moines Register reports that Jayden Straight pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and several related ...

Warren, Buttigieg circle each other in Iowa as caucuses near

DECORAH (AP) — Gaining momentum in the final three months before the Iowa caucuses, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg offered sharply different messages this weekend as they inched closer to a confrontation over the direction of the Democratic Party. Warren, a Massachusetts senator, ...

Man gets 10 years for stabbing roommate

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally stabbing his roommate in Sioux City. Woodbury County District Court records show 39-year-old Elmi Said was sentenced Friday. He’d been charged with second-degree murder for the Oct. 28, 2018, slaying of ...

Reynolds appoints criminal justice reform committee

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has named 14 officials to a committee she’s created that will make recommendations for removing racial bias from the Iowa criminal justice system and help reduce recidivism among former offenders. Reynolds says the group’s recommendations will ...

Fire destroys Ogden’s only grocery store

OGDEN (AP) — A fire has destroyed the only grocery store in the central Iowa community of Ogden. The fire began after one of the owners closed Ogden Mart for the night on Saturday. The rubble continued to smolder Sunday as hot spots persisted. Fire officials say no one was injured and say ...

5th suspect arrested in fatal Des Moines shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — Another suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of man in north Des Moines. Police say 20-year-old Calvonta Stallings was arrested Sunday after a robbery in Davenport. The Polk County charges include first-degree murder and robbery in the slaying of 23-year-old ...

Man gets 18 months for defrauding homeowners group

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Marion man has been imprisoned for defrauding a homeowners association out of nearly $125,000. The Gazette reports that 55-year-old Wayne Jones Jr. was given 18 months at his sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He’d pleaded guilty to wire ...

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 ...