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Man to be sentenced in April for death of 4-month-old

WESTGATE (AP) — A northeastern Iowa man is scheduled to be sentenced in April for the death of the 4-month-old nephew of his ex-girlfriend. Dean Alan Hettinger, 24, of Westgate, was convicted last week of first-degree murder and child endangerment. He faces life in prison, the Des Moines ...

Iowa plans to open vaccines to all residents on April 5

JOHNSTON (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that all Iowa residents will be eligible for coronavirus vaccinations on April 5 as long as supply projections are met. The federal government is promising a surge in supply in late March that will enable enough vaccinations to meet much ...

Iowa police: 7-year-old accidentally shot in foot by father

WEBSTER CITY (AP) — Police in central Iowa's Webster City say they're investigating after a 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his father. The shooting happened Saturday, Des Moines television station KCCI reported. Webster City police said the father was pulling a gun out of his ...

Iowa school board votes to drop Native American mascot

CAMANCHE (AP) — An eastern Iowa school board has voted to drop the district's "Indians" nickname and mascot following renewed appeals this year to do so from Native American tribes and organizations. The Camanche Community Schools board voted 5-1 Monday night to stop use of the mascot by ...

Iowa man awaiting trial in shooting charged with murder

WATERLOO (AP) — An Iowa man awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge has been charged with killing another man during a robbery. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Robert Lee Williams Jr., 32, of Waterloo, was charged Tuesday with one count of first-degree murder in the death ...

Man gets prison for hit-and-run that killed 8-year-old boy

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A Council Bluffs man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a hit-and-run crash last year that killed an 8-year-old boy. Troy Pokorny, 37, was sentenced Thursday in Pottawattamie County District Court after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a personal ...

Iowans tops 1M shots as state struggles with appointments

DES MOINES (AP) — More than 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Iowa, the state announced Friday, even as residents who qualify struggled to make appointments for a shot. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Iowa has administered 1.03 million doses. The ...

Prosecutor defends failed effort to convict Iowa journalist

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa prosecutor defended his unsuccessful pursuit of charges against a journalist who was arrested while covering a protest, saying Thursday that he believed the evidence was strong and that dismissing the case would have amounted to special treatment. Polk County ...

Iowa woman accused of locking children in blacked-out room

JOHNSTON (AP) — An Iowa woman has been charged after officials say she kept three children locked in a blacked-out room in filthy conditions. Brittany Roozeboom, 31, of Johnston, was charged last week with three counts of child endangerment and one count of child endangerment resulting in ...

Iowa officials find animal parts strewn across 2 fields

NEOLA (AP) — Environmental officials are considering what actions to take against a southwestern Iowa feedlot after finding animal parts from slaughtered cattle strewn across two open fields. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said its staff discovered the gore Monday upon responding ...

Iowa man sentenced for filming employee pumping breast milk

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa City man who admitted to using recording device inside a pen to film an employee while she pumped breast milk at work was given a suspended sentence Thursday and ordered to register as a sex offender. Robert Charles Carlson, 68, pleaded guilty in November to nine ...

Man dies after apparent fall from tree stand

OLLIE (AP) — A 76-year-old man died after he apparently fell from a tree stand while hunting, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said. The agency said law enforcement officers found Raymond Byers’ body after he was reported missing Thursday when he didn’t return home from hunting ...

Sheriff: Medical episode cause of jailed woman’s death

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — An unidentified medical episode led to the death of a woman in an eastern Iowa jail on the same day she was arrested, the Linn County sheriff said. Jacqueline Marie Bridges, 59, of Cedar Rapids, was found dead in her Linn County Jail cell on Saturday afternoon after her ...

Audit faults Iowa’s move to spend virus aid on $21M software

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa’s auditor warned Monday that the governor’s decision to spend $21 million in federal pandemic relief funds on a new executive branch software system would not be allowed and should be abandoned. State Auditor Rob Sand said that using ...

Man accused of biting off another man’s nose

DUBUQUE (AP) — A Dubuque man faces charges after police say he bit off the nose of another man during a fight. Blayre Ward, 24, of Dubuque, was arrested just after midnight Saturday on suspicion of willful injury, assault causing injury, harassment and other counts, the Telegraph Herald ...

2 sisters die, 3 hurt in Des Moines collision

DES MOINES (AP) — Two sisters died and three other people were injured Sunday when two vehicles collided in Des Moines. The crash happened around 5 a.m. Sunday after a northbound Toyota car crossed into the southbound lanes and collided with a Jeep SUV, Des Moines Police spokesman Paul ...

Iowa rate of new coronavirus cases ranks eighth-highest

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa reported nearly 1,000 more coronavirus cases Sunday, and the state’s rate of positive cases remains high. The state reported 910 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 new deaths as of Sunday morning to give Iowa 107,057 cases and 1,538 deaths since the pandemic began, ...

Report: Damage from August wind storm at $7.5B

DES MOINES (AP) — Damage estimates from a rare wind storm that slammed Iowa and some other parts of the Midwest in August are growing, with the total now at $7.5 billion, according to a new report. The Aug. 10 storm hit Iowa hard but also caused damage in Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota and ...

Victim in semi crash was UNI student

CEDAR FALLS (AP) — A freshman at the University of Northern Iowa was struck and killed by a passing tractor-trailer while outside his car on a highway overpass, authorities say. Cedar Falls Public Safety says 19-year-old Isaac Roerig of Sioux City, was hit Friday on U.S. 20. He was taken to ...

Police investigate weekend shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Cedar Rapids police are investigating gunfire that hit a local apartment building over the weekend. The shooting happened just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of the Jane Boyd Community House, television station KCRG reported. Police said several people reported ...