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Iowa man accused of using homemade chloroform in abduction

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities on Friday arrested an Iowa man accused of hiding in the backseat a Nebraska woman's car and using zip ties, duct tape and homemade chloroform to abduct the woman and imprison her in a storage shed at his home. Police arrested Zack Smith, 20, of Bronson, ...

Court rejects private lawyer phone consult prior to charges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans have no right to a confidential telephone conversation with a lawyer prior to charges being filed, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, dealing a blow to attorney-client privilege. The decision came in a case involving a Milford man arrested for drunken ...

Suspect in Iowa trooper’s death may have goaded traffic stop

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with killing an Iowa State Patrol sergeant during a standoff may have instigated the violent confrontation by goading an officer with whom he was angry to chase him, a police report shows. Michael Lang sped by Grundy Center reserve officer Cody Niehaus on ...

Des Moines man found guilty of killing, dismembering wife

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been found guilty of killing and dismembering his wife. The Des Moines Register reports that a jury on Friday convicted 32-year-old Datron Simmons of second-degree murder in the death of 50-year-old Connie Simmons. Police found the body of Connie ...

Bicyclist killed is third in Quad-City area in a month

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A bicyclist has died after being struck by a speeding motorist in Davenport, Iowa — the third fatal accident involving a bicyclist in the Quad-City region in the past month. The Quad-City Times reports that the accident happened Thursday when a red SUV struck the ...

Iowa woman convicted of killing husband sentenced to life

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A northeastern Iowa woman convicted of killing her husband a decade ago has been sentenced to life in prison — a significant increase from the previous 40 years she had been handed before her appeal in the case. Revette Sauser, 52, of Ryan, was sentenced this week ...

Iowa auditor questions governor’s spending for COVID-19 ads

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Democratic auditor accused the state's Republican governor Thursday of violating a 2018 state law that prohibits statewide elected officials from using public funds for self promotion, arguing she broke the law by making ads promoting coronavirus public safety ...

Iowa boy missing, one week after vanishing from trailer park

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A boy who vanished from a rural Iowa trailer park days before his 11th birthday is still missing a week later, as state and federal investigators continued Thursday to look into what happened to him. Detectives are considering several possibilities in the disappearance ...

Sioux City man pleads to lesser charge in shooting death

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man admitted that he was one of three people who shot into a house where people were attending a New Year's Eve party, killing one person and injuring three others. Anthony Bauer, 18, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder and three counts of ...

Iowa House Democratic leader leaving role after 3 sessions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Democratic leader in the Iowa House said Wednesday he would leave the position after three legislative sessions. Rep. Todd Prichard said he decided to step aside after conversations with his family. "I know my caucus will continue to hold Governor Reynolds and ...