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Iowa school bus driver resigns after 2nd-offense DUI arrest

FOREST CITY (AP) — A school bus driver in northern Iowa has resigned following her arrest on a charge of second-offense drunken driving while she was transporting young school children. Rebecca Anne Spencer, 44, resigned earlier this month from the Forest City Community School District, the ...

Ex-Sioux City ag co-op officer gets prison for fraud scheme

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A second former officer at a northwest Iowa agriculture cooperative has been sentenced to federal prison for a grain-blending fraud scheme. Kenneth Ehrp was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison after pleading guilty in November to one count of conspiracy to ...

Largest Iowa detention facility seeks change to ICE contract

IOWA CITY (AP) — The rural jail that has long been the largest detention facility for immigrants facing deportation in Iowa plans to stop housing long-term detainees without additional federal funding or other changes, its administrator said Thursday. The Hardin County Jail has informed the ...

Iowa coronavirus positivity rate, hospitalizations rise

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa's coronavirus positivity rate has been rising along with the number of people hospitalized and in intensive care, according to state public health data. Some health experts feared spring weather and the belief that the coronavirus pandemic is waning would lead people ...

Patrol: Man leads officers on chase through 4 Iowa counties

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — A Des Moines man allegedly driving a stolen Maserati led officers on a two-hour chase through four counties Thursday, with speeds sometimes reaching 150 mph, the Iowa Highway Patrol said. The pursuit began about 6 a.m. near Ankeny on Interstate 35 when a patrol trooper ...

Cedar Rapids police investigating vandalism as hate crime

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Police in Cedar Rapids are investigating the spray painting of a racial slur on the front of a vacant rental house as a hate crime. Police received a call about the vandalism Tuesday morning, and officers discovered a message in yellow spray paint using the slur and ...

Trial for 2 men charged in fatal police shootout begins

OTTUMWA (AP) — Attorneys gave opening statements Wednesday in the attempted murder trial of two men accused of a violent home-invasion robbery that led to the fatal 2018 shooting of a third suspect by police. Wapello County prosecutors told the jury they will hear evidence showing Michael ...

Iowa expects to open vaccinations to all adults on April 5

JOHNSTON (AP) — Iowa expects to allow any adult to get a coronavirus vaccine starting April 5, the governor said Wednesday. The state expects to receive enough vaccine to open eligibility to anyone age 18 or older who wants one, Gov. Kim Reynolds said. "When this occurs, once again there ...

Man facing Illinois murder charge arrested after Iowa crash

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — An Illinois man out on bail for a murder charge was arrested by police Wednesday in Iowa on charges related to a fatal crash on a freeway in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police issued warrants Wednesday afternoon for Tyler Lee, 34, of Rockton, Illinois, and he turned ...

Police: Inmates killed 2 Iowa prison staff in escape attempt

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Inmates used hammers to attack staff members during a failed attempt to escape an Iowa prison, killing a nurse and a correctional officer, kidnapping a third employee and severely injuring an inmate who intervened, authorities said Wednesday. Those killed in Tuesday's ...