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Judge rips Iowa police chief for using stun gun on partiers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has condemned an Iowa police chief for using his city-issued stun gun to shock guests at two parties in 2016, calling it an "immoral activity" that could have caused serious injuries or death. Judge Nancy Whittenburg recently rejected arguments by Craig ...

Reynolds signs bills limiting voting, ‘divisive’ teaching

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday signed into law a change to state election regulations that sets strict limits on who can assist voters in delivering ballots. Republican legislators approved the restrictions in a party-line vote last month, just weeks after Iowa ...

Woman says she’s innocent in fatal Chuck E. Cheese shooting

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Sentencing for an Iowa woman who pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a woman at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant was delayed Friday because she told authorities she is innocent. Treshonda Pollion, 25, of Davenport, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday after she pleaded ...

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 ...