DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A judge today sentenced an Illinois man, who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-girlfriend in Dubuque this year, to 50 years in prison. Prosecutors initially charged Richard Forsythe with first degree murder. He later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder. Forsythe admitted to stabbing and killing Jennifer Lopez. Police found her body at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on Feb. 1.
CENTERVILLE, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating a deadly shooting in Appanoose County that involved police officers and a deputy. 45-year-old Kevin Arbogast was shot and killed. What led to the officers firing is unclear.
GOWRIE, IA (IRN) – A former teacher in Webster County has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee. Brandon Louis, 29, is the former choir director at Southeast Valley High School in Gowrie.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A judge ruled Monday an Iowa law that prohibits Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents violates state law and the state constitution.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Approximately 300 students in Linn-Mar High School walked out of class on Friday for dueling rallies after Transgender Awareness Week were vandalized. LGBTQ+ students say they fear for their safety. Students and parents say chants of “White Power” occur in the school often, and they’ve seen posts on social media about people bringing weapons to school.
IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – For the University of Iowa football team to have a shot at the Big Ten title, the team has to beat the University of Nebraska on Friday in Lincoln. Beating the Huskers will no longer require stopping star quarterback Adrian Martinez. He’s out with a shoulder injury. Martinez is the heart and soul of the team. He leads Nebraska in rushing yards and is fourth in the Big Ten in passing.