HORNICK, IA (IRN) – The state auditor announced Tuesday that an audit on a western Iowa town of fewer than 230 people found nearly $134,180 of improper and unsupported disbursements. WHO-TV reports the audit was requested by Hornick city officials after the new city clerk identified concerns of finances processed by two former city clerks between July 2003 and June 2014. No charges have been filed, but the investigation continues.
SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A federal appeals court is upholding lengthy prison terms for two Sioux City brothers convicted in the armed robbery of two drug dealers. KCCI-TV reports
the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a life sentence issued to 24-year-old Jamal Dean and a 30-year term for his older brother, Levon Dean Jr. The brothers traveled together from Nebraska to Iowa and conspired to rob local drug dealers.
DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that the order canceling all live bird exhibitions due to avian influenza will be lifted on January 1, 2016. The Department issued the order prohibiting poultry exhibitions on May 21 in the midst of the outbreak of the avian flu. Iowa is now considered free of the virus. Over 31 million birds were affected in Iowa.
IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa City is considering a mandate for apartment buildings to recycle. The Iowa City Press Citizen reports the issue could go before City Council in early 2016.
While landlords have been required to provide trash services since the late 1970s, the city has not updated its code to include recycling. The change would affect more than 1,000 apartment and condominium buildings in town.
IOWA (IRN) – Iowans are recovering from Monday’s major snowfall. The National Weather Service reports the winter storm that impacted nearly all of Iowa yesterday will depart today. Snowfall totals of 5 to 7 inches were common. The town of Otho in Webster County received 10.5 inches of snow. Any additional snowfall accumulations should be minor. Quiet weather and seasonal temperatures are expected for the remainder of the week.
DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A 14-year-old boy was injured after he was pinned under a car following a one-vehicle crash in Dubuque. KCRG-TV reports Caleb Sweat was ejected from a vehicle that lost control Monday morning. The car, driven by the boy’s father, 45-year-old Jason Sweat, entered a ditch and rolled. The boy was hospitalized with injuries to his legs. Weather conditions attributed to the crash.
WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Waterloo Police are investigating a shooting early Sunday that sent one man to the hospital. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports police were called to UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital about 2 a.m. Sunday where Gary Lynn Lewis Jr. was being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Police said Lewis did not cooperate with investigators, and the investigation continues.
DES MOINES (IRN) – Monday’s snowstorm was a challenge for many Iowans, but some young men in Des Moines were delighted to see it. WHO-TV reports the teens are members of the Forest Avenue nonprofit group, and make money for group activities by doing lawn care and shoveling snow in one of the roughest neighborhoods in town. Ralph Chiodo is founder of the group, and the goal is to teach the teens how to start and run a business. “I am in awe of these 13-year-old boys,” says Chiodo, “I wish I had their discipline and work ethic back when I was 13.”