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Cedar Rapids mobile home fire leaves woman dead

Jan. 24, 2022 10:14 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A fire Sunday afternoon at a Cedar Rapids mobile home left a woman dead, officials said. When firefighters arrived at the fire at the home in southwest Cedar Rapids, they found smoke and flames coming from the roof, a city spokesman said. Crews entered the...

No charges for Cedar Rapids reserve officer who fired gun

Jan. 21, 2022 20:02 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids police reserve officer who fired at a driver who hit him with his vehicle will not face criminal charges, Linn County Attorney Nick Maybank said Friday. Reserve Officer Scott Fruehling fired three times at a car driven by Eddie Ayers III,...

Perfect Game will add softball to baseball scouting camps

Jan. 18, 2022 16:16 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Perfect Game, which sets up youth baseball scouting camps, is expanding into softball. The company, founded in 1995, said Tuesday that it had hired former Arizona softball coach Mike Candrea as an adviser for on-field programming and athlete recognition...

Man arrested after car allegedly hit Cedar Rapids officer

Jan. 14, 2022 16:54 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities on Friday charged a Cedar Rapids man with hitting a police officer with his vehicle while he was fleeing from a traffic stop. Eddie Ayers III, 26, was arrested and charged Friday in the Dec. 17 confrontation. Investigators used video and other...

Cedar Rapids teen competent for trial in parents' deaths

Jan. 14, 2022 12:32 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids teenager charged with killing his parents with a knife and ax is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday. Ethan Alexander Orton, 17, is charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree murder. He was found covered in blood outside...

Iowa man pleads guilty to illegal internet sales of steroids

Jan. 06, 2022 15:37 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally selling more than 300,000 of doses of steroids and other drugs via the internet over about a three-year period. Jon Stidham, 57, of McClelland, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to illegally...

Alabama tourism agency keeping CEO after fraud indictment

Jan. 05, 2022 09:43 AM EST

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A regional tourism agency in Alabama said it will retain its chief executive officer after he was indicted on a federal fraud charge related to a music festival in Iowa that lost more than $2 million. Visit Dothan, which works to attract visitors to the...

Man charged in Iowa trooper's murder wants statements tossed

Dec. 31, 2021 09:50 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys for the man accused of fatally shooting an Iowa State Patrol trooper earlier this year have asked a judge to toss out statements he gave to investigators. Michael Lang was charged with first-degree murder after authorities said he shot and killed...

Iowa grade schoolers may have been exposed to asbestos

Dec. 30, 2021 12:56 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Officials with an eastern Iowa school district say students and staff at an elementary school may have been unwittingly exposed to asbestos for several month. KCRG-TV reports that College Community School District sent a letter to parents Wednesday about...

Former deputy gets settlement in paternal leave dispute

Dec. 28, 2021 17:06 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former Linn County sheriff's deputy and his lawyers will receive more than $500,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed claiming that he was harassed and discriminated against because he took paternity leave. Scott Becker filed a federal lawsuit against the...