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Iowa lawmakers pass bill seeking to stop farm investigations

Apr. 13, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers for the fourth time have approved restrictions aimed at stopping animal welfare activists from documenting animal abuse at livestock farms. The Iowa House passed the latest bill Monday night and the state Senate approved it last...

Suspect in killing of Ames woman pleads not guilty

Apr. 13, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A man charged in the February killing an Ames woman has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the case. Richard Fleck, 33, submitted a written plea of not guilty on Monday, television station WOI reported. ...

Police ID pedestrian killed in Des Moines area crash

Apr. 12, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police have identified a pedestrian killed Sunday morning after he was hit by a car. Weston Bueford, 33, of Des Moines, was in the southbound lanes of the four-lane Hubbell Avenue when he was hit by a vehicle shortly before 5 a.m....

Pedestrian killed in Des Moines area crash on Sunday

Apr. 11, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are investigating a crash that killed a pedestrian Sunday morning. Police said a man was in the southbound lanes of the four-lane Hubbell Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday. The man's name and...

Man's body found in Des Moines River near park on Saturday

Apr. 11, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man's body was found Saturday in the Des Moines River near a park in Des Moines. A fisherman and a cyclist riding on a riverside trail both spotted the body near Riverview Park on Saturday afternoon and called police, spokesman Sgt. Paul...

Des Moines police sergeant resigns amid investigation

Apr. 09, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines police sergeant with a history of excessive force complaints has resigned amid an internal investigation into what other officers reported were offensive remarks he made to another officer during a recent union meeting. Reports from...

Man arrested at protest in Des Moines acquitted of charge

Apr. 09, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man arrested last spring during a protest in Des Moines calling attention to racial injustice has been acquitted of a misdemeanor count of failure to disperse. A judge on Thursday found Daniel Butts, 33, of Des Moines, not guilty of the count,...

Man convicted in fatal drive-by shooting in Des Moines

Apr. 07, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in an apparent drive-by shooting last year. Dayquawne Gates, 22, was accused of killing Robert Freeman, 19, on May 30. Freeman died at a hospital after being shot four times. ...

Man gets 50 years for hit-and-run killing of Iowa instructor

Apr. 06, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man police accused of intentionally running over and killing a local college instructor has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Jason Sassman, 50, was sentenced Monday after being convicted in February of second-degree murder in...

2 killed in separate vehicle crashes in Iowa

Apr. 05, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two people have died in as many days in traffic accidents on Iowa roads. Early Monday morning, 73-year-old Hazel Ann Griffiths of Brooklyn, was killed in a Tama County crash, the Des Moines Register reported. Griffiths was...