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Home health cares in Iowa, South Dakota ordered to pay

Oct. 17, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ordered five home health care facilities in Iowa and South Dakota accused of filing fraudulent Medicare claims to pay more than $3.1 million. A complaint filed earlier this month in Cedar Rapid's federal court accused Sergeant Bluff Healthcare and Elk Point...

Trial delayed for man accused of killing student in 1979

Oct. 15, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been delayed for a man accused of killing an Iowa high school student almost 40 years ago. The trial had been scheduled to begin Monday for 65-year-old Jerry Burns, of Manchester. Burns has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Police arrested him Dec. 19, 39...

Marion expanding airport runway, improving lights

Oct. 14, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

MARION, Iowa (AP) — Work has begun to expand the airport runway in the Cedar Rapids suburb of Marion. The Gazette reports a groundbreaking ceremony was held last week for the $1.7 million project. The work will widen the runway from 23 to 60 feet, meeting the standards of a basic service airport. And...

Officials meet in Cedar Rapids to break ground on flood gate

Oct. 9, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids officials gathered with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders and members of Iowa's congressional delegation for a groundbreaking ceremony of a new flood gate to protect part of downtown from Cedar River flooding. The 4-foot (1.2-meter) thick gate will be 14 feet (4.3...

Another suspect arrested in 2017 Cedar Rapids slaying

Oct. 9, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested another suspect in the 2017 shooting death of a man whose body was found in a Cedar Rapids alley. Cedar Rapids police said in a news release Wednesday that 42-year-old Lloyd Koger Jr. is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and other crimes. He's...

Freed inmate tells students to listen to claims of injustice

Oct. 8, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man who spent 25 years in prison for an Iowa murder that he did not commit urged college students Tuesday to listen to and help inmates who say they are not guilty. Terry Harrington recounted how he was wrongly arrested in the 1977 shooting death of a car dealership security...

Man charged in slayings wants trial moved from Cedar Rapids

Oct. 8, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting two 18-year-olds in a vehicle in a business parking lot wants his trial moved out of Cedar Rapids. Linn County District Court records say an Oct. 25 hearing is scheduled to hear the request from 26-year-old Andre Richardson. He's pleaded not...

Iowa man who shot at officers last year gets prison sentence

Oct. 5, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

VINTON, Iowa (AP) — A Vinton man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for firing at officers sent to check on his welfare. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that 44-year-old Lyle Fowler Jr. was sentenced last week in Benton County District Court after pleading guilty to assault on officers...

Iowa man sentenced to more than 15 years in child porn case

Oct. 5, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A northeastern Iowa man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography. Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 57-year-old William Rolen, of New Hampton, was sentenced Friday to 188 months in prison. Rolen pleaded guilty in...

Iowa man gets 5 years in prison for girlfriend's death

Sep. 29, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A 28-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to five years in prison for injuring his girlfriend and causing her death. KCRG reports that Cody Brown was sentenced Friday to the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the connection with the June 2018 death of 24-year-old...