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Police say man found dead in Cedar Rapids home was killed

May. 26, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police in Cedar Rapids have opened a homicide investigation after determining that a man found dead in a home there last week had been shot to death. The victim was identified as Daniel James Spangler, 69, police said Tuesday in a news release. His body was found inside his Cedar...

FILE - In this May 1, 2020, file photo, a worker leaves the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, Iowa. An employee at the Waterloo plant died Monday, May 25, 2020, after battling the coronavirus during a six-week hospitalization that was chronicled and widely followed online. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Tyson Foods worker, 44, dies after long battle with COVID-19

May. 25, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An employee at the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, Iowa, died Monday after battling the coronavirus during a six-week hospitalization that was chronicled and widely followed online. Jose Ayala, 44, died at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, said his friend, Zach Medhaug, who was in...

1 killed by falling tractor attachment near Cedar Rapids

May. 22, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A person has died in a farming accident south of Cedar Rapids, authorities said. Deputies and medics were called Thursday afternoon to an area southeast of the city’s airport for an accident, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Arriving...

Cedar Rapids man sentenced for knowingly giving 3 HIV

May. 19, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison after admitting that he knowingly infected two women and a minor girl with HIV. Lamont James, 33, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of assault while participating in a felony, and four counts of...

Iowa gym owner is cited for defying coronavirus order

May. 12, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a Cedar Rapids business who was violating Gov. Kim Reynolds' order that limits the number of customers in gyms during the coronavirus pandemic has been cited with a misdemeanor. Jason Bailey, owner of Custom Fitness, was issued the misdemeanor citation Tuesday after...

Judge: Law blocking sex education funding unconstitutional

May. 8, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has ruled that a state law blocking Planned Parenthood from receiving federal money for sex education programs is unconstitutional. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Fifth Judicial District Judge Paul Scott ruled Wednesday in the case. Scott wrote that the law...

Cedar Rapids police: Man arrested in death of pregnant woman

May. 1, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man has been arrested in a shooting that killed a pregnant woman and wounded another woman at a Cedar Rapids apartment complex, police said Friday. Johnnie Osborne IV is jailed without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Asia Taqara Grice,...

Cedar Rapids police announce new arrest in October homicide

May. 1, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids woman has been arrested in Illinois for her alleged role in the October shooting death of a man in Cedar Rapids, police said in a news release. Kiara Kathy La Shae Morrise, 21, of Cedar Rapids, turned herself in to police in Knox County, Illinois, on Friday, the...

2nd person at Black Hawk County Jail positive for COVID-19

Apr. 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A second person who works within the Black Hawk County Jail in north-central Iowa has tested positive for COVID-19, officials there said. An employee of Summit Food Services, the company that prepares meals for inmates, has been infected with the virus, according to a news...

ADM idles large Iowa, Nebraska corn-based ethanol plants

Apr. 23, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ethanol producer ADM said Thursday it is idling production at its corn ethanol plants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Columbus, Nebraska, furloughing 90 employees in each facility for at least four months. The plants, each capable of annually producing about 300 million gallons of the...