Iowa News

Former state patrol supervisor pleads guilty in drugs case
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State Patrol supervisor has pleaded guilty to accusations that he stole prescription medications seized during criminal investigations. Online court records say 32-year-old Michael Haugen, of Forest City, entered written pleas last week to the charges of theft and tampering with records. A hearing has been set for Oct. 25. A court affidavit says Haugen has acknowledged removing pills from evidence bags about 18 times in up to eight different cases between late 2014 and April. An investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation found that he stole roughly 150 pills. Haugen acknowledged that he developed an addiction to painkillers while battling intestinal problems.

2 killed in Linn County collision, authorities say
CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two people have been killed in a Linn County collision. The collision was reported around 8:25 p.m. Saturday in Central City. Authorities say a truck collided with a car at an intersection, killing the car driver and a passenger in the truck. The truck driver and a 1-year-old child in the car were hospitalized. The names of those killed haven't been released. The truck driver was identified as 68-year-old Craig DeMoss, of San Tan Valley, Arizona. The collision is being investigated.

Aurora man shot at officers during standoff, authorities say
AURORA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 55-year-old Aurora man shot at officers after a domestic disturbance turned into a standoff with officers. Buchanan County sheriff's deputies were sent around 11 p.m. Saturday to check a report that a man with a gun was threatening a woman at a home in Aurora. Deputies say the man fired at them during the standoff but they didn't fire back. The Sheriff's Office says a negotiator took about two hours to talk the man into surrendering. No injuries have been reported. Online court records don't show the man has been charged.

DHS not tracking extra Medicaid benefits praised by Branstad
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has highlighted extra benefits under Iowa's new Medicaid program to show the privatized system functions better than the former state-run setup, but the agency overseeing Medicaid acknowledges it knows little about how the so-called value-added services are working for patients. The services range from waived gym membership fees to free cellphones. After more than six months of the privately run system, there is limited data about how many people have used the value-added services and no information about whether the services are effective. The Department of Human Services says it's not required to closely track them. The setup highlights limitations in what the state must share about Iowa's new Medicaid system. It also adds a layer of work for the public to access information about the services.

Funeral held for chaplain killed at Pearl Harbor
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The remains of a Navy chaplain have been buried in his home state of Iowa nearly 75 years after he died during the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A funeral was held for Chaplain Aloysius Schmitt in Dubuque on Saturday. Separate ceremonies were held in his hometown of St. Lucas earlier in the week. Schmitt's niece Rose Foley told the Telegraph Herald she is very proud of her uncle and what he did. Schmitt was aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when the Dec. 7, 1941, attack happened. Schmitt helped other sailors escape the sinking ship before he died. The Navy announced in September that Schmitt's remains had been identified.

Laborers union applauds Dakota Access pipeline ruling
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's congressional delegation and a laborers union are applauding a federal appeals court ruling allowing construction to continue on a small stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. The ruling Sunday clears the way for pipeline work to resume within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The pipeline is otherwise nearly complete. The Laborers International Union says the ruling affirms that the pipeline is a lawfully permitted project. Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman tells The Bismarck Tribune that continuing construction would be "a tragedy." The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is still appealing a court ruling that let work on the entire pipeline go forward. And federal agencies have prohibited construction on a section right at Lake Oahe where land is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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