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Iowa authorities increase presence after reported assault
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa are increasing their presence at recreational trails in the area after a woman said she was sexually assaulted while jogging at a state park in Waterloo. The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says more law enforcement officers would be on bike and recreational trails in the county following a report Tuesday that a woman was sexually assaulted at George Wyth State Park. KWWL-TV reports the woman told authorities she was jogging on a trail when she was attacked from behind. She was taken to a hospital and authorities shut down the park to look for a suspect. No one was placed into custody and the park reopened Tuesday night. Authorities are encouraging people to stay alert and to use the trails with a friend.

Founder of transportation company in Cedar Rapids dies at 91
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The founder of a large transportation company based in Cedar Rapids has died. CRST International, once known as Cedar Rapids Steel Transport, says Herald "Smitty" Smith Junior died Monday at his home in eastern Wisconsin following a brief illness. He was 91. Smith founded the company in 1955, using a chicken coop for office space. He grew the company through the acquisition of other carriers. Smith stepped down as company president in 1977 but remained chairman of the board. John Smith, Herald's son and current company chairman, says his father taught him the value of persistence and hard work. Smith is survived by his wife, four adult children and several grandchildren. An obituary in the Door County Daily News says an open house will be held Saturday in Ellison Bay.

Virginia's Gilmore makes 17 GOP presidential candidates
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential contest has grown to 17 candidates with Wednesday's entry of Jim Gilmore. The former Virginia governor told the Associated Press earlier this month that he would announce his candidacy in early August. On Wednesday, he filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. Gilmore, a former Army intelligence officer, completed one term as governor in 2002. He joins a robust presidential field that also includes former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, celebrity businessman Donald Trump and former technology CEO Carly Fiorina. The top 10 Republicans in national polls will meet for their first debate August 6th in Cleveland, Ohio.

Iowa patrol says man led chase before car left road
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man leading a car chase in central Iowa reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour before his vehicle flew off the road and into an auto auction lot. Sergeant Joel Ehler of the Iowa State Patrol says a trooper was pursuing the vehicle Wednesday near Waukee when the car increased its speed to more than 100 mph while passing other cars. The Des Moines Register reports the car flew off a highway ramp before entering a ditch and landing in an auto auction lot. The driver of the vehicle, whose name has not been released, survived the crash and was taken to a local hospital with a head injury that is serious but non-life threatening. Additional information is not available. The case is under investigation.

FBI says Iowa credit union robbery linked to 'AK-47 Bandit'
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities believe a man suspected of robbing a credit union in Iowa with an assault rifle is the same man suspected of robbing banks in several states. The FBI says the "AK-47 Bandit" robbed banks in California, Idaho and Washington in 2012 and a bank in Nebraska in 2014. The suspect carries an assault rifle similar to an AK-47 into the banks. Authorities say a man entered the Iowa Heartland Credit Union in Mason City on Tuesday wearing a black ski mask. He was armed with an AK-47 and left with an undisclosed amount of money. The FBI is offering up to $100,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in connection with the shooting of a police officer during one of the robberies in California.

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