Dying Iowa inmate released from prison to hospice
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A dying Iowa inmate sentenced to life in prison when she was a teenager has been released into hospice care.
Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says 33-year-old Kristina Fetters was admitted to a Des Moines hospice Tuesday morning.
Fetters was 15 when she entered prison for a 1995 first-degree murder conviction. The Iowa Parole Board granted her a compassionate release from prison after a judge resentenced her for such eligibility.
A landmark Supreme Court ruling last year said life sentences without parole are unconstitutional for juveniles. A Polk County judge recommended immediate release because Fetters was diagnosed with Stage 4 inoperable breast cancer in September.
The Des Moines Register says Fetters has been assigned a parole officer who will monitor her condition and report to the board.
Police say body found in ISU residence hall
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say the body of a dead man has been found in a residence hall at Iowa State University, but no foul play is suspected.
The Iowa State University Police Department says in a news release that the body was found hanging Tuesday morning near a laundry room in Wilson Hall. Authorities believe the male was a student at the Ames campus.
Police have not released the man's name pending family notification. Additional information is not available.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the state crime laboratory are assisting campus police in the case.
PROPOSED JEFFERSON CASINO
Proposed Jefferson casino details released
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Supporters of a proposed Jefferson casino say they've reached an agreement with the casino operator to share 5 percent of the revenue with charitable organizations in Green County and the surrounding counties.
Grow Greene County Gaming Corp., the nonprofit organization applying for a gambling license and Wild Rose Entertainment, the company planning to run the casino announced details of their operating agreement Tuesday.
Casinos in Iowa share an average of 4.1 percent of revenue with charitable groups. The state requires at least 3 percent.
Tom Timmins, Wild Rose CEO says the Jefferson casino should generate $30 million a year, providing $1.5 million for charitable groups in Greene and surrounding counties.
Wild Rose operates casinos in Emmetsburg and Clinton. It's proposing a casino, restaurant and hotel complex for Jefferson.
ROCKFORD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
New bridge reconnects N. Iowa city of Rockford
ROCKFORD, Iowa (AP) - More than eight months after bridge construction split the northern Iowa city of Rockford in two, a new span over the Shell Rock River has opened.
The bridge opened to traffic Monday morning, allowing motorists to quickly drive across town for the first time since April 1. For months, residents have had to take a long detour to travel from one side of the city to the other.
The new bridge cost about $1.5 million, with most of that covered by a federal grant.
It replaces a bridge build in the 1920s that was deemed deficient due to its age and size.
Some work remains to be completed, including signage, line striping and landscaping.
A formal dedication will be held in the spring.
Cedar Falls man convicted of sexually abusing girl
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A jury has convicted a 61-year-old Cedar Falls man of sexually abusing a girl who'd signed up for his basketball program.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the jury on Monday said Gary Alexander was guilty of three counts of sexual abuse. He faces up to 45 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Alexander began abusing the girl when she was 11 after she joined his Gary's Girls basketball program. She testified that the abuse continued until she stopped it while she was in high school. She decided to press charges after college.
Alexander testified that he'd never had sex with the girl. The statement contradicted an interview with investigators in which he acknowledged having sex with her when she was young.
He's also accused of sexually abusing another girl.
TEEN DEATH INVESTIGATED
Des Moines man makes plea deal in drug death case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines man has made a plea deal in a case stemming from the death of a 17-year-old boy.
The Des Moines Register reports that 19-year-old Skylar David McDuffey-Valadez pleaded guilty on Friday to a charge of conspiracy to deliver a controlled drug. Prosecutors dropped a charge of involuntary manslaughter in exchange for McDuffey-Valadez's plea. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21.
Prosecutors say Austin Cort ingested eight methadone pills given to him by McDuffey-Valadez after McDuffey-Valadez and another friend picked up Cort from work in December 2011. Officials say Cort died from the overdose.
Police say the pills were taken from the legally prescribed supply held by a grandmother of one of the boys.
2 Muscatine women accused of voter fraud
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two women from Muscatine County have been accused of voter fraud.
The Iowa secretary of state's office says the two are accused of registering to vote and voting in the 2012 general election even though they were not U.S. citizens.
Des Moines Register says the two were identified as 21-year-old Mayra Alejandra Lopez Morales and 49-year-old Sylvia Rada, both of Muscatine. They each face a felony count of election misconduct, which carries a maximum prison term of five years. Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has been checking allegations of voter fraud for the past 18 months in conjunction with the secretary of state's office.
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