Branstad asks Obama for immigration information
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad wants the federal government to notify state officials about any immigrant children placed in Iowa.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said this week that 122 children who entered the country illegally and alone were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year. Branstad learned of the placements from a news reporter.
In a letter sent Thursday to President Barack Obama, Branstad asked that the state be alerted to future placements. He also said immigrant children are getting the wrong message due to "a lack of a secure border and sound immigration policy."
More than 57,000 youths, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S. illegally since October.
PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED
Iowa man convicted of killing pregnant wife
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A jury has convicted an Iowa man of killing his pregnant wife after the third trial in the case.
Jurors agreed Thursday that Seth Techel was guilty of first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy. The 23-year-old who once hoped to become a police officer faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors argued that Seth Techel killed 23-year-old Lisa Techel on May 26, 2012, in their trailer in Agency, Iowa. Lisa Techel, a county jail employee and reserve sheriff's deputy, was 17 weeks pregnant with their first child. Techel told police he was in the shower when an unknown intruder killed his wife.
Jurors at two previous trials had been unable to agree on whether Techel was guilty.
ESCAPED INMATE CAPTURED
Fugitive who used dead boys' IDs appears in court
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A convicted armed robber who eluded authorities for nearly 41 years after escaping prison has appeared in court in Cedar Rapids on Social Security fraud and identity theft charges.
Federal prosecutors say 69-year-old Ronald Dwaine Carnes also faces a firearms possession charge.
The charges are contained in an indictment filed Tuesday.
Carnes, who's from Waterloo, appeared in court Thursday. He's in custody without bond. Trial is set for Sept. 22.
Prosecutors say he spent decades underground after escaping from a now-closed prison in Huntersville, North Carolina, in August 1973.
Carnes is alleged to have lived under the identities of two 5-year-old boys who died in the 1940s.
He faces a maximum prison term of 34 years if convicted.
Dubuque bridge across Mississippi could open early
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa transportation officials say repairs to the Julien Dubuque Bridge are ahead of schedule, and the span across the Mississippi River could reopen sooner than expected.
The bridge, which connects Dubuque, Iowa, and East Dubuque, Illinois, closed Monday and was scheduled to reopen July 31.
However, Iowa Department of Transportation engineer Hugh Holak told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald that good weather and the threat of stiff penalties for missing a 10-day deadline have resulted in quick work by contractor PCiRoads, of St. Michael, Minnesota.
Holak says he hopes the bridge will open "a couple days early."
The bridge work includes replacing deck joints and sealing a barrier rail.
Inmate fails to return to work release center
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Corrections says an inmate has escaped from a Des Moines work release center.
The agency says 26-year-old Abel Joshua Aguilar failed to return from his job to the Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility on Wednesday. He was transferred to the work release site in May.
Aguilar was convicted of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, theft and assault on a correctional employee. He began his sentence in June 2006. The offenses were committed in Polk and Webster counties.
Information about Aguilar should be reported to Des Moines police and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Montrose man dies in ATV accident at home
MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) - A southeast Iowa man has died in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl says 88-year-old Dale Carter lost control of the vehicle Wednesday while traveling on an incline as he was working in his yard. He was pinned beneath the vehicle after it rolled backward and landed on top of him.
The Keokuk Daily Gate City reports Carter, of rural Montrose, was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk.
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