IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Supreme Court justice has taken the unusual step of temporarily ordering the state's largest newspaper not to publish the contents of court records legally obtained by one of its reporters. The Des Moines Register says the order from Justice David Wiggins is an unconstitutional prior restraint on press freedom, and is asking the court to lift the injunction. The Iowa Freedom of Information Council on Friday called the order extraordinary and "very troubling."
ELLSTON, Iowa (AP) - Bargain hunters beware! A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners' land. Roger and Linda Dolecheck say in a Craigslist ad that the Ringgold County home will be torn down this winter if no one takes up their offer. The Des Moines Register reports that the Dolechecks have been trying for years for sell the house where they raised their four children.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A jury has convicted a Des Moines resident of murder in the shooting death of a man during a planned drug deal in the city's Beaverdale neighborhood. The Des Moines Register reports a jury Friday found 26-year-old Larry Deandre Ratliff Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of 36-year-old Antonio Quinn. He also was convicted of attempting to commit murder in the shooting of Quinn's cousin. Ratliff will be sentenced Jan. 2. First-degree murder carries a life sentence in Iowa.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Council Bluffs police say they have obtained a murder warrant for a man suspected in the death of another man whose body was found by a resident walking his dog. The Daily Nonpareil newspaper reports police on Friday say investigators obtained the first-degree murder warrant for 43-year-old Michael J. Thacker in the death of 34-year-old David S. Simpson. Both men were described as being transients. A man walking his dog found Simpson's body Monday morning in a grassy area near a warehouse.
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