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Woman’s body found near smashed truck

SHELLSBURG (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found near a stolen truck that had crashed north of Shellsburg.

The truck was stolen Sunday in Benton County. Two men who were examining the truck after it was found soon noticed blood on a door handle and then saw a blood trail away from the truck. They followed the blood and found the woman’s body.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as 25-year-old Sabrina Christine Hustad. The results of an autopsy are pending.

Police: Suspected gunman kills himself after incident

DAVENPORT (AP) — A man fired several shots inside a building in eastern Iowa before he killed himself in the parking lot of a second location, police said Monday.

The Bettendorf Police Department says two people received minor injuries in the afternoon shooting, but they were not gunshot wounds. Additional information was not released.

Bettendorf police spokeswoman Lauran Haldeman said police in neighboring Davenport first responded to reports of shots fired at a law firm around 2 p.m.

Several shots were fired in the building and two people received minor injuries. Police arrived within minutes, according to Haldeman, but the suspect had left the scene.

Minutes later, reports came in of shots fired at a second location. A man matching the description of the suspect was spotted standing in the parking lot of another business. He saw officers and fired one round into his head, Haldeman said. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No additional injuries were reported at the second location.

Authorities didn’t release the name of the man or information about what led to the shooting.

White House lauds Iowa, Nebraska ‘climate-smart’ farmers

DES MOINES (AP) — Two Nebraska farmers and one from Iowa have been recognized by the White House for their efforts to support the government’s sustainable and climate-smart agriculture program.

A statement from the White House Monday credits Keith Berns, of Bladen, Nebraska, with educating farmers and ranchers about the importance of soil health and carbon sequestration.

Martin Kleinschmit, of Hartington, Neb., an organic grain and cattle farmer, mentored others through a four-year program that enrolled 60,000 Nebraska acres in a USDA organic transition program.

Timothy Smith of Eagle Grove, Iowa, who grows soybeans, corn and cover crops on his family’s Century Farm, was recognized for his work with the Iowa Soybean Association and other groups to implement new farming methods designed to strengthen soil health and improve water quality.

Authorities: Ohio man sought in mom’s slaying caught in Iowa

DOWS (AP) — An Ohio man sought in connection with his mother’s death has been captured after a traffic stop in northern Iowa.

The Iowa Public Safety Department said in a news release Monday that 34-year-old Burley Blankenship was stopped by an Iowa State Patrol officer around 10:20 a.m. Sunday near Dows in northern Iowa. The officer says Blankenship was driving north on Interstate 35 at nearly 100 mph. He’s being held at the Hamilton County Jail in Webster City.

The patrol says Blankenship is wanted by Ohio authorities who are investigating the slaying of his mother, 54-year-old Chrisann Blankenship. Relatives found her body in a house on Saturday.

Indiana media exec. will lead Q-C Times

DAVENPORT (AP) — Lee Enterprises has named a media executive from Indiana as the publisher of the Quad-City Times in Davenport. Lee announced Monday that it has promoted Deborah Anselm to publisher of the Quad-City Times, replacing Greg Veon who retired after nearly 40 years with Lee.

Anselm will shift from her current position as general manager of northwest Indiana’s Times Media Company, publisher of The Times in Munster, Indiana.

Anselm has held leadership positions at the company for 15 years.

She is a 1987 graduate of Indiana University. She and her husband, Scott, have three children.

Davenport-based Lee Enterprises operates 46 daily newspapers and has a joint interest in four others.

Davenport police: Woman died after street racers hit vehicle

DAVENPORT (AP) — Davenport authorities say a woman has died after street racers struck the vehicle in which she was a passenger.

The collision occurred around 4:20 p.m. Sunday. Police say witnesses reported that two cars were speeding west down Kimberly Road when they struck a vehicle that was turning east onto Kimberly from a business on the north side of the street. Police say the woman and two other people in that vehicle were taken to a Davenport hospital, where the woman died. Her name hasn’t been released.

One of the car drivers and a passenger also were taken to the hospital. The other car driver was not injured.

Authorities say charges are pending against both drivers.

Man charged in shooting of 2 men outside Ankeny restaurant

ANKENY (AP) — A 36-year-old man has been charged in the shooting of two men outside of a restaurant in Ankeny.

Gabriel Coco was charged with two counts of willful injury in the Saturday shooting outside of a McDonald’s. Authorities say two 18-year-old men were arguing with Coco about poor behavior in the restaurant around 10:30 p.m. when the suspect shot the men. The men were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

Police say Coco left the restaurant in a car but turned himself in to authorities about 30 minutes later.

It was not immediately clear if Coco has an attorney. An investigation is ongoing.

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