Burlington man found guilty of murder in wife's shooting
BURLINGTON -- A Burlington man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the August 2012 shooting death of his wife.
The Burlington Hawk Eye reported that a jury found Chico Newman, 39, guilty on Friday. His attorney, Curtis Dial, said he will appeal the verdict. A conviction of first-degree murder in Iowa carries an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.
Newman fatally shot Crystal Newman, 32, during an argument at their Burlington home on Aug. 9, 2012.
Authorities: Elderly man killed in Urbandale house fire
URBANDALE -- Authorities said firefighters in central Iowa have found an 88-year-old man dead while fighting a house fire in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines.
The Des Moines Register reported that crews were called to the fire around 3:30 a.m. Saturday by a neighbor.
Urbandale Fire Chief Jerry Holt said that firefighters soon found the man, who had died as a result of the fire. No one else was in the home.
The man's name has not yet been released. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Civil War flags destroyed because of damage
DES MOINES -- Eight Civil War flags in Iowa's historical museum collection have been destroyed after officials determined they were too damaged by mold and sewage to salvage.
The Des Moines Register reported that the 12-inch square flags were thought to be those of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Civil War veterans.
Officials said the damage occurred more than 25 years ago, before the state moved its historical collections from the basement of an old building into a new building in Des Moines.
State officials held on to the flags for decades before deciding they were too badly damaged to have any value.
New wing of treatment facility set to take in inmates
SIOUX CITY -- A new wing at Sioux City's Residential Treatment Facility is now poised to begin taking in inmates.
The Sioux City Journal reported that once 11 residential officers are hired and trained, the 42 beds of the Linn A. Hall Center will begin to fill, bringing the facility's capacity to 99 inmates.
Steve Scholl, director of corrections for the center's district in northwest Iowa, said he hopes to have them hired by early October.
The addition sat empty last year because the state budget didn't include funding 14 staff positions. In May, the Iowa Legislature approved $867,000 to hire staff.
Worker critically injured in 23-foot fall at work site
HULL -- A worker critically injured in a northwest Iowa construction accident remains in a South Dakota hospital intensive care unit.
Sioux County deputies told the Sioux City Journal that Raul Robles, 28, of Hawarden, was installing rafters on a project in Hull on Friday when he fell from a platform about 23 feet onto a concrete floor.
Robles was taken by ambulance to a nearby rural hospital and later flown to Avery McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.