Ex-Iowa player files suit over 'rhabdo' injuries
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - One of 13 Iowa football players hospitalized after a high-intensity workout in 2011 claims the university's negligence caused him physical and mental harm.
Former Hawkeye William Lowe filed a lawsuit Monday against the university. It says the team's coaches and trainers failed to properly supervise and monitor him during the workout and failed to offer prompt medical care after he and others reported severe pain.
The lawsuit says the team was negligent in "developing and implementing a dangerous improper training program."
Lowe and 12 others were diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis in the days after a Jan. 20, 2011 offseason workout at the start of winter training. Lowe spent several days in the hospital after being diagnosed with acute renal failure.
He's seeking unspecified monetary damages for pain and suffering.
Ottumwa man found guilty of 2nd degree murder
OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) - Jurors have found an Ottumwa man guilty of second-degree murder in the beating death of a man in 2011.
The Ottumwa Courier reports it took jurors only a couple hours Monday to reach the guilty verdict for Bobby Snow.
He was charged killing James McElroy in May 2011.
Prosecutor Laura Roan told jurors in her closing arguments that Snow didn't intend to kill McElroy, but he intended to injure him and that qualified as the malice needed for a second-degree murder conviction.
Roan noted "one right hook to the chin knocked him out cold. Knocked him out permanently."
Defense attorney Ron Danks told jurors many people involved in the incident were drunk and that the combination of alcohol and emotions can make people unpredictable.
Sentencing will be held later.
Judge to punish Iowa teen for killing grandparents
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) - A judge is considering whether an Iowa teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his grandparents should ever deserve another chance at freedom.
District Judge Michael Shubatt is expected to announce his sentence Tuesday for Isaiah Sweet in the May 2012 shooting deaths of Janet and Richard Sweet at their home in Manchester.
Sweet has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his legal guardians.
Those charges normally carry automatic prison sentences of life without parole. But because Sweet was 17 at the time, he may qualify for a lesser sentence under rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Iowa Supreme Court that require judges to consider whether juvenile offenders can be rehabilitated.
Sweet's defense has asked for a chance for parole after 25 years.
BULLIED COACHES QUIT
Bullied coaches quit in northeast Iowa district
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) - Bullying from some players' parents and other critics of the program have driven two girls basketball coaches away from their coaching jobs at district schools in the northeast Iowa city of Independence.
Assistant coach Rob Ratchford said Monday that he and head varsity coach Rod Conrad had endured too many menacing or irate phone calls before and after games. Ratchford says "there were threats made, you know, about wanting to fight and stuff like that."
Ratchford says he's happy with how the district handled the situation. District officials have declined to comment.
Ratchford and Conrad didn't immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Tuesday.
MALICIOUS PROSECUTION LAWSUIT
Former Iowa county worker loses lawsuit appeal
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former Cerro Gordo County employee has lost an appeal of the dismissal of her lawsuit alleging wrongful prosecution.
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made no comment Monday in upholding the decision of a U.S. magistrate judge.
Last June Judge Leonard Strand granted a county request to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Debra Perzynski. She said she was wrongly prosecuted on allegations that she tampered with timecards. Officials alleged she had repeatedly altered her timecards, resulting in $1,600 in overpayments. A judge dismissed the charge after ruling there was no proof she received compensation for time she did not work.
Strand had ruled that there was probable cause to charge Perzynski in 2010, even though the case was later dismissed for lack of evidence.
CLEAR LAKE PROJECT
Official says Clear Lake landed warehouse project
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - An official says Clear Lake has landed a regional warehouse and distribution center that could bring more than 160 jobs to the area.
The project would involve a Fortune 100 company that hasn't been formally announced.
Brent Willett is chief executive officer of the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corp., and he told a special session of the Clear Lake City Council on Monday that "we are a full-go with the company for this project." The council approved the purchase agreement for $1.62 million in bonds that will fund a 10-year forgivable loan from the city.
The company intends to build a 340,000-square-foot facility in the Clear Lake Industrial Park and employ at least 164 workers in the next few years at an average wage of $39,000 a year.
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