Two Oelwein police officers have been cleared of accusations that they used excessive force in an arrest. Oelwein resident Steven Radloff had claimed that officers Jesse Paul and Curt Wilkenson used excessive force when they arrested him during and incident at his home in May. Radloff says he suffered a permanent injury to his neck. Oelwein police had received a complaint of a loud party at Radloff’s house and allegedly found juveniles there drinking beer. Officers told the jury that Radloof resisted arrest. The jury sided with the officers.
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A high-speed chase in Coralville yesterday ended on school grounds, with gunshots fired on the edge of school property and a suspect killed. Police started chasing a man on a motorcycle in a residential area, but the pursuit ended up on a foot trail behind an elementary school. Third and fourth graders were playing outside behind the school when cops called school officials and told them to get the kids inside. Superintendent Lane Plugge. Plugge says that school building — and all schools in the area — immediately went into lock-down mode. Students got out of school at their normal time, but parents had to come to the door to get them. Coralville cops haven’t released the name of the man who was killed or the reason for the high-speed pursuit.
An autopsy is scheduled for today on the body of a suspected murder victim found floating in a lake just north of Des Moines. An off-duty Iowa State trooper was boating on Saylorville Lake near the Sandpiper Recreation Area when he discovered the body about 8 last night. Investigators say it -is- suspected the man was victim of foul play, adding, there was strong evidence he’d been killed by someone else. The case is being treated as a homicide. The Polk County Sheriff says the man was Hispanic, he was fully clothed and was carrying identification, but no name has been released.
Triple-A predicts travel this Labor Day weekend will be the heaviest since 1995 with most of the 33-million people traveling by car. That’s good news for Iowa events, attractions and businesses according to Iowa Tourism office director Nancy Landess. This week, Landess attended the Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations national conference in Asheville, North Carolina, where the Iowa Travel Guide was named the nation’s best travel marketing piece. It’s the third time in four years the publication received the honor. Landess says “Research shows that more than half of the people who receive a Travel Guide actually make a trip to Iowa. These people have a huge impact on our state’s economy by spending money on lodging, fuel, entertainment and food.”Landess says the guide is a handy item for both Iowans and out-of-staters.The state tourism office creates the 176-page publication every year and distributes 300-thousand copies to interested travelers around the world. Copies of the Iowa Travel Guide are available by calling 800-345-IOWA or by visiting “www.traveliowa.com”.
A facility will be dedicated at 10:30 this morning in Cedar Falls that plays a big role in keeping Iowa’s roadsides bursting with beautiful flowers and prairie grasses. The Native Roadside Vegetation Center on the University of Northern Iowa campus is where all sorts of time-tested Iowa plant species are grown and the seeds are used statewide. Daryl Smith the center’s director says the center runs several interwoven programs designed to restore Iowa prairie and bring native grasses and flowers back to Iowa’s roadsides. Smith says it’s vital to preserve the few remnants of the state’s once-wide prairielands. Iowa had 28-million acres of tall-grass prairie before the state was settled and now it’s down to about one-tenth of one-percent of that, fewer than 28-thousand acres scattered statewide. He says the native flowers and grasses grown at U-N-I which are doled out statewide are the best plants for our soil.Smith says those species had ten-thousand years or more to adapt to our environment and are more capable of out-competing other invasive weeds, lowering maintenance requirements, less mowing and fewer herbicides are needed, saving money and protecting the environment. The native plant program was initiated at U-N-I in the early 1970s. The new building, being dedicated today, spans ten-thousand feet alongside 35 acres for the crops.
A jury has sided with a West Des Moines company in its trade secret skirmish with a giant in the home appliance industry, awarding Demco, Incorporated one million dollars in damages. Demco sued Frigidaire, arguing the appliance maker breached a five-year contract on a part Demco supplied to Frigidaire. Scott Long, Demco’s lawyer, says the part at the center of the legal dispute is a “concrete counterweight.” Long says the part fits around the tub of a front-loading washer and provides weight and stability to the machine so it doesn’t shake during the spin cycle. Long says the two companies worked together to redesign the shell into which the concrete is poured, and Demco alleged Frigidaire gave the design to one of its competitors. The trial lasted six days. Long says it was a “relatively complicated commercial case” with a lot of witnesses and a lot of exhibits. Long says Demco and Frigidaire’s business relationship ended when the lawsuit was filed. Washing machines equipped with the part the two companies feuded over are made at a plant in Webster City.
Another use for one of Iowa’s biggest crops is making corn oil, though it’s high in saturated fat. New varieties being planted today may improve on that, and offer cooking oils that promise better heart health. Sue Duvick at the U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service in Ames helped develop the new strains of corn.She says most corn-oil on the market today comes from a genetically narrow selection of “germ plasm” and bringing in more genes expands that genetic base and gives more varieties they can choose from to breed plants with a lower fatty-acid content. Duvick and two other scientists who did the work have planted test plots and tested lab samples, and now they’re applying for patents and looking for commercial partners. The research and development part’s just wrapped up and now scientists in Ames can work with a seed company, or license it themselves. The scientists used genes from gama grass, a primitive relative of corn, to produce a grain with a higher content of oleic acid, a component that’s credited for lowering saturated fat and blood cholesterol.
Experts says driving too fast can waste gas, but it can also cost you in another way this Labor Day weekend. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Lieutenant Robert Hansen says they’ll have 80 extra troopers on the roadways this weekend.He says they’re participating in the federal “Operation Care” or combined accident reduction program — which provides money to bring troopers in from their day off. Hansen says the troopers will look to keep the roadways safe.He says they’ll look for the violations that are most know to cause accidents, such as excessive speed and unsafe passing. Hansen says troopers aren’t the only ones watching — motorists with cell phones give troopers lots of tips about bad drivers. He says drinking and driving is also a concern. He says last year there were two fatal accidents during Labor Day, and both involved alcohol. He says there was a total of four alcohol-related accidents statewide. The extra troopers hit the road this afternoon (Friday), and will patrol the highways through Monday.
The U-N-I womens’ soccer team opens its season tomorrow at the Texas-El Paso tournament. All 11 starters are back from last year’s team that posted a 5-13-1 record. Panther coach Linda Whitehead is anxious to start the season to see how the players handle adversity.A pair of freshmen, Amy Rasmussen from Cedar Falls and Ann Caley from Waterloo Columbus, are expected to add scoring punch.U-N-I plays Louisiana-Monoroe on Friday and Centenary on Saturday.
New Drake basketball coach Tom Davis gets an early look at his team this weekend when the Bulldogs leave for a three-game trip to Cancun, Mexico. The Bulldogs have been practicing for just more than a week to get ready and Davis wants to get a look at the entire 15-man roster. He says it works best if he keeps an open mind through the trip before deciding who’ll be the starters. Davis plans on starting three different lineups on the trip so everyone gets a good look from him before fall practice starts. He says players will know after this trip what they need to work on to get better. One newcomer that has impressed the coaches is a walk-on. Pete Eggers was an All-Stater at Dubuque Wahlert and spent the past two seasons at Kirkwood. Eggers is a pre-law walkon who Davis says can play.Drake will play two games on Saturday and one more on Sunday to complete the trip.