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Work release escapee charged with sexual assault

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man sentenced to five years in prison for pulling a gun on a woman in Iowa City last year and who escaped from work release has been charged with attempting to sexually assault a 15-year-old girl.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports ( ) 25-year-old Anthony Kendricks was reported to police by the girl's grandmother on Aug. 5 after she found him and the girl in a bedroom.

He is in the Johnson County Jail charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Last year Kendricks was charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon after grabbing a woman and pulling a gun on her outside the county administration building on April 24, 2013.

He has been on escape status since April.

Online court records list no attorney for him.


Iowa women charged with dependent adult abuse

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) - Two women responsible for the care of a woman with a seizure disorder who was immobile and unable to speak have been charged with dependent adult abuse.

The Omaha World-Herald reports ( ) Lisa Kay Moody died at age 51 on Nov. 16 of pneumonia.

Fremont County Attorney James Burger says Moody had serious bedsores that reflected inadequate care.

Burger says he has charged 72-year old JoAnn Clark, a home care provider, and 54-year-old Tamara O'Neil, a nurse advising Clark on Moody's care. Clark's trial is scheduled for late this month and O'Neil's is in October.

Both say they're not guilty.

Clark's attorney, Corey Becker of Sidney, says his client cared very much for Moody after caring for her for years and she will be exonerated.

O'Neil's attorney declined to comment.


Iowa State football off to another awful start

AMES, Iowa (AP) - One of the defining qualities of Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is his ability to generate optimism in lieu of success.

It's going to be tough to keep selling hope after another awful start.

The Cyclones (0-1) didn't just drop their first game for the second year in a row. They fell at home, 34-14, to North Dakota State - an FCS program with 22 fewer scholarships, a new coach and a new quarterback.

Considering what lies ahead for the Cyclones in the coming weeks, starting Saturday against Kansas State (1-0), Rhoads' stated goal of a bowl win this season already seems a bit out of reach.


Missouri Valley neighborhood evacuated

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) - Residents of a neighborhood in Missouri Valley have been evacuated after water from the overflowing Boyer River broke through a levee.

The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports ( ) residents in the southeast corner of the city were asked to leave their homes after the levee breach occurred at around 7 a.m. Monday about two miles east of Missouri Valley near U.S. Highway 30.

Residents on four streets have been evacuated as of noon.

Mayor Clint Sargent says the area is not heavily populated and officials are monitoring the situation.

Missouri Valley has a population of about 2,700. It's located about 24 miles north of Council Bluffs.


Muscatine man hospitalized after fall from boat

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A Muscatine man has been hospitalized with a leg injury after he fell from a boat in the Mississippi River.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 33-year-old Matt Peterson was struck in the leg by a boat motor propeller after falling from the boat into the river west of Fairport at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Peterson was taken to a hospital in Davenport by ambulance and later transported by helicopter to University Hospitals in Iowa City.

A hospital spokeswoman says she has no information to release on his condition.

DNR officers are investigating the accident.


Storms roll through Midwest with strong winds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A storm spotter remains hospitalized in Sioux City after lightning struck him as storms moved across several Midwest states Sunday night leaving power outages, trees down and campers overturned.

Hardest hit in Iowa was the Denison area where Crawford County Emergency Management Director Gregory Miller says five travel trailers were overturned at Yellow Smoke Park. No injuries were reported.

Miller says winds of at least 70 miles an hour knocked down trees and blew down outbuildings on two farms.

Denison and areas to the south saw flash flooding from heavy rain.

In Nebraska, Omaha officials rescued eight people from the fast-moving Elkhorn River and some buildings were damaged by strong winds.

In Kansas City, the Indians-Royals game was suspended due to rain.


No talks set as CHI Health-Blue Cross pact expires

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A contract between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and Catholic Health Initiatives' UniNet has expired, and officials say no negotiations have been scheduled.

UniNet represents CHI Health facilities across Nebraska. The contract expired Monday, so people who visit doctors or hospitals in Nebraska associated with the CHI Health network will have to pay more if they have insurance from Blue Cross. CHI Health's Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, should not be directly affected, but Iowa residents with Blue Cross policies who seek treatment in Nebraska would be.

Blue Cross says CHI Health charges 10 to 30 percent more than other Omaha hospitals. CHI Health says those figures are misleading and it believes its total cost of treatment is lower.


Mason City man sent to mental health facility

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Mason City man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of his father is being sent to the state's Cherokee Mental Health Institute.

On Friday Judge Gregg Rosenbladt ruled that 43-year-old Thomas Barlas Jr. should be sent to the institute, which provides inpatient treatment and care. Rosenbladt had ruled Aug. 6 that Barlas' psychotic episode in his father's home rendered him incapable of comprehending right from wrong. Barlas was charged with first-degree murder in the July 2013 slaying.

A psychiatrist who evaluated Barlas on Aug. 15 says Barlas suffers from a schizoaffective disorder, a bipolar disorder, extreme psychosis, mania and paranoia. The psychiatrist says Barlas poses a danger to himself and others.

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