Iowa utility: Project means wind will meet customer demand

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa-based utility is proposing a massive wind turbine project that would be the nation's first investor-owned electric utility to generate all of its customer demand from wind energy.

Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy said Wednesday that it's submitting its proposal for a $922 million wind project to the Iowa Utilities Board. The utility says the project would generate 591 megawatts of power, or enough electricity to power 2.4 million homes.

If approved, the proposal would mark MidAmerican's 12th wind project.

MidAmerican is a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway. It already has 2,189 wind turbines on 27 wind farms in Iowa, producing 4,400 megawatts of power.

If the latest project is approved and completed, the utility's total investment in wind will total more than $12 billion. The project is slated for completion in late 2020.

3rd inmate pleads guilty to jail attack on 2 guards

BURLINGTON (AP) — A man already given a life sentence for murder in Iowa has pleaded guilty to assaulting two guards in the Des Moines County Jail in Burlington.

Court records show Jorge Sanders-Galvez, of St. Louis, entered pleas Tuesday to willful injury and to assault on a correctional officer. He's scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Sanders-Galvez was given a life sentence for his role in killing a gender-fluid Burlington teenager, Kedarie Johnson.

The two officers were attacked Dec. 10 by Sanders-Galvez and two other inmates. Court records say the two other inmates, Earl Booth-Harris and Bobby Morris, also pleaded guilty. Each was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years.

Booth-Harris is serving a life sentence in a different slaying.

Former insurance agent accused of fraud gets probation

DES MOINES (AP) — A former insurance agent in Polk County accused of fraud has been given two years of probation.

Court records show 39-year-old Nicholas Menough, of Grimes, last week pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft, identity theft and fraudulent practice. He also was given a suspended prison sentence of six years and was told to pay restitution. The amount's not yet been determined.

Prosecutors say Menough falsified insurance policy applications and altered financial documents related to the sale of insurance policies. Prosecutors say the scheme reaped him more than $10,000 in advance commission payments and bonuses.

Carbon monoxide suspected in apartment resident's death

NEWTON (AP) — Authorities say a man has been found dead in a central Iowa apartment building that had high levels of carbon monoxide.

Firefighters evacuated the Meadowbrook Apartments in Newton on Monday after several high readings were recorded. The man's body was found in the apartment with the highest level of carbon monoxide. Newton Fire Chief Jarrod Wellik says the cause of the man's death will be determined by an autopsy.

Welliks says no one else was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. The cause of the gas buildup was unclear.

The man's name hasn't been released.