CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Authorities say two drivers have died in a three-vehicle collision involving a car driving south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 380 in Cedar Rapids.
Police say several people called 911 about the car around 9:10 p.m. Monday. Officers soon found the collision wreckage.
The driver headed the wrong way was identified as 69-year-old Robert Norton Jr., who lived in Iowa City. The driver killed in one of the two northbound vehicles was identified as 28-year-old Jennifer Koenighain, who lived in Cedar Rapids.
Two people in the second northbound vehicle were taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Police didn't release their names.
The collision is being investigated.
Iowa county asks cities to pitch in amid jail closure
INDIANOLA (AP) — A central Iowa county is seeking help from cities to pay for trailers to temporarily house inmates after its jail closes later this week.
The Warren County Board of Supervisors will ask city managers in Indianola, Norwalk and Carlisle to help cover the costs of the proposed trailers, the Des Moines Register reported. The Warren County Jail was ordered to close Feb. 2 after years of problems, including inmate escapes, mold and inadequate water supplies and food storage.
Iowa code says counties must "pay the costs of the board and care of the prisoners in the county jail." But County Supervisor Dean Yordi said he doesn't believe the trailers are entirely the county's cost.
Sheriff Brian Vos told supervisors Monday that the trailers will cost about $18,400 per month. Vos said they'd be used to spare deputies and police departments from driving to another county to drop off inmates between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Yordi also said he's been considering two new sites for the county to purchase for a new jail.
The county's construction firm, DCI Group, and the company engineering the proposed jail, Shive-Hattery, told the board they'll need two to three weeks after the county purchases land to finalize renderings and costs for a new jail.
"There has been a lot of conversation about what this is going to look like and how it's going to affect my neighborhood," said Mike Lewis, a Shive-Hattery official. "Once we get that imagery, I find it will be complementary to wherever it will be. Barbed wire fence will not be on this project. It will be a building that looks like every other government building."
Autopsy: Driver shot by police died from gunshot wound
ROCK FALLS, Ill. (AP) — Preliminary autopsy results show that a driver fatally shot by a northern Illinois police officer during a traffic stop died from a gunshot wound.
Sauk Valley Media reports that Whiteside County Coroner Joe McDonald says 43-year-old Nathaniel T. "Nate" Edwards of Sterling was pronounced dead about an hour after the Friday night shooting. Toxicology results are pending. Rock Falls police say Edwards put the car in reverse and accelerated toward the officer following a "lengthy pursuit."
Edwards' niece, Melanie Ruff, says she believes her uncle didn't have a weapon and didn't pose a threat serious enough to warrant use of deadly force.
The Illinois State Police Integrity Task Force is investigating. The officer wasn't identified and is on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.