Iowa man suffocated baby
NEVADA — Prosecutors say a central Iowa man charged in the death of his 2-month-old daughter killed the baby by placing pillows on her face.
The Des Moines Register reports that 29-year-old Calvin Curtis White, of Nevada, has been charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death after his daughter was found not breathing Jan. 29 and later died. Police also say they found a recorded message on White’s phone in which he said he killed the infant by placing pillows on her face to keep from hearing her cry.
Police say White was the sole caregiver of his daughter at the time of her death.
White remains in the Story County Jail on a $1 million bond. His public defender did not immediately return a phone message Thursday seeking comment.
Legionella bacteria found
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State officials say preliminary test results show legionella bacteria have been found in the Illinois State Capitol complex.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register says the Illinois Secretary of State’s office sent a memo Wednesday saying there were four positive readings for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease out of more than 300 water tests done throughout the 14-building complex.
Legionnaires’ is a severe form of pneumonia caused by water-borne bacteria. State officials say they’re draining and disinfecting areas with positive test results and they’ve instituted a water flushing program to get fresh water running through pipes and fixtures.
State officials say they’re not aware of any Legionnaires’ disease reports among state employees or the public. The Illinois Department of Public Health says the complex is safe for employees to go to work.
Business building destroyed by fire
DUBUQUE — Firefighters in Eastern Iowa say no one was hurt in an overnight fire that destroyed a Dubuque commercial building.
Firefighters called to the Link Hydraulic building found the structure fully engulfed in flames when they arrived just after 4 a.m. Thursday.
Firefighters called for backup from nearby fire departments to help control the blaze, as crews also battled sub-freezing temperatures and snow.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters warned motorists to use caution traveling on Highway 20 eastbound running past the business while crews were still on the scene.
Former bank VP pleads guilty
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — A former vice president of a northern Illinois bank has pleaded guilty to embezzling almost $500,000 from the bank.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Illinois’ central district says 70-year-old Paul Lindsey admitted he embezzled at least $491,000 from Farmers National Bank in Geneseo between 2008 and 2016.
Lindsey was a vice president and trust officer at the bank. Prosecutors say he was able to transfer funds from customers’ accounts to his own retirement account. They say the bank cooperated in the FBI investigation.
Lindsey entered a guilty plea Wednesday to one count of bank embezzlement. He’s free on bond awaiting a June 7 sentencing hearing in federal court in Rock Island.
He faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
Des Moines City Hall to be ready for workers by end of month
DES MOINES (AP) — Workers are set to move back into the newly renovated Des Moines City Hall by the end of the month.
The Des Moines Register reports that city clerk’s office will be the first to reopen at City Hall on Feb. 26. Other offices will return each week until the transition is completed on April 2.
City Hall has been closed since June 2016 as the 108-year-old building underwent a $5.5 million renovation to replace outdated heating and cooling systems and add fire sprinklers.
A city spokeswoman says the Des Moines City Council will hold its first meeting in the historic council chambers on April 9 since moving out.