Tours show off $322M Iowa-Illinois bridge construction

BETTENDORF (AP) — Iowa Department of Transportation officials are giving tours of the $322 million bridge being built to connect Bettendorf to Moline, Illinois.

Danielle Alvarez is project manager of the new Interstate 74 bridge. Alvarez said she recently led a tour aboard a ferryboat on the Mississippi River for residents interested in the bridge construction. Alvarez covered the planning, design and ongoing buildout of the bridge featuring two four-lane spans.

The bridge is a primary piece of the $1.2 billion Interstate 74 corridor project.

Residents reserved their seats on the tour months in advance. The tour organized by River Action Inc. has become a popular attraction. River Action Program Manager Laura Morris said the group added four additional outings in September, which sold out in about a week.

Iowa legislative candidate jailed on harassment charges

CLIVE (AP) — A Libertarian candidate for the Iowa Legislature has been arrested and jailed on harassment charges.

The Des Moines Register reports that 39-year-old Chad Roye Brewbaker, of Clive, was jailed Friday afternoon after police say he repeatedly ignored a court order to stop all communication with a woman. Brewbaker remained in the Polk County Jail on Saturday and couldn't be reached for comment.

Brewbaker is running for the Iowa House District 43 seat, which includes the cities of Windsor Heights and Clive.

It's not Brewbaker's first harassment case. Court records show that in 2009, he was convicted of third-degree harassment for harassing a female student while he was a graduate assistant at Iowa State University. In 2010, Brewbaker was given a one-year suspension from Iowa State.

Officials: Iowa man attacked in July has died from injuries

DECORAH (AP) — Authorities say a Decorah man severely injured in an attack in July has died from his injuries.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office tells the Courier that 46-year-old David Hansen was injured in an attack on July 12. He died Thursday.

A man and a teenager have been charged. Officials say 18-year-old Dalton Adam and a 17-year-old boy, both of Decorah, were arrested after the assault. Officials say they currently face charges of attempted murder, but those charges could be upgraded in the wake of Hansen's death.

The Associated Press generally does not name juveniles charged with crimes.

Court records say someone called 911 to report the attack, and deputies and medics found Hansen severely beaten with a bloody and swollen face.

Mason City man dies after falling into Rockwell grain bin

ROCKWELL (AP) — Authorities say a Mason City man died has died after falling into a grain bin at Five Star Co-op in Rockwell.

The Globe Gazette reports that the incident happened Friday morning. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office has identified the man as 56-year-old Jeffrey Alan Sprague.

Investigators say employees discovered Sprague was missing sometime after 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Authorities searched the property. Official say the grain was removed from the bin, uncovering Sprague's body.

Officials say the investigation will continue through the state Medical Examiner's Office.