CEDAR FALLS (AP) — A steam leak at a University of Northern Iowa dining hall has killed a maintenance worker.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the employee died Monday morning while working on malfunctioning equipment at the Rialto dining center on the Cedar Falls campus.
University spokesman Aaron Clingingsmith says the employee was testing a steam distribution service, which heats water for the center's dining service. The dining hall had been closed since last week because of problems and was being brought back online.
The worker, who wasn't immediately identified, was a UNI employee in the maintenance department. No one else was injured.
Iowa boy who wanted racing stickers for his casket dies
OSKALOOSA (AP) — An 11-year-old Iowa boy who wanted racing stickers to cover his casket has died.
Michael Sytsma, of Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa, says Caleb Hammond died Monday. He declined to say where.
Caleb's stepmother, Kaylee Hammond, posted a photo of the boy on her Facebook page and said in a post Saturday that he had taken a turn for the worse Friday.
His family brought him home to Oskaloosa, about 55 miles southeast of Des Moines, after determining the painful leukemia treatments he'd been undergoing at a Des Moines hospital weren't working and other options offered little hope.
Race drivers and others answered his call for the stickers, and he was even given a chance to drive a race car at a local track, under the guidance of a 12-year-old racer.
Judge won't order hearing on 'stand your ground' defense
DES MOINES (AP) — A judge has refused to set a pretrial hearing for a man who says Iowa's "stand your ground" law protects him from prosecution for a fatal bar fight in a Des Moines suburb.
The Des Moines Register reports that Judge Scott Rosenberg ruled last week that Rodney Henricksen must wait until trial to show his actions were justified.
Henricksen has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the Jan. 18 death of Joshua Sadlon, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Henricksen's motion for the hearing says Henricksen was defending himself from an intoxicated and aggressive Sadlon at the Urbandale bar.
The law says a person doesn't have to retreat before using deadly force if he or she reasonably thinks his or her life is being threatened.
Rosenberg said in his ruling that the law doesn't provide a procedure for determining when someone is eligible for immunity.
Sheriff's detective gets probation for punching man in bar
DES MOINES (AP) — A Polk County sheriff's detective and his girlfriend have been given a year of probation for their roles in an Ankeny bar fracas.
Court records say John Negrete and Tereasa Sunberg also were given deferred judgments at their sentencings Friday. That means their convictions can be removed from court records if they complete their probation terms.
The two were convicted in July of assault causing injury.
Authorities say Negrete punched an Ankeny firefighter, Ross Frank, and Sunberg punched Frank's wife, Danielle.
Negrete and Sunberg say Frank groped Sunberg at the Clipper bar the night of Sept. 8 before the fracas. Frank denied the accusation. Prosecutors say Negrete was off-duty when he punched the firefighter in the mouth and under his left eye.
Former food bank employee accused of embezzling nearly $35K
DES MOINES (AP) — A former Food Bank of Iowa employee has been accused of stealing nearly $35,000 while working for the nonprofit.
Polk County court records say 31-year-old Lauren Phillips is charged with theft, identity theft, forgery and other crimes. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.
The records say she used the CEO's identity and that of several vendors to create and issue checks to herself, while using fake invoices to enter those checks into records as valid payments.
Agency says Iowa native identified among Pearl Harbor dead
MONONA (AP) — U.S. officials have identified the remains of a sailor killed in the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor as those of an Iowa native.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that the remains of Navy Fireman 3rd Class Robert J. Bennett were accounted for on Aug. 13.
The 18-year-old Bennett was born in Monona. The agency says he was aboard the USS Oklahoma when Japanese aircraft attacked the battleship and other ships at the Honolulu base. His remains and those of other unidentified Pearl Harbor casualties ended up at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Agency personnel began removing those remains from the cemetery in 2015, and his were identified using DNA tests and other evidence.
The agency says Bennett's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the cemetery. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
Anglers concerned over Iowa fish-monitoring station closure
ONAWA (AP) — Anglers are concerned that they will have less information about fish populations and habitat after an Iowa agency closes its only fish-monitoring station on the Missouri River.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing Tuesday at the Lewis and Clark State Park Visitor Center to discuss its plans for the Missouri River Monitoring Station, The Sioux City Journal reported.
The closure is necessary due to budget cuts, officials said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reimbursements have dropped to between 20 percent and 30 percent of the monitoring station's roughly $200,000 budget, said Chris Larson, the DNR's western Iowa regional fisheries supervisor at the Southwest Regional Office.
"We've been doing more with less for years, and we have more pressing needs in other parts of the state," Larson said. "We can't do everything. I wish we could."
The agency plans to reassign two permanent monitoring station positions to other locations in eastern Iowa by Oct. 5.
Onawa fisherman Matt Sorenson said he's concerned anglers will have less information about the area's fish after the station closes.
"I was upset because we weren't going to have any representation for this part of the state on the Missouri River," he said. "It's not just this one little area, it's the whole Iowa-Nebraska border."
David Weidt, a former Monona County Conservation ranger, said it's important to have researchers studying the river, particularly with the growth of the invasive Asian carp population.
"I think this is a horrible time for us to be pulling resources away from monitoring them," he said. "We need eyes and ears in the field from the Missouri River."