Man charged with murder in wrong-way driving crash death

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa man who court records say told an officer he was trying to kill himself by driving the wrong way on Interstate 80 has been charged with first-degree murder for the crash death of a Texas resident.

Iowa court records say 32-year-old Stephen Lucore also is charged with vehicular homicide, willful injury and serious injury by vehicle. Johnson County Jail records say Lucore remained in custody Monday, pending $1 million bail. His attorney didn't immediately return an Associated Press call.

The Iowa State Patrol says Lucore did not turn on his headlights the night of June 16 as he drove 80 mph eastbound in the westbound I-80 lanes between Tiffin and Oxford. Lucore collided with another car, fatally injuring its driver. He was identified as 31-year-old David Sawyer, who lived in Frisco, Texas. Two of his passengers were injured.

A court document says Lucore told a trooper that he was trying to kill himself by driving against traffic.

No charges against officer who shot man holding gun on woman

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A prosecutor says no charges will be filed against an officer who fatally shot a man who was holding a gun on a woman who later was charged with two Council Bluffs slayings.

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said Monday that Council Bluffs officer Paul Damrow fired the shot Wednesday that killed 28-year-old Troy Petersen, of Essex.

Council Bluffs Police Chief Tim Carmody said that, "in that moment, he took the shot to save a life."

Authorities say the woman, 44-year-old April Montello-Roberts, of Shenandoah, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Authorities say she and Petersen killed 52-year-old Jerrot Clark on Aug. 4 and 51-year-old Steven Carlson on Wednesday.

Authorities say Petersen was holding a gun on Montello-Roberts in the cab of a wrecked pickup truck when he was shot. The pickup carrying the two crashed during a pursuit in Council Bluffs.