BROOKLYN (AP) — The reward for the safe return of a missing University of Iowa student has ballooned to $260,000.
Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said Sunday that relatives of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts believe she's alive but has potentially been kidnapped. Spokesman Greg Willey says the family hopes the reward money will lead to her return.
Tibbetts went missing on July 18 from her small hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.
Investigators are being tight-lipped about the case, saying holding back basic details may help solve it. That includes saying whether they believe Tibbetts returned home from a jog the evening she went missing.
Willey says Crime Stoppers will protect the anonymity of tipsters who call in or submit tips online. He says the organization has shared more than 200 anonymous tips with law enforcement since Monday.
Iowa State Fair concession games to be inspected this week
DES MOINES (AP) — Personnel from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals will conduct an inspection of the Iowa State Fair concession games as the fair kicks off.
The inspections will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday. Staff from the Social & Charitable Gambling Unit will be checking the games to make sure they are appropriately licensed and conducted in a fair and honest manner.
State regulators make sure the object of each game is attainable and possible for the average person to perform. Inspectors also make sure that the rules of the game are clearly posted, the maximum base cost to play each game is not more than $5, and that all prizes are awarded in merchandise.
The Iowa State Fair starts Thursday and runs through Aug. 20.
No names of suspects, officers given in deadly Iowa shootout
OTTUMWA (AP) — A day after police in southeastern Iowa engaged in a deadly shootout that left one man dead and another seriously injured, authorities had not released the names of the suspects or officers involved.
The shootout happened Friday afternoon after police received a report of people with guns in an outdoor area near Liberty Elementary. Arriving officers say they encountered several suspects and that at least one of them fired at officers, who fired back, killing one suspect and injuring another who remained hospitalized Saturday. A third suspect was arrested quickly.
The Ottumwa Courier reports that a fourth suspect was arrested Friday evening after he was found hiding in a wooded area near Ottumwa.
No one else was injured in the shootout. Officials say two officers were treated for dehydration during the search for the fourth suspect.
Police have not released details about what led the suspects to be armed near the school, which spent hours on lockdown Friday.
Keokuk officials consider development options for barge
KEOKUK (AP) — The future for a former casino barge remains uncertain as officials in southeastern Iowa talk of turning it into an event center, a boutique bed and breakfast or a floating mall with a restaurant.
A seven-member commission in Keokuk meets twice a month to discuss plans for the barge. City Administrator Cole O'Donnell said the barge could draw residents and visitors to the city's riverfront.
Newt Marine Service transported the barge last year from Davenport to Keokuk for about $200,000. The city only paid $1 for the barge itself, O'Donnell said.
O'Donnell said a developer wouldn't have to pay for the property itself, but would have to be able to repair and operate it. Water and power also need to be restored before commercial development can begin, he said. The barge previously belonged to the Rhythm City Casino.
Iowa man gets prison for causing fatal motorcycle crash
DES MOINES (AP) — A central Iowa man who fatally hit a Des Moines motorcyclist in 2016 and fled the scene has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Television station KCCI reports that 67-year-old Jack Janda was sentenced in a Polk County courtroom Friday. He had earlier entered an Alford plea to vehicular homicide by reckless driving in the death of motorcyclist 57-year-old Joseph Davis of Des Moines. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped charges of vehicular homicide by operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Police say Janda swerved his pickup around Davis' motorcycle at the end of a construction zone, causing the bike to hit another vehicle.