IA News Headlines: Fri., Feb. 17, 2012


February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police have issued an arrest warrant for a woman suspected of abducting of her 3-year-old son, which led to an Amber Alert. Twenty-two-year-old Melanie Stout is wanted for violation of a custodial order. The alert was issued early Thursday after Nicolas Jimmerson was not returned to his custodial guardian. The alert was canceled several hours later after he was found. Stout is the boy’s biological mother, but doesn’t have legal custody of him. Police are searching for Stout, who’s also wanted for leaving a correctional facility in Des Moines.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Marshalltown police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found at the city’s aquatic center. Police says the man’s body was found yesterday afternoon and an autopsy is pending.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Marshalltown police have arrested a man on arson charges in two recent fires. Police on Thursday charged 26-year-old Andrew Burke, of Marshalltown, with two counts of first-degree arson. He’s suspected in a Feb. 7 fire that destroyed a historic downtown building with a grocery store on the first floor and in a garage fire early Thursday.

MERRILL, Iowa (AP) —A man has been found dead outside a hog operation in Merrill in northwest Iowa. The Plymouth County sheriff’s office says 47-year-old James Dixson of Marcus was found unresponsive Tuesday night and died at the scene. The sheriff’s office says no foul play is suspected and an autopsy will determine a cause of death.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) —Penn State withstood a 3-point shooting barrage in the second half by Iowa’s Matt Gatens to hold on for a 69-64 victory last night. Gatens hit 5 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc in the second half. He scored 11 straight for the Hawkeyes at one point to help narrow a 16-point deficit to two with 2:40 left in State College. Gatens finished the road game with 21 points.