Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., April 17, 2012


April 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Revenue has granted extensions for affected taxpayers in Fremont and Union counties, where tornadoes struck in Thurman and Creston on Saturday. Officials say taxpayers whose principal business or home was affected by the storms will have until June 30th to file quarterly sales and use tax and withholding returns for the first quarter. Affected taxpayers also will have until June 30th to file their 2011 Iowa income taxes, which are normally due on April 30th.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of an 82-year-old woman whose body was found in a burned bedroom of a Des Moines home. The Des Moines Register reported yesterday that she’s been identified as Pat Burton.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say nine children have been removed after abuse and neglect charges were filed against their parents. Police says the investigation began last October with a runaway case involving a 15-year-old girl, which included allegations of physical and sexual abuse by her father. Police arrested the children’s mother yesterday and have issued a warrant for the father’s arrest after he fled out of state.

ALLISON, Iowa (AP) — A Butler County jury has convicted an Iowa man of first-degree murder in the stabbing of his wife. Jurors in Allison returned the verdict yesterday against Thomas Petersen of Greene, after less than an hour of deliberations. Petersen was charged with killing his 36-year-old wife Judy in June 2011.