Iowa News Headlines: Sun., April 1st 2012


April 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police say they’ve arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman who was showing him an apartment Thursday night. Twenty-one-year-old Peng Tang was arrested Friday night on suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault. Tang remained jailed and was unavailable for comment yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County prosecutors have filed charges against two former Des Moines police officers accused of assaulting a man during a traffic stop in 2008. The Des Moines Register reports that former officers Mersed Dautovic and John Mailander were charged in March with willful injury, felonious misconduct in office and perjury. Mailander pleaded guilty to a federal charge in the case earlier this year after he and Dautovic were indicted by federal grand jury.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) —Jurors have acquitted a Mason City Lutheran pastor accused of hitting a teen who used profanity during a confirmation class in church. The Reverend Paul Nelson of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church was found not guilty Friday night of assault.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are looking for the person or people responsible for stealing nearly $1,400 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store. The Des Moines Register reports that officers were called to the Git-n-Go around 4:30 a.m. Friday. Officers say a concrete block had been used to smash in the store’s glass door. The cigarettes were taken from behind the store’s counter.