Iowa News Headlines: Thu., April 12th 2012


April 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say three teenage girls have been charged with sending nude pictures of themselves to an Iowa man who’s been charged for possessing the photos. The girls are ages 16 and 17 and have been charged as adults with felony exploitation of a minor — in this case, the exploited minors are themselves. Nineteen-year-old Alex Case is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An arbitrator says the University of Northern Iowa improperly fired a professor and should pay him lost wages. Arbitrator Ruth Weatherly ruled that finance professor Gordon Klein’s termination was at least partially based on inappropriate reasons and violated his academic freedom. A spokeswoman said yesterday that UNI acted appropriately and the decision is non-binding.

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa businesswoman accused of misusing the company’s money is suing her partner, claiming he went to police to cover up his own criminal behavior. Melissa Frost of North Liberty was arrested last week on suspicion of fraudulent practices. She’s suspected of taking money from Iowa City-based C & M Tax Services to cover $22,000 in personal credit card purchases. Her male partner hasn’t been charged with any crime.

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — A Le Mars man accused of breaking into a house and assaulting an 11-year-old girl is scheduled to go on trial next month. KTIV-TV in Sioux City reports a May 15th trial is set for 19-year-old Matthew Jandreau in Plymouth County District Court.