Iowa News Headlines: Thu., April 26th 2012


April 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

     CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A 41-year-old sex offender is accused of trying to solicit two boys for sex at a Cedar Rapids motel. Authorities say Scott Share is charged with two counts of lascivious acts with a child. Share was arrested after officers learned he didn’t properly report his change of address.
     CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Two more people have been arrested in connection with a shooting near Kirkwood Community College. Cedar Rapids police yesterday arrested Raymond Sellers of Chicago and Shantres Johnston of Cedar Rapids. Teran Huff of Des Moines is also charged in last Friday’s shooting that left three people wounded.
     DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Jurors have convicted a 30-year-old man in the death of a seven-month-old baby. A Polk County jury yesterday found Matthew Elliott guilty of charges related to the January 2008 death of Alexis Gilbert. Elliott faces up to 35 years in prison.

    CLINTON, Iowa (AP) – A 48-year-old visitor from Vermont has been injured in a fall off a cliff in the eastern Iowa city of Clinton. The woman was injured when she fell in Eagle Point Park shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday. Clinton police say the woman fell about 50 feet. She was flown to a hospital. Her name has not been released.
     CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – The University of Northern Iowa has been ordered to stop using all student assessments to determine merit pay for professors. A state arbitrator sided with the United Faculty union in a ruling released Tuesday. The union had complained the university required philosophy and world religions faculty members to have a student evaluation for each course during every semester prior to merit pay being awarded.
     DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Outdoor enthusiasts and business groups are forming a new group to promote hunting in Iowa. State Retail Federation President Jim Henter says hunters spend more than $288 million statewide every year. Statistics from the state’s Department of Natural Resources show the number of hunting licenses issued in Iowa has dropped for 10 straight years.