Iowa early News Headlines – Thu., Nov. 8th 2012


November 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — Mitchell County voters have rejected a bond sale to build a new courthouse in Osage. Voters on Tuesday turned down a proposal to allow the sale of $6.5 million in bonds to demolish the courthouse and build a new one. The courthouse was built in 1858.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Black Hawk County jury has convicted a Waterloo man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man whose body was found slumped over the steering wheel of a parked car on a street in Waterloo. The jury found 22-year-old Montez Caples guilty yesterday. His trial started last week, and the jury got the case on Tuesday. Caples was charged with killing 34-year-old Robert Shannon on December 14th.

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sac City police say human remains discovered in the basement of a recently purchased house could be those of the previous homeowner who disappeared in 2009. Police Chief John Thomsen says “all signs point” to Mark Koster. He was last seen with a friend on July 4th, 2009. He was 58. The remains were found Monday by the new homeowner while remodeling the basement.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bonobo considered one of the best at communicating with humans has died at an ape sanctuary in Des Moines. Ken Schweller, the chairman of the Great Ape Trust Bonobo Hope, says Panbanisha died Tuesday night, likely from complications from a cold. The 26-year-old female bonobo lived at the trust since 2005.