Iowa morning News Headlines – Thu., Nov. 1st, 2012


November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SMITHLAND, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was found dead after an explosion and fire at an old service station in Smithland in western Iowa. Officials say 76-year-old Robert Jones owned the building. He was found outside the station’s office after the blast late yesterday morning. Smithland is in Woodbury County about 40 miles southeast of Sioux City.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a parent of a 5-year-old girl refused medical treatment for her after the girl was struck by a minivan while waiting for a school bus in Davenport. The accident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday. Davenport police spokesman Martin Lopez says the girl ran in front of a minivan, which struck her.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 27-year-old Davenport man has been accused of biting his 4-year-old stepchild in order to punish the child. The Quad-City Times says James Darby was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony child endangerment. Scott County Jail records say Darby remained in custody yesterday, pending $5,000 bail.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The attorney for a former Iowa school superintendent is praising prosecutors for their decision not to charge him with misusing public funds. Attorney Brandon Brown said Tuesday his client, former Starmont Community School District Superintendent Gary Stumberg, is “elated and grateful” to prosecutors in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, who closed the investigation without filing charges.