Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Dec. 15th 2012


December 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines police officer has entered an Alford plea to more charges in connection with using excessive force during a 2008 traffic stop. Television station KCCI reports Mersed Dautovic entered the plea yesterday to assault, felony misconduct in office and perjury. An Alford plea means Dautovic doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says an administrative law judge must testify about whether pressure from a warden influenced her decision to punish an inmate who committed assault. The court ruled yesterday that Iowa Department of Corrections administrative law judge Deb Edwards must comply with a watchdog’s subpoena to answer questions about her discipline of inmate Randy Linderman.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man already serving an 11 year sentence on federal fraud charges has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for selling his pain pills for candy. Donald Washburn of Marion was given the sentence earlier this week in Cedar Rapids.

DANVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Students in a southeast Iowa school are remembering Anne Frank and other children who died in the Holocaust by seeking 1.5 million postcards from around the world. The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports that eighth graders at Danville Junior/Senior High School will send postcards to Jewish people throughout the world and seek replies. Returned postcards will be displayed at the Danville Museum.