Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Dec. 4th 2012


December 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A record number of Iowans cast their vote this year in the presidential election. More than 1.5 million people in Iowa voted in the 2012 election for president and vice president. That includes another record for early or absentee voting, which brought in more than 688,000 votes.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered a Des Moines teen convicted in his friend’s October shooting death to first go to a residential treatment facility for counseling. Sixteen-year-old Dontavius Sharkey then must undergo a 30-day evaluation to determine where he heads next. He will stay in the juvenile system until he’s 18 and be sentenced in adult court in 2014.

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) — A former school district administrator in Iowa has avoided prison time for a theft scheme. Ex-Starmont district business manager Vicki Vanter has been ordered to serve up to five years of probation. She was arrested after an audit alleged she wasted $229,000 paying off personal expenses and improperly inflating her salary and benefits.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City landlord accused of spying on his tenants is scheduled to go on trial in February. Elwyn Miller faces nearly a dozen counts of invasion of property. He’s accused of spying on several nude female tenants in their bathrooms or bedrooms.