Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Dec. 26th 2012


December 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The attorneys for two men whose lawsuit against Council Bluffs and two former police officers ended in mistrial are asking permission to talk to jurors. A mistrial was declared Dec. 14th in the lawsuit Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee filed after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict. Attorneys for the city and the police officers say they don’t object.

WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) — The city of Wapello’s former city clerk has been awarded $25,000 in a wrongful termination case. Celia Drayfahl filed a complaint after being fired in August 2011. The city had said Drayfahl failed to close accounting books in a timely manner and failed to keep balanced books.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — About 20 members of an Iowa City youth program plan to be in Washington, D.C., next month for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. The group FasTrac emphasizes school work, community involvement and college preparation and is primarily made up of African-American junior high and high school students.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in the Des Moines area are investigating complaints from bar owners about thieves taking money from game machines. Dawg House owner Ron Biondi says surveillance video showed three men stealing from one of his machines. The cameras show the men leaving the bar in a dark Ford Expedition.