Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Jan. 12th 2013


January 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say they have uncovered an elaborate marijuana growing operation in central Iowa. Television station KCCI reports police this week confiscated approximately 150 marijuana plants from a house in Des Moines. Five people have been arrested and face charges.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Firefighters have been struggling with a stubborn fire in a large pile of wood chips at the Dubuque landfill. Officials say the wood chips began smoldering earlier this week and that the fire likely was started by heat buildup within the pile. The pile is about a quarter mile from other parts of the landfill, with a creek in between.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 24-year-old man has been given 10 years in prison on charges stemming from a drive-by shooting in Sioux City. Patrick Craft of Sioux City was sentenced on Thursday. He’d pleaded guilty last month to intimidation with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a domestic abuser. No injuries were reported from the drive-by shooting.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State quarterback Jared Barnett, who went from the starter to a third stringer in just over two months, has decided to transfer after two seasons in Ames. Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads announced yesterday that Barnett and linebacker C.J. Morgan will be transferring out of the program. Rhoads says Morgan has some health issues with his family and is looking to play closer to home.