Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., March 26th 2013


March 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved a measure that would require DNA collection from more criminals. The bill passed 79-18 yesterday with bipartisan support. It moves to the state Senate for review. The measure would require DNA collection from adult offenders charged with an aggravated misdemeanor. Current law only requires DNA profiling on convicted felons and sexual offenders.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City man is suspected of firing a handgun at a house party, then later fleeing into a creek. Iowa City police say 24-year-old Samuel Lee Lockett III fired several shots early Sunday morning at a party following a fight. No one was injured. Officers located Lockett several hours later after they received reports of a man banging on neighborhood doors.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a cardboard fire at a recycling center in Waterloo may have smoldered for days. The Waterloo Fire Department says firefighters started battling the fire yesterday morning at the Cedar Valley Recycling and Transfer building. They contained the fire several hours later.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved a bill that would make identity theft a felony. Lawmakers approved the measure 84-11 with bipartisan support. The bill now moves to the Senate. The legislation raises the minimum sentence for committing identity theft to a class D felony that’s punishable by up to five years in prison.