Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., April 22nd 2013


April 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — People who living along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa and western Illinois were preparing for the water to crest yesterday, but officials expect water levels to remain high for several days. National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Ervin says both the Mississippi and Rock rivers are expected to remain high enough near Davenport to cause significant flooding through Thursday.

GRIMES, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified the 71-year-old man who was found dead inside an SUV that plunged into a suburban Des Moines pond. The Polk County Sheriff’s department says Eddy Clark died in the accident in Grimes. Investigators are working to determine why his vehicle wound up in the pond.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa police officer is recovering after being rear-ended while patrolling Clear Lake, and two men are facing alcohol-related charges. Authorities say Clear Lake Lieutenant Paul Chizek was struck from behind while he was driving on Highway 18 in Clear Lake early Friday. Chizek radioed for help and more officers responded.

RUDD, Iowa (AP) — One man died and another was hurt when a train hit a pickup truck in the northern Iowa city of Rudd. The Iowa State Patrol says the crash happened Saturday morning when a pickup driven by 73-year-old Gary Eilers of Waterloo drove onto the tracks. A passenger in the pickup, 32-year-old Brian Leckness of Waterloo, was killed.