Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Sept. 17th 2013


September 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A second ethics complaint has been filed against an Iowa state senator by a former aide to Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann. The complaint alleges Milo Republican Kent Sorenson broke Senate rules by seeking payment for political work. Peter Waldron’s complaint says a Sorenson aide sought compensation from Ron Paul’s presidential campaign in exchange for Sorenson leaving the Bachmann campaign and endorsing Paul. Sorenson didn’t immediately respond to a phone message.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines youth pastor accused of sexually abusing two teenage girls will go to trial in November. Online court records indicate 27-year-old Ryan McKelvey’s trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 18. McKelvey is a former youth pastor at Heritage Assembly Church in Des Moines. Officers began investigating him after a girl and her parents reported an alleged sexual assault and say the investigation led to a second victim.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man is charged with murder after family members agreed to have the victim’s body disinterred. The Quad-City Times reports 37-year-old Stephen Allan Boeding already was in jail when charged. Nothing seemed suspicious when 48-year-old Kevin E. O’Connell was found dead in his Davenport apartment June 6. But an anonymous source later told police O’Connell and Boeding had been drinking and O’Connell was choked to death. An autopsy eventually showed O’Connell was strangled. Court records didn’t list an attorney for Boeding.

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Visitation will be held Thursday and funeral services are scheduled Friday for former Keokuk Mayor David Gudgel. DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers confirmed Gudgel died Saturday at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City at age 63. Current Mayor Tom Marion says Gudgel’s public service will serve as a legacy to future generations.