Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Nov. 19, 2013


November 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The former CEO of Texas-based Reliant Energy is expected to be the latest Iowa Republican running for U.S. Senate in 2014. Fifty-one-year-old Mark Jacobs plans to announce his intentions Tuesday. Republicans seeking to succeed retiring Democrat Tom Harkin include radio host Sam Clovis, state Sen. Joni Ernst, lawyer Paul Lunde, former car salesman Scott Schaben, former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker and former Senate aide David Young. U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley is the only Democrat.

EDDYVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man was pinned to the wreckage of a car for nearly two days over the weekend. The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office says 60-year-old Patrick Allen Douglas, of Ottumwa, was discovered Sunday afternoon in a car near Highway 63, south of Eddyville. The car entered the median between two bridges, near a creek. Authorities believe the crash happened between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday. Douglas told officials he fell asleep while driving.

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northeast Iowa man’s murder conviction won’t be reviewed by the state Supreme Court. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the court denied a request by 32-year-old James Dean Raymond, of Clarksville, to review his 2006 conviction of first-degree murder in the death of Jesse Patchin, of Charles City. Prosecutors say Patchin died after an argument over a drug deal in a mobile home near Nashua around Oct. 1, 2005.

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa elementary school was placed briefly on lockdown after a high-speed police chase was called off near the campus. The chase began in Slater when an Iowa Department of Transportation enforcement officer clocked a car traveling at more than 100 mph in a 55 mph zone. The Des Moines Register reports the vehicle sped into Jefferson toward Jefferson-Scranton Elementary School. Officials soon called off the chase, but a suspect was later taken into custody.