Iowa News Headlines: Fri., Dec. 6th 2013


December 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines middle school was placed on lockdown temporarily as authorities investigated a report of a student showing two other students a handgun. Des Moines Public Schools tell the Register officers found no weapon on the student following the report yesterday.

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say no bomb was found at a high school in central Iowa after a threat was reported in a girls’ restroom. Captain Brian Sher of the Indianola Police Department says officers did a sweep of Indianola High School yesterday and found nothing. A bomb threat on a note was reported earlier in the day. Sher says authorities are still investigating who may have been involved. Classes are expected to resume today.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa day care provider has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl she was watching in October. Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says 33-year-old Rochelle Sapp was arrested yesterday after test results confirmed that the girl, Autumn Elgersma, died of blunt force trauma. Sapp is being held on $250,000 bond.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A fired prosecutor’s former boss testified that the assistant U.S. attorney changed dramatically in the months before she lost her job. The Sioux City Journal reports Larry Kudej testified yesterday that Martha Fagg “changed in front of our eyes” in the six months before she was fired by former U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose, who is now a federal judge.