Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If you think this was a brutal winter, there’s data to back it up: Iowa officials say it was the ninth coldest in the state since record-keeping began more than 140 years ago. Harry Hillaker, state climatologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, compiled data on the meteorological winter season that ran from December 1st through February 28th. He says the past winter was also the coldest in 35 years.
SHELL ROCK, Iowa (AP) — Officials say no one was injured following a freight train derailment in the northeast Iowa city of Shell Rock. Iowa Northern Railroad Company tells the Waterloo-Cedar Fals Courier that the early Friday incident near a railroad crossing involved some train cars going off their tracks around 2 a.m.
TAMA, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a 25-year-old man with the killing of his parents last month on the Meskwaki Settlement in central Iowa. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports an FBI agent Friday filed a criminal complaint against Gordon Lasley Junior in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids in the killings of Gordon Lasley Senior and Kim Lasley. They were found dead n their home on February 5th.
WALCOTT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her 5-month-old child have been hospitalized after hot liquid was spilled on them at an eastern Iowa apartment. The Walcott Police Department says the accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the apartment on West James Street.