Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…
CHARITON, Iowa (AP) — A southern Iowa town has agreed to pay $67,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by a mentally disabled woman who was shocked with a police Taser. The Des Moines Register reports that Cherish Storm was shocked three times by a Chariton police officer in August 2010, including once while she lay in the back of a squad car in leg shackles and handcuffs.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police in Iowa City are asking the public for help locating a man who is wanted on charges of stealing from an elderly resident. The police department said Monday that 25-year-old Matthew Jacob Brown is facing two arrest warrants for second-degree theft. Investigators say that Brown bilked an elderly resident out of “thousands of dollars” after performing a small amount of yard work and charging exorbitant fees.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Staff at Iowa State University’s Wildlife Care Clinic are treating two pelicans after one of the birds was injured and the other stayed with him. KCCI-TV reports the clinic began treating the birds Dec. 14 after they were found at a frozen pond near Iowa City. One of the pelicans suffered an injury and had to have one wing amputated. The other bird had a droopy wing.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Medicine says the number of physicians in the state is increasing, but Iowa still has far fewer doctors for its population than the national average. The board says that Iowa had 6,414 active physicians in 2012, for a rate of 208.6 physicians per 100,000 people. That compares to a national rate of 260.5 physicians. Nationally, Iowa ranks 41st in active physicians.