Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Customers of Mediacom in Fort Dodge and Webster City had their Internet access cut for at least 14 hours after a crew encountered problems in trying to make a fiber line repair. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the problems began late Tuesday when a crew from Windstream, from which Mediacom leases fiber lines, tried to repair fiber between Fort Dodge and Humboldt. Mediacom spokeswoman Phyllis Peters said service resumed at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A pack of wild coyotes in Illinois has proved to be pivotal in the capture of an Iowa fugitive. The Muscatine Journal reports that 21-year-old Daniel Rice is back in Muscatine County custody, facing a charge of escape in addition to other allegations. He’d been taken from the Muscatine County Jail on Monday to a Muscatine hospital for treatment of a heart-related issue when he slipped out of handcuffs. The Rock Island County, Illinois sheriff’s office respond early Wednesday to a call about coyotes chasing two men at a forest preserve, including Rice.
EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — That cougar sighted in Evansdale? It’s probably a house cat. KWWL-TV reports that’s the verdict of Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Jason Auel after studying photos a woman took near the Cedar River on Tuesday.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has been convicted of making and using counterfeit credit cards. Federal prosecutors say Yoirland Rojas of Storm Lake was found guilty Thursday in Sioux City.