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Council: Iowa City won’t help feds enforce immigration laws

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City leaders have decided the city won’t help federal officials enforce immigration law.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday for a resolution that says the city — with few exceptions — will take no law enforcement action and won’t spend any city money to aid the feds.

The council decided at a previous meeting not to declare itself a “sanctuary city.”

The resolution says the enforcement exceptions include public safety threats as determined by local police and situations in which cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would be necessary to protect the public.

The resolution says the “power to regulate immigration is exclusive to the federal government” and notes that no federal law requires city police to help enforce immigration law.


Man pleads guilty, gets life for 2015 fatal Waukee shooting

(Information from: The Des Moines Register,

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with killing another man in Waukee has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Des Moines Register reports that 44-year-old Brendan Michael McGuinness, of Waukee, had been set to go to trial Jan. 30, but entered his plea Wednesday in Dallas County. He shot 41-year-old Gino Risola at least four times in Risola’s driveway on Nov. 7, 2015. Risola, whose wife witnessed part of the confrontation, died at a Des Moines area hospital.

Risola’s death was the first homicide in Waukee since 1977.

In addition to his life sentence, McGuinness was ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to Risola’s family.



Beloved Loras College building earlier damaged by fire razed

(Information from: Telegraph Herald,

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A beloved Loras College building in Dubuque damaged last year by fire has been demolished.

The Telegraph Herald reports that crews began tearing down the north building of the Loras Visitation Complex around 11 a.m. Wednesday. The building was fully razed by early afternoon.

A March 16 fire severely damaged the 126-year-old building. Officials initially intended to rebuild, but later determined it would be too expensive to make repairs that maintain the structure’s historic value while also making it accessible to people with disabilities.

Officials believe the fire was caused by a lightning strike.



Ex-Neola clerk pleads guilty to 3 counts in misspending case

(Information from: The Daily Nonpareil,

NEOLA, Iowa (AP) — The former city clerk for Neola in southwest Iowa has pleaded guilty to misconduct after state officials found misspending or mishandling of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports 56-year-old Deb Schierbrock pleaded guilty Tuesday in Pottawattamie County court to three counts of non-felonious misconduct in office. She was given a suspended one-year jail sentence and three years’ probation.

An audit released in October 2015 showed Schierbrock had misappropriated more than $230,000 in city funds over a five-year period.

Schierbrock was fired in August 2013 after a city check written to pay for a firetruck bounced. State auditors found improper overtime payments and numerous checks written to Schierbrock, among other problems.



3 men fined and lose hunting privileges for illegal hunting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two men from Minnesota and one from Iowa have been fined and have lost hunting privileges for illegally hunting and killing deer in two northern Iowa counties.

The Iowa Natural Resources Department says Michael Paschke, of Worthington, Minnesota; Dakota Isebrand, of Sherburn, Minnesota; and Seth Norland, of Ledyard, Iowa, have pleaded guilty to a total of 58 violations. The violations occurred in October and November 2015.

The department says the combined fines and court costs assessed in Kossuth County were more than $11,500 and a $25,000 civil penalty. The combined fines and court costs assessed in Emmet County were more than $1,500 and a $10,000 civil penalty.

Each man also lost hunting privileges for 25 years in Iowa and 43 other states that are members of the Wildlife Violator Compact.


Report of Iowa gunman turns out to be accidental shooting

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — Police say an Iowa man who claimed he was shot by a random gunman was actually the victim of an accidental shooting.

Police in North Liberty say the victim was shot in the leg and his condition is stable.

Officers are still investigating the circumstances surrounding Monday’s shooting at the Golfview Mobile Home Court. It’s not clear whether the victim, who has not been identified, shot himself or someone else did.

Initially, the victim told police that he didn’t know the gunman. A witness reported that a man wearing a dark colored hoodie shot the victim with a handgun and flew on foot through the trailer court.

Further investigation revealed that the original report was false.