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Woman awaits verdict in crash death case involving deputy
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo woman has been convicted of two charges and awaits a judge's decision on a third filed after a collision that killed an off-duty Black Hawk County sheriff's deputy. Thirty-one-year-old Shawna Flippo was charged after the Aug. 4 collision in Waterloo between her sport utility vehicle and a motorcycle driven by 34-year-old Timothy Petersen. After a one-day nonjury trial Monday, Shawna Flippo was found guilty of having no insurance and driving while suspended. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Magistrate Patricia McGivern said she will rule later on the charge that Flippo didn't obey a stop sign before entering traffic from a retailer's parking lot driveway.

Council again votes not to seek grant for white-water park
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The City Council again has effectively rejected a plan to seek a National Park Service grant to help fund a $2.6 million white-water park and kayak course near downtown Waterloo. The council voted 3-2 Monday to seek the $750,000 grant, but the resolution required four votes to pass. The council first voted 3-1 last week to seek the grant, with Councilman Jerome Amos Jr. absent. He requested the reconsideration. Councilman Bruce Jacobs voted against the measure, saying taxpayers' money should be spent elsewhere first. Leisure Services Director Paul Huting says the park project is still alive. A design contract is nearing completion while the city seeks other funding options.

The Latest: Forecasters warn of tornado risk in Ohio Valley
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Parts of the Great Plains and Ohio Valley could see severe weather Tuesday as two storm systems make their way across the country's midsection. The Storm Prediction Center says central and northern Texas — including the Dallas-Fort Worth area — could see large hail and powerful winds Tuesday. In the east, Kentucky, southern Ohio, southern Illinois and southern Indiana are all at risk for bad weather, including tornadoes. So far, the risk is lower than on Monday, when powerful storms spawned tornadoes across the Great Plains, killing two people in Oklahoma. In all, the Storm Prediction Center received 23 reports of tornadoes in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The storms also downed trees and damaged buildings in northeast Texas, and dropped softball-sized hail in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Former Dunkerton police chief takes plea deal in theft case
DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say Dunkerton's former police chief will receive probation as part of a plea deal on allegations that he used a city credit card to fuel his personal vehicle. On Monday Timothy Schultz entered written Alford pleas, saying "the state has enough evidence to convict me of this offense, and I want to take advantage of the plea offer, although I do not believe I am guilty of committing this offense." Two felony charges he faced were downgraded to misdemeanors in exchange for his pleas. At sentencing Schultz will be given two years of probation and be ordered to pay restitution. Schultz served as chief until city officials began to question fuel expenses in 2014. State auditors later found that he made about $2,500 worth of improper fuel purchases.

Police: 2 injured when car crashes into Iowa fire station
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two people have been injured when the vehicle they were riding in crashed into a Des Moines fire station. Sgt. Paul Parizek said that police responded to the crash around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Des Moines Fire Department spokesman Brian O'Keefe said that the vehicle jumped the curb in front of Des Moines Fire Station 4 and crashed into the station's garage doors. According to Parizek, one passenger was seriously injured and transported to a hospital. He said that the vehicle's driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Police said that a third passenger fled from the scene before officers arrived. The Des Moines Register reports that fire station's garage windows were broken during the incident. The crash is under investigation, and Parizek said that charges are pending.

Officials: Chemical in Anamosa water deemed harmless
ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Officials have lifted a bottled water advisory in Anamosa after determining a chemical mistakenly added to the water supply was harmless at low concentrations. The Department of Natural Resources lifted the advisory Monday evening after determining the chemical was triethanolamine, used mostly in the cosmetic and drug industries. One to three gallons of the chemical were mixed into about 750,000 gallons of water storage, which diluted the chemical to a harmless level. Officials had advised people to drink bottled water while they determined what chemical was mixed into the water. A city worker noticed the wrong chemical was added, apparently because a supplier mislabeled a container. Anamosa, an eastern Iowa city of about 5,500 people, flushed its water distribution system and contacted hospitals, schools, and restaurants about the advisory.

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