Multiple reports of suspicious man
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a subject or his vehicle. In the past week there have been multiple reports of a suspicious male and a white Ford Econoline van with a horizontal red stripe. There have been reports from Riverside, Winfield and rural Wayland describing the same van.
In one instance, an 11-year-old girl walking home turned around to see the van following her, when she stopped the van sped through a stop sign, quickly leaving the area, in another the van was seen driving very slowly while children were getting off the bus from school.
The sheriff’s office asks that anyone with information on the subject, who’s described as a 5 feet, 7 inches tall bearded man in his mid-50s, or the vehicle to contact their office: 319-385-2712.
Iowa 4th-graders’ vocabulary test scores drop
DES MOINES (AP) — Officials say Iowa fourth-graders’ vocabulary test scores dropped from 2009 to 2011 but still exceeded the national average in the assessment exam.
The Des Moines Register reports that only Indiana and Arkansas also posted similar declines on the fourth-graders’ vocabulary portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading exam.
Despite the dip in the vocabulary results, the Iowa students’ scores on the reading test as a whole remained unchanged from 2009 to 2011.
Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass says the decline is troubling because vocabulary plays such a critical role in reading skills and comprehension. Glass says reading scores on the assessment exam have been flat since the early 1990s.
Iowa City police use DNA on socks to make arrest
IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa City police have used DNA on socks left at the scene of a grocery burglary nearly three years ago to make an arrest in the case.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen say police arrested 24-year-old Samuel Lockett on Wednesday on suspicion of burglary, criminal mischief and theft.
The case began when officers were called to the store in February 2010 for an alarm. Officers found two broken windows and a large black bag containing stolen items such as liquor, cigarettes and change from a register drawer. Police also found three black socks in the bag, which were sent to a crime lab for analysis.
Police say DNA on the socks pointed to Lockett.
Iowan with lethal blood alcohol level gets jail
NORTH LIBERTY (AP) — A 24-year-old North Liberty man who was hospitalized with a lethally high blood alcohol level has been given a short jail sentence and a fine.
The Gazette reports that Justin Clark pleaded guilty last week to drunken driving. Clark must serve two days in jail, pay a $1,250 fine and complete drunken-driving courses.
Clark was arrested in North Liberty and taken to a hospital on July 29 after he failed roadside sobriety tests. Police say a breath test showed his blood alcohol level was nearly 0.5 percent. A blood test at the hospital showed it was nearly 0.63 percent.
Studies have shown that a blood alcohol content level above 0.3 percent can kill a person or put him or her into a coma.
U of I faculty: Officials wanted records destroyed
IOWA CITY (AP) — Faculty at the University of Iowa say two high-ranking officials ordered the destruction of records showing dissatisfaction with a school dean.
The Des Moines Register reports Friday that two faculty members allege in a letter that Provost P. Barry Butler and university general counsel Carroll Reasoner ordered documents destroyed that were part of a faculty survey. Some comments expressed dissatisfaction with Margaret Crocco, the dean of the College of Education.
The faculty says Butler and Reasoner asked them to turn over all hard copies of the survey’s comments. The pair also says officials told them the university would withdraw legal protection.