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Apr 15, 2013

Waterloo man arrested in hit-and-run case

WATERLOO (AP) — A 31-year-old Waterloo man has been arrested on accusations that he fled the scene after his car struck an 8-year-old boy.

Authorities say Justin Varney was arrested at his home a little after 9 p.m. Saturday. He's charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, driving without a valid license and with probation violations.

Black Hawk County Jail records say Varney remained in custody on Monday, pending $10,500 bail. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.

The accident occurred around 7 p.m. April 8. Police say the boy walked into a street and was hit by the car. An accident report says he was taken to Covenant Medical Center for injuries that included cuts to his right leg and left arm.

Iowa officials plan $600M of road work statewide

DES MOINES (AP) — Roughly $600 million worth of road construction work is planned across Iowa this year.

The Des Moines Register reports that will make 2013 one of the busiest years for road construction in the state.

There are about 800 crashes every year in construction work zones and an average of six deaths every year.

So the Iowa Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to stay alert when they encounter road construction and buckle up.

Traffic safety engineer Mark Bortle says some road projects are already underway.

Four plead guilty in Des Moines mortgage scheme

DES MOINES (AP) — Four people have pleaded guilty to mortgage scheme in the Des Moines area.

Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Jamie Bowers-Danielson and her husband, 35-year-old Matthew Danielson, pleaded guilty to bank fraud. Bowers-Danielson also pleaded guilty to bank fraud conspiracy. They're from Ankeny

Prosecutors say Bowers-Danielson used her position as a loan originator between 2003 and 2007 to falsify loan applications for herself and others.

Forty-three-year-old Bobbi Jo Wojewoda pleaded guilty to bank fraud conspiracy, and her husband, Des Moines Police Lt. Wade Wojewoda, pleaded guilty to receiving proceeds obtained under false pretenses. They're from Grimes.

Prosecutors say Bobbi Jo Wojewoda inflated home values, including that of her own house, when she appraised them.

The four are scheduled to be sentenced in July.


Police say man critically wounded after shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — A second shooting in the same day in Des Moines has left a man critically wounded.

Police are investigating the shooting that happened around 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

After gunfire was reported, officers found a 20-year-old man behind an apartment building near Interstate 235 in central Des Moines.

The shooting victim's name wasn't released immediately because police were still notifying his family.

In a separate shooting, a 19-year-old Chicago man was killed early Sunday around 1:30 a.m.

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