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Sorenson pleads guilty to charge from GOP caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president to another before the 2012 caucus campaign.

In a Justice Department news release, federal officials say the 42-year-old Milo Republican received "under-the-table payments" when he changed loyalties in the campaign's closing days.

Although Justice officials wouldn't say, Sorenson was the state chairman for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign beginning in June 2011. He admitted receiving and lying about monthly payments of roughly $8,000 from another campaign from October to December. Six days before the Jan. 3 caucuses, Sorenson declared his support for then-U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

Sorenson pleaded guilty to causing a campaign to falsely report expenditures and obstruction.

A call to Sorenson wasn't immediately returned.


Police say Iowa attorney harassed juror

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa attorney has been accused of harassing a juror who found him guilty in a trial earlier this year.

Coralville police say 54-year-old Raymond Tinnian, of Kalona, was arrested Monday and booked in the Johnson County Jail. He faces charges of criminal mischief, harassment and tampering with a witness or juror. Court records do not list an attorney.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the juror reported in June that the words "GUILTY" and "JUSTICE" were spray painted on a home garage door and siding. Police say an investigation into the case determined Tinnian was responsible.

Police say Tinnian left a letter at the house that indicated he was unhappy with a verdict in March that found him guilty of disorderly conduct in an altercation case.


House committee to review attorney general program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A legislative oversight committee will investigate a program administered by the Iowa attorney general's office.

Rep. Kevin Koester, a Republican from Ankeny who chairs the House Government Oversight Committee, says Wednesday the panel will review some of the practices of the office's Crime Victim Assistance Division.

According to a news release, the committee will look at the funding that goes to programs around the state that assist crime victims.

The committee will meet Sept. 8 to question staff from the attorney general's office. Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller, says the program was managed responsibly and the office looks forward to discussing operations with the committee.


Man pauses kayak trip down Mississippi River

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - An Indiana man says he has paused his trip down the Mississippi River after his kayak was tampered with this week in Iowa.

The Hawk Eye reports John Hatch is from South Bend, Indiana. He started a nearly 1,600-mile journey on Aug. 1 in Red Wing, Minnesota to help raise money for breast cancer research.

Hatch says after paddling for 28 miles on the river on Monday, he docked his kayak at a Burlington port.

He says he returned the next morning to find his boat was eight inches deep in water. His sleeping bag, first aid kit and other equipment were ruined. He says one of his hatch covers is missing on his kayak.

Hatch's goal is to reach New Orleans by October.


Iowa officials: Man threatened school children

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man in northern Iowa has been arrested after authorities say he made threatening statements against school children.

Acting Floyd County Attorney William Baresel said in a news release Wednesday that Loren Saxon was arrested Sunday. He faces charges of terroristic threats and public intoxication. Court records do not list an attorney.

Police reports say Saxon was heavily intoxicated while at a Best Budget Inn in Charles City. He is accused of making threatening statements against school children, but officials did not elaborate.

The Floyd County Attorney's Office says Saxon remains at the county jail.


Dubuque County copes with loss of 4 teens

FARLEY, Iowa (AP) - Members of an Iowa community have banded together to support one another after the death of four local teenagers.

The Telegraph Herald reports dozens of Dubuque County community members met Tuesday night to discuss ways to cope with the tragedy. The school district invited Community Resilience Institute, a nonprofit organization, to help facilitate the community crisis recovery. The group talked about how they can accept, recover and grow from the loss.

Dawn Wilwert says she has received an outpouring of condolences and comfort since her 14-year-old son and a few of his classmates died in an accident at the beginning of August. Bryce Wilwert, Sean Kenneally, Nicholas Kramer and Mitchell Kluesner were killed when the utility vehicle they were driving was hit by a truck pulling a trailer.

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