The death of an Oskaloosa woman who was found in a creek near a wrecked car last month has been ruled an accident. Polk County authorities said Wednesday that the cause of 45-year-old Sallie West's death was determined to be fresh water drowning, with hypothermia and acute ethanol intoxication as contributing factors. Police found a car submerged in a creek on February 27th near Grimes with no one inside. West's body was later discovered nearby, but not immediately identified. West had been reported missing February 23rd. Authorities say evidence and witness statements gathered throughout the investigation led them to believe that West had been driving erratically when her vehicle rolled in reverse down a steep hill into the creek. Authorities say they're unsure how West exited the vehicle.
Police in Preston say three people have been charged after an active methamphetamine lab was found and destroyed in an area apartment. Authorities say Clyde Squires, Kelly Lucy and a 17-year-old were arrested following a search of their apartment last week. Squires faces several charges that include manufacturing methamphetamine. Lucy is also charged with manufacturing of meth and gathering where drugs are used. The 17-year-old is also facing charges of manufacturing meth. Investigators say the teenager has lived with the couple for the last two years.
An Iowa police officer who fatally shot a woman when firing at a growling family dog is scheduled to return to work. The Burlington Police Department announced Wednesday that officer Jesse Hill will be released from administrative leave and resume duty Friday. The 31-year-old Hill has been on leave since the January 6th shooting of Autumn Steele. The announcement comes after the Department of Criminal Investigation released a 12-second body camera video Monday that shows Hill responding to a domestic disturbance. Hill fired two bullets to thwart an attack by an oncoming dog, one of which hit Steele in the chest. The Des Moines County Attorney decided last month not to file criminal charges against Hill. Burlington Police Chief Dough Beaird says Hill won't face discipline for the shooting.
--Officials from Clarinda Mental Health Institute have begun to transfer mentally ill senior citizens from the facility to private nursing homes. The institute is scheduled to close July 1st.The Department of Human Services says that it is looking for safe placements for the senior citizens. Patient advocates say most of the senior citizens in the program were placed in the institution because private facilities found them too difficult to handle