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Tuesday Afternoon News, February 14th


Storm Lake Woman Given Probation Of Lottery Ticket Theft

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa woman who tried to have her boyfriend claim a $250,000 lottery prize has been given probation.
Court records say 21-year-old Ashley Bosler was given two years of probation at her sentencing Monday in Storm Lake. Bosler also was given a deferred judgment, which means the conviction will be removed from her record if she successfully completes probation. She’d pleaded guilty to theft of a lottery ticket or share.
Prosecutors have said Bosler was working at a convenience store when she found a winning ticket by scratching off a corner and scanning the bar code that confirmed it was a $250,000 prize winner. Prosecutors say she was 20 at the time – too young to play the game – so her boyfriend tried unsuccessfully to claim the


Ohio Man Sentenced To Prison Following Killing of Ex-Girlfriend
GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – An Ohio man has been given life in prison without the
possibility of parole for killing an 18-year-old woman in western Iowa.
Online court records say 27-year-old Mark Troutman, of Sylvania, Ohio, was
sentenced Monday in Mills County District Court. He’d been convicted in December
of shooting to death Kathryn Weber. She was found bleeding outside her Glenwood
workplace on Sept. 17 and died at the scene.
Authorities say Troutman was Weber’s ex-boyfriend and that he shot her because he was distraught over their breakup.


Audit Questions Whether ISU’s Leath Violated Campus Gun Policy

AMES, Iowa (AP) – An audit is questioning whether Iowa State University President Steven Leath violated policy by storing and transporting firearms in campus housing and airplanes without written approvals.
A Board of Regents report says ISU has no documentation that Leath applied for and received waivers required to bring guns on school property.
Leath stores firearms at the president’s mansion, the Knoll, and has brought them on university planes to hunt during fundraising trips.
University policy bans weapons, without advanced approvals for storage and transportation. The report says Leath received verbal approval to store weapons at the Knoll following a campus police inspection.
ISU says Leath believed that approval also applied to transportation and that documentation likely existed but couldn’t be found due to administrators’ retirements. Leath’s obtaining a new waiver.
The audit came after the Bleeding Heartland blog reported in November that Leath’s hunting trips likely violated the weapons policy.


Iowa State University Expects To Lose Money On Airplane Deal

Iowa State University expects to lose tens of thousands of dollars unloading an airplane it purchased 2 1/2 years ago for his President Steven Leath’s travel.
A notice seeking a broker to handle the sale says Iowa State will likely list the 2011 Cirrus between $429,000 and $480,000, and is willing to negotiate to have it sold within 90 days.
That range is less than what a university statement called the “exceptional price” of $498,000 it paid in 2014 – before the broker gets paid a likely five- figure fee.
Such depreciation wouldn’t be unusual. But Leath told reporters in December that he expected to make money or break even on the planned sale, announced the day an audit found he used it for a mix of official and personal business.


Wisconsin Governor Speaks With Iowa Legislators About Controversial Collective Bargaining Bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he spoke with Republicans in neighboring Iowa as they prepared to vote on a bill that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public workers there.
Walker’s signature achievement as governor was signing a similar bill into law in Wisconsin six years ago. Walker tweeted on Monday night that he had spoken via Skype with Iowa Republicans and offered encouragement.
Walker on Tuesday said he told the Iowa Republicans that “ultimately they’re going to face some of the same things we faced in terms of attention and potentially protests.”
Walker says he encouraged them to look at the facts about what happened in Wisconsin and “not just the hype.”
Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says Iowa Senate Republicans initiated the contact with Walker.