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Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing Moville Bank

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A man accused of robbing a northwest Iowa bank has pleaded guilty.
Court records say 43-year-old Brendon Reed, of Sioux City, entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. The charge: bank robbery. His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.
Authorities say he robbed United Bank of Iowa in Moville of nearly $14,000 on March 30. He was apprehended later that day after crashing a stolen car during a chase by officers near Salix.
He’s pleaded guilty to stealing the car and has been sentenced to 10 years in an Iowa prison.

 

 

Legislative Panel Dismisses Ethics Complaint Against State Senator Boulton

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A legislative panel has dismissed an ethics complaint against Sen. Nate Boulton that alleged he inappropriately touched a woman at a bar a year before he was elected.  The Iowa Senate Committee on Ethics says its jurisdiction is limited to legislators’ actions while in office.
The panel’s three Democrats and three Republicans voted to dismiss the complaint for lack of jurisdiction.
Boulton was elected on Nov. 8, 2016, and took office in January 2017.
Last week, Boulton challenged the truthfulness of Des Moines attorney Sharon Wegner’s complaint that he repeatedly placed his hand on her buttocks at two bars during an evening in November 2015.
He retained his Senate seat but quit the race for the Democratic
nomination for governor because of the allegations.
Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat on the committee, says Boulton should reconsider his decision to stay in the Senate.
Boulton currently has no committee assignments for the session
beginning in January.

 

 

Man Convicted Of Fleecing Clients Ordered To Pay $935,000

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A suburban Des Moines man convicted of fleecing clients in Iowa and Texas has been imprisoned and ordered to pay restitution of nearly $935,000.
Prosecutors say 60-year-old Roger Goodwin was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Des Moines to 97 months. A jury convicted him in August of seven counts of mail fraud.
Prosecutors say that between 2013 and August 2016, Goodwin recommended life insurance or annuity contracts to several Houston- and Des Moines-area clients of his company, the Goodwin Network of Advisors, and then deposited their checks in his bank account.
Authorities say the Windsor Heights, Iowa, man used part of the money for his personal expenses and some of it to repay other clients or make payments to insurance companies on behalf of other clients.