(Sioux City, IA) -- Woodbury County prosecutors have added a charge of flight to avoid prosecution to the two charges accused killer Ray Avila already faces. Avila was arrested in Mexico after he fled there. He's accused of killing a man last summer. Avila is scheduled to make an appearance in Woodbury County Circuit Court next week. In addition to the flight charge, he's also charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing serious injury.
(Davenport, IA) -- Officials with the Davenport School District say they expect 30 teachers who were laid off last winter to return to the classroom this fall. Budget issues forced the district to layoff 75 in an action announced at a school board meeting in March blamed on budget issues. Thirty of those teachers were recalled in a follow-up meeting earlier this week. A teacher's union spokesperson says only about half of those teachers have accepted the recall.
(Des Moines, IA) -- A 38-year-old Des Moines woman admits prosecutors have enough evidence to convict her, but she doesn't admit guilt. Jessica Henderson entered an Alford plea in Polk County Court to three counts of child endangerment. Henderson was accused of tying her three children up in her house. A family friend informed on her, taking pictures, but Henderson maintains he's the one who tied her children up. She was arrested last September and will be on probation for the next two years.
(Des Moines, IA) -- Iowa residents might have to look a little harder to find a place to buy fireworks this year. The Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office reports 35 percent fewer licenses have been issued, compared to 2018. Business owners say new city ordinances and bad weather last summer are factors in fewer Iowa fireworks tent operators showing up. Some cities will let the merchants sell the fireworks, but they won't allow the customers to shoot them off. Today (Thursday) is the first day the fireworks tents could open in Iowa.