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Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013 12:00 am

Slain Iowa girl's dad faces more charges

WATERLOO, Iowa -- The father of one of two Iowa cousins found dead following their disappearance last summer is facing new drug charges.

Daniel Morrissey, 36, of Waterloo, is charged with trying to make methamphetamine and possessing simulated meth sometime between Dec. 1 and his Feb. 11 arrest for failing to comply with conditions of his pre-trial release.

Morrrissey's daughter, Lyric Cook, disappeared with her cousin Elizabeth Collins while riding bikes in Evansdale in July. Their bodies were found in December.

Morrissey pleaded guilty to seven meth and marijuana felonies earlier this month, so he's already facing significant prison time. Morrissey made an initial appearance Friday on the new charges. He could receive an enhanced sentence on the new charges because of his record.

Police: Driver crosses center line, kills 2

TOWN OF HERMAN, Wis. -- Sheboygan County authorities said a two-car collision in Herman killed two people.

The sheriff's office said the collision occurred Sunday about 4 p.m. Both people who died were in one vehicle. Sheriff's Lt. John Detienne said details are still being sorted out. But he said a car with a single occupant appears to have crossed the center line and collided with the other vehicle containing the two victims. The single occupant wasn't injured.

Detienne said it's not yet clear whether speed or alcohol was a factor.

Relative shouts at murder suspect

CHICAGO -- A relative of a 3-year-old girl allegedly beaten to death shouted about the suspect during a bail hearing Sunday that someone should "gouge (out) his eyeballs!"

The outburst came at a hearing for Jessie B. Rodriguez, 42. He's charged with first-degree murder in the death of the Oak Forest child, Gina Presley.

The man who yelled and had to be subdued by Cook County sheriff's deputies is believed to be the girl's father. He began shouting after a judge set bail at $10 million.

A prosecutor said Rodriguez is the boyfriend of the girl's aunt and legal guardian. Rodriguez allegedly was alone with the girl when the aunt went to work.

Man found in overturned car dies

ATLANTIC, Iowa -- Authorities in western Iowa found a 21-year-old dead inside his overturned car this weekend.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office found Tanner Merz' 2003 Ford Taurus upside down in a ditch along a county road south of Irwin early Saturday.

Authorities said the car was sitting on its roof. Paramedics worked to extract the Falls City, Neb., man from his car, but Merz died at the scene.

Police: Ricochet shot hurts man who fired

LANSING, Iowa -- Authorities are investigating a shooting where a 27-year-old man injured himself.

The Allamakee County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday at a home near Lansing.

Authorities said Logan Bunn fired a gun at a tree outside the home, but the bullet bounced back and hit him. Police were notified after Bunn showed up at a La Crosse, Wis., hospital. Bunn is expected to survive.

Farm's well permits anger neighbors

RICHFIELD, Wis. -- Neighbors of a proposed dairy farm in central Wisconsin are questioning whether state officials are doing their jobs after the state approved high-capacity wells for the industrial-size facility.

Residents said the state Department of Natural Resources did an incomplete environmental analysis. But the agency said state laws limit its authority to consider the cumulative impact of wells on nearby waterways.

The permit is for a proposed 4,300-cow dairy in Richfield.

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