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Man gets 5 years for crossing state lines for sex with minor

A Council Bluffs man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to the charge of interstate travel with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a juvenile.

Tyler L. Gunderson, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt.

Gunderson, who faced up to 30 years in prison, also was ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release. He had pleaded guilty in July.

In a plea agreement, Gunderson admitted to traveling to Omaha to pick up a juvenile he had met there. Gunderson then drove the juvenile to various locations in and around Council Bluffs to engage in sexual intercourse.

The investigation of the crime was conducted by the police departments of Council Bluffs and Omaha with the aid of the FBI.

— Kevin Cole

Omaha police arrest two men found with gun in vehicle

Two men were arrested Tuesday night in north Omaha on suspicion of possessing a gun.

Police said officers on patrol in the area of 24th and Pratt Streets heard gunfire. Douglas County 911 dispatchers sent them to 16th and Emmet Streets, where they saw two vehicles fleeing the area.

Officers stopped the vehicles at 24th Street and Camden Avenue, police said, and a gun was found in one of the vehicles.

Two men, ages 22 and 23, were booked on suspicion of possession of a gun by a prohibited person. The 23-year-old also was booked on a traffic violation.— Jay Withrow


Open meetings suit aims to void U of I presidential search

IOWA CITY — A lawsuit argues that the University of Iowa presidential search committee repeatedly violated the open meetings law and that its actions should be voided.

The petition filed by retired dental professor Harold Hammond adds another layer of controversy to the search, which ended with the selection of businessman Bruce Harreld.

Hammond alleges that the 21-member committee held meetings that were improperly closed and inaccessible to the public. Among other meetings, the lawsuit challenges two days of closed interviews the committee conducted with nine finalists last month near Chicago.

A state lawyer says the committee "substantially complied with" the law.

Hammond filed a similar lawsuit after Sally Mason was named president in 2007. In a 2009 settlement, the search committee admitted to numerous open meetings violations.— AP

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