- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A southern Iowa prosecutor with a history of failing to show up for work has been hospitalized for medical treatment.

The Daily Iowegian (http://bit.ly/Ms1Cjd ) reports that Appanoose County Attorney Richard Scott was hospitalized last week, causing court officials to scramble to cover his absence. The reason for the hospitalization remains unclear.

The Appanoose County Clerk of Court says dozens of cases were scheduled for hearings Friday. Some were rescheduled and some were covered by a nearby county prosecutor.

Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster says Scott is expected to return to work shortly.

The Iowa Supreme Court suspended Scott in 2012 after regulators said his frequent absences caused criminal cases to be dismissed. Months later, Scott was hospitalized after his attorney said he had an adverse reaction to a prescription drug.

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Information from: The Daily Iowegian, http://www.dailyiowegian.com

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