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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 31 2015 5:03AM

We hear a lot about vehicle versus deer accidents from

Sheriffs Departments in Iowa but comes word of a vehicle

versus pig accident in Grundy County.

It happened Sunday in a rural part of the county,

23 year old Jessica Osterhaus was in a 2005 Toyota

about five o'clock in the afternoon and struck a

pig that entered the roadway from a ditch.

She was not hurt and the vehicle sustained about

two thousand dollars in estimated damage.

 

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Location : Grundy CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 31 2015 4:57AM
An early morning fire at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire grounds has left at least two structures with nothing but charred framework remaining. Police say they responded around 1:15 a.m. Monday to reports of a fire in an area of Sleepy Hollow Sports Park where the festival is held. Fire officials called in portable water tanks to contain the flames that scorched the food vendor and maintenance buildings because no hydrants are located on the fairgrounds. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 31 2015 4:49AM
The National Weather Service is predicting showers and thunderstorms
tomorrow night in the area. The prediction at this point is a 90 percent
chance of precipitation. Amounts will range from three quarters of an inch
to an inch of rain.



 
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:56AM

A public record shows that Iowa's new prison for male offenders wasn't expected to be fully operational until fall 2015 even before workers discovered the latest delay-causing problem.

An extension signed by the Department of Corrections with a contractor in June 2014 said that occupancy of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison would be "completed in the fall of 2015."

The next month, testing found that smoke evacuation systems in the inmate housing units were flawed. Workers are trying to bring the buildings up to the fire code.

Corrections' deputy director Brad Hier said the fall 2015 date was a conservative ballpark estimate and no longer has relevance. He says the department hopes to open the prison as soon as it's safe, which could still be sometime this year.

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Location : Iowa
People : Brad Hier
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:53AM

Gov. Terry Branstad is appearing at the fourth annual summit devoted to STEM education in Iowa.

Branstad on Monday stressed the importance of teaching kids about science, technology, engineering and math. The daylong event at a downtown Des Moines convention center features talks on teaching and job creation efforts around the state. It was put on by a STEM advisory group appointed by the governor.

Branstad says Iowa students "must be equipped with a 21st Century education."

Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have made enhancing STEM learning a top education priority. Reynolds says STEM education creates new opportunities for students.

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Topics : Education
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:52AM

Questions are being raised about some purchases by Iowa law enforcement agencies using money seized under state and federal civil forfeiture laws passed to help fight the scourge of illicit drugs.

The money is supposed to be spent on enhancing law enforcement and crime fighting capabilities, not on items that normally would be covered by departmental budgets.

Among the purchases reported by the Register: scented candles, mulch and tropical fish; sewer and water bills; a $27,000 sport utility vehicle for a county prosecutor; respirators for firefighters.

Former Cass County Attorney Daniel Feistner says his office used forfeiture money to buy the scented candles in 2013. He says the candles helped mask unpleasant body odors from some people visiting the office.

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Location : Iowa
People : Daniel Feistner
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:36AM

A judge has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of threatening to blow up the White House.

On Friday Judge Steven Andreasen granted a motion by the attorney for 37-year-old Jeremy Hebert, of Akron, saying the evidence didn't support the jury's guilty verdict rendered on Feb. 18.

The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports, however, that Andreasen sentenced Hebert to five years in prison for three counts of felonious assault. Those sentences are to be served at the same time. Hebert also was given suspended fines of $750 for each count of assault.

Authorities say that when Hebert was arrested at his home on Nov. 20, he threatened to kill each of the three officers present.

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Topics : Law_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:34AM

The new set of standards for what is taught in Iowa science classrooms could prove divisive because of the sections on evolution and climate change.

Several members of the State Board of Education and some members of the public expressed concerns about those subjects.

Board members Michael Knedler and Mike May said at a meeting last week that they worry that including evolution and climate change could make it difficult to implement the standards statewide.

A team of experts is reviewing a set of model science standards. They will make a recommendation to the state board later.

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Topics : EducationEnvironment
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:31AM

Police shot and wounded a man at the end of a chase in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids police say the chase began shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday when officers noticed an orange BMW driving recklessly.

The BMW drove the wrong way down a street and turned into an alley before crashing into a telephone pole.

When officers approached the BMW, it drove toward them, so officers fired on the vehicle.

The male driver was wounded by the gunfire. He was treated at a hospital before being taken to jail.

A female passenger in the BMW sustained minor injuries in the crash. She was treated at the hospital and released.

The two officers involved were not hurt.

The Iowa Division of Criminal investigation will review this incident.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:30AM

Police say no arrests have been made in a late-night shooting that injured one person.

Officers were called for a report of a shooting around 12:10 a.m. Friday. Police say five minutes later, 19-year-old Marquis Norris of Waterloo arrived at Covenant Medical Center with a gunshot wound.

Norris had been shot in the arm, and his injuries aren't considered life threatening.

Police found spent shell casings at the scene. No arrests have been made in the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Waterloo Police Department or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-8477.

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Topics : War_Conflict
People : Marquis Norris
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 6:49AM
An Iowa Catholic parish has packed tens of thousands of meals to send to east African families.

Volunteers from the Corpus Christi Parish packed an estimated 30,000 meals on Saturday destined for families in Moshi, Tanzania.

Deacon Monty Montagne says the meals include rice, beans, dried vegetables and vitamins. He says each packet will feed a family of six for one day.

The parish worked with nonprofit Outreach Inc. on the project. According to the parish's website, it serves the communities of Council Bluffs and Carter Lake and includes the Queen of Apostles, Holy Family and Our Lady of Carter Lake churches.

Jennifer Brungardt, a member of the parish's social concerns committee, says about $7,500 was raised from the three congregations to fund the project.

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Topics : Religion_Belief
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 6:42AM
Police shot and wounded a man at the end of a chase in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police say the chase began early yesterday morning when officers noticed an orange BMW driving recklessly. The male driver was wounded by the gunfire. He was treated at a hospital before being taken to jail.
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Topics : Law_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 6:02AM
A Newton attorney can no longer practice law after the Iowa Supreme Court revoked her law license citing numerous cases of unethical conduct that included taking money from clients without completing work on their cases. The state's attorney disciplinary board filed a complaint against 42-year-old Machelle Crum last July alleging six counts of ethical violations.
 
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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Machelle Crum
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 27 2015 5:53AM
A western Iowa youth softball coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old friend of his daughter has been convicted of four counts of sexual abuse. 47-year-old John Osborn of Council Bluffs was found guiltyyesterday of third-degree sexual abuse in a nonjury trial. He faces up to 40 years in prison at his May 1st sentencing hearing.
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Location : IowaWestern Iowa
People : John Osborn
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 26 2015 5:46AM
Authorities have released the name of the man who was killed in a fire that ravaged an Ames home.

The man was identified Wednesday as 25-year-old Xiangyi Wang. Authorities say he died from smoke inhalation in a second-story bedroom when flames engulfed his home late Sunday night. His death has been ruled accidental.

Two others injured in the fire, 27-year-old Carl Boese and 26-year-old Yin Lang, escaped by jumping from second-floor windows. They were transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center for treatment. Boese was in stable condition as of Monday, and Yang had been released.

Fire officials say the fire initiated in a screened-in porch area at the back of the house. The cause of the fire has been deemed undetermined at this time. Damages are estimated at $160,000.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 9:44AM

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in the city of Clinton, making this the twentieth county in Iowa where this wood boring pest of ash trees has been found. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

An ash tree with evidence of recent woodpecker activity was discovered by a member of the Iowa EAB Team. A branch was removed and bark peeled, resulting in the collection of a suspect larva that was confirmed as EAB by federal identifiers.

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Topics : Environment
Location : ClintonClinton CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 9:15AM

The Hardin County Sheriffs office reports that a

bomb threat was phoned in during a concert

at BCLUW Middle School on Tuesday night.

Sheriff Dave McDaniel says sheriffs deputies

were dispatched to the middle school and the

Union Fire Department was alerted to be on

stand by.

The concert was in the gym and all present were

evacuated.

An investigation took place and it was detirmined

that there was nothing of substance to the threat.

a post incident investigation is underway.

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People : Dave McDaniel
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 7:16AM
A northern Iowa couple who grew suspicious upon seeing a man toss a duffel bag into a river have rescued the cat they found inside the bag.

The adult calico remained in quarantine Tuesday at Mason City Animal Control. She's been named Winnie — short for the Winnebago River from which she was rescued.

The couple had seen the man throw the bag near the bridge at South Kentucky Avenue about 6 p.m. Saturday. Mason City Police Sgt. Greg Scott says the couple "checked on the bag, and there was a cat inside it — a live cat."

Humane Society of North Iowa executive director Sybil Soukup says Winnie's "in good shape, (but) she's a little scared."

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Topics : Human Interest
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 6:48AM
The listening area has been the recipient of a somewhat mixed bag of precipitation over the last 36 hours. The latest rainfall amount is .42 hundreths of an inch.
Some of the precipitation froze on surfaces including glass causing slippery spots.

No relief from the cooler weather is forecast until next week.


 
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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 6:34AM
A man convicted of killing his parents with a machete on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement in central Iowa has been sentenced to consecutive life terms in federal prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Gordon Lasley Jr. was sentenced Tuesday on two counts of second-degree murder. A jury found Lasley guilty in December of killing his parents, Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley, with a machete on Feb. 5, 2014 at their home on the settlement near Tama.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says Lasley received life imprisonment terms on each count, which are to run consecutively. There is no parole in the federal system.

Defense attorneys argued Lasley was insane at the time of the deaths.

Lasley remains in the U.S. Marshal's custody awaiting transport to a federal prison.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Central IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 6:04AM
A Marshalltown man says the city should pay for damage to his rental property caused by a police department SWAT team during its search for a murder suspect.

Ron Iole told the Marshalltown City Council Monday that he filed a claim with the city's insurance carrier, reporting approximately $19,000 in damages from the Jan. 20 incident in which a SWAT unit surrounded Iole's building and fired nearly 30 canisters of tear gas inside. But officials denied the claim, saying the city was not responsible.

Iole says he can't afford to remove the tear gas order and other repairs. Council members say they'll look for ways to help.

The incident occurred as authorities sought 19-year-old Jose Enrique Morales, who was wanted for first-degree murder. Morales has since been located and charged.

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Topics : Law_CrimeWar_Conflict
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 24 2015 7:58AM
The Marshall County Sheriffs Department reports a Gladbook woman was unhurt in a one vehicle accident on Iowa Highway 96. The driver is identified as 38 year old Lori Ann Staff was in a 1999 Ford going westbound when control was lost and the vehicle rolled once.
It was an accident that occurred in the afternoon ti.e Staff again was not hurt.
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People : Lori Ann
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 24 2015 7:53AM
The Marshalltown Police Department reports a case of forgery with an arrest made at a local convenience store. A report indicates the man is identified as 40 year old Franklin Geovan Moradel Zelaya who was charged with forgery. As part of the investigation 100 dollar bills were seized.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 24 2015 6:30AM
Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks. The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate yesterday. Current law protects cities from liability when people are injured skateboarding or biking but it doesn't include a sledding protection.
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Topics : Politics
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 24 2015 6:05AM
Authorities say one man was killed and two others were hurt after a house fire ravaged an Ames home late Sunday night. The man killed in the fire is being withheld pending identification by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner. Two men, 27-year-old Carl Boese and 26-year-old Lin Yang, escaped the flames by jumping from second-floor windows. Information on their conditions hasn't been released.
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People : Carl BoeseLin Yang
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 24 2015 5:58AM
Police say a Des Moines man has been charged in connection with a stabbing in Newton. Court documents show 25-year-old Quentin Smith was arrested and charged with attempted murder after a stabbing incident Sunday night at a Newton home. Police say a man awoke to Smith standing nearby with a knife in hand.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Des Moines
People : Quentin Smith
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 23 2015 5:53AM
Authorities say a man was killed and two others, including a 3-year-old, were injured in a one-vehicle rollover in southwest Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol says 23-year-old Brandon Perez of Fort Madison was pronounced dead at the scene near Red Oak. Thirty-year-old Hilary J. Knox, also of Fort Madison, and an unidentified child were airlifted to the Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Hospital & Medical Center, respectively. Their conditions weren't immediately known.

Investigators say Perez was driving a vehicle early Sunday when it dropped off the shoulder of U.S. Highway 34. The report states Perez overcorrected, causing the vehicle to cross the road into a ditch before rolling over several times.

Knox and the child were thrown from the vehicle.

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Location : IowaSouthwest Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 21 2015 7:11AM
Authorities say two 14-year-old boys have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed a southwestern Iowa home.

The teens were charged with first-degree arson and are being held in the Council Bluffs Juvenile Detention Center. They are accused of starting several fires that ravaged a Tabor home March 15.

Investigators say the fire began on the front porch and moved onto the roof. Sheriff Kevin Aistrope says the boys likely used an aerosol device to set the fires, but that they had no intention of destroying the house.

Authorities say one of the teens lived in the house. Investigators say they believe the boys caused the fire because they were the last at the home and reported it to authorities.

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Location : IowaSouthwestern Iowa
People : Kevin Aistrope
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 21 2015 7:07AM
One of the oldest churches in Fort Dodge has been demolished. The Messenger reports that demolition of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church began last week. The church has a cornerstone dated 1903. Crews were instructed to demolish the building because of problems with the foundation.
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Topics : Religion_Belief
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 21 2015 7:02AM
Police say Slipknot guitarist Mickael Thomson has been charged in Iowa after a fight with his brother earlier this month in which Thomson was stabbed. Clive Police Department Chief Michael Venema said Friday an investigation found both 41-year-old Thomson and his brother, 35-year-old Andrew Thomson, were responsible for the March 11th assault that hospitalized the pair. Both have been charged with disorderly conduct by fighting. The metal band Slipknot formed in the 1990s in Des Moines.
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