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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2014 10:46AM

Officials in western Iowa have scheduled a news conference to announce developments in the case of a Council Bluffs school fight that left a 17-year-old student dead.

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber and Council Bluffs Police Chief Tim Carmody will hold a joint news conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday to release the results of the investigation into the death. Officials also plan to announce charges in the case.

Dakota Escritt died Saturday at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, two days after he hit his head on the tile floor at Abraham Lincoln High School during the fight.

Authorities have already charged a 16-year-old boy with assault in the case. The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes.

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Location : IowaNebraskaOmaha
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2014 10:23AM

Prosecutors in Las Vegas say O.J. Simpson got a fair trial and evidence supporting his 2008 conviction and imprisonment on kidnapping and armed robbery charges is overwhelming.

A deputy to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told the Nevada Supreme Court in a filing that Simpson isn't entitled to a new trial in the 2007 hotel room confrontation over sports memorabilia.

Wolfson and Lawyers for Simpson didn't immediately respond Tuesday to messages.

The 67-year-old Simpson has served more than six years of a nine-to-33-year Nevada prison sentence and isn't eligible for parole until 2017.

A Clark County District Court judge rejected arguments last year that Simpson's trial lawyer botched his case.

The high court in September 2010 rejected a previous appeal by the former football player.

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Location : Las Vegas
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2014 9:57AM

Prosecutors are dropping criminal transmission of HIV charges against an Iowa man saying they cannot proceed with prosecution after the Iowa Supreme Court in June threw out his conviction.

Court records show the Black Hawk County attorney's office filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the case against 40-year-old Nick Rhoades.

Rhoades, treated for HIV since 2005, had sex with a man he met in an Internet chat room and was convicted in 2009 under Iowa's HIV transmission law. He appealed claiming his attorney should not have let him plead guilty when there were inadequate facts to support the plea. The Supreme Court agreed.

Rhoades' appeal attorney is happy Rhoades will not be a felon and will not be branded a sex offender for life.

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People : Nick Rhoades
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2014 9:49AM

An animal welfare group is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the death of four rabbits used for research at the University of Iowa.

A USDA routine inspection report from August found four rabbits died in June during a study. The report says the animals died of unexpected study complications.

The USDA report says the researchers did provide care for the animals, but didn't contact or consult with a veterinarian about their health.

A University of Iowa spokesman says the school has addressed the USDA report internally. He says the university is committed to complying with regulations governing the care and use of animals in research.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2014 9:46AM

A portion of Interstate 35 in central Iowa has reopened after a crash involving a semitrailer closed it for several hours.

West Des Moines police say the crash happened Tuesday morning after a northbound semitrailer struck construction barriers just south of Iowa Highway 5 and overturned. The truck's fuel tank ruptured and spilled diesel across the highway.

The semitrailer struck a second semitrailer in the opposite direction. Two smaller vehicles then hit the second semitrailer.

Three people were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth person declined medical attention at the scene.

The crash closed a portion of the interstate in both directions and traffic was rerouted. It reopened in the late afternoon.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2014 9:41AM

An eastern Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including vehicular homicide in connection to a crash that killed four teenagers in August.

24-year-old Joseph Connolly, of Holy Cross, submitted a written plea to Dubuque District Court on Friday. He also asked for a speedy trial.

Connolly faces multiple charges in connection to the crash near Epworth. Connolly's pickup hit a four-wheeled utility vehicle carrying Sean Kenneally, Mitchell Kluesner, Nicholas Kramer and Bryce Wilwert. They boys, all 14, were killed. Two passengers in Connolly's car were injured.

Authorities say Connolly was intoxicated and speeding before the crash. He remains jailed on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

Connolly recently sought to have his bond reduced. A judge has yet to rule on the request.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 30 2014 10:05AM

An Osage woman is recovering after being injured in a house fire.

The fire occurred Sunday in Osage.

Osage Police Officer Mike Niemeyer says he arrived to find the home filled with smoke. He found the unconscious woman in an upstairs bedroom.

Osage Fire Chief Kurt Angell says the woman was held in a local hospital overnight for observation.

Police say a neighbor heard Fox's dog barking, saw smoke pouring from the house and then called 911 around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Angell says the house suffered little structural damage.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 30 2014 9:57AM

A defense lawyer says the Boston Marathon bombing suspects' sister denies making phone threats, allegations that have resulted in a harassment charge.

Authorities say Ailina Tsarnaeva (tsahr-neye-EH'-vuh) of North Bergen, New Jersey, claimed that people she knew could bomb the home of a woman who was previously involved with her husband.

Her lawyer, Susan Marcus, said Tuesday that the claim is "uncorroborated."

Bail was set at $5,000.

Tsarnaeva told reporters she had "nothing to say."

Authorities say Tsarnaeva has been required to check in with Massachusetts probation officers since last October after she failed to cooperate with a counterfeiting investigation.

Her brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has pleaded not guilty in the April 2013 marathon explosions, which killed three people. Her other brother, Tamerlan, died after a gunbattle with police.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 30 2014 9:17AM

  Authorities in eastern Iowa say a man working under a disabled minivan on the side of the road died after the vehicle fell on him.

  Linn County Sheriff's deputies were called to the road, between Marion and Springville, around 8 p.m. Monday.

  First responders arrived to find the minivan that had fallen on a man. He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

  Authorities have not released the man's name pending notification of his family.

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Location : IowaSpringville
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 30 2014 9:14AM

  Police have arrested an Iowa City man who they say stole an electric company truck that was found burned.

  19-year-old Justin Johnston was charged last week with felony first-degree theft and aggravated misdemeanor driving while barred.

  Police say surveillance video shows Johnston stole the Neumiller Electric truck worth $25,000 on Sept. 18. The truck was later found burned in a ditch roughly 4 miles from Johnston's home.

  He is being held at the Johnson County Jail on $30,000 bond. Online jail records didn't indicate an attorney.

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Location : Iowa
People : Justin Johnston
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 30 2014 4:53AM
A body found in a car trunk has been identified as that of an Iowa State Universitystudent from China who has been missing for more than three weeks.

The Iowa City Police Department says the death of 20-year-old Ton Shao is suspicious.

The cause of death is being withheld pending results of an autopsy.

Investigators want to talk with 23-year-old Xiangnan Li (zi-ON'-nan Lee) of

Iowa City. They say he may have information about Shao's


The two were friends, and Shao was visiting Li, who is a University of

Iowa student from China.

Police spokesman Sgt. Scott Gaarde says it appears Li may have returned to


Shao, a junior chemical engineering student, was last seen in Ames more than

three weeks ago.


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Location : IowaIowa City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 29 2014 11:43AM

  The state's largest school district is opting not to participate in a survey of student behavior.

  The biannual Iowa Youth Survey, given to sixth-, eighth- and 11-graders, identifies behavior trends and gathers data about risks confronted by Iowa's youth.

  Spokesman Phil Roeder for the Des Moines School District said that school officials are conducting their own survey created by the Gallup company. Roeder says the district felt conducting both surveys would be redundant.

  About 300 other Iowa districts are taking part in the survey. It will be administered this week through Oct. 31.

  In 2012, nearly 71,000 students took the survey, continuing a trend of reduced participation since 2005, when about 98,000 students completed it.

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Location : Iowa
People : Phil Roeder
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 29 2014 5:26AM

The Marshalltown Center will be having its

3rd Annual Malltemberfest Market this Saturday.

Ken Huge of the Marshalltown Center says

hours for the event will be ten a-m to

five p-m.

He says fifty vendors will be involved.

The United Way will be selling pork

burgers in a fundraising effort as

grilled by the Marshall County Pork Producers.


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People : Ken Huge
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 29 2014 5:09AM

The Marshalltown Art Walk will be held Thursday

of this week.

Organizers say the timing of the event will

be between four and seven thirty p-m.

You can shop downtown and view and

purchase art pieces and interact with

the artists.

There will be twenty stores and artists



by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 26 2014 12:57PM

  The University of Mary has suspended head volleyball coach Melissa Chaplin.

  School spokesman Brian Larson says Chaplin is suspended indefinitely while the school "conducts a review of the program." He declined to say whether Chaplin is accused of misconduct.

  A telephone listing for Chaplin could not be found.

  Chaplin was named head volleyball coach at the private Bismarck school in January. The previous four years she ran a volleyball club in Florida. She is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and played collegiately at Iowa, Iowa State and Florida Gulf Coast.

  Mary assistant coach Thais Franca is overseeing the Marauders program in Chaplin's absence.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 26 2014 12:49PM

  A northern Iowa man accused of making threatening statements against schoolchildren has pleaded not guilty.

  Loren Saxon, 48, is charged with terroristic threats and public intoxication. Police reports say Saxon was heavily intoxicated while at a motel in Charles City on Aug. 24. According to officers, Saxon said he was a member of the al-Qaida terrorist organization and that he would shoot as many children as he could. He was not armed at the time.

  Online court records don't list a trial date in Floyd County.

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Location : Charles CityFloyd CountyIowa
People : Loren Saxon
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 26 2014 12:35PM
  A Tipton man is accused of looting his father's bank account while his dad was being treated for rectal cancer. Court records say Timothy Gingerich is charged with theft, identity theft and 28 counts of forgery. Authorities say the 26-year-old wrote himself nearly $8,000 in checks from his father's bank account.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 26 2014 5:42AM

Today is day 2 of the four days of Oktemberfest

in downtown Marshalltown.

The Carnival will begin today during the four

o'clock hour, a Spaghetti Dinner will be

taking place at the Colisuem at five o'clock


A Classic Car show begins on Main Street at

five o'clock as well.

There will also be a live band known

as "EXIT 185" which will play on Main Street

starting at six p-m.

Great weather is forecast for the event.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 25 2014 5:50AM

The Iowa Transportation Department has told Tesla Motors to stop offering test drives.

The department said the test drives were illegal because Tesla isn't a licensed auto

dealer in Iowa and because state law bars carmakers from retail sales.

A Tesla spokeswoman told the newspaper that the company doesn't think the statutes apply because the company was offering only three-day test drives, not actually selling cars.

Tesla doesn't sell its electric cars through franchise dealerships. People can buy the Model S online or at one of a handful of Tesla stores around the country.

Tesla is based in Palo Alto, California.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 25 2014 5:19AM

Jimmy Johns sandwhich shop has informed customers

of a data security incident that took place between

June 16th and September 5th.

Company officials say it involves those who used credit cards

or debit cards to pay for orders.

Some 216 Jimmy Johns store were impacted including

ones in Des Moines, Ankeny and Ames, the Marshalltown

store was not affected.

The company says the problems are fixed and customers

can transact with credit or debit cards once again.

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Location : Des MoinesMarshalltown
People : Jimmy Johns
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 24 2014 1:59PM

  Early voting by absentee ballot will begin in Iowa on Thursday, and the secretary of state is encouraging all eligible voters to participate.

  Iowa allows absentee voting by mail and offers early in-person voting at the offices of county auditors beginning the 40th day before Election Day.

  Residents have increasingly opted for voting by absentee ballot in recent elections for the convenience and in response to increasing pressure from political parties striving to get as many votes as possible cast by Election Day.

  Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced earlier this week that the number of absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters this year is nearly double the number sought 43 days before the 2010 election.

  Democrats have in recent election cycles excelled at the strategy but the numbers released Monday show Republican absentee ballot requests are up nearly 145 percent from 2010 to just over 31,000. Democratic requests have climbed nearly 67 percent to nearly 58,000.

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Location : Iowa
People : Matt Schultz
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 24 2014 1:49PM

  A man who was thrown from a horse has been flown to a Mason City hospital for treatment.

  The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office said officers and medics were dispatched around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday to an address in Rockwell. They found Todd Bilharz, 43, who'd been tossed off the horse.

  Bilharz was flown by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa with injuries that were described as non-life-threatening.

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People : Todd Bilharz
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 24 2014 1:33PM

  West Des Moines officials have decided to use an insecticide to save some city ash trees from a pest that's killed millions of ashes elsewhere in the country.

  The city had planned to remove all 1,100 city ashes over four years. But city officials said this week that a product called TREE-age has been working in many cities, including Milwaukee.

  John Olds, West Des Moines' urban forestry supervisor, said healthy adult ash trees with diameters of 10 to 12 inches should be able to receive the injection treatments. Costs are not projected to increase with the new strategy, officials said.

  The city action comes as the emerald ash borer advances elsewhere in Iowa, with infestations already detected in 13 counties. The beetles are native to Asia and were first detected in Michigan in 2002. Since then the insects have killed more than 50 million ash trees.

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Location : Des MoinesIowaMichiganMilwaukee
People : John Olds
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 24 2014 1:08PM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will visit Iowa next month to campaign for Republican congressional candidate Rod Blum, according to a Wednesday news release from Blum's campaign.

Blum's campaign said Paul will appear at a public event at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Oct. 22.

Blum is running in the 1st Congressional District against Democrat Pat Murphy. The seat is vacant because four-term congressman Bruce Braley is running for Senate.

Paul has visited the leadoff voting state of Iowa several times over the past two years. In June, he spoke at the state GOP convention. He has been touring the country this year amid speculation about his 2016 presidential plans.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 24 2014 9:55AM

Weather forecasters say the weather should be good for the four days of Oktemberfest in Marshalltown Thursday through Sunday.

The weatherman says highs will be in the mid to upper seventies and lows will be in the middle fifties during the run of Oktemberfest.

No real mention of any significant preciptation.

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 24 2014 5:55AM
Iowa Valley Community College District, which operates Ellsworth Community College, Marshalltown Community College, Iowa Valley Continuing Education and Iowa Valley Grinnell, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Iowa’s Top 100 Workplaces for the fourth consecutive year.

For 2014, IVCCD ranked 31st on Iowa’s list of mid-sized employers.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement.
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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 24 2014 5:52AM

MMSC and the McFarland Clinic have announced a

partnership to create a cancer center in Marshalltown

pending state approval in November.

MMSC CEO John Hughes says a certificate of need

has been applied for with a state hearing on

November 3rd. If the certificate of need is granted

a linear accelerator will be purchased and housed

at a new clinic currently under construction

on the south side of Marshalltown.

Hughes says some 12 letters of support were recieved

and submitted to the state of Iowa.

He says they will find out on November third if the

certificate of need is granted.

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Location : IowaMarshalltown
People : John Hughes
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 23 2014 10:09AM

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors met at

Marshall County Courthouse today.

Two highlights of the meeting included:

The Supervisors approved a proposal to enter

a three way agreement with FEMA over a

of a Marshall County residential property

that is
flood prone and had flood problems in the

and summer of 2013. The property was

by the Wiegand family.

Fema will cover a majority share of the buyout,

Marshall County will cover a share and the

Wiegands will also cover a share so that

the property is bought out and the family

can get on with their lives.

Also the Supervisors clarified the amount of

money that County Buildings and Grounds

Director Paul Zobel is actually making and

a resolution in that regard, and

apologized for
an earlier boo boo in disclosing a

salary figure
that was inaccurate.










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Location : Marshall County
People : Paul Zobel
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 23 2014 9:58AM

A Marshalltown man has been sentenced to more prison

time after being convicted of arson and animal cruelty related

crimes in Marshall County Court.

The Marshall County Attorneys office confirms that

48 year old Van Gentry who is already in prison

faces additional years in prison as a result.

Gentry was convicted of setting fire to a trailer on April 27th

of this year and also entering the Saint Mary`s convent

building and also setting a fire there.

In addtional some animals perished in the fire that was

set at the trailer.

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People : Van Gentry
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 23 2014 7:56AM

The latest weekly crop report is out from the USDA:

Top soil and subsoil moisture levels are looking

pretty good, top soil moisture is 80% adequate,

subsoil moisture is 79% adequate.

The report indicates 76% of the corn and 74% of the beans

are in good to excellent condition.

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says last week

was the driest week in Iowa in seven weeks time.

The temperarture at one point last week dropped

down to 33 degrees at Batlle Creek, Elkader, Sheldon,

and Stanley, the high temperature for the week

reached 90 at Sioux City and Little Sioux.

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Location : IowaSioux City
People : Harry Hillaker
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