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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:21PM

A former board member for an Iowa school district seeks to block the closure of one of its three schools.

The Board of Education at Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District voted 5-2 Wednesday to close the district's elementary and middle school building located in Gladbrook and move students to two schools in Reinbeck in an effort to cut costs. But Charles Bearden, who previously served on the board, has filed a legal petition to prevent the closure.

Bearden said on Thursday that the building in Gladbrook is newer than those in Reinbeck, and that it would be a "disgrace" to shut it down.

Josh Hemann, a current board member who voted in favor of the proposal, says maintaining an elementary school in every town isn't realistic.

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Topics : Education
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:19PM

A Senate panel has abandoned Gov. Terry Branstad's broadband bill and instead approved different legislation aimed at expanding high-speed Internet in Iowa.

Members of an economic growth subcommittee approved a bill Thursday that focuses more heavily on the infrastructure of building out broadband, also known as high-speed Internet. The bill has no grant program for service providers but expands a property tax offer.

The bill now heads to a full committee for consideration.

Sen. Steven Sodders, a Democrat from State Center, says Branstad's bill needed stronger language on expanding a fiber-optic network, which experts say is the best system for robust service.

Sodders is sponsor of the remaining bill and says it incorporates aspects of Branstad's legislation. He plans to meet with House leaders to ensure there is cohesive legislation.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:15PM

The Burlington Animal Board has decided that a dog that was involved in a fatal police shooting of a woman was not dangerous or vicious, and should be returned to its owners.

The board announced its decision Wednesday after a 90-minute hearing.

On Jan.6, 34-year-old Autumn Steele was fatally shot by a Burlington police officer outside her home when the officer was investigating a domestic disturbance involving her husband. The policeman was startled by the couple's German Shepherd dog, which ran outside from the couple's home. The officer fired several shots at the dog when he fell down. One of the shots missed the dog, and hit Steele in the chest.

Steele's 4-year-old son and a neighbor witnessed the shooting. The witness said the dog did not appear to be attacking the officer.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:15PM

A House panel has approved a bill that would legalize the sale of more fireworks in Iowa, a move that echoes action in the Senate.

Members of a ways and means subcommittee approved the bill Thursday. It now heads to a full committee for consideration.

The bill would require retailers to obtain a license to legally sell firecrackers, roman candles and other fireworks. Currently, state law allows only sales of sparklers or certain "novelty fireworks."

Several groups spoke in opposition to the bill and argued it would lead to more injuries. Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley and chairman of the subcommittee, says it's important to give consumers the right to buy fireworks.

A similar bill is advancing in the Senate.

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Topics : PoliticsSocial Issues
Location : Iowa
People : Matt Windschitl
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:07PM

A southwest Iowa mother convicted in a cancer hoax involving her 5-year-old daughter must make restitution totaling nearly $33,000,

Seven claimants stepped forward at a restitution hearing on Wednesday in Cass County District Court to request around $10,000 total.

Cass County Attorney David Wiederstein says Judge Greg Steensland didn't rule on any of the claims. Once he rules, the total paid out will be deducted from the restitution that 30-year-old Leatha Slauson must pay. The remainder will be sent to cancer research-based charitable organizations.

Last month Slauson was sentenced to five years of probation. She'd pleaded guilty to child endangerment, theft and other crimes. Prosecutors say Slauson posted on a Facebook page that her daughter had colon cancer. Donations soon began pouring in.

Her story proved to be a lie.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:02PM

A 24-year-old Marion man faces several charges following a collision with a patrol car being driven by a sheriff's deputy in northeast Cedar Rapids neighborhood.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that the accident occurred around 4:50 p.m. on East Post Road. The release says a southbound vehicle driven by D'Andre Hicks went out of control and ran into the northbound cruiser being driven by Deputy Chad Watkinson.

The release says Hicks drove away, with Watkinson and two other officers in pursuit. Hicks was captured a few blocks away when he stopped his car and tried to flee on foot.

Hicks' attorney didn't immediately return a call on Thursday seeking comment on the allegations.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 2:58PM

A 23-year-old man is accused of threatening to light a stick of dynamite in his girlfriend's North Liberty home and threatening her with a knife.

Dillon Charles Lee Sage of Grand Junction is charged with first-degree harassment and domestic abuse.

According to a North Liberty police complaint, Sage was arguing with the woman while packing his belongings at her home.

The complaint also says Sage briefly blocked the woman from leaving the residence with her son. The woman eventually was able to leave with her child and drove to a convenience store to call police.

Sage was being held in Johnson County Jail as of Thursday. Online jail records didn't list an attorney for him.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 5:40AM
Iowans are doing pretty good in the aftermath of the latest snowfall. The snow fell during the day Wednesday. Snowplowing and shoveling was done on a repeated basis. Roads this morning are mostly to partly covered with ice and snow.

Some schools depending on the location are delayed two hours others do to the efficiency of the snow clearing done are on time.

We're are back into the deep deep freeze as far as low  temperatures are concered the next two days in the listening area.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:45AM

Fuel prices will soon go up in Iowa now that Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a tax increase into law.

Branstad announced Wednesday that he had signed the bill, which will raise the state fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon. The Legislature gave bipartisan support to the measure Tuesday in an effort to provide more road funding.

The legislation will provide more than $200 million annually for Iowa's network of bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating or deficient. The price change will go into effect March 1.

Branstad says he recognized the state needs more money for infrastructure. He praised lawmakers for reaching a bipartisan consensus.

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Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:44AM

A 14-year-old girl has been flown to an Iowa City hospital after being shot by another teen handling a rifle.

Vinton Police Chief Ted Paxton says officers were sent to the Vinton home just after 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. They found the girl had been shot in the head. She was taken to Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton and then transferred in critical condition to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The names of both teenagers have not been released.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : IowaIowa City
People : Ted Paxton
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:42AM

Officials have found no links between the suicides of two students at a school in suburban Des Moines.

Authorities say a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Urbandale Middle School killed herself on Feb. 15. The suicide of an eighth-grade girl was reported on Monday.

No evidence has been found that either girl was bullied, and Superintendent Doug Stilwell says the girls didn't know each other.

He told The Des Moines Register on Tuesday that the district is in shock and that, "We'd like to think that one or two suicides isn't a pattern."

Stilwell says counselors from the high school were brought in to help the middle school students and also says district officials are discussing the idea of bringing in professional speakers to discuss suicide with students.

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Location : Des Moines
People : Doug Stilwell
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:39AM

The trial of a 35-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in a northern Iowa girl's stabbing death is set to begin next week.

Prosecutors say Casey Frederiksen was watching the 5-year-old girl at the time of her disappearance in July 2005. She was the daughter of his live-in girlfriend. The child's body was found in the Cedar River a few days after she was reported missing.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Hamilton County. The trial is expected to last at least two weeks.

A message seeking comment was left with Frederiksen's attorney Wednesday.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Hamilton CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:06AM

The Iowa Senate has approved bills that would raise Iowa's minimum wage and try to curtail cases of wage theft.

The Democratic-majority Senate voted 27 to 22 Tuesday to increase the state's minimum wage level to $8.75. The Senate also voted 26-23 to establish more rules to curtail alleged wage theft by employers in Iowa.

The bills now head to the Republican-led House for consideration, but it's unlikely there's enough support there to get them to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk.

Lawmakers in the House have said they would rather focus on skilled worker training opportunities instead of a minimum wage bill that raises it above its current level of $7.25. Lawmakers have also said there are other ways to prevent wage theft.

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Topics : LaborPolitics
Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:03AM

Commercial airline service has returned to Fort Dodge for the first time in more than a year.

Air Choice One began service Monday from the Fort Dodge Regional Airport to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Missouri and Chicago O'Hare International Airport in Illinois.

The restoration of commercial airline service to Fort Dodge comes about a year after Great Lakes Airlines halted operations at the local airport due to a lack of pilots.

Rhonda Chambers, director of aviation at the Fort Dodge airport, says Monday's flights are the result of year-long efforts to secure a new airline.

Erik Straka is the first passenger to depart from Fort Dodge, and he says the option to fly out of the city's regional airport was convenient.

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Location : IllinoisMissouri
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:02AM

Iowa senators are reviewing legislation that would expand an effort to offer online voter registration in the state.

A Senate subcommittee discussed the proposal Tuesday. Iowa does not currently offer online registration, but the secretary of state is working on a system that will offer the service to anyone with a valid driver's license or state issued identification.

The proposed legislation would also offer online registration to those without those forms of ID. The bill did not immediately receive subcommittee approval, but Democratic Sen. Jeff Danielson says he hopes it will move forward.

Deputy Secretary of State Carol Olson says the office would prefer to get the first system up before starting such an initiative but that the office would work with the Legislature.

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Topics : Politics
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 6:01AM
The Marshalltown Police Department says the local snow ordinance will go
into effect at 2pm this afternoon. Vehicles need to off the designated snow
routes for snow removal purposes. Vehicles will be towed away if on the street at
owners expense.

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Topics : Weather
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 5:49AM
The National Weather service has posted a Winter Storm Warning for today.
They are saying some five to eight inches worth of snow and easterly winds
of ten to twenty miles per hour. Be wary of road conditionsand for early school

The warning will be in effect until nine p-m Wednesday night followed
by cold temperatures.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 24 2015 5:04PM
  According to Marshall County Attorney Jennifer Miller, a motion was made today for Jose Morales’ trial to be moved to a location outside of the county. Miller noted this motion was made because of the excessive amount of media coverage this case has received. She said the fear is that keeping the trial in Marshall County could cause it to be difficult to find an untainted jury.
  Morales is accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Dedrikk Montrell Fisher back in January. The alleged shooting took place on West Church Street here in Marshalltown. An intense search by authorities for Morales ended on Wednesday, January 21st when police found and arrested Morales at a Plaza Heights Road location here in Marshalltown.
  He faces charges of First Degree Murder and Going Armed with Intent. He has already demanded a speedy trial. His jury trial date is currently set for April 7th of this year.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 24 2015 5:02PM
  Jean Martinez-Velazquez has waived his right to a speedy trial. According to Marshall County Attorney Jennifer Miller, Martinez-Velazquez had originally had an April trial date scheduled. However, because of his decision, Martinez-Velazquez won’t receive a new trial date at this time.
  Martinez-Velazquez is accused of shooting a woman at the Flamingo Motel on Iowa Avenue West here in Marshalltown. The alleged incident took place back in January of this year. Martinez-Velazquez is facing charges of Attempted Murder, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, and Aggravated Domestic Assault.
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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 24 2015 5:56AM
At the latest meeting of the Marshalltown City Council, Council heard from
Library Director Sarah Rosenbloom about a proposal to get voters to approve
a small levy for the Marshalltown Public Library that would create some 204-thousand dollars to enhance the libraries efforts including opening up on Sundays for a few hours.

She says the overall budget of 900-thousand dollars has stayed the same for a while and patron useage is between 800 and a thousand people per day.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 23 2015 6:45AM
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors meet Tuesday morning at nine a-m.
According to the published agenda there are 18 items on the agenda
for the Supervisors to work through.  The proposed budget will be discussed
and in addition a construction permit for a hog confinement facility is being

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 23 2015 6:02AM
  The Marshalltown City Council will meet at noontime today at Marshalltown City Hall.
The purpose of the meeting is to further progress the proposed city budget for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.

  Word is that taxes will be raised between four and a half and
ten cents per thousand dollars of valuation in order to meet expenses.

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Topics : Business_Finance
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 23 2015 5:59AM
A high school wrestler from southwest Iowa who collapsed at the state duals tournament has been released from a Des Moines hospital.

Spokesman Gregg Lagan (LAY'-guhn) for Mercy Medical Center said Sunday night that Creston/Orient-Macksburg student Tayler Pettit is heading home.

Pettit's parents said in a statement released by Lagan that Tayler complained of a shortness of breath after his second match Wednesday. He then collapsed, experienced seizures and went into cardiac arrest.

Scott and Melissa Pettit said in the statement that doctors found Tayler has a previously unknown condition in which an extra electrical pathway in his heart caused a rapid heart rate.

Their statement said Tayler underwent a procedure to correct the pathway and is expected to make a full recovery.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 21 2015 6:45AM
The Marshalltown area got snow pellets Saturday morning during the overnight time frame.It amounted to a dusting. The high on Friday reached 33 which seemed almost balmy compared to temperatures in recent days.

The weather man says its back into the deep freeze starting Saturday night with a day time high predicted Sunday of 7 above and a low Sunday night of -9 below.

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 21 2015 6:38AM

Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials say about 100 gallons of fuel has pooled on top of a frozen section of the Des Moines River.

DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says E-85 fuel overflowed Friday as a tank at an Estherville service station was being filled. He says the fuel reached a nearby storm sewer and flowed to the West Fork of river in northern Iowa.

Officials say they began cleaning the spill atop the ice and placed a barrel at the end of the storm sewer pipe to collect any fuel that continues to flow through and keep it from reaching the river.

Baskins says the DNR doesn't expect significant environmental impact from the spill.

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Location : EsthervilleIowa
People : Kevin Baskins
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 21 2015 6:32AM
Visiting Iowa for the first time this year, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham got some advice from Republicans already thinking about the state's lead-off presidential caucuses. He says they told him he needs to keep showing up. Graham spent two days in Iowa this week, mostly attending private events with Republican elected officials and activists as part of his efforts to "test the waters" for a potential campaign.
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Location : Iowa
People : Lindsey Graham
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 20 2015 5:12PM
  James Robert Head has been given a trial date. Head will appear in front of a jury in Marshall County on July 7th.
  Head is accused in the murder of Adam Paul Garrett of Tama. Marshalltown authorities discovered the body of Garrett back on December 6th of 2014. An autopsy was done, and the case was then deemed a homicide. Five days following the discovery of Garrett’s body, law enforcement arrested Head and charged him with First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.
  Head is pleading not guilty to both charges. He also previously waived his right to a speedy trial.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 20 2015 4:51PM

An Iowa woman has been acquitted of two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of her husband and his girlfriend more than 30 years ago.

After nearly eight hours of deliberation, jurors found 54-year-old Theresa Supino not guilty in the 1983 killings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory, whose bodies were found on the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton.

Jurors weighed witness testimony and crime scene evidence presented over nearly three-week trial in which prosecutors said Supino killed Fisher and Gregory out of anger over their relationship. The defense said the murders could have been related to the former ranch owner's drug trafficking.

It's unclear whether officials will continue to investigate the murders.

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Location : IowaJasper County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 20 2015 4:48PM

A former owner of a Des Moines pharmacy has been sentenced to prison for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and tax evasion.

According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Mark Graziano was sentenced Friday by Chief Judge James E. Gritzner to two years in prison, and will have three years of supervision after he is released. Graziano must also pay almost $600,000 in restitution.

Graziano pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2014 after being accused of illegally selling 700,000 hydrocodone pills at Bauder Pharmacy.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation began looking into the pharmacy when an informant notified state regulators.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa prosecuted the case.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 18 2015 4:51PM
  According to Marshall County Assistant Attorney Paul Crawford, Jose Enrique Morales has entered a written plea of NOT GUILTY to charges of Murder in the 1st Degree and Going Armed with Intent.
  Also, Crawford stated that Morales’ trial date has been set for April 7th of this year.
  Morales is accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Dedrikk Montrell Fisher back on January 17th here in Marshalltown. Authorities spent nearly four days searching for Morales following the shooting. This search included an incident during which a SWAT team was deployed to a northern Marshalltown residence and stayed outside the house for several hours after receiving a tip that Morales was hiding inside. Officials deployed tear gas and advised anyone inside to surrender. However, SWAT discovered that Morales was not inside the home after deploying tear gas and entering the residence. This was just one of two separate incidents where SWAT surrounded a home in search of the suspect.
  Morales ended up being found and arrested on Wednesday, January 21st at a Plaza Heights Road location without incident. Two additional arrests were later made in connection to the case.