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ouncil needs to approve the budget first.

Business owner Catherine Champion says she is \"totally in love\" with the designs. Former Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey also was excited about the planned update of downtown streets.

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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbing a liquor store in Cedar Rapids.

Police say two men entered Big Discount Liquor on Tuesday night with guns and demanded money. No injuries were reported and the men left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities say they quickly located a suspect vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The car was found unoccupied a short time later, but officers found two people matching the description of the robbery suspects. They were arrested.

A third suspect was identified in the investigation and arrested.

The men have been identified at 27-year-old Robert Larry Ray Barlow, 36-year-old Joshua M. Sandlin and 19-year-old Jack Daniels Yoders. They each face a charge of first-degree robbery, among others. Court records do not list attorneys.

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Authorities say they're looking for a man who failed to return from a work release assignment in central Iowa.

The state Department of Corrections says 24-year-old Nelson Messiah Humes was placed on escape status Saturday. He is accused of failing to return to the Curt Forbes Residential Center in Ames from a work release assignment.

Hume was on parole supervision before being transferred to work release in August. He is serving time for a conviction of willful injury causing bodily injury and first-degree theft.

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An Iowa sheriff's deputy says his agency has contracted to pick up a man in a Vermont jail so he can face charges in his home state.

Thirty-two-year-old Christopher M. Wood was arrested in the northeastern Vermont town of St. Johnsbury last week after a traffic stop and police discovered he's wanted on warrants stemming from an April hammer attack in Cherokee County.

A Vermont judge offered Wood the opportunity to drive himself home so he could face the charges, but he couldn't post the required bail.

Wood's attorney says his client wants to return to Iowa.

Cherokee County Chief Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen says Wood waived extradition and they've contracted with a transport company to get him. He doesn't know when Wood will be returned.

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A 38-year-old man is scheduled to be resentenced Wednesday for the 1992 slaying of a woman in Dubuque when he was a teenager.

Court records say Sean Rhomberg was 16 when he was charged after the November 1992 killing of 70-year-old Marion Carpenter. Rhomberg was convicted of stabbing Carpenter in the neck with a kitchen knife during a robbery attempt. Authorities say Carpenter had hired Rhomberg the day before to shovel snow at her home.

Rhomberg has been serving a life sentence. Rhomberg's attorney filed a motion for a resentencing after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned sentences of life without parole for juveniles can be applied retroactively.

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Federal authorities say an Iowa man has been charged with defrauding his former employer in Illinois of at least $2.7 million.

U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said 47-year-old Dominic Scodeller of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested Tuesday on charges of fraud and money laundering. A grand jury indicted Scodeller on 15 counts last week.

Authorities say Scodeller defrauded Bituminous Insurance Companies from about 2001 to May 2013. Scodeller was a purchasing and facilities manager for the Rock Island-based company. Authorities say he approved payments to bogus entities that he created and transferred the money for personal use.

Scodeller was ordered held in U.S. Marshals Service custody pending a detention hearing.

He faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of fraud and money laundering. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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An Iowa man who says he caught a Dubuque school van speeding while transporting students has been fired by a lawn care company.

Jay Shipley says that TruGreen Lawn Care fired him for recording the incident while he was driving a company vehicle. He said he was suspended last week and was fired Tuesday.

Shipley says he became concerned because the van was traveling more than 80 mph on Interstate 280 near North Liberty. He called the Iowa State Patrol and later posted the video on Facebook.

A Dubuque Community School District spokesman says a school staff member was driving students to a conference in Des Moines. The district is investigating the speeding allegations.

TruGreen says that its policy is to follow laws that prohibit speeding and using a cellphone while driving.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in Iowa as the election nears.

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state planned to appear Wednesday at events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport. She was expected to stress early voting.

Clinton came to Iowa in September to headline retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's last annual \"Steak Fry\" fundraiser. She has kept up a busy schedule this fall, campaigning for Democrats in close races.

On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton will appear at two events in Iowa for Braley.

Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard. Ernst will campaign Wednesday with Arizona Sen. John McCain.

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Authorities say they're investigating the cause of a train collision in Osage involving a grain truck.

Lt. Jeremiah Johnson of the Osage Police Department says the Canadian National Railway train hit the vehicle Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Johnson says the truck was carrying corn to the Osage Co-Op Elevator when the collision occurred. Additional information about the circumstances is under investigation.

The driver of the truck was identified as 23-year-old Kolby Berg, of Osage. The train engineer is 60-year-old Thomas Howland, of Riceville.

The collision briefly affected traffic in the area.

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The driver of a semitrailer was sent to a hospital after his vehicle struck an Interstate 29 overpass in Iowa.

The crash happened Tuesday morning at the Port Neal Interchange near Salix. A sand silo being carried by the semitrailer struck the bottom of the overpass.

The silo went into the medium and struck two parked cars. The semitrailer continued on for about 100 feet and hit a construction crane.

The driver was taken to a local hospital, but additional information was not released. The crash affected traffic for the southbound lanes for several hours.

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A murder trial has begun for an 18-year-old charged in the death of a 5-year-old boy outside a rural home where they were foster children.

Lawyers for Cody Metzker-Madsen plan to use an insanity defense in the 2013 death of Dominic Elkins.

Authorities say Elkins was killed while the boys were playing outdoors at their home near Logan, in western Iowa. He died as a result of blunt-force head injuries and drowning.

Elkins' body was found at the bottom of a ravine.

Metzker-Madsen has pleaded not guilty and has waived his right to a jury trial. A judge will make the final ruling in the trial that began Tuesday and is expected to last two weeks.

Legal experts say that Metzker-Madsen will not be released from jail if found not guilty. He will likely face years in state care.

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A Waterloo man faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of another man at a nightclub in August.

36-year-old Rodolfo Gonzalez Pena made an appearance in court Tuesday. Online records do not list an attorney.

Pena is accused of shooting 35-year-old Celio Antonio Posada, of Minneapolis, in the early morning hours of Aug. 23. The pair hung out prior to the shooting. Authorities say they still don't know what led to the shooting.

Gonzalez has been jailed on gun charges since the shooting.

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A fire has destroyed a longtime furniture store in northeast Iowa.

Firefighters responded early Tuesday to Dungey's Furniture and Floors in New Hampton. They remained on the scene several hours later.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported.

New Hampton Fire Chief Steve Geerts says the store, which has been in business for more than 50 years, was destroyed.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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Commercial air flights will return to Fort Dodge with Air Choice One offering trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Fort Dodge has been without air service since Great Lakes Airlines stopped flights in February, because of a lack of pilots.

It's not yet known when the new flights by Air Choice One will start. The airline's chief administrative officer, Cindy Stork, says a starting date hasn't been finalized.

But Rhonda Chambers, the aviation director of Fort Dodge Regional Airport, says she expects the service will start in about 60 to 90 days. Chambers says the airport's commission is excited commercial flights will be offered again at the Fort Dodge airport.

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A former northeastern Iowa ethanol plant worker says a jury's $1.4 million verdict in her favor sends a message that workplace sexual harassment cannot be tolerated.

A jury ruled last week that Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler must pay Tina Haskenhoff $100,000 for lost wages and $1.3 million for past and future emotional distress.

Haskenhoff says plant manager Kevin Howes and other employees repeatedly made inappropriate comments about her and other women. Haskenhoff says she was accused of poor performance after complaining in 2011.

Haskenhoff said Tuesday she cried after the Chickasaw County jury returned the verdict. The 46-year-old Sumner resident says she hopes that she can move on from a devastating period.

But corporation attorney Kevin Visser says the verdict's tainted by improper jury instructions that will be appealed.

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Two students have been suspended from a Lancaster-area high school football team after a prank involving the head of the school's Baron mascot.

The Manheim Central School District removed the defensive starters, both seniors, from the team. That happened after a photograph appeared on SnapChat showing one of them wearing the Baron's head while nude in the locker room.

Reno Dart and the player who took the photo were also suspended from school for three days for what the district deemed \"defacing school property.\"

The district did not identify the second player and declined comment.

Dart's parents told the newspaper the Oct. 17 photograph was likely in poor taste but not malicious. The mascot wasn't damaged.

They say the episode has cost both players college scholarship opportunities.

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FIFA says preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco in December are continuing and there is currently no Ebola threat to cause it to be canceled.

The world soccer body says it is in contact with Moroccan authorities and is \"constantly updating its position\" with regard to Ebola on the advice of the World Health Organization.

Morocco has no reported cases of the deadly virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa, almost all in the three worst-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Club World Cup, which will feature Champions League winner Real Madrid, is scheduled for Dec. 10-20.

FIFA also says it agrees with the Confederation of African Football's decision to move games out of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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Relatives of a Broncos fan who went missing during last week's game are concerned for his safety.

Police are still searching for 53-year-old Paul Kitterman since Thursday night's matchup with the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field. His stepson, Jarod Tonneson, says he was last seen after he left his seat to meet friends at halftime.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said detectives do not suspect foul play, but he would not elaborate.

Relatives spent the weekend posting fliers and checking area hospitals and detox centers.

Tonneson says Kitterman had left his cellphone at home and did not have much cash. He says Kitterman has no known health problems and does not use drugs.

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The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois.

Department spokesman David Roeder (ROH'-der) said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola. The plant will employ about 175 people. Another 2,000 temporary construction jobs are expected to be created while the plant is being built.

Roeder confirmed Cronus also plans to open a U.S. headquarters in Chicago with about 25 employees.

Construction is expected to start on the Cronus Fertilizers plant next spring and take about three years.

The company chose the site over another location in Mitchell County, Iowa. It considered sites in other states, too.

Details of any incentives that Illinois offered to Cronus weren't immediately available.

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Sioux City will install security cameras in its 17 elementary schools and update cameras in middle and high schools.

Officials say the move will help ensure the security of students and staff.

Technology director Neil Schroeder of the Sioux City school district said the elementary schools currently do not have security cameras installed in their buildings.

On Monday, the school district approved an agreement with Midwest Alarm to set up eight cameras in each elementary school.

Under the agreement, the company would also update more than 200 of the devices in middle schools, high schools and other district buildings.

The project is expected to cost about $454,000.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:22PM

Authorities say a man who claimed to be suicidal has surrendered during a brief standoff in Mason City.

Mason City police say the man was taken to a local hospital Thursday for an evaluation.

Police responded to a home after a man inside claimed to be armed with a handgun. He also threatened to kill himself.

Police say he came out of the house about 20 minutes later without incident. No injuries were reported. Police later determined the man's weapon was either a pellet or paintball gun.

Additional information about the man's hospitalization has not been released.

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Location : Mason City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:20PM

The owners of a closed elder group home in Marion have been arrested on several charges, including neglect and abandonment of a dependent person.

Donald and Peggy Berns also face charges of dependent adult abuse-exploitation. Peggy Berns told KGAN that she and Donald intend to fight the charges.

In August the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals revoked the license of the Berns' facility, Park Setting Elder Group Home. Documents released by the agency indicate employees used a board to block a tenant's door after state officials told them not to lock the room at night. The agency says employees were not properly trained and failed to secure medication and hazardous chemicals.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:18PM

A 44-year-old man involved in an Iowa City standoff has been given nearly 32 years in prison for his 10th federal drug conviction.

Prosecutors say Brandon Thompson, of Iowa City, was sentenced on Monday to 380 months in prison. He must serve 10 years of supervised release after he leaves custody. Thompson had pleaded guilty in June to possessing methamphetamine for sale. Prosecutors say Thompson's sentence was increased because of his extensive criminal history.

On March 25 officers traced Thompson to a motel on the northeast side of the Iowa City airport. He wouldn't open his door for officers or respond after they knocked. Police say members of the Iowa City department's Special Response Team finally entered the room around 2:30 a.m. March 26 and took Thompson into custody.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
People : Brandon Thompson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:16PM

Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a baby boy who was run over in his child seat in a Des Moines driveway.

Des Moines police say in a news release that 26-year-old Brian Garrett and 33-year-old Deanthony Clark have been arrested. Jail records say both remained in custody on Thursday. Court records don't list the men's attorneys.

Police say Garrett was the father of the 4-month-old child, Breland Garrett. Brian Garrett is charged with child endangerment. Clark's charges include operating while intoxicated and five counts of neglect of a dependent.

Police say Breland was placed on the driveway in front of a sport utility vehicle as several children were being loaded on Aug. 30. The SUV subsequently moved forward and ran over Breland.

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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:14PM

The owner of a popular Des Moines pharmacy will likely serve up to 37 months in prison for illegally selling tens of thousands of addictive painkillers to drug abusers.

An attorney representing Mark Graziano said Tuesday that his client plans to plead guilty to two of the 18 federal charges filed against him as part of a deal with prosecutors. He is expected to plead guilty on Nov. 6 to one count of drug conspiracy and one count of tax evasion.

Graziano, owner of Bauder Pharmacy, is accused of selling about 700,000 hydrocodone pills from the pharmacy. He originally faced more than 15 years in prison.

The pharmacy, which is known for its soda fountain that serves homemade ice cream, could remain open if Graziano sells his share within 30 days.

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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Mark Graziano
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:02PM

Health officials are telling a Des Moines man to stop telling people he's a doctor or he could face jail time.

The Iowa Board of Medicine sent a cease and desist letter to 60-year-old Jorrion Belinsky following an incident in June where he told a West Des Moines police officer that he was a psychiatrist whose public argument with a woman was a doctor and patient interaction.

Police reported the incident to the medical board. Their letter states Belinsky has not graduated from an accredited medical school and does not hold an Iowa medical license. The letter also says a civil injunction or felony charge is possible if he doesn't stop portraying himself as a doctor.

A public number was not listed for Belinsky.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Jorrion Belinsky
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:01PM

The University of Iowa says its new art museum will be located in downtown Iowa City across from the new music school.

The university announced Wednesday that it has selected a local development group to build the museum in a public-private partnership.

A 2008 flood of the Iowa River severely damaged the old museum, which featured one of the nation's largest collections of art. The Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled that it would not be eligible to be replaced with federal money because it was less than 50 percent damaged. The university's collection has been displayed at various locations since then.

University Provost Barry Butler says the museum will be located on Clinton and Burlington Streets, near where construction of the new Voxman School of Music has started.

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Topics : EducationEnvironment
Location : Iowa
People : Barry Butler
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 11:59AM

Federal authorities are searching for a husband and wife accused of running synthetic drug and gambling operations in Cedar Rapids.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Wednesday that Melissa and Mohamad Al Sharairei didn't show up to a court hearing in Cedar Rapids on Monday.

Court records show the two planned to plead guilty to charges of running an illegal gambling business involving video slot machines and money laundering.

Investigators have said the couple owned Puff N'Stuff II, a tobacco shop in Cedar Rapids that once had a lucrative synthetic drug business. The government has already seized properties in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids that investigators say were purchased with proceeds from $1.3 million in sales.

The two were arrested in May in Pueblo, Colo., which was their last known address.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 11:57AM

The official transcript of a speech Michelle Obama made Tuesday on behalf of Senate candidate Bruce Braley mistakenly referred to him as a candidate for governor in the email subject line.

The transcript was sent by the White House Tuesday night after Obama appeared at a rally in Iowa City. The transcript accurately says Braley is running for Senate, and Obama got it right in her remarks, but the subject line of the email says Obama was at an event for "Democratic Candidate for Governor Bruce Braley." The White House later sent a corrected email.

Two weeks ago, Obama visited Des Moines for Braley and repeatedly got his name wrong, calling him "Bruce Bailey."

Braley, a four-term congressman, is in a close race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 11:53AM

Officials say a Fort Madison school bus carrying dozens of schoolchildren has collided with an SUV, but there are no serious injuries.

The Fort Madison Community School District says the crash happened Wednesday morning as the bus was headed to an elementary school. Nearly 40 schoolchildren were onboard at the time.

Fort Madison police say the driver of the SUV, 30-year-old Kaylynn Kruger, failed to stop at a stop sign before the crash. She was issued several citations, including not having a valid driver's license.

District spokeswoman Nicole Baker says students were picked up in a separate bus and taken to school. One student complained of minor aches, and the school bus driver later went to the hospital to be monitored for shoulder pain.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 11:52AM

The state has launched a new emergency alert system to warn residents of tornadoes, chemical spills or other dangers.

It's called the Alert Iowa System, a program the Legislature approved earlier this year. According to Iowa officials, the annual cost of running the program is expected to be about $300,000.

On Tuesday, the system was used for the first time at the Iowa Homeland Security Conference with Gov. Terry Branstad sending out a practice message. A chorus of cellphones chiming was soon heard in the conference room.

About one-third of Iowa's counties will initially be served by the notification system. All counties will be later able to access the program that provides local officials control of how and when to issue emergency and public safety notifications to residents.

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Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 22 2014 10:33AM

A 54-year-old northwest Iowa man has been accused of sexually abusing his wife and of forcing her to take pills that resulted in the termination of two pregnancies.

Records say the Storm Lake man is charged with two counts of sexual abuse; five counts of termination of pregnancy — consent by force or intimidation; and one count of domestic abuse assault. The Associated Press is not naming the man, in order to protect the woman's privacy.

The woman told police that between October 2012 and April 2014, her husband forced her to take pills on five occasions, resulting in the loss of two fetuses. She also says he threatened her with a machete during sexual assaults.

Efforts to reach his attorney were unsuccessful on Wednesday.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 22 2014 9:31AM

An Iowa man has pleaded guilty to his part in a Missouri bank robbery after which the suspects left their loot in a tree.

Twenty-seven-year-old Torrence Joseph O'Neill, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Kansas City to one count of bank robbery.

O'Neill and two other Iowa men were accused of robbing the Citizens Bank and Trust in Burlington Junction in March.

A witness who followed the three men helped Nodaway County authorities capture them. A few days later, authorities found the more than $12,000 taken from the bank hidden in a tree in southern Iowa.

The other suspects, Donald Kester Jr, of Mount Pleasant, and Travis Davis, of Fort Dodge, have change of plea hearings scheduled for next week.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 22 2014 9:29AM

A 21-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to 16 years and four months in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

A judge handed down the punishment to Jeremiah Romo of Aplington this week. He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child porn in a deal with prosecutors who dismissed three similar charges.

Romo was also ordered to serve 20 years of supervised release after his prison sentence.

Authorities say Romo in 2013 had the pornographic images on his laptop and a flash drive.

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Location : Iowa
People : Jeremiah Romo
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 22 2014 9:20AM

A Woodbury County supervisor accused of shooting a gun into the air near his wife has been given 30 days in jail.

44-year-old David Tripp received the sentence Tuesday in district court for domestic abuse assault. He was ordered to report to jail by Friday.

Tripp, a former jailer, was accused in December of firing a gun in the air in the driveway of his home. His wife was nearby but was not hurt.

Tripp said Tuesday he had thought about aiming the gun at himself. His attorney says his client is seeing a psychiatrist after being diagnosed with depression. He is also seeing a counselor for alcohol abuse.

Tripp was elected as a county supervisor in 2010. His term will end in January.

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Location : Woodbury County
People : David Tripp
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 22 2014 9:16AM

A Des Moines Public Schools employee has been arrested following an allegation that she had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Des Moines police say 33-year-old Dena Marie Konrad was taken into custody Tuesday morning. She faces two felony counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Court records do not list an attorney.

Konrad is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a male student over the summer that included sexual conduct. Police say family members of the student contacted school officials with the allegation. District officials alerted police and an investigation was launched Friday.

Konrad is a case manager for Des Moines Public Schools who builds relationships with students and families in order to provide various services.

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Topics : EducationLaw_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 22 2014 9:13AM

A Des Moines pharmacy owner accused of selling nearly 700,000 pills of addictive painkillers will plead guilty to some charges as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Mark Graziano's lawyer Guy Cook says his client has agreed to plead guilty on Nov. 6 to a drug-conspiracy charge and a tax-evasion charge.

Graziano is facing 18 federal charges. The deal would mean prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 24 to 37 months in a federal "prison camp."

Authorities raided Graziano's pharmacy in 2012 after an informant said Graziano illegally sold hydrocodone pills. He denied any wrongdoing, but Cook now says his client "has chosen to accept responsibility."

The plea deal would include Graziano selling his majority stake in the pharmacy within 30 days.

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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Guy CookMark Graziano
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 22 2014 9:11AM

A Winterset woman has been charged with vehicular homicide following a car crash in May that killed two people.

Court records show 21-year-old Mari Silliman faces two counts of vehicular homicide. She turned herself in earlier this month and is out after posting bond.

The single-vehicle crash in May killed 20-year-old Logan Waltz, of Winterset, and 21-year-old Taylor Aleman, of West Des Moines.

Matthew Thomas Lindholm, an attorney for Silliman, says his client plans to plead not guilty to the charges. He says alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash, and there will be an investigation into road conditions prior to the crash.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 21 2014 10:30AM

Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling on Tuesday after reviewing prosecution arguments for a tough sentence as well as the defense case for a more lenient punishment for the double-amputee Olympic runner.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, shooting her through a closed toilet door in his home. Pistorius testified that the shooting was an accident after mistaking his girlfriend for a nighttime intruder.

Masipa convicted him of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, but acquitted him of murder.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 21 2014 10:18AM

A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling's mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner.

Judge Richard Fruin said last week he planned to allow the suit, but he reconsidered after arguments from Shelley Sterling's lawyer.

The judge found that V. Stiviano presented no evidence to support her claim that Shelley Sterling called her a thief and an embezzler in public forums. He said that while Stiviano claimed she was defamed in hundreds if not thousands of publications, she did not present a single quotation to support her claim.

Attorney Pierce O'Donnell, who convinced the judge to dismiss, says Stiviano's suit was an act of desperation. Shelley Sterling is suing her for return of $2.5 million in gifts from her husband.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 21 2014 10:04AM

An Iowa man who wouldn't pull over for police while racing to get his pregnant wife to a hospital has been charged with speeding.

41-year-old Ben Kohnen also is charged with failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Last Tuesday Kohnen refused to halt for pursuing officers as he sped from his home in Pomeroy toward a hospital in Fort Dodge so his wife, Rachel, could safely deliver their fourth child. Officers eventually deployed stop sticks that punctured one of his vehicle's tires, so Kohnen stopped.

When officers realized Rachel Kohnen was in labor, they took her to the hospital while her husband stayed to talk to other officers. Tiny Hazel Kohnen was born about an hour later, after her dad arrived.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 21 2014 10:03AM

An Iowa jail inmate who escaped from the facility in August has been sentenced to 15 more years behind bars.

A Webster County judge rejected 43-year-old Jason Sullivan's request for a suspended sentence on Monday. He pleaded guilty last month to a charge of escaping from custody.

Authorities say Sullivan and another man escaped the Fort Dodge jail in August while doing laundry. They used sheets they tied together as a makeshift rope to escape through a vent. Sullivan was recaptured a few days later in Fort Dodge.

Sullivan told the judge that people with similar charges have been granted probation. The judge says Sullivan's criminal record is too long to warrant a more lenient sentence.

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Location : IowaWebster County
People : Jason Sullivan
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 21 2014 9:57AM

Authorities say a woman lied to a Des Moines pharmacy worker about a man threatening to hurt the woman's children if she didn't get him some drugs.

Andrea Small now faces theft and other charges. Jail records say Small remained in custody on Tuesday. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

Police say Small went into a drugstore around 4 a.m. Monday and told the pharmacy worker that the man had the woman's children in a car outside. Small told the worker the man was demanding she bring him a painkiller.

Police say the worker gave Small bottles containing several hundred pills.

A car that picked up Small outside the drugstore was tracked to a Des Moines residence, where Small and three other people were arrested.

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Location : Des Moines
People : Andrea Small
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 21 2014 9:55AM

West Des Moines firefighters and medics say they have revived three kittens and one cat after a house fire.

The West Des Moines Fire Department says the felines were pulled from the burning home on Monday. Firefighters say they were suffering from smoke inhalation.

First responders used oxygen masks to resuscitate the animals. One kitten was taken to an area veterinarian for further treatment.

They say a second adult cat was found dead inside the home.

It's unclear what caused the fire. Firefighters say the blaze caused about $50,000 in damage.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 21 2014 9:53AM

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors voted to amend the

speed limit on a stretch of gravel road in Marshall County at Yates

Avenue and 220th Street where a producer is creating a new

farm lane. The speed limit there drops to 35 miles per hour.

In other action the Board voted to allow the Noon Optimists

to use the courthouse grounds for holiday lighting starting on

November 22nd the date of the annual Holiday Stroll in downtown

Marshalltown.

Two County employees were honored for years of service including

Dave Eubanks for 20 years of service to the Secondary Roads Department

and Wendell Millizer for 10 years of service to the Sheriffs office.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 21 2014 9:53AM

A Cedar Rapids woman has admitted defrauding clients of her law firm.

Prosecutors say 54-year-old Susan Hense pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud. She faces up to 20 years in prison.

In a plea agreement, Hense admitted that she falsely represented to her firm's clients that money belonging to them would be held in trust on their behalf in a bank account. Hense admitted that over three years she stole more than $837,000 from her clients. Hense has since been disbarred.

Prosecutors say she has agreed to pay restitution.

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People : Susan Hense
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 21 2014 9:50AM

Dubuque police say they have few leads in the shooting death of a teen two years ago, citing a lack of cooperation from witnesses.

15-year-old Marlon T. Barber Jr. was fatally shot in downtown Dubuque while he and his friends walked away from a party before midnight.

He was taken to a hospital where he was able to provide police some clues about the alleged shooter before dying from his injuries.

Dubuque Police Department Lt. Scott Baxter says the investigation into Barber's shooting has come to a standstill. He says police believe they have identified all of the people involved in the shooting. But he says that they and others who have some knowledge about the crime have been "relatively uncooperative."

Baxter says the department is still treating the investigation as active and ongoing.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 20 2014 10:34AM

Authorities say a 55-year-old Le Mars man has been fatally injured while operating a combine near Merrill in northwest Iowa.

The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office says a trailer being pulled by the combine broke loose and struck the combine on Friday evening. The combine went into a ditch, and officials think the operator was thrown from its cab. The Sheriff's Office says the operator died later at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

He was identified as Eugene Sitzmann.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 20 2014 10:32AM

A teenager has been accused of separate attacks on two women along a park trail in Fort Dodge.

The boy was arrested Saturday shortly after officers talked to a woman who'd been stabbed on the Snell-Crawford Park Trail. She suffered neck and arm injuries and was taken to a hospital.

Assistant Fort Dodge Police Chief Roger Porter told the newspaper that information gained during Saturday's investigation led officers to believe the boy also was involved in an August attack in the same area.

The boy is charged with attempted murder and going armed with intent in Saturday's attack. He is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the attempted abduction of a woman on the trail on Aug. 5.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 20 2014 10:29AM

A Wisconsin couple has been sentenced to five years in prison after Clayton County authorities discovered a methamphetamine manufacturing operation at their Iowa home.

34-year-old Jesse Lutz and 32-year-old Shara Lutz previously faced harsher sentences because their 7-year-old son lived in the home. The couple from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, took a deal with prosecutors last week.

Prosecutors say a state Department of Human Services worker visited the home in September 2013 and smelled meth. They were each charged and convicted with possessing drugs with intent to distribute and child endangerment.

The couple assisted prosecutors in securing convictions against another man and woman connected to the same operation.

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People : Jesse LutzShara Lutz
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 20 2014 10:28AM

A Des Moines police sergeant says a woman charged in a fatal hit-and-run panicked when she left the scene of the accident.

20-year-old Ashley Brown is remorseful about the Saturday death of 55-year-old Kenneth Wallace. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and not having insurance.

Wallace had been walking and was found dead in the road.

Halifax says Brown turned herself in after a witness identified her to police. Authorities are examining surveillance videos from businesses near the scene of the crash.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 20 2014 10:26AM

An 18-year-old Waterloo man is facing charges after police found a 17-year-old girl dead Sunday with a gunshot wound to her head.

The shooting was reported shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday at a home in Waterloo.

Officers found 17-year-old Jazzmine Rembert in the basement with a gunshot wound.

Few details were released about the circumstances of the shooting. An autopsy is planned Monday.

Police arrested an 18-year-old on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a weapon and selling weapons.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 20 2014 10:23AM

Law enforcement policies on the use of stun guns vary greatly across Iowa's 99 counties, and civil rights experts who recently reviewed the policies say many of them are inadequate.

That identifies several deficiencies in the stun gun policies.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the University of Iowa College of Law Clinic conducted the study after questions were raised about stun gun use in lawsuits and previous stories.

Last year, two people died after being stunned by officers during confrontations.

State lawmakers considered requiring stun gun training and policies on their use but failed to pass a law.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 20 2014 10:21AM

Hospitals and doctors' offices in Iowa are preparing for the unlikely possibility of a case of Ebola in the state.

Clinics have started asking whether patients have visited the countries where the Ebola outbreak is based West Africa.

And area hospitals are practicing using protective equipment that would be needed to treat an Ebola patient.

Dr. Daniel Gervich with Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines says the risk of an Ebola patient here is extremely low, but it's important to have a plan in place.

Hospitals will have to be ready to isolate patients with symptoms consistent with Ebola — such as vomiting, fever and diarrhea — while testing is done.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 20 2014 10:20AM

A long-idle beef processing plant is getting ready to reopen in Tama later this month.

Iowa Premium Beef officials recently took reporters on a tour of the plant that had been closed since 2004.

The plant has undergone a $48.6 million renovation to prepare to process about 1,100 cattle a day. If the business is successful serving food service, retail and international customers, production could double eventually.

The plant could eventually employ more than 600 workers. To qualify for $4 million in state tax credits, 120 of the workers will have to earn at least $15.42 an hour.

CEO Jeffrey Johnson says the company has already received more than 1,000 applications to work at the plant.

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Location : Iowa
People : Jeffrey Johnson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 6:23PM
Des Moines police say an arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of a 55-year-old man.

Reports of a person in the road in eastern Des Moines led officers early Saturday to the discovery of the body of Kenneth Leroy Wallace, of Des Moines.

Police say it was clear Wallace had been hit by a vehicle, and officers found a license plate believed to be from a truck that hit him.

Police used tips to track down the truck, but didn't initially find its driver.

But by late Saturday afternoon, police announced the arrest of 20-year-old Ashley Kay Brown, of Des Moines. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and not having insurance.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 6:20PM
A Fort Dodge man convicted in August of first-degree murder will not be getting a new trial.

A judge on Friday denied 28-year-old Derrick McElroy's motion for a new trial.

A jury found McElroy guilty in the May 2011 shooting death of 19-year-old Brandyn Preston at a party. Preston, who was left paralyzed from the neck down, later died from his injuries.

McElroy's attorney asked for a new trial, saying there was not enough direct evidence to prove McElroy shot Preston.

McElroy's sentencing will continue as scheduled on Oct. 31.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 6:15PM
A lawsuit filed by the family of a man fatally shot by a Van Buren County sheriff's deputy two years ago has been transferred to federal court in Davenport.

An attorney representing Van Buren County Deputy Sheriff Jon Tharp sought the transfer.

Tharp responded to reports about an armed man walking on a highway's shoulder in 2012.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Tharp acted in self-defense when he opened fire at R. Michael Dooley.

But the lawsuit against him says Tharp shot Dooley before Dooley could obey orders to put down his weapon.

Tharp still works as a deputy in Van Buren County.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 6:14PM
A 64-year-old northeastern Iowa man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison sexually abusing a child.

Donald Spragg, of Farmersburg, had been convicted of two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child.

According to the Clayton County Attorney's Office, the incidents that prompted the charges occurred from September 2013 to May 2013. Spragg had spent nearly a year in jail on the charges at the time of his recent sentencing.

Spragg will be under the Department of Corrections' supervision for the rest of his life after completing his prison sentence, must register as a sex offender and pay the victim restitution.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 6:12PM
The death of a woman at Maquoketa Caves State Park in September has been ruled an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs.

Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Russ Long says that there were no indications of foul play in the death of 40-year-old Stacy Sterrett, of Harper, Iowa.

Authorities were called to the caves campground the morning of Sept. 9 and found Sterrett dead. A male companion told investigators that he found her unresponsive when he woke up.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 6:09PM
The trial of a man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in a Northwood park has been postponed.

The trial of 40-year-old Tyrone Washington Jr. has been scheduled to start Oct. 20 in Webster County. On Friday, Judge Colleen Weiland granted a request to continue the trial by Washington's attorney, who has raised concerns about the lack of racial diversity among the trial's jury pool.

A telephone conference will be conducted on Oct. 31 to determine a new trial date.

Washington is accused of fatally stabbing 30-year-old Justina Smith, also of Northwood, last year. He has pleaded not guilty.

His trial was moved from Worth County to Webster County.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 6:02PM
Des Moines school officials say East High School was been forced to forfeit its football game against Ames because of internet rumors about possible gun violence.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association gave East the option to forfeit the Friday night game, travel to Ames to play or postpone it until daylight Saturday and play at the East stadium.

School Superintendent Tom Ahart says the reasons cited by the association and Ames school officials are baseless and the decision is an insult to students and the Des Moines Community.

East school officials arranged for more police officers at school Friday in response to rumors of a gunfight but nothing unusual happened during school.

An athletic association spokesman didn't immediately respond to a message.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 6:00PM
An Iowa student and his mother face felony charges after authorities say they searched the boy's home in Rolfe and found enough explosive materials to level a two-story building.

Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe said Friday that the 14-year-old boy, who was not identified, reportedly planned to blow up a building in November.

Lampe says the boy apparently researched how to make the explosive materials and had perfected the formula. The boy was charged with possessing explosive materials with intent to use the material to commit a public offense.

The teen's mother was charged with possession of explosive materials, child endangerment and aiding and abetting reckless use of explosives. She was not named.

Authorities say a teacher saw the boy researching explosives on a school computer.

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People : Bob Lampe
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 5:58PM
An off-duty Iowa sheriff's deputy has been charged with assault and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said Friday that 35-year-old Jeffrey Allen Athey, a Chickasaw County sheriff's deputy, was arrested on Oct. 4 in New Hampton.

Athey was initially charged with assault causing injury, a serious misdemeanor, and taken to the Bremer County Jail. He was released the following day, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was contacted to help with the investigation.

Authorities say a subsequent investigation led to the additional charge filed Monday of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Athey has been on paid suspension since Oct. 5. He has worked at the sheriff's office for six years.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 5:56PM
One of two health insurers providing coverage to low-income Iowa residents through a state program is withdrawing its services.

The Iowa Department of Human Services announced Friday that CoOportunity Health will soon no longer be an insurance option for those enrolled the Iowa Health and Wellness Program, the modified Medicaid expansion offered as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Under the federally funded program, some people are enrolled in a state-run health plan and others get premiums covered for private insurance. About 112,000 people are in the program, with roughly 26,000 on private insurance.

CoOportunity covered 9,700 people. State officials say they will now be covered by the state-run health plan. CoOportunity spokeswoman Leigh McGivern says it was too costly for the insurer to continue coverage.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 18 2014 5:35PM
The Scott County attorney says five Davenport officers acted correctly in a shooting last month that left a man dead.

Scott County Attorney Mike Walton on Thursday cleared the officer in the death of 54-year-old James A. Cave.

Cave died Sept. 22 when he was hit numerous times by police after pointing a loaded gun at officers.

Walton says detective Erin Pape, Cpl. Seth Farley and officers Nathan Kelling, Bryan Grothus and Matthew Lovelady acted properly. Since the shooting, they have been on administrative leave.

The shooting followed a three-hour standoff with officers, who repeatedly called on Cave to put his gun down.

Walton says that because Cave was holding a gun, officers had few options.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 17 2014 10:47AM

An 18-year-old Drake University student has been arrested for posting threats of gun violence on a social media website.

Michael Zachary Crisp has been charged with first-degree harassment. He has posted bond and has been released from the Polk County Jail after his arrest at 3 a.m. Friday.

Des Moines Police spokesman Jason Halifax says a message posted on the social media site Yik Yak threatened that "Columbine will look like childs play." a reference to the April 1999 shooting at a Colorado high school in which 13 people died.

Halifax says detectives worked with Yik Yak administrators and Drake officials to trace the messages to Crisp, who admitted sending the threats when police confronted him.

Court case information wasn't immediately available to determine if he has an attorney.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 17 2014 10:14AM

A student with a firearm has been taken into custody on a recreational trail near a high school in northern Iowa.

Charles City police say the boy displayed the firearm to officers who found him Thursday on the Charlie Western Recreational Trail. The trail is near the Charles City High School football field bleachers. He was detained without incident and taken to a hospital for evaluation. His name hasn't been released.

Police say the boy's parents had asked for help in finding the boy, who was upset. The boy showed up around noon at the school but didn't go in. He then went to the trail, where officers found him.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 17 2014 9:29AM

Authorities have confiscated homemade, chemical-based explosives from the home of a student in the northern Iowa town of Rolfe.

Ron Humphrey of the State Fire Marshal Division says about a quarter pound of the explosive was found Thursday and that the material could have seriously injured someone, had it exploded.

Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe says an adult and a juvenile have been detained and will be charged.

Classes in the Pocahontas Area Community School District were dismissed early Thursday afternoon as a precaution. Superintendent Joseph Kramer says there were no direct threats against the school, its students or staff members.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 17 2014 9:26AM

Police have reported a peaceful ending to a 3½-hour standoff with a man who said he had a gun in his Iowa City mobile home.

A city news release says officers were sent to the home a little after 8 p.m. Thursday to check a report about a man who had threatened to burn down his neighbor's home and had gone inside his own home to get a gun.

Officers initially weren't able to talk to the man, who wouldn't leave his home. He later called 911 and then made contact with a police negotiating team.

Police say the man left his home around 11:30 p.m. and was taken into custody. He was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. His name hasn't been released.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 17 2014 9:25AM

A student has been charged with carrying a weapon the grounds of a high school in Iowa City.

A city news release says the 16-year-old student was charged on Wednesday. The Associated Press generally doesn't name juveniles accused of crimes.

Iowa City police say officers were sent Oct. 10 to West High School to check a report that a student had carried a gun onto school property. A teacher reported that the student was showing signs of emotional distress.

An unloaded .357-caliber handgun and a box of ammunition were found in a backpack inside his locker.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 17 2014 9:16AM

A Cedar Rapids man who supplied heroin to someone who was found dead the next day has been sent to prison.

Prosecutors said Thursday that 24-year-old Austin Martens was given 11 years and three months behind bars. Martens also must serve five years of supervised release after he leaves custody.

Martens had pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin and admitted to supplying $80 worth of heroin to another person in March 2013. That person was found dead the next day after overdosing.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 17 2014 9:15AM

Cedar Rapids police say a motorcyclist has been seriously injured after fleeing from an officer and crashing into a house.

The crash happened Thursday evening. Police say the motorcyclist was driving recklessly and sped off when an officer tried to initiate a traffic stop.

The officer stopped following the motorcycle after the pursuit became dangerous. A jogger later flagged down the officer and said the motorcycle had crashed into a house.

Police haven't released the identity of the driver or announced any charges. No other injuries were reported.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 17 2014 9:10AM

Authorities in Bremer County in northeast Iowa say the driver of a tanker truck has died after the truck collided with a car and rolled onto its top in a ditch.

A sheriff's office statement says 37-year-old James Ruehlow, of Mason City, died Thursday in the accident 2 ½ miles east of Plainfield at an intersection of a state highway and a county road.

Ruehlow's cause of death isn't immediately clear. An autopsy has been ordered.

The truck collided with a car driven by 16-year-old Nicole Manross, of Waverly. She is not injured.

The accident closed Highway 188 for four hours and resulted in a diesel fuel spill from the truck into the ditch requiring cleanup.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 17 2014 9:07AM

Prosecutors have dropped murder charges against an Iowa woman who admitted to causing the head injuries that killed a three-year-girl at her in-home day care.

Rochelle Sapp of Orange City pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges under a plea agreement in the death of Autumn Elgersma. Sapp admitted that she dropped the toddler to the ground and also admitted to multiple acts of child endangerment in prior months.

Prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge, which would've been a life sentence for Sapp. Second-degree murder would've required 35 years.

Judge Edward Jacobson sentenced Sapp to an indeterminate sentence of up to 100 years.

Drake University law professor Bob Rigg says the 34-year-old Sapp will serve "significant time" — likely around 15 to 20 years.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 16 2014 12:46PM

A former staffer for Iowa Senate Republicans has filed a lawsuit detailing her claims of sexual harassment and boorish behavior by male aides and lawmakers.

Kirsten Anderson, ex-communications director for the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus, alleges she was fired after complaining about an environment "that allowed ordinary sexism and fraternity behavior to flourish."

The lawsuit alleges one male senator repeatedly talked about women's breasts and which lobbyists were the biggest flirts. Another, it claims, repeatedly commented on which of Anderson's shoes and hairstyles he preferred.

The lawsuit focuses largely on a policy analyst, who's accused of gossiping about the sexual history of a female senator and other inappropriate behavior.

Anderson says her supervisors started nitpicking her work after her complaints, then fired her. Republicans say she was fired for performance.

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Location : Iowa
People : Kirsten Anderson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 16 2014 9:22AM

Authorities say a 57-year-old man whose body was found in his Jesup home had suffered a fatal fall.

The body of Daniel Kimball was found in his home on Tuesday morning. The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says Kimball had fallen on some stairs and struck his head.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 16 2014 9:21AM

Iowa City police have charged a man with aggravated animal torture who they say abused his roommate's kitten for hours.

21-year-old Leo Nopoulos of West Liberty was released from the Johnson County Jail Wednesday after posting $5,000 bond.

A University of Iowa student says his 8-week-old cat named Fritz is alive, but lost one eye and doesn't have vision in the other. He set up his laptop earlier this month to monitor Fritz while he was away.

Police say the video shows Nopoulos punching, kicking and throwing objects at the kitten. They say the attack lasted "nonstop" for longer than three hours last week.

It wasn't immediately clear if Nopoulos has an attorney.

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People : Leo Nopoulos
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 16 2014 9:18AM

A 62-year-old Dubuque woman has been accused of stealing fines and fee payments when she worked at the public library in Dubuque.

Barbara Nyheim turned herself in on Tuesday to face a felony theft charge. Online court records don't list the name of her attorney.

Library director Susan Hendricks initially reported a theft of about $17,200 but now says the total may be more than $50,000. An audit of the library's fine system discovered the money was missing.

Court records say Nyheim told investigators she'd been taking money from the library since 2009.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 16 2014 9:17AM

Police say a woman has been fatally stabbed at a Des Moines apartment building.

Sgt. Jason Halifax with the Des Moines Police Department says the woman was found wounded in the torso Wednesday afternoon in the office of an apartment building on the city's east side. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died.

A man has been detained for questioning. Police are also interviewing several witnesses.

Additional information about the circumstances of the stabbing has not been released.

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Location : Des Moines
People : Jason Halifax
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 16 2014 9:14AM

An appeals court is upholding $10,000 in fines for safety violations by UPS that were linked to an employee's death at the Des Moines airport.

The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday sided with a state board that found Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. committed two violations of Iowa workplace safety law.

The case stems from the September 2010 death of employee Daniel Raber, who was run over by a truck while holding open the gate at a UPS airport facility. The driver was in training and worked for a company that contracted for UPS.

Iowa regulators investigated UPS after Raber's death, concluding that poor lighting and a lack of training put employees at risk. They gave UPS two $5,000 citations for violating its duty to provide safe conditions.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 16 2014 9:11AM

A former employee for the Iowa Department of Agriculture has been accused of stealing more than $241,000 from her employer.

The state Department of Public Safety says Jessica Strasser turned herself in Wednesday. She faces charges of first-degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct. Court records do not list an attorney.

The state auditor's office released a report in early October on the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District for a time period between March 2006 and August 2013. It identified nearly $280,000 in improper disbursements and undeposited collections. Records indicate Strasser, who was secretary for the district, withdrew more than $241,000 in cash.

Strasser resigned from the agriculture department in August 2013.

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Location : Iowa
People : Jessica Strasser
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 15 2014 10:24AM

An anti-immigration group is running more than $1 million in ads criticizing lawmakers for not stopping the flow of new workers into the United States.

NumbersUSA on Wednesday began a 10-state ad buy that pointedly asks viewers whether Americans or immigrants should get new jobs. The 30-second ad says immigrants are the ones finding work, while longtime residents are struggling to win jobs.

The ads will air in states with competitive Senate races: Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire and North Carolina.

NumbersUSA bills itself as a non-partisan grassroots group that wants to reduce the number of immigrants in order to help American workers. The group operates under part of the tax code that allows it to keep secret its donors.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 15 2014 9:33AM

Iowa City police have arrested a woman who they say intentionally ripped out her IV and splattered blood on her nurse's face after being denied more medication.

57-year-old Rose Sutton is charged with a serious misdemeanor count of assault on persons engaged in certain occupations.

Police say she was being treated on Monday at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. They say Sutton became angry at the nurse and wanted to leave.

The nurse says she told Sutton not to remove the IV. Police say Sutton intentionally ripped out the IV and got blood on the nurse's face and clothing.

Sutton was released Tuesday from the Johnson County Jail. It wasn't immediately clear if she has an attorney.

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Location : Iowa
People : Rose Sutton
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 15 2014 9:31AM

The Benton County Sheriff's Office says it has found the body of an 81-year-old woman who went missing over the weekend.

Authorities say Constance Runde's body was found in a creek about 100 feet from her vehicle. A pedestrian discovered it abandoned near Shellsburg on Tuesday. Runde had been missing since Sunday.

Cedar Rapids police say her death didn't appear suspicious.

Sheriff Randy Forsyth says an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 15 2014 9:29AM

A northern Iowa man accused of threatening to shoot schoolchildren has changed his plea.

Loren Saxon, of Charles City, originally pleaded not guilty to making threats of terrorism, but he's now pleaded guilty to intimidation with a dangerous weapon. His sentencing is set for Nov. 4.

Police reports say the 48-year-old Saxon was heavily intoxicated while at a motel in Charles City on Aug. 24. Officers report that 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.

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Location : Charles CityIowa
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 15 2014 9:27AM

The closing of Cedar House Shelter means fewer beds are available for homeless men in Cedar Rapids.

The 16-bed shelter opened in 2001. It closed late last month after a merger with another group fell through because of problems with the Cedar House building. Judy Wolfe, who leads the Cedar House board, says the board wasn't comfortable with continuing operations in the building, and there wasn't enough money to move to a new spot.

Tim Wilson is director of the Willis Dady Shelter and he says the loss of Cedar House removes about a third of the beds available for single homeless men in Cedar Rapids.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 15 2014 9:25AM

Authorities in central Iowa say they've uncovered a massive collection of photographs and videos showing nude female juveniles, and they believe they were amassed over several years by high school students.

The state Division of Criminal Investigation said Tuesday that a system of storage accounts was discovered after a male juvenile was accused in August of trying to extort sexual photographs and sexual acts from a female juvenile. The male faces an extortion charge.

Authorities said online-based storage accounts with nude photographs and videos had been under the control of numerous current and former high school students in the Boone area. The accounts have been secured.

Authorities are working to identify the individuals in the photographs and videos. They called it an active investigation, and additional charges are possible.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 15 2014 9:14AM

A Dubuque doctor who was running as a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate has died in a plane crash.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says Dr. Douglas Butzier (boot-ZEE'-ay) was the pilot of the plane that crashed around 11 p.m. Monday near Dubuque Regional Airport. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

Butzier worked at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque. Jennifer Faley, a hospital spokeswoman, confirms Butzier was running for U.S. Senate against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the plane took off from Ankeny Regional Airport about an hour before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 14 2014 10:46AM

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says it will investigate an officer-involved shooting in Johnson County.

The division said in a news release Tuesday that Johnson County deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers on Monday night found a man near Swisher who'd been reported as suicidal. The man was identified as 32-year-old Bradley McNeese.

The division says McNeese drove away from the area, with officers in pursuit. The chase ended near Solon, where a deputy and McNeese exchanged gunshots. McNeese was taken to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. The deputy wasn't injured.

The division says the deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave. The deputy's name hasn't been released.

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Location : IowaJohnson County
People : Bradley McNeese
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 14 2014 10:41AM

A woman has dismissed her Iowa Supreme Court appeal of her bullying lawsuit against the Mason City school district.

Heather Conti had filed the lawsuit in June 2012 on behalf of her teenage daughter. The lawsuit says that during the previous school year, Angelina Conti suffered harassment that was "detrimental to her physical and mental health and substantially interfered with her academic performance." The lawsuit says that when Heather Conti complained to school officials, they took no action to protect the teenager.

A district court judge dismissed the lawsuit in September 2013, and Conti appealed to the high court a month later.

Court documents don't say why Conti has ended the appeal.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 14 2014 10:29AM

A Fort Dodge teenager has taken a plea deal after a drive-by shooting.

18-year-old Xavier Rhone pleaded guilty Monday to going armed with intent. Charges of carrying weapons, fourth-degree criminal mischief and assault were dropped.

Rhone says in August he fired two shots from a .22-caliber revolver at the home of a person who had threatened him.

No one was injured in the shooting.

His sentencing is scheduled for next month.

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Location : Iowa
People : Xavier Rhone
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 14 2014 10:20AM

A federal official says the pilot of a single-engine plane has died in a crash near Dubuque Regional Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the Piper PA-46 crashed around 11 p.m. Monday on approach to the airport, about a mile north of the runway.

Lunsford says law enforcement told him the sole occupant of the aircraft was killed in the crash but he has no other information. The Dubuque Police Department declined to comment to The Associated Press early Tuesday.

Lunsford says the plane took off from Ankeny Regional Airport about an hour before the crash.

He says the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 14 2014 10:17AM

Authorities are investigating the discovery of an unloaded handgun and a box of ammunition inside the backpack of a high school student in Iowa City.

Iowa City police say officers arrived Friday at West High School following a report that a student had carried a gun on school property. A teacher reported to school officials that a student was showing signs of emotional distress. The gun was found in a backpack inside his locker.

The student left school property by the time authorities arrived. He later turned himself in to police.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Scott Gaarde says charges are pending against the male student. An investigator assigned to the case will determine those charges.

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Location : Iowa
People : Scott Gaarde
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 14 2014 10:14AM

An Iowa woman has been accused of stealing about $30,000 from a pharmacy company where she worked.

Clear Lake police say 29-year-old Abigail Roberts was arrested Sunday. She is charged with ongoing criminal conduct and first-degree theft. Court records do not list an attorney.

Authorities say a lengthy investigation revealed Roberts stole about $30,000 from Clear Lake Pharmacy while she worked as a pharmacy technician between 2012 and July. She is accused of using different methods to steal on numerous occasions, but officials did not elaborate.

Roberts is being held at the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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Location : Iowa
People : Abigail Roberts
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 14 2014 9:37AM

Prosecutors are keeping secret, for now, the details of a plea agreement with an Iowa daycare provider charged with fatally injuring a three-year-old girl in her care.

The Iowa Attorney General's Office and the Sioux County attorney refused Monday to release the agreement reached with 34-year-old Rochelle Sapp of Orange City.

Judge Edward Jacobson had signed an order requiring the agreement to be released Monday. The attorney general objected, saying both sides agreed the deal would be publicly filed "at or before" Thursday's plea and sentencing.

Jacobson issued an amended order Monday, agreeing the deal could be filed then.

Sapp's charged with first-degree murder in the October 2013 death of three-year-old Autumn Elgersma. Investigators say she slammed the toddler to the floor, causing head injuries that killed her days later.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 14 2014 9:34AM

The Wapello County attorney says no charges will be filed in the shooting death of a 49-year-old man last summer.

County Attorney Gary Oldenburger released a statement saying Bobbi Leedom shot and killed her husband, Clinton Gus Leedom, early on the morning of July 21 at a home just south of Ottumwa.

However, Oldenburger says Leedom had been threatening his wife and because the shooting was "a legally justified act of self-defense," no charges will be filed.

The decision not to file charges after an investigation that stretched to more than two months.

After the shooting, Bobbi Leedom tried to resuscitate her husband, but he was dead when medics arrived at the home.

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Location : Wapello County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 14 2014 9:32AM

Iowa agents have received hundreds of tips since releasing video of a man buying a winning lottery ticket at the center of a fraud investigation.

Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesman Alex Murphy said Monday that investigators are focusing on a dozen tips seen as credible.

Investigators released surveillance footage Thursday as they sought the public's help identifying the man seen buying two Hot Lotto tickets at a Des Moines gas station in December 2010. One of them had the winning numbers for a $14.3 million jackpot.

A New York lawyer attempted to claim the prize a year later, saying he was representing a winner who wanted to remain anonymous. The Iowa Lottery refused to pay after he wouldn't identify the winner or explain the ticket's chain of custody.

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Location : Iowa
People : Alex Murphy
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 14 2014 9:30AM

The director of a Waterloo homeless shelter has entered a plea to charges she stole money from the nonprofit organization.

60-year-old Joni Kay Hansen entered Alford pleas Monday to first- and second-degree theft charges.

In an Alford plea, a person doesn't admit guilt but acknowledge there is enough evidence for a likely conviction.

Defense attorney Kevin Engels says the Alford plea came in part because of a dispute about the amount of money misused.

Authorities had claimed Hansen used the organization's ATM card to withdraw $42,931 at the Isle Casino Hotel between 2010 and 2012 and used the money in a way that violated the wishes of people who made donations.

Police arrested Hansen in July 2013.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 10:36AM

Grundy County authorities say an 84-year-old man has died after being pinned underneath his tractor.

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office says Russell Katzer of Conrad was killed on Sunday. Authorities say he was driving on a gravel street when he veered off the road and the tractor flipped.

Katzer was taken to the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center where he later died.

It's unclear what caused the crash. The sheriff's office is investigating.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 10:13AM

Thousands gathered in St. Louis for a second day of rallies and marches protesting Michael Brown's death and other fatal police shootings.

Vietnam-era peace activists, New York City seminarians and hundreds of fast-food workers bused in from Chicago, Nashville and other cities joined local residents and activists Saturday.

Michael Brown, a black, unarmed 18-year-old, was shot and killed Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Four days of events are planned in the St. Louis area. They started Friday afternoon with a march outside the St. Louis county prosecutor's office in Clayton.

Saturday's march in downtown St. Louis came hours before the Cardinals were set to host the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the National League Championship Series.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 10:12AM

Two men running in the Chicago Marathon required CPR and one was in critical condition, according to the race's medical director.

Dr. George Chiampas says both runners were still alive as of late Sunday afternoon.

He says a 59-year-old man was in critical condition at Mercy Hospital on Chicago's near South Side after requiring CPR late in the race.

A 29-year-old man who had to be shocked after being stricken around the seventh mile was stable and talking to staff at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Chicago's North Side. Chiampas says another runner — possibly a doctor — had already started CPR by the time medical personnel arrived.

Chiampas says over 800 runners needed medical care and 24 were taken to hospitals.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 9:49AM

Prosecutors say seven students have been charged as part of an investigation into hazing on a New Jersey high school football team.

Middlesex County prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said Friday night three of the students are charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint and other crimes. He says the four others are charged with aggravated criminal sexual contact and other crimes for what happened at Sayreville War Memorial High School.

The students range in age from 15 to 17.

Prosecutors say six of the seven were arrested Friday night. The seventh is being sought.

Football games have been canceled.

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People : Andrew C. Carey
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 9:27AM

A northern Iowa man will be featured on the back of cereal boxes as part of a promotion for farmers.

The Hy-Vee cornflakes box with the picture of Rudd farmer Larry Bortz will be released next month or in December. Four other farmers will appear on other boxes.

Under the headline "Agriculture Works Here," the promotional ads include a photo of Bortz or the others and point out that "nobody beats the American farmer when it comes to producing food." The ads direct people to a website, agricultureworkshere.com, where they can learn various farm facts.

The joint promotion involves Farm Credit Services of America, an Omaha, Nebraska-based, financial services organization, and West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee grocery stores.

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Location : Des MoinesIowaNebraskaOmaha
People : Larry Bortz
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 9:25AM

Iowa State Fair officials are defending the timing of the annual event against critics who say it may be time to set an earlier fair schedule to avoid conflicting with increasing numbers of school districts moving up the start of their academic year.

School districts will begin making decisions this month about their 2015 calendars. Some educators say starting school earlier improves student performance. Several districts already start school during the fair.

The 2015 fair is set for Aug. 13-23.

Fair CEO Gary Slater says an early August or July fair could conflict with county fairs. State fair officials say many exhibits like agricultural and horticultural crops, livestock, 4-H and FFA projects are simply not ready to be exhibited.

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Location : Iowa
People : Gary Slater
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 9:17AM

Dallas County authorities say a 31-year-old woman suffered severe internal injuries when she was run over by a tractor.

The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Woodward. The Dallas County Sheriff's Office says the woman was helping other people move two tractors when she fell down between the machines and was run over by a rear tire of one.

She was taken to a Des Moines hospital. Her name hasn't been released.

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Location : Dallas CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 9:15AM

Pork prices hit record highs this summer as farmers weren't able to feed the demand — mostly because a virus had killed millions of their baby pigs.

There is good news for pork lovers in the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture production update, as it shows more piglets are surviving and producers are building up pork herds.

Iowa, the nation's leading pork producer, reported nearly 5.5 million baby pigs were born between June and August — the largest number in 20 years.

New farm procedures helped reduced the spread of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, such as disinfecting trucks and equipment.

Many producers are optimistic the virus is under control but some fear winter's return because the virus thrives in cold, damp conditions.

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Topics : Environment
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 9:12AM

A jury has rejected an Iowa prison guard's lawsuit that said she was sexually harassed after inmates were repeatedly allowed to watch sexually graphic and violent moves.

The Polk County jury reached its decision Friday afternoon, a day after hearing closing arguments in the case of Kristine Sink, who filed the sexual harassment lawsuit in 2012.

Jurors favored the Iowa Department of Corrections, which acknowledged it was wrong to let inmates watch sexually explicit movies, including some that depicted women being tortured and raped. Despite that, Assistant Iowa Attorney General Tyler Smith told jurors that officials appropriately dealt with Sink's complaints and that the difficulties she faced were part of working in a prison.

A call to the state attorney general's office and to Sink's attorney weren't immediately returned.

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Location : IowaPolk County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 9:09AM

A plea hearing is planned next week for an Orange City day care provider who is charged with killing a 3-year-old girl.

Details on Rochelle Sapp's plea agreement won't be made public until her hearing Thursday.

District Judge Edward Jacobson set the hearing after a Friday meeting with attorneys.

The 34-year-old Sapp previously pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and child endangerment in the death of Autumn Elgersma last year. An autopsy report says the girl died of blunt force head injuries.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 13 2014 9:07AM

A group has erected a sign at a long-forgotten cemetery near the county jail in Marshalltown so more people are aware of the gravesites.

More than 160 people are buried at the site along Highway 30. Many of them lived during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Marietta Club raised money to buy the new aluminum sign that was hung on Thursday. Member Mary Lou Tappe says the group hopes to put a sign with all of the known names of people buried there.

Tappe says portions of the cemetery were overlooked for decades until crews looked into widening the highway in October 2000.

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People : Mary Lou Tappe
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2014 9:34AM

The body of a 60-year-old woman has been found by firefighters sent to battle a house blaze in Coralville.

A neighbor called 911 to report the fire a little before 1 a.m. Friday. Firefighters found a blaze raging in a bedroom of the home but were able to control it within 30 minutes.

The woman was identified as Mary Clanton. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire cause is being investigated.

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Location : Coralville
People : Mary Clanton
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2014 9:33AM

A 27-year-old Mason City man has been given probation and suspended sentences on charges of child endangerment, domestic abuse assault and animal neglect.

Dacota Witham was sentenced on Wednesday. He'd pleaded guilty to the charges. He was given suspended sentences of two years in prison and one in jail, two years of probation and was ordered to spend six months at Beje Clark Residential Treatment Facility.

Officers who were sent Aug. 9 to investigate a report of an assault say they found a dog in Witham's garage that had been killed in an inhumane manner. Officers also say Witham left his 7-month-old daughter unattended.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2014 9:31AM

Dubuque police have arrested a man who they say led officers on a high-speed chase before crashing into a building.

38-year-old Robert Schmitt of Dubuque was charged Thursday with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and felony eluding. Schmitt was also cited on other charges including having an illegal muffler and driving on the wrong side of a road.

Police say an officer tried to pull Schmitt over because of the muffler but he drove off. They say he drove 90 mph down a 25 mph street before striking a building.

No injuries were reported.

Police say the man had a blood alcohol content of 0.168 percent.

It wasn't immediately clear if Schmitt has an attorney.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2014 9:27AM

Officials say a man suspected of shooting a Sioux City police officer remains in critical condition at an Omaha hospital.

Jenny Nowatzke, a spokeswoman at the Nebraska Medical Center, says Noah Ironshell was listed in critical condition as of 5:50 p.m. Thursday.

Her nephew is clinically unresponsive. She did not elaborate.

Authorities say Noah Ironshell shot Officer Jill Ohm on Friday as she responded to a Sioux City house about a disturbance and a person who might be suicidal. He is accused of shooting her in the chin.

Ohm was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Ironshell was later found in the basement of an abandoned home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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Location : Sioux City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2014 9:22AM

A lawyer for a female prison guard suing Iowa for sexual harassment says the Department of Corrections practice of allowing violent inmates to watch sexually graphic movies encouraged prisoners to harass and threaten her.

Kristine Sink's attorney, Paige Fiedler, told jurors in closing arguments Thursday that Sink tolerated threats of rape and murder. She is seeking up to $4.5 million for emotional distress.

Sink says supervisors at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison allowed harassment by inmates and co-workers.

Assistant Iowa Attorney General Tyler Smith, representing the state, says showing the movies was wrong but officials dealt appropriately with Sink's issues, which he called no worse than those other guards faced.

A jury of four men and four women heard testimony over nearly three weeks and has begun deliberating.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2014 9:20AM

Two dogs rescued as part of a huge dog-fighting bust in Alabama are up for adoption in Waterloo.

The American Staffordshire terriers, named Jax and Luigi, are available for adoption at the Cedar Bend Humane Society. The organization also identifies the dogs as pit bulls.

Jax is 2 years old and Luigi is 1. Luigi was born after the 2012 raid in Alabama, in which hundreds of dogs were rescued.

Many of the dogs were found tethered with no access to food or water amid 90-degree heat.

Many of the dogs were made available for adoption through animal rescue groups around the country.

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Location : Alabama
People : Luigi
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2014 9:18AM

Authorities trying to answer the longtime question of who bought an unclaimed multimillion-dollar lottery ticket in Iowa in 2010 have released video of the mystery person in the hopes of finally identifying him.

The video released Thursday by the state Division of Criminal Investigation shows a hooded man at a Des Moines gas station buying a Hot Lotto ticket that later won a $14.3 million prize.

A New York lawyer in 2011 waited minutes before the one-year deadline to try to claim the ticket. He signed it on behalf of a newly created trust and said he didn't know the winner's name.

Lottery officials refused to pay the jackpot and the lawyer withdrew the claim. Since then, officials have been trying to find the mystery man.

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Topics : Human Interest
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2014 4:41AM

Tonight will be the Homecoming game for Marshalltown
against Fort Dodge.

Last night Bryce King was named the Homecoming King
and Maria Yepez was named Homecoming Queen.
Students held their Homecoming Parade on the streets
of Marshalltown then held a Pep Rally and named the
King and Queen.

This week has had a roaring twenties theme to it, todays
dress theme is spirit day with the colors of red white
and blue. The Homecoming game will be aired on KFJB
with an airtime of 6:55 p-m and a kick off of 7:30 from
Leonard Cole Field on the campus of Marshalltown
High School.

The Homecoming Dance is tomorrow night at eight
p-m.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2014 11:22AM

Five employees at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown were fired earlier this year after a sexual harassment investigation.

A spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad confirmed the terminations Thursday but declined to offer details, calling it a personnel matter. The firings were first reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The investigation became public because several fired workers had hearings related to their eligibility for unemployment benefits. Decisions in those cases were made public.

Documents say the investigation was into a complaint of sexual harassment made against a food service worker.

A call to the home's Commandant Jodi Tymeson was not immediately returned. Branstad expressed support for Tymeson's leadership on Thursday.

More than 600 veterans and their spouses live in nursing home and assisted living facilities at the Iowa Veterans Home.

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Topics : Labor
Location : IowaMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2014 9:53AM

Aldermen have taken a step toward allowing people living on 10 acres or more inside Davenport city limits to kill coyotes on their land.

They voted unanimously in favor of a resolution Wednesday that would allow such action. Two more readings and board votes are required before the killings would be allowed.

Some residents have said coyotes have become a serious problem on their land. Sharon Hobart told the aldermen Wednesday that she worried about the safety of her dog and horses.

But Jason Harkness, of River Valley Wildlife Specialists, said there is no way to eradicate the coyotes. He urged the aldermen to get professional advice on developing a long-term coyote plan.

Before voting, aldermen agreed they should seek advice from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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

A Cedar Rapids school district says two students reported that a substitute teacher pulled their hair.

The College Community School District school sent a letter home with third-grade students on Friday, saying that the two students said "the guest teacher pulled their hair in order to get their attention and/or redirect them."

District administrators declined to provide any specifics and would say only that the incident had been investigated and that appropriate action had been taken.

Elizabeth Muntz told the station that her daughter was one of the two students. She says the district told her the substitute teacher would no longer be working for the district

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Topics : Education
People : Elizabeth Muntz
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2014 9:45AM

A man has been given nearly seven years in federal prison for robbing a bank in downtown Cedar Rapids.

On Wednesday Jacob Mack was given 57 months for robbing the Cedar Rapids Hills Bank and Trust on May 2 and 24 more months for violating the terms of his federal supervised release. On the day of the robbery, Mack was on supervised release after a 2011 conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Mack also was ordered to make restitution to the bank and to serve three years of supervised release after he leaves custody. He'd pleaded guilty to the robbery charge and admitted taking more than $6,000 from the bank.

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Location : Eastern IowaIowa
People : Jacob Mack
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2014 9:43AM

A central Iowa nursing home faces federal fines of at least $64,000 for care problems found during inspections.

State inspection reports that led to the fines suggest many of the issues cited stem from staffing shortages at the Madrid Home for the Aging.

A lawyer for the nursing home denied the allegations and says the owners are appealing the fines.

Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals spokesman David Werning says the nursing home was hit with unusually strong punishment because inspectors had found similar problems there within the past year.

In August the home was sued by a woman who says she found her 74-year-old mother naked and soiled on the floor of an unfinished room at the facility. Her mother has since died.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2014 9:40AM

The owner of a building in Cedar Rapids where posters appeared promoting the opening of a marijuana dispensary says the advertisement is a hoax.

John Wasta says two posters appeared Tuesday on the outside of his empty storefront that implied a business known as the Iowa Marijuana Company would open in October 2015. They included an image of ears of corn in the shape of a marijuana leaf.

Wasta said he took down the posters and is not taking the apparent prank too seriously.

A website promoting the company says stores will also open in Iowa City and Clinton. The website appears to sell merchandise and list pricing.

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Location : Iowa
People : ClintonJohn Wasta
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2014 9:39AM

Bond has been doubled for a man accused of trying to hit police officers with a vehicle in northern Iowa.

Fayette County Attorney Wayne Saur made the request in court Wednesday to raise Abel Quijas Jr.'s bond to $500,000 cash only. Quijas' defense attorney, Melissa Anderson-Seeber, did not challenge it.

Saur argued Quijas, of Maynard, was a major flight risk.

Quijas is charged with one count of attempted murder following an incident on Sept. 11 in Oelwein (OHL'-wyn). Quijas is accused of trying to hit police officers with a vehicle. He was later arrested and treated for a gunshot wound.

A message left for Quijas' attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2014 9:35AM

Authorities have released the name of a construction worker killed after he was pinned under a piece of equipment in northwest Iowa.

Maj. Todd Wieck with the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Daniel Lewis Uhl, of Anthon, was killed Tuesday at a construction site near Correctionville.

Uhl was at the site when a large piece of "earth-moving equipment" pinned him. He was airlifted to a Sioux City hospital but was pronounced dead before the helicopter landed.

The circumstances of the death are under investigation.

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Location : CorrectionvilleIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2014 9:33AM

A northeast Iowa man faces several charges following a police chase in Dubuque.

Dubuque police say 30-year-old Aaron T. Weipert, of Colesburg, was arrested early Tuesday following a chase on the city's west side.

A criminal complaint says officials had attempted to stop a white van linked to an earlier crime when the van sped away. The vehicle exceeded the speed limit on multiple streets, including driving 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Police used stop sticks to stop the van and arrest the driver, later identified as Weipert. He faces charges of eluding and operating while under the influence, and several traffic citations. Court records do not list an attorney.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2014 9:32AM

Authorities say a man has dropped off a newborn baby at a family medicine clinic in Des Moines.

Des Moines police say they received a report Wednesday morning about a man who entered the clinic and told staff the baby was just born at a bus stop. The man then left the clinic.

The baby was later taken to Blank Children's Hospital.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jason Halifax says there is no indication of criminal activity at this point. The case is being turned over to the state Department of Human Services.

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Location : Des Moines
People : Jason Halifax
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 8 2014 10:21AM

A family of six in the rural Union area is homeless

after a fire.

Union Volunteer Fire Chief Andrew Clemens says it

happened in southern Hardin County along

county road D-65.

He says the fire at a single story wooden structure

at a farmstead is likely electrical in nature

as an investigation continues.

Everyone did get out okay however one adult suffered

burns and was taken to Marshalltown Medical

and Surgical center and was treated and released.

Chief Clemens says it happened Tuesday

morning.

Seven area agencies provided mutual aid

including the American Red Cross.

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Location : Hardin County
People : Andrew Clemens
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 8 2014 9:26AM

Waterloo police have arrested a man who they say broke into an apartment while searching for his wife.

46-year-old Allen McReynolds was arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police say McReynolds knocked on another man's door on Sept. 27 and later returned and entered through a bedroom window. They say McReynolds grabbed a .22-caliber rifle, pointed it at the apartment owner and said his wife had been cheating.

Police say McReynolds gave the rifle to the other man and left after searching the house. They say he is prohibited from handling firearms because of a 1994 felony conviction.

McReynolds is being held in the Black Hawk County jail on $105,000 bond.

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Topics : Law_CrimeWar_Conflict
Location : Black Hawk County
People : Allen McReynolds
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 8 2014 9:24AM

Iowa authorities say three college students have rescued a 10-point buck from a 10-foot sinkhole.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the animal was rescued last week from a Winneshiek County farm near Decorah.

The three high school friends were home from college when a tractor ran into the sinkhole and discovered the deer. They estimate the hole is about 4 feet wide and 10 feet deep.

They fastened a rope to the buck's antlers and pulled it out of the hole. The men say the animal appeared to be uninjured and ran off after it was rescued.

The farm owner tells KWWL-TV he hopes the deer will return the kindness by leaving his corn and beans alone.

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Topics : EducationEnvironment
Location : IowaWinneshiek County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 8 2014 9:22AM

A California man accused of posing as an actor from the "Twilight" movie series has pleaded not guilty to federal child pornography charges.

33-year-old David LaVera made the pleas Tuesday during his arraignment in federal court in Des Moines. A magistrate says LaVera's trial will be held in the two-week period beginning Dec. 1.

LaVera, of San Diego, already has pleaded not guilty to Iowa charges of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a minor, enticing a minor, carrying weapons and failure to have a valid driver's license.

Authorities say that while LaVera was in Jasper County this spring, he posed as "Kiowa Gordon," an actor in the "Twilight" series, and visited two schools in Newton.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 8 2014 9:21AM

Authorities say a construction worker has died after he was pinned under a piece of equipment in northwest Iowa.

Woodbury County Sgt. Don Armstrong says authorities responded Tuesday to a construction site near Correctionville where a new bridge is being built.

Authorities found the man pinned under a piece of construction equipment. He was airlifted to a Sioux City hospital but was pronounced dead before the helicopter landed.

The worker's name has not been released. Additional information is not available.

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Location : CorrectionvilleIowa
People : Don Armstrong
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 8 2014 9:13AM

A trial date has been set for an Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife at a care center.

The trial against Republican State Rep. Henry Rayhons is scheduled to start Jan. 28 at the Hancock County District Court in Garner.

Officials have accused the 78-year-old Rayhons, of Garner, of having sexual contact in May with his wife, Donna Rayhons, while she was a resident of a care center and not able to give consent. Donna Rayhons died in early August.

Rayhons is charged with third-degree sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 8 2014 9:11AM

A central Iowa man faces a felony charge after authorities say several weapons were found on the hood of his vehicle near a school.

State Center police say 19-year-old Lane Kline was arrested early Saturday at West Marshall High School after a report came in about a vehicle doing circles on the grass of the school.

Police say they found Kline and others standing outside the vehicle next to two assault rifles, a shotgun and a bow and arrow. All the weapons were on the car's hood.

Kline faces a felony charge of carrying weapons on school grounds and possession of alcohol under 21. His attorney says it's too early in the court proceedings to comment on the case.

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Location : Iowa
People : Lane Kline
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2014 1:29PM

A central New Jersey town is reeling after its high school football season was cut short by allegations of bullying and harassment among players.

Sayreville War Memorial High has been a powerhouse, winning three sectional titles in the last four years.

On Monday night, school district officials canceled the rest of the season after speaking with the county prosecutor's office, which is conducting an investigation into the bullying allegations.

The prosecutor's office hasn't released any details and didn't respond to a message seeking comment Tuesday.

The school superintendent says there was evidence of pervasive harassment, intimidation and bullying.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2014 1:22PM

State Rep. Dwayne Alons says he has been diagnosed with renal cancer but plans to continue to serve in the Legislature.

Alons, a Republican from Hull, announced his diagnosis in a news release Tuesday. He says he had cancer in his left kidney and will undergo treatment in the fall. He thanked his family for their support and expressed a desire to continue working on behalf of Sioux County.

Alons is running unopposed for a ninth term. He is a retired farmer and former Iowa Air National Guard brigadier general.

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People : Dwayne Alons
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2014 1:19PM

An overflow crowd spilled into the parking lot of a New York church at the funeral Mass for a Long Island high school football player who died during a game last week.

A funeral procession, led by police on motorcycles, brought the casket of 16-year-old Tom Cutinella to the St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Wading River on Tuesday.

Cutinella, a junior on the Shoreham-Wading River varsity football team, died after collapsing during a game last Wednesday. Authorities have not revealed a cause of death.

He was the third high school football player in the country to die in the same week.

Friends and teachers have called Cutinella an inspiration to his fellow classmates.

Many members of opposing teams attended a wake for Cutinella on Sunday and Monday.

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Location : Massachusetts
People : Tom Cutinella
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2014 12:45PM

Authorities say a youth football coach has been attacked by the father of one of his players after a game in southern New Jersey.

Toms River police say the 46-year-old parent was charged with simple assault following the altercation, which was reported around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The 45-year-old male coach says the parent ran across the field toward him and tackled him. The two men then fought on the ground until bystanders separated them.

The coach says the attack was unprovoked. The parent says he acted in self-defense when the coach "took an aggressive stance," but authorities say witnesses told them the parent was the sole aggressor.

The altercation came after the coach told his players that their season was over because of their ongoing poor sportsmanship and bad attitudes.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2014 10:08AM

A 32-year-old Charles City man is accused of a scheme that involved false reports of stolen or lost credit cards.

Online court records say Matthew Kirsch is charged with felony ongoing criminal conduct, eight felony counts of unauthorized use of a credit card and three misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a credit card. Online jail records said Kirsch remained in Floyd County custody on Tuesday. His attorney didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

Authorities say that between March 7 and May 1, Kirsch and an accomplice would report a credit card as stolen or lost. Authorities say Kirsch would have his accomplice activate the replacement card, and Kirsch then would use it to withdraw money from cash machines and share the money with his accomplice.

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Location : Charles CityFloyd CountyIowa
People : Matthew Kirsch
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2014 10:07AM

A California man accused of posing as an actor from the "Twilight" movie series now faces federal child pornography charges.

Thirty-three-year-old David LaVera is expected in federal court in Des Moines on Tuesday on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty says LaVera has been turned over to U.S. marshals.

LaVera, of San Diego, already has pleaded not guilty to Iowa charges of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a minor, enticing a minor, carrying weapons and failure to have a valid driver's license.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2014 10:05AM

A December trial has been scheduled for a Rockford woman accused of injuring her 5-month-old son.

23-year-old Stephanie Fatland will face three counts of felony child endangerment resulting in serious injury. She's pleaded not guilty. Her trial is set to begin on Dec. 2.

Authorities say Fatland took her son to a hospital on July 20. Doctors found several retinal hemorrhages and a bulging soft spot on his skull. Court records say Fatland acknowledged shaking the baby on three occasions.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2014 10:02AM

A Waverly man faces an assault charge after authorities say he threatened a civil process server with a gun.

The Bremer County Sheriff's Office says it received a report Friday about an assault in rural Waverly. An investigation determined a civil process server attempting to serve civil papers was confronted by a man with a gun.

Authorities later arrested the man, identified as 57-year-old Bruce Alan Johnston. He faces a felony charge of assault. Court records do not list an attorney.

Records show Johnston was taken to the Bremer County Jail and later released after posting bond. A public number for him was not listed.

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Location : IowaNorthern Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2014 10:01AM

An eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to robbing four banks in Cedar Rapids.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 29-year-old Javon Dockery, of Cedar Rapids, entered the plea Thursday to four counts of bank robbery and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

As part of a deal, Dockery admitted to robbing a Cedar Rapids branch of U.S. Bank on April 30 and June 26. He also admitted to robbing a Cedar Rapids branch of Guaranty Bank on May 16 and May 29.

Twenty-one-year-old Bria Daudinot, also of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of bank robbery as part of a plea deal. She admitted to driving a getaway car during one of the robberies.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2014 10:07AM

A Davenport man who posed as a local television meteorologist has been fined and given probation.

Online court records say 24-year-old Matt Wendt pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of identity theft. He was given a year of probation. He also was fined $625 on each count.

Wendt was accused of impersonating Greg Dutra, a meteorologist for KWQC-TV in Davenport, on social media accounts. Dutra has said he was contacted by a woman who said she and Dutra had communicated through several messages online.

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People : Greg DutraMatt Wendt
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2014 9:59AM

The parents of a boy they say was strapped to a classroom chair with a belt are suing the school district.

The parents filed the lawsuit against the Waterloo Community School District on Sept. 24 in Black Hawk County.

The school district hasn't filed a formal response. School officials declined to comment to the newspaper.

The lawsuit says boy was 5 when a teacher periodically strapped him to his chair with a belt at Lou Henry Elementary in 2012. The lawsuit also says the teacher put hot cinnamon strips in the boy's mouth as punishment.

The parents say their son, diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, suffered physical and mental abuse.

They are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

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Location : Black Hawk County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2014 9:56AM

District administrators say a student suspended after he was involved in a fight that left another student dead won't return to the high school but will be assigned to an alternative school.

The 16-year-old student was suspended last month from Abraham Lincoln High School after punching a 17-year-old student, who hit his head on the floor and died days later.

Authorities said the student wouldn't be charged because he was justified in his use of force to defend himself.

A Pottawattamie County attorney said an initial assault charge against him would be dropped in juvenile court.

The student's attorney says his client is disappointed by the district's decision to reassign him.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2014 9:54AM

An elderly grand marshal injured in a fall from a buggy in 2012's Dayton Rodeo parade is suing the rodeo organization — a group he help found.

Allen Porter, now 96, was the grand marshal of the parade when he fell from a horse-drawn buggy in which he was riding. The fall left Porter with a broken collar bone and a cracked bone in his neck.

Porter is now suing, among others, the Dayton Rodeo and Celebration, the city of Dayton and two local school districts. His lawsuit, filed in Webster County, says a school marching band startled the horses pulling his buggy. He's seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.

The newspaper says Porter founded the Dayton Rodeo.

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Location : Webster County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2014 4:50AM

The Marshall County Board of Supervisors meet

Tuesday morning at the Courthouse at nine a-m.

They meet up on the third floor of the Courthouse.

According to the published agenda the Supervisors

will talk about winter preparation and the purchase

of salt to treat the roads.

The Supervisors are also expected to talk about

the hiring of three people who will start on

the job later this month.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2014 4:41AM

The Marshalltown School Board meets today at

five p-m at School District Administrative

Headquarters.

According to the published agenda, Administrators

from Marshalltown High School will speak to the

board about a progress report, and improvement

efforts that have been made.

Property acquisition is also on the agenda as

school board will be asked to approve the idea

of buying property near Rogers Elementary

School.

The meeting is at five p-m at 1002 South Third Avenue.

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Topics : Education
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2014 7:39AM

Homecoming week is underway at Marshalltown High School.

The theme of the day today is "Movie Star Monday,

students can dress up like their favorite movie

star.

Last night the Powder Puff football game was held.

The Homecoming Parade will be Thursday at six

p-m with the Coronation of the King and Queen

to follow at school.

The Homecoming opponent Friday night is

Fort Dodge

The Homecoming Dance will be Saturday night.

 

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2014 7:14PM
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor

Kim Reynolds visted the Marshalltown area on Friday and

went through the Fisher Manufacturing Plant on South 12th

Avenue here in the city.

The Governors Press Secretary says the occasion was Manufacturing

Day in Iowa and Iowa`s Governor and Lieutenant Governor stopped off

at one of the largest employers in town and the largest valve

manufacturer in the world according to company officials.

Governor Branstad has been using these opportunities to tout his

STEM initiative which is an acronym for Science, Technology, Education

and Math which he believes is important to step up and keep stepped up

in Iowa`s education scenario.

Terry Buzbee is Group Vice President of Emerson who was on hand

for the visit and says the Governor was impressed with Fisher especially

its extensive training program for employees.



Meanwhile the Lieutenant Governor heads the STEM effort for the

Governor and she has a history of telling young folks you cant dodge

math as a course anymore for it's essential to life success.

The pair paid about a 90 minute visit to the Fisher Manufacturing Plant in

southern Marshalltown.

The Governor, Mrs Chris Branstad Iowa`s First Lady and Lieutenant Governor

Reynolds will pay another visit to Marshalltown on Tuesday, the appearance will

be at the Orpheum Theatre according to the Governors Press office for an event

called the Marshall County Bullying Prevention Listening Tour Event. That will be

Tuesday at 10:30 a-m.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2014 11:17AM

Police say the former mayor of Des Moines, Iowa, was drunk and speeding when he caused a Dedham, Maine, car crash that killed himself and two others in August.

Maine state troopers report that Richard Olson's blood-alcohol concentration was 0.14 and he was driving his SUV 76 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone when the crash occurred. The legal blood-alcohol limit in Maine is 0.08. Olson crossed a center line and crashed into a pickup truck driven by Phillip Carter.

Police say Olson, Carter, and Carter's passenger, Roxanne Papken, were killed instantly. A police investigation revealed that Olson spent much of the day at a Bangor casino and was seen drinking a martini at an inn near the crash site just before the accident.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2014 9:47AM

The family of a man fatally shot by a Van Buren County sheriff's deputy two years ago has filed a lawsuit that claims the deputy used excessive force.

Deputy Jon Tharp responded to reports about an armed man walking on a highway's shoulder in 2012.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Tharp acted in self-defense when he opened fire at R. Michael Dooley.

According to the lawsuit against him, Tharp ordered Dooley to drop his gun. The suit says Tharp shot Dooley before he could put down his weapon.

Van Buren County Attorney Craig Miller said no criminal charges were filed against Tharp.

Tharp still works as a deputy in Van Buren County. A message seeking comment from him was left at the sheriff's office.

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Location : IowaVan Buren County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2014 9:43AM

Republican State Rep. Henry Rayhons has waived his right to a speedy trial in the case of a felony sex abuse charge against him.

Officials have accused the 78-year-old Rayhons, of Garner, of having sexual contact in May with his wife, Donna Rayhons, while she was a resident of a care center and not able to give consent. Donna Rayhons died in early August.

Henry Rayhons has pleaded not guilty to third-degree sexual abuse. A trial date has not yet been set.

Rayhons represents the 8th District in the state House, which covers part of north-central Iowa. He won the GOP nomination to seek re-election but withdrew from the race.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2014 9:41AM

A Clear Lake toddler is recovering from minor injuries after falling from a second-story window.

Police say the girl climbed onto the back of a couch in her family's apartment and pushed out a window screen, falling about 15 feet to the ground. The girl was taken to a local hospital, treated and released.

Police say the live-in boyfriend of the toddler's mother — who was out — was babysitting the girl at the time of the accident.

Police say the investigation continues, and that charges could be filed.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2014 9:37AM

A Davenport man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for multiple charges of fondling toddlers.

The Quad-City Times reports the 24-year-old man pleaded guilty to four counts of lascivious acts with a child on Thursday in exchange for the reduced sentence.

He admitted to touching the genitals of three children in 2012, including his ex-girlfriend's 3-year-old son. He also said he solicited his friend's 14-year-old son to have sex with a toddler. Davenport police say his youngest victim was 1 year old.

The man was arrested in April after a two-year investigation by the department.

The Associated Press is not naming the man to protect the identities of the children.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2014 9:33AM

Ankeny police have charged two teenagers with felony arson counts who they say set cars on fire and recorded the crimes on a cellphone.

Police said Thursday that the 15- and 16-year-old boys were each charged with two counts of second-degree arson. They are being held in a juvenile detention facility.

A Dodge Stratus parked in front of a home was fully engulfed on Sept. 23. A fire in a Crown Victoria was extinguished before the car was totaled on Sept. 25.

Police say one of the teens recorded both crimes on his cellphone and audio suggests the teens were trying to blow up the vehicles.

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Location : Victoria
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2014 9:26AM

Des Moines police have charged an Iowa mother in the death of her 4-month-old son.

Police said Thursday that 34-year-old Jessica Jo Rainer is charged with child endangerment causing serious injury and neglect of a dependent person. Medics found the child unresponsive on April 15 after a 911 call by Rainer. The boy suffered a skull fracture.

Police Sgt. Jason Halifax tells the Des Moines Register a medical examiner was unable to determine if that injury killed the child. He says the charges pertain to the injury, not the death.

Rainer has been in the Polk County Jail on prescription drug charges since Aug. 19. She is being held on $50,000 bond. Online records didn't indicate an attorney.

The Iowa Department of Human Services is caring for the deceased child's twin.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2014 9:25AM

Davenport officials are considering whether to change the city's hunting ordinance to let residents defend their properties against coyotes.

The City Council met Wednesday and discussed the issue. One resident said he wants to use his 12-gauge shotgun to protect his family and livestock from a pack of coyotes near his property.

The city currently has an ordinance that allows a sanctioned bow hunt of deer. One alderman recommended an organized hunt involving paid help. Another alderman was opposed to letting people carry shotguns within city limits.

The issue will be discussed again at a City Council meeting on Oct. 8.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2014 9:21AM

Officials say 150,000 gallons of wastewater entered the Cedar River after a power failure at a treatment plant in Cedar Falls.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the power failure was reported early Thursday morning. A backup generator for a specific disinfection system failed to start following the power failure.

The wastewater entered the river during a two-hour period. There are no reports of fish kill.

Power has been restored to the plant, and DNR officials are monitoring the situation. Additional information was not released.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2014 2:14PM

Beverly Hills police were called to the home of Donald Sterling after his wife Shelly reported a burglary, but found no crime.

Instead, officers found Sterling hosting V. Stiviano — the woman whose recordings of him making racist remarks led to his removal as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and a lifetime ban from the NBA.

Lt. Lincoln Hoshino says officers were called to the home by Shelly Sterling at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday and were there for roughly 15 minutes.

Hoshino says they found "no criminal activity whatsoever" and Stiviano was her husband's invited guest.

In March, Shelly Sterling sued Stiviano, seeking the return of more than $2.5 million in gifts Stiviano allegedly received from her husband.

Shelly Sterling's attorney said he had no knowledge of the incident.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2014 11:48AM

A 23-year-old Muscatine man has been found not guilty of first-degree murder.

Jordan Daufeldt no longer faces life in prison after the jury determined Tuesday he wasn't guilty in his friend's shooting death. Troy Ott was killed during a fight at Daufeldt's home on June 29.

After they spent the afternoon drinking, the pair left Ott's home and headed for the Daufeldt residence. Daufeldt said Ott became angry after he confronted Ott about his erratic driving. He said Ott threatened him and refused to leave.

Daufeldt then pulled out a loaded gun. He said he only wanted to scare Ott. During a struggle with the gun, Ott was shot three times.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2014 11:44AM

Authorities say a driver suffering from a diabetic reaction veered off a central Iowa highway and crashed into an office building, sending the vehicle all the way into the building.

The crash happened around 7:20 a.m. Thursday.

Pleasant Hill police say the driver of the SUV drove off Highway 163 and through the Front Line Lawn and Landscaping building. There were no reports of anyone inside the building being injured.

The driver was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. The crash remains under investigation.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2014 11:37AM

A trial date has been set for the man charged with killing a 5-year-old northern Iowa girl in 2005.

35-year-old Casey Frederiksen will stand trial on March 2 for first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse.

Frederiksen is charged in the death of Evelyn Miller. Prosecutors say he was watching Evelyn at the time of her disappearance. Her body was found in the Cedar River days later.

The trial had previously been set to begin Sept. 15 in Webster City in Hamilton County after the court granted a change of venue from Floyd County.

The judge in the case has not yet issued a ruling on a defense motion to keep information about Frederiksen's history of collecting child pornography from the jury.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2014 11:25AM

Police say bullets struck a house, a car and a tree in Des Moines' Martin Luther King Jr. neighborhood.

Police believe the shots early Thursday morning may have been from a drive-by shooting.

Police say three rounds struck the garage of a house, and another bullet hit a neighbor's car, shattering the back window. Police say a bullet also hit a neighbor's tree.

Witnesses say they heard four or five shots. No arrests have been made.

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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2014 11:02AM

An Iowa woman charged with restraining children in car seats at her in-home day care has been sentenced to four days in jail.

A Washington County judge sentenced 48-year-old Debra Crawford to the jail time and two years of supervised probation. She was also fined $2,500. Crawford pleaded guilty to four counts of child endangerment in September.

Crawford ran an in-home day care until May and turned herself in to authorities in June after parents confronted her. She says she has no plans to open a day care again.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : IowaWashington County
People : Debra Crawford
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2014 10:57AM

An Iowa teen charged with murdering his 5-year-old foster brother plans to use an insanity defense when his case goes to trial this month.

Court documents filed in September indicate the defense plans for 18-year-old Cody Metzker-Madsen, who was declared competent to stand trial in April. He is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2013 death of Dominic Elkins.

Metzker-Madsen pleaded not guilty to the charge and opted to have his case decided by a judge.

Authorities say Elkins was killed while the boys were playing outdoors at their home near Logan, in western Iowa. He died as a result of blunt-force head injuries and drowning.

Psychology experts who examined the teen say he has developmental problems. Metzker-Madsen's mother used methamphetamine while she was pregnant with him.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2014 10:44AM

An Iowa State University student has been found dead in her apartment on campus, but authorities say no foul play is suspected.

University police say the woman was found unresponsive Tuesday night in a University Village apartment on the Ames campus. Authorities and medical personnel responded to the scene but the woman was pronounced dead.

Police say a resident reported finding the woman inside the locked apartment. No foul play is suspected, but additional information is not available.

The student's name has not been released pending family notification.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2014 2:26PM

Two California poker players have filed a lawsuit claiming Iowa State Patrol troopers unlawfully seized more than $100,000 from them during a traffic stop last year.

William "Bart" Davis and John Newmerzhycky filed the lawsuit this week in federal district court. They were traveling through Iowa in April 2013 after a poker tournament when a trooper pulled them over and had their car searched.

The men say the search was illegal because there was no probable cause for it. Their money was seized, though a portion was later returned after the men complained.

The lawsuit says Iowa troopers used unfair procedures that target out-of-state drivers and place suspicion on them. A public safety spokesman says state officials cannot comment on cases in litigation.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : CaliforniaIowa
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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Topics : Law_Crime
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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Location : Black Hawk CountyIowa
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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Location : Iowa
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.

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ouncil needs to approve the budget first.

Business owner Catherine Champion says she is \"totally in love\" with the designs. Former Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey also was excited about the planned update of downtown streets.

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Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbing a liquor store in Cedar Rapids.

Police say two men entered Big Discount Liquor on Tuesday night with guns and demanded money. No injuries were reported and the men left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Authorities say they quickly located a suspect vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The car was found unoccupied a short time later, but officers found two people matching the description of the robbery suspects. They were arrested.

A third suspect was identified in the investigation and arrested.

The men have been identified at 27-year-old Robert Larry Ray Barlow, 36-year-old Joshua M. Sandlin and 19-year-old Jack Daniels Yoders. They each face a charge of first-degree robbery, among others. Court records do not list attorneys.

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Authorities say they're looking for a man who failed to return from a work release assignment in central Iowa.

The state Department of Corrections says 24-year-old Nelson Messiah Humes was placed on escape status Saturday. He is accused of failing to return to the Curt Forbes Residential Center in Ames from a work release assignment.

Hume was on parole supervision before being transferred to work release in August. He is serving time for a conviction of willful injury causing bodily injury and first-degree theft.

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An Iowa sheriff's deputy says his agency has contracted to pick up a man in a Vermont jail so he can face charges in his home state.

Thirty-two-year-old Christopher M. Wood was arrested in the northeastern Vermont town of St. Johnsbury last week after a traffic stop and police discovered he's wanted on warrants stemming from an April hammer attack in Cherokee County.

A Vermont judge offered Wood the opportunity to drive himself home so he could face the charges, but he couldn't post the required bail.

Wood's attorney says his client wants to return to Iowa.

Cherokee County Chief Deputy Jeff Friedrichsen says Wood waived extradition and they've contracted with a transport company to get him. He doesn't know when Wood will be returned.

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A 38-year-old man is scheduled to be resentenced Wednesday for the 1992 slaying of a woman in Dubuque when he was a teenager.

Court records say Sean Rhomberg was 16 when he was charged after the November 1992 killing of 70-year-old Marion Carpenter. Rhomberg was convicted of stabbing Carpenter in the neck with a kitchen knife during a robbery attempt. Authorities say Carpenter had hired Rhomberg the day before to shovel snow at her home.

Rhomberg has been serving a life sentence. Rhomberg's attorney filed a motion for a resentencing after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a U.S. Supreme Court decision that banned sentences of life without parole for juveniles can be applied retroactively.

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Federal authorities say an Iowa man has been charged with defrauding his former employer in Illinois of at least $2.7 million.

U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said 47-year-old Dominic Scodeller of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested Tuesday on charges of fraud and money laundering. A grand jury indicted Scodeller on 15 counts last week.

Authorities say Scodeller defrauded Bituminous Insurance Companies from about 2001 to May 2013. Scodeller was a purchasing and facilities manager for the Rock Island-based company. Authorities say he approved payments to bogus entities that he created and transferred the money for personal use.

Scodeller was ordered held in U.S. Marshals Service custody pending a detention hearing.

He faces up to 20 years in prison for each count of fraud and money laundering. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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An Iowa man who says he caught a Dubuque school van speeding while transporting students has been fired by a lawn care company.

Jay Shipley says that TruGreen Lawn Care fired him for recording the incident while he was driving a company vehicle. He said he was suspended last week and was fired Tuesday.

Shipley says he became concerned because the van was traveling more than 80 mph on Interstate 280 near North Liberty. He called the Iowa State Patrol and later posted the video on Facebook.

A Dubuque Community School District spokesman says a school staff member was driving students to a conference in Des Moines. The district is investigating the speeding allegations.

TruGreen says that its policy is to follow laws that prohibit speeding and using a cellphone while driving.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in Iowa as the election nears.

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state planned to appear Wednesday at events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport. She was expected to stress early voting.

Clinton came to Iowa in September to headline retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's last annual \"Steak Fry\" fundraiser. She has kept up a busy schedule this fall, campaigning for Democrats in close races.

On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton will appear at two events in Iowa for Braley.

Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard. Ernst will campaign Wednesday with Arizona Sen. John McCain.

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Authorities say they're investigating the cause of a train collision in Osage involving a grain truck.

Lt. Jeremiah Johnson of the Osage Police Department says the Canadian National Railway train hit the vehicle Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

Johnson says the truck was carrying corn to the Osage Co-Op Elevator when the collision occurred. Additional information about the circumstances is under investigation.

The driver of the truck was identified as 23-year-old Kolby Berg, of Osage. The train engineer is 60-year-old Thomas Howland, of Riceville.

The collision briefly affected traffic in the area.

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The driver of a semitrailer was sent to a hospital after his vehicle struck an Interstate 29 overpass in Iowa.

The crash happened Tuesday morning at the Port Neal Interchange near Salix. A sand silo being carried by the semitrailer struck the bottom of the overpass.

The silo went into the medium and struck two parked cars. The semitrailer continued on for about 100 feet and hit a construction crane.

The driver was taken to a local hospital, but additional information was not released. The crash affected traffic for the southbound lanes for several hours.

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A murder trial has begun for an 18-year-old charged in the death of a 5-year-old boy outside a rural home where they were foster children.

Lawyers for Cody Metzker-Madsen plan to use an insanity defense in the 2013 death of Dominic Elkins.

Authorities say Elkins was killed while the boys were playing outdoors at their home near Logan, in western Iowa. He died as a result of blunt-force head injuries and drowning.

Elkins' body was found at the bottom of a ravine.

Metzker-Madsen has pleaded not guilty and has waived his right to a jury trial. A judge will make the final ruling in the trial that began Tuesday and is expected to last two weeks.

Legal experts say that Metzker-Madsen will not be released from jail if found not guilty. He will likely face years in state care.

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A Waterloo man faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of another man at a nightclub in August.

36-year-old Rodolfo Gonzalez Pena made an appearance in court Tuesday. Online records do not list an attorney.

Pena is accused of shooting 35-year-old Celio Antonio Posada, of Minneapolis, in the early morning hours of Aug. 23. The pair hung out prior to the shooting. Authorities say they still don't know what led to the shooting.

Gonzalez has been jailed on gun charges since the shooting.

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A fire has destroyed a longtime furniture store in northeast Iowa.

Firefighters responded early Tuesday to Dungey's Furniture and Floors in New Hampton. They remained on the scene several hours later.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported.

New Hampton Fire Chief Steve Geerts says the store, which has been in business for more than 50 years, was destroyed.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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Commercial air flights will return to Fort Dodge with Air Choice One offering trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Fort Dodge has been without air service since Great Lakes Airlines stopped flights in February, because of a lack of pilots.

It's not yet known when the new flights by Air Choice One will start. The airline's chief administrative officer, Cindy Stork, says a starting date hasn't been finalized.

But Rhonda Chambers, the aviation director of Fort Dodge Regional Airport, says she expects the service will start in about 60 to 90 days. Chambers says the airport's commission is excited commercial flights will be offered again at the Fort Dodge airport.

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A former northeastern Iowa ethanol plant worker says a jury's $1.4 million verdict in her favor sends a message that workplace sexual harassment cannot be tolerated.

A jury ruled last week that Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler must pay Tina Haskenhoff $100,000 for lost wages and $1.3 million for past and future emotional distress.

Haskenhoff says plant manager Kevin Howes and other employees repeatedly made inappropriate comments about her and other women. Haskenhoff says she was accused of poor performance after complaining in 2011.

Haskenhoff said Tuesday she cried after the Chickasaw County jury returned the verdict. The 46-year-old Sumner resident says she hopes that she can move on from a devastating period.

But corporation attorney Kevin Visser says the verdict's tainted by improper jury instructions that will be appealed.

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Two students have been suspended from a Lancaster-area high school football team after a prank involving the head of the school's Baron mascot.

The Manheim Central School District removed the defensive starters, both seniors, from the team. That happened after a photograph appeared on SnapChat showing one of them wearing the Baron's head while nude in the locker room.

Reno Dart and the player who took the photo were also suspended from school for three days for what the district deemed \"defacing school property.\"

The district did not identify the second player and declined comment.

Dart's parents told the newspaper the Oct. 17 photograph was likely in poor taste but not malicious. The mascot wasn't damaged.

They say the episode has cost both players college scholarship opportunities.

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FIFA says preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco in December are continuing and there is currently no Ebola threat to cause it to be canceled.

The world soccer body says it is in contact with Moroccan authorities and is \"constantly updating its position\" with regard to Ebola on the advice of the World Health Organization.

Morocco has no reported cases of the deadly virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa, almost all in the three worst-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Club World Cup, which will feature Champions League winner Real Madrid, is scheduled for Dec. 10-20.

FIFA also says it agrees with the Confederation of African Football's decision to move games out of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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Relatives of a Broncos fan who went missing during last week's game are concerned for his safety.

Police are still searching for 53-year-old Paul Kitterman since Thursday night's matchup with the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field. His stepson, Jarod Tonneson, says he was last seen after he left his seat to meet friends at halftime.

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said detectives do not suspect foul play, but he would not elaborate.

Relatives spent the weekend posting fliers and checking area hospitals and detox centers.

Tonneson says Kitterman had left his cellphone at home and did not have much cash. He says Kitterman has no known health problems and does not use drugs.

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The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois.

Department spokesman David Roeder (ROH'-der) said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola. The plant will employ about 175 people. Another 2,000 temporary construction jobs are expected to be created while the plant is being built.

Roeder confirmed Cronus also plans to open a U.S. headquarters in Chicago with about 25 employees.

Construction is expected to start on the Cronus Fertilizers plant next spring and take about three years.

The company chose the site over another location in Mitchell County, Iowa. It considered sites in other states, too.

Details of any incentives that Illinois offered to Cronus weren't immediately available.

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Sioux City will install security cameras in its 17 elementary schools and update cameras in middle and high schools.

Officials say the move will help ensure the security of students and staff.

Technology director Neil Schroeder of the Sioux City school district said the elementary schools currently do not have security cameras installed in their buildings.

On Monday, the school district approved an agreement with Midwest Alarm to set up eight cameras in each elementary school.

Under the agreement, the company would also update more than 200 of the devices in middle schools, high schools and other district buildings.

The project is expected to cost about $454,000.

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