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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 18 2014 9:30AM

The University of Iowa is defending its decision to reassign a law school employee while she brings a lawsuit claiming political discrimination.

The university last month transferred Teresa Wagner from her eight-year job as associate director of the law school's writing center to a position in the main library.

The move came after Wagner last month accused her boss at the writing center of going through her backpack, and said the two could no longer work together.

In her federal lawsuit, Wagner claims she was passed over for faculty jobs because of her conservative politics.

Her attorney has alleged the reassignment amounts to a demotion and is retaliation. The university denied that, noting the transfer didn't affect Wagner's pay.

A judge will hold a hearing next month on the issue.

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Location : Iowa
People : Teresa Wagner
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 18 2014 9:14AM

A Black Hawk County jury has found a former Waterloo man guilty of molesting a young girl.

38-year-old Ivan Fernando Fierro was convicted Friday of second-degree sexual abuse. He faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced later.

Prosecutors say Fierro fondled a girl on several occasions in Waterloo between 2008 and 2010 when she was between 9 and 11 years old. Authorities say the girl didn't tell her mother until after Fierro moved to Missouri. He was arrested in March.

Federal immigration officials also have action pending against Fierro, a citizen of Mexico. Authorities say Fierro was deported from the United States in 1999, and has used two aliases in the past.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:44AM

Authorities in northeast Iowa have rescued a dog that fell into an abandoned well.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office is looking for the owners of the brown dog that was pulled from the 8-foot well Wednesday.

Homeowner Christina Edmonds says that she called authorities after she heard barking echoing out of the well, which is partially boarded up and no longer used. A firefighter descended the well and hoisted the dog out of it.

The animal is being cared for by the Oelwein Veterinarian Clinic.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:42AM

A jury has convicted a man charged with killing his parents with a machete on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement in Iowa.

Jurors returned the verdict Wednesday on two counts of second-degree murder against 26-year-old Gordon Lasley Jr.

Prosecutors say Lasley killed his parents, Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley, with a machete on Feb. 5 at their home on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement near Tama.

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

It's unclear when Lasley will be sentenced. He faces a possible sentence of life in prison.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:41AM

Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against a woman convicted of helping kill five people in Iowa in 1993.

The government said in a court filing Wednesday that it will no longer seek to execute Angela Johnson in the drug-related killings. She's expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Johnson was convicted of aiding and abetting murder in one of the most heinous crime sprees in Iowa history. Prosecutors say Johnson and her boyfriend, methamphetamine kingpin Dustin Honken, killed three adults and two children.

She was sentenced to death following a 2005 trial, making her the first woman on federal death row in decades. But a judge in 2012 ordered a new sentencing hearing after finding flaws with her defense team.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:39AM

A Muscatine woman is one of eight drug convicts whose prison time has been cut short by President Barack Obama.

Obama announced Wednesday that Jennifer Regenos' 20-year prison sentence has been commuted to expire in April. She was sentenced in 2002 on a conviction of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The president also pardoned 12 convicts for a variety of offenses.

The commutations are the first issued under new guidelines designed to cut costs by reducing the nation's bulging prison population and grant leniency to nonviolent drug offenders sentenced to double-digit terms. Inmates must meet certain requirements, particularly serving a sentence that, if imposed today, would be substantially shorter than what they were given at the time.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:34AM

A former Clarke University employee has been accused of stealing more than $300,000 from the school in a book vendor scheme.

James Spaulding, a former bookstore manager at the eastern Iowa school, faces one count of mail fraud and two counts of filing a false tax return. A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Authorities say Spaulding submitted invoices to buy books from a company he established in 2011 with a friend. He is accused of issuing checks for several invoices between 2011 and 2012. Authorities say Spaulding would later receive cashier's checks.

A hearing in the case is scheduled Thursday.

Clarke University reported the theft in April 2013 after an internal review of vendors.

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Location : Iowa
People : James Spaulding
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 18 2014 8:33AM

A western Iowa teacher faces additional charges in a sexual exploitation case involving several former students.

Pottawattamie County Attorney Dan McGinn says 45-year-old Michael Travis is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. He has pleaded not guilty to two counts. A hearing on the additional counts is scheduled for Dec. 31.

A motion has been filed to consolidate the charges for a trial set at the end of January.

Travis is an elementary school teacher and a high school softball coach for Treynor Community Schools. He is on paid administrative leave.

One former elementary school student and three former softball players say Travis inappropriately touched them between 2001 and 2006. Another student stepped forward with an allegation, but the statute of limitations expired.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 18 2014 4:54AM

The Marshalltown Police Department has released updated information about yesterdays shooting involving a suspect and two police officers.

Police Chief Michael Tupper identifies the deceased as 25 year old Andrew Jay Worsfold of Marshalltown.

The police officers involved, who were not hurt, are identified as 49 year old Officer Ramon Maxey who has been on the force for six years and 23 year

old Officer Benjamin Scheevel who has been on the force less than a year.

The officers are on paid administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation by the State Department of Criminal Investigation.

The shooting occured outdoors in the area of Second Avenue and Linn Street yesterday morning at 3:47 a-m, Worsfold who was armed, was critically wounded and taken to MMSC where he later died.

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 17 2014 11:16AM

Authorities in western Iowa say a man faces gun charges after another man was found with a gunshot wound.

The Monona County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Joshua Beam was arrested Tuesday night in Mapleton after authorities found a man with a gunshot wound to the head.

The wounded man, 22-year-old Eric Franco, was taken to a local health center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say Beam and Franco consumed alcohol then began to wrestle. Beam is accused of pulling out a handgun and firing several shots.

Beam faces several charges, including intimidation with a dangerous weapon and going armed with intent. Court records do not list an attorney.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 17 2014 11:14AM

An overnight fire has destroyed a North Liberty house in easternIowa, but no injuries from the fire have been reported.

Firefighters responded around 3 a.m. Tuesday after a resident reported hearing a loud noise and smelling smoke.

It took firefighters about eight hours to put the fire out. They are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Two occupants in the house escaped unharmed.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 17 2014 9:19AM

Police in the city of Marshalltown say officers have shot and killed an armed man.

Marshalltown police say the shooting happened just before 4 a.m. Wednesday, when two officers encountered a man armed with a handgun on a Marshalltown street. Police say the man was critically wounded and taken to a local hospital, where he later died. The officers were not injured.

Police Chief Michael Tupper declined early Wednesday to give other details of what led to the shooting or the names of the man and officers involved, saying the investigation is still in the early stages.

Marshalltown police have asked the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to help in the case and conduct an independent investigation into the shooting.

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Location : IowaMarshalltown
People : Michael Tupper
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 17 2014 9:15AM

An Iowa man who convinced a Massachusetts mother to pose her 10-year-old daughter nude in order to get a modeling contract has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Joshua Dunfee, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, was also sentenced to five years of probation on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston.

The 32-year-old Dunfee pleaded guilty to enticement of a child to engage in illicit sexual activity and the sexual exploitation of a child to produce child pornography.

Prosecutors say he met the Attleboro woman online in October 2011 and told her he was a professional photographer. He persuaded her to pose her daughter nude to get a lucrative mother-daughter bikini modeling contract.

Dunfee's lawyer argued for a lighter sentence, saying he never sought physical contact.

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People : Joshua Dunfee
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 17 2014 9:12AM

An Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after taking a plea deal in the 2012 death of his ex-girlfriend's son.

Thirty-six-year old Nick Reed on Tuesday pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine and entered an Alford plea to a child neglect charge. An Alford plea doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors likely can prove the charges.

Reed admitted to the judge that he had ingredients to make meth in his home.

Prosecutors originally charged Reed with first-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old Bentley Randall. They dropped the charge last year citing a lack of evidence.

Investigators say the child was scalded during a bath while Reed was responsible for him. Randall was later admitted to the hospital and died of blunt force trauma.

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

Waterloo police have arrested a 25-year-old man who they say intentionally rammed his SUV into two patrol cars and hospitalized two officers.

The suspect was being held at the Black Hawk County jail Wednesday. He faces a first-degree criminal mischief charge and two counts of assaulting a police officer.

Police say the man threatened the officers before leaving the scene of a domestic dispute the officers responded to on Tuesday. They say he returned a few minutes later and accelerated into a squad car, which hit another.

Officers Randall Hammitt and Brooke Carter were hospitalized with minor injuries and released Tuesday. The suspect was treated for unspecified injuries at the hospital before being taken to jail.

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Location : Black Hawk County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 17 2014 9:04AM

Authorities say a fatal house fire in Granger was likely caused by smoking.

The State Fire Marshal Division within the state Department of Public Safety says the early Monday fire was accidental and likely caused by smoking. Authorities believe the fire started on a couch where a man was located.

The man was identified as 55-year-old James O'Connor. Authorities say he died of thermal injuries.

Two other people in the house escaped safely.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 17 2014 8:55AM

A man in eastern Iowa has been accused of pouring gasoline on himself, flicking a lighter and threatening to harm his family.

North Liberty police say 38-year-old Fernando Maldonado was charged Tuesday with first-degree arson, domestic abuse assault with the display or use of a weapon and two counts of child endangerment. Court records do not list an attorney.

Police say Maldonado also identifies himself as Javier Martinez.

Police responding to a home on Monday say Maldonado had poured gasoline on himself. He threatened to light himself on fire, began flicking a lighter and threatened to harm his family.

Maldonado was sent to the hospital for ingesting gasoline and was released Tuesday. No other injuries were reported.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 16 2014 10:59AM

Marshalltown officials say a school employee has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student.

The Marshalltown Community School District says it contacted the Marshalltown Police Department on Monday with concerns over an alleged inappropriate relationship between a school district employee and an 18-year-old student.

Authorities say they're investigating the case, but the nature and extent of the allegations are unconfirmed at this time. No charges have been filed.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 16 2014 8:38AM

The small central Iowa city of Lehigh is now without a mayor and a city clerk.

Mayor Mark Johnson resigned last week so he could spend more time with his family. The Lehigh City Council voted Monday to fire City Clerk Wanda Ganeff, citing poor performance.

Councilman Troy Twito says Ganeff wasn't following orders or using her time efficiently. He says he wanted the council to vote on whether to terminate Ganeff because of her performance in collecting delinquent utility bills.

Twito has been on the Utility Commission for five months. Ganeff has been in charge of the utility committee since Nov. 10. Johnson was in charge before her.

Ganeff says the unpaid bills weren't her problem because she wasn't in charge then.

The city has a population of about 400 people.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 16 2014 8:36AM

The Waterloo City Council has agreed to purchase a closed Hostess bakery in hopes of ensuring the site's future development fits in with other plans for the downtown area.

The council voted Monday to buy the building for $400,000 and up to $15,000 in closing costs.

The city's planning and development director says the building is in a key location among downtown revitalization projects.

The bakery stopped production in November 2012 when Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy. Georgia-based company Flower Foods purchased the property through a liquidation for almost $442,500.

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Location : Georgia
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 16 2014 8:34AM

Des Moines police are investigating a robbery and shooting at a store near Iowa Lutheran Hospital.

Police responded to a report of shots fired just after 9 p.m. Monday.

Investigators say two armed men wearing ski masks entered the Asian food store through a back door. Two store employees were injured from what police believe are gunshot wounds from ricocheted bullets.

One man was wounded in the leg, the other wounded in the back. Police say the injuries are not life-threatening.

Police are still searching for suspects in the robbery and shooting and are interviewing witnesses.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 16 2014 8:32AM

Des Moines police say they're investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a man and a woman.

Police say they were called Monday morning to a home in northeast Des Moines after a woman stopped by to check on a friend, who hadn't shown up for work.

The woman found a back door ajar and because she felt uncomfortable, called police.

Officers went inside and found 48-year-old Melissa Jo Downing and 49-year-old Matthew John Hansen dead. Police say it was an apparent murder-suicide, and they identified Downing as the victim and Hansen as the suspect.

Police say it appears both died of gunshot wounds.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 16 2014 8:29AM

Officials have suspended a multi-state lottery game aimed at giving out $1million prizes because of low ticket sales.

Terry Rich, president of the North American Lottery Group, says officials on Monday decided to suspend future ticket sales of the Monopoly Millionaires' Club game, just two months after it launched in 23 states. Tickets will be suspended shortly before its last weekly drawing on Dec. 26.

Rich says the game did not meet ticket sales expectations, but he did not elaborate.

Monopoly Millionaires' Club was advertised as a move away from the large jackpots of Powerball and Mega Millions. The game's top prize was capped at $25 million, and it was designed for players to win more $1 million prizes.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 16 2014 8:25AM

Round two for enrollment under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appears to be moving more smoothly in Iowa as a key deadline approaches.

Monday night marked the deadline for new customers to enroll in insurance to start Jan. 1 and for those with current coverage to make any changes ahead of next year.

Cliff Gold, chief executive officer of CoOportunity Health, says very few complaints have come in. CoOportunity is a federally funded nonprofit established to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska.

Last year, the enrollment period was stymied by a poorly functioning website and widespread public confusion.

Open enrollment continues until Feb. 15.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:59AM

Firefighters say one person has died in an overnight house fire in Granger.

Crews were called to the house around 4:15 a.m. Monday. Multiple crews responded and reported heavy smoke and flames.

Firefighters say the person who died was found just inside the front door, and others escaped safely.

Authorities say the cause of the fire is yet to be determined and the victim has not yet been identified.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:56AM

Iowa authorities say a 70-year-old man has been hospitalized for a self-inflicted gunshot wound suffered while checking a trap for opossums.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Sunday that James Conger of Ollie was injured in rural Keokuk County. They say a handgun in Conger's coat pocked fired into his leg as he leaned over to remove an opossum from a live trap on Saturday.

Conger was taken to an Ottumwa hospital after the Saturday accident. His condition is unclear but officials say the wound isn't life-threatening.

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People : James Conger
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:54AM

Two wrestling coaches for a central Iowa high school have been arrested after police say they broke into a home and attacked the owner.

Webster City High School head coach Ted Larson and assistant coach Terry Nessa were being held Monday morning at the Story County Jail. Both men in their 50s are charged with felony assault, first-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.

County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a rural home Saturday night. Capt. Barry Thomas says the pair damaged a vehicle outside the residence and attacked the victim, who was taken to a Nevada hospital in an unclear condition.

The victim's identity hasn't been released.

Webster City Community School District's superintendent says Larson has been placed on administrative leave.

Online jail records didn't indicate attorneys.

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Location : IowaNevada
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:53AM

A fire chief in eastern Iowa says an off-duty firefighter and a city councilman have saved a man in a wheelchair from a burning home.

Maquoketa Fire Chief Mark Beck says the pair rescued Harvey Untiedt on Sunday after a fire started near his Christmas tree. Beck says firefighter Matt Tranel and Councilman Corey Simonson live nearby and went into the house before firefighters arrived.

Beck says smoke in the air reached down to their knees when they entered. The men found Untiedt coughing in the kitchen and helped him outside.

It's unclear what started the fire.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:50AM

The city of Waterloo is considering buying the idle former Hostess plant downtown to encourage development.

The City Council will vote Monday on a plan to spend up to $415,000 on the building that used to serve as a Wonder Bread bakery.

The Waterloo bakery has been closed since November 2012 when Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy protection.

Flowers Foods Inc. bought the Wonder bread brand from the now-defunct Hostess Brands, but it hasn't revived all of Hostess' old bakeries, including the Waterloo one.

Flowers Foods paid $442,460 when it acquired the building.

City planning director Noel Anderson says the purchase offer is less than the building's assessed value to account for demolition costs.

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Location : Waterloo
People : Noel Anderson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:47AM

An Iowa man is recovering from a shotgun wound after being shot by a fellow hunter who was trying to hit a moving deer.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said 47-year-old Eric Winkler was hit in the abdomen Saturday by a shotgun slug fired by someone else in his hunting party.

The Carroll man was helping to drive deer at the time of the shooting. He was taken to an area hospital and later transferred to a Des Moines hospital.

Recreational Safety Officer Jeff Barnes says hunters should make sure they know where everyone in their party is at all times. And hunters shouldn't fire in the direction of other hunters.

Barnes says most hunting incidents happen when shots are fired at moving deer.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:45AM

Des Moines officials have taken charge of more than 30 wild animals — including black bears and wolves — that had been on display at a now-closed "mall zoo."

Polk County deputies evicted Pella Wildlife Co. and its owner, Ron DeArmond, from Merle Hay Mall this week. The organization had operated the Academy of Wildlife at the mall until closing its doors in October.

Police Sgt. James Butler says 32 wild animals were on the premises, including three black bears, wolves and a cougar. All appeared to be healthy and were in cages.

If DeArmond is unable to relocate the animals within seven days, they will be turned over to the Blank Park Zoo and Animal Rescue League.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:42AM

Police say an Iowa City man forged checks that had been stolen from a local church.

Police say that 24-year-old Jerrell Clemons twice cashed fraudulent checks at a credit union bank inside a grocery store. Police say Clemons forged signatures to write checks to himself in September for $645 and $350.

Police say the checks were stolen from an office at the Church of the Nazarene.

Clemons has been charged with forgery, a felony, and third-degree theft, a misdemeanor.

Clemons could not be reached for comment Saturday.

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Location : Iowa
People : Jerrell Clemons
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:40AM

A rural Cresco man has been charged with two felonies after law enforcement officials say he threatened hunters near his property.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 61-year-old Ralph Leroy Flugge was charged Friday with two counts of threats of terrorism against hunters. He has been released on $5,000 bond. A message left at Flugge's home Saturday seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Officials say law enforcement officers seized 30 different firearms from Flugge's home Friday while executing a search warrant.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:38AM

Iowa officials are looking for an inmate accused of leaving his work release facility.

The state Department of Corrections says 54-year-old Robert Lee Garrett was placed on escape status Friday after he failed to return to a Fort Des Moines work release facility from an authorized appointment. Additional information was not released.

Garret is serving a 54-year sentence on various convictions, including first-degree robbery and domestic assault. He began his sentence in 1990 and was transferred to work release in November.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 15 2014 8:36AM

An Iowa man has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection to a fatal crash in October.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Department says 29-year-old Joshua Dunt, of Raymond, was charged Friday with homicide by vehicle in connection to an Oct. 25 car crash involving two vehicles. Court records do not list an attorney.

Authorities say Dunt was driving a car in Washburn that crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by 20-year-old Warren Van Wie. Van Wie and his passenger, 18-year-old Leah McGrane were hospitalized. Van Wie later died from his injuries.

Records show Dunt is being held at the Black Hawk County Jail on $300,000 cash or surety bond.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 12 2014 11:50AM

The Iowa Department of Education says it will stop granting automatic waivers to school districts seeking to start classes earlier in the summer.

Department director Brad Buck sent a letter Friday to state education leaders saying the change is effective immediately.

The announcement came shortly after Gov. Terry Branstad sent a letter to Buck asking that officials only grant a waiver if a school district demonstrates a "significant negative educational impact" of beginning classes on time, as required by law.

Districts must start school no earlier than the calendar week that includes Sept. 1. But nearly all of them obtain waivers allowing them to begin classes earlier.

Branstad's letter says starting earlier "unnecessarily interferes" with families' summer plans, seasonal hiring and the Iowa State Fair.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 12 2014 11:49AM

A family-owned chain of automobile dealerships located in Iowa, Montana and South Dakota will pay a $360,000 civil penalty for running deceptive ads.

The Federal Trade Commission said Friday that Billion Auto and its advertising company violated a 2012 order that prohibited them from deceptively advertising the cost of buying or leasing a car.

The commission's complaint says Billion Auto's ads routinely focus on a few attractive terms but conceal other details that limit who can qualify or that add significant costs.

One ad, for instance, promoted a vehicle for lease for $179 a month but hid in the fine print that one must be a military veteran and returning customer to qualify.

An FTC official says its enforcement action shows "there is a financial cost for violating FTC orders."

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Location : IowaMontanaSouth Dakota
by Lissa posted Dec 12 2014 9:26AM

The actor who played Jethro Bodine in the 1960s television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" is suing CBS, arguing the broadcaster made inappropriate deals with anIowa restaurant chain to use the character's name.

Max Baer Jr. filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that he had reached a deal with CBS giving him rights to use the TV character to establish a chain of restaurants, hotels and casinos.

The lawsuit argues that Baer's rights to the character have been undermined by the Jethro's BBQ restaurant chain, which is based in Des Moines.

The chain's owner says the company isn't named as a defendant and that customers have nothing to worry about.

A CBS spokeswoman says it will try to amicably resolve the issue with Baer.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 12 2014 8:44AM

Officials have lifted a lockdown imposed on dorms at Southwestern Community College in Creston.

The lockdown was ordered around 9:30 p.m. Thursday because a student reported receiving a threat through social media. Authorities say officers found nothing as they searched the area and determined that there was no immediate safety issue. Investigators are seeking records from social media sites.

The school says classes will be held Friday and that Creston police will continue to monitor activities on campus.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 12 2014 8:43AM

An Iowa City man has been arrested after police say he posed online as a Victoria's Secret representative to trick women into sending him pictures of them in lingerie.

Twenty-nine-year-old Sean Boies was booked and released Thursday at the Johnson County Jail. He is charged with unauthorized computer access and two counts of identity theft.

University of Iowa police say Boies created surveys between December 2013 and May 2014. They say he offered to invite aspiring models to a Miami photo shoot in a January survey. Two women submitted photos.

Police say he used stolen university IDs and passwords from two students to create the surveys. It's unclear if Boies is a student.

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

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Location : IowaMiamiVictoria
People : Sean Boies
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 12 2014 8:38AM

Police in Coralville, Iowa, have identified the bodies of two people found in an extended stay hotel as Florida residents in town for a construction project.

Police Chief Barry W. Bedford announced Thursday that the bodies found Tuesday evening at a Suburban Inn hotel were 44-year-old Penny L. Herman and 41-year-old John J. Tromba. Both were from Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Hotel staff found the bodies in a hotel room and called police.

Investigators determined Herman and Tromba had been staying in Coralville for several months for work related to a construction project.

An autopsy done Wednesday showed no trauma and the deaths appeared unintentional. It could take several weeks before toxicology reports can determine why they died.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 11 2014 10:12AM

An 18-year-old man has been charged in the slaying of a Tama man in Marshalltown.

The Marshalltown Police Department said in a news release that James Head was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony. Head's attorney in the conspiracy case didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

The body of 32-year-old Adam Garrett was found inside a Marshalltown residence on Saturday night. Authorities haven't publicly said how Garrett was killed.

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Location : Marshalltown
People : Adam Garrett
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 11 2014 8:45AM

A March trial has been scheduled for a former high school coach in Iowa City who police say tried to pull a handgun after his vehicle was pulled over.

Court records say 31-year-old Edgar Arceo has pleaded not guilty to a weapons charge and a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. His trial is scheduled to begin on March 3.

Arceo's vehicle was pulled over the night of Nov. 26. Police say that when officers approached Arceo he reached into a pocket and began pulling out a pistol. Police say an officer stopped him and took away the loaded weapon.

City High School principal John Bacon has said that Arceo has quit his coaching job and quit as director of the Student Advisory Center.

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Location : IowaIowa City
People : Edgar ArceoJohn Bacon
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 11 2014 8:43AM

A 25-year-old man has been accused of killing a 1-year-old girl in Clive.

Police in the Des Moines suburb say Joe Lopez was arrested on Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. He remained in custody on Thursday, pending $1 million bail. Online court records don't list his attorney in the case.

Police say officers were sent to Blank Children's Hospital on Nov. 29 to investigate injuries to the little girl. Police say she died Dec. 3.

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Location : Des Moines
People : Joe Lopez
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 11 2014 8:42AM

Iowa Public Safety Commissioner Larry Noble is retiring from the job a second time.

Noble told employees in an email this week that he will step down Jan. 9, about 16 months after he returned to lead the agency amid turmoil.

Noble had served in the position from 2011 until retiring in 2012. But Gov. Terry Branstad asked him to return after a series of problems during the brief tenure of his replacement, K. Brian London, who was asked to resign.

Noble told employees that he is proud of the department, which includes the Iowa State Patrol and the Division of Criminal Investigation. He says, "Knowing that you are such great people that do great things is what makes it so much easier for me to once again retire."

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 11 2014 8:41AM

Authorities say a couple face child endangerment charges after a toddler they were babysitting in central Iowa was bit by a dog.

Altoona police say 38-year-old Scott Kimmel and 22-year-old Lea Kimmel contacted authorities Monday night. They reported a 1-year-old girl they were babysitting fell onto a wire dog cage and cut her cheek.

Officers say the child's face was bleeding severely when they arrived. She was taken to a hospital.

Officials determined the girl was bit by a dog, and authorities later found a pit bull mix in the apartment.

Online records show Scott Kimmel and Lea Kimmel each face a charge of child endangerment causing serious injury. Court records do not list attorneys.

The dog will be euthanized.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 11 2014 8:36AM

A former resident of the Iowa Juvenile Home has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was continually placed in solitary confinement.

18-year-old JaQuan Bradford and his attorneys filed the civil rights complaint Tuesday. It names eight defendants, including the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Bradford was 12 when he arrived at the facility in Toledo. He claims his time in isolation affected his development into adulthood. The lawsuit also says Bradford was the victim of "cruel and unusual punishment" during his two years at the center because of the confinement.

DHS spokeswoman Amy Lorentzen McCoy says the department doesn't comment on pending litigation.

The Iowa Juvenile Home was closed earlier this year after questions were raised about the treatment of teenagers.

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

A handgun has been found in a carry-on bag at Des Moines International Airport.

The Transportation Security Administration says its staffers found the .22-caliber revolver during checkpoint X-ray screening early Monday.

The gun was confiscated and the man who'd been carrying the bag was cited.

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

State and local investigators are probing the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a Coralville motel room.

Police say officers were called to the Suburban Inn a little after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after a motel worker found the bodies. The names of the two have not been confirmed.

Investigators aren't yet sure whether a crime was involved in the deaths. But Coralville Police Chief Barry Bedford says in a news release that the department doesn't think Coralville residents are in any danger connected to the case.

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Location : Coralville
People : Barry Bedford
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 10 2014 10:19AM

Authorities have ruled the death of a man found inside a house in Marshalltown as a homicide.

The state medical examiner's office says an autopsy was performed Sunday on 32-year-old Adam Paul Garrett, of Tama. The manner of death was certified as a homicide, though additional details were not released.

Garret was found dead Saturday night inside a house. The death remains under investigation.

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 10 2014 10:18AM

Officials have released the name of a man killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in southeast Iowa.

The state Department of Natural Resources says 83-year-old Allen D. Sindt, of Davenport, was deer hunting Monday afternoon in Stephens State Forest, northwest of Unionville in Appanoose County, when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled over on top of him.

Officials say Sindt was trying to maneuver over a downed log at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The DNR says Sindt had a valid permit to operate the ATV in the state forest.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 10 2014 10:16AM

Transportation officials say Iowa residents will soon use a smartphone app to show their state driver's license.

The state Department of Transportation says an app under development will allow users to show the digital license to law enforcement officers during traffic stops and at security checkpoints at Iowa airports. Iowa residents will still be able to use a regular driver's license.

DOT Director Paul Trombino told Gov. Terry Branstad during a state agency budget hearing Monday that the free app will be available sometime in 2015. He also said the app will be highly secure and people will be able to protect their identity.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 10 2014 4:46AM

The victim in a suspicious death case has been identified.

According to a press release issued by the Marshalltown

Police Department the victim in the case is identified

as 32 year old Adam Paul Garret of Tama.

Officials of the State Medical Examiners office says

the death is considered a homicide but details were

not released.

Two men were arrested in connection with the case,

18 year old James Head and 29 year old Jeremy

Lavender.

An investigation into the case is ongoing.

Garret was found dead inside a home in a

Marshalltown trailer park in the 32 hundred block

of South 12th Street back on Saturday night.

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 9 2014 12:03PM

A Burlington middle school principal has been put on paid leave after forgetting about a sixth-grade student in after-school detention.

Principal Brian Gravel of Aldo Leopold Middle School said that he'd been put on indefinite leave last week and declined to comment further.

Leslie Brown's 11-year-old daughter was given a one-hour detention as punishment for arguing in a hallway with another student. Brown says her daughter was told by Gravel that he would come get her when she could leave.

The student spent more than two hours in detention, which ended only after she left the room to find a custodian in a hallway.

Brown said Gravel called her later at home to apologize.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 9 2014 12:01PM

Authorities say a body has been found inside a garage near a house fire in Waterloo.

The Waterloo Police Department says the body was discovered inside a detached garage Tuesday morning shortly after firefighters responded to the house fire. There was no fire in the garage.

The blaze created large smoke and damaged the house. It was extinguished within an hour.

Additional information was not available.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 9 2014 12:00PM

Officials have apprehended a man accused of escaping from a work release facility in Iowa.

The state Department of Corrections says 29-year-old Justin Lee Miller was back in custody Monday. He is being held at the Polk County Jail.

Officials say Miller was placed on escape status from a Sioux City work release program in August, after an unexcused absence.

Additional information about Miller's return is not available. He is serving time for convictions of willful injury, assault and escape. He was transferred to the work release program in June.

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

A South Dakota man and his daughter from California have been found guilty of false imprisonment after locking the woman's husband in a grain bin in Iowa.

Craig Olson of Canton, South Dakota, and Oriana Groppetti of Visalia, California, face up to a year in jail. An Iowa jury returned the misdemeanor conviction Monday after three hours of deliberation. The jury acquitted them of higher charges including felony kidnapping.

Olson and his daughter locked Derek Groppetti, of Visalia, in an empty grain bin on July 22 following a domestic dispute. He escaped but was later taken to another abandoned farm, where he fled on foot and called for help.

Derek Groppetti testified that he never felt intimidated and only called 911 to get a ride to an airport.

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Location : CaliforniaIowaSouth DakotaVisalia
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 9 2014 9:39AM

The state Department of Natural Resources says a man has died while hunting in a state forest in southeast Iowa.

The DNR says the man was deer hunting Monday afternoon in Stephens State Forest, northwest of Unionville in Appanoose County, when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving rolled on top of him. He had been trying to maneuver over a downed log.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was described as an elderly hunter, but neither his name nor his age were released pending notification of relatives.

The DNR says he had a permit to operate the ATV in the state forest.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 9 2014 9:36AM

The University of Iowa says a student has reported a sexual assault on campus.

The school says police received a report on Saturday about an incident at a residence hall on Friday. A female student says an unknown person sexually assaulted her.

Additional details were not available. The school released the information in accordance with a federal disclosure law.

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

An Iowa venue says a Bill Cosby performance scheduled for next year has been postponed indefinitely.

The Des Moines Civic Center said Monday it notified ticketholders that they will receive a refund for the planned March 7 concert.

Cosby stage shows have been canceled in several other states. The actions follow renewed allegations by women claiming decades-old sexual assaults by the 77-year-old comedian.

Cosby has denied the allegations.

Last week, Los Angeles police opened an investigation into a woman's claims that Cosby molested her in 1974, when she was 15 years old. The woman, Judy Huth, is suing Cosby for sexual battery.

Cosby has never been charged with a crime and settled the only other sexual assault case against him. That case was filed by Andrea Constand, a former worker at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 9 2014 9:32AM

Trial has begun for a Georgia man charged with killing his former roommate in Iowa.

Jury selection began Monday morning in the trial of 55-year-old John Green. He faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Mark Koster, of Sac City. Green has pleaded not guilty.

Koster's skeletal remains were found buried in the basement of his house in 2012. The new homeowners found them while renovating the basement.

Green, who briefly lived with Koster in 2009, was arrested in March. The trial was moved from Sac City to Fort Dodge after Greene's attorney said pretrial publicity would make it impossible for Green to receive a fair trial.

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Location : GeorgiaIowaSac City
People : John GreenMark Koster
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 9 2014 9:29AM

Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a former aide to serve as Iowa State Public Defender.

Branstad announced Monday that Adam Gregg would take over the office, which coordinates legal representation for those that cannot afford it. The previous public defender is moving to another state job.

Branstad said in a news release that Gregg will "work to represent and defend individuals who otherwise couldn't afford legal representation."

Gregg most recently ran as the Republican candidate for attorney general, losing to incumbent Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller in November. Before that, he served as a legislative liaison for Branstad. He is a graduate of Drake University Law School.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 9 2014 9:26AM

The trial of a man charged with killing his parents with a machete in Iowa is set to begin.

Opening statements are scheduled Monday in the trial of 26-year-old Gordon Lasley Jr. Jury selection was held Friday.

Prosecutors say Lasley killed his parents, Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley, with a machete on Feb. 5 at their home on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement near Tama.

Lasley's attorneys are using an insanity defense. Prosecutors say Lasley had a history of violent behavior prior to the deaths.

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

Gov. Terry Branstad will be sworn in for a sixth term on January 16.

Branstad announced plans for his inauguration Monday. The inauguration will be held at 9 a.m. at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Ballroom in Des Moines. The inaugural ball will be held that night at the same location.

Tickets for both events are available to the public. The inauguration is free, but the ball costs $75 a ticket. The net proceeds will go to a scholarship fund.

Central Iowa businessman Bill Knapp and former cable television executive Jim Cownie are chairing the inaugural committee. Both contributed to Branstad's campaign.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 8 2014 11:46AM
The Marshalltown City Council meets at City Hall at 5:30 this
afternoon.
According to Mayor Jim Lowrance Council will talk about a street program
for Marshalltown next year and floating atwo million dollar bond to
help pay for the work.



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Topics : Labor
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 8 2014 11:40AM
There is an investigation into a suspicious death case here in
Marshalltown.

Police Chief Michael Tupper says it happened in a trailer court in
Marshalltown as a mans body was discovered Saturday night.

Two people were arrested in the case, identified as 18 year old
James Head and 29 year old Jeremy Lavender.

No identifacation of the victim as of late Monday morning.
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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 10:11AM

A 23-year-old Riceville woman's sexual abuse trial has been pushed back to January.

Mindy Jo Fetters had been scheduled to stand trial on Wednesday in Mitchell County District Court. Her trial will now begin on Jan. 21.

Fetters pleaded not guilty earlier this year to third-degree sexual abuse involving a 15-year-old boy. She is also charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and indecent exposure.

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Location : IowaRiceville
People : Mindy Jo Fetters
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 10:08AM

Police in central Iowa have arrested and charged a mother and her teenage daughter with assault after they say the pair fought with other students.

The 38-year-old Fort Dodge woman and her 16-year-old daughter fought with two other students inside Fort Dodge Senior High School on Thursday morning. Police say a teacher who tried to intervene was injured, and the school was locked down for 15 minutes.

Police say the woman and her daughter left the school before officers arrived and were later arrested.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 10:05AM

An Ely woman has died and a man has been seriously injured in a crash involving a car and a Solon school bus.

The Thursday afternoon crash just west of Solon also left four of the roughly 30 elementary and middle school students on the bus with minor injuries.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Eric Payne says 73-year-old Patricia Ann Howell, who was driving a car involved in the crash, died at the scene. A passenger, 75-year-old Bunyan Howell, of Ely, was flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Investigators say Patricia Howell turned into the path of the bus.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 10:04AM

Alliant Energy is moving ahead with the demolition of its Sixth Street Generating Station near downtown Cedar Rapids.

The plant has been a fixture in Cedar Rapids since it began providing electricity in 1888.

Part of the plant was damaged by flooding in 2008 and it stopped full operations in 2010.

Alliant announced Thursday that Brandenburg Industrial Service Company is leading the demolition work. That includes asbestos abatement, removal of hazardous material and soil remediation.

The utility says work should be completed by late 2015.

Alliant is still considering future uses for the site after the work is finished.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 10:02AM

North Iowa residents have helped pay for the return of a woman's body to Hawaii after she died in a vehicle crash near Burchinal.

31-year-old Melissa Alford was killed last month after state troopers say she pulled into the path of a grain truck.

Her mother, Deborah Mertens, says she's "eternally grateful" that she and other family could say goodbye to Alford at a service over the weekend in Maui. Mertens says family members didn't have the money to bring Alford back home. They only had about half of the $8,000 officials estimated that it would take to fly Alford to Hawaii.

Mertens started an online fundraiser, hoping to raise $4,000. In five days, people donated almost $5,500.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 9:44AM

A New York man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman at a downtown Des Moines hotel.

30-year-old Christopher LaPointe pleaded guilty to burglary and sexual abuse.

Des Moines police say a New Jersey woman was staying at the Embassy Suites and rejected LaPointe's advances at the hotel's bar. She says she awoke later that night to LaPointe touching her leg in her hotel room. Police say he had been in the room for about two hours.

The victim asked how he got into her room and LaPointe replied that he "had friends." Police say a desk clerk gave him the keycard because he was a frequent guest and Hilton HHonors Diamond member.

Hotel officials say they are cooperating in the police investigation.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 9:40AM

Davenport police say two preteens who used airsoft guns to try to rob a customer at a Starbucks drive-thru window have been charged with felonies.

Police say the 11- and 12-year-old children approached the victim's vehicle on Saturday morning and demanded money. They say the customer refused and the kids ran away.

Officers arrested the suspects and confiscated an airsoft rifle and airsoft handgun. The suspects were taken to the Davenport police department and charged with second-degree robbery. Police say the 11-year-old was also charged with assault on a police officer after punching one at the station.

They are being prosecuted in Scott County Juvenile Court.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 9:39AM

Authorities in eastern Iowa say a 67-year-old man has died after being extracted from a burning apartment building.

DeWitt Police Chief David Porter told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday that officers entered the apartment Tuesday night. He says police found the man through heavy smoke and fire but had to retreat because of the heat. He says the man was recovered from the apartment after firefighters arrived.

The man was taken to an area hospital where he later died. His name hasn't been released.

The cause of the fire is unclear. The Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

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Location : Iowa
People : David Porter
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 9:35AM

Authorities in northeast Iowa say a 21-year-old man has been killed after losing control of his vehicle on a gravel road.

The Clayton County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that Matthew Belk of Edgewood died in the rollover earlier this week. A passerby who saw his vehicle in a ditch notified authorities.

Deputies say Belk wasn't wearing a seat belt and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It's unclear what caused Belk to lose control of the vehicle. Deputies are investigating.

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Location : Iowa
People : Matthew Belk
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 9:33AM

An 18-year-old in Muscatine has been accused of posting nude photos of minors on Twitter.

Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren says Briar Jared Todd was arrested Wednesday. He faces five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Court records do not list an attorney.

Investigators say Todd used an account on Twitter to post five separate photos of nude female minors. Information on the account identified each minor by name.

Todd is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 15.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 9:29AM

Two alumni of Iowa State University have donated more than $22 million to the school to help build a new student center and create an endowed dean's chair.

The university said in a news release Wednesday that a portion of the money will be used to support the planned Student Innovation Center. The other portion will be used to create an endowed dean's chair in the College of Human Sciences. Dean Pamela White, a longtime faculty member, will be the inaugural holder.

The school says the alumni want to remain anonymous. The gift was made through the Iowa State University Foundation, a private nonprofit that helps secure gifts and grants for the school.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 9:21AM

Students at Cascade High School have won a safe-driving contest organized by State Farm Insurance.

The school will receive a $100,000 grant and a private concert from The Band Perry, a country band.

The school, one of two grand-prize winners, was among almost 3,300 schools nationwide that participated in the contest, "Celebrate My Drive." It challenged teens and community members to sign online safe-driving pledges. Each pledge counted as a vote for a school.

The high school is required to use 10 percent of the grant on a teen driver safety program. The school plans to use the rest on school improvements, including new hallway lockers and furniture.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 9:16AM

An Iowa City man has been accused of disrupting classes at the University of Iowa and assaulting responding officers.

20-year-old Dequan Edward Miles was arrested Tuesday. He faces multiple charges, including two counts of assault on a peace officer and interference with official acts.

Court records do not list an attorney.

Police say Miles harassed people and disrupted classes at several campus buildings Tuesday. He is accused of kicking and fighting responding officers.

The newspaper reports Miles was given a criminal trespass warning in September for all university property, but additional information was not available.

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Location : IowaIowa City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 5 2014 9:08AM

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is brushing off entertainer Cher's criticism about hog crates.

Cher posted a message on Twitter Tuesday asking why Iowa farmers "torture pigs" in narrow gestation crates, and calling New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a "bully" for his stance on the issue.

Christie recently vetoed legislation outlawing gestation crates in New Jersey. New Jersey has few hogs, but some argue that Christie is influenced by the early voting status of Iowa, a state that raises more than 20 million hogs annually. Christie is weighing a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Branstad has dismissed that characterization. On Wednesday he responded to Cher, saying, "They know a lot about pig production out there in Hollywood."

A Christie spokesman did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 11:27AM

A Charles City man has been given five years in prison for making threatening statements against schoolchildren.

Court records show 48-year-old Loren Saxon was sentenced Tuesday.

Saxon pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of intimidation and public intoxication as part of a plea deal that dropped a charge of making threats of terrorism.

Police reports say Saxon was heavily intoxicated while at a Charles City motel on Aug. 24. Officers report Saxon claimed 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 : Iowa
People : Loren Saxon
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 10:18AM

A Des Moines woman has told police that her husband used a sandwich to assault her.

21-year-old Marvin Hill II was arrested Tuesday. Polk County Jail records say Hill remained in custody on Wednesday on a charge of domestic abuse assault. Online court records don't list an attorney for him.

Initially Hill told officers that his wife had assaulted him. He said she awakened him about 1 p.m., holding a McDonald's McChicken sandwich. He later acknowledged that he became upset and threw the sandwich at his wife because he doesn't like them.

Officers say Hill's wife had mayonnaise on her shirt and face when they talked to her. She says Hill also smashed the bun into her face.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 10:16AM

A man who police say was confronted by a group of women when trying to meet a 9-year-old girl for sex has taken a deal with prosecutors.

Wednesday 23-year-old Lonnie Burns pleaded guilty to a first-degree harassment charge. A child enticement charge was dismissed in the deal.

Police say Burns arrived at an apartment June 30 after communicating on Facebook with a person who he thought was a young girl. Instead, the girl's mother had taken over the girl's correspondence with the man.

The woman and two others met Burns and at least two women physically assaulted him.

Prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence.

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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Lonnie Burns
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 10:14AM

Dubuque police have arrested a woman on drug charges after a witness called officers to report the woman was hitting a television with a can of beans.

28-year-old Lachon Welcher was charged this week with marijuana possession with intent to deliver, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police responded to Welcher's home on Sunday after the witness reported that another woman's television was damaged. Officers say they smelled marijuana and found drugs, plastic bags and a digital scale. They say Welcher's 2-year-old son lives in the home.

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

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People : Lachon Welcher
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 10:11AM

Iowa National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve troops are being warned to remove personal and military data from their social media accounts, lest the information help terrorists launch attacks inside the United States.

Officials with the Iowa National Guard and the Army Reserve's 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Des Moines, which oversees 5,000 troops in four states, said that troops won't be barred from using social media accounts.

The National Guard spokesman, Col. Gregory Hapgood Jr., says the troops shouldn't list anything about their employment or travel plans.

Hapgood says Iowa National Guard units' Facebook accounts now just mention events that already have occurred, rather than upcoming events.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 10:08AM

A judge has postponed trial proceedings in Iowa for a man charged with first-degree murder in his wife's death.

Judge Stephen Jackson Jr. made the decision Tuesday in the trial of 39-year-old Dustin Jefferson. It's unclear when it will resume.

Defense attorney Thomas Gaul argued the racial makeup of the jury pool did not reflect Jefferson's community.

Jefferson is a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, also known as Meskwaki Nation. Gaul said the people who showed up for jury selection did not satisfy constitutional requirements.

Jefferson is accused of actively helping or encouraging his mother, Ginger Jefferson, to kill his wife, Kerry O'Clair Jefferson, in September 2013.

Ginger Jefferson was convicted of first-degree murder in May.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 10:01AM

Grinnell College has received a $4 million bequest from a graduate who died last year after a successful career as a tax attorney.

The college announced Tuesday that 1950 Grinnell graduate Marilyn Walsh had made the gift to establish a scholarship for Iowa residents admitted to the school.

Walsh was a native of Woodbine who received a bachelor's degree in history, then earned law degrees at New York University. She worked as a tax attorney, first at a Wall Street firm and then at CBS. She died Sept. 2, 2013, in New York City.

The scholarship will be open to students who have lived in Iowa at least five years. Iowans who apply to Grinnell will be automatically considered for the scholarship, named in memory of Walsh's mother, Dorrit Walsh.

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Location : IowaNew York City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 9:56AM

An official says a student at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo has been injured while in the school's welding lab.

College spokeswoman Kathy Flynn says the student is being treated for burns following an incident Tuesday morning. Additional information about the injury or the student's identity is not available.

Flynn says the student was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

College safety officials are interviewing witnesses who were in the welding lab at the time of the incident. Flynn says the college is also reviewing its safety procedures, though she did not elaborate.

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Location : Iowa
People : Kathy Flynn
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 9:53AM

Four men have pleaded not guilty to charges in connection to a robbery at Iowa Central Community College that caused a school lockdown.

Court records show 18-year-old Garhoth Dak, of Storm Lake, entered the written plea Monday on a charge of second-degree robbery.

Three other men pleaded not guilty to a charge of aiding and abetting second-degree robbery. They are 21-year-old Joseph Odir, of Des Moines; 21-year-old Juma Deng, of Urbandale; and 23-year-old Molong Deng, of Des Moines.

The men are accused of entering a campus dorm room on Nov. 10. Police say a student reported the men in her room.

Iowa Central Community College, in Fort Dodge, placed the school on lockdown for several hours in response to the incident.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 9:51AM

Waterloo firefighters spent hours battling a blaze that broke out after a clothing store closed for the day.

The fire was reported around 9 p.m. Monday at Tri-City Clothing, which is housed in a two-story building. An aerial unit and other firetrucks rained down water on the flames for hours after firefighters left the building because of safety concerns. So much water was used that firefighters had to hook hoses to a second hydrant that was linked to a different water main.

The fire briefly flared anew around 6 a.m. Tuesday. No injuries have been reported.

The fire cause is being investigated.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 9:46AM

A 50-year-old northern Iowa woman who made a plea deal in a child sex abuse case has been sentenced.

Diana Guido, of Goldfield, was given two years in prison suspended, two years of probation and a suspended $625 fine on a conviction for child endangerment. She also was given a year in jail with all but 30 days suspended and two years of probation for disseminating obscene material.

Guido originally was charged with sexual abuse, indecent contract with a child, indecent exposure and dissemination and exhibition of obscene material to a minor.

She must serve an additional term of 10 years supervised release through the Iowa Department of Corrections because of the sexual nature of the crime.

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Location : Iowa
People : Diana Guido
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 9:45AM

Supporters and opponents of a proposed oil pipeline that would cut across Iowa have spoken at a public hearing in Fort Madison.

Representatives from the Iowa Utilities Board, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Energy Transfer Partners were present Monday to discuss the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

The proposed $3.78 billion project would stretch from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, to Patoka, Illinois.

Some people expressed concern about property damage. Others said they were worried about potential water contamination. Others expressed full support for the project because they believe it could bring jobs to the area.

Officials are holding several meetings about the pipeline across the state. Energy Transfer Partners wants to have the pipeline built and working by the end of 2016.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 9:43AM

A man has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection to a car crash in eastern Iowa that killed a teenager.

The Iowa State Patrol says 28-year-old Jeffrey Bulechek faces charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and serious injury by vehicle. Court records do not list an attorney.

Bulechek was driving a truck near Kalona in December 2013 when his vehicle collided with a car driven by Teresa Miller, of Wellman.

A passenger in Miller's car, 15-year-old Brittany Hochstetler, of Grabill, Indiana, was killed. Miller and another passenger were hospitalized.

Authorities say Bulechek failed to yield at an intersection before the crash. They say he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 9:40AM

A man has been rescued from the Des Moines River in central Iowa.

The Des Moines Fire Department says emergency personnel responded to a report Monday afternoon about a man in the river near Sixth and Holcomb Avenues.

Emergency personnel floated a boat to the man and used it pull him to shore. Public Information Officer Brian O'Keefe says the man did not follow instructions during the rescue, and at one point let go of a rescue device.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to a local hospital. His condition is not available.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 9:36AM

Authorities say a Des Moines woman claims she was stabbed at a parking lot and didn't notice the wound until she got home.

Police say officers were called to Broadlawns Medical Center shortly before 5 a.m. Monday on a report of a stabbing.

A woman at the center told police she was involved earlier in the morning in an altercation with another woman who had a knife. She claims the altercation happened at an apartment building parking lot.

The woman at the center says she went home and noticed her pants were bloody and she had a stab wound. She was treated for a wound on her right thigh.

The injured woman eventually became uncooperative with police. No arrests have been made.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 9:35AM

Authorities say a concession stand at a high school football stadium in southeast Iowa was purposely set on fire.

Bill Trout with the Ottumwa Fire Department says the concession stand at Schafer Stadium was "definitely set" because it was vandalized prior to the fire Sunday morning.

Trout says the suspect or suspects dug through a wall to enter the wooden structure. Bottles and bags were tossed out on top of the stadium bleachers, among other things. Authorities say foul language against Ottumwa was scrawled on the door of the concession stand.

The fire was extinguished but the concession stand was destroyed. The stadium, which serves Ottumwa High School, was not damaged.

Authorities are asking the public for help in gathering information about the fire.

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Location : Iowa
People : Bill Trout
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 3 2014 9:33AM

A new report shows sales of wholesale liquor in Iowa increased by $7.7 million in the last fiscal year.

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division's annual report also shows alcohol revenue topped $300 million in the state. That includes totals from beer tax revenue, license fees and wine taxes.

The report's numbers on wholesale liquor shows flavored liquor and craft beer helped drive sales. Still, well-known brands also sold very well.

The total alcohol revenue was a 3 percent jump from the previous fiscal year, which was substantially less than the 9.5 percent increase seen in the fiscal year that ended in 2012. Division Administrator Stephen Larson says he expects modest percentage increases in revenue in the future.

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Location : Iowa
People : Stephen Larson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 1 2014 10:00AM

The Iowa Department of Corrections is searching for an inmate who escaped from a Burlington work release facility.

Officials said Sunday that 27-year-old Kenneth Bowman was transferred to the facility on Sept. 18. They didn't say when or how he escaped from custody.

Bowman in 2011 was sentenced to 10 years in prison for intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

Officials have asked the public to contact the Burlington Police Department or the Des Moines County Sheriff's Office with information about his whereabouts.

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Location : Iowa
People : Kenneth Bowman
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 1 2014 9:57AM

Iowa City police are searching for a man and a woman who they say attacked a cab driver and fled from the vehicle.

Police believe the woman used pepper spray on the cab driver's face as he turned around to collect the fare. They say the man and the woman then fled into the Pheasant Ridge Apartment complex.

The victim suffered minor injuries in the attack. It's unclear if he was taken to a hospital.

Police didn't say how much money the pair owed the driver.

Police are investigating.

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Location : IowaIowa City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 1 2014 9:56AM

Iowa state Rep. Dwayne Alons, who was battling renal cancer, has died.

Alons, a Republican from Hull, announced his diagnosis last month, but at that point he planned to continue serving in the state legislature.

Lori Dejong with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull said Sunday the 68-year-old Alons died Saturday.

Alons was a retired farmer and former Iowa Air National Guard brigadier general. He had represented Iowa House District 4 since 1998.

House Speaker Kraig Paulsen said he is sad to lose Alons.

Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer said Alons did an exemplary job representing people in his district and listening to their concerns.

Alons and his wife, Clarice, had four children and 13 grandchildren. In the House, he most recently served as the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs committee.

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

A 5-year-old Iowa girl has died two weeks after she was hit by a truck while sledding down her grandfather's driveway.

Council Bluffs Police said Kailey Maloney died Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She had been treated there since her Nov. 16 injury.

Maloney was sledding down the driveway of her grandfather's property. She was hit by a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck after she slid into the street.

Police say no charges have been filed in this incident.

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Location : IowaOmaha
People : Kailey Maloney
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 1 2014 9:51AM

Authorities say two people were hospitalized after two semitrailers collided in northwest Iowa.

The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened at an intersection between Highway 60 and a county road. Both vehicles ended up in a ditch.

Authorities say diesel fuels and oils from both vehicles spilled onto the roadway, located near Le Mars. Environmental officials were expected to assess the scene.

The drivers, 60-year-old Thomas Linstrand and 51-year-old Frank Boldt, were treated and released. The crash remains under investigation.

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

Authorities say a woman has died after her car was hit by a locomotive in northeast Iowa.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says Mary Buillion, of Coralville, died at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Buillion's car became stuck on train tracks early Wednesday near Dyersville. It was knocked off the tracks by a locomotive pulling a westbound train.

Authorities are investigating whether faulty directions from a GPS are partially responsible for the crash. Investigators say the GPS directions led Buillion right on the tracks where she got stuck.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 1 2014 9:45AM

Authorities say two dogs have died in a house fire in Waterloo.

Capt. Ryan Mahood with Waterloo Fire Rescue says neighbors near the house called 911 after seeing flames and smoke coming from the structure.

Fire crews worked in below freezing temperatures to extinguish the blaze. No residents were inside the home at the time, but two dogs were found dead.

Authorities say the house has extensive damage. They're still figuring out the cause of the fire, which started in the basement.

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

An Iowa City man has been accused of stabbing his wife repeatedly with a piece of broken glass.

Forty-eight-year-old Scott Alan Bender faces an attempted murder charge in connection to the incident. Court records do not list an attorney.

Police say Bender attacked his wife during a "physical domestic abuse assault" at a residence. Bender is accused of getting on top of his wife after she fell and broke a window. Police say he stabbed her multiple times with a piece of broken glass as he verbally threatened her.

A family member stopped the attack. A complaint says Bender almost injured a major artery in his wife's neck. The woman survived, but authorities have not released additional information about her condition.

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Location : IowaIowa City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 1 2014 9:35AM

Authorities say a high school coach in Iowa City was arrested after trying to pull a handgun when he was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving.

Thirty-one-year-old Edgar Arceo faces weapons and drunken driving charges. A public phone listing for Arceo couldn't be found. It's unclear whether he has an attorney.

Police say Arceo's vehicle was pulled over in Iowa City. Police say that when officers approached and talked to him he reached into his pocket and began pulling out a pistol. Police say an officer stopped him and took away the loaded weapon.

The website for Iowa City High School lists Arceo as the girls soccer coach and director of the student advisory center.

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Location : Iowa
People : Edgar Arceo