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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2015 5:49AM
Iowa growers say they still expect a good pumpkin crop this year even though rains in other parts of the country are causing pumpkins to rot in the field. One grower near Cedar Falls says sandy soil and rain have combined to create perfect conditions and this year's pumpkins are larger than normal.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2015 5:46AM

Gov. Terry Branstad says he wants to dispel the notion that he has any authority to remove members of a state board that oversees Iowa's three public universities, following criticism over its hiring of a new University of Iowa president.

Branstad said Monday he was shocked that the Faculty Assembly at the university's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences voted recently for the nine-member Iowa Board of Regents to resign. The faculty group also asked Branstad to dismiss the board.

Branstad, who appoints members for six-year terms, says Iowa code is clear that the board doesn't serve at the pleasure of the governor.

The board's appointment in September of Bruce Harreld, a business executive, has been criticized by some UI faculty. They question Harreld's lack of experience in academics.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2015 5:43AM

A 16-year-old Urbandale boy has been charged after police say he rammed a police car with a stolen vehicle in Polk County.

According to a news release from the Altoona Police Department, the suspect faces charges of assault with a weapon, first-degree theft, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving

Officers say they responded to reports of a reckless driver Sunday night. Police said the vehicle being driven had been reported stolen in Des Moines.

According to authorities, when police turned on their emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, the driver sped into the driver's side of the patrol car, pushing about 10 feet down the street. No injuries were reported.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2015 4:35PM
(Muscatine, IA) - Authorities in Muscatine are investigating, an ATV crash that claimed the life of a four-year-old boy. Police say, four-year-old Lukas Thompson was driving the ATV when it rolled over. Thompson was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. The crash remains under investigation.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2015 4:33PM
(Sioux City, IA) - Police in Sioux City were called to a home early Sunday morning, on reports of a stabbing. The victim told police, that his brother, 32-year-old Lonney Reuny had stabbed him. Reuny was taken to the Woodbury County Jail. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2015 4:30PM
(Davenport, IA) - Two men from Davenport are facing charges, after they shot a pair of protected trumpeter swans. It happened Saturday morning at the Princeton Wildlife Area in Scott County. Police say, the two men shot the swans while they were out waterfowl hunting. One swan died the other was severly injured.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2015 5:48AM

More than 100 people watched the old Riverfront YMCA in Des Moines crumble to the ground.

The Des Moines Register reports the building imploded Sunday when workers set off about 100 pounds of dynamite that had been placed around the structure.

The eight-story building was built in 1957, but it had been vacant since January when the new Wellmark YMCA opened three blocks away.

Developers said the building's boxy design would have made it difficult to reuse for another purpose.

Sixty-one-year-old Dave Wolz says he was a little sad to watch the building crumble because he spent many hours at that YMCA in his youth.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2015 5:44AM

Authorities say a former Iowa State basketball standout has turned himself in to police after a high school principal and two others were injured in a Glenwood confrontation.

Mills County Attorney Tricia McSorley said 42-year-old Hurl Beechum, of Arizona, turned himself in Saturday and was released after posting bond. Beechum, 18-year-old Denver Cook and 21-year-old Colton McDaniel face several charges including intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

It was not immediately clear if the men have attorneys.

Authorities say Glenwood Community High School Principal Richard Hutchinson confronted a group of young adults about the use of a racial slur outside his home Sept. 27. An affidavit says a fight broke out and Cook and McDaniel kicked and punched Hutchinson. Police say Beechum, Hutchinson's stepson became involved in the fight.

The affidavit says Beechum left and returned with a gun and shot McDaniel in the leg.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2015 6:36AM
Authorities in Webster County, are investigating the death of a man, who was found in his motor home. Officers were called to the home of 55-year-old Roger Brown. Autopsy reports show, Brown died from a gunshot wound. Two women discovered Brown, dead in his motor home after he failed to show up for a medical appointment. The case remains under investigation.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2015 6:33AM
A marion man is heading to jail for two years on charges of wire fraud. 33-year-old Jeremy Murphy, plead guilty to making fraudulant charges, on a company credit card from April 2013 - August 2014. He was also ordered to re-pay more than 180-thousand-dollars, to his former employers insurance companies.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2015 6:27AM
After three days of deliberations, a jury in Tama County could not make a decision, in the murder trial of Dustin Jefferson. The judge decalred a mistrial, late Friday afternoon. Jefferson is being accused of aiding and abetting, in the murder of his wife back in 2013. A date for a new trial is pending. In the meantime, Jefferson remains in the Tama County Jail.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2015 5:53AM

Authorities say a Dubuque man and his 11-year-old daughter combined to save two neighbors from a fire.

Joshua Hentges and his family were watching television Monday evening when his daughter, Natalee, told him she saw flames coming from a home across a street.

Hentges says he ran over and knocked on the neighbor's front door. No answer. The door was unlocked, so he went in and found a woman and her young daughter in a bedroom where flames were dripping onto the floor from burning curtains.

He says he scooped up the girl, carried her out and then returned to awaken her mother.

Fire Marshal Mark Burkle says Hentges' daughter did exactly the right thing in reporting the fire to an adult.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2015 5:21AM
The coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen at Marshalltown High School has taken place. According to Communications Director for the School Andrew Potter Raechel Hannam was named Queen and Tony Smith was named King. The ceremonies took place in the newly renovated Roundhouse.
The Homecoming Parade preceeded the cornation festivities, great weather for the parade through the downtown Marshalltown area.
Tonight`s Homecoming opponent is Mason City, kickoff is 7:30 p-m.
The Homecoming Dance is tomorrow night.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2015 4:58AM
As the result of a tip to Crime Stoppers, law enforcement authorities found and arrested a fugitive who was hiding out at a location in Tama County.
Captain Christopher Jones of the Marshalltown Police Department reports the arrested of 41 year old Amy Stanley of Marshalltown on charges of 3rd Degree Theft and Control of an Offensive Weapon by a Felon.
The tip to Crime Stoppers was anonymous and came in on Wednesday.
Captain Jones says over the last month Crime Stoppers has generated 15 crime related tips which are presently under investigation.
The phone number is 641-753-1234, you can text a tip to crimes or 274637 or on line to
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2015 5:46AM
Federal agriculture officials say the virus that killed more than 8 million pigs in 2013 and 2014 likely came into the U.S. on reusable tote bags used in international trade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also says the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus closely matched one found in China in 2012. The virus killed nearly 10 percent of U.S. hog production, reducing pork supplies and causing record prices last year.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2015 5:42AM
Three people have been charged in connection with a fight and shooting that injured a high school principal. The Mills County Attorney's Office says 42-year-old Hurl Beechum, 18-year-old Denver Cook and 21-year-old Colton McDaniel face different charges following Sunday's altercation in Glenwood. Cook and McDaniel are accused of attacking Glenwood Community High School Principal Richard Hutchinson, and Beechum is accused of shooting McDaniel. Beechum is a former Iowa State and Des Moines North basketball star.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2015 5:40AM

A second straight monthly survey of nine Midwest and Plains states suggests a slowdown in the region's economy.

A report issued Thursday says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 47.7 last month, compared with 49.6 in August.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he cited the strong U.S. dollar and global economic weakness among the reasons for the region's economic slide.

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 30 2015 5:48AM
An Iowa judge has upheld a state law that disqualifies felons from voting and an executive order requiring felons to petition the governor for the restoration of their voting rights. Judge Arthur Gamble also strongly suggests in yesterday's ruling that the Iowa Supreme Court sort out the confusion it caused last year when it ruled not all felons are automatically disenfranchised.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 30 2015 5:46AM

A judge is upholding an Iowa law that requires the boards of corporations and labor unions to approve any money they spend to influence elections.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt ruled Monday the board-approval requirement does not violate the right to free association or illegally restrain speech.

He says the requirement ensures the integrity of the political system by letting the public know the spending is backed by the group and not "just an individual with access" to its bank account.

Iowa lawmakers passed the requirement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that corporations and unions can spend money directly from their own treasuries to influence campaigns.

Pratt's ruling dismisses a longrunning lawsuit filed by the Iowa Right to Life Committee, which argued the requirement was unconstitutional.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 30 2015 5:42AM
 Oil industry economists say a link between ending a 40-year oil export ban and lower prices at the gas pump is not as direct as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would have voters believe in his new energy proposal. Bush's overall premise that lifting the ban would expand economic growth holds up to independent scrutiny. However, environmentalists say the negative impact on the planet would be too great.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 29 2015 5:57AM

Authorities in western Iowa say charges are possible for a man accused of discharging a gun into the air and shooting himself in the leg.

The Sac County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a property Saturday night in Odebolt. A 29-year-old man was found lying on a kitchen floor with a gunshot wound.

Authorities say the man may have been angry over a romantic breakup when he allegedly entered his parents' home and damaged items inside. The man is accused of taking a shotgun and discharging one round into the air. Deputies say he returned to the house and shot himself in the leg.

The man was taken to a Sioux City hospital. His condition is not available. Authorities say charges are possible following further investigation into the shooting.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 29 2015 5:55AM
 Gov. Terry Branstad has signed an executive order to create an office that will tackle school bullying in Iowa, a move that follows years of failed attempts to pass comprehensive legislation on the issue. The order will establish a bullying prevention office through the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Violence Prevention. The office will examine training opportunities, develop guidelines on various issues and address inconsistencies in data reporting of school bullying cases.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 29 2015 5:52AM

No arrests have been reported after the altercation in which the Glenwood Community High School principal and his stepson were injured and another man shot.

Glenwood police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are still investigating what led to Sunday evening's incident, which involved three juvenile girls and six adults. The adults included the principal, Richard Hutchinson; his stepson, Hurl Beechum; and Colton McDaniel, who was shot. All three were treated at a hospital.

Mills County Attorney Tricia McSorley said at a Monday news conference that "all motives surrounding this incident are still being investigated, including any motive involving race." Hutchinson is black, and neighbors reported that the people who went to Hutchinson's house Sunday were white.

Hutchinson has been the Glenwood high school principal since July 1, 2014.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 28 2015 10:33AM

Benton County authorities are investigating the vandalism of nearly 50 mailboxes.

Cedar Rapids television station Sheriff Randy Forsyth says investigators suspect five juveniles are responsible, but

no arrests have been reported.

The vandalism occurred Saturday night and Sunday morning in an area northeast of Vinton. The damage ranged

from a few dents to separation of mailboxes from their posts.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 28 2015 6:02AM
One motorcyclist died and three others were injured when a car crashed into a group of riders who were escorting a veteran's body to Nebraska. The wreck happened Saturday afternoon on Interstate 80 near Atlantic, Iowa. The Iowa State Patrol says 81-year-old Donald Kerby of Des Moines struck the motorcycles when he changed lanes, killing 38-year-old Ryan Lossing of Omaha.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 28 2015 5:21AM
An Iowa couple got married in a hospital chapel over the weekend after the bride broker her leg on their wedding day. Melissa Eisenbacher slipped on gravel Saturday morning and fell. Doctors determined she separated her ankle and fractured her tibia. The groom, Rex Grebner, says the groomsmen and bridesmaids joined them in the hospital chapel at Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park. The couple went to their planned reception before heading home.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 28 2015 5:17AM

A man has been arrested after police say he drove erratically on a sidewalk in downtown Des Moines.

The 29-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon. According to a police report, the man drove through stoplights and onto a sidewalk. Police say when officers tried to pull over the suspect, he ran from his vehicle and led police on a short foot chase before being arrested.

He faces several charges including an outstanding warrant for a controlled substance violation and driving with a suspended license.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 27 2015 6:42AM

A central Iowa woman died after a head-on collision in Black Hawk County.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded just after 1:30 p.m. Friday to a two-vehicle crash on a county road near Highway 63 southwest of Hudson.

Investigators say a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Reinbeck man was eastbound when it crossed the center line and hit a westbound vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle, 34-year-old Holly Paradine, was taken to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, where she died.

The crash remains under investigation.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 27 2015 6:36AM
Demolition crews have drilled holes in the old Riverfront YMCA in Des Moines, which they plan to pack with about 100 pounds of dynamite to bring the building down next month. Implosion of the eight-story building is scheduled for October 4th. The building has been empty since January, when the new Wellmark YMCA opened three blocks to the west.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Sep 27 2015 6:27AM

A Waterloo family of seven has escaped a house fire uninjured.

Five adults and two children were home when the fire started around 8 p.m. Friday in an upstairs bedroom.

Battalion Chief Marty Freshwater with Waterloo Fire Rescue says flames were coming from the second-story window at the front of the house when firefighters arrived.

Everyone in the home had already escaped when firefighters arrived.

Flames spread to the rest of the second story before it was extinguished.

The cause of the blaze had not been determined by Saturday.

The American Red Cross was called to help the family with emergency shelter.


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