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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 11:05AM

An Illinois grandmother's incredible luck has run out.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Waterloo casino does not have to pay Pauline McKee the $41 million she thought she won in 2011 while playing a penny slot machine.

The court says the game's rules capped jackpots at $10,000 and didn't allow bonuses. The court says the message that appeared indicating McKee won a $41.8 million legacy bonus "was a gratuitous promise" that the casino wasn't obligated to pay.

The Antioch, Illinois grandmother of 13 hit the bonus while gambling on a Miss Kitty slot machine at the Isle Casino Hotel during a family reunion. She sued to try to collect the prize after a state investigation found the bonus award wasn't valid and resulted from a software error.

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Location : AntiochIllinoisIowa
People : Pauline McKee
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 11:03AM

A 14-year-old girl from Iowa has died and three others have been injured in a two-vehicle crash in southern Minnesota.

The State Patrol says Daisy Rodriguez died in the crash at a rural intersection near the Brown County community of Sleepy Eye Thursday about 5 p.m. The 22-year-old woman driving the car and a 17-year-old passenger were injured. The State Patrol says the three are related and from New Hampton, Iowa.

The driver of the other vehicle, from Fairfax, was also injured.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 11:01AM

A Des Moines County jury has convicted a 39-year-old man for fatally shooting a Burlington bicyclist last summer.

Joshua Royer, of Burlington, on Thursday was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing 50-year-old Eddie Martin. Martin was shot by someone in a passing car as he sat on his bike at a Burlington street corner around 3 p.m. on Aug. 6. Royer, who owned the car witnesses saw, did not testify.

Prosecutor Ty Rogers said after the verdict was announced that he didn't want to comment on a motive, "because I really don't know what it is." Royer's attorney James Beres declined to comment but had said in his closing argument that the prosecution's case was full of holes.

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Location : Des Moines County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 11:00AM

A 19-year-old Iowa man has been charged with three counts of arson for fires at a vacant residence in Missouri Valley.

A news release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety says Coty Cates, of Missouri Valley, already was in custody on another matter when he was served with the arson charge last week. The arson charge stems from fires set Oct. 4, Oct. 9 and Oct. 10 last year at the house. No injuries have been reported.

Harrison County Jail records say Cates remained in custody on Friday. Cates' attorneys didn't immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment about the allegations against him.

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Location : Iowa
People : Coty Cates
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 10:58AM

Charles City police are investigating after $18,000 worth of items were stolen from a golf course.

The theft was reported Tuesday at Wildwood Golf Course.

Authorities say two golf carts, a trailer, tools and golf clubs were reported missing.

Further information wasn't immediately available Thursday night.

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Location : Charles City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 10:57AM

The Iowa Department of Agriculture says a turkey farm in Sac County has become the third farm in Iowa to have confirmed cases of bird flu.

The farm's 34,000 turkeys will be killed to contain the virus.

The farm is within a six-mile monitoring zone of the first turkey farm identified in Iowa to have the H5N2 virus.

Sac County is the adjacent county south of Buena Vista County where a farm with 27,000 turkeys was confirmed to have the virus on April 13.

An egg-laying facility with 3.8 million chickens in Osceola County northwest of the turkey farms also has the virus.

State agriculture officials say in the latest case announced Thursday, turkeys began dying and tests at Iowa State University confirmed the bird flu virus is present.

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Topics : Environment
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 10:55AM

An Iowa teen was killed and his passenger escaped after their truck plowed through barricades blocking what had previously been a bridge and submerged in a creek.

17-year-old Zachary Meacham, of Guthrie Center, died in the crash Wednesday at Brushy Creek in Guthrie County. The name and condition of his passenger weren't immediately available.

The Iowa State Patrol says the truck rammed into the barricades and drove off an 18-foot drop into the creek. Authorities say the truck landed on its top and submerged in water.

Meacham was found dead inside the vehicle. Police say he wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright says the bridge was removed last year after it collapsed when a tractor traveled over it.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Location : Guthrie CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 10:53AM

Gov. Terry Branstad has asked several state agencies to monitor the outbreak of a deadly form of bird flu that's reached Iowa and led to an emergency declaration in Minnesota.

Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the governor is communicating with agencies overseeing public health and emergency management. Agency officials have been asked to offer resources to respond to the H5N2 virus, which has affected more than 7 million chickens and turkeys in several Midwestern states. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency Thursday.

In Iowa, the flu is confirmed in Buena Vista and Osceola counties. Nearly 4 million chickens at one farm will be destroyed.

Centers says Branstad's office has not received a request for a disaster declaration, but resources can be made available without one.

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Location : Buena VistaIowaMinnesotaOsceola
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 10:50AM

A disbarred Iowa lawyer's long run from the law is over.

Investigators have captured former Coralville lawyer Dennis Bjorklund, one of the FBI's most wanted white-collar criminals, in Colorado several years after he vanished.

Authorities said Wednesday that Bjorklund was arrested without incident April 15 in Pueblo, Colorado by the FBI and the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office. They say he is being transferred back to Iowa to face federal charges of mail and tax fraud.

An indictment returned in 2010 accuses Bjorklund of defrauding clients in drunken-driving cases by recommending they make contributions to a phony charity he established. He told clients the donations would reflect well on their character and likely lead to lighter sentences.

The Iowa Supreme Court disbarred him in 2006, saying Bjorklund "lies with reckless abandon."

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Location : ColoradoCoralvilleIowaPueblo
People : Dennis Bjorklund
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 10:49AM

A 21-year-old West Liberty man is scheduled to be sentenced next month for abusing his roommate's kitten.

Court documents say Leo Nopoulos pleaded guilty on Tuesday. He'd been charged with one count of animal torture and two of animal abuse. His sentencing is set for May 18.

Nopoulos' roommate, 23-year-old Nathan Schloss, had set up a laptop to record video of his 8-week-old cat, Fritz. But police say video showed Nopoulos punching, kicking and throwing objects at the kitten for more than three hours.

Police say they also found on Schloss' laptop hard drive video of Schloss having sex with incapacitated women. He's charged with 18 counts of sexual abuse and 22 counts of invasion of privacy. He's pleaded not guilty, and his trial is scheduled to begin May 5.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 10:38AM

A June trial has been scheduled for a western Iowa teacher accused of sexually abusing a former student.

Forty-six-year-old Barret Glasnapp entered written not guilty pleas in Pottawattamie County District Court last week to four felony counts of sexual abuse, a felony count of sexual exploitation by a school employee and six misdemeanor counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. His trial is set to begin June 2.

Authorities say Glasnapp's sexual interaction with the girl began in 2011 when the student was 14, and continued until October. She was a student of Glasnapp from 2009 until 2012.

According to a court affidavit, an investigator assigned to follow up on a report of a sexual assault at Underwood Middle School in December found that Glasnapp had quit in November.

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Location : Iowa
People : Barret Glasnapp
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 5:03AM
Charles City police are investigating after $18,000 worth of items were stolen from a golf course.

The theft was reported at Wildwood Golf Course.

Authorities say two golf carts, a trailer, tools and golf clubs were reported missing.



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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 5:01AM
An Iowa teen was killed and his passenger escaped after their truck plowed through barricades blocking what had previously been a bridge and submerged in a creek.

17-year-old Zachary Meacham, of Guthrie Center, died in the crash Wednesday at Brushy Creek in Guthrie County. The name and condition of his passenger weren't immediately available.

The Iowa State Patrol says the truck rammed into the barricades and drove off an 18-foot drop into the creek. Authorities say the truck landed on its top and submerged in water.

Meacham was found dead inside the vehicle. Police say he wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright says the bridge was removed last year after it collapsed when a tractor traveled over it.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Location : Guthrie CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 24 2015 4:48AM
Governor Terry Branstad has asked several state agencies to monitor the outbreak of a deadly form of bird flu that's reached Iowa and led to an emergency declaration in Minnesota. In Iowa, the flu is confirmed in Buena Vista and Osceola counties. Nearly 4 million chickens at one farm will be destroyed.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture says a turkey farm in Sac County has become the third farm in Iowa to have confirmed cases of bird flu. The farm's 34,000 turkeys will be killed to contain the virus. The farm is within a six-mile monitoring zone of the first turkey farm identified in Iowa to have the H5N2 virus.

Some international trade partners are declining to buy egg and poultry products from states affected by a deadly strain of bird flu while others are excluding imports only from counties where the virus has surfaced. Agriculture officials say the food supply is safe. But Mexico, Japan and Canada are among 33 countries declining to accept poultry products from entire states, including Iowa.


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People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 23 2015 4:05PM
Jean Martinez-Velazquez, accused of Attempted Murder, has reached a plea agreement with the State.

According to Assistant Marshall County Attorney Sarah Tupper, Martinez-Velazquez of Marshalltown is expected to switch his plea of not guilty to a plea of guilty. This agreement came after a loaded process in which much evidence pertaining to the case was uncovered.

Martinez-Velazquez is accused of Attempted Murder, stemming from a January incident in which a woman was found at the Flamingo Motel in Marshalltown with a gunshot wound to her chest. He is also facing the following charges: one count of Controlled Substance Violation, one count of Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury, one count of Domestic Abuse Assault with Display or Use of a Weapon, two counts of Domestic Abuse Assault causing Injury or Mental Illness, one count of Dominion or Control of a Firearm or Offensive Weapon by a Felon, as well as one count of Failure to Affix Drug Stamp. All of these charges are related to the same case.

Martinez-Velazquez now awaits his plea hearing, which has been set for May 5th. Tupper explained that, following the May 5th hearing, sentencing will come for the 31-year-old. She said that typically, in a case like this, the assigned judge will set a sentencing date for about 6 weeks after the plea hearing.
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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 23 2015 5:02AM
Senate lawmakers say their proposed budget for health services has funding for two state mental health facilities slated to close this year, but it's unclear if it will have enough support in the House. Democratic Senator Amanda Ragan, vice chairwoman of the Senate Human Resources Committee, says there is about $11 million in a proposed health and human services budget to keep the facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant open.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 23 2015 4:59AM
Former Iowa lawmaker Henry Rayhons has been acquitted of sexually abusing his wife who had dementia. He was accused of having sex with her at a Garner nursing home last May after being told she wasn't capable of consenting because of Alzheimer's disease. Donna Lou Rayhons died a few months later.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 23 2015 4:51AM

The man who was involved in an accident in Story

County in which he was run over by a tractor has

died.

Dennis Johnston of Marshalltown was 66,

he died back on Tuesday.

The family will be holding a Memorial Gathering

for Johnston on Saturday afternoon.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 22 2015 4:48PM
UPDATE (3:48pm Wednesday)
Mercy Medical Center Spokesperson Gregg Lagan says Dennis Johnston has passed away at the age of 66. Lagan says Johnston remained in critical condition for 4 days after sustaining injuries from the Friday accident. Johnson passed away at approximately 8:00pm Tuesday.

UPDATE (2:27pm Tuesday)
According to Mercy Medical Center Spokesperson Gregg Lagan, Johnston's condition remains critical.

UPDATE (11:15am Monday)
Mercy Medical Center Spokesperson Gregg Lagan says Johnston remains in critical condition at this hour. We'll keep you updated throughout the week on the condition of Johnston.

UPDATE (10:45am Monday)
Captain Thomas has released the name of the victim in the incident. Thomas says the man who was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines is identified as 66-year-old Dennis Johnston of Marshalltown. No update on the condition of Johnston as of yet.



A local man was tragically run over by a tractor this afternoon, after apparently going unnoticed by a farmer in a field.

According to Story County Chief Deputy Captain Barry Thomas, a 66-year-old male from Marshalltown was apparently picking up rocks with his wife in a Story County field just before the accident occurred. Thomas indicated that the victim of the tragedy reportedly attempted to wave down the driver of a tractor in the field. Unfortunately, the driver didn't notice the man until it was too late. The driver heard screams and realized he had run over the man.

The victim was then transferred by Mercy 1 to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, this according to Mercy Spokesperson Gregg Lagan. Lagan indicated that the man's current condition is unknown.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 22 2015 5:19AM
Police have identified a woman who was killed in a grocery store parking lot in eastern Iowa.

The victim was identified as 29-year-old Lynnsey Donald of Marion. Police say she died of apparent stab wounds Tuesday. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Marion Police Chief Harry Daugherty says a 32-year-old Cedar Rapids man is suspected of assaulting Donald. He says they knew each other, but investigators weren't sure of their exact relationship.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Eastern IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 22 2015 5:02AM

The Iowa Valley Community College District Board of

Directors will meet in Special Session this day.

According to the published agenda, they will meet in

closed session for an annual performance review

of Chancellor Doctor Chris Duree, they will then

take part in a retreat with several items of business

to conduct during that time frame.

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Topics : Education
People : Chris Duree
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 22 2015 4:50AM

A potential Presidential candidate is slated to speak to

the Marshall County Republican Party tonight.

Party President Peter Rogers says Carly Fiorina

former CEO of Hewlitt Packard will speak at

Legends American Grill in Marshalltown at

six p-m.

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Topics : Politics
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 21 2015 5:48AM
Governor Terry Branstad says the city of Clinton's proposal to use money from a fuel tax increase to hire workers "violates" the spirit of the increase lawmakers approved this session. State transportation officials say they encourage localgovernments to use the money for road and bridge work -- but it's a local decision.
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Topics : LaborPolitics
Location : Clinton
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 21 2015 5:43AM
Muscatine High School will open prom early for students with special needs. Two extra hours for prom will be held on May 2 for the students. The prom will play music at a quieter level and there will be no flashing lights or certain decorations like balloons, which could pop. There are 20 students who currently plan to attend the extended hours of prom.
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Topics : Education
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 21 2015 5:39AM
Iowa's transportation department plans to spend a record $700 million this year on highway construction projects. A gasoline tax increase will provide about $200 million to cities and counties across the state. There are plans to fill potholes, repair aging bridges and install new concrete and asphalt pavement.
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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 20 2015 9:43AM

From storm reports this past weekend word is there could have

been a tornado in the rural LeGrand area on Saturday afternoon

as a storm moved through.

The report was from the public in an area two miles south of

town from thunderstorm wind damage.

There was a machine shed that was destroyed and debris was

blown 600 feet to the northwest of that location.

A storm report from the National Weather Service indicates

the possibility of a tornado from envirionment and

eyewitness report. The estimated time would have been

4:31 p-m on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile the Weather Service indicated torrential rains and large

hail in the rural State Center area on Sunday afternoon at 4:47

p-m.

A storm chaser reported hail of an inch in diameter 5 miles east

of town, covering U-S at one point and water filling the ditches in

that locale.

Marshalltown had a weekend rainfall total of 2.42 inches of rain

and a peak wind gust of 39 miles per hour.

 

 

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 20 2015 5:44AM
Large hail and torrential rain was reported at State Center Sunday afternoon as a storm passed through. A storm chaser reported hail an inch in diameter covered Highway 30 and water filled the ditch along the roadway. The Marshalltown area had a rainfalltotal of 2.42 inches for the weekend. Strong winds were reported of as much as 39 miles per hour.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 17 2015 11:41AM
The trial date for Jean Martinez-Velazquez has once again been moved, following a pretrial hearing this morning.

According to Assistant Marshall County Attorney Paul Crawford, the move comes less than two weeks before Martinez-Velazquez, who is accused of Attempted Murder, was set to go to trial. The 31-year-old will now go before a jury on May 12th. His previous trial date was April 28th. Crawford indicated that the reason for the move was because of an apparent need for more time in uncovering evidence.

Martinez-Velazquez is pleading Not Guilty to numerous charges including one count of Attempted Murder. The claims against the defendant stretch back to a January incident at a Marshalltown motel in which a woman was found by police with a gunshot wound to her chest.

This is the second time Martinez-Velazquez's trial date has been moved. It had previously been moved from April 7th after the defendant waived his right to a speedy trial.

Representing Martinez-Velazquez in this case are two local attorneys: Scott Hunter and Aaron Siebrecht. Benjamin Stansberry and Sarah Tupper will be representing the State.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 16 2015 3:31PM
The city of State Center is currently under a boil order, and residents are being asked to be cautious.

According to the Iowa State Department of Natural Resources, a water boil order for the State Center area was issued after a Wednesday mishap. Repair crews were working on the water system when a pressure surge caused two water mains to rupture.

Residents are being urged to boil water before all use. This includes water for: drinking, cooking, etc.

UPDATE (3:31pm Thursday)

City officials are indicating that they don't expect the State Center boil order to be lifted any time soon. According to officials, an updated timeline should be available by Saturday or Sunday.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 13 2015 5:40AM
Hillary Clinton is taking her newly announced presidential campaign into the heart of small town Iowa this week. Clinton will tour a community college in Monticello on Tuesday and visit a produce distribution company in Norwalk on Wednesday. That's according to a schedule provided by her campaign Sunday.
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Location : IowaMonticello
People : Hillary Clinton
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 13 2015 5:36AM
A small, single-engine plane has made an emergency landing on a rural eastern Iowa road. No one was injured when the emergency landing was executed Saturday morning on the Peosta road. The pilot, Adam Maritz of California, found a stretch of Cox Springs Road without nearby power lines and landed the plane.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 13 2015 5:15AM
Two Iowa State University football players were arrested in separate incidents after Saturday's spring game. 20-year-old Jack Rhoads, who is the son of coach Paul Rhoads, was one of the two players arrested. The other player was 23-year-old Terry Ayeni. Neither player was in custody as of Sunday morning.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 13 2015 5:03AM
19 year old Jose Enrique Morales of Marshalltown was found guilty of Second Degree Murder in the shooting death of Dedrikk Montrell Fisher of Marshalltown, he was orginally charged with First Degree Murder. The verdict was rendered at the Webster County Courthouse at Fort Dodge. The victims family reacted with emotion and courtroom security had to be utilized. Morales reacted with little emotion. The prosecution reacted with disapointment at the verdict. John John J Haney said a sentencing date would be announced at a later time.



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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 10 2015 5:56AM
A man accused of sending a threatening letter that contained white powder to a Des Moines bar has been arrested. The Des Moines Police Department says 49-year-old Eric Reese Wiethorn of Ames was charged yesterday with first-degree harassment in connection with the letter sent to Blazing Saddle, a gay bar. Firefighters closed a street in Des Moines' East Village on March 27th after an opened the envelope and white powder spilled out.
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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 10 2015 5:47AM
Iowa recieved both snow and tornados on Thursday. As much as four inches of snow
fell at Schleswig, and tornados were reported on the other side of the state in Clinton and Scott Counties. 70 mile per hour winds were reported at Dewitt and a semi was blown over. Hail an inch and 3/4's in diameter was reported at Durant. Flash flooding was reported at Cedar Rapids, downed power lines were reported at Donnelson.
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Location : ClintonIowaScott
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 10 2015 5:41AM
The murder trial of 19 year old Jose Enrique Morales has been sent to the jury
for deliberation at the Webster County Courthouse at Fort Dodge.
Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases on Thursday.
Now Morales fate is the hands of a 12 person jury.
The trial is in its fourth day. Morales charged with First Degree Murder and Going Armed With Intent in the shooting death of Dedrikk Montrell Fisher of Marshalltown last January 17th.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 9 2015 6:00AM
A Thunderstorm produced heavy rain and large hail in the area. Marshalltown recieved over an inch of rain in an hours time, with hail of an inch and a quarter in diameter and a 32 mile per hour wind gust out of the east. Other reports of large hail were reported at
State Center and at rural Ames.

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Topics : EnvironmentWeather
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 9 2015 5:53AM
The murder trial of 19 year old Jose Enrique Morales continues this day at
Fort Dodge. Opening arguments were heard Wednesday, the prosecution
then called witnesses to the stand for questioning and cross examination
by the defense. The venue is the Webster County Courthouse, a 12 person jury
is hearing the trial.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 8 2015 5:59AM
Advocates seeking expanded access to medical marijuana in Iowa held a march at the state Capitol.

More than 50 supporters of a proposal to expand the use of medical marijuana participated Tuesday. They support legislation that has won committee-level approval in the state Senate and could soon come up for a floor vote.

The legislation would make medical marijuana available to people with certain chronic diseases, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Those approved by a doctor could purchase marijuana products produced in Iowa and sold at state-licensed dispensaries.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 8 2015 5:55AM
A West Des Moines man says his brother, who called for immigration reform before being deported to Mexico in September, has been killed. Leonardo Morales told The Associated Press that Constantino Morales was shot and killed Sunday night in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Details about the shooting weren't available. Leonardo Morales says his brother would be alive if he hadn't been deported
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Location : Des MoinesGuerreroIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 7 2015 10:35AM
Jury selection has begun in the trial of 19 year Jose Enrique Morales of
Marshalltown at the Webster County Courthouse at Fort Dodge.
The defense and prosecution have begun the process of jury selection
in the case by interviewing 36 potential jurors from a pool of 90 plus
individuals. A 12 person jury will be seated. Judge John Haney is hearing
the case. Jose Enrique Morales showed no expression as he entered
the courtroom Tuesday morning clad in khaki slacks and a blue dress
shirt. He is charged with First Degree Murder and going Armed With Intent
in the death of 20 year old Dedrikk Montrell Fisher last January 17th.


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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 7 2015 5:56AM
Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will both lead foreign trade trips this year as they seek to grow Iowa's exports. Reynolds will go to Brazil later this month and Branstad will visit South Korea in September. The state already exports goods to both countries. A foundation associated with the Iowa Economic Development Authority will fund the travel for the governor and lieutenant governor using private dollars.
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 7 2015 5:52AM
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to consider the "widespread harm" done by a nationwide salmonella outbreak in sentencing two egg industry executives whose company was responsible. Prosecutors say Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son Peter ran a company that for years "routinely disregarded food safety standards and practices." . The DeCosters face up to a year in prison when sentenced next week. Both have pleaded guilty to introducing adulterated eggs into interstate commerce.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 7 2015 5:48AM
Two construction workers are being hailed as heroes after saving two children from a burning duplex unit in Evansdale.

The city's fire chief, Ryan Phillips, says Travis Moen and Ryan Siems were laying concrete in the area when they noticed the blaze on Monday afternoon. They rushed inside the home and quickly grabbed the 3-year-old and 5-year-old children.

Fire officials suspect the fire began in a bedroom when a child was playing with a lighter. The mother had tried to put out the blaze, which caught on an upstairs bed, by batting at it. She had fled the home upon realizing she couldn't extinguish it, but couldn't get back inside.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 7 2015 5:43AM
The trial of 19 year old Jose Enrique Morales is set to get underway at Fort Dodge.
Morales is charged in the shooting death of 20 year old Dedrikk Montrell Fisher
last January 17th. The trial will begin with the jury selection process.


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Topics : Law_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 6 2015 6:45AM
Some Des Moines families hunted for trash instead of eggs over the Easter weekend. More than 100 people gathered Saturday to pick up litter from trails, creeks and woods as part of a cleanup held by the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department. Some parents say the event was a chance to let their children learn about the environment and altruism.
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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 6 2015 5:59AM
Authorities say police officers in Waterloo have shot at a man accused of driving into an officer during an early morning dispute involving dozens of people. The state Department of Criminal Investigation says 27-year-old Javon Webb is hospitalized in critical but stable condition following the early Sunday shooting in Waterloo. The officer struck by a car was treated at a hospital and later released. Waterloo police responded around 1:30 a.m. to a report of a fight involving about 40 people outside a bar parking lot.
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Topics : Law_CrimePolitics
People : Javon Webb
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 6 2015 5:38AM
The murder trial of 19 year old Jose Morales will begin tomorrow in Fort Dodge.
Morales is charged with murder in the death of then 20 year old Dedrikk Montrell Fisher of Marshalltown back in January. Morales will be represented by Scott Hunter ofthe Marshalltown Public Defenders office, prosecutors will be Marshall County Attorney Jennifer Miller and Assistant Attorney General Laura Roan.


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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 2 2015 5:03PM
There was a lockdown that took effect at the East Marshall High School in LeGrand at around noon on Thursday. Sources have also confirmed that a manhunt continues in the area.

According to East Marshall Schools Superintendent Dianne Anderson, a lockdown was implemented for the high school in LeGrand after authorities contacted the school. The Marshall County Sheriff's Department advised that the high school go into lockdown as a result of a wanted suspect who was reportedly on the loose. They believed him to be armed and dangerous.

East Marshall High School Principal Rex Kozak said the lockdown was lifted at around 2:00pm and children were sent home via normal transportation. He also announced that all East Marshall activities were cancelled for Thursday.

According to KCCI.com, the cause of the lockdown and manhunt is because of a threat made to a news reporter. KCCI reports that Reporter Kim St. Onge was threatened with a rifle as the TV station cameras were filming on a street by a home at which a Wednesday incident occurred. The suspect is 27-year-old Chad Bryant of Legrand. Bryant had been arrested along with five other individuals Wednesday, centering around a case in which an out-of-state mother reported that her son was being held against his will at a LeGrand residence. Police followed up on the call and arrested the six people, including Bryant. However, Bryant quickly posted a $5,000 bond.

Now, it appears as though Bryant is once again at-large, this time wanted for a threat made to a reporter. If you have any information into Bryant's whereabouts, please contact the Marshall County Sheriff's Department at 641-754-6380.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 2 2015 6:46AM
An Iowa Falls woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $144,000 from a bank where she'd worked.

Federal prosecutors say Teresa Kobriger was convicted after making the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Prosecutors say she stole the money while working for Iowa Falls State Bank from about December 2008 through December 2012. Court documents say Kobriger took cash from teller drawers and the bank vault and fraudulently altered bank records to cover up the theft.

She faces up to 30 years in prison. Her sentencing date hasn't been set.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 2 2015 5:54AM
According to a Facebook page for the Green Mountain Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service a family from the Green Mountain area has lost their home to a fire on Wednesday. The Bartels, Matt, Mindy and four children were the victims, Matt had to jump out of a second story window to escape the fire. Two relief efforts called Go Fund Me have been created to raise money and gather clothes for the children.


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 2 2015 5:08AM
A call from a California mother reporting that her teenage son had been held
against his will at a Legrand residence lead to a search warrant and six
arrests.

The Marshalltown County Sheriffs Department recieved a call alerting them
that a 16 year old boy had allegedly been compelled by threats and
deception to stay at a residence in LeGrand in eastern Marshall
County for the last two weeks.

Reportedly the boy was able to slip away and contact his mother, deputies
located him, took him into protective custody and interviewed him.
The home was alleged to be a den of drug use and sales with the presence
of firearms.

Information provided eventually lead to two arrests via a traffic stop and four
more after a search warrant was issued. Three other children were taken
into protective custody.







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