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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:56AM

A public record shows that Iowa's new prison for male offenders wasn't expected to be fully operational until fall 2015 even before workers discovered the latest delay-causing problem.

An extension signed by the Department of Corrections with a contractor in June 2014 said that occupancy of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison would be "completed in the fall of 2015."

The next month, testing found that smoke evacuation systems in the inmate housing units were flawed. Workers are trying to bring the buildings up to the fire code.

Corrections' deputy director Brad Hier said the fall 2015 date was a conservative ballpark estimate and no longer has relevance. He says the department hopes to open the prison as soon as it's safe, which could still be sometime this year.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:53AM

Gov. Terry Branstad is appearing at the fourth annual summit devoted to STEM education in Iowa.

Branstad on Monday stressed the importance of teaching kids about science, technology, engineering and math. The daylong event at a downtown Des Moines convention center features talks on teaching and job creation efforts around the state. It was put on by a STEM advisory group appointed by the governor.

Branstad says Iowa students "must be equipped with a 21st Century education."

Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have made enhancing STEM learning a top education priority. Reynolds says STEM education creates new opportunities for students.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:52AM

Questions are being raised about some purchases by Iowa law enforcement agencies using money seized under state and federal civil forfeiture laws passed to help fight the scourge of illicit drugs.

The money is supposed to be spent on enhancing law enforcement and crime fighting capabilities, not on items that normally would be covered by departmental budgets.

Among the purchases reported by the Register: scented candles, mulch and tropical fish; sewer and water bills; a $27,000 sport utility vehicle for a county prosecutor; respirators for firefighters.

Former Cass County Attorney Daniel Feistner says his office used forfeiture money to buy the scented candles in 2013. He says the candles helped mask unpleasant body odors from some people visiting the office.

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Location : Iowa
People : Daniel Feistner
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:36AM

A judge has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of threatening to blow up the White House.

On Friday Judge Steven Andreasen granted a motion by the attorney for 37-year-old Jeremy Hebert, of Akron, saying the evidence didn't support the jury's guilty verdict rendered on Feb. 18.

The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports, however, that Andreasen sentenced Hebert to five years in prison for three counts of felonious assault. Those sentences are to be served at the same time. Hebert also was given suspended fines of $750 for each count of assault.

Authorities say that when Hebert was arrested at his home on Nov. 20, he threatened to kill each of the three officers present.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:34AM

The new set of standards for what is taught in Iowa science classrooms could prove divisive because of the sections on evolution and climate change.

Several members of the State Board of Education and some members of the public expressed concerns about those subjects.

Board members Michael Knedler and Mike May said at a meeting last week that they worry that including evolution and climate change could make it difficult to implement the standards statewide.

A team of experts is reviewing a set of model science standards. They will make a recommendation to the state board later.

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Topics : EducationEnvironment
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:31AM

Police shot and wounded a man at the end of a chase in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids police say the chase began shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday when officers noticed an orange BMW driving recklessly.

The BMW drove the wrong way down a street and turned into an alley before crashing into a telephone pole.

When officers approached the BMW, it drove toward them, so officers fired on the vehicle.

The male driver was wounded by the gunfire. He was treated at a hospital before being taken to jail.

A female passenger in the BMW sustained minor injuries in the crash. She was treated at the hospital and released.

The two officers involved were not hurt.

The Iowa Division of Criminal investigation will review this incident.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 11:30AM

Police say no arrests have been made in a late-night shooting that injured one person.

Officers were called for a report of a shooting around 12:10 a.m. Friday. Police say five minutes later, 19-year-old Marquis Norris of Waterloo arrived at Covenant Medical Center with a gunshot wound.

Norris had been shot in the arm, and his injuries aren't considered life threatening.

Police found spent shell casings at the scene. No arrests have been made in the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Waterloo Police Department or Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 855-300-8477.

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People : Marquis Norris
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 6:49AM
An Iowa Catholic parish has packed tens of thousands of meals to send to east African families.

Volunteers from the Corpus Christi Parish packed an estimated 30,000 meals on Saturday destined for families in Moshi, Tanzania.

Deacon Monty Montagne says the meals include rice, beans, dried vegetables and vitamins. He says each packet will feed a family of six for one day.

The parish worked with nonprofit Outreach Inc. on the project. According to the parish's website, it serves the communities of Council Bluffs and Carter Lake and includes the Queen of Apostles, Holy Family and Our Lady of Carter Lake churches.

Jennifer Brungardt, a member of the parish's social concerns committee, says about $7,500 was raised from the three congregations to fund the project.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 6:42AM
Police shot and wounded a man at the end of a chase in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police say the chase began early yesterday morning when officers noticed an orange BMW driving recklessly. The male driver was wounded by the gunfire. He was treated at a hospital before being taken to jail.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 30 2015 6:02AM
A Newton attorney can no longer practice law after the Iowa Supreme Court revoked her law license citing numerous cases of unethical conduct that included taking money from clients without completing work on their cases. The state's attorney disciplinary board filed a complaint against 42-year-old Machelle Crum last July alleging six counts of ethical violations.
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People : Machelle Crum
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 27 2015 5:53AM
A western Iowa youth softball coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old friend of his daughter has been convicted of four counts of sexual abuse. 47-year-old John Osborn of Council Bluffs was found guiltyyesterday of third-degree sexual abuse in a nonjury trial. He faces up to 40 years in prison at his May 1st sentencing hearing.
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People : John Osborn
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 26 2015 5:46AM
Authorities have released the name of the man who was killed in a fire that ravaged an Ames home.

The man was identified Wednesday as 25-year-old Xiangyi Wang. Authorities say he died from smoke inhalation in a second-story bedroom when flames engulfed his home late Sunday night. His death has been ruled accidental.

Two others injured in the fire, 27-year-old Carl Boese and 26-year-old Yin Lang, escaped by jumping from second-floor windows. They were transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center for treatment. Boese was in stable condition as of Monday, and Yang had been released.

Fire officials say the fire initiated in a screened-in porch area at the back of the house. The cause of the fire has been deemed undetermined at this time. Damages are estimated at $160,000.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 9:44AM

Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in the city of Clinton, making this the twentieth county in Iowa where this wood boring pest of ash trees has been found. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

An ash tree with evidence of recent woodpecker activity was discovered by a member of the Iowa EAB Team. A branch was removed and bark peeled, resulting in the collection of a suspect larva that was confirmed as EAB by federal identifiers.

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Location : ClintonClinton CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 9:15AM

The Hardin County Sheriffs office reports that a

bomb threat was phoned in during a concert

at BCLUW Middle School on Tuesday night.

Sheriff Dave McDaniel says sheriffs deputies

were dispatched to the middle school and the

Union Fire Department was alerted to be on

stand by.

The concert was in the gym and all present were

evacuated.

An investigation took place and it was detirmined

that there was nothing of substance to the threat.

a post incident investigation is underway.

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People : Dave McDaniel
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 7:16AM
A northern Iowa couple who grew suspicious upon seeing a man toss a duffel bag into a river have rescued the cat they found inside the bag.

The adult calico remained in quarantine Tuesday at Mason City Animal Control. She's been named Winnie — short for the Winnebago River from which she was rescued.

The couple had seen the man throw the bag near the bridge at South Kentucky Avenue about 6 p.m. Saturday. Mason City Police Sgt. Greg Scott says the couple "checked on the bag, and there was a cat inside it — a live cat."

Humane Society of North Iowa executive director Sybil Soukup says Winnie's "in good shape, (but) she's a little scared."

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 6:48AM
The listening area has been the recipient of a somewhat mixed bag of precipitation over the last 36 hours. The latest rainfall amount is .42 hundreths of an inch.
Some of the precipitation froze on surfaces including glass causing slippery spots.

No relief from the cooler weather is forecast until next week.


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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 6:34AM
A man convicted of killing his parents with a machete on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement in central Iowa has been sentenced to consecutive life terms in federal prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Gordon Lasley Jr. was sentenced Tuesday on two counts of second-degree murder. A jury found Lasley guilty in December of killing his parents, Gordon Lasley Sr. and Kim Lasley, with a machete on Feb. 5, 2014 at their home on the settlement near Tama.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says Lasley received life imprisonment terms on each count, which are to run consecutively. There is no parole in the federal system.

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

Lasley remains in the U.S. Marshal's custody awaiting transport to a federal prison.

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Location : Central IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 25 2015 6:04AM
A Marshalltown man says the city should pay for damage to his rental property caused by a police department SWAT team during its search for a murder suspect.

Ron Iole told the Marshalltown City Council Monday that he filed a claim with the city's insurance carrier, reporting approximately $19,000 in damages from the Jan. 20 incident in which a SWAT unit surrounded Iole's building and fired nearly 30 canisters of tear gas inside. But officials denied the claim, saying the city was not responsible.

Iole says he can't afford to remove the tear gas order and other repairs. Council members say they'll look for ways to help.

The incident occurred as authorities sought 19-year-old Jose Enrique Morales, who was wanted for first-degree murder. Morales has since been located and charged.

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 24 2015 7:58AM
The Marshall County Sheriffs Department reports a Gladbook woman was unhurt in a one vehicle accident on Iowa Highway 96. The driver is identified as 38 year old Lori Ann Staff was in a 1999 Ford going westbound when control was lost and the vehicle rolled once.
It was an accident that occurred in the afternoon ti.e Staff again was not hurt.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 24 2015 7:53AM
The Marshalltown Police Department reports a case of forgery with an arrest made at a local convenience store. A report indicates the man is identified as 40 year old Franklin Geovan Moradel Zelaya who was charged with forgery. As part of the investigation 100 dollar bills were seized.
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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 24 2015 6:30AM
Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks. The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate yesterday. Current law protects cities from liability when people are injured skateboarding or biking but it doesn't include a sledding protection.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 24 2015 6:05AM
Authorities say one man was killed and two others were hurt after a house fire ravaged an Ames home late Sunday night. The man killed in the fire is being withheld pending identification by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner. Two men, 27-year-old Carl Boese and 26-year-old Lin Yang, escaped the flames by jumping from second-floor windows. Information on their conditions hasn't been released.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 24 2015 5:58AM
Police say a Des Moines man has been charged in connection with a stabbing in Newton. Court documents show 25-year-old Quentin Smith was arrested and charged with attempted murder after a stabbing incident Sunday night at a Newton home. Police say a man awoke to Smith standing nearby with a knife in hand.
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Location : Des Moines
People : Quentin Smith
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 23 2015 5:53AM
Authorities say a man was killed and two others, including a 3-year-old, were injured in a one-vehicle rollover in southwest Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol says 23-year-old Brandon Perez of Fort Madison was pronounced dead at the scene near Red Oak. Thirty-year-old Hilary J. Knox, also of Fort Madison, and an unidentified child were airlifted to the Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Hospital & Medical Center, respectively. Their conditions weren't immediately known.

Investigators say Perez was driving a vehicle early Sunday when it dropped off the shoulder of U.S. Highway 34. The report states Perez overcorrected, causing the vehicle to cross the road into a ditch before rolling over several times.

Knox and the child were thrown from the vehicle.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 21 2015 7:11AM
Authorities say two 14-year-old boys have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed a southwestern Iowa home.

The teens were charged with first-degree arson and are being held in the Council Bluffs Juvenile Detention Center. They are accused of starting several fires that ravaged a Tabor home March 15.

Investigators say the fire began on the front porch and moved onto the roof. Sheriff Kevin Aistrope says the boys likely used an aerosol device to set the fires, but that they had no intention of destroying the house.

Authorities say one of the teens lived in the house. Investigators say they believe the boys caused the fire because they were the last at the home and reported it to authorities.

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Location : IowaSouthwestern Iowa
People : Kevin Aistrope
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 21 2015 7:07AM
One of the oldest churches in Fort Dodge has been demolished. The Messenger reports that demolition of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church began last week. The church has a cornerstone dated 1903. Crews were instructed to demolish the building because of problems with the foundation.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 21 2015 7:02AM
Police say Slipknot guitarist Mickael Thomson has been charged in Iowa after a fight with his brother earlier this month in which Thomson was stabbed. Clive Police Department Chief Michael Venema said Friday an investigation found both 41-year-old Thomson and his brother, 35-year-old Andrew Thomson, were responsible for the March 11th assault that hospitalized the pair. Both have been charged with disorderly conduct by fighting. The metal band Slipknot formed in the 1990s in Des Moines.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 20 2015 6:48AM
The Iowa State Patrol says one person was killed and two others were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 35 in Cerro Gordo County.

The state patrol says the Thursday afternoon crash happened after a semitrailer hit the back of a pickup truck that had stalled on the highway.

The pickup's passenger, 67-year-old Joleen McCrary of Traer, died in the crash. The truck's driver, 67-year-old Mark McCrary of Traer, was injured.

Authorities say the semitrailer's driver, 54-year-old Edward Travis, also was injured.

Both of the injured drivers were taken to a hospital. Their conditions weren't immediately known.


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Location : Cerro Gordo County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 20 2015 6:02AM
A woman and her four children have escaped from a fire that heavily damaged their mobile home on the southwest side of Dubuque. The fire was reported around 3:15 a.m. Thursday. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Heidi Murphy awoke to the sound of her dog barking and soon found that smoke coming from her stove. She and her children, ages 2½ to 14, and the dog escaped safely.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 20 2015 5:50AM
The Senate has approved legislation that would allow more Iowa residents to register online to vote. The Senate voted 26-20 yesterday along party lines for the bill. It now heads to the House, though it's unclear what kind of support it will get. Thelegislation would allow a person to register to vote online through the secretary of state's website if the person has an Iowa driver's license number, a state-issued identification card number or a Social Security number.
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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 19 2015 5:10AM
The Historical Society of Marshalltown presents a monthly History on Third Thursday program tonight at 6:30 pm at the museum. Historical presentations from students
from MHS and Miller Middle School will be featured. The Society will be having its
annual yearly meeting Saturday afternoon at the museum at 1pm.

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Topics : Education
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 19 2015 5:04AM
The Roundhouse at Marshalltown High School will not be ready in time for commencement excercises on May 24th. School officials say the ceremony will be held outdoors at nearby Leonard Cole Field that day at 2:30 pm. In case of lousy weather weather the ceremonies would be moved indoors to MCC.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 19 2015 4:58AM
Governor Terry Branstad says the founders of a beef company who were major donors to his political campaign were among those raising concerns about a state official he tried to force out of office.

In a Nov. 26 deposition released Wednesday, Branstad says Beef Products Inc. founders Eldon and Regina Roth complained about workers' compensation decisions issued under then-Commissioner Chris Godfrey.

The Roths were the second largest donors to Branstad's 2010 campaign, giving $152,000. Their company makes a lean, finely textured beef critics call "pink slime."

Branstad says concerns from the Roths and other businesses prompted him to seek Godfrey's resignation and later to cut his pay. Godfrey alleges he was targeted because he's gay, which Branstad denies.

Brandstad's attorney said Wednesday "no one person or business influenced the governor."

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 17 2015 11:46AM

Authorities say they're investigating a woman's death after finding a body in a grassy field in a southwestern Iowa town.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office responded at about 4:40 a.m. Monday to a report of a woman's body found in Elliott, Iowa. An autopsy was planned for Tuesday.

Authorities say the woman is in her 40s, but she has not yet been identified.

Police say the woman's death doesn't appear to be suspicious, but that investigation is ongoing. No further information has been released.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 17 2015 11:45AM

A new report shows Iowa's unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in January from 4.3 percent in December.

Iowa Workforce Development said in the report released Tuesday that the rate is one-fifth of a point below the January 2014 rate of 4.4 percent. The new Iowa figure places the state below the national jobless rate of 5.7 percent in January.

The report also shows Iowa added 3,100 nonfarm jobs from December to January, with the state's trade, transportation and utilities sector alone gaining 2,200 jobs. Professional and business services saw an increase of 1,800 jobs across the state, but a loss of 1,300 positions in education and health services offset some employment advances.

Since January 2014, Iowa added 24,800 jobs, led by the state's construction sector at 6,500 new positions.

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Topics : Business_FinanceLabor
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 17 2015 11:44AM

Police say a woman's body has been found in the Des Moines River.

Police responded to a report that a body had been spotted floating in the river just before 9 a.m. Tuesday. Rescue crews determined the body is female after pulling her from the river. She has not yet been identified.

A medical examiner was called to the scene, and an autopsy is planned.

The case remains under investigation. No further information has been released.

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Topics : Law_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 17 2015 11:32AM

Des Moines Water Works has filed a lawsuit against three northern Iowa counties, alleging they are violating federal law by running drainage systems that contribute to high nitrate levels in rivers the utility uses for source water.

Details of the lawsuit against Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac counties were released Monday. The lawsuit was filed Friday and seeks reimbursement after spending $540,000 to operate a nitrate removal facility for 97 days this winter.

Water Works officials say the counties' 10 drainage districts allow excessive nitrate levels into the Raccoon River, a primary central Iowa water source. In the lawsuit, the utility alleges such systems limit the area's drinking supply.

The law firm representing the counties didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment Monday.

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Location : CalhounIowaSac
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 17 2015 6:57AM
A Des Moines mother is charged with child endangerment after police say she left her three young children in a car while she went into a bar to buy alcohol.

According to a police report, 29-year-old Debbie Koffa had stopped by Donna's Lounge, asking a bartender for a drink. The bartender called police after suspecting Koffa already was intoxicated by the way she spoke and walked, and after Koffa's boyfriend said three children were in her car outside.

When officers arrived, they found Koffa sitting in her car with three small children, all under the age of 4. Police arrested Koffa early Sunday, and they say she admitted to drinking at a party beforehand.

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People : Debbie Koffa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 17 2015 5:45AM
Officials say a large grass fire in western Iowa caused by what was meant to be a controlled burn has been contained. Three area fire departments responded to the fire in northwestern Pottawattamie County. Deputy Crescent Fire Chief says dry and windy conditions contributed to the fire. No injuries have been reported. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning to western Iowa and parts of central Iowa.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 16 2015 5:19PM

A plan for Iowa to hire an outside contractor to vet some Medicaid recipients is under review in the Iowa Senate.

A Senate subcommittee opted Monday to hold the bill, which has received approval in theIowa House, for further review. The proposal would require the state to contract with an outside vendor to set up a computerized system that would assess whether people who are elderly, blind or disabled meet Medicaid eligibility rules.

This would apply to about 78,800 people currently on Medicaid, out of about 550,000 in the program in Iowa. The program serves poor children, families and disabled people, as well as low-income adults.

The non-partisan Legislative Services Agency says setting this up would cost the state general fund about $69,000 in the next fiscal year.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 16 2015 5:18PM

A man hospitalized after a shooting in northeast Iowa's Allamakee County has been listed in stable condition.

The Sheriff's Office says deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers responded to a call about a shooting at a rural Postville home just before 11 a.m. Sunday. Officers found 24-year-old Jacob Edwin Abrams, of Waukon, Iowa, outside the residence, with a stomach wound. He was taken to Veterans Memorial Hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say preliminary investigation has determined that Abrams pursued a vehicle driven by Kristy Rooney and Austin Rooney to the residence. They say when Abrams exited his car and moved toward the pair, Austin Rooney fired one shot at Abrams.

Officials say Austin Rooney was detained at the scene. No charges have been filed at this time.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 16 2015 5:16PM

A House panel has approved a bill that would allow a private company to monitor whether people in Iowa have up to date car insurance.

Members of a Ways and Means subcommittee approved the bill Monday. It now heads to a full committee for consideration. The bill would then be available for debate in the House.

The bill would allow a third party to maintain a database of motor vehicle insurance information. The company would then contact a person if records show he or she has outdated insurance information. The person could have their car registration revoked and face fines.

Supporters say the legislation would lower cases in Iowa of people driving without car insurance. Lobbyists for several insurance groups say there are liability issues if there's a database breach.

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Topics : Social Issues
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 16 2015 5:15PM

A two-year investigation conducted by western Iowa police has yielded the arrests of 17 people on drug-related charges.

The Storm Lake Police Department said Monday that the expansive drug sweep is aimed at stemming the sale of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana. Police began making arrests Thursday, seizing drugs and money throughout the weekend.

Those arrested face conspiracy to manufacture and delivery charges involving methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana. Eleven were arrested on felony charges and six on serious misdemeanor charges.

Police say the arrests are ongoing as they continue to locate more people linked to their investigation.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 16 2015 8:00AM
The Marshalltown School Board meets this afternoon. The meeting is at five o'clock
at school administration headquarters. On the agenda today, talk about the
budget and the school calender for the next fiscal year starting July one.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 16 2015 7:51AM
A man has been hospitalized after a shooting in northeast Iowa's Allamakee County.

The Sheriff's Office says deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers responded to a call about a shooting in rural Postville just before 11 a.m. Sunday. The officers found the man outside a home, suffering from a stomach wound. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

A man and woman at the scene were questioned, but no arrests have been reported.

The names of those involved have not been released.


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 12 2015 5:15AM
Hydrology experts with the National Weather Service at Johnston say the Iowa River at Marshalltown went up four feet in the last five days but there are no concerns
about flooding at this point in time. Because of recent snow melt the level of the river
reached what is called the action stage meaning the amount of cubic feet of water
per second is now fairly visible as you watch the river from a bridge or on its banks.
Flood factors now would concern any heavy rainfall that may be recieve during the
springtime. Because of a drought in 2012 and floods the last two years interest
in hydrology in Iowa is at an all time high.


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Location : IowaMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 12 2015 5:12AM
A contingent of people representing Marshalltown on behalf of the Marshalltown
Chamber of Commerce are visiting Des Moines and the Iowa Statehouse today
to talk to legislators about issues of concern. The group will be taking along
Maid Rite sandwiches from Taylor`s Maid Rite of Marshalltown to treat people
at Lunch Time.

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Location : Des MoinesMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 12 2015 4:57AM
A judge has heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by a student suspended from playing football after the Marshalltown Community School District administrators alleged he made a gesture denoting white power. Eighteen-year-old Blair Van Staalduine sued the district after he was barred from playing three football games.
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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 10 2015 3:41PM

A Senate panel has approved a bill that would expand preschool for 4-year-olds in Iowa, though its chances of advancing this session are unclear.

Members of an appropriations subcommittee approved the bill Tuesday, after an education committee advanced it last month. It now heads to a full appropriations committee.

The bill would provide extra funding for school districts that expand preschool programs. The bipartisan Legislative Services Agency says the bill would cost $20 million in the fiscal year that ends in 2017.

Democratic Sen. Herman Quirmbach, the bill's sponsor, says he hasn't reviewed the LSA's fiscal analysis. He says preschool funding should be a priority, despite Democrats and Republicans fighting publicly over education spending.

Similar legislation failed to advance last session.

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Location : Iowa
People : Herman Quirmbach
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 10 2015 3:38PM

The House has passed a bill that would make several changes toIowa's gun laws, including removing the age limit for children to use pistols and revolvers under a parent's supervision.

The House voted 75-24 Tuesday to advance the bill to the Senate, where lawmakers are considering a similar bill.

The bill would make it legal for a child under 14 to use pistols and revolvers under a parent's supervision. It would also block public access to the names of people with permits to carry guns.

The bill would legalize the use of suppressors to help silence guns. It also makes changes to how some people acquire and renew their permits.

It's unclear what kind of support the bill will get in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 10 2015 3:37PM

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday morning in the Iowa trial of a man accused of killing his former girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter in 2005.

Defense attorney Aaron Hawbaker rested his case Monday after calling just a few witnesses for Casey Frederiksen. Prosecutors rested their case Friday afternoon.

Prosecutors say Frederiksen sexually abused Evelyn Miller and stabbed her to death while baby-sitting her in July 2005. The girl's body was found in the Cedar River five days after she was reported missing. He was arrested in 2012.

The trial is being held in Hamilton County's Webster City because a judge granted a change of venue from Floyd County.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 10 2015 3:35PM

A trial is scheduled to begin April 15 for an Osage woman accused of stealing from her Girl Scout troop.

Thirty-eight-year-old Jennifer Nilges has pleaded not guilty to misappropriation of funds and ongoing criminal conduct. Nilges is accused of stealing $1,500 from the troop's account from the end of January through the first week of February.

Police say she wrote checks to pay for personal items.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 10 2015 6:38AM
The Marshalltown City Council in meeting Monday opted to place the question of bonding out to pay for a 13.75 million dollar project to build a new police station for the city, the measure will be up for a vote on May 5th. In other council action they decided not to raise taxes for the proposed budget for the next fiscal year.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 9 2015 2:37PM

Iowa drivers will stay out of the fast lane for now, after lawmakers did not advance a bill that would have boosted the speed limit on interstate highways, bringing it in line with many nearby states.

The bill sought to raise the speed limit on interstate highways to 75 mph, up from the current limit of 70 mph. It died in the state Senate several days ago, amid questions about the safety ramifications.

That means Iowa drivers will continue at slower speeds than those behind the wheel in many nearby states. Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota all have speed limits of 75 mph.

Iowa's interstate highway speed limit was last increased in 2005, up from 65 mph.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 9 2015 7:51AM
A busy day today for the city of Marshalltown and the City Council. There are meetings today with the architect for the proposed new police building in Marshalltown as well as a City Council meeting with a busy agenda. Council will have final say on the prospect of a vote to bond out the funds to pay for the new police headquarter which could cost as much as 14 million dollars. Council meets at 5:30 at City Hall.


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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 6 2015 11:34AM

A man accused of posing as an actor from the "Twilight" movies to entice girls in Iowa has pleaded guilty to federal possession of child pornography charges.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt says 33-year-old David LaVera, of San Diego, entered his plea deal Thursday. It calls for 63 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. An attorney for LaVera didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

In his plea deal, LaVera said he knowingly possessed child pornography that he had produced in Newton, Iowa, using a hidden camera.

Authorities say LaVera posed as Kiowa Gordon, an actor in the "Twilight" movie series, and visited two Newton schools last year. He also faces state charges of enticing a minor, carrying weapons and third-degree sexual abuse.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 6 2015 11:33AM

Iowa fire officials have concluded the cause of a house fire in Fort Dodge that killed a woman and two young children cannot be determined.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said Thursday that the State Fire Marshal Division has ruled the source of the Feb. 22 fire as undetermined.

Autopsy results revealed 25-year-old Amy Devlin, her 6-month-old son Bryce Devlin and 5-year-old Joseph Kennedy died of smoke inhalation from the fire. They were found in a second-story bedroom after the flames had been extinguished. Three others were transported to the hospital to undergo treatment for burns.

Officials say the fire marshal and other agencies continue to investigate the fire. No further information has been released.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 6 2015 11:30AM

The parents of a detainee killed after escaping from an Iowa State Patrol car have filed a legal claim alleging a trooper violated policy in leaving him unattended.

Attorney Joe Cacciatore said Thursday the claim with the State Appeal Board seeks to hold the patrol accountable for errors that contributed to Matthew Lentzkow's Nov. 1 death.

Lentzkow's mother, father and estate are seeking $1.1 million in damages. Cacciatore says that amount was cut in half to recognize that Lentzkow shares blame for his death.

Lentzkow was stopped for drunken driving on Interstate 80 by a trooper. He managed to escape from a patrol car while handcuffed as a trooper and two deputies searched his truck. After he tried to cross the interstate, he was struck by a van and killed.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 5 2015 2:53PM
The Marshall County Sheriff's Department has arrested a teacher at Lenihan Intermediate School in Marshalltown on a charge of public intoxication.

Marshall County Chief Deputy Steve Hoffman says the arrest took place yesterday. A sheriff's deputy happened to be at the school conducting Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes when information was received about a teacher who might have been under the influence of alcohol. The teacher was interviewed, tested, and subsequently arrested and taken to the Marshall County Jail.

The teacher is identified as 33-year-old Carrisa Bryant who is a 6th grade teacher at the school.

Bryant did post bond and was released. She had a blood alcohol content of point 190 at the time of her arrest.

School district officials say Bryant has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The case has been turned over to the Marshall County Attorney's office.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 4 2015 2:49PM

An Iowa Senate committee has approved a bill requiring employers to give time off to non-essential workers so they can attend Iowa's presidential caucuses.

The State Government Committee in the Democratic-controlled Senate approved the bill Wednesday. It would mandate that employers provide unpaid leave to workers who want to attend their precinct caucus. There are exemptions for jobs that affect public health or safety, or if employers could show that they would experience economic distress.

The legislation will move to the full Senate. It is not clear how it will fare in the Republican-controlled House.

The Iowa Democratic Party supports the bill as part of an effort to expand caucus attendance. The Republican Party of Iowa has declined to offer an opinion.

Iowa's presidential caucuses are scheduled for February 2016.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 4 2015 2:42PM

Authorities involved with the investigation into the 2005 death of a 5-year-old Iowa girl have testified in the trial of a man accused of killing her.

Floyd County Chief Deputy Jeff Crooks was first to take the stand Wednesday in the case against 35-year-old Casey Frederiksen, who is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. Prosecutors allege Frederiksen sexually abused Evelyn Miller, the daughter of his former girlfriend, and stabbed her to death while babysitting her. He was arrested in 2012.

Crooks says he'll never forget what he saw when Evelyn's body was found in the Cedar River a few days after she was reported missing. He says her body appeared water worn.

During cross examination, Crooks testified there was no DNA evidence or weapon connecting Frederiksen to her death.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 4 2015 2:38PM

Builders in Iowa would be required to install radon mitigation systems in new homes under legislation that has won approval in an Iowa Senate committee.

The bill moved out of the State Government Committee on Wednesday. Under the proposal, new homes must be built with radon mitigation pipes. If the homeowner discovers radon, they can add a fan to use the system.

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can leak through cracks in building foundations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls radon the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. The agency also says Iowa's 99 counties are in the agency's highest risk zone for exposure.

A similar bill was approved by the Democratic-majority Senate two years ago but failed to advance in the Republican-controlled House.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 4 2015 2:36PM

A House panel has approved a bill that would require a physician to offer an ultrasound image to a woman seeking an abortion in Iowa.

Members of a human resources subcommittee approved the bill Wednesday. It heads to a full committee for consideration, where it will need to advance by Friday to beat a procedural deadline in the Legislature.

The bill would require a physician to perform an ultrasound on a woman and give her an opportunity to view an image of the fetus. The woman would be given the option of hearing a description of the ultrasound image and the potential heartbeat of the fetus. Physicians could face jail time and fines if they didn't comply.

It's unlikely the bill will advance in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 4 2015 2:35PM

A man who helped his neighbor escape flames that destroyed a mobile home in eastern Iowa says he's no hero.

Jerry McBride Jr. says he merely answered a call of duty in aiding 71-year-old Fred Steven.

Steven says he awoke from a nap Monday afternoon to find that tubes from his oxygen tank were on fire inside his North Liberty home. Oxygen tanks began exploding by the time he reached a doorway.

McBride says he found Steven just outside the home, with his coat aflame. McBride says he used his body to shield Steven from the flaming home, pulled off Steven's coat and then helped him get away from the intense heat and other danger.

Neither man was injured. Fire officials are investigating the fire cause.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 4 2015 2:34PM

University of Iowa officials are ready to begin planning a steam production plant on the west side of the school's campus.

Officials have asked theIowa state Board of Regents for permission to begin planning the $75 million production plant that will be adjacent to the school's new backup power facility.

University interim senior vice president Rod Lehnertz says that construction will likely take two years, and that the facility should be operational in four years.

The plant would be fueled by natural gas, but the building site allows the use of biofuel sources that would transport to the facility by rail.

Officials estimate that the proposed facility initially will be capable of delivering 150,000 pounds per hour of steam, and could be expanded up to 300,000 pounds per hour.

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Location : Iowa
People : Rod Lehnertz
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 4 2015 2:33PM

A 44-year-old man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after admitting he illegally entered the U.S.

Abel Hernandez-Labra, who had been living in Hampton, also was fined $5,000 on Tuesday. He must serve three years of supervised release once he completes his prison sentence.

Hernandez-Labra pleaded guilty in November to several charges, including making false statements in a passport application.

He admitted in his plea agreement he was a Mexican citizen who came to the U.S. illegally, after purchasing a birth certificate and Social Security number of an American citizen born in Puerto Rico and assuming that identity. Claiming he was a U.S. citizen, he obtained an Iowa driver's license, which he used to get a U.S. passport.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 4 2015 2:31PM

An eastern Iowa woman is charged with child endangerment following accusations she exposed two 7-year-old children to methamphetamine inside her residence.

A criminal complaint says 51-year-old Paula A. Barton of Dubuque admitted to authorities she previously has used the drug but denied any recent drug activity at her residence.

The complaint says hair samples for Barton and the two children all tested positive for meth exposure.

It wasn't immediately known if Barton has an attorney.

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Location : Iowa
People : Paula A. Barton
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 4 2015 6:59AM
Facing scrutiny over its practices for responding to sexual assault, a liberal arts college in Iowa has taken the unusual step of asking federal investigators to review whether three cases were handled appropriately.

Grinnell College President Raynard Kington asked the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to determine whether the college complied with Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination in education.

The office praised the request Tuesday as a sign of progress toward addressing campus sexual violence, while a student group called it a public relations move to get ahead of a complaint that had already been filed.

While Kington's motives will be debated, American Association of University Women vice president Lisa Maatz says the request is novel and intriguing.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 4 2015 6:46AM
The Meskwaki Tribal Police are looking for a missing woman from the Tama area.
Rita Papakee is a Native American woman who is 5 foot four inches tall with a
medium build and is 41 years old weighing 145 pounds with long brown colored hair.
She was last seen on January 16th at one p-m at the Meskwaki Casino.
Anyone who has any information is asked to call 641-484-4844.



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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 3 2015 6:32AM
The Marshalltown School Board was briefed on a search for a new high school
Principal as they met on Monday. School officicials say 23 applications for the job
have been recieved.

It is hoped that a candidate for the job can be submitted tothe School Board in early April.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 2 2015 12:50PM
Hobby Lobby in Marshalltown is now officially open for business after a crowd of local dignataries and employees cut a ceremonial ribbon on the business at the south end of the Marshalltown Mall. The business held a soft opening back on Friday and did pretty good business this past weekend.

The Company dates back to 1970 and is based in Oklahoma City Oklahoma.


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 2 2015 6:58AM
The Marshalltown Police Department reported a drug bust on Sunday afternoon following a traffic stop. Captain Brian Batterson says the suspect is identified as 27 year old Rachel Berrones of Des Moines who faces multiple drug charges including possessionof prescription drugs and methamphetamine and carrying a weapon. She was taken to the Marshall County Jail.


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 2 2015 6:42AM
History is being made in Marshalltown today as Hobby Lobby holds a ribbon
cutting and Grand Opening event at the new store at the Marshalltown Mall.
Jim Kelly is Manager of the Store which is the 16th such store in the
state of Iowa.

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People : Jim Kelly
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 2 2015 6:30AM
The Marshalltown Public Library had a successful book sale this past weekend.
The event was held back on Saturday and Sunday, books both hardcover and paperback were available along with videos, dvds, compact discs, and cassetes.
On Sunday patrons could purchase a bag of materials for a dollars. Funds raised go
to a group called Friends of the Library and then back to library departments
for the purchase of materials.


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Mar 2 2015 6:00AM
The Marshalltown City Council meets at noon today at City Hall.
According to the agenda Council will talk about and advance forward
the City Budget for the next fiscal year including the tax levy including
that of the levy for the five year Capital Improvement Project.
Also up for discussion is the proposed new Police Headquarters building
with the architect for the proposed project.


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