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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 24 2014 11:35AM

A northwest Iowa man has been convicted of making and using counterfeit credit cards.

Federal prosecutors say Yoirland Rojas, of Storm Lake, was found guilty on Thursday after a three-day trial in Sioux City. He was convicted of two counts of using a counterfeit access device; one count of possessing 15 or more counterfeit access devices; one count of money laundering; and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Rojas manufactured credit cards and used them to buy gift cards that he would later use to buy various items. At least two of the card numbers he used belonged to people who reported unauthorized use of their credit cards.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : IowaSioux City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 24 2014 11:33AM

That cougar sighted in Evansdale?

It's probably a house cat.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Jason Auel studied photos a woman took while walking near the Cedar River on Tuesday and determined the image was of a regular cat.

Auel says he made his determination by examining the height of the grass relative to the cat's stomach and the animal's tail size.

He says, "I definitely think it's a house cat."

Cougars aren't native to Iowa but Auel says they sometimes wander through the area.

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Location : Iowa
People : Jason Auel
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 24 2014 11:31AM

A pack of wild coyotes in Illinois has proved to be pivotal in the capture of an Iowa fugitive.

21-year-old Daniel Rice is back in Muscatine County custody, facing a charge of escape in addition to other allegations. He'd been taken from the Muscatine County Jail on Monday to a Muscatine hospital for treatment of a heart-related issue. Authorities say he slipped out of handcuffs there and fled.

Early Wednesday morning deputies in Rock Island County, Illinois, were dispatched after a call about a pack of coyotes chasing two men at the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Illinois City, Illinois. Chief Deputy Steven VenHuizen says deputies recognized Rice when they arrived at the scene, noticing a pacemaker scar on his chest.

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Topics : Law_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 24 2014 11:29AM

Responding to concerns about Ebola, a western Iowa high school student has agreed to self-isolation upon returning from a mission trip to Uganda.

Treynor Community School District officials had been hearing from people who worried about the student's potential exposure to Ebola. Superintendent Kevin Elwood said in a news release Thursday that the district contacted the student's family and says the student agreed to 21 days of self-isolation upon returning.

Uganda is in central Africa, more than halfway across the continent from the west African nations where so many people have died of the deadly disease.

Elwood says state and federal officials are not discouraging travel to central Africa, but also says the student's family "has taken into consideration concerns raised by others."

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Topics : Education
Location : Central AfricaIowa
People : Kevin Elwood
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 24 2014 11:26AM

Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has cancelled a meeting with The Des Moines Register's editorial board, saying her time was better spent campaigning in Iowa.

Editors at the newspaper say Ernst notified them Wednesday night that she wouldn't attend the Thursday meeting. Publisher Rick Green says he's disappointed.

Ernst spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel issued a statement saying the Register's recent editorials make the newspaper's position "perfectly clear." The paper has run several editorial pieces criticizing Ernst's policy positions.

Ernst has met with editors at Nebraska's Omaha World-Herald, whose readership extends into western Iowa, and in Sioux City. But newspapers in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque say they unsuccessfully sought meetings with her.

Ernst is running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley. Braley's spokesman says the congressman has accepted all editorial board invitations.

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Topics : Politics
Location : IowaNebraskaSioux City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 24 2014 11:24AM

Authorities say three men who walked away from a residential correctional facility in northeast Iowa are back in custody.

The state Department of Corrections says Shaun McBride and Taylor Oakes were arrested Wednesday night in Mitchell County. Tyler Roe was arrested Tuesday in Howard County.

Department spokesman Fred Scaletta says the men, who were all on probation for various charges, walked away from the residential correctional facility in West Union on Friday and did not return. He says Oakes and McBride also cut GPS tracking monitors.

Scaletta says information about the escapes will be sent to the county attorney's office.

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Topics : Law_CrimePolitics
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 24 2014 11:19AM

Supporters of a proposed historic district in downtown Cedar Rapids say the designation would enable property owners to get big tax breaks when renovating their buildings.

The Cedar Rapids Community Development Department hosted two meetings to discuss the idea Wednesday.

Franklin Rainbolt, maintenance supervisor for United Fire Group's buildings, attended one of the meetings and spoke favorably about tax credits that companies could apply for if renovating in a historic district.

United Fire purchased a 100-year-old building in Cedar Rapids a year ago and is considering modernizing it. Renovations could reach $5 million in costs. Rainbolt says historic district tax credits could fund up to 25 percent of that cost.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 24 2014 11:17AM

The city of Davenport has agreed to let certain residents kill coyotes on their properties.

The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the new ordinance Wednesday. It will allow people living on 10 acres or more inside Davenport city limits to kill coyotes on their land.

A landowner or person living on the land will not need a hunting license. Additional hunters on the property will need a license.

A special meeting with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources was held before the vote. Department officer Jeff Harrison noted state law prohibits discharging a firearm within 200 yards of an occupied structure such as a residence.

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Topics : War_Conflict
Location : DavenportIowa
People : Jeff Harrison
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 24 2014 11:15AM

An Iowa man is charged with illegally taking 134 ginseng plants from a state preserve.

The plant has significant value and is typically sold in Asia, where it's used as a natural medicine.

Allan W. Gates of Central City is facing charges related to the plants' theft and is set to appear in Dubuque District Court next month. The district court clerk's office says their records don't show an attorney for Gates.

Conservation officers say they saw Gates last month carrying a bag and shovel while walking out from the White Pine Hollow State Preserve.

According to a criminal complaint, Gates told officers he was out for a walk. The complaint says he allegedly later admitted to digging up the ginseng. Officers found he had 134 plants in his bag.

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Location : Iowa
People : Allan W. Gates
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 24 2014 10:34AM

A longtime University of Iowa administrator credited with helping rebuild the campus after a 2008 flood has announced plans to retire.

The university's vice president for finance and operations, Doug True, is planning to leave the school in early 2015. He had been in that role since 1991.

True has worked closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to push forward major building projects to replace those damaged by the Iowa River flood of 2008. He's also credited with helping manage the university's finances.

UI President Sally Mason says she's promoting two campus officials — Rod Lehnertz and Terry Johnson — to take over True's duties on an interim basis.

Mason is praising True for his "talent, dedication and deep knowledge." The Iowa Board of Regents also honored him Thursday.

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Location : Iowa
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