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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:22PM

Authorities say a man who claimed to be suicidal has surrendered during a brief standoff in Mason City.

Mason City police say the man was taken to a local hospital Thursday for an evaluation.

Police responded to a home after a man inside claimed to be armed with a handgun. He also threatened to kill himself.

Police say he came out of the house about 20 minutes later without incident. No injuries were reported. Police later determined the man's weapon was either a pellet or paintball gun.

Additional information about the man's hospitalization has not been released.

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Location : Mason City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:20PM

The owners of a closed elder group home in Marion have been arrested on several charges, including neglect and abandonment of a dependent person.

Donald and Peggy Berns also face charges of dependent adult abuse-exploitation. Peggy Berns told KGAN that she and Donald intend to fight the charges.

In August the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals revoked the license of the Berns' facility, Park Setting Elder Group Home. Documents released by the agency indicate employees used a board to block a tenant's door after state officials told them not to lock the room at night. The agency says employees were not properly trained and failed to secure medication and hazardous chemicals.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:18PM

A 44-year-old man involved in an Iowa City standoff has been given nearly 32 years in prison for his 10th federal drug conviction.

Prosecutors say Brandon Thompson, of Iowa City, was sentenced on Monday to 380 months in prison. He must serve 10 years of supervised release after he leaves custody. Thompson had pleaded guilty in June to possessing methamphetamine for sale. Prosecutors say Thompson's sentence was increased because of his extensive criminal history.

On March 25 officers traced Thompson to a motel on the northeast side of the Iowa City airport. He wouldn't open his door for officers or respond after they knocked. Police say members of the Iowa City department's Special Response Team finally entered the room around 2:30 a.m. March 26 and took Thompson into custody.

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Location : Iowa
People : Brandon Thompson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:16PM

Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a baby boy who was run over in his child seat in a Des Moines driveway.

Des Moines police say in a news release that 26-year-old Brian Garrett and 33-year-old Deanthony Clark have been arrested. Jail records say both remained in custody on Thursday. Court records don't list the men's attorneys.

Police say Garrett was the father of the 4-month-old child, Breland Garrett. Brian Garrett is charged with child endangerment. Clark's charges include operating while intoxicated and five counts of neglect of a dependent.

Police say Breland was placed on the driveway in front of a sport utility vehicle as several children were being loaded on Aug. 30. The SUV subsequently moved forward and ran over Breland.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:14PM

The owner of a popular Des Moines pharmacy will likely serve up to 37 months in prison for illegally selling tens of thousands of addictive painkillers to drug abusers.

An attorney representing Mark Graziano said Tuesday that his client plans to plead guilty to two of the 18 federal charges filed against him as part of a deal with prosecutors. He is expected to plead guilty on Nov. 6 to one count of drug conspiracy and one count of tax evasion.

Graziano, owner of Bauder Pharmacy, is accused of selling about 700,000 hydrocodone pills from the pharmacy. He originally faced more than 15 years in prison.

The pharmacy, which is known for its soda fountain that serves homemade ice cream, could remain open if Graziano sells his share within 30 days.

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People : Mark Graziano
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:02PM

Health officials are telling a Des Moines man to stop telling people he's a doctor or he could face jail time.

The Iowa Board of Medicine sent a cease and desist letter to 60-year-old Jorrion Belinsky following an incident in June where he told a West Des Moines police officer that he was a psychiatrist whose public argument with a woman was a doctor and patient interaction.

Police reported the incident to the medical board. Their letter states Belinsky has not graduated from an accredited medical school and does not hold an Iowa medical license. The letter also says a civil injunction or felony charge is possible if he doesn't stop portraying himself as a doctor.

A public number was not listed for Belinsky.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Jorrion Belinsky
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 12:01PM

The University of Iowa says its new art museum will be located in downtown Iowa City across from the new music school.

The university announced Wednesday that it has selected a local development group to build the museum in a public-private partnership.

A 2008 flood of the Iowa River severely damaged the old museum, which featured one of the nation's largest collections of art. The Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled that it would not be eligible to be replaced with federal money because it was less than 50 percent damaged. The university's collection has been displayed at various locations since then.

University Provost Barry Butler says the museum will be located on Clinton and Burlington Streets, near where construction of the new Voxman School of Music has started.

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Location : Iowa
People : Barry Butler
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 11:59AM

Federal authorities are searching for a husband and wife accused of running synthetic drug and gambling operations in Cedar Rapids.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Wednesday that Melissa and Mohamad Al Sharairei didn't show up to a court hearing in Cedar Rapids on Monday.

Court records show the two planned to plead guilty to charges of running an illegal gambling business involving video slot machines and money laundering.

Investigators have said the couple owned Puff N'Stuff II, a tobacco shop in Cedar Rapids that once had a lucrative synthetic drug business. The government has already seized properties in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids that investigators say were purchased with proceeds from $1.3 million in sales.

The two were arrested in May in Pueblo, Colo., which was their last known address.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 11:57AM

The official transcript of a speech Michelle Obama made Tuesday on behalf of Senate candidate Bruce Braley mistakenly referred to him as a candidate for governor in the email subject line.

The transcript was sent by the White House Tuesday night after Obama appeared at a rally in Iowa City. The transcript accurately says Braley is running for Senate, and Obama got it right in her remarks, but the subject line of the email says Obama was at an event for "Democratic Candidate for Governor Bruce Braley." The White House later sent a corrected email.

Two weeks ago, Obama visited Des Moines for Braley and repeatedly got his name wrong, calling him "Bruce Bailey."

Braley, a four-term congressman, is in a close race against Republican Joni Ernst, a state lawmaker.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 23 2014 11:53AM

Officials say a Fort Madison school bus carrying dozens of schoolchildren has collided with an SUV, but there are no serious injuries.

The Fort Madison Community School District says the crash happened Wednesday morning as the bus was headed to an elementary school. Nearly 40 schoolchildren were onboard at the time.

Fort Madison police say the driver of the SUV, 30-year-old Kaylynn Kruger, failed to stop at a stop sign before the crash. She was issued several citations, including not having a valid driver's license.

District spokeswoman Nicole Baker says students were picked up in a separate bus and taken to school. One student complained of minor aches, and the school bus driver later went to the hospital to be monitored for shoulder pain.

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Location : Iowa
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