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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 19 2014 11:08AM

Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Baltimore almost three months after he was arrested.

Phelps entered his plea to a charge of driving under the influence in Baltimore City District Court on Friday morning. He was sentenced to a year in prison, but the prison sentence is suspended. He must be on probation for a year and a half.

The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show that the 29-year-old Phelps was leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line while driving in a tunnel. Police say Phelps registered a .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent in Maryland.

A week after his arrest, USA Swimming suspended Phelps for six months.

Phelps entered a six-week treatment program in October. This is his second DUI conviction. Phelps pleaded guilty to drunken driving in 2004 in another Maryland county.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 19 2014 9:41AM

Kid Rock will perform a pre-race concert at the Daytona 500 in February.

Daytona International Speedway said Friday he will play several hits as well as new single "First Kiss."

Kid Rock's appearance coincides with the launch of his album "First Kiss." The album will be released Feb. 24, two days after the showcase race.

He joins a long list of past pre-race performers at the Daytona 500, including Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Bon Jovi.

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III calls Kid Rock an "avid NASCAR fan" who will provide fans with a "spectacular performance."

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 19 2014 9:28AM

A Libertarian candidate running for the Iowa Senate seat vacated by U.S. Senator-elect Joni Ernst faces a misdemeanor sexual assault charge in eastern Nebraska.

69-year-old Donald Brantz has also been charged with assault, disturbing the peace and interfering with a public service company in Sarpy County.

Prosecutors say Brantz is accused of inappropriately touching a woman on Oct. 10 and threatening to choke her. Authorities say he hung up a phone the woman used to call 911.

Brantz has pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Chad Primmer of Council Bluffs, did not immediately return a message Friday.

Brantz is a former Mills County Board member. He faces Republican Mark Costello, of Imogene, and Democrat Steven Adams, of Red Oak, in the Dec. 30 election.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 19 2014 9:11AM

A woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Davenport after faking a birth to collect child support payments from a man who thought he was the nonexistent child's father.

Johna Loreen Vandemore collected more than $100,000 over six years from the man who now lives in a Minneapolis suburb. She pleaded guilty this week to a federal mail fraud charge and awaits sentencing.

According to court records, Vandemore met the victim on an online dating website in 2007. She met him in person in Bettendorf and then again shortly thereafter in Waterloo.

Vandemore contacted the victim several months after their meeting and said she was pregnant. She convinced him to pay her $1,000 per month and sent him a fake birth certificate.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 19 2014 8:40AM

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is set for trial on drunken driving and other charges.

The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving the Horseshoe Casino when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. Police say Phelps registered a .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test. The legal limit to drive is .08 percent in Maryland.

If convicted Friday, Phelps faces up to a year in jail.

In 2004, Phelps, who was then 19, pleaded guilty to DUI on Maryland's Eastern Shore. His conviction was waived because he was a young first-time offender.

After this year's arrest, USA Swimming suspended Phelps for six months. Phelps entered a six-week treatment program in October.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Dec 19 2014 8:39AM

A judge is delaying a trial on the legality of the NCAA's consent decree that punished Penn State for its handling of sex abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey on Thursday said the case brought by Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and state Treasurer Rob McCord will begin Feb. 17. It had been scheduled for Jan. 6.

The judge says she needs more time to resolve disagreements about which documents the NCAA must produce. She's also requiring the NCAA to give her the documents under seal so she can determine if Corman and McCord should get them.

Corman and McCord sued to enforce a state law requiring the consent decree's $60 million fine benefit Pennsylvania only.

Sandusky was convicted but denies molesting boys.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 19 2014 8:32AM

A Muscatine County jury has acquitted a Muscatine man charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of another man.

Jose Tapia Jr. was found not guilty Thursday following a two-day trial.

Tapia was accused of hitting 39-year-old Michael Newman with a baseball bat on Aug. 8 following an altercation. Newman was hospitalized and placed in a medically induced coma before he died on Aug. 21 from his injuries.

Tapia told police that Newman approached him wielding the bat and hit Tapia with it. Tapia said he took the bat from Newman and hit Newman once in the head in self-defense.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 19 2014 8:30AM

An automatic teller machine stolen from the Iowa Events Center in September has been found at the Des Moines International Airport.

Police say an airport employee told police he found an ATM when he was checking the airport grounds shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Police checked the machine's serial number and found it had been reported stolen from the Iowa Events Center on Sept. 11.

Surveillance video showed a man entering the Iowa Events Center by pushing a potted plant through a glass window, then prying the ATM from the wall.

The man then broke a different glass door to escape. Police found tire tracks in the grass and mud near that door.

Police have not made any arrests.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 19 2014 8:29AM

The Iowa City Police Department says it has completed an internal investigation into an accidental shooting at a substation that injured two officers while they were cleaning their service weapons.

Sgt. Scott Gaarde says that Chief Sam Hargadine is reviewing the investigation report. He didn't say if police would release details about the shooting to the public after the chief finishes his review.

Gaarde says both officers have returned to work after the Nov. 10 shooting but that one is restricted to light duty because of injuries from the shooting.

Police say the officers were performing standard cleaning and maintenance of their guns when the accident occurred. They didn't say how the gun went off.

The officers' identities haven't been released.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 19 2014 8:28AM

A Nevada man faces charges in connection to a house fire and a car crash at a convenience store.

The Nevada Public Safety Department says authorities were called to a house Thursday morning that was fully engulfed in flames. They late responded to a convenience store where witnesses said a vehicle intentionally backed up into the building, destroying the entrance and almost hitting people inside.

Authorities later pursued the vehicle and the driver, identified as 38-year-old Matthew William Henrich. He is accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase. He was captured a short time later.

Henrich faces multiple charges including arson, assault, criminal mischief and theft. Court records do not list an attorney.

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