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Des Moines Inmate Captured


Des Moines officers say an escaped inmate has been captured in Warren county. Polk County Sheriff's Lt. Brent Long says that 37-year-old Kenny Bevard escaped around 4:50 p.m. Thursday in Clive while being driven to Adel in Dallas County.  He was last seen at a Guthrie Ave Kum & Go shortly after 11:00pm that night. Just after 3:20pm Friday, official apprehended Bevard, following a tip as

Escaped Inmate Remains At Large; Considered Dangerous


Des Moines officers say an escaped inmate remains on the loose after being spotted at a gas station late Thursday night. Polk County Sheriff's Lt. Brent Long says that 37-year-old Kenny Bevard escaped around 4:50 p.m. Thursday in Clive while being driven to Adel in Dallas County. Authorities say Bevard was handcuffed when he got out and ran as the Dallas County sheriff's vehicle stopped

Green Pleads Not Guilty in Koster's Death


A man accused of first degree murder in the 2009 death of a Sac City man has pleaded not guilty. 54 year-old John Green entered the written plea through his Fort Dodge-based attorney Charles Kenville. Green is facing the charge in connection to the death of 58 year-old Mark Koster. Authorities say Koster was killed in 2009 and his remains turned up in the basement of his Sac City home in November

Clarion Sex Offender Sentenced for Child Porn Possession


An Clarion man twice convicted of child sex offenses have been given 18 years in prison for possessing child pornography. Prosecutors say 49-year-old Kevin Ammerman was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court. He must serve 15 years of supervised release after he leaves federal custody. Ammerman had pleaded guilty.  Ammerman was convicted of lascivious acts with a child in Wright

Man Shot and Killed in Iowa Falls Standoff


Authorities say a man has been shot and killed following a standoff in Iowa Falls. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sergeant Scott Bright says the shooting happened Thursday outside a private home. The man was shot by law enforcement. Bright says authorities had been trying to talk to the man, who is accused of locking himself in his home and making threats via social media during the standoff. Des

Gaming Commission Rejects Cedar Rapids Casino Proposal


The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has rejected a proposal to build a casino in Cedar Rapids. The commission met in Council Bluffs Thursday and decided against the proposal on a 4-1 vote. Supporters of the proposed $164 million casino said it would give an economic boost to Cedar Rapids and the region, however the commission said it would hurt already existing casinos. The board has

Fort Dodge FOD Walk is Tuesday


The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance's image committee is hosting its annual trash cleanup day next week. On Earth Day, next Tuesday at 4:00pm, the annual FOD Walk will take place. The FOD walk is an annual effort where volunteers walk shoulder to shoulder and pick up trash near the large retail businesses on Fort Dodge's east side. Image committee chairwoman Rhonda Chambers says as the

Benton High School Student Charged after Threats Discovered


A 17-year-old boy is accused of writing a threatening note on a bathroom wall at a high school in east-central Iowa. The Benton Community School District on Tuesday sent an email to parents, telling them about the note at Benton Community High School in Van Horne and the resulting increase in security. The note said the writer was going to blow up the school on Thursday but only after shooting as

40-year Fugitive from North Carolina Captured in Waterloo


Authorities say a man being held in Waterloo is a fugitive of more than 40 years from North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports that 68 year-old Ronald Carnes was arrested after the Iowa Transportation Department's facial recognition system flagged his driver's license photo. Carnes was convicted of robbery in the Winston-Salem area in 1970 and sentenced to 20 years. He escaped from

State Moves to Retain 330,000 Insurance Policies


Governor Terry Branstad says Iowa has agreed to a federal recommendation that will allow thousands of residents to hang onto health insurance policies that don't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Branstad and Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced Wednesday that the state would grant the extension of plans through 2016. The action will let about 330,000 Iowans

Former Hampton Doctor Serving Week in Prison for Probation Violation


A former Hampton doctor convicted of sexual exploitation is serving a week in jail for violating terms of probation. 41 year-old Brian Hansen was found in contempt of court on Monday in Franklin County District Court. He'd violated a probation provision that barred him from contacting victims or their families. Hansen was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty in May 2013 to one count

More Drug Take Back Events Scheduled


Area law enforcement will be holding several drug take back events in Fort Dodge over the next few weeks. The drug take back events have been going on for three years, and help people get rid of potentially expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Friday, April 25 from 4-6pm, residents can drop off prescription drugs at either Hy-Vee or Daniel Pharmacy. Also on May 14, another drug

Laurens Man Arrested for Nearly 50 Grams of Marijuana


Pocahontas County authorities say a Laurens man was arrested earlier this week on multiple drug charges. Sheriff Bob Lampe says initially, 32 year-old Christina Eberle was arrested on an outstanding warrant and was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Officers served a search warrant at her home in the 49000 block of 140th Avenue and located about 47 grams of marijuana. 30

Senate Approves Expansion on Tax Credit for Disabled Vets


A bill meant to further relieve the financial stress of disabled veterans in the state has won the unanimous support of the Iowa Senate. The Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to expand a homestead tax credit already in place for disabled veterans. The legislation now goes to the House. Under current law, eligibility for the credit is limited to disabled veterans who have an income of

Southwest Iowa Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse


A southwest Iowa pastor has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused a 5-year-old girl. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 66-year-old Roger C. Kissel of Sidney pleaded not guilty to second-degree sexual abuse, lascivious acts and indecent exposure. When he was arrested in February, Kissel was a pastor at the nondenominational Sidney Cowboy Church. Sidney Police Chief Austin

Two Escapees from Eldora Juvenile Facility Caught; One Still At Large


Authorities say two juveniles that escaped from an Eldora treatment facility have been captured, and a third remains at large. The state Department of Human Services says the juveniles were caught separately in Cedar Rapids between Sunday night and Monday afternoon. The Muscatine County Sheriff's Office says a third juvenile still at large is a suspect in crimes over the weekend. The

Three Appointed as New Fort Dodge Firefighters


The Fort Dodge Fire Department is back to being fully staffed thanks to the appointment of three new firefighters. The Fort Dodge City Council approved the appointments of Vincent native John Ascherl, Derek DeWitt of Moville, and Duluth (MN) native Greg Nelson as firefighters.  Chief Kent Hulett says recently, shifts have been staffed with as few as six firefighters 

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FD Council Approves TIF Funds for Indoor Archery Range


Fort Dodge city officials are hoping that an economic development agreement approved Monday night will help jump-start further development on the city's northwest side. During its business meeting, the council voted to provide $13,300 per year for three years in tax increment financing to the Iowa Outdoors Store. First-ward councilman Terry Moenke says the business plans to build an

Boone Murder Trial Delayed Again


The trial of a former Boone man charged with killing his wife has been delayed again. 40-year-old Alexander Fazzino's trial has been continued to October 27. It was scheduled to begin in June. This marks the second delay since Fazzino was arrested in April 2013. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Emily Fazzino. She was found dead on a bathroom floor at the couple's

Branstad Calls for Change Following Ruling on Sexual Exploitation Case


Governor Terry Branstad has called on the Legislature to take action following an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that found school coaches cannot be convicted of sexual exploitation. The Iowa Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a former Bloomfield basketball coach who had sex with a girl on his team. The court said coaches without teaching licenses are not considered school employees and

Dayton Man Held on Bond Following Alleged Burglary Attempt


A Dayton man is being held on $6,000 bond following an alleged early morning burglary attempt in Fort Dodge. 40 year-old Christopher Johnson made his initial appearance in court on misdemeanor charges of attempted burglary and possession of burglar tools. He was also held on a warrant for failing to appear at an arraignment. At 4:44am Monday, officers responded to an alarm at Keith's

Update: Kossuth County Man ID'd in Saturday Fatal Crash


The Iowa State Patrol says a Kossuth County man was killed in a Saturday afternoon crash in Kossuth County. Lt. Kelly Hindman said late Saturday that 44 year-old Whittemore resident David Rochleau was riding a motorcycle on Highway 9 near Swea City when he crossed the centerline and struck a Ford Taurus being driven by 82 year-old Swea City resident Beverly Eggerth. The accident occurred shortly

Microsoft to Build Data Center


State and local officials announced that Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines. Gov. Terry Branstad announced the project Friday. ``Project Alluvion,'' is expected to total more than $1.1 billion. Branstad said Iowa's central location makes it an attractive location for Microsoft and other companies that have recently opened data centers. Google

FD Council to Address Police Contract, $2M Bond Issue


The Fort Dodge City Council is expected to act on a proposed contract with the city's unionized police officers as well as a significant bond issue. The council will meet at 5:00pm for two workshops, which will be followed by the 6:00pm regular business meeting. During the workshop, the council will discuss the city's proposed strategy for dealing with an emerald ash borer infestation.

State Says Spirit Lake Assisted Living Center Presents "Imminent Danger" to Resi


The state has fined an assisted living center in Spirit Lake, saying it presents an ``imminent danger'' to residents. The Des Moines Register reports that Keelson Harbour Assisted Living has been fined $3,000. The state says the center has not adequately trained workers, used nonmedical staffers to inject diabetic residents and borrowed medical supplies from residents to meet other

DSM Police Investigating Apparent Beating Death


Des Moines police are investigating the apparent killing of a 57-year-old woman on the city's eastside. Officers were called to a home at 2:14 p.m. Sunday after a relative found the woman unresponsive on the floor. Police and medics who responded found the person dead. Sergeant Jason Halifax said there were obvious signs of trauma. Police took witnesses to the police station for

Tornado in Southeast iowa Reported During Weekend Storms


At least one tornado was reported in Iowa as powerful thunderstorms moved across the Midwest and Plains states. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office in southeastern Iowa says that a tornado was spotted near the town of Lone Tree around 6 o'clock last night but that there were no injuries or damage.

Kossuth County Man Killed in Head-on Crash


The Iowa State Patrol says a Kossuth County man was killed in a Saturday afternoon crash in Kossuth County.  Officials are not releasing the victim’s name at this time, but say he was riding a motorcycle on Highway 9 near Swea City when he crossed the centerline and struck a Ford Torus being driven by 82 year-old Swea City resident Beverly Eggerth. The accident occurred shortly before

Authorities Searching for Missing Juveniles from Eldora Facility


Health officials say eight juveniles escaped an Eldora facility that treats delinquent youth, and three remain at large. The state Department of Human Services says the juveniles ran away Thursday night from the Eldora State Training School. The juveniles were being escorted from the gymnasium to their cottages when the incident occurred. Additional information was not released. All the juveniles

Hoiberg Receives $600K Salary Increase


After a 28-win season, Iowa State University is making Fred Hoiberg one of the top paid coaches in college basketball. Athletics Director Jamie Pollard announced Friday that Hoiberg reached an agreement on a $600,000 raise that will pay him an average annual salary of $2.6 million. Hoiberg's new deal puts him near the top 10 paid coaches nationally. In a statement, Pollard said the

United Way Sets New Community Campaign Record


The Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way has set a new high in its fundraising efforts. Randy Kuhlman, CEO of the United Way, says the 2013 community campaign raised $433,700. That total is the highest in the nonprofit’s 58 year history and exceeded the goal of $425,000. Nearly all of the money raised help fund local programs and initiatives that focus on positive youth

Tour de Force Ride to Honor Officer Jamie Buenting


Later this month, area law enforcement officers will join forces with representatives of Tour de Force NY to honor Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting. Tour De Force NY is an organization of nearly 300 riders who ride bikes around September 11 to raise money to help families of fallen officers. On Monday April 28 beginning at 10:00am, riders will ride from the Webster City Police

Medical Marijuana Bill Could Be Introduced in Senate


Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says he will sponsor a bill legalizing the sale of medical marijuana in Iowa, reviving an issue once thought dead this year. The efforts of woman who have children with epilepsy changed lawmakers' perceptions on the issue. New policy measures cannot be raised late in the legislative session unless leaders in the House or Senate bring them up. Since

Female Suspect Reaches Plea Deal in Deloit Double Homicide


A woman has reached a plea deal in connection to a double homicide in western Iowa that involved a fire. 36 year-old Erika Marlys Dains pleaded guilty Thursday in Crawford County District Court to one count of second-degree burglary and one count of accessory after the fact. The charges are in connection to the March 10 deaths of Marvin Huelsing and Alice Huisenga. They were killed before a fire

State's Human Resource Agency Releases Barred Employee List


Iowa's human resources agency has released a list of hundreds of former workers who are barred from returning to state employment. Its release came days after its now-fired director repeatedly told lawmakers no such list existed. A spreadsheet released by the Department of Administrative Services identifies 975 workers who've been disqualified from future employment because they were

Sen. Beall Working to Establish Air Service Committee


In light of Fort Dodge currently having no local airline service, one state senator is hoping to establish an air service committee in Iowa. In an email, State Senator Daryl Beall says he is floor-managing an amendment to the Department of Transportation appropriations bill to establish the committee. Beall says the committee would focus on essential air service and commercial air service

City of Dayton Working to Keep Medical Clinic in Town


The city of Dayton is working to keep a medical clinic open in town. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that the Dayton City Council endorsed an effort to secure a contract with the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge. The effort comes after the Van Diest Medical Center voted to close the Dayton Clinic, citing a projected $70,000 annual loss. According to the report, Dayton would pay

Plan to Expand Preschool Program Advancing through Iowa Senate


A plan to enroll more 4-year-olds in preschools across the state continues to move through the Iowa Senate. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the legislation Wednesday, 15-to-5. It is now eligible for floor debate. The bill attempts to expand the Iowa Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program, established in 2007 to fund preschool for 4-year-olds. Under the bill, Iowa school districts that

Meskwaki Man Appears on Federal Murder Charge


A Meskwaki man made an appearance in court Wednesday on a federal murder charge. 20 year-old Jonathan Youngbear is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 17 year-old Severn Jefferson. Jefferson was killed on the Meskwaki Settlement on February 24. If convicted, Youngbear faces the possibility of a life-time prison sentence.

Two Arrests Made, VEISHEA Activities Suspended Following Riots


The Ames Police Department says two arrests have been made in an ongoing investigation into riots that broke out near the Iowa State University campus. The riots occurred overnight during the university's VEISHEA celebration and resulted in a student being seriously injured and found unresponsive in a street. The student's family has requested that his name not be released. In addition,

NWS "Red Flag Warning" In Effect Until 7:00pm


The national weather service has issued a red flag warning for the entire state of Iowa until 7:00pm. A red flag warning means that critical fire conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire potential. Forecasters say the greatest fire danger will be this afternoon and the early evening

Military Excercise will Occupy Central Iowa Airspace


The North American Aerospace Defense Command says it will hold an exercise Wednesday in the sky over central Iowa. The flights are scheduled to take place between Fort Dodge and Waterloo. People may notice low-flying fighter jets near military or military contracted civilian aircraft. NORAD has conducted such practice sessions throughout Canada and the United States since the start of Operation

Bids Accepted for Webster County Bridge Replacements


The Webster County Board of Supervisors accepted sealed bids on Tuesday to replace four bridges. Six companies submitted bids for the projects, which include one bridge on Dakota Avenue west of Moorland, one on 390th Street east of County Road P29, and two on 380th Street east of Iowa Highway 144. Reinbeck (IA) based Peterson Construction submitted the lowest bid for the Dakota Ave bridge at

One Seriously Injured in Riot Near ISU Campus


Ames police say one person has been seriously injured after a rowdy crowd disturbance near the Iowa State University campus in which people overturned cars and toppled light poles. According to the Ames Police Facebook page, the crowd massed late Tuesday in the Campustown area and threw beer cans at officers after overturning two cars. People reportedly also knocked down two light poles, striking

New Bill Cracks Down on Prostitution, Pimping Involving Minors


 The Iowa House has granted final approval for a bill meant to crack down on prostitution and pimping including minors. The House unanimously voted Tuesday to pass the bill and send it to Governor Terry Branstad. The final version includes language from original legislation drafted in the House and Senate. It removes offenses from the records of anyone previously convicted of prostitution as

State Administrator Fired for Secret Settlements


 The director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services has been fired after emails came out, showing the state paid money to a former employee for secrecy. Mike Carroll, who was appointed by Governor Terry Branstad in 2011, told lawmakers last week the testimony of former employees was untrue and no settlement agreements included money for silence. In a statement Branstad says he

FD Police Searching for Burglary Suspect; Two Additional Suspects in Custody


The Fort Dodge Police Department is searching for a man in connection to an investigation that has already led to two arrests. Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody says on Sunday afternoon, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of 15th Avenue North to investigate a burglary. The homeowner told officers that the home had been broken into while he was out of town. The investigation led to

Fort Dodge Teen Admits to Homecoming Stabbing Incident


A Fort Dodge teen admitted to a stabbing incident that occurred at a homecoming dance last October. On Monday, 18 year-old Max Bly pleaded guilty to charges of willful injury causing bodily injury and going armed with intent, and faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 12. On October 5, then 17 year-old Bly stabbed 17 year-old Lucas Fiala in the back with a pocket knife during

No Injuries Reported in FD Monday Night Fire


No injuries were reported during a Monday night house fire on Fort Dodge's east side. Crews were dispatched to the 3900 block of 10th Ave at about 9:40pm Monday, where three people were able to escape their home. Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett reported that the fire appeared to start outside at the back of the house and spread up the wall in to the home. The exact cause of the fire remains

Arraignment Scheduled for Sac City Murder Suspect


An arraignment has been scheduled for later this month for a man accused of killing Sac City resident Mark Koster. Trial information was filed on Monday in the case of 54 year-old John Green, who authorities say killed Koster in 2009 and hid his remains in Koster's Sac City home. He is facing a charge of first-degree murder and will be arraigned on April 21. Green was arrested in Florida on

Rockwell City Inmate Moved to Work-Release Facility


An inmate being housed in Rockwell City for a minor role in a 1984 death has been granted work-release privileges. 53 year-old Todd Hoffer has left the minimum-security prison in Rockwell City and transferred to a halfway house in West Union in northeastern Iowa. The Iowa Board of Parole ordered work-release for Hoffer after interviewing him last month. If he's successful in that facility, he

New Details in Cerro Gordo County Neglect Case


New details in the case of a northern Iowa woman who was arrested on multiple neglect charges. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office says 54-year-old Debra Jean Ihrig was arrested Sunday and is facing six counts of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person and nine counts of wanton neglect of a dependent adult. Ihrig is accused of leaving 15 residents at County Meadow Place Assisted

Fort Dodge Harmony Brigade to Hold Annual Shows


Baseball and barbershop will come together during the Fort Dodge Harmony Brigade’s 47th annual show this weekend. The barbershop chorus will hold two performances of “Who’s on First” on Saturday at the Fort Dodge Middle School auditorium; show times are at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Harmony Brigade member Drew Sieben says the show will feature a wide variety of music from

Experts: No Cause Determined in Younkers Fire


Federal experts have wrapped up their investigation of a downtown Des Moines fire without determining the cause. Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Sunday there is no sign the March 29 fire in the former Younkers building was set intentionally. But it's not yet clear what caused the fire at the building that was being renovated into apartments at

Cedar Falls Man Dies After Motorcycle Pursuit


Authorities say a Cedar Falls man has died after crashing during a pursuit by an Iowa state trooper. The Iowa State Patrol says 30 year-old Jon Winburn tried to get away from the trooper after running a stop sign late Sunday morning. The patrol says the brief chase ended when Winburn lost control of his motorcycle and it crashed into a concrete wall of the Mutual Wheel building in Waterloo.

Police Calling Cedar Rapids Death Suspicious


Cedar Rapids police say the death of a 37-year-old woman is suspicious. Officials say Shanna Lee Beyhl's death is being investigated after she was found dead in her apartment Friday after officers went to check on her. Police said an autopsy has been scheduled, but they didn't say how Beyhl died. No arrests had been made by Sunday morning, but police say they don't believe there

Waterloo Woman Pleads Guilty to Killing Former Boyfriend


A Waterloo woman has pleaded guilty in the 2013 stabbing death of her former boyfriend. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 40-year-old Keisha Magee pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder for the death of 28-year-old John Bass on September 29th.

Change of Venue Requested for Council Bluffs Sex Abuse Trial


State prosecutors have requested a change of venue for the trial of a Council Bluffs doctor charged with sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl. Officials say in a motion filed Wednesday that it would be ``difficult, if not impossible'' to find a fair or impartial jury locally because of Dennis Jones' ties to the community. Jones is accused of inappropriately touching a girl outside of

Dilley Admits to Role in Fisher's Death


A Fort Dodge man admitted to his role in the June 2013 death of Fort Dodge resident Steven Fisher. 29 year-old Ronald Dilley pleaded guilty on Friday to a charge of second-degree murder, and will face up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 5. Dilley admitted to hitting Fisher in the head with a hatchet four times. On June 10, Fisher’s body was found in a ditch near Otho.

FD Police Warn of Phone Scam


The Fort Dodge Police Department is advising area residents of a phone scam. According to a news release, scammers are attempting to get victims to send them money by telling them they've won millions in cash and a new car. The scammers say in order to claim the prize, residents should send money through Western Union, a Green Dot MoneyPak card, or your ATM card. The scammers are said to be

United Way, Local Students to Address Local Hunger Need


The Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way are partnering together with high school student volunteers to package thousands of meals for local residents in need. Amy Bruno, project manager with the foundation, says students from Fort Dodge Senior High and St Edmond will work to package 40,000 macaroni and cheese meals to be distributed in the Fort Dodge area

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Bill Stopping Release of Sexually Violent Predators Becomes Law


A bill meant to stop the release of sexually violent predators has been signed into law. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed the bill Thursday. The law allows those convicted of a violent sexual offense as a juvenile to be sent to a civil containment unit for sexually violent predators upon release from prison. Officials didn't previously consider such juvenile convictions when making adult

FD Mayor Outspoken on Cedar Rapids, Jefferson Casino Proposals


Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich was in Cedar Rapids yesterday to address concerns regarding a casino proposal under consideration. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is considering whether to issue licenses for new casino proposals in both Cedar Rapids and Jefferson. Bemrich was critical of the process being used, saying the commission should have conducted studies to determine need and then

DOT Says Hamilton County Construction will Cause Closures


The Iowa Department of Transportation says two construction projects in the Webster City area will cause intermittent closures through the summer months. Work on U.S. Highway 20 and Iowa 17 will begin on Monday and is expected to be complete by early October. The intermittent lane closures will be during daylight hours Mondays through Saturdays. On Highway 20, closures will occur in both

Cameras Found in Davenport Elementary School Restroom


Davenport police say cameras were found in restroom stalls at an elementary school. The Quad-City Times reports staff at Hayes Elementary School on Wednesday discovered three cameras placed in two stalls in a girls restroom. Police on Thursday say it appears the cameras were in place for only a short period before being discovered. The discovery prompted school district employees to search other

Hoiberg Holds Court in Fort Dodge


With speculation increasing that he could soon land a coaching job in the NBA, Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg said Wednesday that his goal is to bring a national championship back to Ames. Hoiberg was the featured speaker at the Corn Belt Power Cooperative's annual meeting at the Starlite Hotel in Fort Dodge. Still stinging from last Friday's loss to Final Four participant Connecticut,

Lawmakers Reportedly Working on Medical Marijuana Legislation


Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the Iowa legislature appear to be working on medical marijuana legislation. Des Moines station KCCI reports through sources that bipartisan legislation to legalize a liquid form of medical cannabis is being discussed behind closed doors. The report goes on to say a fast-tracked bill could be presented this week. At the earliest, a vote to legalize some

Iowa City Man Accused of Exposing Himself to Elementary Students


An Iowa City man has been accused of exposing himself to elementary school students. City officials say 46-year-old Anthony Lee Hudson was taken into custody Wednesday. He faces four counts of indecent exposure. Hudson is accused of exposing himself on Tuesday in the doorway of a building that faces a street. A person reported the incident to local authorities and said he exposed himself to

House Lawmakers Continue Push for Better Government Transparency


Lawmakers in the Iowa House say they want to further establish government transparency and openness in the light of secret settlement agreements between state agencies and fired employees. While debating a budget bill for agriculture and natural resources yesterday, the House adopted an amendment to prevent money appropriated in the bill from being used for payments in such settlement

Two Iowa Men Sentenced for Child Porn Convictions


Two Iowa men were sentenced to federal prison on Tuesday for separate child pornography convictions. The U.S. Attorney's Office for northern Iowa says 21 year-old Cedar Rapids resident Jason Smith was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. Investigators say Smith posed as a girl on the Internet and enticed minors to send him

Webster County Included in Safety Effort on Secondary Roads


Authorities are launching an effort to reduce fatal crashes on Iowa's secondary rural roads. The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau announced the effort, which began Tuesday and continues through Sept. 30, 2015.The program will focus on rural secondary roads in counties including Webster, Palo Alto, and Marion counties. Those counties agreed to participate after an analysis of 10 years of

Madison County Approves Courthouse Gun Ban Following Scare


Officials in Madison County have banned firearms from the county courthouse a week after a gun scare. The Des Moines Register says on Tuesday, the Madison County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ban after judges reported that the lack of sheriff's deputies and security measures have made for unsafe conditions at the courthouse. Last week, 29 year-old Cory Daugherty pulled a

FD Woman Convicted in Insurance Fraud Scheme


A Fort Dodge woman was convicted in a conspiracy of using arson to collect over $78,000 in insurance money. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 67 year-old Shirley Weimer pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to knowingly use fire to commit wire fraud. Weimer admitted to recruiting a tenant, Lisa Young, to burn down a home she owned and promised Young $10,000 of the insurance

Sac County Officials: Koster's Family Has Closure


Authorities in Sac City say the family of Mark Koster has closure following the arrest of a Florida man charged in his death. During a Tuesday morning news conference, authorities revealed that 54 year-old john Green made his initial appearance in court Saturday, one day after being returned to Iowa from Florida. Green is accused of killing 58 year-old Mark Koster, who was last seen in 2009,

Maquoketa Officer Shot During Early Morning Traffic Stop


In Eastern Iowa, the state Department of Public Safety says a police officer was wounded during a traffic stop. The department says an unnamed Maquoketa  officer was shot after making a traffic stop around 2:50 a.m. Tuesday. The shooter fled the scene. No arrest has been reported. The department says the officer was taken to Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa for treatment of

Eckstrom Murder Trial Moved to July


The murder trial for a Fort Dodge woman has been scheduled to begin on July 22. 23 year-old Holly Ekstrom is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Fort Dodge resident Steven Fisher. Fisher's remains were found in a ditch near Otho on July 10. Ekstrom and 29 year-old Fort Dodge resident Ronald Dilley were arrested two days later. Ekstrom's trial was originally scheduled to

Dodger Stadium to Host March of Dimes Walk


Area residents are encouraged to sign up to support the March of Dimes' march for babies event happening later this month. The "March for Babies" event will be held at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00-11:00am. The march is open to people of all ages who are in support of healthy babies and healthy moms. Fort Dodge resident Haley Offerman serves as a local ambassador

Iowa Supreme Court Rejects Narcisse Appeal


The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected an appeal argument by Jonathan Narcisse in his fight to gain a spot on the Democratic primary ballot for governor. Last week a judge denied the former Des Moines school board member's request to overturn a ruling by the Iowa secretary of state's office that his nomination petitions were incomplete. That office ruled earlier this month that some of

FD Man Accused of Possessing Child Pornography


A Fort Dodge man made his initial appearance in court after being accused of possessing child pornography. 21 year-old Dalton Dutcher is facing an aggravated misdemeanor charge of sexual exploitation of a minor. Following a lengthy investigation led by the Webster County Sheriff's Office, an arrest warrant was issued and served on Sunday. According to criminal complaints, Dutcher allegedly

Florida Man Charged in Sac City Death Returned to Iowa


A Florida man suspected of killing a Sac City man in 2009 has been returned to face a murder charge. Authorities say 54-year-old John Green arrived Friday night and is being held without bond in the Sac County Jail. He's scheduled for a hearing next Monday. Green is accused of killing 58-year-old Mark Koster. Police say Green briefly lived with Koster in 2009. Relatives say they last saw

FD Man Held on Burglary, Drug Charges Following Weekend Incident


A Fort Dodge man is facing burglary and drug charges stemming from a weekend incident. 24 year-old Caleb Huffman appeared in Webster County Magistrate Court on Monday morning and was ordered held on $5,000 bond on charges of 3rd degree burglary and possession of both methamphetamine and marijuana. On Saturday evening, a caller reported that a male was inside a vehicle in the 300 block of

FD Public Works Yard Waste Site Opens Today


Today marks the opening of the season for the Fort Dodge Public Works yard waste site. Regular hours will be 8:00am-noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 8:00am-4:00pm on Saturday. The site will be closed for all observed holidays. Pickups or trailers with loose yard waste must be covered with a tarp to prevent from blowing out. All tree branches must be bundled, and residents will empty

HAZMAT Training Exercise Taking Place in Gowrie this Evening


Webster County emergency management officials will be conducting a full-scale exercise in Gowrie this evening. The exercise will be staged at the Poet ethanol plant in Gowrie by the Region Five hazardous materials response commission and local emergency planning committee. The exercise is a proactive program to enhance responder’s abilities primarily dealing with releases or fires involving

Local Small Business Development Center Receives Award


The Fort Dodge-based North Central Iowa Small Business Development Center was recently recognized by the state of Iowa. According to a news release, the service center was awarded the 2014 Excellence and Innovation Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for the state of Iowa. The center serves as the primary resource for entrepreneurs in a ten-county area covering over 5,600 square

Federal Experts Called to Investigate Former Younkers Building Fire


A team of federal experts will investigate the fire that decimated a century-old building in downtown Des Moines this weekend. Structural experts were evaluating the former Younkers store on Sunday to ensure it will be safe for the team from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Des Moines Fire Department spokesman Brian O'Keefe says the ATF team will spend at least

Thousands of Chickens Killed in Wright County Blaze


Thousands of chickens have been killed in a fire at an egg farm in Wright County. Mason City television station KIMT says the fire was reported Sunday at the Centrum Valley Farms' operation in Galt. Company officials say no farm employees were injured. In a statement, Centrum Valley Farms Chief Operating Officer Steve Boomsma said  the fire began in a barn where about 75,000 hens were

Three-Alarm Fire Destroys Downtown DSM Landmark


A three-alarm overnight fire has destroyed a landmark building in downtown Des Moines. Shortly before 1:00am Saturday, fire crews were dispatched to 7th and Walnut Streets, the site of the former Younkers department store. Crews found heavy smoke and the upper floors completely engulfed upon arrival, and surrounding buildings have been damaged by falling debris and smoke as well. Crews were still

Lawmakers Hoping to Strengthen Penalties for Edler Abuse


As Iowa's population ages, lawmakers are determining the best policies to protect the state's elderly population from financial exploitation and other abuses. The state Senate and House have approved different versions of a bill intended to toughen penalties for financially exploiting elderly people and to establish better protections for vulnerable adults. Rep. Chip Baltimore, a

Mediapolis Authorities Investigating Large String of Car Burglaries


Authorities in the southeast Iowa city of Mediapolis are investigating nearly 70 reports of car burglaries over several days. The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office tells the Hawk Eye they're asking the public for help in the case. No arrests have been made. Sheriff Mike Johnstone says 18 burglaries were reported between the night of March 22nd and the morning of March 23rd.

ISU Comes up Short in Sweet 16


The Iowa State Cyclones mounted a 2nd half comeback, but couldn't come all the way back as their season came to an end last night.  DeAndre Daniels scored 27 points, 19 in the second half, and UConn held off Iowa State 81-76 on Friday to reach the elite 8 of the NCAA tournament. The Cyclones pulled within 67-63 with 21/2 minutes remaining, but UConn pulled away with a three-pointer and

Beacon of Hope Shelter to Open New Thrift Store and Recovery Ministry


Organizers behind a Fort Dodge men's shelter say they're using two donated buildings to open a thrift store and a recovery ministry. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that newly acquired space by the Beacon of Hope will be used for a thrift store, offices and a recovery ministry for anyone affected by struggle.Shelter director Steve Roe says the group's current thrift store was not in

Change of Plea Hearing Scheduled for Fort Dodge Murder Suspect


One of two suspects charged in the July death of a Fort Dodge man may change his plea. A change of plea hearing is scheduled for 29 year-old Fort Dodge man Ronald Dilley, who is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 22 year-old Steven Fisher. Both Dilley and 23 year-old Holly Ekstrom were charged two days after Fisher's remains were found in a ditch near Otho on July 10. Both

Democratic Lawmakers Continue to Seek Answers Regarding Secret Settlements


Democratic lawmakers, determined to question state administrators about confidential settlements reached with fired state workers, are accusing top administrators at the Department of Administrative Services of stalling. The Senate Government Oversight Committee asked the agency's director, Mike Carroll to appear Thursday but he declined. Two other to administrators also said no. More than

Autopsy Reveals Inmate Ingested Drugs Before Arrest


The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation announced Thursday that an inquiry into the death of an inmate on March 7th found he'd ingested drugs before his arrest. 34 year-old James Terrell Taylor was taken to the Black Hawk County jail after being arrested on two warrants for failure to appear in court on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of a controlled

Branstad Denies Commutation for 18 Inmates


Governor Terry Branstad has denied the applications of 18 inmates seeking commutation. The governor made the announcement Thursday in a news release. The individuals seeking commutation are serving different sentences, including life in prison. Some have been convicted of crimes like first-degree murder. Other convictions involve kidnapping and robbery.

Cyclones Hope to Overcome Bright Lights of the Sweet 16


 Iowa State and UConn are meeting today in the big apple for a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. The third-seeded Cyclones tip off this evening versus the seventh-seeded Huskies in the NCAA tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden. Cyclone head coach Fred Hoiberg said a big challenge early on will be getting over the bright lights of the world's most famous

Trial Scheduled for Early Man Facing Sex Abuse, Domestic Charges


A May trial has been scheduled for an Early man facing several charges linked to a standoff with officers. On Tuesday, 26 year-old Jonathan Willroth pleaded not guilty to charges in Sac County District Court.  He's facing multiple charges, including  sexual abuse, going armed with intent, and domestic abuse assault. Court records say Willroth was arrested at a house in Early after a

FD Police Seek Info Following Alleged Home Invasion


The Fort Dodge Police Department is seeking information following an alleged home invasion. Police Chief Tim Carmody says on Tuesday night, an officer was dispatched to the 200 block of 2nd Street NW to investigate a burglary. The reporting victim, Barbara Crawford, told the investigating officer that an unknown person or persons entered her home and took several items while she and her sons were

Inmate Charged with Escape from FD Residential Facility


A former Jefferson man was ordered held on $5,000 bond after allegedly escaping from the Fort Dodge Residential Correctional Facility. 22 year-old Matthew Spaulding made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Tuesday on a Class D felony escape from custody as a convicted felon charge. According to criminal complaints, Spaulding left the residential facility on January 10

Fort Dodge Officials Meet with Rep. King, Federal DOT


Local officials from Fort Dodge continue to meet with federal lawmakers during their annual lobbying trip in Washington, D.C. The group, which includes representatives from Fort Dodge, Webster County, and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance are in the capitol to highlight the area's growth and make funding requests for development projects. Wednesday's agenda saw meetings with