Greene County Mom Reports Attempted Abduction

A day after two reported abduction attempts in Webster County, a similar incident was reported in Greene County. The Greene County Sheriff's Office says a mother reported the attempted abduction of her three year-old daughter at about 11:40am Monday at the corner of Hager Street and 13th Street in Grand Junction. In both Webster County cases and in Greene County, a white man wearing a ski

Capsules Found in Prison Test Negative for Controlled Substances

Lab results show hundreds of capsules found at a Rockwell City prison tested negative for any controlled substances. The state Department of Public Safety made the announcement Monday about the 300-plus capsules found earlier this month at the North Central Correctional Facility. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation completed an analysis of the capsules. The pills contained an unknown

Body ID'd as Missing ISU Student

 A body found in a car trunk has been identified as an Iowa State University student from China who has been missing for more than three weeks.  The Iowa City Police Department says the death of 20-year-old Ton Shao is suspicious. The cause of death is being withheld pending results of an autopsy. Investigators want to talk with 23-year-old Xiangnan Li  of Iowa City, as he may have

Poll Shows Branstad with Big Lead in Governor's Race

A new poll shows Governor Terry Branstad with a sizeable lead in his bid for reelection. The Des Moines Register poll shows governor candidate Jack Hatch trailing Gov. Terry Branstad by 14 points. Branstad leads Hatch 48 percent to 34 percent. The poll said 10 percent of Iowans are still undecided, and 6 percent favor other candidates. The percentage point margin between the two is about the same

Airline Service Returning to Fort Dodge

The Fort Dodge Regional Airport received positive news late last week. On Friday, airport officials announced that commercial air service will resume in Fort Dodge, thanks to the approval of a waiver allowing the airport to remain in the Essential Air Service program. Fort Dodge has not had commercial airline service since February 1, when Air Choice One suspended flights. In June, the regional

Braley, Ernst Hold First Debate

Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst clashed over health care, Social Security and foreign policy during the first debate of the Iowa Senate race. The candidates  have largely campaigned using scripted television ads and controlled public events, however the debate at Simpson College  put them in a new setting.
Braley accused Ernst of being too conservative for the

Investigation Continues into Missing Iowa State Student

Police continue to investigate the case of a missing Iowa State student and a body found in the trunk of a car early Saturday. Police said it is the car that is connected to the missing student. Iowa City police located the 1997 Toyota Camry belonging to 20-year-old Tong Shao late Friday night at an apartment complex along U.S. Highway 6 in Iowa City. Police said they noticed an odor coming from

Webster County Authorities Investigating Attempted Abduction Reports

The Webster County Sheriff’s Office is looking into reports of two abduction attempts on Sunday. Sheriff Jim Stubbs says the Gowrie Police Department took a report of an abduction attempt on Main Street involving a 13 year-old girl. Later in the afternoon, the Dayton Police Department investigated similar claims involving a 5 year-old girl. In both cases, the suspect was described as a

Trott Sentenced for Buenting's Death

A man convicted of murdering a Rockwell City police officer received his sentenced Friday morning. Second District Judge Tom Bice sentenced 33 year-old Corey Trott to life in prison without parole for the death of officer Jamie Buenting. In addition, Trott must also pay $150,000 in restitution to the Buenting family. On September 5, a jury found Trott guilty of first-degree murder. Trott shot

Fort Dodge Man Accused of Running Illegal Tattoo Business

A Fort Dodge man is accused of running an illegal tattoo business out of his home. In a press release, Fort Dodge Assistant Police Chief Roger Porter says 31 year-old Jesse Blair is charged with tattooing from an unlicensed establishment, which is a serious misdemeanor. Porter says the department received several tips of an illegal tattoo operation as well as minors receiving tattoos.

Teen Charged in Crash that Killed East Sac County Students

A Clarksville teen has been charged in connection to a crash that killed two East Sac County students. 17 year-old Trevor Feauto was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with two Class B Felony counts of homicide by vehicle. On August 23, Feauto's pickup collided with a vehicle driven by 16 year old Bailey Jacobsen at the intersection of 400th Street and Otter Avenue along the Carroll

Walk to End Alzheimer's is Saturday

Local residents are invited to come together to walk to end Alzheimer's this Saturday. The annual walk will be held at the Fort Dodge Middle School with registration beginning at 8:30am and the walk starting at 10:00am. Shawna Schuler with the Alzheimer's Association says all are welcome to help end this devastating disease 

For more information or to preregister, visit ALZ.ORG

Police: Man who Locked Children in Bedroom Violated No-Contact Order

An Iowa mother was arrested after allowing her boyfriend back in the home where investigators say he locked her five children in a bedroom for 24 hours at a time. Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher said Joshua Steinbronn returned to the Westgate home he shares with Jonya Smith and her five children this week in violation of a no-contact order. Steinbronn reportedly hid in a crawl space when

Iowa Cooperatives Asked to Participate in 'Gifts of Grain' Program

The American Red Cross is encouraging farmers to donate part of their crop to the charity to fund programs of special importance to rural Iowa. Program coordinator Bryce Sitter says the Gifts of Grain program has been successfully tried in Nebraska with 19 cooperatives and the American Red Cross is looking to expand it in Iowa. Sitter says a volunteer had contacted more than 600 Iowa cooperatives

Rep. Latham to be Honored in Fort Dodge

A United States Congressman will be honored today for his longtime support of Fort Dodge's trail system and Iowa Central Community College. A ceremony is planned for 1:00pm today in the 600 block of Meriwether Drive for Representative Tom Latham, who served the Fort Dodge area for 17 years. Trail markers with Latham's picture will be unveiled during the ceremony. He will also be given a

Dayton Receives Grant Funds for Park Additions

The city of Dayton will receive grant funding towards construction projects at the School Park. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the Dayton City Council approved to accept a Resource Enhancement and Protection grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The funds will allow for the construction of several items at the park, including a gazebo, restroom, benches, and tables. The project,

Iowa Encouraging Women to Join STEM Fields

Iowa is launching a statewide effort to recruit mentors to encourage young women to consider careers in science and technology, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday.  The effort is part of a national campaign called Million Women Mentors. The Iowa program seeks to enlist 5,000 mentors for young women in the state over the next four years to encourage women to pursue science, technology,

Marshall County Authorities Seek Escaped Sex Offender

Authorities in Marshall County say that a registered sex offender is on the run. 21 year-old Mitchell Bendixen escaped from the Marshalltown Residential Facility on Sept. 16. Bendixen was convicted of assault in Jones County in 2012. One year later he was arrested for assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Police describe him as 6 feet tall, 225 pounds with brown hair. He's wanted on

83 Year-old Des Moines Woman Reportedly Attacked by Home Invader

Des Moines police say an 83-year-old woman was hospitalized after a home invader attacked her. Police said Phyllis Tawney was headed to bed Tuesday night when she saw a man in her bathroom. The intruder grabbed her cane and ripped off her life alert bracelet, breaking her arm, police said. He then tied her up with shoelaces and left her on the floor while he searched her house. Tawney said the

Reward Offered in FD Tagging incidents

A reward is now being offered for information regarding several tagging incidents in downtown Fort Dodge. The Fort Dodge Police Department says the investigation is ongoing into damage done to several downtown buildings in an area from the 700 block of 1st Avenue North and Central Avenue to the 2000 blocks of 1st Avenue North and 1st Avenue South. Webster County Crime Stoppers is offering a

Two FD Residents Charged with Burglary

Two people are in custody after a Fort Dodge resident reported coming home to find them sleeping inside. Fort Dodge Acting Police Chief Kevin Doty says the resident called police shortly before  8:00am Tuesday after finding two people in her home in the 500 block of South 22nd Street. When she called police, the two suspects fled on foot. The resident was able to provide police their

Shooting Suspect Mistakenly Released, Back in Custody

 A suspect in a Cedar Rapids shooting who'd been released in error soon afterward is back in custody. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says 18 year-old Brandon Gordon surrendered at the county jail around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. Gordon is being held on $500,000 bail and is expected to be in court today. Gordon is accused of firing several shots into a sport utility vehicle at a Cedar

Democrats Confident They Can Win House Majority in November

Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Iowa House, but Democrats said Tuesday they are hoping they can flip some seats in November and take control. Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith, of Marshalltown, said he is optimistic about the party's chances for regaining a majority in the chamber, which has been Republican-controlled for about four years. The state House currently has 53

Branstad Outspending Hatch in TV Ads

A new study says Governor Terry Branstad is massively outspending his Democratic opponent Jack Hatch in his bid for re-election. The non-partisan Center for Public Integrity says $2.9 million has been spent on television advertising in Iowa state level races through Sept. 8. More than $2 million has come from Branstad's campaign. Just more than $129,000 has come from the Hatch

November Trial Scheduled for Kristopher Fye

A Fort Dodge man is set to stand trial in November after barricading himself in a home in July. On Friday, 29 year-old Kristopher Fye pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including going armed with intent, harassment, and possession of firearms by prohibited persons. Fye is accused of threatening a man delivering newspapers before barricading himself in a home for several hours. Fye remains

Pills Found in Rockwell City Prison Contain Cocaine, Demerol

The investigation continues into hundreds of pills that were discovered in a Rockwell City prison. The Department of Public Safety said the initial field testing  indicated they contained cocaine and the pain killer Demerol, but later testing came back negative for controlled substances.  The 300-plus capsules discovered at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City are

Slauson Denied Pre-Trial Release

A Cass County judge on Monday denied a request to release an Iowa woman accused of lying about her young daughter's cancer diagnosis. 30 year-old Leatha Slauson's request for a bond reduction and pre-trial release was denied because she continues to pose a risk to the community. Her bond remains at $35,000 and she will continue to be held at the county jail. Slauson's attorney had

23 Arrested in Storm Lake Drug Investigations

The Storm Lake Police Department says 23 arrests have been made in connection to a series of drug related investigations. According to a press release, some of the investigations have been ongoing for over nine months, and involve the illegal sales and use of methamphetamine and marijuana. The arrests were made between September 18 and through this past weekend. Two suspects, Storm Lake resident

Fayette County Man Accused of Locking Children in Bedroom

A northeastern Iowa man was charged with locking his girlfriend's five children in a bedroom for more than 24 hours at a time without food or access to a bathroom. The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says the children, varying in ages from 3 to 9, told investigators they had been locked inside a bedroom by their mother's boyfriend, 28 year-old Joshua Steinbronn,  on several

Drug Take Back Event is Friday

Local law enforcement agencies will be hosting a prescription drug take back event late this week. The event is a joint effort between the Webster County Sheriff's Office, Fort Dodge Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and helps get potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs out of homes. This is the ninth such event locally in the last four years.

Early Voting Opens Across Iowa This Week

Voters across Iowa will have the chance to vote early for this November's general election beginning this week. Early voting begins this Thursday, and requests for absentee ballots are also being accepted. Requests for absentee ballots must be made by October 31. For early voters in Webster County, the auditors office will be open from 8:00am-4:30pm during the week. In addition, the office

Man Dies After Being Shot by DSM Police Officers

A man who Des Moines officers shot after they said he menaced them with a knife and wouldn't put it down has died. Police spokesman Sgt Jason Halifax says 41 year-old Brian Lee Beeler  died at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Halifax said Officer Peter Wilson and Officer Cody Willis remain on administrative leave and the internal investigation of the shooting will continue.  Police had said

Ames Police Searching for Missing ISU Student

Ames police are asking the public's help to find a missing Iowa State University student. 20 year-old Tong Shao was last seen on Sept. 8, Ames police reported on their twitter account. Shao said she was in the Iowa City area and was going to be going to Minnesota to visit friends. Police said that since that last report her family and friends have not had any contact from her. The phone she

Des Moines Police Make Arrest in May Homicide

Des Moines police have made an arrest in a homicide that happened earlier this year. Police said numerous tips led detectives to 23-year-old L.B. Goodjoint, who has been charged with first-degree murder of 19-year-old Ameisha Heard. Back in May police responded to a shooting in the Oakridge Neighborhood and found Heard suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She later died from her injuries.

State Investigating Capsules Found in Rockwell City Prison

The discovery of hundreds of capsules containing an unknown substance at Rockwell City prison has prompted a state drug investigation. Authorities said that 300 to 400 capsules were found last week during routine searches by staff at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City. Prison spokesman Fred Scoletta said the capsules were found inside the prison, but he would not say where.

Des Moines Officers on Leave While Shooting Incident is Investigated

Two Des Moines Police officers are on administrative leave after shooting a man who menaced them with a knife and wouldn't put it down. Officers Cody Willis and Peter Wilson were sent to investigate a report of a domestic dispute around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and met a woman and her 41-year-old nephew. Brian Beeler reportedly had two knives in his waistband and wouldn't obey their orders.

Hampton School Goes Through Active Shooter Training

Shots echoed through the halls of a Hampton elementary school this week as authorities trained staff about how to respond to a school shooter. The Mason City Globe-Gazette reports two rounds of gunshot blanks, one from a rifle and another from a handgun, were fired in Hampton-Dumont's South Side Elementary School yesterday as a part of ALICE training.

State Rep Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse Charge

A Republican State Representative has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of sex abuse. 78 year-old Garner resident Henry Rayhons made the plea Wednesday. No trial date has been set. Rayhons is accused of having sexual contact in May with the resident of a care center who was not able to give consent. The Iowa Department of Public Safety has said the woman was Rayhons' wife, Donna Rayhons,

FD Police Investigating Multiple Cases of Graffiti Vandalism

The Fort Dodge Police Department is investigating after several downtown buildings were vandalized with graffiti. On Wednesday morning, officers starting taking criminal mischief reports for damage done to several buildings in an area from the 700 block of 1st Avenue North and Central Ave to the 2000 block of 1st Avenue North to the 2000 block of 1st Avenue South. In total, 14 buildings were

United Way Community Campaign is Underway

After setting a fundraising record last year, the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way launched its 2014-2015 community campaign earlier this month. CEO Randy Kuhlman says the foundation hopes to raise $435,000 to fund various non-profit organizations and programs. Last year, the United Way raised $431,000, far exceeding the $425,000 goal. The United Way looks to support

Judge Dismisses One Claim in Hedlund Lawsuit

A judge has dismissed one of the claims in a lawsuit by a state investigator who was fired after he reported Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's speeding SUV. The judge says Larry Hedlund's firing wasn't a wrongful discharge in violation of public policy.  Hedlund's claims of wrongful discharge under state law, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress against

Former Oelwein Mayor Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges

The former mayor of a northeast Iowa city pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges alleging he sexually abused two girls. 36 year-old Jason Manus entered the plea to five counts of second-degree sexual abuse. His trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 8. Manus, the former mayor of Oelwein, is accused of assaulting a 14-year-old girl four times and a 9-year-old girl once in the summer of 2010. He

ADM Principal will be Back to Work Monday

A high school principal who was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness at a University of Iowa football game will return to work on Monday. The school district board voted this week to let Adel DeSoto Minburn High School principal Lee Griebel resume his duties next week. Griebel was suspended after his September 6th arrest in Iowa City. 

Webster County Region Prime Area for Bioenergy Growth, Economist Says

A Creighton University economist concluded that an eight-county region including Webster County is one of the most suitable areas in the country for hosting and supporting bioenergy industries. That was the conclusion reached by Dr. Ernie Goss, who was commissioned by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance in January to analyze the economy of the region. Specifically, how the growth of Iowa's

FD Police Investigating Car Fire as Arson

The Fort Dodge Police Department is investigating a Monday night car fire that was possibly intentionally set. Acting Chief Kevin Doty says officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of 10th Avenue SW on a report of a vehicle fire. Upon arrival, they found a 1996 Buick Lesabre fully engulfed in flames. The vehicle was parked in the 1100 block of 12th Street SW and is owned by Fort Dodge resident

Authorities Investigating Illegal Drugs Found in Rockwell City Prison

Iowa authorities are trying to find out how illegal drugs got into the state prison in Rockwell City. Prison spokesman Fred Scaletta says a  large amount of what is believed to be illegal drugs were discovered during a routine inspection last week. Officials won't comment on the quantity or type of drugs found until the investigation is finished.  Officials from the U.S. Drug

Planned Parenthood Can Continue Using Video Conference System

The Iowa Supreme Court on Tuesday halted a ban on the use of a video-conferencing system that allows doctors to distribute abortion-inducing pills to women in rural areas of the state. The stay means Planned Parenthood of the Heartland can continue using the system until the high court makes a final ruling on whether the Iowa Board of Medicine had the authority to adopt the ban last year. The

Prosecution, Defense Argue over Accused Murderer's Child Pornography in Hearing

An attorney for a man accused of killing a 5-year-old Floyd girl argued on Tuesday that his client's history of collecting child pornography should not be presented in his upcoming trial because it will taint his image to jurors. Defense attorney Aaron Hawbaker said jurors in the trial of Casey Frederiksen will conclude his client is a bad person and likely guilty in the 2005 death of Evelyn

Corbin Graesch Murder Trial Moved to Next January

A Webster City man accused of murdering his father will now stand trial in early 2015. Following a trial scheduling conference, 27 year-old Corbin Graesch's trial will begin on January 27. Graesch is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 61 year-old Steven Graesch. Steven Graesch's body was found in his home on June 9. Investigators say his death was ruled a homicide

Hearing is Today for Suspect in 2005 Death of Floyd Girl

A hearing has been scheduled for the man accused of killing a 5-year-old Floyd girl in 2005. The hearing is set for today in Hamilton County District Court in Webster City, where the trial of 35 year-old Casey Frederiksen has been moved. He's charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Evelyn Miller.  In 2012, Frederiksen was arrested and charged with the July 2005 death.

Waterloo Police Seeking Man and Woman in Homicide Investigation

Police on Monday said they were looking for a man and woman in connection with the disappearance of a Waterloo man whose body may have been found in a wooded area. Authorities believe a body found early Friday in a wooded area near a highway is that of 44-year-old Ronald Dean Randall.  Positive identification of the body has not been made because of its condition, but investigators believe

Sioux City Mother Facing Charges in Infant's Death

A Sioux City woman faces child endangerment and neglect charges in connection to the April death of her infant son. 24 year-old Rebekah Williams-McCarthy was charged Friday in Woodbury County District Court with child endangerment resulting in the death of a child and neglect of a dependent person. She is accused of depriving her two-month son, Leonard Williams, of food and health care. The child

Branstad Issues Disaster Proclomation for Union County

 A county in southern Iowa will get disaster assistance to respond to severe weather, Governor Terry Branstad issued a disaster proclamation for Union County. The county suffered damage after severe storms and rain on Sept. 9. Under the declaration, the county can use state resources to recover from the storm.

Reward Renewed to Find Missing Hampton Man

A $20,000 reward has been renewed for information that helps authorities find a northern Iowa man who has been missing for the past year. Hampton resident Ethan Kazmerzak was last seen at a party in rural Franklin County on Sept. 15, 2013. Police have said his car hasn't been found either. People with information about Kazmerzak's location are asked to call North Iowa Crime Stoppers

Rescue Tool Helps Save Man Trapped in Newton Grain Bin

A donated rescue tool helped firefighters save the life of an Iowa man who became trapped in a grain bin south of Newton last week. The $3,000 five-foot-tall grain bin rescue tube that the Kellogg Township Fire Department owns helped keep Tuesday's accident from becoming fatal. The grain bin rescue device comes in four curved pieces that firefighters placed around the victim to keep more

Marshall County Swimmer Possibly Found in Iowa River

Authorities believe the body found in the Iowa River Saturday belongs to a man who had been missing for a week. volunteers discovered the body in the river north of Marshalltown Saturday night. The Marshall County Sheriff's office says the body is believed to be 52-year-old Kevin Kroener of Marshalltown who disappeared September 6th, but the body hasn't been positively identified yet.

U.S. Marshal Cleared in Iowa Fugitive Shooting

A deputy U.S. Marshal who shot an Iowa fugitive in his arm during an arrest earlier this year has been cleared by an investigation. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur concluded that the May 29th shooting was accidental.

Investigators: Man Committed Suicide After Firing Shot at County Assessor

A 71-year-old man committed suicide after firing at the county assessor following a meeting at an eastern Iowa county courthouse. The state medical examiner's office says Francis ``Gus'' Glaser died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his neck and head at the Jackson County Courthouse Tuesday. Investigators found evidence that suggested Glaser had been planning to commit suicide.

DCI Seek Man who Allegedly Tried to Kill Police Officer

Authorities today are searching in and around a northeast Iowa city for a man suspected of trying to kill an officer. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Oelwein  Police Department asked the public's help in finding the man. The release said he was wanted on one count of attempted murder ``involving a peace officer in Oelwein'' on Thursday afternoon. The man was

North Carolina Fugitive Returned Home After Capture in Iowa

A fugitive captured in Iowa after decades on the run is returning to North Carolina, where he escaped from prison in 1973. North Carolina officers were transporting 69-year-old Ronald Carnes from a county jail in Cedar Rapids to a prison in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday.

Large Fish Kill was Caused by Manure Spill, Officials Say

A large fish kill in northwest Iowa was caused by a manure spill from a nearby dairy operation, state officials announced yesterday. The state Department of Natural Resources said the August discharge killed more than 860,000 fish along 28 miles of stream in O'Brien County.

Fort Dodge Teen Involved in Gun Fight Avoids Prison Time

A Fort Dodge man involved in a June 11 shooting incident will avoid jail after pleading guilty to lesser charges. 18 year-old Malik Veal was originally charged with attempted murder, accused of shooting at 17 year-old Jerique Bryson in the area of 1100 10th Avenue SW. During the incident, a stray bullet struck a local resident insider her home in the shoulder. Last week, Veal pleaded guilty to

Respiratory Virus Making Rounds Around the Midwest

 Public health officials say they're monitoring a high number of reports of a respiratory virus in several Midwest states including Iowa. Enterovirus EV-D68 begins like a cold with symptoms such as coughing and wheezing, according to the state Department of Public Health. It appears to spread though close contact with infected people. It's also been reported in Illinois, Ohio and

32 and 14 year-olds Arrested in Sioux City Arson investigation

A 32-year-old woman and a 14-year-old have been arrested on arson charges in Sioux City. Daisy Castillo and the teen are suspected of setting five house fires over 2 1/2 weeks in August and September, police said. Castillo also is charged with burglary. No injuries have been reported. Sioux City Fire Marshal Mark Aesoph says more arrests are expected in the case.

Des Moines Tribute Trail Remembers 9/11 Victims

Volunteers have placed 3,213 American flags in the ground at Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines in preparation for Patriot Day on Thursday. The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department said the flags are the key part of the Tribute Trail at the park. Patriot Day honors the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

First Lady to Campaign for Braley Next Month

First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Iowa next month for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley, his campaign announced on Wednesday. Obama will appear at an event in October, but the Braley campaign said details on the date and location have not been worked out.

DOT Awards Grant to Fort Dodge Regional Airport

The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will award almost $96,000 to the Fort Dodge Regional Airport to help pay for a new hangar. The DOT announced Tuesday over $5.3 million will be awarded to communities throughout Iowa through the State Aviation Program for 2015. A grant of $95,854 will go towards Fort Dodge's hangar project, which is estimated to cost $130,000. The

Wesley Man Sentenced for Shooting Incident

A Wesley man has been given 25 years in prison for shooting another Wesley man during a fight.  26 year-old Andrew Zeitler was sentenced on Monday in Kossuth County District Court. Zeitler had been charged with attempted murder and other crimes, but he made a deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges of willful injury and two weapons counts in the July 21, 2013, shooting of

Marshall County Authorities Suspend Search for Missing Swimmer

Authorities have suspended their search for a man who didn't return from a swim in the Iowa River in Marshall County. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that evidence suggests that the body of 52 year-old Kevin Kroener is somewhere in the river. His vehicle was found in a remote area by the river near Albion. Kroener's family reported him missing Saturday

Des Moines Pharmacy Owner to Have Separate Trials

A Des Moines pharmacy owner accused of selling nearly 700,000 pills of addictive painkillers will have a separate federal trial on allegations that he misspent company money and failed to pay taxes. U.S. District Judge James Gritzner says Mark Graziano, principal owner of Bauder's Pharmacy, should have two trials. Graziano is scheduled to stand trial on 15 financial charges at the end of

Branstad Calls for Reduction in College Tuition Costs

Governor Terry Branstad called Tuesday for the state's public universities to reduce tuition costs by implementing a number of changes. Branstad said he wants to challenge the universities to offer some bachelor degree programs to Iowa residents for $10,000 in tuition. Annual resident tuition at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa is roughly $8,000.

Storm Lake Man Accused of Assaulting Cousin, Stealing Her Car

A Storm Lake man is being held on $10,000 bond after allegedly assaulting his cousin and stealing her car. Storm Lake police say early Sunday morning, officers were called to the 100 block of Russell Street in reference to an assault and auto theft. 26 year-old Steven Vorasith was accused of attacking his 19 year-old cousin during an argument and striking her several times in the face. A

Kossuth County Man Sentenced for Shooting Man During Fight

A Wesley man has been given 25 years in prison for shooting another Wesley man during a fight.  26 year-old Andrew Zeitler was sentenced on Monday in Kossuth County District Court. Zeitler had been charged with attempted murder and other crimes, but he made a deal with prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges of willful injury and two weapons counts in the July 21, 2013, shooting of

ADM Principal on Leave After Public Intoxication Arrest

A high school principal was placed on administrative leave after he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication at the University of Iowa game. 44 year-old Adel resident Lee David Griebel was arrested Saturday at Kinnick Stadium at the University of Iowa game against Ball State University. Police said he had an unsteady balance and blew a .222 on a preliminary breath test. He was booked at

Regents Expected to Ask for $13M More to Help State Universities

The Iowa Board of Regents said Monday it will ask lawmakers for an additional $13 million to help the state's three public universities transition to a new funding model based on in-state enrollment. A board budget plan shows the money would be split between the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University. Regents will consider the plan Wednesday. A board spokesman says the new

FDPD Investigating Reported Poaching Incident

The Fort Dodge Police Department is seeking information after someone allegedly hunted geese illegally within city limits. Acting Police Chief Kevin Doty says at 8:12pm Sunday, officers were dispatched to the 10 block of North 1st Street for a report of shots fired. While checking the area, officers found the body of a Canadian Goose that had been shot. The reporting party told officers that a

Belmond Man Killed in Crash with Train

Iowa troopers say a 33-year-old Belmond man has been fatally struck by a train after trying to drive around a railroad crossing. The Iowa State Patrol says Jesse Froehlich was killed Sunday near Eagle Grove. Troopers say two Union Pacific engines were traveling eastbound with no train cars attached when they hit his truck. Troopers say the crossing was lit and the drop-down crossing gates were

Two Killed in Crash Following Custody Dispute

Authorities say a 5-year-old and a 19-year-old were killed when an Iowa man's car collided with a semi shortly after the man took his two children in a custody dispute. The accident happened near Clarion Friday evening,  about half an hour after a Britt woman reported that her husband and another man violated a protection order and took their two kids. The Iowa State Patrol says

Marshall County Authorities Searching for Missing Swimmer

Authorities and volunteers are still looking for a missing Iowa swimmer after a weekend search in Marshall County was unsuccessful. The family of 52-year-old Kevin Kroener reported him missing Saturday afternoon after he didn't return from a swim in the Iowa River. His vehicle was located in a remote area by the river near Albion. Chief Deputy Steve Hoffman says about 30 volunteers and a K-9

Pilcher Retrial Begins Today

The retrial of a man accused of killing a girl 40 years ago will begin today. Robert Pilcher is charged in the 1974 murder of Mary Jayne Jones. Police said Jones was found raped and shot to death at a farmhouse near Ottumwa. Prosecutors say new DNA evidence linked Pilcher to the murder before the first trial. The trial ended in a hung jury in March.

Public Meetings Scheduled Across Iowa to Discuss Proposed Oil Pipeline

Iowa landowners want to see the details of a proposed oil pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota across the state to Illinois.Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners has said the 1,100-mile pipeline would likely cross 17 counties as it crosses from northwest to southeast Iowa. An Energy Transfer Partners spokeswoman says public meetings will take place across Iowa in December.

Suspicious Vehicle Spotted

According to a press release, Fort Dodge Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of 4th street NW on Thursday.  At approximately 630PM, an unknown male made contact with two young children.  According to the report, he offered the children candy.  When approached by the parent, the vehicle drove away.  The man is described as an older white male with white

Investigation into Fatal Crash Underway

A two vehicle collision occurred Thursday evening just outside of Randal on the curves of highway 69 in southern Hamilton County.  According to a press release,  a Ford Fusion driven by 32 year old Joy Niklasen of Alleman, Iowa was eastbound in the southbound lanes of highway 69.  A Ford F150 pickup driven by 32 year old Natasha Johnson of Ellsworth was westbound in the northbound

Two Vehicle Crash in Hamilton County Under Investigation

The Iowa State Patrol State Patrol is investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred Thursday evening.  According to a press release, a vehicle driven by 18 year old Michael Ashman of Stratford was westbound on county road D-20.  Ashman slowed down and attempted make a left turn or u-turn in the driveway of Van Diest Supply.  A second vehicle, driven by 18 year old Evan Wolfgram

Police Seek Missing Fort Dodge Woman

Fort Dodge Police are seeking the public's help with a missing person's case.  35 year old Tina Cooper has not been seen or heard from since August 25th, 2014.  She is described as a white female, approximately 5'7" and 100 pounds.  She has short brown hair and hazel eyes.  No foul play is suspected but the family is concerned for her welfare.  Anyone

Missing Teenager Found

A Rockwell City teenager has been found. Rockwell City police report that, at t approximately 930pm Thursday night, police received a tip as to the whereabouts of Simkins and 20 year old Chance Kinney.  A short time later, law enforcement surrounded the location and made contact with Simkins and Kinney.  Kinney was arrested on an unrelated warrant and Simkins was taken into protective

AFES Reaches Fundraising Goal

A local non-profit group has succeeded in raising the funds necessary to build a new gymnasium.  The Fort Dodge Athletics for Education and Success program raised $370,000 for the new gym and held their ground breaking Thursday evening.  Director Charles Clayton explains that, while the goal has been met, funds are still needed.  The program serves area youth of all ages. 

Prosecution and Defense Rest in Trott Case

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have rested their cases in the trial of a man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer last year. Both sides rested their cases Thursday in the trial of 33-year-old Corey Trott. Closing arguments will be delivered today. Trott is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2013 death of 37-year-old officer Jamie Buenting. Authorities say Trott

Honor Flight to Depart Saturday

Over 100 local veterans will fly to Washington, D.C. on Saturday as part of the Honor Flight Tour. Saturday's trip will be the ninth tour of the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight since 2010. The flight allows veterans to tour several sights in Washington, including the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. 102 veterans, including nine World War II and 93

Jurors Hear Taped Interview in Corey Trott Trial

Jurors in the first degree murder trial of a man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer heard a taped interview in which he expressed no regret about shooting the officer. In the first day of testimony Wednesday, jurors heard a two-hour taped interview of 33-year-old Corey Trott. He's charged with the September 2013 death of 37-year-old Jamie Buenting during a standoff at

Slauson Facing Additional Charges

More charges have been filed against an Iowa woman accused of lying about her daughter's cancer diagnosis. Court records show 30-year-old Leatha Slauson was charged recently with domestic abuse and assault charges in connection to a case involving her 5-year-old daughter. She also faces charges of administering harmful substances. The charges are in addition to earlier charges of child

Oelwien Resident Pushing for Special Election for new Mayor

 An Oelwein resident says he's gathering signatures to force a special election to choose the northeast Iowa city's mayor. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports resident John Walker vowed to collect enough signatures to hold a special election. His effort followed the City Council's decision last week to appoint council member Peggy Sherrets as mayor, effective Monday.

Former Forest City Officer will get new Burglary, Arson Trial

A judge has set a new trial date of Oct. 29 for a former Forest City police officer charged with burglary and arson. In May the Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for 37-year-old Thaddeus Ellenbecker. The Appeals Court said officers failed to read Ellenbecker his Miranda rights. Ellenbecker was convicted in 2012 of arson and burglary. He was accused of setting a fire that damaged the

Opening Arguments Begin Today in Trott Trial

A  jury has been seated in the trial of a man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer. The 14-person jury was seated Tuesday afternoon in the first-degree murder trial of 33-year-old Corey Trott. The group was selected from a pool of more than 100 people. Prosecutors say Trott fatally shot Jamie Buenting in September 2013 during a standoff at Trott's house. Officers were

U of Iowa Reports Two Recent Alleged Sexual Assaults

The University of Iowa says two students reported recently that they were sexually assaulted on campus. The school issued a notification Tuesday in accordance with the Clery Act, which requires that colleges and universities disclose timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees. The notification says one student reported Sunday that an acquaintance

Pilot Uninjured in Emergency Landing Near Marshalltown

Iowa authorities say a pilot is uninjured after his plane flipped over during an emergency landing in a soybean field. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Jason Stone was traveling from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to the Marshalltown Municipal Airport on Monday. Authorities say Stone's single-engine plane experienced engine problems and he was forced to land.They say the

Man Suffers Knife Wound in Mason City Altercation

Mason City Police say a man has been injured by a knife following an altercation at a local hotel. several people were detained following the incident Monday night at a Days Inn. A suspect is in custody, but no charges have been filed. Authorities say the cause of the altercation remains under investigation. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the injured man received a four-inch laceration to

Former County Treasurer Given Probation for Theft Conviction

A former Iowa County treasurer has been given three years of probation for stealing from the county. 54-year-old Williamsburg resident Kimberly Tanke also was given a deferred judgment on Tuesday. Tanke had pleaded guilty to felony theft. A private auditing firm and Iowa County officials say more than $62,000 was taken between 2006 and 2010, when Tanke served as county treasurer. Tanke

Jury Selection Begins in Corey Trott Trial

Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the trial of a man charged with killing a Rockwell City police officer. The trial begins this week in Wright County for 33 year-old Corey Trott, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jamie Buenting. Buenting was killed during a standoff situation in Rockwell City on September 13 of last year. Prosecutors say Trott shot Buenting with

Rockwell City Teen still not Reported Found

A teen that was reported missing over the weekend still has not been reported found. Rockwell City Police say 16 year-old Cassie Simpkins went missing around 2:30am Saturday and does not have her necessary epilepsy medications. She is believed to be with 20 year-old Chance Kinney, who is wanted in connection to a separate incident. Simpkins is described as 5'4, 115 lbs and dark brown

Investigation into Slauson Claims Extends to Fort Dodge, Hampton

An Atlantic woman who authorities say faked her daughter's illness to raise money is scheduled to appear in court today. 30 year-old Leatha Slauson is facing two felony counts of child endangerment and distribution of drugs. In addition, authorities say the investigation into her background has spread to the communities of Hampton and Fort Dodge, where Slauson lived before moving to Atlantic.

Barlas Jr. Sent to State Mental Health Institute

A Mason City man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of his father is being sent to the state's Cherokee Mental Health Institute. On Friday Judge Gregg Rosenbladt ruled that 43-year-old Thomas Barlas Jr. should be sent to the institute, which provides inpatient treatment and care. Rosenbladt ruled Aug. 6 that Barlas' psychotic episode in his father's home

Man on Escape Status Allegedly Tries to Sexually Assault 15 Year-Old

A man sentenced to five years in prison for pulling a gun on a woman in Iowa City last year and who escaped from work release has been charged with attempting to sexually assault a 15-year-old girl. 25-year-old Anthony Kendricks was reported to police by the girl's grandmother on Aug. 5 after she found him and the girl in a bedroom. He is in the Johnson County Jail charged with assault with

Fort Dodge Police Investigate Home Invasion

According to a press release, Fort Dodge Police are investigating a reported home invasion.  Officers responded to a home on 5th avenue north, where residents reported that between 330 and 4 in the morning on Friday, three black males forced entry into the home and demanded money.  Nothing was taken during the incident.  Four residents of the home sustained injuries and were

Storm Lake Police Investigate Assault

Storm Lake Police are investigating an alleged assault at the Hillshire Brands Plant.  According to a press release, 22 year old Victor Vela allegedly attempted to assault another worker at the plant with a shovel at 1130 Wednesday evening.  The victim sustained an injury to his arm.  Vela was terminated and asked to leave the plant.  Police were called the plant on Thursday

Suspect Identified in Drive-by Shooting Investigation

The Fort Dodge Police Department has released the name of a Fort Dodge man believed to be responsible for gunshots that were reported fired on Monday. Police Chief Tim Carmody says 18 year-old Xavier Rhone is the person believed to be responsible and is currently at large. He is wanted on several warrants for charges including going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. On

Suspect ID'd in Coalville Home Invasion

The Webster County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the suspect in connection to a June 1 alleged home invasion in Coalville. 37 year-old Jason Jay Bringus suffered three gunshot wounds during the incident, which took place in the 24000 block of Nelson Ave. sheriff Jim Stubbs says Bringus has finally recovered to the point where he could be transferred to the Webster County Jail .

Suspect Sought in Home Invasion

According to a press release, Webster County Sheriff's deputies responded to a reported home invasion in Coalville at approximately 12:05pm today.  According to the release, a female resident was home when the suspect entered the residence.  She struggled with and then discharged a firearm at the suspect.  The suspect is described as a bald white male with a stocky build

Ekstrom Pleads Guilty

A Fort Dodge woman has pleaded guilty in connection to the murder of a Fort Dodge man last year. 22 year-old Holly Ekstrom entered guilty pleas on Wednesday to aggravated misdemeanors of accessory after the fact and operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent. Ekstrom said she saw Ronald Dilley kill 22-year-old Steven Fisher with a hatchet in July of 2013. She admitted to driving Dilley

STEP Program in Place for Holiday Weekend

Iowa law enforcement agencies are stepping up their efforts on roadways this Independence Day weekend. The Iowa Department of Transportation says over 250 city, county, and state agencies are participating in a special traffic enforcement program to help keep holiday travelers safe. The STEP projects are funded by the governor's traffic safety bureau, which enables officers to work overtime

Investigation into Mitchellville Mayor Complete

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has wrapped up their investigation into a complaint against the mayor of Mitchellville. On June 2, the Mitchellville Police Department received a complaint alleging inappropriate conduct with children. The DCI conducted and completed the investigation. Through multiple thorough interviews it was determined that no criminal activity took place. After

Caution Urged with Contractors

In the wake of recent severe weather, local officials are urging citizens to use caution if approached by a door-to-door contractor.  In order to work in Fort Dodge, such contractors must be licensed and registered with the city, which also insures that they are bonded.  Officials urge citizens to use local contractors to repair storm damage and to ask their insurance adjustor to

Fort Dodge Man Charged with Firearm Posession

Fort Dodge Police say a man was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of at least one firearm. On Friday, officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department and Webster County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant in the 1700 block of 13th Avenue SW and arrested 34 year-old James Michael McCane. Through an ongoing investigation, it was alleged that McCane was in possession of

VEISHA Task Force Votes to Change VEISHA

The future of VEISHA is closer to being decided at Iowa State University.  The task force convened in the wake of riots that brought 2014 VEISHA to an early end recommended Thursday that VEISHA change how it operates.  According to KCCI, task force chairman Thomas Hill acknowledged that heavy work is still ahead for the task force.  The task force will now narrow down their options

Disaster Declaration in Several Counties

Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency and activated an assistance program for four Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Branstad said in a news release Friday that the Iowa Individual Assistance Program has been activated for Cass, Harrison, Montgomery, and Ringgold counties. Pottawattamie County was declared under a disaster emergency on Tuesday and

Household Waste Accepted This Weekend

Residents in eastern Iowa can safely dispose of hazardous household waste this weekend. A mobile household hazardous waste collection event has been set for Saturday at the East Side Recycling Center in Iowa City. The collection, sponsored by the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and there is no cost to participate. Residents of Iowa City, Johnson

Webster County Supervisors Approve Construction Contracts

The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved two construction contracts during its business meeting yesterday. The supervisors agreed to a $1.39 million contract with Fort Dodge Asphalt to resurface a portion of Webster County Road D43. The work, to be completed this summer, will be done from the railroad crossing in Callender east to U.S. Highway 169. In addition, the supervisors also

Webster County Health Ready to Help Families

The Webster County Health Department is stepping in to help residents after Planned Parenthood of the Heartland closed in December.  After receiving a $300,000 grant in March, The Webster County Health Department will provide family planning services for area families.  Planned Parenthood closed in December after seeing a decline in the number of people using their facility. 

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

Annual Easter Hunt A Success

In just over 150 seconds, over 500 kids cleared Dodger Stadium of candy.  The Fort Dodge Moose Lodge’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt was a big success this year with more money, prizes and candy.  Kids could pay just 50 cents to participate in the hunt and no one was turned away if they couldn't pay.  Kids lined the football field’s sidelines, waiting for the signal to

Inmate Esacpes Work Release

The Des Moines Register reports that a 24 year old man has been placed on escape status after failing to report back from work release.  Tyler Lampe of Davenport is currently serving a 15 year sentence for intimidation with a dangerous weapon and escape of a felon.  Lampe was transferred to work release earlier this year, after starting his sentence in 2010.  Lampe is white,

Teen Dies Trying to Climb on Train

A Des Moines teen has died after falling from a train.  KCCI TV reports that the teen was allegedly attempting to board a slow-moving freight train early Sunday morning when he fell and was run over.  Witnesses at the scene were taken to the police station for interviews.  Several streets were closed following the accident but those have since reopened.  Authorities are

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

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.

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

FD Council Approves 2014-15 Budget

Fort Dodge residents will see a slight decrease in property tax rates in the coming fiscal year. With little discussion, the Fort Dodge City Council approved the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which starts on July 1. The budget calls for spending in the amount of $72.72 million, down from the current year's budget of $75.75 million. City Manager David Fierke said the budget

Mid American Proposes Rate Increase

MidAmerican Energy is proposing its first rate increase since 1995 that would reportedly generate $135 million over three years. The Iowa Utilities Board discussed the electric rate increase at its meeting Friday morning. The Board is asking that the rate increase be phased in over 3 years. The first phase already went into effect last year with the average household paying about $2.73

Brandstad Opposes Cuts to National Guard

Governor Terry Branstad is joining with the rest of the nation's governors to oppose any cuts to the National Guard. Branstad said Friday that all 50 governors had signed a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concerns about proposed cuts to the Guard in the federal budget. Branstad raised these issues with Obama this week during a meeting of the National Governors Association in

Southeast Iowa Man Charged with Animal Neglect

A southeast Iowa man has been arrested on more than three dozen charges related to more than 300 animals found at his home. The Davis County Sheriff's Office arrested 45-year-old Drakesville resident Roger Blew on Thursday, a week after officers searched his home and found 339 animals, including many dead animals. Blew is charged with 28 counts of animal neglect. The Department of Natural

Baseball Clinic Next Saturday

The North Central Iowa Baseball Clinic will be held at the Phillips middle school gym on Saturday, March 8th.  Grades 1-4 will meet from 9-noon and grades 5-8 will meet from 1-4.  During the clinic, students will learn throwing, hitting, pitching, catching and other fundamentals of the game from coaches throughout North Central Iowa.  The clinic will also focus on the basic

Newell Man Accused of Inappropriate Contact with 9 Year-Old

A Buena Vista County man has been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate contact with a 9-year old girl. 23-year old Newell resident Aaron Hazen was arrested Thursday after a month-long investigation. Police say Hazen had inappropriate contact with the child several times over the last year. He is charged with two felony counts of lascivious acts with a child and two counts of indecent contact

Cedar Rapids Police Investigating Third Homicide This Year

Authorities are investigating the death of a Cedar Rapids man as a homicide. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says 31-year-old Clifton Sparks was found lying on a street shortly after midnight Tuesday. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say Sparks sustained a traumatic injury, but additional information was not released. An autopsy is pending. The death marks the third homicide in