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Storm Lake Police Arrest One on Drug Charges


Friday evening, Storm Lake Police made a traffic stop and noticed the odor of marijuana in the vehicle.  21-year-old Luiz Mendez allegedly fled the scene, leading police on a chase through Storm Lake and south on highway 110.  Speeds during the chase exceeded 100 mph.  Mendez failed to execute a turn onto a county road and went into the ditch and then into the entrance of the Storm

Storm Lake Police Arrest Three After Altercation


Storm Lake Police arrested three people in an altercation at the Storm Lake Middle School on Saturday.  During a youth basketball tournament, police were responded to a reported disturbance.  It was alleged that at the end of one of the games, two coaches and some fans had a heated exchange.  Police arrested 39-year-old Trent Gosch, of Sioux City, 33-year-old Richard Semple, of

Anti-Bullying Legislation Moves Forward


Anti-bullying legislation has moved forward in the Iowa House.  An education committee voted 19-4 in favor of the measure.  The measure clarifies the ability of educators to monitory bullying off school grounds.  It would also expand parental notification language and define cyber bullying.  The bill underwent many changes Monday to more closely mirror a Senate bill, including

Jury Seated in Frederiksen Trial


The jury has been selected in the trial of a man accused of killing 5-year-old Evelyn Miller in.  Jury selection began Monday in Hamilton county.  The trail was moved there because of pre-trial publicity.  Casey Frederiksen is accused of sexually abusing and killing the little girl in July 2005.  A few days after she was reported missing, her body was found in the Cedar

Nebraska Man Faces Prison Time


A Nebraska businessman could be headed to prison for collecting over $23 million in federal contracts intended for disabled veterans.  The US Attorney's office in Des Moines will be asking for a 2 year prison term when Ram Hingorani is sentenced today.  Hingorani's attorney is expected to ask for probation, according to the AP.  Companies owned by Hingorani allegedly

Road Projects to Begin Later this Year


Now that the state's new fuel tax increase has taken effect, state and county officials said to expect additional road work to get started later this year.  There were no specifics, but one county engineer told the AP he had a long list of repair projects.  The new tax is expected to bring in over $200,000 for road and bridge repairs every year.  Many of Iowa's roads

Child Treatment Center to Open this Spring


A facility to treat teens and children with psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment will soon be open in Sioux City.  The Sioux City Journal reports that the new Jackson Recovery Centers Child and Adolescent Recovery Hospital should be open this spring.  The closest child psychiatric crisis centers to Sioux City are currently 60 miles away in Cherokee or 90 miles away in Council

Humboldt Woman Charged in Embezzlement Case


A Humboldt woman has been charged following an embezzlement investigation at CJC Mechanical Solutions.  Krissy Johnson, former officer manager at CJC Mechanical Solutions, is charged with embezzling more than $200,000 from the company.  Johnson was charged with seven counts of theft in the first degree, seven counts of fraudulent practices, and one count of ongoing criminal conduct.

Three Charged in Fairfield Drug Investigation


Three Fairfield men were charged following a several month investigation.  The Fairfield Police Department executed a search warrant with the help of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson County Attorney's office on S. 6th St. in Fairfield.  The arrested George Kelley, Carl Babcock, and Andrew Sarles on various drug charges.  Kelley was charged with conspiracy

Fuel Tax Increase Takes Effect Sunday


A ten-cent per gallon increase in the state's gas tax goes into effect on Sunday.  Gov. Branstad signed the bipartisian agreement on Wednesday.  The measure will bring in about $215 million per year for road and bridge repair in the state.  A representative from the Iowa DOT said that amount is not enough.  The DOT receives most of their money from vehicle registration

Slauson Ordered to Pay Restitution


An Atlantic mother accused of faking her daughter's cancer diagnosis will have to pay restitution.  Letha Slauson pleaded guilty to child endangerment and theft in January after investigators say she gave her daughter cancer drugs and received community donations for treatment.  A judge ordered Slauson to pay $32,000 in restitution, which includes repayment for a Disneyland

Couch Freak Boogie Cancelled


Des Moines Sky Divers announced recently that the annual Couch Freaks Dollar Daze Boogie would not be held in Fort Dodge for 2015.  Jason Kent, VP of events, said that the cancelation was due to the gradual decline of experienced jumper attendance, which means they can no longer support the infrastructure needed to host the event.  Kent said the organization has loved the outpouring of

State Medicaid Program to go Private


A top state official says letting private operators run the state's Medicaid program would save money and improve service.  Lawmakers are questioning what impact that might have on the people in the program.  Director of the State Department of Human services, Chuck Palmer, spoke to a legislative committee Wednesday.  He told the committee that the state is planning to shift

Almost Home to Restructure--Updated


Almost Home Humane Society released a statement Wednesday regarding the future of the shelter.  Rick Edington, President of the Board of Directors, said in the release that the board is putting together a solid business plan to meet the demand of the homeless pets in Fort Dodge and the surrounding area.  Part of that plan will be to increase fundraising and scale back expenses to allow

Wage Bill Passes Both Houses


A 10-cent increase to the fuel tax has been approved by the Iowa Legislature.  The bill received bipartisan support Tuesday and would provide over $200 million annual for Iowa's roads and bridges.  The Legislature has considered raising the tax for several years, but did not take action until this year.  The last time the fuel tax was raised was in 1989.  Gov. Branstad

Wage Increase Appoved in Senate


A wage increase was approved by the Iowa Senate to increase the minimum in Iowa.  If approved, the bill would raise the minimum wage to $8.75 over a period of a year.  The senate also voted to establish more rules to curtail alleged wage theft by employers. The bill will now head to the Republican-controlled House, where there is unlikely to be enough support to get it the

Annual Skydiving Event Cancelled


A release issued by Des Moines Skydivers announced that the annual Couch Freaks Dollar Daze Boogie would not be held in Fort Dodge in 2015.  Jason Kent, VP of special events said in the release that the event "has not seen the success that is needed to continue.".  The annual skydiving event takes place over Labor Day weekend in Fort Dodge.  Skydivers come from all over

Air Choice One Flights Began Monday


Air Choice One began air service in Fort Dodge on Monday.  Rhonda Chambers, Airport Manager, was happy with the opening day turn out.  The first flight to Chicago left on time at 9:00am and the first flight to St. Louis left on time later that morning.  Chambers said that was important for the airpor:

Cause of Death Released After Fire


The State Fire Marshall's office has released the cause of death in the three victims of Sunday's fire.  25-year-old Amy Devlin, 6-month-old Bryce Devlin, and 5-year-old Joseph Kennedy were killed in the fire.  The state medical examiner performed autopsies on Monday and determined that their deaths were due to smoke inhalation.  The deaths will be ruled accidental. 

Fatal House Fire Under Investigation--Updated


The cause of a fatal fire in Fort Dodge remains under investigation.  Fire Chief Kent Hulett explains [Cause of Fire].  Hulett said emergency personnel were dispatched about 1246 Sunday afternoon to 703 4th Ave N.  They found the home fully engulfed and were not able to enter right away [What Happened]. One adult and two children were killed in the fire, which Hulett said was

Almost Home to Restructure


Following a sudden closure to the public on Thursday, Almost Home Human Society released a statement explaining that the closure occurred because the board of directors determined that the revenues available for operation were no longer sufficient to keep the facility operating at its current capacity. The release stated that the shelter would be reducing the hours they are open to the public and

Fatal House Fire Under Investigation


A house fire Sunday afternoon claimed the lives of one adult and two children in Fort Dodge.  The fire broke out around noon Sunday at a home on Fourth Ave North.  Crews battled the three alarm blaze amid strong winds which made firefighting a challenge.  Four people in the home were able to make it out and were being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.  The cause of the

Air Choice One Flights Start Today


Air Choice One begins flights today in Fort Dodge.  CEO Shane Storz says the company has one main focus : .  Flights can be booked at air choice one dot com or by calling 1-866-I-Fly-VIP.  The group has a goal of rebuilding ridership in Fort Dodge so they can maintain scheduled air service.  There will be an open house this afternoon from 2-4 at the airport.

Bill to Add Fine Arts to CORE Advances


A bill that would add fine arts to Iowa's core curriculum was approved by a House Panel Thursday and it now advances to a full committee for review.  The bill is designed to add music, theater, visual arts and other fine arts to the Iowa Core, which are the state's academic standards.  That core currently includes English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Similar

Vigil Held for Fire Victims


A candlelight vigil was held to honor the victims of a fatal fire Monday.  A makeshift memorial has started in front of the home where three victims lost their lives on Sunday.  Jordana Fowler said right now what the family needs most is support [Support].  Donations of clothing, household items, and gas cards can be taken to The Salvation Army, who is assisting the

Almost Home Closes Temporarily


Almost Home Humane Society Animal Shelter in Fort Dodge announced Thursday that it would be closed.  Shelter Manager Chris Ball could only say that the closure was temporary.  A post on the group's Facebook page said that the closure was for employee training and building maintenance.  The post stated they would honor appointments for boarding and adoption.  The post

Shellabration Headliner Announced


Boston was recently announced as the headliner for Shellabration 2105.  Head of Shellabration, Jim Reed, explains how they choose the bands : .  Reed said they do take public input into bands that come in, but have many factors that they consider before making a selection : .  They also consider the market, what will sell tickets, and what the budget is for a band.  Reed

Local Pastor Publishes Book


A local Fort Dodge man has published a book that explores themes of tragedy and redemption.  Pastor Dave Grindberg, of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, explains what lead him to write the book  : .  After publishing the book, students at the church were inspired to start their own writing group, called The Wind Writers.  The group's goal is to write, illustrate and publish a

LeMars Man Guilty of Bomb Threat


A 37-year-old LeMars man has been found guilty by jury of making a bomb threat on a government building and fighting with law enforcement.  Jeremy Hebert, of Akron, was found guilty Wednesday of making a threat to use an explosive or incendiary device and three counts of assaulting law enforcement officers.  Hebert was arrested in November when he told authorities he would drop a bomb

Sioux City Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy


A Sioux City woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the united states by obstruction or interfering with governmental functions Tuesday.  According to the Sioux City Journal, Kimberly Smith admitted to lying about the whereabouts of Jamal Dean after he shot officer Kevin McCormick during a traffic stop.    Smith initially told police that she hadn't seen Dean

High-Speed Internet Expansion Closer to Reality


A bill aimed at expanding high-speed internet in Iowa passed a House panel recently.  The bill was approved by members of a commerce subcommittee Wednesday and now advances to a full committee for consideration.  The bill would establish grant programs with $5 million in its first year to assist with the costs of expanding high-speed internet.  A West Des Moines Republican said

45,000 Sign up for Healthcare


The window for signing up for health care has closed and Federal officials say over 45,000 in Iowa have signed up or were automatically re-enrolled on the federal exchange.  Approximately 29,000 people signed up during the first open enrollment.  A release Wednesday noted that 2,000 people are still enrolled in plans with one cooperative that the state has plans to liquidate. 

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Production of Medical Marijuana


Legislation will be introduced by Senate Democrats this session to allow medical marijuana to be produced and distributed in Iowa.  The bill creates a a program to monitor the production and distribution of medical marijuana, similar to a measure that failed last year.  Sen. Joe Bolkcom says he expects resistance in the Republican-controlled house.  This comes after Gov. Branstad

Recreational Drone Users Watching FAA Decision


With the FAA recently proposing new rules for commercial drones, recreational drone fliers are watching closing to see if the new rules will eventually impact them.  Jennie Thomas, who purchased a drone for her farm, says the drones are able to scout fields for pests and to monitor crop conditions.  The drones require three things to be operated: a hot spot, a cell phone (most are

Closing State Hospitals Right Choice


Gov. Branstad has proposed closing two of the state's mental health institutions this summer.  Amy McCoy, with the Iowa Department of Human Services, says that it's in the best interests of the taxpayers and the patients.  One of the points she made was that key positions are harder to fill.  Mt. Pleasant has no psychiatrist currently and Clarinda's psychiatrist is going

Branstad Open to Working with Illinois for Medical Marijuana


Gov. Branstad said Monday that he is open to establishing a system to allow residents to get medical marijuana from Illinois.  Last year, lawmakers in Illinois passed legislation for a pilot program to allow companies to manufacture and distribute medical marijuana in the state.  Licenses were awarded in January.  Branstad talked about a future dispensary in Rock Island, IL, which

FAA Proposing Rules for Commercial Drones


The FAA is working on new rules for commercial drones. Drones are popular unmanned aircraft operated with a remote control.  They can be used to take areial photos, monitor crops, or inspect cell towers, bridges, and other structures.  The FAA is propsing rules for commercial drones that coujld include taking an exam to test aeronautical knowledge in order to be certified able to

State Hospitals to Close This Summer


The state is still planning to close two mental health hospitals this year.  Facilities in Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant are set to close for budget reasons this year. Patients at those facilities would be moved into private programs or to the facilities at Cherokee and Independence.  The goal is to have the transition completed by summer.  The Des Moines Register reports that mental

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Begin


The annual girl scout cookie sales began Friday Feb. 13th.  The money goes back into the troops and is then used for various projects.  This year, Fort Dodge Troop 13 had a unique idea  .  New this year is a gluten free cookie, which costs $5, along with Thin Mints, Caramel Delights, and many others for $4.  There are also several cookies this year that are

California Couple Charged with Fraud


A California couple is accused of using fake credit cards and IDs in order to defraud Iowa banks and credit unions.  The unnamed couple were arrested Thursday in Sioux City and face several forgery charges and one charge each of ongoing criminal conduct.  According to authorities, the couple allegedly visited two credit unions in Sioux City and got $9,800 cash advances on credit

Experts Advise Caution with Hospital Closures


The state is still planning to close two mental health hospitals this year.  Facilities in Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant are set to close for budget reasons this year. Patients at those facilities would be moved into private programs or to the facilities at Cherokee and Independence.  The goal is to have the transition completed by summer.  The Des Moines Register reports that mental

Adoption Event on Saturday


Area families interested in fostering or adopting can attend an event at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday morning.  Bambi Schrader with Iowa Kids Net explains : .  Schrader said there are several areas of concern, including homes willing to take on teenagers, sibling groups, and children of different ethnicities : .   Families who have adopted or are currently fostering will

Comprehensive Plan Report Being Compiled


The City of Fort Dodge recently wrapped up a series of workshops designed to get public input into the needs and assets of the city.  The data will now be compiled and placed into a report by Housel-Levine Associates.  That report will be made available on the city's website for the public to view.  Once that report is complete, the city can then devise their plan and how to

Democrats Propose Minimum Wage Increase


Iowa Democrats are looking to raise the minimum wage.  Their first proposal was to raise it to $10.10/hr, but they have since compromised down to $8.75.  If the bill goes through, the first increase would be to $8/hr on the first of July.  The second increase would be a year later to the full $8.75.  The bill faces a tough battle in the Iowa House.  Iowa

Bill To Raise Fuel Tax Passes Iowa House


After the Iowa Senate passed a bill to increase the state's fuel tax, the Iowa House has done the same.  The bill passed a transportation subcommittee on Thursday and now heads to a full committee for consideration.  Both bills would raise the fuel tax by 10 cents.  The Senate bill was passed Wednesday and also heads to a full committee for review.  Currently, Iowa's

Two Start Date Bills Approved


Two different school start date bills are working their way through the legislature currently.  The Senate Education Committee approved a bill Wednesday that gives school district control over their start dates.  A House Education Committee approved a bill that would require classes to begin on or after August 23rd with no early start waivers.  Start dates are a hot button issue

CBS News Correspondent Killed in Crash


CBS news reports that correspondent for 60 minutes and reporter for CBS news Bob Simon was killed in a car accident last night.  Simon had been with CBS for over 50 years, covering wars, and other stories after joining the network in 1967, according to CBS.  Simon was 73 and was working on a story about the search for an Ebola cure for this Sunday's show.  Simon was a passenger

Three Powerball Winners


Lottery officials confirm that there were winners in three states of the 3rd largest jackpot in Powerball history and the 5th largest U.S.. Lottery prize.  The jackpot for the Powerball last night was $564.1 million.  Winning tickers were sold in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas.  The ticket in Puerto Rico is the first winning ticket ever sold outside the continental US

Police Seek Robbery Information


Fort Dodge Police are asking for the public's help in solving a robbery that occurred Monday night.  According to police, a 23-year-old woman reported that her apartment on North 9th Street was broken into around 11 Monday night.  She was home at the time and reported that multiple intruders broke in and that she was assaulted during the incident.  She was treated and released

Community Workshop Held


On Tuesday night, Fort Dodge residents attended the first of three workshops designed to help create a comprehensive plan for the city.  The topic of the workshop was Community and folks from Housel-Levine, the company helping develop the plan, were on hand to hear about resident concerns.  Over 75 issues were raised during the meeting, including a lack of affordable housing, condition

Workshops For Comprehensive Plan This Week


Residents in Fort Dodge are encouraged to attend any of three workshops taking place February 10th and 11th at the Growth Alliance.  The workshops are looking for input from residents on what improvements they would like to see in Fort Dodge. Carissa Miller, Senior Planner with the City of Fort Dodge, explains [Purpose].  The comprehensive plan ties in with Envision 2030 and helps with

HyVee Triathalon To End


HyVee announced in a release today that it would discontinue its annual triathlon.  The release stated that the decision was difficult because they have become 'premiere for  events athletes and an important part of our company's history'.  The release went on to say that their health and wellness priorities contributed to the decision, as they want to make sure that

Storm Lake Police Make Drug Arrests


Storm Lake Police made several arrests Monday in connection to five-month investigation into the sale and use of methamphetamine and marijuana in Storm Lake.  According to a press release, police stopped a vehicle driven by 35-year-old Keomanivanh Senesoury and allegedly seized methamphetamine and cash believed to be from illegal drug sales.  Monday morning, police executed a search

City Council Approves Funding for BIVI


The Fort Dodge City Council met Monday and approved a Development Agreement for Boehringer Ingelheim, Vetmedica INC not to exceed $1.5 million.  The agreement is for expansion and upgrades at the sight on 5th St. NW in Fort Dodge.  The company has plans to invest around $100 million over the next four years.  The company produces drugs and vaccines for animals at the Ft.

Dak Given Probation


18-year-old Garhoth Dak was sentenced Monday in Webster County District Court.  District Court Judge Michael Moon heard statements from both sides before he passed judgment.  Assistant Webster County Attorney Ryan Baldridge stated that the particular risk associated with this offense has passed and that this was an isolated incident.  Dak’s attorney, Charles Kenville argued

Mathias Faces Theft Charges


A 19-year-old Fort Dodge man made his initial appearance in magistrate court this morning on a second degree theft charges.  Chase Mathias is alleged to have stolen a 2008 KIA in December of 2014 from Anthony Battazza, which is a class D felony.  If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.  Mathias was ordered held on $5,000 cash bond and a no contact order was

Marshalltown Police Warn of Scam


Marshalltown Police are warning people of a scam. According to a release, residents have reported receiving calls telling them have large fines and fees.  They are then told to use a prepaid credit card to take care of the fines/fees or they will be arrested.  Police remind residents that this is not a legitimate police officer.  Residents are reminded not to give any personal

Lawsuits Filed Against Syngenta


More than 360 lawsuits have been filed against agri-chemical maker Syngenta by farmers and farm businesses in more than 20 states, according to the Associated Press and hundreds more could still come.  The lawsuits center around Syngenta Argisure Viptera, a genetically modified corn seed that contains a protein that kills corn-eating bugs.  It was not approved for import to China and

Workshops For Comprehensive Plan This Week


The City of Fort Dodge is developing a comprehensive plan.  This plan adds to Envision 2030, which was enacted in 2006-2007.  Topics in the plan include housing, land use, infrastructure and many others.  In accordance with this, the city will hold public workshops on community, business, and the riverfront.  Residents are encouraged to attend these workshops and have a voice

Officials Investigate Train Derailment


A train derailment Wednesday in Dubuque caused rail cars carrying ethanol to slide into the Mississippi River.  According to the Associated Press, three of the cars caught fire, and all fires are now extinguished.  A spokesman for the Canadian Pacific railroad told the AP that two engines derailed, and 14 of the 15 cars were carrying ethanol.  Railroad officials say eight of the

Bill Proposed to Change Primary Election Rules


The Iowa Senate has given preliminary approval for a bill changing primary election rules.  The rules currently have party delegates pick a nominee when no candidate meets the primary threshold.  The new rules would have Iowa voters decide contested races.  The races likely impacted by this rule change would be for Congress, the Legislature, and Statewide Office.  Urbandale

Restitution to be Decided in Atlantic Fake Cancer Case


People who donated to a cancer fund for an Atlantic child who did not have cancer can seek restitution.  30-year-old Leatha Slauson pleaded guilty to five charges after she was charged with faking her 5-year-old daughter's cancer, for which she raised several thousand dollars.  Last month, a judge sentenced Slauson to five years probation and continued mental health care.  A

Cribs for Kids Hopes To Prevent Infant Death


Four counties in Iowa are participating in a program that hopes to prevent infant deaths from unsafe sleeping practices.  Black Hawk, Clinton, Hamilton, and Polk counties are reported to have the highest infant mortality rates in the state.  A program called "Cribs for Kids" from the Iowa Department of Public Health gives free cribs to mothers to prevent unsafe sleeping

Charges Filed Against Alta Man


Charges have been filed in a Sac County chase from earlier this week.  25-year-old James Mitchell lead deputies on a chase that ended at East Sac County Elementary School on January 29th.  He was alleged to have stolen a truck from a man at gunpoint in Alta prior to the chase.  Mitchell was charged with carrying weapons without a permit, carrying weapons on school grounds, eluding

New Director Named for Workforce Development


Gov. Branstad announced Tuesday that he had appointed Beth Townsend to serve as director of Iowa Workforce Development.  Townsend has been the interim director since Teresa Wahlert retired last month.  Wahlert was accused of mismanagement and creating a hostile work environment and defended her work to lawmakers during an investigation.  Townsend has previously served as director

Sex Offender Charged with Enticement


Des Moines Police have arrested a convicted sex offender for having contact with a 12-year-old-girl.  According to KCCI, police charged Luther St. Clair with child enticement for exchanging text messages with the girl.  The two met on a cell phone app called Words with Friends.  It's alleged that St. Clair asked the girl to send him nude photos, which she did.  Mitch

Webster County Engineer Seeks New Building


Randy Will, Webster County Engineer, presented a proposal Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors for a new maintenance facility.   Will said the county has outgrown the current facility, which is beginning to show its age.  Working with a consultant, Will said a decision was reached as to how to approach the problem : .  The location serves as both the central location for

Democrats Try to Increase School Funding


After Gov. Branstad proposed a 1.25 percent increase in school funding for the next school year, Democrats in the Senate said they will try to increase school funding by over $200 million for the next school year.  A recent survey of Iowa school superintendents found that a majority disagree with Branstad's budget and need at least a 6 percent increase.  Fort Dodge

Bill Advances to Ban Minors from Tanning


A bill that would ban anyone under age 18 from tanning shows no opposition according to the AP.  A House legislative panel approved a bill that prohibits tanning for minors at commercial salons in Iowa.  The bill will now head to a full committee for consideration.  Current Iowa law has no restrictions on minors tanning.  According to the AP, a lobbyist for the American

Jefferson County Residents Warned of Scam


The Jefferson County Recorder's Office and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office sent out a release warning residents of a scam.  Residents have reported getting a letter or unsolicited phone call asking if they want a copy of their deed and property assessment.  The calls tell residents that 'deed activity' was ' recorded in the public record' and asks them to

Changes Proposed for Domestic Abuse Laws


Gov. Branstad has presented the legislature with change to domestic abuse laws.  According to a release, Branstad has proposed increasing penalties for repeat domestic abusers.  He also proposed that anyone convicted of third offense domestic abuse, harassment, or stalking would have to serve a mandatory 85 percent of their sentence.  Another component of the bill would require GPS

Supino To Face Murder Charges 32 Years Later


An Iowa woman accused in the 1983 murder of her husband and his girlfriend will stand trial beginning today.  54-year-old Thersea Supino is charged with two counts of first degree murder in the 1983 deaths of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory.  The bodies of Fisher and Gregory were found at Copper Dollar Ranch NW of Newton.  Supino was married to Fisher at the time but they had

Sioux City Mom Pleads Guilty


A Sioux City mom accused of leaving her 10-month-old son unattended in a tub while she smoked marijuana had pleaded guilty to child endangerment resulting in bodily injury, and possession of a controlled substance.  Maricela Vasquez was arrested in August following a 911 call.  According to KCCI, authorities found evidence of marijuana in the apartment and discovered the baby had nearly

Lara Charged in Chase


Fort Dodge Police arrested a 20-year-old man on several charges Friday night.  An officer spotted a vehicle speeding in downtown around 1230 Friday night and attempted to make a stop.  The driver refused to stop and a short chase ensued.  The driver was finally stopped at N 7th St. and 8th Ave N.  Chase Lara was booked into the Webster County Jail on eluding law enforcement

Snow Storm Hits Area


People are digging out following heavy snow over the weekend.  Fort Dodge received just over 9 inches while some places in the Des Moines area saw over a foot of heavy, wet snow.  Following the system Arctic cold descended on the state and will stick around through the first part of the week, dropping wind chills and over night lows below zero.  There are slight chances for snow on

Medicaid Recipients May Face Montly Premiums


One year after the modified expansion of Iowa's Medicaid program, some folks enrolled in the program may have to pay small monthly premiums because they haven't completed a physical exam and health questionnaire.  The governor agreed to expand Medicaid after receiving federal approval to make the modifications which required health requirements and charging contributions.  A

Centerville Firefighter Killed in Line of Duty


A Centerville firefighter that died in the line of duty has been identified as Assistant Fire Chief Mike Cooper.  Cooper was assisting with a blaze at a 300,000 square foot building in south-central Iowa Friday night.  He went home from the scene and died on Saturday.  Cooper started his career with the Centerville Fire Department on July 12th, 1977.  The building and its