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Area Counties to Receive Federal Aid Following June Severe Storms


Six area counties were among the 26 total that were approved to receive federal aid to recover from rounds of severe storms. Governor Terry Branstad announced Thursday that 26 Iowa counties will receive federal money to help repair damage to infrastructure, including roads, drainage ditches, and other public property. Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Kossuth, Wright, and Palo Alto counties were

Webster County Supervisors File Lawsuit in Right Of Way Dispute


The Webster County Board of Supervisors have filed a lawsuit in Iowa District Court in regards to a drainage ditch right of way. The issue is a dispute between the board of supervisors and Drainage District 96, an independently managed district between Moorland and Otho. The board of supervisors believe that a right of way that extends 100 feet from either side of of the district's open ditch

Branstad Requests Future Notice on Immigrant Children in Iowa


Governor Terry Branstad wants the federal government to notify state officials about any immigrant children placed in Iowa. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said this week that 122 children who entered the country illegally and alone were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year. Branstad learned of the placements from a news reporter. In a letter sent Thursday

New Trial Date Set in Des Moines Area Homicide Case


 A new trial date has been scheduled for a man accused of fatally shooting another man in a Des Moines suburb. The Des Moines Register says the trial for 26 year-old Pleasant Hill resident David Moffitt is set to begin March 2, 2015. The trial date,  which was changed Thursday at a pretrial conference, was originally was set for August 25. Moffitt is charged with first-degree murder in

Webster County Sheriff's Office Seeking Home Invasion Suspect


Local authorities are searching for a home invasion suspect. The Webster County Sheriff's Office says that  deputies responded to a reported home invasion in Coalville in the 23000 block of Garfield Ave at around noon Wednesday.  According to Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs, a female resident was home when the suspect entered the residence.  She struggled with and then

Hedlund Appears in Court Over Wrongful Termination Lawsuit


The veteran Iowa criminal investigator fired after reporting Gov. Terry Branstad's speeding SUV appeared in court over his wrongful dismissal lawsuit. Larry Hedlund was in Polk County District Court on Wednesday as a judge considered an effort from the state to have the lawsuit thrown out. Hedlund, a former Division of Criminal Investigation agent from Fort Dodge, is suing his former

Deliberations Continue in Third Techel Murder Trial


A jury will resume deliberations Thursday at the trial of an Iowa man charged with killing his pregnant wife. The jury is considering whether Seth Techel is guilty of first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy. Prosecutors say Techel shot his wife, Lisa, while she slept in their trailer in May 2012. She was 17 weeks pregnant with the couple's first child. Seth

Westfield Man Killed in Hay Bale Accident


A northwest Iowa man has died after being hit with a hay bale. The Le Mars Daily Sentinel reports 76-year-old Westfield resident Barry Knapp died Tuesday while stacking hay bales. The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office says authorities were called Tuesday afternoon about someone trapped under a bale. Knapp was pronounced dead at the scene. The Plymouth County medical examiner ruled the

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

Lehigh Clerk Wasn't Suspended, City Councilman Says


Contrary to reports yesterday, the Lehigh City Clerk was not suspended and is back at work. Lehigh city councilman Troy Twito told the Fort Dodge Messenger that city clerk Wanda Ganeff was not suspended, but was sent home for a day with pay, and is back to work. Lehigh Mayor Mark Johnson added that everything was resolved in-house.  Twito said some council members questioned if Ganeff

Otho Appoints Mark Groat as Mayor


The city of Otho has appointed a former mayor to once again serve in the same position. During a special council meeting Tuesday, Mark Groat was appointed to Mayor. The appointment was necessary after Joe Hayes resigned on July 1 with no explanation. Groat previously served as mayor for two terms and on city council for about 10 years. Rob Ewing and Jason Hamburger also applied for the vacancy.

Feds Admit 122 Illegal Immigrants Sent to Iowa


 A federal official says 122 children who entered the country illegally were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said Tuesday that the children were placed with sponsors. The news was first reported in the Omaha World Herald. Governor Terry Branstad has been opposed to hosting immigrant children in Iowa. Branstad

West Branch Man Dies on RAGBRAI Tour


A participant in the annual RAGBRAI bicycle ride has died due to a medical condition.  63-year-old West Branch resident Tom Teesdale died Monday while riding near Graettinger.  The exact cause of death is not known, but race officials say it was a medical condition and not a traumatic injury.

Former Fort Dodge Landfill Director Arrested; Investigation Continues


The former director of a Fort Dodge landfill is in custody in connection to alleged misconduct. On Tuesday morning, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested Fort Dodge resident Mike Grell on a warrant. The charge is first-degree theft by misappropriation, a Class C felony. The charge stems from alleged misconduct while Grell was director of the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste

Inmate Charged with Escape from Sac County Jail


A Rockwell City inmate caught trying to escape from the jail in Sac City faces additional criminal charges. 60 year-old Randy George Barney was charged with felony attempted escape. The Sac County Sheriff's office says Barney climbed a security fence and a barbed-wire barrier while exercising in an outside enclosure with three other inmates on Friday morning. Deputy sheriff's caught

Lehigh City Clerk Suspended; No Reason GIven by Local Officials


A Webster County city clerk has been suspended, and city officials have not said why thus far. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that Lehigh city clerk Wanda Ganeff was suspended on Monday, and multiple city officials declined comment. The suspension is the second for Ganeff in the last two years; in December of 2012, she was suspended for one week after she allegedly approached a city maintenance

Branstad Says Home Base Iowa Program is Working


Governor Terry Branstad says military veterans are finding jobs in Iowa. Branstad said Monday that 23 veterans have gotten jobs through the Home Base Iowa program, which he signed into law this year. The program is designed to make it easier for veterans to transition into civilian jobs in the state.Under Home Base Iowa, federal retirement pay is exempted from state income taxes and it makes it

Hatch at Huge Fundraising Disadvantage in Governor's Race


Democrat Jack Hatch has just $183,000 in the bank for his campaign for governor, putting him at an extreme disadvantage against Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who has amassed $4 million. According to a report filed with the state Monday, Hatch raised nearly $270,000 during the latest fundraising period, which ended July 14. After expenses, he was left with $183,000 in cash.

Fort Dodge Set to Host State Softball Tournament


About 25,000 visitors are expected in Fort Dodge this week for the annual girls state softball tournament. A total of 40 teams are in town for the week and by Friday evening, only five will be left standing as state champions. Harlan Rogers sports complex will once again serve as host and will for the foreseeable future, as the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union will continue its partnership

Forecasters Warn of Extreme Heat in Iowa this Week


Some of the most intense heat of the summer so far is expected in Iowa, so forecasters are urging people to take precautions. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for 74 of Iowa's 99 counties on Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s across the region and humidity will be high, so heat stroke, heat exhaustion and sunburn are possible. Leslie

Waterloo Accepting Resident Applications for Volunteer Police Officers


Waterloo area residents are being encouraged to apply to be volunteer police officers. The volunteers will have the opportunity to become reserve officers with the Waterloo Police Department if they are accepted. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports applicants who are accepted into the program will receive more than 200 hours of local training and more than 160 hours of field training to meet

No Juvenile Home Creating Lack of Options for Delinquent Girls


Some officials are concerned the Iowa Juvenile Home's closing has created an unequal system where girls don't have the same options. The Des Moines Register reports Iowa lacks a proper facility for delinquent girls who committed crimes. The juvenile home closed in January after questions were raised about the treatment of teenagers, including use of isolation cells and a lack of

FD Police Arrest Nevada Fugitive; One Remains At Large


Fort Dodge police say a Nevada man posing as a roofer is in custody while a second fugitive is currently at large. Police Chief Tim Carmody says 64 year-old Las Vegas resident Alan Dornhuber was arrested and are looking for 55 year-old Lynda Finch-Estrada. Carmody says a Fort Dodge homeowner reported on July 10 that two men offered to repair roof damage on her home following severe storms. The

More Juvenile Offenders to be Resentenced After Iowa Supreme Court Ruling


A divided Iowa Supreme Court says juvenile offenders must be resentenced if they were convicted in the state as adults and given mandatory minimum sentences. The ruling means more than 100 people face resentencing for crimes including robbery, murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse.  In deciding the appeal of Andre Lyle Jr. on Friday, the court said required minimum sentences for juveniles are

United Flight 232 Survivors Gathering in Sioux City


It has been 25 years since the passengers on United Flight 232 braced themselves for impact and prepared to die. Back in 1989, the jetliner carrying nearly 300 people from Denver to Chicago lost all hydraulic power after the rear engine exploded. It crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa, cartwheeling down the runway in flames and breaking apart in a cornfield. Through the efforts of the flight crew

Fort Dodge Public Defender Seeking Republican Nomination for County Attorney


A Fort Dodge attorney would still like a shot at being Webster County's next prosecuting attorney. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that Joe McCarville, an attorney in the public defender's office, will look to seek the Republican nomination for Webster County Attorney. According to the report, McCarville originally switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat in order to

Iowa Inmate Injures Officer and Nurse During Alleged Escape Attempt


An Iowa jail inmate at a Mason City hospital has been accused of hurting a corrections officer and nurse while trying to escape. The Cerro Gordo County sheriff's office says 42-year-old Dale Joseph Lewis Jr. attacked the officer Tuesday afternoon at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. The officer had been guarding Lewis, who was at the hospital for undisclosed medical issues. Lewis is accused of

Nine Southern Iowa Men Accused of Sex Crimes Against Children


Nine men from southern Iowa have been accused of sex crimes involving children. The Ottumwa Courier reports search and arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for the men. They were later sent to the Davis County Jail. The men, from various areas of southern Iowa, face multiple charges. They include sexual exploitation of a minor and lascivious acts with a child. The Bloomfield Police Department

Drug Charges Dropped Against Parents of Cancer Patient


Charges are no longer facing the parents of an Iowa man who says he grew marijuana to help treat his cancer. On Wednesday a Scott County judge dismissed the charges against 75-year-old Dottie and 76-year-old Chuck Mackenzie. They were accused of hosting a drug house, which is a misdemeanor. Their son, Benton Mackenzie and his wife, Loretta, were convicted on July 9 of manufacturing marijuana. He

Sac City Man Sentenced to 50 Years for Sexually Abusing Four Girls


A Sac City man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing four girls. Thirty-five-year-old Christopher Carnine was sentenced on two charges of second-degree sexual abuse and two charges of third-degree sexual abuse. Carnine was ordered to serve two 25-year sentences consecutively, while two 10-year sentences will be served at the same time. Carnine must serve 35 years in prison

Dodgers Tournament Dreams Crushed


The Fort Dodge Dodgers softball team will be on the outside looking in after a devastating loss in a Class 4A regional final. The LeMars Bulldogs pulled off a 3-2 win in walk-off fashion, as Madison Heidebrink hit an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning. The 2nd ranked Dodgers had a 1-0 lead after the first inning and a  2-1 lead after the 4th but LeMars was able to

Completion of Humboldt Bridge Project Delayed to Next Year


Recent heavy rains have delayed a bridge project in Humboldt, and local officials say the project will probably not be completed until next year. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that the Sumner Avenue Bridge project has been delayed for about three weeks due to high water levels along the west fork of the Des Moines River. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says in all, the project is about two

Former Masonville Clerk Sentenced for Embezzling Public Funds


A former clerk for a northeastern Iowa town has been given 21 months in prison for embezzling more than $81,500 in public funds.  Former Masonville clerk Christine King was sentenced in federal court in Cedar Rapids on Monday. She'd pleaded guilty to mail fraud. She also was ordered to pay more than $81,500 in restitution to Masonville and $10,000 in restitution to an

Branstad has over $4M in Campaign Funds


Governor Terry Branstad says he has more than $4 million in the bank for his re-election campaign. Branstad raised more than $700,000 during the most recent state fundraising period, which ended yesterday. The Republican faces Democratic state Senator Jack Hatch in the November general election. Hatch's campaign has not yet released fundraising information.

 

FD Council Moves Forward with Smaller Trash Containers


The Fort Dodge City Council will move forward with plans to obtain smaller trash and recycling containers after the city received several complaints about the current 95-gallon ones. During a workshop, the council agreed to purchase some new 45-gallon containers, which will allow some residents to obtain smaller ones. While it is not know exactly how many containers would be purchased, the

St Eds Softball Falters; Dodgers Get Their Shot Tonight


The St Edmond softball team fell one step short in their bid for a repeat state tournament appearance. In a Class 2A regional final, the 4th ranked Gaels lost 5-2 to the 2nd ranked Earlham Cardinals. Starting pitcher Amanda Lansman struck out 11 batters in the loss, and the Geals got runs from Maggie Harvey and Jessica Kuebler. Head coach Paul Hunt says despite the loss, the team can take pride

Cisneros Found Not Guilty in Mason City Toddler's Death


A man accused of killing a 20-month-old Mason City boy in 1994 has been found not guilty. The Cerro Gordo County jury took less than three hours to return the verdict Monday on 38-year-old Michael Cisneros. Cisneros was charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of John Snyder Jr. The Mason City toddler went missing on July 20, 1994. His body was found the next day in a creek. Cisneros was

Techel Murder Trials Begins for Third Time


A 23-year-old Iowa man charged with killing his wife and unborn child is going on trial for a third time after two previous juries couldn't reach a verdict. Jury selection is continuing today in the case of  Seth Techel, whose trial proceedings began yesterday. Techel's charged with first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy in the May 2012 death of

Two Dead in Tragic ATV Accident


The Iowa State Patrol says two Fort Dodge residents were killed Sunday evening after a tree collapsed onto their four-wheeler just south of Fort Dodge. Iowa State Patrol Lt Kelly Hindman says shortly after 5:00pm, a Honda ATV was being operated northbound on South River Road when a tree on the east side of the road fell across the roadway and struck the ATV and both occupants. Neither occupants,

Street, Development Agreements on Fort Dodge Council Agenda


It figures to be a busy night when the Fort Dodge City Council meet in session. Prior to its 6:00pm business session, the council has a workshop scheduled to discuss containers being used in the city's new trash collecting system. During its regular meeting, the council will consider several proposals tied to new business developments. The council will consider a transfer road jurisdiction

Gaels Gunning for Back to Back State Tournament Berths


The St Edmond softball team will look to make it back-to-back state tournament appearances when it takes on the 2nd-ranked team in Class 2A. The 4th-ranked Gaels will travel to Ogden to face the Earlham Cardinals, with the winner claiming one of eight spots in next week's state softball tournament. The Gaels check in at 30-5 overall while the Cardinals are 27-4 on the year. First pitch from

Akron Authorities Continue Investigation into Suspicious Deaths


Autopsies have been completed on the elderly northwest Iowa couple found dead in their home last week, but officials aren't releasing many details about the case.83 year-old Don Neunaber and 80-year-old Esther Neunaber were both found dead in their Akron home Wednesday. Authorities say the circumstances were suspicious and the couple may have died up to two weeks earlier. The couple's

Lance Armstrong to Join Iowa RAGBRAI Bike Tour


Lance Armstrong is again planning to join in on the 418-mile, 15-county bike ride across Iowa later this month. The Des Moines Register reports Armstrong plans to participate in his sixth RAGBRAI and even work as a guest bartender this Saturday in Rock Valley to help raise money for the northwest Iowa town of 3,400 hit by flooding. Armstrong has said the organizers of the Iowa event were the

ISP: Two FD Residents Killed in "Terrible Unfortunate and Unavoidable Accident"


The Iowa State Patrol says two Fort Dodge residents were killed Sunday evening after a tree collapsed onto their four-wheeler just south of Fort Dodge. Investigators have not released the names of the deceased, pending family notification. Iowa State Patrol Lt Kelly Hindman says shortly after 5:00pm, a Honda ATV was being operated northbound on South River Road when a tree on the east side of the

FDPD Investigating Saturday AM Domestic Disturbance


Fort Dodge police say no charges have been filed at this time following a Saturday morning domestic disturbance. At 6:17am, officers were sent to 720 North 15th Street to investigate a disturbance between two people. Officers found the female resident, 55 year-old Mona Dillard, in the front yard. While speaking with Dillard, a male resident, 60 year-old Jimmy Dillard Sr, began yelling at officers

FD Police Seek Info in Armed Robbery


The Fort Dodge Police Department is seeking information in an early Friday morning armed robbery. Police Chief Tim Carmody reports that officers were dispatched to the Liquor & Tobacco outlet at 902 1st Avenue N at about 2:45am Friday in reference to a robbery. The victim, 32 year-old Zahid Ali, reported that he had just closed the business and was approached by a male suspect. The suspect was

Amber Alert Suspect Captured; Charged in Death of Children's Mother


A Waterloo man has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of a woman found in the middle of a rural road. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Shaun Michael Hogan was taken into custody Thursday in connection with the death of 29-year-old Crystal Marie Gaffney. He is being held without bond at the county jail. The state medical examiner's office says

Assisted Living Employee Given Probation for Neglect of Residents


A northern Iowa woman has been given probation for leaving more than a dozen residents alone at an assisted living center. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports 54-year-old Rudd resident Debra Jean Ihrig was recently given deferred judgment and probation on charges of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, among others. She pleaded guilty to some charges in May as part of a plea deal. She

DSM Police Investigating Alleged Sexual Abuse of 4 Year-Old


Authorities say a 4-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted outside her northwest Des Moines apartment building. Police say the girl was playing outside with her 6-year-old brother on Wednesday when a man she didn't know led her away to a tree line behind some garages and assaulted her. She then ran back to her apartment and told her mother what happened. No arrest has been reported.

Iowa Supreme Court Expected to Resove Solar Energy Dispute


The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to rule in a dispute over the future of solar energy in Iowa. The court expects to decide Friday whether solar energy companies can sell electricity directly to businesses and governments. Regulated utility companies argue that such third-party purchase agreements are not legal under Iowa law, which gives them the exclusive right to sell to those customers. A

Suspect Remains At Large Following Amber Alert


The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says a woman found dead in Walker, Iowa on Wednesday morning is the mother of the three children involved in an Amber Alert. Iowa authorities canceled an Amber Alert for 8-year-old Brooklyn Gaffney, 6-year-old Mia Gaffney and 8-month-old Nevaeh Hogan around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. Waterloo police have confirmed the three children had been found and are

Groundbreaking Ceremony Being Held for Jefferson Casino


Construction equipment has begun dirt work on the recently approved casino in Jefferson but local and state officials will be gathering today for a ceremonial groundbreaking celebration to officially kick off the project.The Wild Rose Jefferson casino project was awarded a gambling license on June 12 by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.  The $40 million project including an events

Oil Pipeline Proposed to Run Through Iowa


A Texas company wants to run through Iowa a pipeline that would carry crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields to Illinois. The Des Moines Register says the underground route through Iowa would begin in Lyon County and slice southeast through 15 other counties and exit at Lee County. Energy Transfer Partners LP, of Dallas, is proposing the pipeline, which would carry at least 320,000

Cancer Patient Convicted of Drug Charges


In eastern Iowa, a man who says he grew marijuana to treat his cancer has been found guilty of drug charges. The Quad-City Times reports a jury returned the verdict Wednesday for 48 year-old Benton Mackenzie in Scott County District Court. His wife and adult son were also found guilty of drug charges. The charges were in connection to dozens of marijuana plants found at Mackenzie's

Otho Fills City Council Vacancy; Will Look to Fill Mayor Seat


The Webster County city of Otho has filled a vacancy on its city council and will look to do the same for Mayor later this month. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that former Mayor Joe Hays resigned his position as of July 1, and council member Gary Fox suddenly resigned on June 13. No explanations were given for either resignation. Last night, the council voted 3-1 to appoint Rob Ewing to fill

Disaster Proclamations Continue Following Severe Weather


A disaster proclamation has been issued for three Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Governor Terry Branstad says a proclamation was issued Tuesday for Polk County, following a proclamation Monday for Scott and Shelby counties. The governor's office says the proclamations are in response to ongoing flooding and severe weather that began June 26. They are aimed at helping the

ISU AIDS Research Team Denied Final Payment After Fake Results


An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get a final payment of $1.38 million it had been awarded from the National Institutes of Health after a team member admitted last year to faking research results. The institute says the final payment of a five-year grant will not be made. Dong-Pyou Han has pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts of making false statements in

Remains Found in Germany Confirmed as Iowa WWII Airman


Officials say remains found in Germany in 2012 have been positively identified as belonging to a WWII airman from Iowa who went missing more than 69 years ago. The Iowa National Guard says Staff Sgt. Robert ``Bobby'' E. Howard, of Moulton, Iowa, was 21 years old in April 1945 when his aircraft was shot down over Germany. He and four other crew members were officially declared dead, though

Attitude Problems Cited for Nashua Police Chief's Demotion


the police chief of a northern Iowa city has been demoted back to officer. The Nashua city council made that decision on Monday regarding the city's chief, Ernie Willsher. Mayor Deanne Lantow said in the demotion notice to Willsher on June 20 that his attitude is to blame, but she did not go into specifics. Willsher has 30 days to appeal the decision and request a formal hearing.

Ekstrom Sentenced for Role in Steven Fisher Death


A Fort Dodge woman has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection to a hatchet slaying last year. 23-year-old Holly Ekstrom received the sentence Monday. Judge Kurt Wilke rejected a recommended probation sentence as part of a plea deal because Ekstrom admitted to lying to investigators. Ekstrom recently pleaded guilty to aggravated misdemeanors in connection with the July 2013 death of

No Citations Issued After 8 Year-Old Hit by Car


Fort Dodge Police say an 8 year-old girl was hospitalized after she was hit by a car while riding a bike. The girl, who was not immediately identified, was riding north on South 16th Street when she reportedly did not stop at a stop sign and was struck by a Chevy Silverado headed westbound on Third Avenue South. No citations were issued. The girl was initially transported to UnityPoint-Trinity

Century-Old Audobon Building Destroyed by Fire


Authorities say a century-old building in Audobon was completely destroyed after a fire broke out inside. The 102-year-old building near the main street of Audubon caught fire Friday afternoon. Area firefighters continued to work the scene until Sunday morning. Officials say the blaze was contained Friday night, but firefighters from multiple departments had to wait while the fire burned itself

Two Graettinger Children Killed in House Fire


Officials in Palo Alto County say two children were killed as a result of a Monday morning house fire. In a news release, the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says shortly after 6:30am, a fire was reported in the 200 block of South Jackson Avenue in Graettinger. An occupant of the house, 27 year-old Stephanie Gaston, was able to escape, but couldn't get her children to safety. They were

Cedar Falls Boy Dies After Fall


A 3-year-old Cedar Falls boy has died after falling out a second-story window at home. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said Monday that Carter McOmber had died. The boy fell Saturday morning after leaning against a window screen in an upstairs bedroom. Cedar Falls police say Carter fell about 20 feet to the ground. Police Capt. Craig Berte says the fall was an accident and that no

Algona Police Seeking Stabbing Suspect


Police in Algona are searching for a suspect accused of stabbing an Emmetsburg man on Saturday night. Assistant Police Chief Kendall Pals says the stabbing occurred during a special music event being held at After Life, in the 200 block of East State Street. A disturbance reportedly began in the bar and then migrated into the street. The victim, 33 year-old Emmetsburg resident Cody Henry, was

Cedar Falls Boy in Critical Condition After Fall from Window


A 3-year-old Iowa boy remained in critical condition a day after falling out of a second-story window at home. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Carter James McOmber fell Saturday morning after leaning against a window screen in an upstairs bedroom. Cedar Falls police say Carter fell about 20 feet to the ground and suffered life-threatening injuries in the fall. He was flown to St.

DCI Investigating After Ankeny Officer Fatally Shoots Armed Woman


Authorities say the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into an Ankeny officer's fatal shooting of an armed woman. Ankeny police say officers were sent to a home around 5:15 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report about a suicidal woman. Police say the officers found a woman, identified as 59 year-old Marilyn Boyd, armed with a semi-automatic weapon. Police say Boyd was shot

Multiple Tornadoes Reported During Sunday PM Storms


Several tornadoes were reported and at least two homes were damaged after a line of severe storms passed through central Iowa.the National Weather Service received reports of tornadoes Sunday night in Grundy, Tama and Jasper counties. Three were confirmed, however a total of 11 were reported by spotters. The Grundy County Sheriff's Office says one home about a mile west of Reinbeck suffered

Iowa State Fair Tickets On Sale Today


The Iowa State Fair kicks off in exactly one month, and the ticket office opens today. Discounted tickets on admission, rides and more will be offered. Adult admission tickets are just $8 in advance and children's tickets are $4. Tickets can be purchased online or at Hy-Vee and Fareway stores. The 2014 Iowa State Fair will run for 10 days from Aug. 7-17.

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

Three Year-Old's 911 Call Leads to Sexual Assault Arrest


Authorities say a 3-year-old's call to 911 helped lead to the arrest of a man accused of sexually assaulting the child's mother in Storm Lake. Storm Lake Police say the child dialed 911 early Tuesday but did not speak to emergency dispatchers. Police responded to an apartment, where 30-year-old Denis Reyes-Morales is accused of jumping out of a second-story window. Police say

Searchers Recover Body of Missing Teen


Cedar Rapids police say the body of a teenager swept into a storm drain has been found more than a mile away in a lake. Police announced Tuesday afternoon they had found the body of 17-year-old Logan Blake in Cedar Lake. Firefighters who were searching in a boat found the body about 4 p.m. The body is being taken to a local hospital and the state medical examiner will determine the cause of

Three Tornadoes Confirmed in Monday Storms


Officials have confirmed three tornadoes hit Iowa during recent severe weather. The National Weather Service says three tornadoes hit Monday in south central and east central Iowa as severe weather packing heavy rain and hail moved across the state. A tornado in Tama County rated as an EF-2, which means winds ranged between 111 and 135 mph. The other two tornadoes in Adair and Madison counties

Severe Weather Fatality Identified


Authorities have released the name of a man killed following severe weather in eastern Iowa. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old Cedar Rapids resident David Lee Fry was killed Monday afternoon after a building he was in collapsed in Fairfax. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A second person, 62-year-old Cedric Brownfield was in the building with Fry. He received

Marshalltown Man Convicted in July 2013 Murder


A Marshall County jury has convicted a Marshalltown man of second-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in a minivan. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports jurors took about three hours Tuesday before finding 40-year-old Mathew Irving guilty in the killing of 55-year-old Rebecca Hall in July 2013. Her body was found in the back of a minivan parked on the side of a road

Fort Dodge Teens Enter Not Guilty Pleas in Gun Fight


Two Fort Dodge teens have entered not guilty pleas in connection to an alleged gun shoot out that left one woman injured. 18 year-old Malik Veal and 17 year-old Jerique Bryson both entered written pleas of not guilty to charges on Monday. Both Veal and Bryson are being held on an attempted murder charge while Veal is also charged with escape from custody. The teens are accused of shooting at each

Graesch Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Father


A Webster City man accused of killing his father has entered a not guilty plea. 27 year-old Corbin Graesch entered the written plea Monday and also demanded a speedy trial. Graesch is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his father, 61 year-old Steven Graesch. he is accused of beating his father using his fists and a blunt object during an altercation on June 7. An autopsy ruled

Lake City Man Pleads Not Guilty in Glidden Double Homicide


A Lake City man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection to a Glidden double homicide. Last week, 53 year-old Thomas Henderson entered his plea to two charges of first-degree murder and demanded a speedy trial, which must take place within 90 days. Henderson is accused of killing 48 year-old Tammie DeVore and her 30 year-old son Karl Devore. They were found dead inside Tammie

Severe Storms Lead to One Death in Eastern Iowa


Authorities say a man has been killed in a building collapse caused by severe weather in eastern Iowa. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says strong winds blew through the small community of Fairfax on Monday and caused extensive damage to a building that trapped a man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say the building is owned by Intermec Technologies and the man was an

Cedar Rapids Man Charged in Death of his Wife


A 43-year-old man has been arrested in the slaying of a woman at a Cedar Rapids home. Cedar Rapids police say Shawn Crowley was taken into custody on Monday and is charged with first-degree murder. Crowley is accused of killing 39-year-old Chantele Crowley. Investigators say they believe the two were legally married. Officers sent to the home Monday afternoon found Chantele Crowley dead inside.

Two FD Men Arrested Following Car Chase


Two arrests were made following a car chase in Fort Dodge on Sunday. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that the chase began around 2nd Street NW and 3rd Avenue NW when the driver, Fort Dodge resident Demontray Dungy, refused to stop at a traffic stop. The chase reportedly continued through the Pleasant Valley area, Mason Drive, and 5th Avenue South before ending in an alley behind the Kum and Go

Several Tornadoes Reported in Round of Severe Storms


Several tornadoes have been reported as heavy rain and hail fell on many parts of Iowa. At least six tornadoes were reported by spotters Sunday afternoon and evening, along with funnel clouds. Reports of deaths or serious injuries have not surfaced. Wind gusts of 60 mph were recorded in Madison County, and wind ripped off the roof of one building and damaged trees and a home on a farmstead near

Man Charged in Sunday Death of Muscatine Man


A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of a Muscatine man. Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren says Jordan Daufeldt was arrested on Sunday and  is accused of killing 23-year-old Troy Ott. A news release from Ostergren's office says officers were sent to a Muscatine address after a 911 call at 3:50 p.m. Sunday. They found Ott, who had been shot several

Western Iowa Farmers Dealing with Flood Damage to Crops


Western Iowa farmers are dealing with damage to their crops and fences after all the rain that fell in June. The Sioux City Journal reports farmers in northwest Iowa, southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska face significant work ahead because of the flooding on the Big Sioux, Rock and other rivers.

Services Held for Fallen Iowa Marine


A 25-year-old Marine from Iowa who was killed in Afghanistan is being remembered as a kind and strong young man. The Ottumwa Courier reports a large crowd attended Lance Corporal Adam Wolff's funeral yesterday afternoon. Adam Wolff was killed in action along with two other Marines June 20th in Helmand province.

FD Man Charged After Missing Toyota Scion Found


Fort Dodge Police say an arrest has been made in connection to a vehicle that went missing prior to an arson fire. Police Chief Tim Carmody says a Toyota Scion that had been missing since Saturday afternoon was located in Wright County. Information about the location or vehicle's condition is not available at this time. In addition, Carmody says a person of interest, 26 year-old Fort Dodge

Frontier Communications Working to Restore Service to Some FD Customers


Frontier Communications says it continues to work towards repairing a damaged cable that has caused problems for Fort Dodge residents in the last week. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that a handful of customers were still affected Thursday after a damaged cable caused telephone and internet service outages for several customers. A company spokesman said the damage was caused by a recent street

Construction Already Starting on Jefferson Casino


Greene County officials say they've already begun working at the site that will house Iowa's newest casino. Grow Greene County reported on its Facebook page yesterday that work has now started on the site, two weeks after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved a gaming license. Construction is expected to last about 13 months, which would put the opening date in late summer 2015.

Judge to Decide Fate of Cedar Falls Murder Suspect


A Cedar Falls woman is waiting for a judge to decide whether she's guilty of murder. After closing arguments on Thursday, the case against 36 year-old Kristie Clark-Richardson went to Judge George Stigler, who is presiding over the nonjury trial in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says the judge is awaiting written comments from defense and prosecution attorneys on how a video of

DNR Officials Warning Lake Swimmers of Swimmer's Itch


Officials are warning people visiting some of Iowa's natural lakes about a condition called swimmer's itch. The state Department of Natural Resources says reports of swimmer's itch have come in from Crystal Lake and Black Hawk Lake. The condition is caused by a parasite that can burrow into human skin before dying. The DNR says the condition can create welts and itching and last for

Swimmer Missing Since Monday Found Dead


Authorities say they have found the body of a swimmer missing in the Des Moines River near Ottumwa. KTVO-TV reports searchers found the body of 25-year-old Michael Chrisman on Thursday morning, about a mile downstream from where he jumped into the water Monday evening. A searcher in an Eldon Fire Department boat spotted the body along the bank of the river. The Wapello County Sheriff's Office

FD Airport Officials Accept Air Choice One Proposal


Fort Dodge airport officials have made their decision based on two proposals that were submitted to offer commercial airline service. In a news release, the Fort Dodge Regional Airport Commission voiced their support for the two year proposal from Air Choice One, which would offer direct service to Lambert-St Louis International Airport. The proposal would offer 18 flights a week for the first

Guido Sex Abuse Trial Pushed Back to August


Prosecutors have filed a motion to continue the trial of a Goldfield woman facing sexual abuse charges. 50 year-old Diana Guido was originally scheduled to stand trial beginning July 15, but that is now scheduled to start on August 12. Guido is facing multiple charges, including second-degree sexual abuse and indecent contact with a child. She is accused of sexually abusing a girl between the

St Edmond Hits Home Run in Softball Fundraiser


The St Edmond community rose to the occasion both on and off the field at Harlan Rogers Park last night. The St Edmond softball program used home games vs Algona to host a tribute night to Alli Huss, a 2013 grad who is currently batting cancer. On the field, varsity head coach Paul Hunt says his team simply stuck to the script in a 12-1 win (Hunt) Off the field, community members helped raise

Two Year-Old Dead After Being Found in Ditch


A 2-year-old girl was found face-down in a ditch filled with water in rural Dallas County and pronounced dead after being rushed to a Des Moines hospital. Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright says Deja Ramynke was playing with two other children Wednesday morning in front of a home about five miles north of Earlham when an adult noticed her missing. Authorities were called and an Iowa State Patrol

Last of Eldora Juvenile Facility Escapees is Captured


The Iowa Department of Human Services says the last of eight students who ran from the Eldora State Training School in April has been apprehended. The agency announced Wednesday that the student was taken into custody overnight in Scott County. He will face additional charges and is being held at a detention facility while awaiting a court hearing. The eight students ran from staff and into a

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