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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

Rockwell City Police Seeking Missing Teen


The Rockwell City Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a teen reported missing. 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. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact

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

Webster City Names New Police Chief




Webster City has named its new police chief. In a press release, the city announced that Sgt Shiloh Mork has been appointed to police chief, and will officially take over on September 2. Mork as been with the department since 2000, and has served as a Sergeant since 2002. Mork began his career with the Charles City Police Department in 1999. In addition, he has also taught at Iowa Central

New Charges Against Mother who Faked Daughter's Cancer




New charges have been filed against an Iowa mother who authorities say faked her daughter having cancer in order to raise money. 30 year-old Atlantic resident Leatha Slauson was initially charged with child endangerment and a drug charge for giving her daughter cannabis oil. On Wednesday, authorities added a second child endangerment charge and unlawful possession of a prescription drug.

West Nile Confirmed in Seven Iowa Counties




Officials have confirmed seven human cases of West Nile virus in Iowa. The state Department of Public Health said Thursday that in addition to the human cases, four mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus. The human cases have been confirmed in counties including Buchanan, Clay, Sioux and Woodbury counties. Additional cases are being investigated in Sac and Shelby counties.

U of I Professor Protesting Kinnick's Pink Locker Room


University of Iowa professor Kembrew McLeod has dressed as a robot to heckle Bill Clinton and Michele Bachmann. Now he's targeting his own school over its pink visitors' locker room at Kinnick Stadium. McLeod is organizing what he jokingly calls the ``Million Robot March'' to protest at an annual event Friday honoring former Iowa coach Hayden Fry. McLeod is calling for the

Tyler Murder Case to be Reviewed by Iowa Supreme Court


The Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of an Oklahoma woman convicted of killing her newborn baby in a Fort Dodge hotel. In June, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled that Hillary Tyler should receive another trial after she was convicted of 2nd degree murder in February. The ruling was due to a medical examiner's testimony that the court says was based on a confession and not

Crime Stoppers Receives 500th Tip Through TipSoft Program


Local law enforcement officials are celebrating a milestone with the Webster County Crime Stoppers TipSoft program. Iowa State Patrol Lt. Kelly Hindman says on Wednesday, Crime Stoppers received the 500th tip since the TipSoft program was started. Hindman says the very first tip was received in April of 2009 and since then, the 500 tips have produced over 2,600 conversations with tipsters to

Buena Vista Student Charged in Alleged Dorm Burglaries


The Storm Lake Police Department says an 18 year-old student was arrested in connection to several burglary reports on the Buena Vista University campus. Officials say North Carolina native Justin Todd was arrested on Tuesday after investigators executed a search warrant in his Pierce Hall dorm room. Between late Sunday and early Monday, seven rooms on the first floor of Pierce Hall were

Man in Charles City Hotel Accused of Threatening Statements Towards School Child


A man in northern Iowa has been arrested after authorities say he made threatening statements against school children. Acting Floyd County Attorney William Baresel said in a news release Wednesday that Loren Saxon was arrested Sunday. He faces charges of terroristic threats and public intoxication. Police reports say Saxon was heavily intoxicated while at a Best Budget Inn in Charles City. He is

Bond Set at $22,000 for FD Drive-By Suspect


Bond was set in the amount of $22,000 for a Fort Dodge teen charged in an alleged drive-by shooting. 18 year-old Xavier Rhone appeared in Webster County Magistrate Court on Tuesday on multiple charges, including class D felony counts of going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for September 3. Rhone is accused of firing shots from a

Firday will be Coleman's Last as Webster County Attorney


Friday will mark the last day on the job for Webster County's Prosecuting Attorney. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that Webster County Attorney Cori Coleman is resigning her position, with her last day being this Friday. The Webster County Board of Supervisors accepted her resignation during its meeting on Tuesday. Coleman announced in June that she would be leaving to move to Des Moines

Law Enforcement Blitz Planned for Labor Day Holiday


Law enforcement agencies across the state are stepping up their efforts this week and will cover Labor Day weekend. The effort is part of the national "drive sober or get pulled over" campaign, and over 250 Iowa law enforcement agencies are taking part. The heightened enforcement blitz began on Monday and will run through Monday, September 7. According to the Iowa Department of

Mason City Woman Sentenced in Arson Case


A Mason City woman has been sent to prison for starting a fire in an apartment building. 33 year-old Jacque Paulsen was given 10 years in prison at her sentencing on Monday. She'd pleaded guilty to a reduced arson charge after making a deal with prosecutors. Investigators say the fire was set April 21 inside an unoccupied apartment, but there were other occupants in the building. No injuries

DSM Police Chief Retiring After 34 Years


Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw says she'll retire from her job in October after 34 years with the department. Bradshaw announced Tuesday she would retire in early October. She says will ``seek other opportunities and find different ways to serve the community.'' Bradshaw says she hopes her replacement is hired from within the department. The Des Moines Police Department is the

FD Police Arrest Drive-By Shooting Suspect


Fort Dodge police say they have arrested a suspect in connection to an alleged drive-by shooting that was reported last Monday. Acting Chief Kevin Doty reports that 18 year-old Xavier Rhone was arrested shortly after 9:20pm Monday during a traffic stop in the 200 block of North 29th Street. Fort Dodge police had been seeking Rhone since last last week, after shots were reportedly fired in the

Smaller Trash Containers will be Available to FD Residents


The city of Fort Dodge has moved forward with plans to get smaller trash and recycling containers into the hands of residents who have requested them. During a Monday night workshop, the council directed the city to begin handing out the smaller 45-gallon containers to residents. The city already has 150 containers and the council will vote on purchasing 300 more at its next meeting. City public

Fake 'Twilight' Actor Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges


A California man accused of posing as an actor from the ``Twilight'' movie series has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual abuse.  33-year-old David LaVera entered the plea Monday against several charges including third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. A trial date has been set for Nov. 5. LaVera is accused of using his smartphone to record a

Waterloo Officer Allegedly Head-Butted by High School Student


Waterloo police say an officer who was head-butted by a high school student and used a stun gun on the boy. The incident occurred Monday at Waterloo East High School after the 16-year-old boy was seen wandering the halls. Police say the police officer and a campus safety officer asked the boy to go to class, leave school or face in-school suspension. Police say the boy head-butted the police

Sullivan Makes Initial Court Appearance


A Fort Dodge man who authorities say escaped from the Webster County Jail last week made his initial appearance in court. 43 year-old Jason Sullivan made his appearance on Class D felony charges of escape and 2nd degree criminal mischief after he was arrested Saturday evening. Sullivan, along with 32 year-old George Johnson, are accused of escaping from the Webster County Jail late Thursday

Sac County Teens Killed in Weekend Crash


Two Sac County teens were killed in a Saturday morning crash near the Sac and Carroll county line. The Iowa State Patrol reported that 16 year-olds Bailey Jacobson and Lindsey Quirk, both from Wall Lake, were killed in a crash at the intersections of 100th Street and Birch Ave and 400th Street and Otter Ave. Their car was struck in the passenger side by a pickup driven by 17 year-old Wall Lake

Arrest Made in Clive Man's Death


The Clive Police Department says a man is in custody in connection to the suspicious death of a 21 year-old Clive man. Authorities say 49 year-old Clive resident Steven Jonas was arrested late Sunday and is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 21 year-old Zachary Paulsen. He pleaded not guilty to charges and is being held in the Polk County Jail on $500,000 bond. Paulsen's

Oelwein Mayor Resigns After Sexual Abuse Arrest


A northeast Iowa mayor, charged with sexually abusing two young girls, has resigned. The Oelwein city attorney says 36 year-old Mayor Jason Manus resigned Friday effective immediately. the City Council is expected to accept the resignation Monday night. Manus is accused of sexually abusing two girls, ages 9 and 14, in 2010. He faces five counts of second-degree sexual abuse. He was arrested on

Boil Order Lifted in Adel


A boil order has been lifted for the city of Adel. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says water bacteria samples taken have tested clean. The boil order was issued on Aug. 20, after the city lost electrical service. The loss of electricity created a pressure loss in the city's distribution system. Without pressure, there's a potential for bacteria to enter the water system.

Two Inmates Escape from Webster County Jail; One At Large


Webster County authorities says two inmates escaped from the Webster County Jail late Thursday night and one remains on the loose. Sheriff Jim Stubbs says 43 year-old James Sullivan and 32 year-old George Johnson escaped at around 10:45pm while they were doing laundry for the jail. While participating in the escape, Johnson sustained injuries and was taking into custody at Trinity Regional

Oelwein Mayor Released from Jail After Posting $65,000 Bond


A northeast Iowa mayor accused of sexually abusing two girls has been released from jail. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 36-year-old Jason Manus left the Fayette County Jail on Wednesday after a bail bonding company posted a reduced $65,000 bond.  Manus, the mayor of Oelwein, is accused of sexually abusing two girls, ages 9 and 14, in 2010. He faces five counts of second-degree

Techel's Lawyer Seeks new Trial After Murder Conviction


The lawyer for a southeast Iowa man convicted of killing his pregnant wife is seeking a new trial. Seth Techel's attorney filed a motion Tuesday asking that his first-degree murder conviction be set aside and a judge order a new trial. The motion was filed ahead of the sentencing next month of Techel, who was found guilty July 24 of first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human

Fort Dodge Man Charged in Alleged Robbery


A Fort Dodge man is being held on $35,000 bond following an alleged robbery. 20 year-old Kyle Mericle is facing charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree theft. Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody says last Friday afternoon, officers were sent to the area of 1st Avenue North and North 14th Street and found 23 year-old Steven Hardisty unconscious with various injuries. Mericle allegedly

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

Newton Woman Charged with Child Endangerment after Daughter Gets Pregnant


Authorities say a central Iowa woman faces a child endangerment charge after it was discovered her 12-year-old daughter is pregnant.  Police say the Newton woman was charged Friday after an investigation showed she ignored comments from multiple witnesses that a man was allegedly engaging in sexual behavior with the girl. Police say the girl also tried to tell her mother about the behavior.

Lightning Strike Causes Fuel Spill in Des Moines


Authorities say lightning caused a fuel spill in Des Moines yesterday morning. Firefighters say lightning struck a communications tower in the area, which damaged equipment. An underground fuel tank below the tower began pumping diesel to an emergency generator without shutting off. The spill triggered an alarm that alerted maintenance crews. Firefighters say about 200 gallons of fuel spilled,

DNR Investigating Fish Kill in Lyon County Stream


The state Department of Natural Resources says it's investigating a fish kill in northwest Iowa. Officials say a conservation officer reported seeing dead fish and crawdads in a Lyon County stream on Tuesday. Further investigation Wednesday revealed dead fish of different sizes and species in the stream, although it was unknown how many fish had been affected.  Officials say aerial

Police: Davenport Woman Shot Son with BB Gun to Teach Safety Lesson


Davenport police say an Iowa mother tried to teach her 6-year-old son a safety lesson by shooting him with a BB gun. 25-year-old Courtney Kie-Marie Owens was arrested Tuesday and charged with child endangerment with injury. The charge is a felony that carries a penalty of five years in prison. Police say Owens had just gotten the BB gun when her son kept trying to play with it. They say she tried

McElroy Found Guilty of Murder


A jury has found a Fort Dodge man guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of a teenager at a party. The jury reached the verdict Tuesday in the trial of 28-year-old Derrick McElroy. McElroy was accused of shooting 19-year-old Brandyn Preston at a bonfire party in May 2011. Preston survived the shooting but was paralyzed from the shoulders down. Police say his death in January 2012 was

Clear Lake Man Facing Charges Stemming from Boating Accident


A 28-year-old man has been charged with boating while being intoxicated in connection with an accident that injured 10 people on Clear Lake. The Cerro Gordo County sheriff's department says William Nicholas, of Clear Lake, also is charged with reckless use of a watercraft and violation of right of way rules. Authorities say Nicholas was operating a boat that slammed into a public dock on Aug.

Fomer Police Officer Convicted of Lascivious Acts with Iowa Girl


A former South Carolina police officer has been convicted of engaging in lascivious acts with an Iowa girl. Pleasant Hill Police said in a news release Tuesday that 31-year-old Allen Haney was accused of communicating with a 13-year-old Des Moines girl via the Internet. Police say the communication was sexual in nature.  Haney was terminated from his job in October. He faces a mandatory

Sex Offender Escapes from Work Release Facility in Davenport


Authorities say they're looking for a registered sex offender who escaped from a work release facility in Davenport. The state Department of Corrections says 29-year-old Randy Paul Doss was placed on escape status Tuesday after he failed to return to the facility from an authorized appointment to update his sex offender registry status. Officials described Doss as a ``lifetime sex

November Trial Set for Waterloo Man Accused of Killing Ex-Girlfriend


A November trial has been scheduled for a Waterloo man accused of killing his former girlfriend. On Tuesday, 36 year-old Shaun Hogan filed a written plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder. He's accused of killing 29-year-old Crystal Marie Gaffney, who was the mother of Hogan's infant daughter. Gaffney's body was found in July in the middle of a road near Walker in Linn

Storm Lake Man in Custody Following Alleged Sexual Assault


A Storm Lake man is being held on  bond following an alleged sexual assault. Storm Lake police say 32 year-old Jose Guerra Flores was arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of 3rd degree sexual abuse, 1st degree burglary, and false imprisonment. Flores is accused of entering his ex-girlfriend's home late Saturday night and sexually assaulting her. In addition, he allegedly

Storm Lake Police Seek Info in Weekend Burglary


The Storm Lake Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a suspect in a weekend burglary. The department says officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Erie Street at about 12:30pm Sunday on a reported intruder in a home. The homeowner told police that the intruder was in the basement, and shoved the homeowner before fleeing from the home in an unknown direction. The

Iowa Falls Man Sentenced for Killing Infant Daughter


An Iowa Falls man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his 7-week-old girl. 28-year-old Trevor Smith received life without parole Monday after being convicted of first-degree murder. He was also convicted in May of child endangerment. That charge was combined with the life term. Police found Aubriana Christian unresponsive in a Waterloo apartment in September 2012. She died Oct. 2.

Fort Dodge Woman Sentenced for Pretending to be Military Veteran


A Fort Dodge woman was sentenced to prison for pretending to be a military veteran. The Webster County Attorney’s Office says 33 year-old Lynnette Ladd will serve up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree Fraudulent Practices. Ladd admitted to falsely representing herself as a veteran between April of 2012 and April 2013 in order to obtain healthcare and compensation

DSM Officer Treated After Being Hit By Car Near State Fair


A Des Moines police officer was treated for minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle outside the Iowa State Fair. Police say senior police officer Ben Ihde was directing traffic outside the fairgrounds about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when he was hit by a vehicle that was slowly turning onto another street. Ihde was knocked off balance and fell, striking his head. He was treated for minor injuries

Iowa Conservatives Continue Fight Against Common Core


Iowa conservatives are continuing to fight the Common Core education standards, but it isn't clear that the program will go away at the state level any time soon. The Common Core is a set of english and math standards that spell out what students should know and when. The standards have been attacked by conservatives, who say the federal government is overreaching into classrooms. Iowa

Deadline Arrives for Homeless to Leave Camps in Des Moines


The deadline has arrived for homeless people to leave their camps along the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in Des Moines. Earlier this month, an administrative law judge ruled that the city can legally evict homeless residents who received notices. The city plans to clean up the areas beginning today. The city has said the notices followed complaints from people who use bike paths in addition to

Fort Dodge Man Held on Robbery, Forgery Charges


A Fort Dodge man is being held on bond, accused of robbing a man at gunpoint and writing bad checks. 28 year-old Kearie Patterson made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Friday and had bond set at $55,000. He is facing multiple felony counts including 2nd degree theft, 2nd degree robbery, and forgery. On July 11, Patterson allegedly robbed Sahid Ali at gunpoint after

State Representatve Charged with Sex Abuse


A Republican state lawmaker has been arrested and charged with felony sexual abuse. The Department of Public Safety says Representative Henry Rayhons of Garner was arrested Friday on the sexual abuse charge. According to the police affidavit, the 78 year-old Rayhons had sexual contact in May with the resident of a care center who was not able to give her consent. A department spokesman confirmed

Deere Announces Hundreds of Layoffs; to Affect Ankeny, Ottumwa Locations


Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest. The affected sites include two in Illinois, one in Kansas, and its Ankeny facility. The company said it is also implementing seasonal and inventory adjustment shutdowns and temporary layoffs at the four affected factories as well as one in Ottumwa. Earlier

Preston Shooting May be Linked to Gang Activity, Witness Testifies


A woman testified at a Fort Dodge man's murder trial that gang activity may be linked to a shooting in 2011.  the witness testified  during the trial of 28-year-old Derrick McElroy. She said there was a feud between two gangs, and that McElroy was involved in one of the gangs. McElroy is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brandyn Preston, who was shot during a bonfire

Witnesses: Coralville Man Ran Over Victim, Left the Scene


Iowa police say a Coralville man ran over another man in a parking lot and left the scene. Coralville Police say they've charged 20-year-old Misael Martinez-Mendiola with leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a revoked license. Witnesses told police that Martinez-Mendiola backed his vehicle over the victim, breaking his leg. They say he drove away from the scene at a high speed.

Braley, Ernst Plan Three Debates


Bruce Braley's camp says it has agreed to three future debates with Joni Ernst in the race for a U.S. Senate seat. In the announcement, Braley's campaign says the debates will be held in Waterloo, Sioux City, and in Perry. The Waterloo debate is scheduled for late August or early September, while the Sioux City debate would be in early October. The third debate in Perry is scheduled for

FD Property Owner Facing City Code Violations in Animal Neglect Case


A Fort Dodge property owner is facing five municipal code violations after authorities took over 40 animals from two properties. 61 year-old Kathleen Bond entered written pleas of not guilty to four counts of failure to register an animal and one count of disturbing the peace. Her trial was scheduled for September 5. In July, Fort Dodge police found 35 cats and nine dogs in the two G Street homes

Feds Release Report on Medical Helicopter Crash


Federal investigators have released more information about a north Iowa helicopter crash that killed three medical workers.  A National Transportation Safety Board report details circumstances of the January 2013 crash near Ventura. The Mercy Air Med helicopter carrying a pilot, nurse and paramedic was on its way to pick up a patient in Emmetsburg when it crashed into a farm field. 

Akron Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Mother


An Akron man has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he killed his mother. 44 year-old Jonathan Neunaber made his plea to the murder charge on Wednesday in Plymouth County District Court in Le Mars. County Attorney Darin Raymond has said Neunaber admitted to causing the death of 80-year-old Esther Grace Neunaber. Her body was found July 9 at her Akron home with the body of her 83-year-old

Cedar Rapids Man Accused of Robbing Four Banks


A Cedar Rapids man is accused of committing four bank robberies in Cedar Rapids. Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that 29-year-old Javon Dockery was indicted on four counts of bank robbery and one count of possession of firearm in furtherance of a crime or violence. Authorities say Dockery robbed a U.S. bank Branch in Cedar Rapids on April 30, and then robbed a Guaranty Bank office twice

Loaded Gun Found in Ankeny Man's Carry-On Luggage at DSM Airport


A loaded gun and an extra magazine have been found by security officials at the Des Moines airport. The Transportation Security Administration says the weapon and magazine were found Monday morning in an Ankeny man's carry-on bag at a security checkpoint. Des Moines police cited the owner, 57-year-old Charles Scott. Firearms may be lawfully transported in checked baggage but not in carry-on

Iowa Inmates Win Lawsuit over Religious Practices


Two Iowa inmates have won a partial victory in a lawsuit against the state over their religious practices. A federal judge says that inmates Michael Williams-El and James Blair-Bey must be provided nightly meals and chapel time during Ramadan and allowed the same religious accommodations as other Muslims. A prison Imam refused to let them participate in Ramadan activities in 2012. Both inmates

Trott Statement Can Be used in Upcoming Trial


A statement made by a Rockwell City man charged with murder will be allowed in court. On Monday, a judge ruled that a statement made by Corey Trott the day he allegedly shot and killed officer Jamie Buenting will be allowed in court. The decision came after Trott's defense wanted the statement left out of proceedings while prosecutors wanted it to remain. Trott is facing a charge of

Jury Seated in McElroy Murder Trial


A jury has been seated in the trial of a Fort Dodge man charged with first-degree murder. Opening statements are scheduled to start Wednesday morning in the trial of 28 year-old Derrick McElroy. The twelve-member jury includes seven females, five males, and two female alternates. In May of 2011, McElroy allegedly shot then 19 year-old Brandyn Preston, who was paralyzed from the shoulders down. He

Sac County Teen Killed in Head-On Crash


The Iowa State Patrol says a Sac County teenager  has been killed in a head-on car crash with a recreational vehicle. The patrol reports the crash occurred Tuesday on Highway 71, south of Early. Authorities say 16-year-old Coral Deal died after driving off the road and then overcorrecting.  They say the teen's Pontiac Vibe crossed the center line and hit a Fleetwood RV driven by a

Iowa Corn Crop Expected to be Record Amount


The government is raising expectations for the nation's corn crop this summer. The Department of Agriculture forecasts that farmers will harvest 14 billion bushels, topping last year's record of 13.9 billion. Experts say a cooler summer has created ideal growing conditions in Iowa and the other 17 states that produce more than 90 percent of the nation's corn.

Carmody Unanimously Approved Council Bluffs Police Chief


The Council Bluffs city council unanimously approved the hiring of Fort Dodge's police chief to take over their department. In a 5-0 vote, the council moved to hire Tim Carmody, who has served as Fort Dodge Police Chief since September of 2010. Carmody's last day of work in Fort Dodge will be August 22 and will start in Council Bluffs on September 2. The move allows Carmody a homecoming

Fort Dodge Welcomes Two New Police Officers, One Firefighter


Two new police officers and one new firefighter were welcomed to Fort Dodge last night. The Fort Dodge city council approved the hiring of officers Matthew Burns and Nathan Eldridge and firefighter Josh Sneller. Burns is an Urbandale native and comes to the department after serving as an intern with the Ames Police Department. Eldridge is a Fort Dodge native who previously served in the United

Webster City Juvenile Detained After Explosives Found


Authorities in Webster City detained a juvenile and seized material suspected of being an explosive device. Webster City police detained the juvenile Sunday after being called to a home for a disturbance. The juvenile, whose name wasn't released, was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation. He hasn't been charged with any crime. The Iowa State Fire Marshal's office took the

Newton Schools Establish new Safety Policies After Fake 'Twilight' Actor inciden


An Iowa school district has overhauled its safety policies after a man accused of enticing a minor while posing as an actor from the ``Twilight'' movie series was allowed to meet with students. The Newton Community School District board voted yesterday on the changes. All schools will have one point of access and employees will be trained on how to handle visitors.

Oelwein Mayor Facing Sexual Assault Charges


The first-year mayor of a northeastern Iowa city is behind bars after being charged with sexually assaulting two girls in 2010. Deputies with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office arrested Oelwein Mayor Jason Manus at his home Monday. He's charged with five counts of second-degree sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting a 14-year-old girl and a nine-year-old girl. Each count carries up to 25

Murder Trial for Fort Dodge Man Begins Tuesday


The trial for a Fort Dodge man charged in a shooting that ultimately left a man dead is set to begin tomorrow. 28 year-old Derrick McElroy will stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder, after he allegedly shot then-19 year-old Brandyn Preston in May of 2011. As a result of the incident, Preston was paralyzed from the shoulders down and ultimately died in January of 2012. Fort Dodge police

Thor Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash


Humboldt County officials say a Thor man was killed in a single-vehicle crash over the weekend. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office reported that 38 year-old Steven Davis was killed when his motorcycle went off-road, slid through the shoulder, and crashed into a ditch. The accident occurred just after 2:00am Saturday on Humboldt County Road P66 just south of Hardy. Witnesses reported seeing

DSM Police Shoot Suspect who Pinned Officer with Car


Des Moines police say they shot a man who struck an officer with his car in a hotel parking lot. Police spokesman Sgt. Jason Halifax says officers initiated contact with the man at the Cozy Rest Motel early Monday. He says the man tried to flee from police and hit a female officer, pinning her against her patrol vehicle. The pinned officer and her partner shot the suspect and his car. The driver

FAA Investigating Fatal Plane Crash in Southern Iowa


The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane crash that killed two people in Wayne County. An Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesman says the Iowa State Patrol was called to the crash Saturday afternoon. He says the crash happened in southern Iowa near Russell. The spokesman says he doesn't know the victims' identities or what caused the crash. It's unclear what

Reported Phone Scammer Claims to Represent Local Newspaper


A reported phone scam in Fort Dodge involves someone claiming they represent the Fort Dodge Messenger newspaper. On Saturday,  The Messenger reported that nine people received calls from a man claiming to represent “a local business”, saying he needed credit card numbers to process bills due to a computer malfunction. The report said the man claiming to represent the “local

Trott Defense Says Confessional Improperly Obtained


A judge is deciding whether jurors will hear the confession of a man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer last year. Prosecutors and defense attorneys argued in court Friday about Corey Trott's confession to shooting 37-year-old Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting during a standoff at Trott's house last September. Trott's attorneys say a special agent with the

Two Will Plead Guilty to Thefts of Over 500 Flagpoles in Carroll


Two Lake City men will plead guilty in connection with the theft of hundreds of flagpoles that had been intended to display flags on Memorial Day weekend. 37-year-old Christopher Gay and 20-year-old Chance Kinney filed plea agreements this week. They each faced two felony theft charges and the agreement called for one of those charges to be dropped. Earlier, 18-year-old Lohrville resident Jerad

Clayton Sentenced for Role in Fort Dodge Bank Robbery


An Omaha man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for his role in robbing a Fort Dodge bank last year. 44 year-old Michael Clayton must also serve three years of supervised release after his prison sentence and must pay $12,500 in restitution to the Citizen's State Bank in Fort Dodge. A jury convicted Clayton on a bank robbery charge in February.  Prosecutors

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 .

Search Called Off for man in Eagle Grove


Eagle Grove Police say they have called of their search of a man who is wanted in Cerro Gordo County. Earlier Thursday, authorities were searching for Jordan Pohlman, who was last seen in Eagle Grove at around 9:00am. Pohlman has a court order for his arrest in Cerro Gordo County. Yesterday afternoon, Eagle Grove Police Captain Josh Kueisle says cell phone records showed that Pohlman was in Cerro

Cerro Gordo County Fugitive Being Sought in Eagle Grove


Eagle Grove Police are currently searching for a man wanted in Cerro Gordo County. Eagle Grove Police Captain Josh Kueisle says that Jordan Pohlman, who has a court order for his custody in Cerro Gordo County, is currently being sought. He was last seen in Eagle Grove at around 9:00am Thursday in the area of SW 3rd St and S Western Ave and was wearing blue jeans and a white shirt.  He is

ISU Ends VEISHEA Festival for Good


Iowa State University's president is ending the annual Veishea festival saying it has become a week-long alcohol fueled party that places students at risk.  President Steven Leath says the festival over the years has resulted in dozens of violent incidents, riots, property damage and two deaths. A late-night crowd disturbance in early April injured a student and the remainder of the

Nashua Promotes Interim Police Chief


A city council in northern Iowa has promoted an officer to take over for the demoted police chief. On Monday night the Nashua City Council gave the job to Paul Becthold, whose been with the force for more than a dozen years. He'd been named interim chief after Ernie Willsher was demoted back to being an officer. Mayor Deanne Lantow said in the demotion notice to Willsher on June 20th that his

Barlas Found Not Guilty By Insanity in Death of his Father


A judge says a Mason City man is not guilty by reason of insanity for the fatal stabbing of his father. Judge Gregg Rosenbladt ruled Wednesday that the psychotic episode experienced by 43-year-old Thomas Barlas Jr. rendered him incapable of comprehending right from wrong. Barlas was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 73-year-old Thomas Barlas Sr. He was killed at his Mason

Charges Filed Against Fake "Twilight" Actor


A California man who police say claimed to be an actor from the ``Twilight'' movie series to entice girls faces several charges in Iowa including sexual abuse. The Newton Police Department and Jasper County Sheriff's Office say 33-year-old David A. LaVera faces multiple charges in connection with incidents involving minors. The charges include third-degree sexual abuse, sexual

FDPD Seek Info in Attempted Assault Near Snell Crawford Park


The Fort Dodge Police Department is seeking information in an alleged attempted assault near Snell Crawford Park. Chief Tim Carmody says shortly after 9:00am Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the Snell Crawford Trail about a mile east of the park on a reported assault. A 34 year-old female Fort Dodge resident reported that she was assaulted by a male suspect while jogging. The victim

Havelock Mayor Facing Midsemeanor Trespass, Littering Charges


The Pocahontas County Sheriff's Office says the Mayor of Havelock is facing two misdemeanor charges. Sheriff Bob Lampe says 70 year-old Garland Smith was arrested and charged with trespass and littering. On July 16, Lampe says his office received a complaint that Smith had driven his lawnmower onto a property and placed a pizza box and rock in a citizen's driveway. An arrest warrant for

Fort Dodge to Celebrate New Rec Trails Next Week


Fort Dodge and Webster County residents are invited to officially celebrate the completion of new area recreational trails. The "Celebration of Trails" will be Friday, August 15 and take place at the former Sunkissed Meadows golf course. The event begins with a 6:15pm ribbon cutting ceremony and will be followed by a family bike ride and scavenger hunt, pedal power poker ride, and the

Barlas Jr. to Stand Trial in Death of his Father


A nonjury trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday for a 43-year-old Mason City man accused of killing his father. Thomas Barlas Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 73-year-old Thomas Barlas Sr. He was killed at his Mason City home on July 18 last year. Thomas Barlas Jr.'s attorneys have filed court notices that they plan to present an insanity defense.

Federal Disaster Declared for 22 Iowa Counties


A federal disaster declaration has been issued for 22 Iowa counties damaged by severe weather in June and July. The White House and Governor Terry Branstad announced the presidential disaster declaration Tuesday. The declaration was issued for counties including Hamilton, Hardin, Audubon, and Butler counties. Branstad requested the support from President Barack Obama after the 22 counties were

Driving Instructer Accused of Stealing Another Instructor's Identity


An Iowa driving instructor has been accused of stealing another instructor's identity to teach a class. 65-year-old Mount Pleasant resident Frederick Donald Bindner was arrested Tuesday in Johnson County and faces a charge of felony identity theft. Bindner is accused of using the driving instructor's personal identification information to teach a class over several days in June. Bindner

Four Injured in Head-On Crash Near Clear Lake


The Iowa State Patrol says four people including a 4-month-old baby were injured in a two-vehicle accident. The patrol says a car crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 18 and struck a jeep head-on Tuesday near Clear Lake. Two teenagers in the car were taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. One was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening and the other's condition is unknown. The

Applications for Citizen's Academy Being Accepted


The Fort Dodge Police Department is accepting applications for another edition of its Fort Dodge/Webster County Citizen's Academy. The class, which will be the seventh since it began, will meet on Tuesday nights from September 8 through October 28. The class will touch on a variety of subjects, including arson and crime scene investigations, 911 communications, and Webster County Crime

Humboldt City Council Address Mayor Situation Through Statement


The Mayor of Humboldt apologized for his behavior, and says he has no plans to resign following a recent incident that led to a criminal charge. During its meeting yesterday, the Humboldt City Council issued a statement on Mayor Walter Jensen, who was charged with second-degree criminal mischief in May after allegedly keying another man's car. The statement in part read "his conduct has

Man Sentenced for Stealing, Selling Nearly 200 Pigs


An Iowa man has been sentenced to about a month in jail after pleading guilty to selling 195 pigs that didn't belong to him.  44-year-old Monty Grote pleaded guilty Friday in Buena Vista County District Court to three counts of third-degree theft. He received a 30-day jail sentence and was placed on two years of probation. Grote also has to pay about $14,600 in restitution. Court

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Boone County


Iowa conservation officials announced Monday that the Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in Boone County. Iowa State University Extension said that two adult Emerald Ash Borer beetles were found in a trap, and were confirmed by an expert. In anticipation of the beetle, the city of Boone already has inventoried trees along streets and is working to establish funding for the removal of trees in

Storm Lake Police Searching for Missing Sex Offender


Authorities in northwest Iowa are searching for a man who absconded from a sex offender transition release program. The Iowa Department of Human Services says 42-year-old Cory West did not return from his place of employment and was last seen in the Storm Lake area. Authorities say he absconded early Sunday. West is described as a Caucasian male standing 6'5" 180 lbs with brown hair,

Pomeroy Man Killed in Saturday Rollover Crash


The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office says a Pomeroy man was killed in a Saturday night rollover crash. According to a statement from the office, deputies were called to a bean field at Pella Ave and 190th Street after a witness reported seeing a truck upside down. Crews from multiple departments responded and found 28 year-old Steven Hutchinson, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Humboldt Council to Address Mayor Jensen Situation Tonight


The Humboldt City Council is expected to issue a statement regarding Mayor Walter Jensen when it meets tonight. The council met Friday morning for a closed session to discuss the professional competency of Jensen. In April, Jensen was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, after he allegedly keyed a truck owned by Joshua Stubbs. Stubbs is engaged to Jensen's

Man Shot by Fort Madison Police After Brandishing Knife


Authorities say a 27-year-old was fatally shot by a Fort Madison police officer after he allegedly brandished a knife during a chase. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says officers were called to a report of a man slashing vehicle tires with a knife around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Officers say they spotted Ryan Swearingen with the knife and chased him into a home. Police entered the home and

Four Hospitalized in Clear Lake Boating Accident


Four people were hospitalized and six others were injured after an early morning boating accident on Clear Lake. Authorities were called to the northern Iowa lake shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a 2000 Cobalt boat operated by 28-year-old Andrew Nicholas struck a public dock. Authorities say two 23-year-old victims, Nicholas and Taylor Olson, were

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