New University of Iowa Firewalls

   The University of Iowa is enhancing its security measures after several employees were tricked into an online scam seeking personal information. Jane Drews, head of security for the school’s information technology services, says her office is working to reduce the amount of phishing emails that make it through security filters. She says there have […]

Police Looking for New Belmond Contract

    A December 2 City Council Meeting in Belmond could an interesting response from the council to the contract demands set forth by the Police Department. The Teamsters Union is representing the Belmond Police in their negotiations with the city. The union is asking that the city for staggered pay scales depending on shifts. […]

Car Chase Leads to Drowning

   Authorities say the Des Moines woman whose car plunged into a lake following a police chase died of drowning. Polk County officials say it will take a few weeks before toxicology tests can show whether there were drugs or alcohol involved in the death of 51-year-old Brenda Hatfield. The chase began Wednesday morning after […]

Cancer Victim Wants Parole

  An inmate who was once the youngest lifer in Iowa’s correctional system has cancer and wants to die outside prison walls. A Polk County judge has resentenced Kristina Fetters and is recommending parole. Fetters was convicted of killing her great-aunt, Arlene Klehm, in 1994.

Embezzler Sentenced

A 54-year-old Mason City woman has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for embezzling nearly $70,000 from the bank where she worked. Margaret Sheese was sentenced yesterday in federal court. In a plea agreement, Sheese admitted to making 29 secret withdrawals from accounts belonging to one customer of Northwood State Bank.

Garner Golf Course Purchase to be Debated

A Public Hearing has been scheduled by the Garner City Council to discuss the voluntary annexation of the Garner Golf and Country Club. The annexation, which is voluntary, will involve 77 acres. The purchase price of the course according to officials is around $140,000, but could end up being more. The price is contingent on […]