Author Archives: AJ Taylor

Obama Commutes Drug Sentence of Muscatine Woman

A Muscatine woman is one of eight drug convicts whose prison time has been cut short by President Barack Obama. Obama announced Wednesday that Jennifer Regenos’ 20-year prison sentence has been commuted to expire in April. She was sentenced in 2002 on a conviction of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The president also pardoned 12 convicts

US backs off death penalty in Iowa slayings

Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against a woman convicted of helping kill five people in Iowa in 1993. The government said in a court filing Wednesday that it will no longer seek to execute Angela Johnson in the drug-related killings. She’s expected to be sentenced to life in

Dog Rescued in Oelwein

Authorities in northwest Iowa have rescued a dog that fell into an abandoned well. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the owners of the brown dog that was pulled from the well yesterday. The animal is being cared for by the Oelwein Veterinarian Clinic.  


Prosecuter Wants Change of Venue

A prosecutor says it will be impossible to find an impartial jury in Hancock County for the trial of a former state lawmaker accused of sexual abuse. Assistant Attorney General Tyler Buller said Tuesday that former state Rep. Henry Rayhons, his lawyer and his family have provided commentary that’s led to slanted and misleading coverage

Diane S. Benson

Diane S. Benson, 69, of Forest City went to be with her heavenly Father who she loved dearly on Monday, December 15, 2014 at the ABCM Rehabilitation Center in Independence, Iowa.  Memorial services will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the Cataldo Schott Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Rod Hopp of the Immanuel


Iowa Soybean Association Recognizes Agricultural, Environmental Leaders

The state’s top agricultural chief, a high school senior preparing to study agricultural business at Iowa State University and a nationally respected leader in soil and water conservation were recognized by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) for their dedication to Iowa’s farmers and the soybean industry. Receiving ISA leadership awards during a banquet held in

Nelson Scores 27, Waldorf Snaps Four-game Skid

Getting back on the winning track, the Waldorf College men’s basketball team scored an 84-78 victory over Presentation College on Wednesday. “I like the way our guys scrambled and worked,” Waldorf coach Nigel Jenkins said. The Warriors (3-9) held a 38-37 edge at halftime. They extended their lead to nine points in the second half


Spencer Police Investigate Murder

Authorities in northwest Iowa are investigating after a 23-year-old woman was found dead in an apartment. Police say the woman was found Monday evening and declared dead at the scene. Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton says police received “numerous calls in reference to a male yelling for help” at the apartment.

Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services of Mason City

Counterclaim Filed By Drug Treatment Center

A Mason City drug treatment center has filed a counterclaim against a former employee who was cleared of embezzlement from the facility. In October, Tracy Hassman filed a lawsuit against Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services of Mason City and its executive director, accusing them of libel and slander. Hassman, of Nora Springs, had charges of

Lehigh, IA

Mayor Quits, City Clerk Fired, Council Leaderless in Lehigh

The small central Iowa city of Lehigh is now without a mayor and a city clerk. Mayor Mark Johnson resigned last week so he could spend more time with his family. The Lehigh City Council voted Monday to fire City Clerk Wanda Ganeff, citing poor performance. Councilman Troy Twito says Ganeff wasn’t following orders or