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Ft. Dodge Man Uses Closed Account on Car Down Payment

A 28-year-old Fort Dodge man faces robbery, fraud, theft and several other charges. Kearie Patterson is accused of writing more than $14,500 in fraudulent checks and robbing a man at gunpoint last month. Police say Patterson wrote a nearly $3,300 check from a closed account to make a down payment on a car.

Iowa Man Pleads Guilty in Harassment Case

An eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection to threatening letters involving a major high school football program. The 44-year-old Daniel Stone of Solon pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree harassment and interference with official acts as part of plea deal. Stone was arrested in July after DNA evidence linked him to several

Four Plead Not Guilty in Des Moines ‘Flipping’ Case

A lawyer and three businessmen have pleaded not guilty to bank fraud charges in connection with an alleged homebuying scheme in the Des Moines area. Attorney Jason Springer, mortgage broker Jerod Hogan, real estate agent Rick Makohoniuk and business owner Patrick Steven were arraigned Friday in federal court in Des Moines. A fifth defendant, Nathan


Woodbury County Hikes Fee for Juvenile Offenders

Woodbury County will now charge outside entities more to house young offenders at its juvenile detention center. Starting August 24th, the northwestern Iowa county will charge agencies $150 a day per young person, up from the current $100. The is move expected to generate an additional $100,000 a year for the county. Officials say the

Sunday Conversation with Sentor Charles Grassley on Inspectors General

Q: What are Inspectors General? A: Congressional oversight is a primary means for the legislative branch to strengthen our system of checks and balances. In addition to exercising power of the purse and conducting oversight hearings and investigations, lawmakers added more eyes and ears within the executive branch to help root out mismanagement and wrongdoing.

Logan Accident Leaves Man Fighting for His Life

A western Iowa woman has died in a two vehicle crash that has left another man fighting for his life in an Omaha, Nebraska hospital. The  crash of a car and a sport utility vehicle happened around 8 p.m. Thursday on Highway 30 just east of Logan. The Iowa State Patrol says the car driven

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Retired Council Bluffs Mayor to Seek New Office

It seems the retired longtime mayor of Council Bluffs just can’t stay away from politics. Tom Hanafan, who retired as mayor of the western Iowa city in January after 25 years, is now running for the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors. Hanafan filed his election nomination papers Friday — after the deadline for candidates running


Iowa City Online Penny Auction Site Closes Down

A fledgling Iowa City company has shut down its auction website, upsetting customers and prompting the state to take steps to recoup a $250,000 award. , an online penny auction business that grew from a University of Iowa class project, took its last bids in July before ceasing its auctions. But some site users say

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Dubuque Workers Respond to Natural Gas Leak

No one was injured after a homeowner using a small excavator tore open a residential natural gas line in Dubuque. The accident and resulting gas leak occurred around 10 a.m. Saturday. Police and firefighters responded to the leak to evacuate nearby homes, but no one was found at home at the surrounding houses. Officials say

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Davenport Residents Object to Cell Tower in Park

Davenport residents upset over a cellphone tower placed in the middle of a city park say they believe city officials did not follow local laws and regulations in approving the structure. The 180-foot tower is being built by AT and T in Emeis Park. Despite a city ordinance requiring new cell towers to go through