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Tom Hanafan

Retired Council Bluffs Mayor to Seek New Office

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

Gas Leak

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

Cell Tower

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

Sioux City Man Sentenced to Prison for Car Chase

A Sioux City man has been sentenced to five years in prison for leading authorities on a high-speed car chase in May. The 25-year-old David Whitlock was sentenced Thursday in Woodbury County District Court after he pleaded guilty to eluding, possession of a controlled substance and second-offense operating while intoxicated. Numerous misdemeanor charges were dismissed

Siren Lights

Ex-Iowa Doctor Gets Prison for Child Pornography

A former Council Bluffs doctor has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison on a child pornography charge. Dennis Jones received the sentence Friday in federal court in Council Bluffs on one count of possession of child pornography. Jones pleaded guilty to the charge in May as part of a deal. He also

Ft. Dodge

More Witnesses Testify in Iowa Man’s Murder Trial

Additional witnesses have testified in a Fort Dodge man’s murder trial about his alleged involvement in a gang. A police detective said Thursday at Webster County District Court that tattoos on 28-year-old Derrick McElroy are consistent with those used by members of the Bloods gang. But he added during cross examination that the tattoos may

Branstad Hatch Debate

Iowa Governor Candidates Meet for First Debate

Republican Governor Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch sparred over who could best boost job creation, enhance education and improve quality of life during their first televised debate Branstad and Hatch met Thursday at the Iowa State Fair. It was the first of three debates in the race. Branstad is running for an unprecedented

Javon Dockery

Cedar Rapids Man Charged With 4 Bank Robberies

An eastern Iowa man is accused of committing four bank robberies in Cedar Rapids. Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that 29-year-old Javon Dockery of Cedar Rapids 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