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At least one person pulled from house after reported fire (40 photos and video)

At least one person pulled from house after reported fire (40 photos and video)

MASON CITY – A slew of firefighters and police responded to a reported house fire in the Central Heights neighborhood early Thursday morning, and one man was pulled…

Former Iowa Senator who took $73K in under-the-table payments to switch support to Ron Paul campaign pleads guilty

Former Iowa Senator who took $73K in under-the-table payments to switch support to Ron Paul campaign pleads guilty

WASHINGTON — A former Iowa State Senator pleaded guilty today to concealing payments he received from the Ron Paul presidential campaign in exchange for switching his support and services…

Charles City woman arrested for theft

Charles City woman arrested for theft

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman was arrested for theft this week and pled guilty the next day.…

COPS cameraman shot dead in Omaha during gun battle at fast food restaurant

COPS cameraman shot dead in Omaha during gun battle at fast food restaurant

OMAHA – A cameraman with the popular TV show COPS was shot dead in Omaha, Nebraska Tuesday night while following police during a gun battle. “Last night and…

Plea deal announced in Mason City arson case

Plea deal announced in Mason City arson case

MASON CITY – A North Iowa woman will spend up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to intentionally setting a fire at an apartment house near downtown…

Mason City teen reported missing

Mason City teen reported missing

MASON CITY – A Mason City teen was reported missing Tuesday, August 26. According to the state’s missing person clearinghouse, 16-year-old Gabriel N. Lee is missing since Tuesday,…

UPDATE: Drunk Charles City man arrested for threatening schoolchildren

UPDATE: Drunk Charles City man arrested for threatening schoolchildren

CHARLES CITY – Police in Charles City were called to a hotel to deal with an intoxicated man who allegedly claimed he wanted to harm schoolchildren.…

Child, dog shot and injured by possible air-soft gun in Mason City

Child, dog shot and injured by possible air-soft gun in Mason City

MASON CITY – An unknown culprit is apparently shooting children and animals with an air-soft or pellet gun in a North End neighborhood.…

Two men flee cops after boozing at bar, throwing beer mug

Two men flee cops after boozing at bar, throwing beer mug

MASON CITY – A heated argument at a local watering hole led an allegedly irate man to pitch a pool ball and then flee with his pal as…

Shooting instructor dead after 9-year-old girl shoots him accidentally with automatic Uzi

Shooting instructor dead after 9-year-old girl shoots him accidentally with automatic Uzi

WHITE HILLS, ARIZONA – A tragic accident took the life of a shooting instructor in Arizona who was showing a 9-year-old girl how to fire an automatic Uzi.…

Chickasaw county sheriff warns of scams, gives advice to avoid them

Chickasaw county sheriff warns of scams, gives advice to avoid them

NEW HAMPTON – When you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of…

Rep. Steckman calls for tuition freeze for third-straight year

Rep. Steckman calls for tuition freeze for third-straight year

MASON CITY – Representative Sharon Steckman joined her Democratic counterpart Amanda Ragan this week in calling for an unprecedented third-straight year of college tuition freezes at Iowa’s public…

MC man turns himself in for trip to slammer

MC man turns himself in for trip to slammer

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who lost his appeal on convictions of felony domestic abuse with strangulation and drunk driving with his child in the car…

Charles City police catch man who allegedly stole hundreds of dollars worth of tools

Charles City police catch man who allegedly stole hundreds of dollars worth of tools

CHARLES CITY – A man with a long criminal record was caught by Charles City police Sunday and accused of stealing hundreds of dollars worth of tools.…

Charles City man allegedly causes car accident while driving drunk

Charles City man allegedly causes car accident while driving drunk

CHARLES CITY – Police in Charles City investigated an auto accident Sunday afternoon and arrested a man after an investigation.…


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Crime

Former Iowa Senator who took $73K in under-the-table payments to switch support to Ron Paul campaign pleads guilty

Former Iowa Senator who took $73K in under-the-table payments to switch support to Ron Paul campaign pleads guilty

WASHINGTON — A former Iowa State Senator pleaded guilty today to concealing payments he received from the Ron Paul presidential campaign in exchange for switching his support and services…

Charles City woman arrested for theft

Charles City woman arrested for theft

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman was arrested for theft this week and pled guilty the next day.…

Plea deal announced in Mason City arson case

Plea deal announced in Mason City arson case

MASON CITY – A North Iowa woman will spend up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to intentionally setting a fire at an apartment house near downtown…

Iowa man sentenced for firearms crimes

Iowa man sentenced for firearms crimes

CEDAR RAPIDS – Terrance Joseph Kilburg, age 48, from Bellevue, Iowa, received a 235-month prison term after an April 14, 2014, guilty plea to one count of being…

UPDATE: Drunk Charles City man arrested for threatening schoolchildren

UPDATE: Drunk Charles City man arrested for threatening schoolchildren

CHARLES CITY – Police in Charles City were called to a hotel to deal with an intoxicated man who allegedly claimed he wanted to harm schoolchildren.…

Child, dog shot and injured by possible air-soft gun in Mason City

Child, dog shot and injured by possible air-soft gun in Mason City

MASON CITY – An unknown culprit is apparently shooting children and animals with an air-soft or pellet gun in a North End neighborhood.…

Two men flee cops after boozing at bar, throwing beer mug

Two men flee cops after boozing at bar, throwing beer mug

MASON CITY – A heated argument at a local watering hole led an allegedly irate man to pitch a pool ball and then flee with his pal as…

Chickasaw county sheriff warns of scams, gives advice to avoid them

Chickasaw county sheriff warns of scams, gives advice to avoid them

NEW HAMPTON – When you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of…

MC man turns himself in for trip to slammer

MC man turns himself in for trip to slammer

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who lost his appeal on convictions of felony domestic abuse with strangulation and drunk driving with his child in the car…

Charles City police catch man who allegedly stole hundreds of dollars worth of tools

Charles City police catch man who allegedly stole hundreds of dollars worth of tools

CHARLES CITY – A man with a long criminal record was caught by Charles City police Sunday and accused of stealing hundreds of dollars worth of tools.…

World

U.S. Central Command has conducted 101 airstrikes across Iraq since Aug. 8

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 – U.S. military forces today continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations,…

F-15C Eagle Jet Crashes in Virginia

F-15C Eagle Jet Crashes in Virginia

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 – An F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed near Deerfield, Virginia, at approximately 9:05 a.m. today during a routine…

Wisconsin man killed in motorcycle accident in Benton county

Wisconsin man killed in motorcycle accident in Benton county

KEYSTONE, IOWA – A Wisconsin man was killed Tuesday in Benton county while riding his motorcycle.…

Defense department says Russian movements further increasing tensions

Defense department says Russian movements further increasing tensions

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 – Despite Russian…

Politics

Gov. Branstad appoints Dustria Ann Relph District Court Judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed Dustria Ann Relph District Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District (5B). Relph, of Corydon, earned her law…

Rep. Steckman calls for tuition freeze for third-straight year

MASON CITY – Representative Sharon Steckman joined her Democratic counterpart Amanda Ragan this week in calling for an unprecedented third-straight year of college tuition freezes at Iowa’s…

Business

Kohl’s plays rough with Marshalls department store, blocks its opening in MC

MASON CITY – Apparently citing a legality – and in doing so, protecting its turf – Kohl’s retail corporation is blocking the Marshalls store from opening in…

Iowa’s unemployment rate increases slightly to 4.5 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.5 percent in July from 4.4 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8…

Crime

Former Iowa Senator who took $73K in under-the-table payments to switch support to Ron Paul campaign pleads guilty

WASHINGTON — A former Iowa State Senator pleaded guilty today to concealing payments he received from the Ron Paul presidential campaign in exchange for switching his support and…

Charles City woman arrested for theft

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman was arrested for theft this week and pled guilty the next day.…

Watercooler

At least one person pulled from house after reported fire (40 photos and video)

MASON CITY – A slew of firefighters and police responded to a reported house fire in the Central Heights neighborhood early Thursday morning, and one man was…

COPS cameraman shot dead in Omaha during gun battle at fast food restaurant

OMAHA – A cameraman with the popular TV show COPS was shot dead in Omaha, Nebraska Tuesday night while following police during a gun battle. “Last night…