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Iowa man who used machete to kill his parents found guilty

Iowa man who used machete to kill his parents found guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who used a machete to kill his parents on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement was convicted by a jury today after an eight-day trial…

Drug dealers, other crooks set free by President Obama

Drug dealers, other crooks set free by President Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Barack Obama granted clemency to twenty individuals, consisting of eight commutations and twelve pardons. The President granted commutations of sentence to the following…

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba, “extends a hand of friendship”

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba, “extends a hand of friendship”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama said Wednesday that the ongoing policy of treating Cuba like a terrorist nation has failed, and his administration intends to move toward normalizing…

Floyd county to test body cameras on deputies

Floyd county to test body cameras on deputies

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is getting a body camera for use by its deputies. Today, Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch reported that his staff…

NIACC women’s basketball team ranked second

NIACC women’s basketball team ranked second

MASON CITY – Still No. 2. The NIACC women’s basketball team remained No. 2 in the NJCAA Division II poll released Wednesday. NIACC (9-1 overall) topped Riverland CC…

Three injured in head-on collision Wednesday evening in Mason City

Three injured in head-on collision Wednesday evening in Mason City

MASON CITY – Three people ended up at Mercy Hospital Wednesday night after a two-vehicle accident at a rural Mason City intersection. Mason City police told NIT that…

Emergency rescuers save dog that fell down a well

Emergency rescuers save dog that fell down a well

OELWEIN – A dog fell down a well Wednesday morning near Oelwein, Iowa and was rescued by emergency responders. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said today that they…

Lost, drunk couple still sorting out problems in court

Lost, drunk couple still sorting out problems in court

MASON CITY – A man and a woman who led police on a wild goose chase this past summer while drunk-dialing for help have pleaded guilty to a…

Alleged biter pleads not guilty

Alleged biter pleads not guilty

MASON CITY – A woman who cops say bit her man on the arm during a domestic fracas has entered a not guilty plea and will stand trial…

Waterloo cops catch teen in act of breaking into house

Waterloo cops catch teen in act of breaking into house

WATERLOO – One teen was nabbed by cops as he and his pals were burglarizing a house. On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:30 AM, the Waterloo Police…

It will be Bartz versus O’Keefe for vacant Worth county supervisor seat

It will be Bartz versus O’Keefe for vacant Worth county supervisor seat

NORTHWOOD – No date has been set yet for a special election in Worth county for the vacant District 1 supervisor seat previously held by the late Dennis…

Another female bank robber strikes in Des Moines

Another female bank robber strikes in Des Moines

DES MOINES – Not long after catching a woman who robbed a Des Moines bank, another female suspect is being sought in a second bank robbery Tuesday morning…

Mason City felon pleads guilty in drunken golf cart ride

Mason City felon pleads guilty in drunken golf cart ride

MASON CITY – A Mason City felon has pleaded guilty to second offense drunk driving after he was caught this summer – intoxicated – on a North End…

Woman pleads guilty to vandalizing car in courthouse parking lot

Woman pleads guilty to vandalizing car in courthouse parking lot

MASON CITY – A woman has accepted a plea deal in case where she was accused of vandalizing a car in the Cerro Gordo county courthouse parking lot.…

Iowa man sent to prison after he views naked child via webcam

Iowa man sent to prison after he views naked child via webcam

BOSTON – An Iowa man was sentenced to 20 years in prison today in Massachusetts for enticing a 10-year-old girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct online, which…

News Briefs

  • Newt Gingrich: "No one should kid themselves. With the ‪‎Sony‬ collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very, very dangerous precedent. Sony should release ‪The Interview‬ online for free so ‪‎North Korea‬ can't censor American creativity."
  • Technology giant Apple stops sales of its products in Russia, saying the ‪ruble‬'s value is too volatile for it to set prices.
  • "The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s bomb attack in Radaa, Yemen, which killed dozens, including at least 15 girls who were riding in their school bus." - U.S. State Department
  • New York Times reports that American intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’s computers.
  • FREE movie on Friday, Dec. 19th at the national Guard Armory in Mason City. Doors open at 5:30pm. Story time is at 6pm and the movie will start at 6:30pm. Bring a pillow and blanket. Everyone will get a bag of popcorn, pop and a snack.
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Watercooler

Restaurant reviews might be on the horizon

Restaurant reviews might be on the horizon

NIT Opinion – The Restaurant Review has been absent from NIT, but it may be…

Ted Cruz slams Obama deal with Cuba

Ted Cruz slams Obama deal with Cuba

WASHINGTON – President Obama today announced a historic deal with Cuba to strengthen ties and…

Mayor and council help Des Moines Register paint MC as a town full of backwater hillbillies

Mayor and council help Des Moines Register paint MC as a town full of backwater hillbillies

NIT Opinion – The dividends of electing this cadre of punchinellos keep paying off for…

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Crime

Iowa man who used machete to kill his parents found guilty

Iowa man who used machete to kill his parents found guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who used a machete to kill his parents on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement was convicted by a jury today after an eight-day trial…

Drug dealers, other crooks set free by President Obama

Drug dealers, other crooks set free by President Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Barack Obama granted clemency to twenty individuals, consisting of eight commutations and twelve pardons. The President granted commutations of sentence to the following…

Lost, drunk couple still sorting out problems in court

Lost, drunk couple still sorting out problems in court

MASON CITY – A man and a woman who led police on a wild goose chase this past summer while drunk-dialing for help have pleaded guilty to a…

Alleged biter pleads not guilty

Alleged biter pleads not guilty

MASON CITY – A woman who cops say bit her man on the arm during a domestic fracas has entered a not guilty plea and will stand trial…

Waterloo cops catch teen in act of breaking into house

Waterloo cops catch teen in act of breaking into house

WATERLOO – One teen was nabbed by cops as he and his pals were burglarizing a house. On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 12:30 AM, the Waterloo Police…

Another female bank robber strikes in Des Moines

Another female bank robber strikes in Des Moines

DES MOINES – Not long after catching a woman who robbed a Des Moines bank, another female suspect is being sought in a second bank robbery Tuesday morning…

Mason City felon pleads guilty in drunken golf cart ride

Mason City felon pleads guilty in drunken golf cart ride

MASON CITY – A Mason City felon has pleaded guilty to second offense drunk driving after he was caught this summer – intoxicated – on a North End…

Woman pleads guilty to vandalizing car in courthouse parking lot

Woman pleads guilty to vandalizing car in courthouse parking lot

MASON CITY – A woman has accepted a plea deal in case where she was accused of vandalizing a car in the Cerro Gordo county courthouse parking lot.…

Iowa man sent to prison after he views naked child via webcam

Iowa man sent to prison after he views naked child via webcam

BOSTON – An Iowa man was sentenced to 20 years in prison today in Massachusetts for enticing a 10-year-old girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct online, which…

Waterloo police car rammed, suspect arrested

Waterloo police car rammed, suspect arrested

WATERLOO – A man was arrested in Waterloo after ramming a cop car and sending two officers to the hospital. Waterloo police reported that on the morning of…

World

Iowa man injured by shotgun while deer hunting

CARROLL COUNTY, IA – A Carroll man was injured last weekend when he was hit by a shotgun slug while deer…

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba, “extends a hand of friendship”

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba, “extends a hand of friendship”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama said Wednesday that the ongoing policy of treating Cuba like a terrorist nation has failed, and…

Taliban massacre over 100 school children

Taliban massacre over 100 school children

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN – Reports have surfaced that Taliban terrorists entered a school in Pakistan and murdered over 140 people, most of…

NATO to begin non-combat mission in Afghanistan in 2015

NATO to begin non-combat mission in Afghanistan in 2015

WASHINGTON – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Afghanistan have agreed to establish a new non-combat, training, advisory and assistance…

Politics

Branstad appoints Christopher L. Bruns and David P. Odekirk District Court Judges

DES MOINES – Gov. Branstad appointed today Christopher L. Bruns as judge to the 6th Judicial District. He also appointed David P. Odekirk as judge to the…

It will be Bartz versus O’Keefe for vacant Worth county supervisor seat

NORTHWOOD – No date has been set yet for a special election in Worth county for the vacant District 1 supervisor seat previously held by the late…

Business

International visitors spent $18.5 million for trips to U.S. this year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that international visitors spent $18.5 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States…

Two Start Smart Workshops to be offered in Mason City

MASON CITY – Two free classes are being offered for anyone who is considering starting a business. Start Smart is being offered by North Iowa Area Community…

Crime

Iowa man who used machete to kill his parents found guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who used a machete to kill his parents on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement was convicted by a jury today after an eight-day…

Drug dealers, other crooks set free by President Obama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Barack Obama granted clemency to twenty individuals, consisting of eight commutations and twelve pardons. The President granted commutations of sentence to the…

Watercooler

Restaurant reviews might be on the horizon

NIT Opinion – The Restaurant Review has been absent from NIT, but it may be time to make that absence a thing of the past. Food is…

Ted Cruz slams Obama deal with Cuba

WASHINGTON – President Obama today announced a historic deal with Cuba to strengthen ties and end five decades of animosity between the two Cold War adversaries.  But…