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Garner man violates terms of pre-trial release with alleged hate crime

Garner man violates terms of pre-trial release with alleged hate crime

MASON CITY – A man from Garner already facing serious charges after an incident at Clear Lake earlier this month was arrested on a new charge described as…

RAGBRAI riders to be greeted by new sculpture installed near downtown

RAGBRAI riders to be greeted by new sculpture installed near downtown

MASON CITY – A new sculpture was installed Monday evening near downtown Mason City, just in time to greet the RAGBRAI crowd set to visit town Wednesday. A…

Iowa man dies on RAGBRAI ride; MC man seriously injured

Iowa man dies on RAGBRAI ride; MC man seriously injured

GRAETTINGER – An Iowa man died Monday during the annual RAGRBAI ride across Iowa. Meanwhile, a Mason City man was seriously injured after being struck by car in…

Women’s homeless shelter relocating

Women’s homeless shelter relocating

MASON CITY – A women’s homeless shelter in Mason City is relocating.…

Mason City teen reported missing by mom

Mason City teen reported missing by mom

MASON CITY – A Mason City teen is missing at this time. Robert J. Wilson, age 13, was reported missing to Mason City police Monday. “Wilson apparently ran…

Liquor store now open on Monroe Avenue

Liquor store now open on Monroe Avenue

MASON CITY – Just in time for RAGBRAI, a new liquor store on Monroe Avenue has done just enough work to open for business.…

Swaledale man convicted of more burglary charges

Swaledale man convicted of more burglary charges

VAN BUREN COUNTY, IOWA – A Swaledale man already incarcerated and convicted of burglaries from around the North Iowa area was convicted last week of more felony burglary…

Minnesota man who – as juvenile – killed convenience store clerks set for re-sentencing hearing

Minnesota man who – as juvenile – killed convenience store clerks set for re-sentencing hearing

CORALVILLE – A Minnesota man who, when he was 17-years-old, came to Iowa and killed a convenience store clerk and robbed the store and then was sentenced to…

Trial date pushed back for MN man accused of attempted murder and kidnapping of Clear Lake woman

Trial date pushed back for MN man accused of attempted murder and kidnapping of Clear Lake woman

CLEAR LAKE – A Minnesota man now in the Cerro Gordo County Jail has pleaded not guilty to charges of 1st degree kidnapping and attempted murder involving an…

UPDATED: CCPD confirms arrest of purse snatcher

UPDATED: CCPD confirms arrest of purse snatcher

CHARLES CITY – Police in Charles City confirmed this week that a woman recently arrested and charged with three felonies is the person they believe stole a purse…

Clear Lake man sent to prison on drug, violent offenses

Clear Lake man sent to prison on drug, violent offenses

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man who led police on a foot chase through a Mason City neighborhood earlier this year as he tried to deliver methamphetamine…

Teen motorcyclist injured in rural Cerro Gordo county

Teen motorcyclist injured in rural Cerro Gordo county

MASON CITY – An Eastern Iowa teen was injured Monday when he lost control of his motorcycle on a rural Cerro Gordo county road.…

For second time in days, Mason City man arrested for public intoxication

For second time in days, Mason City man arrested for public intoxication

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested for public intoxication for the second time in just a few days.…

Iowa man who used gun to defend mom from violent felon sent to prison

Iowa man who used gun to defend mom from violent felon sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who used a gun to scare off a man beating up his mom lost his appeal on the ensuing federal gun charge…

Central American adults with children kicked out of US, sent south

Central American adults with children kicked out of US, sent south

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it deported adults and children that recently crossed the U.S. border.…


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News Briefs

  • Reports have surfaced that Bruce Braley attended three fundraisers for his own campaign the day he missed a committee hearing on the VA.
  • Oregonians will get to vote on legalizing weed this fall.
  • RAGBRAI is here: A local truck driver reported that "Highway 18 west of garner is an endless parade of trucks pulling campers, SUVs with bicycles on the roof, motorhomes, and retired school buses with crappy paint jobs." In Mason City, beer trucks are unloading their frothy nectars all over town. Large, blue trash cans have been placed all over the Mason City downtown. No parking signs are staked along the bike route coming into town.
  • New poll shows few Americans say companies should be allowed to refuse to hire smokers (14%) or those who are significantly overweight (12%). Americans are more willing to say that smokers and those who are overweight should pay more for health insurance.
  • Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said Tuesday that he wants Iowa to be known for recruiting veterans to the state. "We want to become the envy of the nation in terms of recruiting veterans to our state and matching them with quality careers. Iowa is a business friendly state. We're a veterans friendly state."
  • Israel said early Tuesday that "since starting our ground operation in Gaza, we have struck 1,388 terror sites and killed 183 terrorists."
  • President Barack Obama averaged 43.2% job approval during his 22nd quarter in office, from April 20 through July 19. That is a slight increase from his 42.4% 21st-quarter average, but among his lowest as president.
  • Johnny Manziel, rookie quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, has the league's top-selling jersey.
  • Texas Gov. Perry has ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to border.
  • The United States strongly condemned Saturday’s terrorist attack in Egypt’s western desert near al-Farafra, which killed more than 20 Egyptian soldiers.
  • Folks are wishing a speedy recovery for Kevin Hardy, owner of Cutting Edge Tree Service. Kevin was injured Friday when he fell from a tree while working in Charles City. He was flown to Rochester and was awaiting surgery.
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Crime

Swaledale man convicted of more burglary charges

Swaledale man convicted of more burglary charges

VAN BUREN COUNTY, IOWA – A Swaledale man already incarcerated and convicted of burglaries from around the North Iowa area was convicted last week of more felony burglary…

Jury convicts man of impeding Boston Marathon bombing investigation

Jury convicts man of impeding Boston Marathon bombing investigation

BOSTON – A federal jury in Boston has convicted a friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for impeding the bombing investigation.…

Minnesota man who – as juvenile – killed convenience store clerks set for re-sentencing hearing

Minnesota man who – as juvenile – killed convenience store clerks set for re-sentencing hearing

CORALVILLE – A Minnesota man who, when he was 17-years-old, came to Iowa and killed a convenience store clerk and robbed the store and then was sentenced to…

Trial date pushed back for MN man accused of attempted murder and kidnapping of Clear Lake woman

Trial date pushed back for MN man accused of attempted murder and kidnapping of Clear Lake woman

CLEAR LAKE – A Minnesota man now in the Cerro Gordo County Jail has pleaded not guilty to charges of 1st degree kidnapping and attempted murder involving an…

UPDATED: CCPD confirms arrest of purse snatcher

UPDATED: CCPD confirms arrest of purse snatcher

CHARLES CITY – Police in Charles City confirmed this week that a woman recently arrested and charged with three felonies is the person they believe stole a purse…

Clear Lake man sent to prison on drug, violent offenses

Clear Lake man sent to prison on drug, violent offenses

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man who led police on a foot chase through a Mason City neighborhood earlier this year as he tried to deliver methamphetamine…

Mason City man charged with violating parole

Mason City man charged with violating parole

MASON CITY – A convicted meth dealer, recently released from prison, has been charged with violating the terms of his probation for at least the fifth time.…

Iowa law enforcement investigate shooting death of man

Iowa law enforcement investigate shooting death of man

OTTUMWA, IA – At approximately 1:21 a.m., Monday, July 21, 2014, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a shooting at 4367 91st Ave., which…

For second time in days, Mason City man arrested for public intoxication

For second time in days, Mason City man arrested for public intoxication

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested for public intoxication for the second time in just a few days.…

Iowa man who used gun to defend mom from violent felon sent to prison

Iowa man who used gun to defend mom from violent felon sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who used a gun to scare off a man beating up his mom lost his appeal on the ensuing federal gun charge…

World

U.S. announces $47 million in aid for Gaza

U.S. announces $47 million in aid for Gaza

WASHINGTON – As the war between Hamas terrorists and Israel rages, the United States announced Monday millions of dollars in humanitarian…

Central American adults with children kicked out of US, sent south

Central American adults with children kicked out of US, sent south

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it deported adults and children that recently crossed the U.S.…

President makes update on wars in Ukraine and Gaza (video)

President makes update on wars in Ukraine and Gaza (video)

WASHINGTON – President Obama made a statement Monday on the current situation in Ukraine, as well as the situation in Gaza,…

US concerned that Russian-backed separatists guarding jet crash site

WASHINGTON – US officials are concerned about lack of access at the Ukrainian crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. State…

Politics

Liberals wanted Branstad to give up on “worst economic development deal ever”, but Egyptian company gets $25 million more from state

DES MOINES – Liberals wanted an Iowa economic development board to just say “no” to an Egyptian company seeking $25 million more in tax breaks to go…

McCain blames Russian President Putin for airliner tragedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on the tragic shoot-down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17: “While…

Business

Women’s homeless shelter relocating

MASON CITY – A women’s homeless shelter in Mason City is relocating.…

Liquor store now open on Monroe Avenue

MASON CITY – Just in time for RAGBRAI, a new liquor store on Monroe Avenue has done just enough work to open for business.…

Crime

Swaledale man convicted of more burglary charges

VAN BUREN COUNTY, IOWA – A Swaledale man already incarcerated and convicted of burglaries from around the North Iowa area was convicted last week of more felony…

Jury convicts man of impeding Boston Marathon bombing investigation

BOSTON – A federal jury in Boston has convicted a friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for impeding the bombing investigation.…

Watercooler

Garner man violates terms of pre-trial release with alleged hate crime

MASON CITY – A man from Garner already facing serious charges after an incident at Clear Lake earlier this month was arrested on a new charge described…

RAGBRAI riders to be greeted by new sculpture installed near downtown

MASON CITY – A new sculpture was installed Monday evening near downtown Mason City, just in time to greet the RAGBRAI crowd set to visit town Wednesday.…