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Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

WASHINGTON – Four former security guards for Blackwater USA were found guilty Wednesday of charges…

NIACC now lists job opportunities on its web site

NIACC now lists job opportunities on its web site

MASON CITY – In response to an overwhelming number of requests by employers who want to reach North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) alumni with their job announcements,…

Suspended driver arrested after smashing up building

Suspended driver arrested after smashing up building

CHARLES CITY – A suspended Charles City driver was taken to jail last week after striking a building.…

Two Algona residents caught shoplifting in Mason City

Two Algona residents caught shoplifting in Mason City

MASON CITY – Two Algona residents were detained and arrested for trying to steal from Wal-Mart over the weekend.…

Veterinary research on lambs leads to advances in treatments for respiratory disease in human infants

Veterinary research on lambs leads to advances in treatments for respiratory disease in human infants

AMES, Iowa – Veterinary research involving lambs at Iowa State University is helping to advance new treatments to a common virus in humans that sometimes poses a serious…

Charles City man to be sentenced in plea deal involving threats to children

Charles City man to be sentenced in plea deal involving threats to children

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man will be sentenced in a plea deal involving threats to children in schools, but not before a hearing that is now…

Floyd man accused of sex abuse in two Iowa counties will stand trial next week

Floyd man accused of sex abuse in two Iowa counties will stand trial next week

CHARLES CITY – A Floyd man is set for trial after being charged with felony second-degree sexual abuse of a child and aggravated misdemeanor indecent contact with a…

Trial of Charles City man on sex abuse charges pushed back

Trial of Charles City man on sex abuse charges pushed back

CHARLES CITY – The trial of a Charles City man accused of numerous charges of sexual abuse of a child has been postponed until next year.…

Woman nearly falls victim to Nigerian Boyfriend Scam

Woman nearly falls victim to Nigerian Boyfriend Scam

MASON CITY – Online predators look for the gullible, the lonely, the easily-influenced, someone who will fall for their sob story, and seem to have come close to…

Troopers catch man with drugs

Troopers catch man with drugs

CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Details are short on an arrest made this weekend by Iowa State Patrol of an Iowa man with meth and marijuana.…

Authorities offer tips for cyber security

Authorities offer tips for cyber security

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation recognizes October as Cyber Security Awareness Month. Today, the internet and mobile phones are a…

Iowa legislator recognized for work to protect animals

Iowa legislator recognized for work to protect animals

IOWA CITY – An Iowa legislator was awarded the “Dogs’ Best Friend Award” this week after working for legislation to protect animals. – Constituents from Representative Bobby Kaufmann’s…

Federal law enforcement seek two wanted individuals

Federal law enforcement seek two wanted individuals

CEDAR RAPIDS – Federal law enforcement officials are seeking information regarding the location of two persons who have been charged with federal drug, money laundering, and gambling offenses.…

Charles City man arrested for being drunk on school property

Charles City man arrested for being drunk on school property

CHARLES CITY – Police in Charles City responded to a report of an intoxicated person on school grounds last week and took a man to jail.…

Charles City man arrested for second offense drunk driving

Charles City man arrested for second offense drunk driving

CHARLES CITY – Police arrested a Charles City man this past weekend on a charge of second offense drunk driving.…

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    October 23
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    October 23
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News Briefs

  • Jim Mowrer, opponent of Steve King for Congress: "I'm humbled to receive the first newspaper endorsement of the campaign from The Storm Lake Times: 'It should come as no surprise that we urge you to vote for Jim Mowrer, D-Boone, in the race for Fourth District Congress against incumbent Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron. King knows what he is against. His game is entirely about tearing things down, not building things up. Jim Mowrer is an Iraq war veteran, a Boone farm boy, a dedicated husband and father, a former Pentagon strategic analyst, and a straight talker who tries to understand different points of view. He would be a representative from Iowa for whom we all could be proud to call 'congressman.'”
  • IN MASON CITY: On Thursday and Friday, October 23 – 24 there will be only one morning West Central bus. This route will be begin as usual at 6:30 a.m. Beginning at noon on Monday, October 27, there will be only one afternoon West Central bus.
  • IN MASON CITY: Beginning Thursday, October 23, the intersection at South Carolina Avenue and 15th Street SE will be closed for water and sewer main repairs. The closure is anticipated to last for approximately 1 week.
  • FOLLOW UP: After investigating, NIT has determined that there is one city employee in particular who is taking long lunch breaks, sometimes up to two hours at a time, on a regular basis. This employee works on the third floor and has several employees beneath him. NIT has questioned the city human resources manager about this situation and awaits a response.
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Crime

Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

WASHINGTON – Four former security guards for Blackwater USA were found guilty Wednesday of charges…

Suspended driver arrested after smashing up building

Suspended driver arrested after smashing up building

CHARLES CITY – A suspended Charles City driver was taken to jail last week after striking a building.…

Two Algona residents caught shoplifting in Mason City

Two Algona residents caught shoplifting in Mason City

MASON CITY – Two Algona residents were detained and arrested for trying to steal from Wal-Mart over the weekend.…

Charles City man to be sentenced in plea deal involving threats to children

Charles City man to be sentenced in plea deal involving threats to children

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man will be sentenced in a plea deal involving threats to children in schools, but not before a hearing that is now…

Floyd man accused of sex abuse in two Iowa counties will stand trial next week

Floyd man accused of sex abuse in two Iowa counties will stand trial next week

CHARLES CITY – A Floyd man is set for trial after being charged with felony second-degree sexual abuse of a child and aggravated misdemeanor indecent contact with a…

Trial of Charles City man on sex abuse charges pushed back

Trial of Charles City man on sex abuse charges pushed back

CHARLES CITY – The trial of a Charles City man accused of numerous charges of sexual abuse of a child has been postponed until next year.…

Troopers catch man with drugs

Troopers catch man with drugs

CERRO GORDO COUNTY – Details are short on an arrest made this weekend by Iowa State Patrol of an Iowa man with meth and marijuana.…

Ten-time Iowa felon sent to prison for 30 years

Ten-time Iowa felon sent to prison for 30 years

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who was arrested after a six-hour stand-off with the U.S. Marshal’s Service…

Authorities offer tips for cyber security

Authorities offer tips for cyber security

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation recognizes October as Cyber Security Awareness Month. Today, the internet and mobile phones are a…

Federal law enforcement seek two wanted individuals

Federal law enforcement seek two wanted individuals

CEDAR RAPIDS – Federal law enforcement officials are seeking information regarding the location of two persons who have been charged with federal drug, money laundering, and gambling offenses.…

World

CDC to screen incoming travelers to U.S. from African countries

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of…

Airstrikes continue against ISIL targets in Syria, Iraq

Airstrikes continue against ISIL targets in Syria, Iraq

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 21, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in…

American held in North Korea released today

American held in North Korea released today

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After a six month stint in the clutches of the North Korean regime, an American man has been…

Airstrikes continue in Syria, Iraq

Airstrikes continue in Syria, Iraq

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in…

Politics

Iowa legislator recognized for work to protect animals

IOWA CITY – An Iowa legislator was awarded the “Dogs’ Best Friend Award” this week after working for legislation to protect animals. – Constituents from Representative Bobby…

Iowa labor union says Joni Ernst earned “F’s” on blue collar report card

DES MOINES – The Iowa AFL-CIO today released the Working Family Values Report Card, which gives grades to the candidates for U.S. Senate on a handful of…

Business

NIACC now lists job opportunities on its web site

MASON CITY – In response to an overwhelming number of requests by employers who want to reach North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) alumni with their job…

Registration for winter break classes at NIACC now open

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is once again offering courses when students are normally on winter break. A limited selection of NIACC courses…

Crime

Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqis, 7 years after shooting spree in Baghdad

WASHINGTON – Four former security guards for Blackwater USA were found guilty Wednesday of charges…

Suspended driver arrested after smashing up building

CHARLES CITY – A suspended Charles City driver was taken to jail last week after striking a building.…

Watercooler

Woman nearly falls victim to Nigerian Boyfriend Scam

MASON CITY – Online predators look for the gullible, the lonely, the easily-influenced, someone who will fall for their sob story, and seem to have come close…

Crash claims life of Boone woman Tuesday

BOONE – An Iowa woman has died after the vehicle she was driving crossed the center line on a highway and struck a semi. Shannon Poole, age…