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Cedar Rapids bank robber caught hours after heist

Cedar Rapids bank robber caught hours after heist

CEDAR RAPIDS – An armed man entered a Cedar Rapids bank Friday afternoon and demanded cash. ​The Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to a late afternoon bank robbery…

First of 4 flood homes in Mason City moved

First of 4 flood homes in Mason City moved

MASON CITY – After some delays, one flood home has been moved from the East Park area to its new location on East State Street. A Forest City…

Iowa man accused of 18 counts of sexual abuse after police see videos of the assaults

Iowa man accused of 18 counts of sexual abuse after police see videos of the assaults

IOWA CITY – Fritz the cat seems to have lived a horrible existence.  First he was allegedly tortured by his owner’s roommate.  Now, Iowa City cops say Fritz’s…

Iowa man who beat cat into blindness pleads not guilty, trial set

Iowa man who beat cat into blindness pleads not guilty, trial set

IOWA CITY – An Iowa man accused of beating his roommate’s cat so badly that it lost sight in one eye has pleaded not guilty and a trial…

Another raise recommended for county elected officials

Another raise recommended for county elected officials

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board recommended Thursday that elected officials get another raise. The board considered two scenarios; a 1.5% raise on July 1,…

FBI: North Korea definitely behind attack on Sony Pictures

FBI: North Korea definitely behind attack on Sony Pictures

WASHINGTON – The Federal Bureau of Investigation today offered this update as to its investigations and status into the attack on Sony Pictures by the North Korean government:…

MCPD reports three home burglaries overnight

MCPD reports three home burglaries overnight

MASON CITY – This ain’t Mayberry anymore. Lock your doors is essentially the message police conveyed in a news release sent Friday morning after at least three burglaries…

Iowa man jailed for vandalizing outhouse

Iowa man jailed for vandalizing outhouse

ARLINGTON, IA – Iowa law enforcement investigated a vandalized outhouse and were able to make an arrest. On December 17th, 2014 at approximately 5:58 PM, deputies with the…

Mason City woman who was accused of stealing pills faces probation revocation

Mason City woman who was accused of stealing pills faces probation revocation

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who police accused of stealing pills and abusing dependent adults as well as domestic assault is facing the revocation of her…

ISIL leadership killed in airstrikes, Pentagon confirms

ISIL leadership killed in airstrikes, Pentagon confirms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Pentagon spokesman confirmed Thursday that leaders of the terrorist group ISIL have been killed due to military actions. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John…

Man who robbed MC liquor store set free

Man who robbed MC liquor store set free

MASON CITY – A Fort Dodge man who was imprisoned in the Newton Correctional Facility and, along with a Mason City woman, robbed the Northside Liquor store back in 2009,…

Mason City man accused of felony burglary pleads guilty to lesser charge

Mason City man accused of felony burglary pleads guilty to lesser charge

MASON CITY – A Mason City man arrested after punching a wall at his girlfriend’s house was charged with felony second degree burglary but pleaded guilty to a…

Mason City man avoids second offense drunk driving charge in plea deal

Mason City man avoids second offense drunk driving charge in plea deal

MASON CITY – A man who cops said drove drunk as he left a North End bar and then refused to pull over for police has taken a…

Mason City man pleads guilty in drug case, charged with assault

Mason City man pleads guilty in drug case, charged with assault

MASON CITY – A Mason City man being held int he Cerro Gordo county jail has been charged with assault after an incident in the jail, and has…

Mason City man escapes felony charge of domestic abuse involving strangulation

Mason City man escapes felony charge of domestic abuse involving strangulation

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was able to work a plea deal in a case where he was accused of felony domestic abuse assault involving strangulation.…

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

Chamber of Commerce blocks bill that would make corporate settlements public

Chamber of Commerce blocks bill that would make corporate settlements public

WASHINGTON – Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren wasn’t happy Thursday when the Chamber of Commerce used…

President Obama explains new policy with Cuba

President Obama explains new policy with Cuba

From President Barack Obama – Yesterday, after more than 50 years, we began to change…

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…

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Crime

Cedar Rapids bank robber caught hours after heist

Cedar Rapids bank robber caught hours after heist

CEDAR RAPIDS – An armed man entered a Cedar Rapids bank Friday afternoon and demanded cash. ​The Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to a late afternoon bank robbery…

Iowa man accused of 18 counts of sexual abuse after police see videos of the assaults

Iowa man accused of 18 counts of sexual abuse after police see videos of the assaults

IOWA CITY – Fritz the cat seems to have lived a horrible existence.  First he was allegedly tortured by his owner’s roommate.  Now, Iowa City cops say Fritz’s…

Iowa man who beat cat into blindness pleads not guilty, trial set

Iowa man who beat cat into blindness pleads not guilty, trial set

IOWA CITY – An Iowa man accused of beating his roommate’s cat so badly that it lost sight in one eye has pleaded not guilty and a trial…

FBI: North Korea definitely behind attack on Sony Pictures

FBI: North Korea definitely behind attack on Sony Pictures

WASHINGTON – The Federal Bureau of Investigation today offered this update as to its investigations and status into the attack on Sony Pictures by the North Korean government:…

MCPD reports three home burglaries overnight

MCPD reports three home burglaries overnight

MASON CITY – This ain’t Mayberry anymore. Lock your doors is essentially the message police conveyed in a news release sent Friday morning after at least three burglaries…

Iowa man jailed for vandalizing outhouse

Iowa man jailed for vandalizing outhouse

ARLINGTON, IA – Iowa law enforcement investigated a vandalized outhouse and were able to make an arrest. On December 17th, 2014 at approximately 5:58 PM, deputies with the…

Former bookstore manager pleads guilty to mail fraud

Former bookstore manager pleads guilty to mail fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS – A former director of the Clarke University bookstore in Dubuque, Iowa, who used a fictitious book supply company to falsely bill the University for more…

Mason City woman who was accused of stealing pills faces probation revocation

Mason City woman who was accused of stealing pills faces probation revocation

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who police accused of stealing pills and abusing dependent adults as well as domestic assault is facing the revocation of her…

Iowa woman charged with identity theft

Iowa woman charged with identity theft

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa woman has been charged with federal crimes involving a credit card. Terry L. Gantt, 28, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged with…

Man who robbed MC liquor store set free

Man who robbed MC liquor store set free

MASON CITY – A Fort Dodge man who was imprisoned in the Newton Correctional Facility and, along with a Mason City woman, robbed the Northside Liquor store back in 2009,…

World

ISIL leadership killed in airstrikes, Pentagon confirms

ISIL leadership killed in airstrikes, Pentagon confirms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Pentagon spokesman confirmed Thursday that leaders of the terrorist group ISIL have been killed due to military…

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…

Politics

Branstad makes appointment to Employment Appeal Board

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed James Strohman to the Iowa Employment Appeal Board. Strohman’s term on the Iowa Employment Appeal Board begins Friday,…

Another raise recommended for county elected officials

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board recommended Thursday that elected officials get another raise. The board considered two scenarios; a 1.5% raise on July…

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

Cedar Rapids bank robber caught hours after heist

CEDAR RAPIDS – An armed man entered a Cedar Rapids bank Friday afternoon and demanded cash. ​The Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to a late afternoon bank…

Iowa man accused of 18 counts of sexual abuse after police see videos of the assaults

IOWA CITY – Fritz the cat seems to have lived a horrible existence.  First he was allegedly tortured by his owner’s roommate.  Now, Iowa City cops say…

Watercooler

Chamber of Commerce blocks bill that would make corporate settlements public

WASHINGTON – Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren wasn’t happy Thursday when the Chamber of Commerce used its powerful lobby to block her bill that would make corporate settlements…

President Obama explains new policy with Cuba

From President Barack Obama – Yesterday, after more than 50 years, we began to change America’s relationship with the people of Cuba. We are recognizing the struggle…