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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.…

Deputies evict last of those who remained at Silver Boot motel

Deputies evict last of those who remained at Silver Boot motel

CLEAR LAKE – Deputies with the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office…

Crash claims life of Boone woman Tuesday

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 26,…

Charles City man pleads not guilty to a dozen felony charges in credit card scheme

Charles City man pleads not guilty to a dozen felony charges in credit card scheme

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man accused of several felony forgery charges has pleaded not guilty.…

Iowa man accused of beating child

Iowa man accused of beating child

HAWKEYE – An Iowa man was placed under arrest after a boy showed up at school with serious injuries.…

Another Iowa baby dropped off at safe haven

Another Iowa baby dropped off at safe haven

DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Human Services officials are using the state’s safe haven procedures for the 21st time since the law went into effect.…

Iowa unemployment rate at 4.6%

Iowa unemployment rate at 4.6%

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate…

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

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 issues…

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 Syria yesterday and today…

Iowa DHS says you will be questioned if you lose your SNAP card too frequently

Iowa DHS says you will be questioned if you lose your SNAP card too frequently

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Human Services recently announced a new procedure that is now in place for replacing multiple electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to…

Mason City woman found guilty of interference

Mason City woman found guilty of interference

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman went on trial Tuesday on a charge of interference with official acts and was found guilty.…

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News Briefs

  • ALERT: An NIT reader called our newsroom at 5:15 PM to say a red 1999 F-150 pickup truck pulled his vehicle over to the side of the road on highway 65 south past the Rose Bowl, partially blocking the roadway, got out and threatened him (the NIT reader). The man was late 30's, acne-pock-marked face, "good sized" and made threats. UPDATE: The caller next called police, who were looking for the vehicle.
  • Iowa Democratic Party, Tuesday: "Joni Ernst sees Iowans as a bunch of “deadbeats” dependent on government with no desire to work hard."
  • “Like all Americans, I welcome the news that Dallas is reportedly Ebola-free weeks after a Liberian man infected with the virus came to Texas. The fact that the disease did not spread further is a testament to good luck and hard work by brave health care workers. But the fact that it spread at all is a stain on this Administration’s record and should concern every American.” - Joni Ernst, Tuesday.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, Whiskey Creek Woodfire Grill will be hosting a special event to help the community Step up to the Plate for the benefit of Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank. Ten percent of all receipts on Wednesday, October 22, minus sales tax will be given to Hawkeye Harvest Food. This is a great way for people in the community to help out Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank with theircapital campaign. We are so pleased that Jay asked how he could help out the food bank and we are excited about this chance to raise a lot of money.
  • A local woman is in need of volunteers who can put plastic on the windows of her brothers mobile home in Clear Lake, IA. He is mentally challenged and she is unable to climb a ladder. If you can help please contact Nancy Sharp @ 641-357-5830
  • Saturday, a brown Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported to be in a fast food drive-through on Mason City's west side when the driver said she was drunk and not to call police. Employees called police but the driver left before police arrived.
  • President Obama cast his ballot Monday for this year's midterm elections on the first day of early voting in Illinois.
  • Joni Ernst appeared with Terry Branstad in Boone Monday as past of her campaign for U.S. Senate.
  • GOP politician Rick Santorum will be in Mason City at noon on Wednesday, speaking at the "Victory Office" near downtown.
  • "This is a campaign of ideas and people. There is nothing I enjoy more than hitting the road and traveling Iowa. So much energy out on the road today and I cannot be more ready to fight for everyday Iowans in cities and towns across our state over the next couple weeks," said Democratic candidate for Governor Jack Hatch, Monday.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Iowa City Tuesday, again campaigning for Bruce Braley.
  • The Cedar Rapids Gazette endorsed Bruce Braley, saying he has "demonstrated the ability to work across party lines and make the compromises necessary to govern the country, which is sorely needed in the Senate. He’s experienced, and demonstrates a deep understanding of important issues beyond sound bites, attacks and talking points.”
  • Whiskey Creek Woodfire Grill will be hosting a special event to help the community Step up to the Plate for the benefit of Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank. Ten percent of all receipts on Wednesday, October 22, minus sales tax will be given to Hawkeye Harvest Food.
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Crime

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.…

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.…

Charles City man pleads not guilty to a dozen felony charges in credit card scheme

Charles City man pleads not guilty to a dozen felony charges in credit card scheme

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City man accused of several felony forgery charges has pleaded not guilty.…

Iowa man accused of beating child

Iowa man accused of beating child

HAWKEYE – An Iowa man was placed under arrest after a boy showed up at school with serious injuries.…

Chicago-area man caught drunk driving on Iowa interstate

Chicago-area man caught drunk driving on Iowa interstate

CERRO GORDO COUNTY – A Chicago-area man…

Mason City woman found guilty of interference

Mason City woman found guilty of interference

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman went on trial Tuesday on a charge of interference with official acts and was found guilty.…

Mason City man pleads guilty to burglarizing couple

Mason City man pleads guilty to burglarizing couple

MASON CITY – A man who beat up and robbed a Mason City couple in the Central Heights neighborhood earlier this year has entered a guilty plea and…

Conviction upheld of woman who used bogus prescriptions with addicted nurse to get drugs

Conviction upheld of woman who used bogus prescriptions with addicted nurse to get drugs

DES MOINES – A woman who was convicted along with her painkiller-addicted nurse friend for using bogus prescriptions to obtain drugs has lost her appeal.…

World

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…

Young Afghan diplomats to be trained in U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of 15 young Afghan diplomats kicked off their training visit to the United States at a…

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

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…

Deputies evict last of those who remained at Silver Boot motel

CLEAR LAKE – Deputies with the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office…

Crime

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…

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…

Watercooler

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…

Another Iowa baby dropped off at safe haven

DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Human Services officials are using the state’s safe haven procedures for the 21st time since the law went into effect.…