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Rockwell gets new fire chief

Rockwell gets new fire chief

ROCKWELL – A Mason City native has been named fire chief in Rockwell. Mark Lowe, age 41, is a former Mason City resident and graduate of Mason City…

Felony trial of former Forest City police officer to begin in January

Felony trial of former Forest City police officer to begin in January

FORST CITY – A former police officer who is accused of trying to burn down the Forest City police station will stand trial in January. Thaddeus John Ellenbecker,…

Iowa high school soccer coach reaches for gun during drunk driving stop

Iowa high school soccer coach reaches for gun during drunk driving stop

IOWA CITY – An Iowa City police officer was put in a very tough position late Wednesday when he pulled over an alleged drunk driver who reached for…

Man stabbed to death in Waterloo

Man stabbed to death in Waterloo

WATERLOO – Police in Waterloo responded to a stabbing incident Tuesday that resulted in a man losing his life. On November 25, 2014 at approximately 5:41 PM, the Waterloo…

Mason City woman charged with felony theft from store in mall

Mason City woman charged with felony theft from store in mall

MASON CITY – A woman who works at a store in Southbridge Mall has been charged with felony theft. Mason City police were called to the Vanity store…

Meth discovered during MC traffic stop

Meth discovered during MC traffic stop

MASON CITY – Two Mason City residents were jailed early Wednesday after meth was discovered during a traffic stop. Theresa Sue Pennington, age 24, was stopped Wednesday morning,…

Drugs found during North End traffic stop

Drugs found during North End traffic stop

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was jailed after a deputy discovered illegal drugs during a traffic stop. Johney Thomas Rhem, age 20, was stopped by a…

Britt woman caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart

Britt woman caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart

MASON CITY – A Britt woman was jailed after store security caught her and two other persons attempting to steal. Mason city police were called to the Wal-Mart…

Expensive flute stolen from Rockwell school

Expensive flute stolen from Rockwell school

ROCKWELL – Law enforcement reported that an expensive musical instrument was stolen from a school in Rockwell. Rockwell police chief Richard Whitney said that a flute valued at nearly…

Man who lied in sawed-off shotgun case gets 3 years in federal prison

Man who lied in sawed-off shotgun case gets 3 years in federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who committed perjury in federal court proceedings relating to a sawed-off shotgun charge out of Waterloo was sentenced November 24, 2014, to nearly…

Appeal of former city hall employee in age discrimination case denied

Appeal of former city hall employee in age discrimination case denied

DES MOINES – A former city hall employee in Mason City who lost her job and later sued on the grounds of age discrimination – and lost –…

Repairs completed at the Shellrock River Greenbelt and Preserve

Repairs completed at the Shellrock River Greenbelt and Preserve

by Mike Webb, Director, Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board – This past fall several road repairs were completed in the Shell Rock Greenbelt and Preserve. Repairs were necessary…

Mason City kidnapper’s appeal denied

Mason City kidnapper’s appeal denied

DES MOINES – An appeal by a Mason City man in a kidnapping case has been denied by the Iowa Court of Appeals. Michael Winters, age 60 and…

Cerro Gordo assessor arrested for drunk driving

Cerro Gordo assessor arrested for drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Cerro Gordo county assessor was arrested for drunk driving. Cerro Gordo county sheriff’s office confirmed that 63-year-old John Boedeker was arrested for operating while…

Mason City man pleads guilty to felony domestic assault, charged with violating probation

Mason City man pleads guilty to felony domestic assault, charged with violating probation

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who pled guilty in September to felony domestic assault involving strangulation and was put on probation instead of going to prison…

News Briefs

  • Hunters have reported harvesting 23,807 deer as of Monday, which is within 100 deer of where it was a year ago at this time despite the recent cold weather.
  • The President on Thursday spoke by telephone with deployed members of the U.S. Armed Forces to offer his profound gratitude for their service. Specifically, the President convened phone calls with representatives of each of the five service branches: the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard. The President underscored to each U.S. service member that he was expressing his appreciation on Thanksgiving Day on behalf of a grateful nation. He further noted that while they were engaged in distinct missions—from supporting the effort to stamp out Ebola on the frontlines to helping to prosecute the campaign against ISIL—their objective was singular: the safety and security of the American people.
  • The University of Northern Iowa football program will play host to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Saturday, Nov. 29 for the first round of the 2014 Division I FCS Playoffs. The game will kick off at 7 p.m.
  • Wrestling: The top-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes host No. 15 Iowa State in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT). Mediacom will televise the dual live from Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
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Watercooler

Iowa inmate sentenced for murder passes away

Iowa inmate sentenced for murder passes away

DES MOINES – A man who has served 38 years for a murder passed away…

Iowa labor group pleads with shoppers to support businesses who want higher minimum wage

Iowa labor group pleads with shoppers to support businesses who want higher minimum wage

DES MOINES – A statewide coalition of small businesses, community leaders, labor and faith organizations…

National Bar Association questions grand jury’s conclusion to not bring charge against officer Darren Wilson

National Bar Association questions grand jury’s conclusion to not bring charge against officer Darren Wilson

THE NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO THE GRAND JURY’S DECISION NOT TO INDICT POLICE OFFICER…

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Crime

Felony trial of former Forest City police officer to begin in January

Felony trial of former Forest City police officer to begin in January

FORST CITY – A former police officer who is accused of trying to burn down the Forest City police station will stand trial in January. Thaddeus John Ellenbecker,…

Iowa high school soccer coach reaches for gun during drunk driving stop

Iowa high school soccer coach reaches for gun during drunk driving stop

IOWA CITY – An Iowa City police officer was put in a very tough position late Wednesday when he pulled over an alleged drunk driver who reached for…

Man stabbed to death in Waterloo

Man stabbed to death in Waterloo

WATERLOO – Police in Waterloo responded to a stabbing incident Tuesday that resulted in a man losing his life. On November 25, 2014 at approximately 5:41 PM, the Waterloo…

Mason City woman charged with felony theft from store in mall

Mason City woman charged with felony theft from store in mall

MASON CITY – A woman who works at a store in Southbridge Mall has been charged with felony theft. Mason City police were called to the Vanity store…

Meth discovered during MC traffic stop

Meth discovered during MC traffic stop

MASON CITY – Two Mason City residents were jailed early Wednesday after meth was discovered during a traffic stop. Theresa Sue Pennington, age 24, was stopped Wednesday morning,…

Drugs found during North End traffic stop

Drugs found during North End traffic stop

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was jailed after a deputy discovered illegal drugs during a traffic stop. Johney Thomas Rhem, age 20, was stopped by a…

Britt woman caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart

Britt woman caught shoplifting at Wal-Mart

MASON CITY – A Britt woman was jailed after store security caught her and two other persons attempting to steal. Mason city police were called to the Wal-Mart…

Expensive flute stolen from Rockwell school

Expensive flute stolen from Rockwell school

ROCKWELL – Law enforcement reported that an expensive musical instrument was stolen from a school in Rockwell. Rockwell police chief Richard Whitney said that a flute valued at nearly…

Man who lied in sawed-off shotgun case gets 3 years in federal prison

Man who lied in sawed-off shotgun case gets 3 years in federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who committed perjury in federal court proceedings relating to a sawed-off shotgun charge out of Waterloo was sentenced November 24, 2014, to nearly…

Mason City kidnapper’s appeal denied

Mason City kidnapper’s appeal denied

DES MOINES – An appeal by a Mason City man in a kidnapping case has been denied by the Iowa Court of Appeals. Michael Winters, age 60 and…

World

Report: U.S. drones kill hundreds as they target Kill List

Report: U.S. drones kill hundreds as they target Kill List

LONDON, ENGLAND – A report from a British human rights agency that monitors media stories says that some men on the…

Officer who shot Michael Brown not charged with a crime

Officer who shot Michael Brown not charged with a crime

FERGUSON, MISSOURI – It was announced Monday night that the officer who shot Michael Brown last summer will not be charged…

At least 50 killed when suicide bomber attacks volleyball match

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – No less than 50 people were killed – many of them children – when a suicide bomber attacked…

Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and Iraq supporting Operation Inherent Resolve

Military airstrikes continue against ISIL in Syria and Iraq supporting Operation Inherent Resolve

TAMPA – U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Nov. 21-24 using fighter and bomber…

Politics

Obama’s executive actions on immigration spelled out

WASHINGTON – The following information was released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) division of the Department of Homeland Security, spelling out the next steps…

Iowa labor group applauds President Obama’s immigration plan

DES MOINES – An Iowa labor group says that the President of the United States took a “long overdue and necessary step towards fixing our broken immigration…

Business

Winnebago congratulates new “#1 employee”

FOREST CITY – The nation’s top RV maker congratulated it’s new “#1 employee” this morning, who has been with the company for decades. “Congratulations to Winnebago’s new…

Winnebago receives “fully meets” classification from Ford Motor Company’s Quality Vehicle Manufacturers Program

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading United States recreation vehicle manufacturer, was recognized by Ford Motor Company for receiving the “fully meets” classification as part…

Crime

Felony trial of former Forest City police officer to begin in January

FORST CITY – A former police officer who is accused of trying to burn down the Forest City police station will stand trial in January. Thaddeus John…

Iowa high school soccer coach reaches for gun during drunk driving stop

IOWA CITY – An Iowa City police officer was put in a very tough position late Wednesday when he pulled over an alleged drunk driver who reached…

Watercooler

Iowa inmate sentenced for murder passes away

DES MOINES – A man who has served 38 years for a murder passed away Monday in an Iowa prison. Kenneth Boyd, an inmate assigned to the…

Iowa labor group pleads with shoppers to support businesses who want higher minimum wage

DES MOINES – A statewide coalition of small businesses, community leaders, labor and faith organizations will launch ‘Raise the Wage Wednesday’ to encourage Iowans to do their…