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Iowa City landlord accused of spying on college girls granted new trial

Iowa City landlord accused of spying on college girls granted new trial

IOWA CITY – An Iowa City landlord who was convicted of spying on his college-age female tenants – one of them from Mason City – has been granted a new…

UNI picks up a road win over Evansville, 80-53

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team posted its first road win of the season on Wednesday behind a convincing 80-53 win over the Evansville Purple…

No. 11 Iowa State cruises past Texas Tech, 74-48

No. 11 Iowa State cruises past Texas Tech, 74-48

AMES, Iowa – The No. 11 Iowa State women’s basketball team (14-0, 2-0 Big 12) continued its undefeated season with a 74-48 rout of Texas Tech (6-8, 0-3 Big 12)…

Cerro Gordo county claims submitted 2014-01-07

Cerro Gordo county claims submitted 2014-01-07

CLAIMS January 7, 2014 A-2-Z Home Care Serv, other serv ………………………… 720.00 1 Absolute Waste Remov, purch serv ………………………… 141.25 1 Absolute Waste Remov, sanit disp …………………………. 201.42 1 Aflac,…

Mason City sex offender in jail for violating pre-trial supervision

Mason City sex offender in jail for violating pre-trial supervision

MASON CITY – A local sex offender is in jail for violating a pre-trial condition for his release. Shawn Duwayne Holmes, age 38, turned himself in to the Cerro Gordo…

Hagel’s nuclear site tour is a good start

By Rep. Mike Rogers – Positive policy comes from positive interactions. This is especially true of the military and its leaders. It’s heartening to see that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

New law brings changes to Uniform Code of Military Justice

By David Vergun, Army News Service –  WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 – The National Defense Authorization Act passed last month requires sweeping changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, particularly…

Ban on handgun sales in Chicago ruled unconstitutional

Ban on handgun sales in Chicago ruled unconstitutional

CHICAGO – A federal judge has declared Chicago’s ban on handgun sales and transfers unconstitutional. Chicago has had the ban in place since 2010 as murders due to gun violence…

No surprise that job paying $12 an hour gets over 140 applicants

No surprise that job paying $12 an hour gets over 140 applicants

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – BOOKMEYERSVILLE, USA – A job paying 9 dollars and 50 cents an hour is incredible.  So spectacular, in fact, that many folks in these parts…

Central American man who abused his step-daughter while living in Minnesota arrested in Panama

MINNEAPOLIS – FBI Special Agent in Charge J. Christopher Warrener today announced the arrest of Jose Francisco Gomez, 39, in Panama City, Panama, pursuant to a complaint for criminal sexual…

Record-setting year for biodiesel production in Iowa in 2013, association reports

Record-setting year for biodiesel production in Iowa in 2013, association reports

JOHNSTON, IA – The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced that Iowa biodiesel production was up 25% in 2013, setting a new record with production topping 230 million gallons…

Iowa City man accused of providing underage girl with booze and coke before forcing himself upon her

Iowa City man accused of providing underage girl with booze and coke before forcing himself upon her

IOWA CITY – An Iowa City man is in the Johnson County Jail at this time, accused of sex crimes. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported that according to the Johnson…

Former border patrol agent gets 90 years for abuse of young boys

Former border patrol agent gets 90 years for abuse of young boys

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – This week, Michael J. McGowan, a former Federal Air Marshal and Border Patrol Agent, was sentenced to 90 years’ incarceration for three counts of Sexual Exploitation…

Rhoads chooses Mark Mangino to lead Cyclone offense

Rhoads chooses Mark Mangino to lead Cyclone offense

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads has hired a former consensus national coach-of-the-year to run his offense. Mark Mangino, whose offensive wizardry at multiple schools has been…

UPDATED: MCFD battles West State Street fire

UPDATED: MCFD battles West State Street fire

MASON CITY – A house fire was contained Tuesday by Mason City firefighters. According to the Mason City Fire Department, on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM, the Mason City…

Ames police investigate gunshot fatality

Ames police investigate gunshot fatality

AMES – The Ames Police Department is investigating a possible self-inflicted gunshot fatality at this time. According to Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff, at approximately 12:08 P.M. Wednesday, the Ames…

Iowa senator asking US Senate’s help to resolve alleged misuse of funds by Iowa Sec. of State

Iowa senator asking US Senate’s help to resolve alleged misuse of funds by Iowa Sec. of State

DES MOINES – A member of the Iowa Senate is asking a committee of the U.S.  Senate to help resolve questions about the alleged misuse of federal funds by Iowa…

Car wash turning into plumbing office and showroom

Car wash turning into plumbing office and showroom

MASON CITY – A long-time Mason City eyesore is getting a major remodeling job. Daley Plumbing of Mason City is building a shop, office and showroom at the corner of…

East coast Navy helicopter accident claims life of one crew member

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) — One crew member has been confirmed dead following the crash this morning of a U.S. Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter in the Virginia Capes. Three crew…

Hancock County Health System implements new patient portal

BRITT, IA – Hancock County Health System (HCHS) continues its ongoing commitment to bring patients the very best in cutting edge, patient-centered care, by offering a new online service called…

Use over-the-counter laxatives with caution, FDA warns

Use over-the-counter laxatives with caution, FDA warns

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Wednesday that using more than one dose in 24 hours of over-the-counter (OTC) sodium phosphate drugs to treat constipation can…

NIACC women remain No. 1 in latest poll

NIACC women remain No. 1 in latest poll

MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team remained No. 1 in the NJCAA Division II poll released Wednesday. NIACC (14-1 overall, 3-0 in the ICCAC) placed third at the…

Catholics mark National Migration Week

WASHINGTON, DC – National Migration Week will be observed in dioceses around the country January 5-11. The theme is “Out of the Darkness,” and echoes the figurative darkness undocumented immigrants,…

UPDATED: Fire at Kensett bar causes extensive damage

UPDATED: Fire at Kensett bar causes extensive damage

KENSETT – A fire at a Kensett business Tuesday evening caused extensive damage. An NIT reader reported that the Lion’s Den bar, located at 205 5th Street, was “engulfed in…

Branstad makes good on lost bet with Governor Jindal of Louisiana

Branstad makes good on lost bet with Governor Jindal of Louisiana

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today announced he is donating 100 pounds of Iowa ham to the Food Bank of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa, and 100…

Waldorf College to recognize MLK Day with comedian Preacher Moss

Waldorf College to recognize MLK Day with comedian Preacher Moss

FOREST CITY – Stand up comedian and writer Preacher Moss will present his “End of Racism” comedy and lecture show at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa on Monday, January…

Heritage Park of North Iowa to hold Pancake Breakfast fundraiser

FOREST CITY – Heritage Park of North Iowa will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7 a.m. to noon in the basement of Titonka State…

Clear Lake to purchase new ambulance at cost of $158K

CLEAR LAKE – The Clear Lake City Council approved the purchase of a new ambulance at this week’s regular meeting. According to City Administrator Scott Flory, the council approved the…

Iowa prepares to face Northwestern without McCaffery (VIDEO)

Iowa prepares to face Northwestern without McCaffery (VIDEO)

IOWA CITY – The Iowa Hawkeyes will face a Big Ten foe Thursday night without their leader on the sideline, head basketball coach Fran McCaffery. McCaffery was fined and suspended…

Utah governor’s office puts on hold recognition of same-sex marriages as legal battle is fought

Utah governor’s office puts on hold recognition of same-sex marriages as legal battle is fought

SALT LAKE CITY- The Utah governor’s office said Wednesday that the state would not recognize same-sex marriages as the state continues to appeal a legal ruling that had overturned the…

U.S. Marshalls: A “horrific crime” starts the new year

Corpus Christi, TX – Austin Myles Byrom, 19, and Skyler Katherine Burghart, 18, were arrested late last week by members of the United States Marshals Service Gulf Coast Violent Offenders…

U.S. State Department to host International Space Exploration Forum

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State will host the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF), the first-ever ministerial-level meeting to build political support for global cooperation in space exploration, in…

Defense Department announces army casualty

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced this week the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. First Class William K. Lacey, 38, of Laurel Hill,…

FBI seeks child predator

FBI seeks child predator

MIAMI – Stanley Simms, 47, of Sunrise, Florida, is wanted by the FBI for charges relating to the possession of child pornography. He was last seen in Sunrise, Florida, on…

Colorado man pleads guilty to transporting women to work as prostitutes

NEWARK, NJ—A Colorado man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to transport women across state lines for prostitution in New Jersey and other states, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman…

Man sentenced to 12 years for purchasing “sadistic” images of child porn

CINCINNATI – Paul G. Fox, 48, of Franklin, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court this week to 144 months in prison for possession of more than 600 images of…

Cerro Gordo County Supervisors meeting minutes – 2014-01-07

PROCEEDINGS OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS January 7, 2014 Unapproved The Board of Supervisors of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, met in regular session pursuant to adjournment. Present: Bob Amosson, Jay…

U.S. private-sector employers add 238,000 jobs in December

ROSELAND, N.J. – January 8, 2014 – Private sector employment increased by 238,000 jobs from November to December, according to the December ADP National Employment Report. The report, which is…