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Waterloo convenience store manager faces 20 years in prison and million dollar fine for selling pentedrone

Waterloo convenience store manager faces 20 years in prison and million dollar fine for selling pentedrone

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Waterloo convenience store manager is in serious trouble for selling a controlled substance known as “bath salts”. Earl James Ramos, age 26, from Waterloo, Iowa, has…

Iowa gang member and felon sentenced to over 5 years in prison for gun possession

Iowa gang member and felon sentenced to over 5 years in prison for gun possession

SIOUX CITY – A Sioux City gang member, who possessed a firearm after having been convicted of three previous felonies, was sentenced March 26, 2014, to 70 month’s imprisonment in…

Wanted Mason City woman arrested at Pure Pleasures for theft

Wanted Mason City woman arrested at Pure Pleasures for theft

MASON CITY – Police nabbed a wanted Mason City woman at an adult novelty store early Sunday morning. Cerro Gordo deputies responded to a theft report on Sunday, March 30…

Supreme Court denies candidate’s appeal to get on ballot

Supreme Court denies candidate’s appeal to get on ballot

DES MOINES – On Monday, the Iowa Supreme Court denied a candidate’s appeal for being placed on the primary ballot for governor. It was earlier ruled by the Iowa Secretary…

Harkin, Grassley respond to report on Central Iowa VA Medical Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin today issued the following statements in response to the findings of a Veterans Affairs (VA) Inspector General Report on the…

Former Iowa man sentenced on child porn charges

Former Iowa man sentenced on child porn charges

DAVENPORT – On March 28, 2014, Matthew Scott Hiles, age 29, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 70 months imprisonment…

Grassley: Wind energy empowers America

Grassley: Wind energy empowers America

From Senator Charles Grassley – WASHINGTON – Momentum is building to extend expired tax provisions that lapsed Dec. 31.  Of the 55 expired tax breaks on the table, wind energy…

Iowa woman arrested on felony forgery charges

Iowa woman arrested on felony forgery charges

ATLANTIC – An Iowa woman is in jail on felony forgery charges at this time. On March 29, 2014, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Amy Jo Hockabout, 34, of…

Ejim, Kane recognized by Associated Press

Ejim, Kane recognized by Associated Press

AMES – Iowa State senior Melvin Ejim has been named a Second-Team Associated Press All-American, it was announced Monday. ISU’s DeAndre Kane was an honorable mention honoree. Ejim led the…

Wanted Iowa man found dead in burned-up car

Wanted Iowa man found dead in burned-up car

GUTHRIE CENTER, IOWA – A wanted Iowa man was found dead in a burned-up car in this count west of Des Moines. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office received a 911…

Des Moines police seek tips in historic downtown fire

Des Moines police seek tips in historic downtown fire

DES MOINES – A massive fire that destroyed a historic downtown Des Moines building is now under investigation, and police are seeking tips and clues that might give them answers…

Hampton man, 21, caught for third drunk driving offense

Hampton man, 21, caught for third drunk driving offense

HAMPTON – A young Hampton man was arrested Sunday morning for his third drunk driving offense, and second this year. Hampton police arrested 21-year-old Harvey Rodriguez for second offense operating…

Fire at Wright county egg facility causes serious damage

Fire at Wright county egg facility causes serious damage

GALT, IOWA – A fire at a Northern Iowa egg farm caused significant damage Sunday. A call to the Centrum Valley Farms facility in Galt, Iowa confirmed that a major…

Branstad appoints Sioux City student to State Board of Education

Branstad appoints Sioux City student to State Board of Education

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed Hannah Rens, a sophomore student at Sioux City East High School, to the Iowa State Board of Education. Rens will serve…

Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa names Ragan “Senator of the Year” for her bipartisan work

Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa names Ragan “Senator of the Year” for her bipartisan work

DES MOINES – The statewide advocacy group for Iowa families affected by brain injuries has named State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City their “Senator of the Year.” In a…

European brothers working to open Italian restaurant in Mason City (video)

European brothers working to open Italian restaurant in Mason City (video)

MASON CITY – Pasta Bella. That’s the name of a new Italian restaurant that is coming to Mason City. Two European brothers are toiling in a familiar south side storefront…

Reynolds to join Iowa Soybean Association on trade mission to Thailand

Reynolds to join Iowa Soybean Association on trade mission to Thailand

DES MOINES – Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, accompanied by Gov. Terry Branstad, Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) Director and soybean farmer from Maxwell, Iowa, Grant Kimberley, today announced that she…

Japan ordered to halt Antarctic whaling

NEW YORK – The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled against Japan in a case involving charges by Australia that the country was using a scientific research…

Iowa teen dead after vehicle rollover

ATLANITC – An Iowa teen died this past weekend after a one vehicle rollover. On March 29, 2014, at 11:40 a.m., the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report…

Miller and Hull win titles at Arizona State Invitational

Miller and Hull win titles at Arizona State Invitational

TEMPE, Ariz. –University of Iowa junior Gabe Hull and senior Zinnia Miller won field event titles and continued their climb up the school record book Saturday at the Arizona State…

UN warns worst of climate change effects are on the way

UN warns worst of climate change effects are on the way

YOKOHAMA, Japan – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report today that says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the…

Hogue named to All-East Region Team

Hogue named to All-East Region Team

NEW YORK – Iowa State junior forward Dustin Hogue was named to the All-East Region team Sunday afternoon. Hogue joined Most Outstanding Player Shabazz Napier (UCONN), DeAndre Daniels (UCONN), Gary…

MCPD warns of text message banking scam

MCPD warns of text message banking scam

MASON CITY – If you receive a text message claiming to be from Wells Fargo Bank, the odds are it is a scam, and you should not reply. North Iowa…

Southbridge Mall to host “NIACC Day” April 5

Southbridge Mall to host “NIACC Day” April 5

MASON CITY – The public is invited to NIACC Day at Southbridge Mall, Saturday April 5th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faculty and staff from North Iowa Area Community…

Intoxicated man reported sleeping on sidewalk, then heads for library

Intoxicated man reported sleeping on sidewalk, then heads for library

MASON CITY – If you’re going to sleep one off, don’t pick a public sidewalk as the place to do it. On Wednesday, March 26, a concerned citizen spotted a…

Eighty per cent of Metrodome to be recycled

MINNEAPOLIS – The Metrodome is now rubble, and the Minnesota Vikings say that they will recycle at least 80% of the materials in the former structure. Some fans bought seats…

UPDATED: Minnesota juveniles arrested for theft at Kohl’s

UPDATED: Minnesota juveniles arrested for theft at Kohl’s

MASON CITY – Police were called to the Kohl’s department store Wednesday, March 26 on a report of two shoplifters. Two female juveniles were detained by store security for concealing…

Bad beer brews trouble in Cultural Crescent

Bad beer brews trouble in Cultural Crescent

MASON CITY – The more booze people drink in the Cultural Crescent, the less they get along, or so it seems. Late Saturday afternoon, a woman called police to report…

Dumont men caught trespassing in rural Mason City

Dumont men caught trespassing in rural Mason City

MASON CITY – Police were called to a rural Mason City address known for thefts of property to check on two subjects, leading to their arrest. Cerro Gordo deputies went…

Steve King on looming election: “I have a target on my back”

Steve King on looming election: “I have a target on my back”

WASHINGTON – In a fundraising letter sent Friday afternoon, Congressman Steve King of Iowa said he needs your money to battle “liberal groups” who are “ready to go negative and flood…

UNI’s Baker Hall demolished

UNI’s Baker Hall demolished

CEDAR FALLS – A storied residence hall on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls was demolished over the past week. The university reported that earlier…

Waterloo police investigate shooting that left man hospitalized

Waterloo police investigate shooting that left man hospitalized

WATERLOO – A man was shot in a Waterloo parking lot this week, and police are searching for clues as to the shooter’s identity. Waterloo police said that on Thursday…

Danny Carroll unanimously elected Iowa GOP Chairman

Danny Carroll unanimously elected Iowa GOP Chairman

DES MOINES – Today the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee unanimously elected Danny Carroll as Chairman. Carroll fills the vacancy left by outgoing Chairman A.J. Spiker is stepping…

Gopal T.K. Krishna elected Iowa GOP Co-Chairman

Gopal T.K. Krishna elected Iowa GOP Co-Chairman

DES MOINES – Today the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee elected Gopal T.K. Krishna as Co-Chairman of the party. Krishna replaces Co-Chairman Danny Carroll, who was elected earlier…

Convicted drug dealer back in jail for violating probation

Convicted drug dealer back in jail for violating probation

MASON CITY – A man convicted of dealing powerful illicit drugs near a school – who was given only probation, a fine and court costs – has been accused of…

Jack McCourt says school district refused him a copy of budget

Jack McCourt says school district refused him a copy of budget

MASON CITY – A school district watchdog says he asked Mason City school district officials for a copy of the next budget and he was refused. Jack McCourt says he…

Mason City woman convicted on assault charge

Mason City woman convicted on assault charge

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was convicted of assault this month after accepting a plea deal. Melody Starbuck, age 33, had been arrested by Mason City police after…

VP Biden: Time to raise minimum wage

VP Biden: Time to raise minimum wage

WASHINGTON – “It’s time to act. It’s time to give America a raise.” In an address Saturday to the American people, Vice President Joe Biden spoke on why the White…

Washington Times Op-Ed: Obama’s unfair union-election tilt By Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. John Kline, and Rep. Phil Roe

Friday, March 28, 2014 – The president is waging a public-relations campaign about income inequality in this country, but rather than focus on growing the economy and encouraging businesses to…

Iowa appeals court upholds $125,000 judgement against dog owner whose pitbull mauled child’s leg

Iowa appeals court upholds $125,000 judgement against dog owner whose pitbull mauled child’s leg

DES MOINES – The Iowa court of appeals ruled this week that a Waterloo pitbull owner was negligent for failing to maintain control of his dog knowing the reputation of…

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