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Accused Benghazi terrorist makes first court appearance

Accused Benghazi terrorist makes first court appearance

WASHINGTON – Ahmed Abu Khatallah, aka Ahmed Mukatallah, made his first appearance Saturday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on a federal terrorism offense arising from…

U.S. Bank to pay $200 million to resolve alleged FHA mortgage lending violations

U.S. Bank to pay $200 million to resolve alleged FHA mortgage lending violations

WASHINGTON – U.S. Bank has agreed to pay the United States $200 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting mortgage loans…

Pentagon: There are now 750 US troops in Iraq

Pentagon: There are now 750 US troops in Iraq

WASHINGTON – There are now about 750 US troops in Iraq, after the Pentagon announced 200 more troops were sent there on Sunday. At the direction of President Barack Obama,…

MC man who allegedly suffocated dog pleads guilty to animal neglect

MC man who allegedly suffocated dog pleads guilty to animal neglect

MASON CITY – A man who police said put a plastic bag over his dog’s head to suffocate it because he didn’t want to pay a fee to have it…

Waldorf College 2013 graduate placement report released

Waldorf College 2013 graduate placement report released

FOREST CITY, IA – Waldorf College saw a 93% placement rate for their 2013 online and residential graduates. This information is gathered through surveys and research conducted by the Waldorf…

Southern Minnesota man charged after being caught with stolen Mason City antique tractor

Southern Minnesota man charged after being caught with stolen Mason City antique tractor

RICE COUNTY, MN – A Faribault man is facing numerous charges after police discovered dozens of stolen items at his property in Rice County, Minnesota. One of the items was…

Trial set for MC woman wanted on theft charge

Trial set for MC woman wanted on theft charge

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman who failed to appear in court on a theft charge was arrested on a warrant and a trial date has been set. Mariah…

Supreme Court slaps Obamacare on issue of contraceptives in health plans

Supreme Court slaps Obamacare on issue of contraceptives in health plans

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has dealt President Obama another blow, this time ruling that for-profit companies with certain religious beliefs cannot be forced to offer some forms of contraceptives…

State launches “Zero Fatalities” traffic safety initiative

State launches “Zero Fatalities” traffic safety initiative

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced the launch of “Zero Fatalities,” Iowa’s plan to keep every man, woman, and child safe on Iowa’s…

Charles City woman arrested for driving while barred

Charles City woman arrested for driving while barred

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman was arrested recently for driving while barred. On June 25, 2014, Charles City police made a traffic stop on 22-year-old Crystal Hunn at…

Woody named director of track and field/cross country for the University of Iowa

Woody named director of track and field/cross country for the University of Iowa

IOWA CITY – Iowa City native, four-time All-American, and former world champion Joey Woody has been named director of track and field/cross country for the University of Iowa. Woody replaces…

Swimmers itch showing up at Crystal Lake, Black Hawk Lake

Swimmers itch showing up at Crystal Lake, Black Hawk Lake

CRYSTAL LAKE – Complaints about swimmer’s itch are starting to come in from Crystal Lake and Black Hawk Lake, and it is likely only a matter of time before it…

Diocese of Des Moines places priest on leave after “credible” abuse allegation

Diocese of Des Moines places priest on leave after “credible” abuse allegation

DES MOINES – An Iowa priest is on indefinite administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse were found to be credible, according to the Diocese of Des Moines. Bishop Richard Pates…

Texas man sentenced to 15 years in prison for producing child pornography

Texas man sentenced to 15 years in prison for producing child pornography

LUBBOCK, Texas — A west Texas man was sentenced in federal court Friday to 15 years in prison for making child pornography. This sentence is the result of an investigation…

Arraignment set for MC man who was awarded new trial in felony theft case

Arraignment set for MC man who was awarded new trial in felony theft case

MASON CITY – A Mason City man arrested in 2013 for stealing a trailer with the help of a Rockford man faces an arraignment on several charges in that case…

Obama extends “best wishes” to Muslims

Obama extends “best wishes” to Muslims

Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan: On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States…

Fire doused and under investigation on MC’s North End

Fire doused and under investigation on MC’s North End

MASON CITY – Mason city firefighters were called to a North End building for a fire Sunday afternoon. Around 1:00 PM Sunday, a call was made to authorities about a…

Charcoal grill fire investigated at Willowbrook Mall

Charcoal grill fire investigated at Willowbrook Mall

MASON CITY – A fire inside a charcoal grill behind the Willowbrook Mall was cause for concern briefly Sunday in Mason City. Mason City Firefighters were busy with another fire…

Mason City man sent to prison after violating probation

Mason City man sent to prison after violating probation

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was sent to prison this month for violating the terms of his probation. On June 9, 2014, Judge Karen Salic found 23-year-old James…

Mason City man pleads guilty to second offense OWI

Mason City man pleads guilty to second offense OWI

MASON CITY – A Mason City man has pleaded guilty to second offense operating while intoxicated. Enrique Chavez-Varela, age 46 of Mason City, pled guilty on June 9th to second…

New mural painted in Nature Center Auditorium

New mural painted in Nature Center Auditorium

MASON CITY – The Lime Creek Nature Center got a little more beautiful this past month with the addition of a new mural in the Charles E. Strickland auditorium. Jan…

Jury trial set for Mason City woman who allegedly brought drugs into jail

Jury trial set for Mason City woman who allegedly brought drugs into jail

MASON CITY – A trial date has been set for a Mason City woman accused of  theft, trespassing and bringing drugs into the jail. Lisa Lee Arnold, age 48 was arrested…

Man caught in park with drugs

Man caught in park with drugs

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man was spotted by a police officer in a park and arrested for illegal drug possession. Cerro Gordo county deputies located a vehicle in…

Wanted Rockwell man flees cops before being caught

Wanted Rockwell man flees cops before being caught

MASON CITY – Cops chased a wanted Rockwell man through a North End neighborhood Saturday evening. Officers with the Mason City police department and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office…

Swaledale man arrested for domestic assault

Swaledale man arrested for domestic assault

SWALEDALE – A Swaledale man was arrested early Sunday morning for a serious domestic assault. Cerro Gordo deputies took a report of a disorderly disturbance at 11446 Killdeer Avenue near…

Report finds that U.S. regions and business sectors face significant economic risks from climate change

Report finds that U.S. regions and business sectors face significant economic risks from climate change

NEW YORK – The American economy could face significant and widespread disruptions from climate change unless U.S. businesses and policymakers take immediate action to reduce climate risk, according to a…

MC vs Newman baseball game postponed to July 6

MASON CITY – The Mason City versus Newman baseball game scheduled for today has been postponed to Sunday, July 6. JV game is at 1:00 PM, Varsity game is at…

Mason City man loses appeal on third offense drunk driving charge

Mason City man loses appeal on third offense drunk driving charge

MASON CITY – An Iowa Appeals Court has upheld the sentence of a Mason City man after a guilty plea to felony third offense operating while intoxicated. Jacob Fesko, age…

Mason City woman dead after single vehicle rollover

Mason City woman dead after single vehicle rollover

WORTH COUNTY – A Mason City woman is dead after a single-vehicle rollover in Worth county early Saturday morning. According to a report, 26-year-old Erika Sue Schneckloth was westbound on…

Iowa law enforcement announces traffic enforcement program over July 4 holiday

Iowa law enforcement announces traffic enforcement program over July 4 holiday

DES MOINES, IOWA – To prevent death and injury, Iowa law enforcement is again asking the motoring public to buckle up, slow down and drive sober. According to the Iowa…

Wellmark partners with UnityPoint and Hy-Vee on new insurance plan

Wellmark partners with UnityPoint and Hy-Vee on new insurance plan

DES MOINES – Fresh off of announcing premium rate increases for next year – and snubbing participation in the Obamacare health insurance marketplace – Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield…

Mason City woman accused of strangulation arrested at bar for no-contact violation

Mason City woman accused of strangulation arrested at bar for no-contact violation

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman accused of a felony domestic assault was arrested at a local bar for violating the court-imposed no-contact order in the case. Mason City…

Health Department receives awards from Governor’s office

Health Department receives awards from Governor’s office

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is one of fourteen Iowa organizations and businesses to receive Environmental Excellence awards from Gov. Terry E. Branstad. These…

Explore outdoors packs available at Lime Creek Nature Center

Explore outdoors packs available at Lime Creek Nature Center

MASON CITY – Parents and kids looking for outdoor entertainment this summer should check out Lime Creek Nature Center. It is an excellent resource for learning materials and outdoor areas.…

Refugee agency warns of ‘sharp rise’ in people fleeing eastern Ukraine

Refugee agency warns of ‘sharp rise’ in people fleeing eastern Ukraine

UN – Some 16,400 people fled their homes in crisis-riven eastern Ukraine during the past week, bringing the number of displaced within the country to 54,000, according the United Nations…

Plymouth woman guilty of drunk driving

Plymouth woman guilty of drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Plymouth woman has pled guilty to drunk driving. Bethanee Calvert, age 26 of Plymouth, pled guilty on June 4th to first offense operating while intoxicated. Calvert…

Violent face slasher sent to prison for up to 10 years

Violent face slasher sent to prison for up to 10 years

MASON CITY – You’ve seen his face in the news numerous times over the past several months, involved in various nefarious activities. The slow, creaky wheels of North Iowa justice…

Supreme Court thwarts Obama on recess appointments

Supreme Court thwarts Obama on recess appointments

WASHINGTON – The US Supreme Court decided this week to strike down the President’s ability to use recess appointments of judicial and executive nominees to circumvent Congress. The Supreme Court…

Mason City felon pleads guilty to felony criminal mischief, then appeals

Mason City felon pleads guilty to felony criminal mischief, then appeals

MASON CITY – A Mason City man – and convicted felon – has pled guilty to felony criminal mischief, but appealed the sentence. Alberto Ramon, age 45 Mason City, pled…

Man arrested after traveling to Denver, CO to molest two young girls

Man arrested after traveling to Denver, CO to molest two young girls

DENVER — A Missouri man was arrested last week at Denver International Airport (DIA) after he traveled to Colorado to have sex with two minor children. This arrest was announced…

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