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Motive behind latest Virginia Tech shooting remains unknown

By Stephen Ceasar and Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times The motive behind a puzzling murder-suicide on the campus of Virginia Tech was still unknown Friday, as investigators continued to piece…

1 of 2 suspects pleads guilty in plot against Seattle military facility

By Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — One of two men accused of conspiring to attack a military-processing station in Seattle in July pleaded guilty to three federal charges…

Former Rutgers student rejects no-jail deal in secret taping case

By George Anastasia, The Philadelphia Inquirer NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A former Rutgers University student charged with invading the privacy of his roommate by secretly taping him in an intimate…

Woman arrested after driving to court while suspended

Woman arrested after driving to court while suspended

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County deputies arrested 21-year-old Shyla Yvonne Piper shortly before 2pm on Thursday on a warrant issued after law enforcement seen her drive to the Cerro…

Virginia Tech gunman was not a student, acted alone, authorities say

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The gunman in the Virginia Tech shooting was not a student, had no apparent connection to the university and is believed…

Mason City woman gets extended probation for felony prescription drug distribution

Mason City woman gets extended probation for felony prescription drug distribution

MASON CITY – On Monday, Janelle Rammelsberg, age 28 of Mason City, was sentenced to an extension of her probation by three years after a negotiated voluntary guilty plea for…

Spencer man admits to receiving child pornography

SIOUX CITY – A man who received child pornography pled guilty today in federal court in Sioux City. Justin Funck, age 27, of Spencer, Iowa, was convicted of one count…

Mason City man sentenced to Beje Clark for car theft

Mason City man sentenced to Beje Clark for car theft

MASON CITY – Shawn Armstrong, age 38, of Mason City was sentenced to a residential treatment program at Beje Clark by Judge Colleen Weiland in Cerro Gordo County District court…

Mason City man sent to jail for 6 months

Mason City man sent to jail for 6 months

MASON CITY – On Tuesday, November 1st, Randy Axiotis, 49, was sentenced to two 180 day sentences after entering Alford pleas in three criminal cases in Cerro Gordo County District…

NIACC instructor arrested for harassment

NIACC instructor arrested for harassment

MASON CITY – NIACC instructor Jeffrey Pilz has landed in jail again, according to the Cerro Gordo County inmate population report. Pilz, 56, was booked into the Cerro Gordo County…

Traffic stop leads to arrest of man when drugs are found

Traffic stop leads to arrest of man when drugs are found

CLEAR LAKE – On Thursday November 03, 2011 at approximately 7:00 a.m. Officers from the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office and Clear Lake Police Department stopped a vehicle for a…

FBI releases 2010 statistics on law enforcement officers killed and assaulted

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to information released last week by the FBI, 56 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty last year; 72 officers died in…

Mason City man accused of forgery

Mason City man accused of forgery

MASON CITY – On Wednesday, October 26th, Mason City police arrested Monte Bitker, age 27, of 1708 Taft Ave South, Mason City after receiving a report of a suspicious subject…

Younkers employee arrested for felony theft from store

Younkers employee arrested for felony theft from store

MASON CITY – Mason City police were summoned to Younkers Department Store at 102 South Delaware, in Mason City’s Southbridge Mall on a report of an employee theft shortly before…

Repeated sex offender gets Beje Clark for felony 2nd offense residency restriction violations

Repeated sex offender gets Beje Clark for felony 2nd offense residency restriction violations

MASON CITY – On Tuesday, October 25th, David Dow was sentenced to 6 month at Beje Clark a local residence treatment center, Iowa sex offender registry for life, three years…

Fugitive Arizona sex offender gets 45 days for sex offender registry violations here

Fugitive Arizona sex offender gets 45 days for sex offender registry violations here

MASON CITY – A man who originally would not identify himself the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputies after his arrest for criminal trespass as NorthIowaToday.com reported on October 3rd was…

Repeat sex offender gets probation for felony registry violation

Repeat sex offender gets probation for felony registry violation

MASON CITY – On Tuesday, October 25th, Shawn Holmes of 201 Virginia Street in Mesrvey was sentenced to a 5 year suspended prison, an additional 10 years on the sex…

Cops nab three during traffic stop

Cops nab three during traffic stop

MASON CITY – At 3:10 a.m. Monday, October 24th, a Mason City Police Officer stopped to speak with three suspicious subjects in the parking lot of America’s Best Inn at…

Tip leads to capture of escaped fugitive in Mason City

Tip leads to capture of escaped fugitive in Mason City

MASON CITY – Shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday, October 5th, Mason City police received a tip that a fugitive wanted for escape from Beje Clark and numerous other criminal…

DCI releases names of those involved in Forest City Shooting

DCI releases names of those involved in Forest City Shooting

FOREST CITY – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is now releasing the names of the officers involved in the October 20, 2011 shooting incident in Forest City, Iowa. The…

Ames police officer nearly run down by stolen vehicle, fires weapon

Ames police officer nearly run down by stolen vehicle, fires weapon

Ames – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is now releasing the name of the officer involved in the shooting incident in Ames Friday night. The name of the…

Iowa man charged with child pornography offenses

CEDAR RAPIDS – James Byers, age 56, from Belle Plaine, Iowa, has been charged with three child pornography offenses. T­he charges are contained in an indictment unsealed October 11, 2011,…

DCI agents, Forest City officer involved in shooting incident

FOREST CITY, IOWA – Last night, October 20, 2011, in Forest City at approximately 6:15 PM, two agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation were involved in an altercation…

Clear Lake woman receives probation in child endangerment case

Clear Lake woman receives probation in child endangerment case

MASON CITY – Tonya Clifford had originally been arrested and transported to Cerro Gordo County jail by Clear Lake police on September 1st on an aggravated misdemeanor charge of child…

Waterloo man sentenced to federal prison on drug charges

Waterloo man sentenced to federal prison on drug charges

CEDAR RAPIDS – A 58 year-old man who was selling large quantities of marijuana while collecting Social Security benefits was sentenced on October 11, 2011 to almost six years in…

Two wanted Mason City men on bikes stopped by cops and arrested

Two wanted Mason City men on bikes stopped by cops and arrested

MASON CITY – Shortly after 4 a.m. on Monday, October 18th, Mason City police stopped two men for no lights on their bicycles in the 1500 block on 4th Street…

Clear Lake man has one count of possession of child porn dismissed

MASON CITY – On Tuesday, October 11th, an aggravated misdemeanor charge of purchase/possession of medium depicting sexual exploitation of a minor was dismissed without prejudice by magistrate Rolf Aronson against…

Fed’s shut down 18 child porn websites

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In another example of the increasingly international nature of crime, a man was recently indicted on federal charges of running 18 Chinese-language child pornography websites out of…

Law Enforcement captures wanted escapee after he tries to hide in apartment

Law Enforcement captures wanted escapee after he tries to hide in apartment

MASON CITY – Shortly before 1 AM Sunday, October 16th, local law enforcement spotted Dustin Barnes, age 20, behind Alley Katz bar at 1341 Federal Ave North, Mason City. When…

Husband and wife arrested after altercation with another man in Mason City

Husband and wife arrested after altercation with another man in Mason City

MASON CITY – A Mason City couple was jailed after an altercation. Quinn Symonds, age 29, and his wife, Jessica Lynn Symonds, age 22, were arrested along with another subject…

NIACC history instructor arrested on harassment charge

NIACC history instructor arrested on harassment charge

MASON CITY – Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 16th, members of the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department received a report of harassing messages. Upon investigation, Jeffrey Pilz, age…

Lake Mills Police arrest local man for 14 counts of burglary and drug related offenses

Lake Mills Police arrest local man for 14 counts of burglary and drug related offenses

LAKE MILLS, IOWA – On Friday, October 7th, Lake Mills Police arrested Carl Mikkel Shayne Sundberg, age 20, on one felony count of burglary in the 2nd degree, 11 aggravated…

Mason City man charged a second time for cruelty to animals

Mason City man charged a second time for cruelty to animals

MASON CITY – On Thursday, October 6th, Mason City police went to 2224 21st Street SW, Mason City for a report of cruelty to animals. After the investigation, police arrested…

Thornton man arrested a 6th time for domestic assault

Thornton man arrested a 6th time for domestic assault

THORNTON – Shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday, October 9th, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputies took a report of a domestic assault. Kenneth Neilsen age 29 of 212 4th Street North,…

Mason City shoplifter caught with over $500 dollars in merchandise

Mason City shoplifter caught with over $500 dollars in merchandise

MASON CITY – Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1st, Mason City police officers were called to Hy-Vee East on a report of a shoplifter. Police officers arrested Tiffany…

Man arrested on felony domestic assault charge

Man arrested on felony domestic assault charge

Early Sunday, October 2nd, Douglas Ross Welsher age 38 was booked into the Cerro Gordo county jail on one count of domestic assault 3rd or subsequent offence. Iowa law enhances…

Cedar County, Iowa man charged with child pornography offenses

CEDAR RAPIDS – Timothy Wilker, age 48, from West Branch, Iowa, has been charged with one count of receipt of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography.…

Mason City man sent to prison after violation of probation a 2nd time

Mason City man sent to prison after violation of probation a 2nd time

MASON CITY – In Cerro Gordo County District Court September 27th, Cole Pearce, age 19, of Mason City was convicted for a 2nd time of violating probation and sentenced to…

Man shot at North Federal Casey’s

Man shot at North Federal Casey’s

MASON CITY – Mason City police were dispatched to the North Federal Casey’s gas station Tuesday afternoon at 4:54 p.m. for a report of a shooting. It has now been…

Mason City police officer shoots pit bull

MASON CITY – On July 1st, 2011 at 4:56 p.m. a Mason City police officer responded to a complaint of a vicious pit bull running at large in the 200…