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USDA announces school and summer meals reforms

USDA announces school and summer meals reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced two proposals last week that will put local school and summer food service operators back in the driver’s seat of…

Non-partisan federal agency says Trump broke law by withholding Ukraine military aid

Non-partisan federal agency says Trump broke law by withholding Ukraine military aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A non-partisan federal agency says President Donald Trump broke the law by withholding Ukraine military aid last year as part of allegations of a quid pro quo to…

Waterloo drug user sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for illegally possessing two guns

Waterloo drug user sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for illegally possessing two guns

CEDAR RAPIDS – An illegal user of methamphetamine and marijuana who left a sawed-off shotgun in the car, but carried a handgun into a hotel was sentenced January 8, 2020,…

President Trump signs Phase 1 Trade Agreement with China, Iowa leaders thrilled

President Trump signs Phase 1 Trade Agreement with China, Iowa leaders thrilled

DES MOINES – President Donald Trump signed a trade deal with China Wednesday, and several top Iowa political leaders were thrilled with the outcome. “One of the greatest trade deals…

Shooting bullets at a graduation house party lands Iowa man in prison

Shooting bullets at a graduation house party lands Iowa man in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who fired multiple rounds from a handgun at a group of people celebrating someone’s graduation was sentenced today to more than eleven years in federal…

Central Nebraska student and teacher arrested for alleged child exploitation scheme

Central Nebraska student and teacher arrested for alleged child exploitation scheme

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A central Nebraska high school student, and a teacher at his school, were arrested Tuesday on charges related to child pornography. These arrests resulted from an…

Illegal Guatemalan caught in Iowa using fraudulent Social Security card sent to prison

Illegal Guatemalan caught in Iowa using fraudulent Social Security card sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who used a false identification document and someone else’s name and social security number was sentenced today more than two months in federal prison. Diego…

Sioux City man sentenced to federal prison for meth conspiracy

Sioux City man sentenced to federal prison for meth conspiracy

SIOUX CITY – A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine was sentenced January 2, 2020, to 15 years in federal prison. Julio Cesar Salais, 46, from Sioux City, Iowa, received…

Waterloo felon who sold gun to police sent to prison

Waterloo felon who sold gun to police sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who sold a rifle during an undercover operation was sentenced on January 10, 2020, to more than one year in federal prison. Charles John Cizek,…

Mexican alien deported five times and caught in Iowa sentenced to prison for fraud

Mexican alien deported five times and caught in Iowa sentenced to prison for fraud

  CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mexican man who had been deported five times, illegally returned to the United States, and then used a false identification document to obtain a job…

Gates removed on Upper Iowa River dam

Gates removed on Upper Iowa River dam

DECORAH – An emergency project to remove damaged gates from the southern segment of Lower Dam on the Upper Iowa River in Winneshiek County is underway. The $60,000 project restores…

Illegal Mexican man caught in Iowa sent to prison

Illegal Mexican man caught in Iowa sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States and caught in Iowa after being deported was sentenced to two months in federal prison. Pedro Hernandez-Becerra, age…

Several staff assaulted at Iowa Medical and Classification Center

Several staff assaulted at Iowa Medical and Classification Center

CORALVILLE– Several security staff members were assaulted by an inmate at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at approximately 11:20 a.m. today. An inmate attempted to leave his unit without…

Iowa’s Hawki health insurance program celebrates 20 Years

Iowa’s Hawki health insurance program celebrates 20 Years

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds recently joined the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) in celebrating 20 years of the Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawki) program. Hawki…

Three Fort Dodge men plead guilty to gun and meth charges

Three Fort Dodge men plead guilty to gun and meth charges

FORT DODGE – Three Fort Dodge men who conspired to distribute methamphetamine and illegally possessed stolen guns pled guilty in federal court in Sioux City. Marcus Swan, 29, pled guilty…

Convicted Iowa murderer dies in captivity

Convicted Iowa murderer dies in captivity

IOWA CITY – A convicted Iowa murderer who beat his girlfriend to death died in captivity. Rick Fay Bird was pronounced dead due to natural causes at 3:10 p.m. on…

Convicted Iowa burglar dies in prison

Convicted Iowa burglar dies in prison

IOWA CITY – A convicted Iowa burglar died in prison. Delbert Duane Anderson was pronounced dead due to natural causes at 12:23 PM, January 3 at the University of Iowa…

Semi strikes and kills bicyclist on Iowa highway early Monday morning

Semi strikes and kills bicyclist on Iowa highway early Monday morning

JASPER COUNTY – A semi struck and killed a bicyclist on an Iowa highway early Monday morning. On January 6, 2020 at approximately 4:30 AM, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office…

Bernie Sanders holds campaign rally in Mason City

Bernie Sanders holds campaign rally in Mason City

MASON CITY – Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a campaign rally in Mason City on Saturday, January 4, 2019. The rally was held in the Music Man…

U.S. Homeland Security preparing assessment of threats after elimination of Iran general

U.S. Homeland Security preparing assessment of threats after elimination of Iran general

WASHINGTON- Today, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued the following statement on the successful U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq that eliminated Qasem Soleimani, the head of the…

President Trump obliterates top Iran general, puts U.S. on brink of escalated war in Middle East

President Trump obliterates top Iran general, puts U.S. on brink of escalated war in Middle East

IRAQ – President Trump ordered the bombing of the top Iran general, who was responsible for countless American deaths, sparking a possible severe backlash from the U.S. enemy nation. Friday…

Two North Iowans arrested on drug charges after law enforcement search home

Two North Iowans arrested on drug charges after law enforcement search home

SAC CITY – Two North Iowans were arrested on drug charges after law enforcement searched their home. On December 13, 2019 the Sac City Police Department served a narcotics search…

Trumpeter swan soiree returns to central Iowa

Trumpeter swan soiree returns to central Iowa

WEST DES MOINES – The public is invited to a Trumpeter Swan Soiree, celebrating North America’s largest waterfowl species, on Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Walnut…

Fire destroys Iowa Correctional Release Center laundry room

Fire destroys Iowa Correctional Release Center laundry room

NEWTON – Last night and early this morning, department staff and local fire department personnel responded to a fire at the Correctional Release Center, a minimum security facility adjacent to…

Trained marksman fires gun at shooter during Texas church service, potentially saving lives

Trained marksman fires gun at shooter during Texas church service, potentially saving lives

SETTLEMENT, TEXAS – A 71 year-old trained marksman fired a single shot during a church service this weekend, killing a gunman who had already taken two lives and was poised…

Northern Iowa man charged with attempted murder after firing shots during bar fight

Northern Iowa man charged with attempted murder after firing shots during bar fight

ELGIN, IOWA – A Northern Iowa man is charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing shots during a bar fight. On December 29, 2019, at approximately 2:00 PM, the Fayette…

Iowa man brags about shooting up house with mother and children inside; cops get wise and nab him

Iowa man brags about shooting up house with mother and children inside; cops get wise and nab him

DUBUQUE – An Iowa man bragged about shooting up a house with a mother and her children inside, and cops got wise and nabbed him on multiple felony charges. According…

Iowa DNR conservation officer assists with ice rescue

Iowa DNR conservation officer assists with ice rescue

WARREN COUNTY, IOWA – On December 27, around 3:15pm, Warren County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call came of two people that had gone through the ice at Summerset State…

Man gets 20 years in prison after undercover sting operation showed he wanted to kill and mutilate a child

Man gets 20 years in prison after undercover sting operation showed he wanted to kill and mutilate a child

BEAUMONT, TX — An East Texas man pleaded guilty Friday to federal child exploitation violations, which included repeated interest in raping, killing and cannibalizing a 13-year-old girl as part of…

Livestock neglect investigated in Dubuque

Livestock neglect investigated in Dubuque

DUBUQUE – The neglect of dozens of animals in Dubuque, Iowa has been investigated and resulted in the arrest of an Iowa man. On December 7, 2019 at approximately 10:30…

Former bank President in Iowa who aided the obstruction of an FDIC investigation gets probation

Former bank President in Iowa who aided the obstruction of an FDIC investigation gets probation

CEDAR RAPIDS – A former bank president who aided the obstruction of an FDIC examination was sentenced to 5 years’ probation. Cecil Capper, age 74, from Marion, Iowa, received the…

Lodge at Iowa’s Palisades Kepler State Park vandalized

Lodge at Iowa’s Palisades Kepler State Park vandalized

LINN COUNTY — DNR staff discovered the Palisades Kepler State Park lodge was vandalized sometime in the overnight hours of Sunday, December 23, 2019. When staff discovered the vandalism, they…

Iowa DNR investigating two hunting incidents involving guns

Iowa DNR investigating two hunting incidents involving guns

WARREN COUNTY – The Iowa DNR is investigating two hunting incidents involving guns. On December 22, 2019, around 10:30am, Austin Pontier of St. Charles was shot by a member of…

DEA and FDA shut down 44 websites advertising illegal vaping cartridges

DEA and FDA shut down 44 websites advertising illegal vaping cartridges

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the seizure of 44 website domains offering to sell illicit vaping cartridges containing THC…

Iowa woman sentenced to almost a decade in federal prison for trying to distribute over 5 Kilos of meth

Iowa woman sentenced to almost a decade in federal prison for trying to distribute over 5 Kilos of meth

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa woman has received a stiff prison sentence after trying deal meth. Dana Lee Clatt, age 38, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was sentenced to nearly a…

Wrong-way driver in Marshall county claims life of woman and her dog

Wrong-way driver in Marshall county claims life of woman and her dog

MARSHALL COUNTY, IOWA – Authorities were alerted via multiple 911 calls Saturday evening about a wrong way driving on Highway 30 in Marshall county which resulted in a fatal collision.…

One dead, at least 6 hurt in shooting near Twin Cities

One dead, at least 6 hurt in shooting near Twin Cities

SPRING LAKE PARK, MN – A shooter killed one person and wounded at least six others in an attack at a Twin Cities-area restaurant Sunday morning. On Sunday,December 22, 2019…

Iowa social media influencer sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after plotting to hijack internet domain

Iowa social media influencer sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after plotting to hijack internet domain

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who enlisted his cousin to break into a Cedar Rapids man’s home and order him at gunpoint to transfer an Internet domain was sentenced today…

Two Northern Iowans arrested after meth and weed found in house

Two Northern Iowans arrested after meth and weed found in house

SAC CITY, IOWA – Two Northern Iowans were arrested after meth and weed were found in a house, recently. On December 13, 2019 the Sac City Police Department served a…

Iowa woman charged with attempted murder for running down child because she is “a Mexican”

Iowa woman charged with attempted murder for running down child because she is “a Mexican”

CLIVE, IOWA – An Iowa woman allegedly intentionally used her car to run down a child who was walking on a  sidewalk and told police she did it because of…

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