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U.S. State Department press briefing for October 18, 2021: Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

U.S. State Department press briefing for October 18, 2021: Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department held a press briefing on October 18, 2021, touching on subjects ranging from Colin Powell, Ethiopia war, Iran, Russia/NATO, China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile,…

Three Iowa children hurt when UTV rolls over in ditch

Three Iowa children hurt when UTV rolls over in ditch

JESUP, IOWA – Three Iowa children were hurt when the UTV one of them was operating rolled over in a ditch. On Saturday, October 16, 2021, at approximately 12:15 pm,…

Chicago man sent to prison for firing handgun near Iowa children

Chicago man sent to prison for firing handgun near Iowa children

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Chicago man who fired a handgun into the air at an apartment complex while children were playing nearby was sentenced today to seven years in federal…

Iowa man who sold opioids that caused three deaths sentenced to 35 years in federal prison

Iowa man who sold opioids that caused three deaths sentenced to 35 years in federal prison

CEAR RAPIDS – A man who sold three deadly doses of opioids in April and May of 2019 was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison. Travis Gordon Jones, age…

Trump advisor Steve Bannon in January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for rebuffing subpoena

Trump advisor Steve Bannon in January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for rebuffing subpoena

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who made provocative statements prior to the deadly insurrection attack on the U.S Capitol, is in the January 6 Committee’s crosshairs for…

Missing Iowa boy found deceased in rural area

Missing Iowa boy found deceased in rural area

MONTEZUMA, IOWA – A missing Iowa boy gone for months was found deceased in a rural area Friday. On May 27, 2021, 10-year-old Xavior Harrelson was reported missing from his…

Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for child porn, grooming minors

Iowa man sentenced to federal prison for child porn, grooming minors

DAVENPORT – An Iowa man has been sentenced to federal prison for child porn and grooming minors for sex. Lamark Armond Combs, Jr., was sentenced on Thursday, October 14, 2021,…

Iowa State Patrol trooper injured in auto crash Thursday night, remains in critical condition

Iowa State Patrol trooper injured in auto crash Thursday night, remains in critical condition

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, IOWA – An Iowa State Patrol trooper was injured in an auto crash Thursday night, remains in critical condition On Thursday, October 14, at 11:30 p.m., Trooper Ted…

USA announces additional millions in assistance for crisis in Northern Ethiopia

USA announces additional millions in assistance for crisis in Northern Ethiopia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States is sending many millions of dollars in additional assistance for an on-going humanitarian crisis in Northern Ethiopia, where people there are facing brutal conditions.…

Texas man indicted for sending violent threats to doctor who had been advocate of the COVID-19 vaccine

Texas man indicted for sending violent threats to doctor who had been advocate of the COVID-19 vaccine

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – A federal grand jury in Baltimore, Maryland, has indicted a Texas man for sending a threatening communication to a Maryland doctor. The indictment was unsealed today following…

John Deere workers in Waterloo launch strike

John Deere workers in Waterloo launch strike

WATERLOO – John Deere workers in Waterloo launched a strike today. UAW John Deere members struck at midnight October 14, after the company failed to present an agreement that met…

Iowa Department of Corrections claims it reduces recidivism rates

Iowa Department of Corrections claims it reduces recidivism rates

DES MOINES – Today the Iowa Department of Corrections (IDOC) is announcing a reduction in the recidivism rate for FY2021. The three-year recidivism rate for FY2021 is 38.7% — 0.9%…

U.S. and Taliban meet for discussions in Qatar; Americans offer aid to Afghan people

U.S. and Taliban meet for discussions in Qatar; Americans offer aid to Afghan people

DOHA, QATAR – U.S. and Taliban officials met for discussions in Qatar in recent days. According to the U.S. State Department: On October 9 and 10, an interagency delegation traveled…

Ecuadorian man who traveled to Iowa to have sex with minor sent to prison

Ecuadorian man who traveled to Iowa to have sex with minor sent to prison

DAVENPORT, IOWA – Luis Moreira Bravo, of Ecuador, but resided in Edina, Minnesota, was sentenced on Monday, October 4, 2021, by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to…

Iowa man pleads guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine

Iowa man pleads guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine

SIOUX CITY – A man who possessed with intent to distribute methamphetamine pled guilty September 7, 2021, in federal court in Sioux City. Todd Gruis, 50, from Melvin, Iowa was…

Wanted man surrounded by cops in Albert Lea calls in school bomb threat

Wanted man surrounded by cops in Albert Lea calls in school bomb threat

ALBERT LEA – A wanted man surrounded by cops in Albert Lea called in a school bomb threat in the hops of escaping. On October 7, 2021 at 10:41 AM,…

Des Moines cops negotiate peaceful end to standoff with man who begged to be shot

Des Moines cops negotiate peaceful end to standoff with man who begged to be shot

DES MOINES – Des Moines cops were able to negotiate a peaceful end to a standoff with a man who begged to be shot. Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on the…

Feds warn public: Sharp increase in lethal, fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and meth

Feds warn public: Sharp increase in lethal, fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and meth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Drug Enforcement Administration warns the American public of the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. International and…

Iowa murderer dies in prison

Iowa murderer dies in prison

IOWA CITY – An Iowa murderer died in prison. Timothy Keith Palmer was pronounced dead after a prolonged illness (not COVID-19 related) at 5:50 a.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021…

Iowa man found guilty of sex trafficking offenses

Iowa man found guilty of sex trafficking offenses

DES MOINES — An Iowa man was found guilty of federal sex trafficking offenses and face a long prison sentence. On September 24, 2021, a federal jury convicted Darrius Decnan…

Nineteen charged with federal gun law violations in the Waterloo, Iowa, area

Nineteen charged with federal gun law violations in the Waterloo, Iowa, area

WATERLOO – Law enforcement agencies in the Waterloo, Iowa, area continue to make communities safer by partnering to reduce gun related crimes and violence. The United States Attorney’s Office for…

Iowa woman struck and killed by auto driver

Iowa woman struck and killed by auto driver

CLIVE, IOWA – An Iowa woman was struck and killed by an auto driver recently in this Des Moines suburb. On September 19, 2021, at 6:28 AM, Clive Police responded…

Iowa police officer accused of sex assault

Iowa police officer accused of sex assault

ELDRIDGE, IOWA – An Iowa police officer is accused of a sex assault. On Friday, September 24, 2021, the Iowa Division of the Criminal Investigation – Major Crime Unit was…

President Obama breaks ground on his presidential center in Chicago

President Obama breaks ground on his presidential center in Chicago

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, September 28, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined President and Mrs. Obama at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center. Check…

More than 420,000 households received emergency rental assistance in august, totaling over $2.3 billion in payments

More than 420,000 households received emergency rental assistance in august, totaling over $2.3 billion in payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – State and local governments have made over 1.4 million Emergency Rental Assistance payments to households and distributed $7.7 billion since January The state and local government grantees…

Audit of Presidential election in Arizona conducted by partisan GOP outfit confirms Biden beat Trump – by a bigger margin

Audit of Presidential election in Arizona conducted by partisan GOP outfit confirms Biden beat Trump – by a bigger margin

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – A shady audit of the 2020 Presidential election in Arizona conducted by a partisan GOP outfit now confirms Joe Biden beat Donald Trump – by a bigger…

Iowa woman run over and killed by school bus

Iowa woman run over and killed by school bus

GUTTENBURG, IOWA – An Iowa woman was run over and killed by a school bus Thursday morning. The accident took place Thursday, September 23, 2021, in Guttenburg, Iowa. At 7:50…

Trump henchmen to be subpoenaed in treacherous attack on nation’s Capital

Trump henchmen to be subpoenaed in treacherous attack on nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chairman Bennie G. Thompson this week announced that he has issued a round of subpoenas for documents and testimony to four individuals with close ties to the…

USA commits to allowing thousands more refugees to enter nation, as Founders intended

USA commits to allowing thousands more refugees to enter nation, as Founders intended

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore…” so is the creed of the USA,…

Convicted Iowa child kidnapper dies in prison serving life sentence

Convicted Iowa child kidnapper dies in prison serving life sentence

ANAMOSA – A convicted Iowa child kidnapper died in prison serving a life sentence. Robert David Wilcoxen was pronounced dead at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the…

Iowa bicyclist struck and killed by motorist in Urbandale

Iowa bicyclist struck and killed by motorist in Urbandale

URBANDALE, IOWA – An Iowa bicyclist was struck and killed by a motorist in Urbandale this weekend. On September 19th, 2021, at approximately 7:17 AM, Urbandale Police Department patrol officers…

Iowa woman falls 150 feet from bluff and dies on impact

Iowa woman falls 150 feet from bluff and dies on impact

BELLEVUE, IOWA – An Iowa woman fell 150 feet from a bluff and died on impact, authorities say. Authorities have identified 36-year-old Iris Merfeld, of Zwingle, as the woman involved…

Northern Iowa man fatally electrocuted while trimming tree

Northern Iowa man fatally electrocuted while trimming tree

HAZELTON, IOWA – A Northern Iowa man was fatally electrocuted while trimming a tree, authorities say. On Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at approximately 10:45 am, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office…

Person falls to death at state park in Iowa

Person falls to death at state park in Iowa

BELLEVUE, IOWA – The Iowa DNR is investigating a fatal incident at Bellevue State Park in Iowa where a person fell to their death. At 4:21 a.m. on Sept. 18,…

Iowa man arrested after house was set on fire

Iowa man arrested after house was set on fire

KELLOGG, IOWA – An Iowa man was arrested after a small town house was set on fire. On Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at approximately12:35, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received…

Iowa Department of Corrections reduces recidivism rates

Iowa Department of Corrections reduces recidivism rates

DES MOINES – Today the Iowa Department of Corrections (IDOC) is announcing a reduction in the recidivism rate for FY2021. The three-year recidivism rate for FY2021 is 38.7% — 0.9%…

Governor Reynolds sets special session for redistricting

Governor Reynolds sets special session for redistricting

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation convening a special legislative session on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. The purpose of the special session will be to consider…

Placing an incendiary device on another’s property leads to federal prison for Iowa man

Placing an incendiary device on another’s property leads to federal prison for Iowa man

CEDAR RAPIDS -A man who placed an incendiary device on the property of another was sentenced September 7, 2021, to more than three years in federal prison. Aaron Hinke, age…

Justice Department sues Texas over abortion ban bill

Justice Department sues Texas over abortion ban bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that the Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to prevent the State of Texas from enforcing Senate Bill 8 (SB8),…

FBI issues”national call for tips from the American people” to find Washington pipe bomb planter

FBI issues”national call for tips from the American people” to find Washington pipe bomb planter

WASHIGNTON, D.C. – The FBI has issued a “national call for tips from the American people” to find the Washington pipe bomb planter that endangered people’s lives as part of…