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Sheriff: Release of shooting suspect was an error

A computer error is to blame for allowing a man arrested in a drive-by shooting in Cedar Rapids to be released from custody hours later. Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said 18-year-old Brandon Gordon should not have been allowed to…

posted 2014-09-23 09:00:55 by KXEL

Northeast Iowa man dies 3 days after bike accident

A man has died three days after crashing his bicycle on a recreational trail in Decorah. Decorah Police Chief Bill Nixon says 66-year-old Dan Werner died Sunday.  Werner was injured Thursday afternoon when he flipped over his bike handlebars. Nixon…

posted 2014-09-23 08:07:27 by KXEL

Officials: Man attacked UI student in dorm

Authorities say a man faces a burglary charge on suspicion of attacking a University of Iowa student in her dorm room and stealing her laptop. According to a complaint by the school's department of public safety, Mark C. Spicer, 19,…

posted 2014-09-23 06:44:12 by KXEL

North Liberty woman accused of 7 years of thievery

Police say a North Liberty woman stole more than $30,000 over seven years and lost it at casinos. Nancy Salisbury, 66, is charged with theft and ongoing criminal conduct, both felonies. Authorities say Salisbury was authorized to manage the day-to-day…

posted 2014-09-23 06:40:29 by KXEL

Charges dropped in death of motorcyclist

Charges against a Charles City woman have been dropped in the crash death of a motorcyclist near Nora Springs in northern Iowa. Stephanie Mercer, 23, was scheduled for trial on Nov. 20 on two counts of involuntary manslaughter — one…

posted 2014-09-23 06:38:00 by KXEL


Hatch campaign suspends ads in 2 TV markets

The campaign of Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch has suspended television ads in two Iowa markets and changed its advertising strategy in two others but denies it's a sign the campaign is struggling financially. "We're just redistributing how we're…

posted 2014-09-22 20:05:20 by KXEL

Linn County sheriff reviewing release of shooting suspect

The Linn County sheriff said Monday he is reviewing whether his office made a mistake in releasing a man from jail hours after he was charged in a shooting that left an 18-year-old woman hospitalized. Sheriff Brian Gardner says 18-year-old…

posted 2014-09-22 19:57:45 by KXEL

Judge considers bond for man in fatal crash

A Holy Cross man on Monday sought to have his bond reduced as he faces vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of four teenagers. Joseph Connolly, 24, appeared in Dubuque District Court for a bond review.  He has been at…

posted 2014-09-22 19:55:13 by KXEL

Police investigate shots fired in SE Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Police Officers responded to a report of shots fired at 411 15th Street SE at 12:01 p.m. Monday. Witnesses reported multiple shots fired at the home where people were sitting on the porch.  There were no injuries and…

posted 2014-09-22 15:12:55 by KXEL

Strawberry Point firefighter accused of arson, fraud

A Strawberry Point firefighter is on leave from the department after being charged with arson and insurance fraud. If convicted of second-degree arson and insurance fraud, 41-year-old Terry R. Groth of Strawberry Point could face up to 15 years in…

posted 2014-09-22 15:10:03 by KXEL

Absentee ballots up nearly 98 percent from 2010

The number of absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters is nearly double the number sought 43 days before the 2010 election, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz said Monday. Voters have increasingly opted for early voting by absentee ballot in…

posted 2014-09-22 13:27:18 by KXEL

Westgate man accused of locking kids in bedroom

A northeastern Iowa man was charged with locking his girlfriend's five children in a bedroom for more than 24 hours at a time without food or access to a bathroom. Deputies from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office who responded to…

posted 2014-09-22 13:23:32 by KXEL