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Woman sentenced for using public money in scheme

A former University of Iowa employee who bought and resold at least 567 items online using university money has been sentenced to three years of probation. Court records show that 37-year-old Jennifer Robyn Whitmore-Meier was sentenced Thursday in Des Moines'…

posted 2014-10-26 09:28:31 by KXEL

Utility crew rescues Ankeny man pinned beneath truck

The wife of a man seriously injured on the job is crediting a MidAmerican power company line crew with saving her husband's life. Officials say that 60-year-old Rick Dawson of Ankeny suffered 22 fractured ribs, a broken collar bone and…

posted 2014-10-26 09:26:22 by KXEL

Dubuque officials suspect arson in vehicle fires

Dubuque police and fire department officials say they are investigating two vehicle fires as arson. The fires were reported before dawn Friday in a parking lot. Dubuque Fire Marshal Mark Burkle says one vehicle was fully engulfed when fire crews…

posted 2014-10-26 09:24:24 by KXEL

New Iowa clean water rule goes into effect

A new Iowa clean water rule designed to increase inspections of livestock farms and provide stricter enforcement over manure spills is now in effect after a year of hearings and deliberations by government agencies. The rule, which took effect Wednesday,…

posted 2014-10-26 09:20:18 by KXEL


La Porte City man arrested for drugs, child endangerment

A La Porte City man faces several charges after authorities executed a search warrant at his home on Friday. La Porte City police have charged Lee Allen Wagner with Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Deliver, Conspiracy to Manufacture/Sale of…

posted 2014-10-25 07:49:50 by KXEL

Bunger Middle School fire intentionally set

Evansdale Fire Chief Kent Smock says Wednesday's fire at Bunger Middle School was intentionally set. The Evansdale Police Department is now investigating the case as arson. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.  Authorities have not…

posted 2014-10-25 07:46:54 by KXEL

Waterloo men charged in theft of dump truck, grader

The Bremer County Sheriff's Office has arrested two Waterloo men on charges of burglary and criminal mischief. Authorities say the two men were able to drive off with two large county vehicles and put both of them in the ditch…

posted 2014-10-25 07:40:33 by KXEL

Semi fire sends driver to the hospital

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says a semi on fire led to the closure of the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 at the Dubuque Street exit around 7:40 p.m. Deputies say the driver was taken to the hospital.  The driver's…

posted 2014-10-25 07:34:51 by KXEL

Foundation moving from Waterloo to Cedar Falls

A foundation that has distributed $65 million since its founding plans to leave its office in downtown Waterloo for a new building in Cedar Falls. The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa will build a 5,000-square-foot building costing $1.5 million to…

posted 2014-10-25 07:28:09 by KXEL

Ames school disables chat functions on laptops

Administrators at Ames Middle School are disabling some chat functions on students' school-provided laptops after finding some students were abusing the features and not paying attention in class. School leaders had found some students were using the Chromebooks' chatting and…

posted 2014-10-25 07:27:04 by KXEL

Carlisle teacher charged with drug possession

A long-time Carlisle Middle School teacher and high school coach has been charged with crack cocaine possession after police found drugs on him during a traffic stop. Polk County Jail records show Jim Alden Flaws of Carlisle has been charged…

posted 2014-10-25 07:25:15 by KXEL


Search warrants net cash, cocaine and marijuana

Investigators of the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force conducted numerous search warrants in the Waterloo areaon Thursday. While executing those warrants, investigators seized approximately one pound of powder cocaine and crack cocaine and over five pounds of high-grade marijuana.  They…

posted 2014-10-24 13:27:29 by KXEL