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2014-06-14

Des Moines teen sentenced to 50 years for carjacking

A Des Moines teenager involved in a violent carjacking has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Officials say that 17-year-old Terrance Cheeks, who was tried as an adult and found guilty of two counts of first-degree robbery, was sentenced…

posted 2014-06-14 21:19:57 by KXEL

Waterloo man pleads guilty to selling bath salts

A 26-year-old Waterloo convenience store manager has pleaded guilty to selling synthetic drugs commonly known as bath salts. The U.S. Attorney's Office for northern Iowa says Earl James Ramos, of Waterloo, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Cedar Rapids.…

posted 2014-06-14 07:43:19 by KXEL

Group files lawsuit against Manchester zoo

An animal welfare group has filed a lawsuit against an eastern Iowa zoo, alleging mistreatment of animals and violations of federal laws. The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the owners of Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester.…

posted 2014-06-14 07:41:00 by KXEL

2014-06-13

Waterloo man pleads guilty in voter fraud case

The Iowa Secretary of State has announced that Philip Michael Thomas of Waterloo pled guilty in a voter fraud case last week. “I want to thank the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and County Attorney Tom Ferguson for taking election…

posted 2014-06-13 11:59:30 by KXEL

Emerald ash borer found in Johnson County

Officials say an emerald ash borer has been positively identified in Johnson County, but an examination of nearby ash trees didn't turn up any more of the insects. A team comprised of state and federal agencies announced Friday an Iowa…

posted 2014-06-13 11:57:15 by KXEL

3 injured in 2-pickup crash near Plainfield

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Bremer County Thursday morning. At 10:23 a.m., Bremer County deputies responded to the accident at County Road V-14 (Easton Avenue) and 120th Street, which is five miles northeast of Plainfield. Plainfield…

posted 2014-06-13 11:08:11 by KXEL

Judge rejects child neglect plea deal for Dubuque man

A Dubuque County district judge has rejected a proposed plea deal with a man accused of neglecting a 2-year-old boy before the boy died. Judge Monica Ackley on Thursday put back on track the trial for 36-year-old Nicholas Reed.  Ackley…

posted 2014-06-13 10:05:38 by KXEL

Supreme Court overturns conviction in HIV case

The Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a Plainfield man who pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of HIV. Nick Rhoades appealed his 2009 conviction, claiming his attorney was ineffective by letting him plead guilty. The court Friday…

posted 2014-06-13 10:02:46 by KXEL

Iowa high court reinstates major pollution lawsuit

In a major environmental case, the Iowa Supreme Court says residents can bring a class-action lawsuit against a Muscatine manufacturer accused of damaging their homes and cars with harmful pollution. The court reinstated the lawsuit Friday against Grain Processing Corp.,…

posted 2014-06-13 10:01:54 by KXEL

'Twilight' impostor accused of touching Newton girl

The mother of a Newton teenager says police should have arrested a man who inappropriately touched her daughter while posing as an actor from the movie series "Twilight." David LaVera, of San Diego, was arrested Tuesday after Baxter police received…

posted 2014-06-13 08:16:12 by KXEL

Iowa judge refers Minnesotans to feds for seized money

A judge has told two Minnesota residents they'll have to ask federal authorities to return the $48,000 seized by Iowa City officers during a traffic stop in March. District Judge Mitchell Turner made the ruling Wednesday on the application submitted…

posted 2014-06-13 06:24:46 by KXEL

Study: Treatment lacking for Iowa problem gamblers

A new study says the vast majority of pathological gamblers in Iowa aren't receiving treatment and are at risk of financial devastation. The study presented Thursday to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission found that 0.6 percent of Iowans —…

posted 2014-06-13 05:54:41 by KXEL

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