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Pest control worker accused of bugging Red Oak home

A southwest Iowa pest control worker is accused of planting audio recording devices in a woman's home. Red Oak police say 38-year-old Aaron Johnson was arrested Monday and charged with misdemeanor electronic and/or mechanical eavesdropping and with being a felon…

posted 2014-11-05 08:20:46 by KXEL

Goldford woman makes plea deal in child sex assault

A 50-year-old northern Iowa woman has made a plea deal in a child sex abuse case. Diana Guido, of Goldfield, has agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of sex abuse.  She's expected to make the plea at a…

posted 2014-11-05 06:17:01 by KXEL


Mural artist unhappy about plans to demolish work

The 91-year-old artist who created unique murals at Des Moines' downtown YMCA says he's "a little bitter" about plans to demolish his 55-year-old artwork along with the building. Last month, a zoning board rejected a request to grant landmark status…

posted 2014-11-04 20:15:53 by KXEL

Des Moines private school plans large expansion

A Des Moines private school plans to spend up to $4.5 million on a gymnasium and new classroom wing. The private, secular Bergman Academy outlined its plans Tuesday to the city's Urban Design Review Board.  The board gave its preliminary…

posted 2014-11-04 20:14:28 by KXEL

Work to begin on 2 lakes in northern Iowa

Officials say restoration work will begin soon on two lakes in northern Iowa with deterioration issues. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Marble Lake and West Hottes Lake in Dickinson County will undergo a shallow lakes restoration project this…

posted 2014-11-04 20:11:53 by KXEL

Fish farm planned in Webster City

A company is planning to build a large indoor fish farming operation in Webster City that will employ 150 people. VeroBlue Farms is preparing to purchase two buildings in the central Iowa city, including the former Beam Building more commonly…

posted 2014-11-04 09:51:26 by KXEL

Webster City man killed in 3-vehicle highway crash

The Iowa State Patrol says one person has died in a three-vehicle highway crash. Thirty-seven-year-old Matthew Graham was pronounced dead at the scene Monday on Highway 17 in Boone County.  Troopers say the Webster City man was slowing to make…

posted 2014-11-04 07:22:00 by KXEL

Man enters guilty plea in Fort Dodge jail escape

A man who broke his arm while climbing out of a vent at the Webster County Jail has pleaded guilty to escaping. The Messenger reports 32-year-old George Johnson entered the plea Monday on charges of escape from custody and second-degree…

posted 2014-11-04 07:20:50 by KXEL

Council Bluffs man gets 5 years in police chase

An Iowa man who was shot by a state trooper following a high-speed car chase has been sentenced to five years in prison. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports 29-year-old Michael Lee was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges including…

posted 2014-11-04 07:19:56 by KXEL

Police: Davenport man kidnaps, rapes woman

Davenport police have issued additional charges against an inmate who they say raped a woman at gunpoint and forced her to withdraw cash from an ATM. Officials say 19-year-old Gary Marshall was being held in the Scott County Jail Tuesday…

posted 2014-11-04 05:49:38 by KXEL


Woman returns old Seney school bell to Iowa

A Mississippi woman has returned an old bell from the long-closed Seney school to the Plymouth County Historical Museum, decades after she bought it for $8.50. Sarah and Larry Voas brought the bell to the museum in October.  Many of…

posted 2014-11-03 12:01:08 by KXEL

Facebook connects family to long-lost Army coat

A Facebook post has led a Le Mars couple to the owner of an Army dress uniform found in a dusty storage area in a Le Mars building. Le Mars resident Kari Ames and her husband purchased the Culligan building…

posted 2014-11-03 11:59:54 by KXEL