Author Archives: Mark Morris

Farm Service Agency Offices Open Today(Tues) Only

A reminder….. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency offices will be open today(Tues) to help farmers with existing loans and other services. But it’s just for the one day, and employees will be working without pay because of the shutdown. The Iowa offices open today(Tues) include those in Manchester, Elkader, Epworth and Maquoketa.Read more »

Iowa City Woman Charged with Theft from Local Baptist Church

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 23-year-old woman has been accused of stealing from an Iowa City church. Authorities say Markell Leach, who lives in Iowa City, is charged with felony theft and unauthorized use of a credit card.  Court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her. Records say…Read more »

Waterloo Council to Revisit Fireworks Code, Zoning

The Waterloo City Council will kick off a series of meetings this(Tues) afternoon at 3:55 with a work session on the fireworks zoning ordinance and code.   After that, members will review an ordinance which would increase storm water fees. During the regular meeting, which begins at 5:30, the council will be asked to apply for…Read more »

UPDATE…..More Known Now about Linn Co. Farm Building Fire

KXEL News has obtained a few more details about that Marion-area outbuilding fire this(Mon) morning. Crews from Marion, West Bertram, Mt. Vernon and Springville were dispatched shortly after 7:45 am to the Greg and Terry Churchill farm at 1774 Cottage Grove Parkway, near Highway-13, for an outbuilding fire. The barn was used to store hay…Read more »

Teen Girls Accused of Beating, Robbing Third Teen at WWHS

Two girls…one from Cedar Rapids and the other from Waterloo…have been arrested in connection with a January 10th attack on a 16-year old girl in the Waterloo West High School parking lot. 18-year old Ashanti Phillips of Cedar Rapids has been charged with first degree robbery.  A judge set her bond at $25,000.   The other…Read more »

Waterloo Man Arrested for Shooting Outside Downtown Strip Club

Police arrested a Waterloo man early yesterday(Sun),  after witnesses say he fired several shots from a handgun into the air in the 300 block of Jefferson Street and then drove off. Officers responded first, around 2:10 Sunday morning, to Flirt’s Gentlemen’s Club downtown, where they found several shell casings. After talking to other customers, they…Read more »

CF Council Seeks Public Input Tonight on Capital Improvement Plan

The Cedar Falls City Council will hold a public hearing tonight(Mon) on the proposed, five-year Capital Improvements Program. As the long-range planning document is considered, city officials remind residents that it covers more than 200 projects , costing an estimated $282-million, with the money to pay for them coming from more than three dozen funding…Read more »

Marion Area Fire Damages Outbuilding, Destroys Hay

No one was injured but it took several Marion-area fire departments to knock down a hay fire in an outbuilding in Linn County this(Mon) morning. The initial call went out just before 8 o’clock and by 9:10 the blaze near Cottage Grove Parkway and Highway-13 was under control. No word yet on what started it…Read more »

Walter Williams Gets 50 Years in Death of 4-Year Old Raheem Harris

A Waterloo man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for beating to death his one-time girlfriend’s 4-year old son. 24-year old Walter Williams had been babysitting Raheem Harris on July 8th of 2017and was charged with murder in the boy’s death, but he was convicted last October of lesser charges, namely involuntary manslaughter…Read more »