Category Archives: KXEL News

Madison, Warren and Marion Counties Named State Disaster Areas

The severe weather that pushed through Iowa Tuesday morning left people dealing with damage from tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flash flooding. Today(Wed), Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for three of the hardest-hit counties. The proclamation allows residents of Madison, Marion, and Warren counties that incurred storm-related damage to get some help from the…Read more »

West Branch HS Principal Resigns Four Days Before Classes Resume

The West Branch Board of Education has accepted the resignation of the high school’s principal, Shannon Bucknell. The superintendent of the school district, Marty Jimmerson sent documents outlining Bucknell has been accused of allowing a hostile workplace and learning environment, including not responding to complaints by female students and making inappropriate comments to female staff.…Read more »

Open House Scheduled in Marion for Police Chief Finalists

The City of Marion plans to hold a public reception for residents to meet four candidates being considered for the new police chief position. Former police chief Joseph McHale resigned in June for a new job in the public sector. During the search for a new chief, Lieutenant Chad Nott took over as the department’s…Read more »

“Field of Schemes” Leader Takes His Own Life

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A coroner says a Missouri man blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, days after he was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Livingston County Coroner Scott Lindley on Tuesday confirmed the death of Randy Constant in Chillicothe, Missouri. He…Read more »

Police Arrest Three in Connection with Body Found in Skunk River

Three people have been arrested in connection with a body found in the South Skunk River in Mahaska County in early August. The Iowa Department of Public Safety said that 27-year old Cody Vancenbrock, 28-year old Nicholas Kelly, and 34-year old Holly Kelly, were arrested yesterday(Tues). Nicholas and Holly are married. This comes after 27-year…Read more »

Eastern Iowa Cannon Maker Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

A Delaware County man is pleading guilty to firing a cannon that killed a woman. The charge against 31-year old Max Fenton is involuntary manslaughter.  Police say on July 2, 2016, he set off a replica Civil War cannon that was made from a sawed off barrel of a rifle. A piece of the cannon…Read more »

Ernst, Grassley, Finkenauer Working on Ethanol Waiver Overhaul

Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst says she wants to work to bring more transparency to the process that allows some refineries to get waivers to not have to blend ethanol with gasoline.     Ernst made those comments while in Cedar Rapids yesterday(Tue). She took a tour of the DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences facility before holding a…Read more »

Twisters Born of Storms Hit Central, Eastern Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Storms that spawned tornadoes have rumbled over much of central and eastern Iowa, toppling trees, cutting power and flooding streets. The National Weather Service says a tornado hit and damaged buildings northwest of Lacona this(Tues) morning, and another was reported 6 miles southeast of De Soto. It’s not clear whether…Read more »