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2014-07-29

Homeless shelter in Des Moines installs greenhouse

A homeless shelter in downtown Des Moines has installed a greenhouse that will enable the organization to grow vegetables year-round. Residents at Central Iowa Shelter & Services will be able to learn about harvesting and selling the produce grown at…

posted 2014-07-29 10:01:09 by KXEL

Renovation of former Rath building begins

Crews are finally restoring the long vacant administration building of a shuttered company in Waterloo. The historic building that once belonged to former giant Rath Packing Company has become an eyesore after sitting empty for decades. Crews are working on…

posted 2014-07-29 09:51:31 by KXEL

Daniels Park splash pad closed for repairs

The splash pad in Daniels Park in Cedar Rapids is currently closed for repairs. Patrons are urged to use one of the splash pads at Cedar Valley Park, Cleveland Park, Hayes Park, Hidder Park, Jacolyn Park, Noelridge Park, Redmond Park,…

posted 2014-07-29 08:54:57 by KXEL

Palo teen arrested after carjacking, chase

A man is in custody after he led authorities on a high-speed chase on Interstate 380 early Tuesday. The investigation actually began at around 1:00 a.m. when Cedar Rapids police talked with a woman who said she was assaulted and…

posted 2014-07-29 06:45:59 by KXEL

Dozens of animals found inside 2 Fort Dodge homes

Fort Dodge authorities have found a total of 50 to 60 animals inside two homes that stank of urine and feces. Officers who responded to a nearby residence on Saturday were told about the animals.  Officers then found eight dogs…

posted 2014-07-29 06:22:34 by KXEL

2014-07-28

Hatch criticizes Branstad on limited debate plan

Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch is criticizing Gov. Terry Branstad for refusing to negotiate the number, location, and details for a series of debates. Hatch, a Democratic state senator from Des Moines, says Branstad has said he'll do three…

posted 2014-07-28 20:52:45 by KXEL

Former Iowa securities agent faces theft charges

A former Iowa securities agent has been extradited from Texas to face charges of stealing investment money. The Iowa attorney general's office said Monday that 55-year-old David William Johnson, of Keller, Texas, faces four counts of felony first-degree theft and…

posted 2014-07-28 20:51:16 by KXEL

Police work to ID man found in Des Moines River

Authorities say a man found dead in the Des Moines River may have been in the water for up to two weeks. Des Moines police said Monday that an autopsy has been completed on the man, but his identification remains…

posted 2014-07-28 20:49:38 by KXEL

Police: Teen in Iowa City shooting escaped facility

Police say a 17-year-old boy who allegedly shot a weapon into the air at Iowa City's pedestrian mall had earlier escaped from a juvenile home. Iowa City police say the teenager had escaped from the Eldora State Training School for…

posted 2014-07-28 20:48:25 by KXEL

Authorities: Fire destroys railroad bridge

Authorities say a fire has completely destroyed a railroad bridge in eastern Iowa along the Mississippi River. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says multiple departments responded to the Monday fire near the Massey Station. Crews extinguished the blaze several hours…

posted 2014-07-28 20:47:19 by KXEL

Waterloo teacher accused of sexual contact with girl

A Waterloo teacher has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage student. Waterloo police say 32-year-old Daniel Paul Ankrum was arrested Friday on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual exploitation by a school employee. Ankrum is a teacher at…

posted 2014-07-28 13:29:59 by KXEL

Jury selection begins in Wisconsin kidnapping

Jury selection has begun in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures in Iowa. Kristen Smith faces one count of kidnapping in federal court.  She could…

posted 2014-07-28 12:33:05 by KXEL

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