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West Union corrections facility escapees back in custody

Authorities say three men who walked away from a residential correctional facility in northeast Iowa are back in custody. The Iowa Department of Corrections says Shaun McBride and Taylor Oakes were arrested Wednesday night in Mitchell County. Tyler Roe was…

posted 2014-10-24 05:49:36 by KXEL


Dubuque school officials investigate speeding van

Dubuque school officials are investigating an apparently speeding district van caught by another motorist on video. The incident happened Tuesday when Jay Shipley of Solon noticed a van traveling more than 80 mph on Interstate 280 near North Liberty. Shipley…

posted 2014-10-23 14:24:44 by KXEL

Central City man charged in theft of ginseng plants

A Central City man is charged with illegally taking 134 ginseng plants from a state preserve. The plant has significant value and is typically sold in Asia, where it's used as a natural medicine. Allan W. Gates is facing charges…

posted 2014-10-23 14:23:00 by KXEL

Amazon to refund Iowa customers over subscription

Online retailor Amazon has agreed to refund more than 1,000 Iowa customers over issues regarding a subscription service. The Iowa Attorney General's Office says the agreement means Inc. and Amazon Services LLC will give $122,000 in refunds and credits…

posted 2014-10-23 12:39:20 by KXEL

Key Iowa regents want 3rd straight tuition freeze

Key members of the governing board of Iowa's three public universities say they want to table a proposed 1.75 percent tuition increase and freeze rates for the third year. In a surprise, three members of the Iowa Board of Regents…

posted 2014-10-23 12:11:14 by KXEL

Tripoli woman dies in single-vehicle crash

The Bremer County Sheriff's Office says a Tripoli woman has died from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident near Tripoli Wednesday afternoon. Detective Dave McDonald says 67-year-old Kathleen Kerr was westbound on C-33 when her vehicle drifted off the right…

posted 2014-10-23 12:08:54 by KXEL

Owners of closed group home in Marion arrested

The owners of a closed elder group home in Marion have been arrested on several charges, including neglect and abandonment of a dependent person. Donald and Peggy Berns also face charges of dependent adult abuse-exploitation.  Peggy Berns says that she…

posted 2014-10-23 08:20:51 by KXEL

DNR investigates report of cougar in Evansdale

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning people to stay away from potentially dangerous wildlife after a woman said she spotted a cougar in Evansdale.   Rita Kelley of Waterloo saw the animal on Tuesday night while walking with…

posted 2014-10-23 06:55:49 by KXEL

One of 3 residential facility escapees in custody

Authorities say a man who fled a residential facility Friday is back in custody. Meanwhile, the search continues for two others who also walked away. West Union Police Lt. Matt Walker says 23-year-old Tyler Roe was captured on Tuesday in…

posted 2014-10-23 06:51:20 by KXEL

Man in Iowa City standoff sentenced for drugs

A 44-year-old man involved in an Iowa City standoff has been given nearly 32 years in prison for his 10th federal drug conviction. Prosecutors say Brandon Thompson of Iowa City was sentenced on Monday to 380 months in prison.  He…

posted 2014-10-23 06:26:43 by KXEL

First Lady gets Braley right; email has new error

The official transcript of a speech Michelle Obama made Tuesday on behalf of Senate candidate Bruce Braley mistakenly referred to him as a candidate for governor in the email subject line. The transcript was sent by the White House Tuesday…

posted 2014-10-23 05:58:42 by KXEL

Feds search for couple in drug, gambling case

Federal authorities are searching for a husband and wife accused of running synthetic drug and gambling operations in Cedar Rapids. The U.S. Marshals Service said Wednesday that Melissa and Mohamad Al Sharairei didn't show up to a court hearing in…

posted 2014-10-23 05:57:08 by KXEL