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Mason City man sent to mental health facility

A Mason City man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of his father is being sent to the state's Cherokee Mental Health Institute. On Friday, Judge Gregg Rosenbladt ruled that 43-year-old Thomas Barlas Jr. should…

posted 2014-09-01 09:18:52 by KXEL

Cedar Falls juvenile faces robbery, weapons charges

A Cedar Falls teen faces multiple charges in connection with a series of crimes Saturday morning. Cedar Falls police arrested 17-year-old Daniel Ray Penticoff of Cedar Falls.  Penticoff is charged with first-degree robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon, two counts of…

posted 2014-09-01 09:13:27 by KXEL

SUV rolls over infant in Des Moines

Des Moines authorities say an infant has died at a hospital after being run over by a sport utility vehicle. The accident happened a little after 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of East Walnut Street. Police say it's…

posted 2014-09-01 08:53:16 by KXEL

Lake Mills district criticized over bullying complaints

Some parents are dissatisfied with how the Lake Mills school district is handling complaints about bullying and harassment. Louise Martinson says that her middle school-age daughter has been bullied the past three years.  Martinson says she's gotten no calls back…

posted 2014-09-01 08:51:44 by KXEL


Minivan collides with Cedar Rapids police car

A crash on Blairs Ferry Road sent a driver and a Cedar Rapids police officer to the hospital on Sunday. Dispatchers first received a call about the crash at 2:42 p.m. that involved a police car and minivan. A crash…

posted 2014-08-31 20:31:34 by KXEL

Tactical team responds to New Hampton standoff

Authorities in Chickasaw County responded to a report of shots fired at 4:45 Sunday morning. The Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office says deputies and New Hampton police arrived at an unspecified address and were able to get everyone out safely.  However,…

posted 2014-08-31 20:28:37 by KXEL

After Sorenson case, lawmakers back ethics rules

Iowa legislative leaders don't plan to change ethics rules for political work after a former state senator admitted to lying about receiving payments to switch his support from one Republican presidential candidate to another. The U.S. Department of Justice announced…

posted 2014-08-31 20:27:10 by KXEL

Some Iowa driving instructors have criminal record

At least 10 driving instructors licensed in Iowa have criminal records or driving infractions in their past, but they've been allowed to keep working with teens because of a forgiving state law. The Des Moines Register reports at least three…

posted 2014-08-31 20:19:57 by KXEL

Iowa firm selling new pure vodka in the state

An Iowa company hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor. IngeniOz vodka started selling for about $24 a bottle in Iowa stores a month ago. A pure vodka is…

posted 2014-08-31 20:18:29 by KXEL


5 firefighters hurt in downtown Des Moines fire

Five firefighters have been treated for injuries they received fighting a fire in a downtown Des Moines building. Officials say the firefighters' injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The fire was reported shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday in the…

posted 2014-08-30 11:40:36 by KXEL

Officials: Polk County inmate has died

Officials say a Polk County inmate found hanging and unconscious in a cell last week has died. The inmate, whose identity has not been released, died Monday at a hospital. Officials say the inmate was found hanging in the cell…

posted 2014-08-30 11:39:38 by KXEL

3 hurt in crash near Janesville

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 218 and Cedar-Wapsi Road Friday night. The crash was reported at about 7:30 p.m. The Iowa State Patrol identified the three injured people as 65-year-old Dealda Mary…

posted 2014-08-30 08:47:17 by KXEL