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Sentence upheld for Maynard robbery, getaway

A court is upholding a minimum 35-year prison sentence for one of two Iowa men convicted of robbing a Fayette County bank and shooting two officers during an attempted getaway. The Iowa Court of Appeals rejected 21-year-old William Clayton's argument…

posted 2014-11-13 10:11:59 by KXEL

Donaldson closing Grinnell plant

A Minnesota company will close a Grinnell manufacturing plant, putting about 75 people out of work. Bloomington-based Donaldson Company announced Wednesday it would close the plant, which produces mufflers and other exhaust products for off-road equipment.  The plant has been…

posted 2014-11-13 10:10:42 by KXEL

Chief: 3 injured in Dubuque apartment fire

Dubuque firefighters say three people have been taken to a hospital after a blaze at an apartment complex. Fire Chief Rick Steines says flames broke out Wednesday night at the Sheridan Village Apartments.  He says the fire appeared to originate…

posted 2014-11-13 07:18:29 by KXEL

Fire damages Iowa City construction site

The Iowa City Fire Department is investigating what caused a fire at the construction site of an apartment complex. Firefighters were sent to the multi-story building at 2161 Wilenbrock Circle shorly before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Fire crews got the flames…

posted 2014-11-13 06:46:15 by KXEL

Hay bales catch fire near Independence

Three area fire departments responded to a report of hay bales on fire north of Independence. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office says the fire was reported at about 9 p.m. Wednesday.  The bales were near a storage-type building in the…

posted 2014-11-13 05:25:44 by KXEL


Official: Autopsy report completed on ISU student

A medical examiner's office says an autopsy report has been completed on an Iowa State University student found dead in her car in September. Mike Hensch, administrator of the Johnson County Medical Examiner Department, says an autopsy report on the…

posted 2014-11-12 14:46:23 by KXEL

Mason City man's car strikes vehicles, school bus

A Mason City man faces multiple charges after police say his car struck three vehicles, including a school bus. Police say 23-year-old Eric Sombright was behind a school bus Tuesday morning when his car slid on ice and hit the…

posted 2014-11-12 13:52:58 by KXEL

Meskwaki police official fired over comments, photos

An assistant chief for a tribal police department in Iowa has been fired after making inappropriate comments about the looks of teenage daughters of two subordinate officers. Documents released Wednesday show Jason Dunagan, assistant chief of the Meswaki National Police…

posted 2014-11-12 13:18:58 by KXEL

Branstad to defend policy on felon voting

A spokesman says Gov. Terry Branstad intends to defend the state's policy of disenfranchising convicted felons during a lawsuit challenging the practice. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said Wednesday the governor's office believes the Iowa Constitution requires felons to lose their…

posted 2014-11-12 10:55:44 by KXEL

Waterloo shelter director gets probation for theft

The director of a Waterloo homeless shelter has been given probation for stealing money from the nonprofit organization. Joni Kay Hansen on Monday was given a deferred judgment, two to five years of probation and ordered to pay restitution. She'd…

posted 2014-11-12 09:59:52 by KXEL

Waterloo police investigate 3 armed robberies

Waterloo police are investigate three robberies that occured a few hours apart Tuesday night on the city's west side No injuries were reported in these robberies.  Police say, in each case, the suspect was armed with a gun and fled…

posted 2014-11-12 08:37:00 by KXEL

Fire at Cedar Rapids building rekindles overnight

A fire that caused extensive damage to a large steel building in Cedar Rapids rekindled overnight. Firefighters from Cedar Rapids, West Bertram and Mount Vernon responded to the call at 3:30 this morning.  The building is owned by R.L. Snitcker…

posted 2014-11-12 06:50:29 by KXEL