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Des Moines woman sentenced in kidnapping, beating case

A Des Moines woman has been sentenced to life in prison for her role in the kidnapping and beating of a man found in the trunk of a car. Fifty-three-year-old Debra Oliver was sentenced Thursday for the beating of 61-year-old…

posted 2014-11-14 07:23:45 by KXEL

Des Moines man charged in animal cruelty case

Des Moines police have arrested a man who they say beat a small dog and poured water on it during freezing weather. Charles Urbach has bonded out of the Polk County Jail after being charged Wednesday with animal torture.  Police…

posted 2014-11-14 07:22:56 by KXEL

Prosecutor: Cass County mom takes deal in cancer case

Prosecutors say a western Iowa mother accused of lying about her young daughter's cancer diagnosis has accepted a plea deal. Cass County Attorney Daniel Feistner said late Thursday that 30-year-old Leatha Slauson took the deal but the details of it…

posted 2014-11-14 06:43:21 by KXEL

Suspicious death of Burlington baby being investigated

State, Des Moines County and Burlington agencies are investigating what's being called the suspicious death of a 22-day-old baby at his parents' mobile home north of Burlington. Emergency crews were sent to the Green Acres Mobile Home Court north of…

posted 2014-11-14 06:41:55 by KXEL

Elderly couple killed in Kossuth County accident

An 88-year-old man and his 84-year-old wife have been killed in collisions with two semitrailers at an intersection in northern Iowa's Kossuth County. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred around 4 p.m. Thursday on the southern edge of…

posted 2014-11-14 06:40:38 by KXEL


Des Moines mom arrested in daughter's drug death

Des Moines police have arrested the mother of a 5-year-old who authorities say died of a drug overdose. Sgt. Jason Halifax says medical examiners have determined that Jayda Canada died of a morphine overdose.  Her mother, 24-year-old Tionne Bloodsaw, was…

posted 2014-11-13 12:16:46 by KXEL

Citing juror bias, court orders new trial in death

A court says an Iowa man convicted of murder in his friend's shooting death will get a new trial because a juror showed bias towards the victim's family. The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the second-degree murder conviction…

posted 2014-11-13 11:34:43 by KXEL

Iowa atheist groups reach out with billboards

Two Iowa groups are sponsoring billboards in the Davenport area and in Des Moines to proclaim their presence and reach out to atheists, agnostics and nontheistic people. Organizers say Central Iowa Coalition of Reason and the Eastern Iowa Coalition of…

posted 2014-11-13 09:40:11 by KXEL

Charities to continue 'Run with Carl' in Iowa

Two foundations plan to continue a 5 kilometer run that has funded scholarships for 30 Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley high school seniors since 1998. The run is in memory of Carl Schillig, who was killed by a reckless driver at…

posted 2014-11-13 08:24:07 by KXEL

Prosecutor amends charges against Sioux City couple

A prosecutor has amended charges against a Sioux City couple for the death of their 2-month-old son. Officials say that 27-year-old Michael Williams and 24-year-old Rebekah Williams-McCarthy now are both charged with child endangerment resulting in the death of a…

posted 2014-11-13 08:13:35 by KXEL

Carroll resident turns corncrib into gazebo

Some residents of Carroll are annoyed when they look into a neighbor's backyard and see a corncrib that's been turned into a gazebo. Allen Nieland lives near the property, and he says that the corncrib would look nice on an…

posted 2014-11-13 06:19:45 by KXEL

Christie faces Iowa pressure on pig crate ban

There are not that many pigs in his home state.  But there are millions in the early presidential voting state of Iowa.  And that's making for a tough decision for Chris Christie, both New Jersey's governor and a potential presidential…

posted 2014-11-13 05:49:00 by KXEL