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Man enters guilty plea in Fort Dodge jail escape

A man who broke his arm while climbing out of a vent at the Webster County Jail has pleaded guilty to escaping. The Messenger reports 32-year-old George Johnson entered the plea Monday on charges of escape from custody and second-degree…

posted 2014-11-04 07:20:50 by KXEL

Council Bluffs man gets 5 years in police chase

An Iowa man who was shot by a state trooper following a high-speed car chase has been sentenced to five years in prison. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports 29-year-old Michael Lee was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges including…

posted 2014-11-04 07:19:56 by KXEL

Police: Davenport man kidnaps, rapes woman

Davenport police have issued additional charges against an inmate who they say raped a woman at gunpoint and forced her to withdraw cash from an ATM. Officials say 19-year-old Gary Marshall was being held in the Scott County Jail Tuesday…

posted 2014-11-04 05:49:38 by KXEL


Woman returns old Seney school bell to Iowa

A Mississippi woman has returned an old bell from the long-closed Seney school to the Plymouth County Historical Museum, decades after she bought it for $8.50. Sarah and Larry Voas brought the bell to the museum in October.  Many of…

posted 2014-11-03 12:01:08 by KXEL

Facebook connects family to long-lost Army coat

A Facebook post has led a Le Mars couple to the owner of an Army dress uniform found in a dusty storage area in a Le Mars building. Le Mars resident Kari Ames and her husband purchased the Culligan building…

posted 2014-11-03 11:59:54 by KXEL

Audit: Sac County employee promoted personal work

An audit shows a former employee at the motor vehicle department in Sac County was fired because officials suspected she was promoting a personal business while at work. A state audit released Monday says the department for the Sac County…

posted 2014-11-03 11:23:51 by KXEL

Sioux City woman rescued from beneath RV

A Sioux City woman has been rescued from beneath her recreational vehicle. The accident occurred at around noon on Sunday.  The woman had been backing her RV into her driveway and got out to see how much room she had…

posted 2014-11-03 09:23:55 by KXEL

Firefighter: Sioux City man burned in house fire

Sioux City Fire Rescue says a man has been flown to an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital after being burned in a home fire. Authorities say there were two people in the Sioux City house when the flames broke out on Sunday. …

posted 2014-11-03 06:26:08 by KXEL

Fire burns nearly 5 acres of Fort Dodge park

Firefighters have extinguished a blaze that burned through nearly 5 acres of a city park in Fort Dodge. The two-alarm fire broke out on Sunday at Oleson Park.  Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett says it took a little more…

posted 2014-11-03 06:25:14 by KXEL


Number of rural Iowa lawyers dwindling steadily

The number of lawyers practicing in rural parts of Iowa is steadily declining because older lawyers are retiring but few young lawyers move to those areas. The Des Moines Register reports the lack of lawyers is increasingly forcing people who…

posted 2014-11-02 17:48:04 by KXEL

Sioux City restaurant offers discount for no cell phones

A northwest Iowa restaurant is offering its customers an incentive to put away their cell phones and talk to each other. Sneaky's Chicken promises a 10 percent discount to customers who give up their cell phones while eating dinner at…

posted 2014-11-02 17:46:35 by KXEL

Dallas County teen injured while setting traps

A Dallas Center teenager was injured Saturday while setting traps and squirrel hunting when the gun he was carrying discharged into his leg. The Department of Natural Resources says 14-year-old Benjamin Beavers was transported by ambulance to Blank Children’s Hospital…

posted 2014-11-02 06:20:19 by KXEL