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Jury deliberates case against former police officer

Jury deliberations will continue over the weekend in the federal trial against a former Des Moines police officer accused of using excessive force during an arrest last year. The 12-member jury must unanimously decide whether 38-year-old Colin Boone is guilty…

posted 2014-11-01 16:08:30 by KXEL

Des Moines teen sentenced to 50 years for carjacking

A Des Moines teenager involved in a violent carjacking has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role. Lashaun Murray, 17, was sentenced Thursday to two 25-year prison sentences, to be served one after the other. Prosecutors say…

posted 2014-11-01 16:07:00 by KXEL

Judge agrees to move man's murder trial

A judge has agreed to move the first-degree murder trial of a Georgia man charged in the death of his former roommate in Iowa. John Green's trial will be moved from Sac City to Fort Dodge in Webster County.  The…

posted 2014-11-01 16:04:50 by KXEL

Florida man admits to Burlington FunCity shootings

A 26-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty to arson, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault while participating in a felony in connection with August incidents in which two people were shot at the FunCity water park in Burlington. Donald…

posted 2014-11-01 07:07:31 by KXEL

Ottumwa man arrested on child pornography charges

An Ottumwa man faces charges of possession and distribution of child pornography in federal court after a grand jury indicted him. Court documents say 26-year-old Jeremy D. Pilcher was arrested Thursday and a public defense attorney represented him before a…

posted 2014-11-01 07:06:13 by KXEL

Man convicted of 2011 shooting gets life in prison

A 28-year-old Fort Dodge man convicted in August of first-degree murder for the 2011 shooting of a man at a party has been sentenced to life in prison. Derrick McElroy said at his sentencing hearing Friday he's sorry for what…

posted 2014-11-01 07:03:23 by KXEL


Cherokee man in custody after 6-hour standoff

A Cherokee man is in jail after a six-hour standoff with police. Authorities say 35-year-old Joshua Lee Allender faces several charges including intimidation with a weapon, assault while participating in a felony, assault on a police officer and reckless use…

posted 2014-10-31 13:39:34 by KXEL

Branstad aides waited to reveal 2nd prison problem

Gov. Terry Branstad's administration waited for weeks to announce a second construction problem at the long-delayed new Iowa State Penitentiary. Records suggest that Branstad aides saw the $165.5 million maximum-security prison in Fort Madison as a potential issue as he…

posted 2014-10-31 13:11:49 by KXEL

3 school districts receive state literacy grants

Three Iowa school districts have been notified they'll receive grants from the state to boost the literacy skills of students who don't speak English. The Denison, Des Moines and Postville districts will receive grants.  The recipients were announced Friday by…

posted 2014-10-31 13:10:51 by KXEL

Kum & Go chain settles disabilities lawsuit

The Kum and Go convenience store chain will spend millions of dollars to make changes at more than 400 stores in 11 states to settle a lawsuit that claimed its gas stations failed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities…

posted 2014-10-31 06:57:38 by KXEL

Poll: Economy, other issues overshadow abortion

A new Associated Press-GfK Poll shows that candidates will have a hard time rallying voters around social issues on Election Day. The poll found that likely voters' top issues are the economy, health care, Ebola and the Islamic State group…

posted 2014-10-31 06:56:14 by KXEL


2-vehicle collision near Yarmouth kills 1, injures 2

A two-vehicle collision in southeast Iowa has killed a 39-year-old man. The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office says James Wishmeier was driving a minivan Thursday morning near Yarmouth when he failed to stop at a stop sign.  A semi-truck pulling…

posted 2014-10-30 13:37:29 by KXEL