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Missing Muscatine man found by off-duty officer

An 81-year-old Muscatine man who went missing has been found safe after a chance encounter with an off-duty State Patrol trooper. William Morgan was found Sunday at a campground near the Coralville Reservoir. Morgan, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's…

posted 2014-09-29 06:44:46 by KXEL


Man accused of holding Des Moines mother hostage

Police have charged a 51-year-old man with kidnapping, saying he held his 74-year-old mother hostage in her Des Moines home for five days. A neighbor, who grew concerned after not being able to get in touch with the woman, told…

posted 2014-09-28 11:38:22 by KXEL

Newspapers at Drake University vandalized

Police are investigating after a pile of more than 400 destroyed newspapers was left in front of the office of Drake University's student newspaper. Austin Cannon, managing editor of the Times-Delphic, found the pile of drenched newspapers at about 4…

posted 2014-09-28 11:36:49 by KXEL

Sioux City leaders to seek grant to update hotel

City leaders plan to apply for a state grant to help modernize an aging downtown hotel owned by a Chicago bank after a recent foreclosure sale. Sioux City Economic Development Director Marty Dougherty says that the city will seek an…

posted 2014-09-28 11:31:51 by KXEL

Iowa teen dies 2 days after fight at school

Prosecutors may file additional charges because a western Iowa teen died two days after suffering a head injury during a fight at school. The Pottawattamie County Attorney will review the circumstances of 17-year-old Dakota Escritt's death on Monday. Authorities said…

posted 2014-09-28 11:24:04 by KXEL


Ex-teacher in Ankeny pleads guilty to sex charge

A former high school teacher in Ankeny has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Mandy Lynn Davenport, 33, told a judge Friday that she had sexual contact with a student.  She had pleaded not…

posted 2014-09-27 10:35:17 by KXEL

Mason City business owner installs wind turbine

After 18 years of effort, a Mason City business owner is finally installing a wind turbine that will power his large property, though not everyone is happy about the project. Work began Thursday on the turbine's installation at wholesale food…

posted 2014-09-27 07:31:04 by KXEL

Man sentenced to life for 2013 killing of officer

A judge formally sentenced a man to life in prison Friday for the killing of a Rockwell City police officer during a standoff last year. Corey Trott, 33, was sentenced in the shooting death of officer Jamie Buenting, who was…

posted 2014-09-27 07:25:38 by KXEL


Motion seeks removal of Iowa governor's attorneys

Attorneys defending Gov. Terry Branstad's administration against a discrimination lawsuit brought by a gay official have a conflict of interest and should be disqualified, the plaintiff's attorney said Friday. Des Moines attorney George LaMarca and two associates cannot continue to…

posted 2014-09-26 13:48:38 by KXEL

Group will replace old hotel with 6-story building

A development group announced Friday that it will build a six-story office building on the site of a former Howard Johnson hotel on the edge of Davenport. The Downtown Davenport Partnership said it has selected a development team to purse…

posted 2014-09-26 13:47:09 by KXEL

Grant Wood sketchbook returns to Davenport museum

A rare Grant Wood sketchbook from 1929 is back in Davenport after it went missing from a museum about 50 years ago. The 100-page sketchbook signed by Wood, the painter of "American Gothic," is again in the Figge Art Museum's…

posted 2014-09-26 06:48:49 by KXEL


Iowa cross country team running for coach's son

A western Iowa cross country team is running to raise money for their coach's son, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton team has gathered pledges for each mile they run this fall. The proceeds will benefit…

posted 2014-09-25 22:13:59 by KXEL