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Chinese man released on bond in trade secrets case

More than four months after his arrest, one of six men from China charged with conspiring to steal valuable seed corn from U.S. companies has been has been released after posting a $50,000 cash bond.   U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross Walters on Tue

Interim Council Bluffs police chief swears in son

The interim police chief in Council Bluffs has been given a unique opportunity to formally welcome his son as an officer.   Capt. Ray Mabbitt swore in his son, Christopher Mabbitt, on Monday as the newest member of the Council Bluffs Police De

Crime not suspected in a West Des Moines death

Investigators don't think a crime was involved in the death of a Clive woman whose body was found next to a burning car in West Des Moines.   Police say officers found the body Sunday morning when they arrived at the scene on a call about

Wastewater spill reported near creek in Keokuk

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is warning Keokuk residents about a wastewater spill into a local creek.   City officials say about 20 gallons per minute were flowing into Soap Creek, which feeds into the Mississippi River. The discha

4-year-old girl dies in Des Moines shooting

Des Moines police say a 4-year-old girl died after an apparent accidental shooting in her family's apartment.   KCCI-TV reports that the shooting happened Monday evening at an apartment south of the city's downtown.   The girl d

Sioux City council OKs fees lawsuit settlement

The City Council has approved paying a nearly $6.5 million settlement of a lawsuit over the city's franchise fees.   The council approved the settlement on Monday. The 2006 class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of residents and business

Sioux City council OKs easing of pit bull law

The Sioux City Council has given its final approval to changing the ordinance that bars pit bulls from inside city limits.   The council voted 5-0 on Monday in favor of the proposal. The proposal lets the city manager give exemptions to licens

June trial set for Mason City abandonment case

A June trial has been scheduled for a Rudd woman accused of abandoning residents during an early morning shift at a Mason City assisted living center.   Online court records say 54-year-old Debra Ihrig has pleaded not guilty to all of the char

Past work credited for luring data center to Iowa

Past work credited for luring data center to Iowa

Debate still simmers over Field of Dreams site

Debate still simmers over Field of Dreams site

Western Iowa arena manager says finance improving

The general manager of the Mid-America Center in western Iowa's Council Bluffs says the arena's financial outlook is improving. Mark Vacanti with Caesars Entertainment tells the Council Bluffs Nonpareil that the city-owned arena and conventio

Iowa man accused of shooting dog near boy

A 21-year-old southeast Iowa man is accused of shooting a neighboring family's dog while the animal was playing near a 10-year-old boy.  The Burlington Hawk Eye reports that Cody Trails Warth, of Sperry, was arrested Thursday night on suspic

Iowa burn center sees jump in ammonia burns

The University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center is reporting a higher-than-normal number of patients suffering from anhydrous ammonia burns. The center says it has treated five people in the last two weeks. The center's medical personnel say they us

Legislative leaders push for adjournment

Legislative leaders say they could end the session this week despite disagreements over budget bills and Gov. Terry Branstad's policy priorities. They have a strong incentive to close up shop and go home - their daily allowance for working and li

Prosecutor says 6 felon voting cases will proceed

A prosecutor pursuing several cases against felons charged with voting illegally says an Iowa Supreme Court ruling shouldn't impact them.   Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Linda Fangman said Thursday the prosecutions will "procee

Police look for escaped inmate in central Iowa

Police say they're looking for an escaped inmate in central Iowa.   Sgt. Gary Lang with the Clive Police Department says the male inmate escaped Thursday afternoon during a transport from Polk County to Dallas County for a court appearance

New outdoor field at UI to open this year

A new outdoor field for the University of Iowa's marching band and other programs is scheduled to open this year.   The $16 million project includes an indoor turf field and support areas. It will be part of the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreati

Iowa sex offender gets 18 years for child porn

An Iowa man twice convicted of child sex offenses have been given 18 years in prison for possessing child pornography.   Prosecutors say 49-year-old Kevin Ammerman, of Clarion, was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. H

Iowa Democrats consider expanding caucus access

Democrats are looking to expand access to Iowa's presidential caucuses to people who are typically unable to attend them. It's a tricky task with these local political meetings that thrive on in-person discussion.   Party leaders said

Iowa teen suspected of leaving threatening note

A 17-year-old boy is accused of writing a threatening note on a bathroom wall at a high school in east-central Iowa.   The Benton Community School District on Tuesday sent an email to parents, telling them about the note at Benton Community Hi

Iowa insurance agency probed for overbilling

The Iowa Insurance Division is investigating an insurance agency that's accused of overbilling thousands of government employees for health care coverage.   The Des Moines Register says the division is focused on Two Rivers Insurance Co. T

Authorities: Iowa suspect is longtime fugitive

Authorities say a man being held in Waterloo is a fugitive of more than 40 years from North Carolina.   The Charlotte Observer reports the man was arrested after the Iowa Transportation Department's facial recognition system flagged his dr

Iowa West Foundation delivers $4.2M in grants

Twenty-two nonprofit groups in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska are benefiting from $4.2 million in grants.   The Iowa West Foundation says it made those grants in the first three months of 2014.   The biggest grants incl

Des Moines botanical garden unveils new exhibi

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has unveiled a new exhibit featuring small hanging trees and flowers.    The High Flight exhibit offers a presentation showcasing hanging arrangements inspired by Japanese st

Iowa officials promote preservation grants

The State Historical Society of Iowa is reminding Iowa residents to apply for grant money that can be used for preservation purposes.   The division of the state Department of Cultural Affairs says the deadline to apply for the His
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Lehlah Peters of Carroll

 Funeral services for 98 year old Lehlah Peters of Carroll will be Friday morning at 10:30 at the First Presbyterian Church in Carroll. Burial will be in the Carroll City Cemetery. Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll after 5 Thursday evening where there will be a prayer service held at 7 Thursday night. 

Louise Heinrichs formerly of Arcadia

Mass of the Christian Burial for 81 year old Louise Heinrichs of Spencer, formerly of Arcadia, will be Thursday at 11am at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.  Friends may call at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer on Wednesday from 2-8pm where there will be a Rosary at 5:30 Wednesday evening.  Louise Heinrichs is survived by her husband:  Virgil of Spencer...her

Martha Schwanz of Wall Lake

Memorial services for 95 year old Martha Schwanz of Wall Lake will be Saturday at 10:30am at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City with burial at the Ferguson Cemetery in Lake View.
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