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Judge declines to dismiss jury pool

(AP) - An Iowa judge who agreed to dismiss a jury pool earlier this year because of a lack of racial diversity has declined to do so the second time around.Tyrone Washington Jr. is charged with murder in the 2013 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, Justina Smith, in Northwood.District Judge ...

Federal disaster declaration denied

DES MOINES (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad's request for a federal disaster declaration to respond to the bird flu outbreak has been denied.The governor had sought a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama for the four counties most impacted by the virus. In a letter from federal ...

Police search for stabbing suspect

A Fort Dodge man was stabbed Saturday afternoon at the Village Green Trailer CourtPolice responded at 1:23 p.m. to Village Green Trailer Court Lot 65 after someone stabbed Andy Trusty, 34, inside his trailer home, according to the police department.Trusty was taken to Trinity Regional Medical ...

Ex-guard pleads not guilty in mall shooting

CORALVILLE (AP) - A former security guard has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a 20-year-old coworker shot dead inside a busy Iowa mall.Court records show 22-year-old Alexander Kozak entered the plea in writing on Thursday through his attorney.Investigators say Kozak ...

Man takes plea in providing beer

SAC CITY (AP) - A 21-year-old man has made a plea deal on charges that he had provided alcohol to an underage youth who later was involved in a collision that killed two teenage girls.The Sioux City Journal reported that Matthias Stork, of Breda, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15. He's ...

County zoning board to discuss 2-acre rule

The Webster County Planning and Zoning commission will hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. today at the courthouse. Among the items to be discussed is the 2-acre rule regarding non-farm homesteads located in prime farmland.

MIDAS approves transportation plan

The four-year Regional Transportation Improvement Program was approved at MIDAS' regular board meeting Wednesday night.This program is needed for the region to receive more than $2.6 million a year in federal funding for roads, bridges, and other transportation needs.The plan was prepared in ...

Man who stopped kids not charged

SCHALLER - A man who approached two children and asked if they wanted to see a puppy Wednesday will not face any charges.Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said the man, who he only identified as being 51 years old, did not have "malicious intent" when he approached the two children.The man, who ...

Power outage hits Fort Dodge

About 2,000 MidAmerican Energy customers in Fort Dodge lost electrical service for about an hour Wednesday afternoon.Ashton Newman, a spokeswoman for the utility, said the power outage was weather-related."We believe a piece of equipment on a pole was hit by lightning," she said.Newman said the ...

Kids approached by stranger in Schaller

SCHALLER - Deputies in Sac County are investigating a report of a suspicious man approaching two children Wednesday in Schaller.The incident happened at 12:30 p.m., according to Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure.At that time, a teenage girl and her little brother were walking near Sparky's One ...

Body found in river drowned, had wounds

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said a woman whose body was found in the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota died from drowning with contributing circumstances.Jackley on Wednesday released additional information about the autopsy of 29-year-old ...

Police investigating reported hate crime

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) - Cedar Rapids police are investigating a reported act of vandalism at a Muslim-owned home as a hate crime.A spokeswoman for the city said officers were called to the home Tuesday afternoon on a report that someone had spray painted anti-Muslim words and threats on walls. ...

Man sentenced for child beating death

IOWA CITY (AP) - An Iowa City man has received a 50-year prison sentence for beating a 20-month-old boy to death in 2012.Jorge Perez, 23, accepted a plea agreement Wednesday afternoon.Perez was charged in the death of Marcus Balderas, the 20-month-old son of Perez's then-girlfriend, Mireya ...

Prosecutor: Deputy acted lawfully

MUSCATINE (AP) - An Iowa prosecutor said a sheriff's deputy acted lawfully when he shot a man after a car chase earlier this month.Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren released his decision Wednesday in the case involving Louisa County Sheriff's Deputy David Perley.Authorities said Perley ...

Boom strikes power line, worker shocked

NEWELL (AP) - A 20-year-old worker has been hospitalized after being shocked when a boom struck power lines in northwest Iowa.The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office said the accident occurred around 4:15 p.m. Monday near Newell. Sheriff Kory Elston said John Nielsen, of Storm Lake, was on the ...

Wanoki volunteer day is Saturday

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Friends will hold at volunteer day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Camp Wanoki.The group will work on savanna restoration by removing invasive woody plants that surround large oak trees in one of the rarest ecosystems in the United States.Volunteers are ...

South 32nd Street work is scheduled

Weather permitting, South 32nd Street from First Avenue South to Fifth Avenue South will be closed to through traffic beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday until further notice. There will be traffic control detour signs. Motorist are urged to use an alternate route and caution in the detoured ...

Twilight Vegetable Farm Tour offered

Iowa State University Webster County Extension and Outreach will be hosting a Fort Dodge Twilight Vegetable Farm Tour at 6 p.m. Monday, beginning at the office, 217 S. 25th St., Suite C12.Joe Hannon, ISU Extension and Outreach commercial horticulture specialist, will introduce himself, his ...