Amber Alert Cancelled as Students Found Safe

Your phone may have vibrated early yesterday afternoon as authorities issued an “Amber Alert” for two northwest Iowa students who failed to show up for school. The students, 12 year old Bayli Jordan and 16 year old Jamie Panko, were found at a state park about 50 miles away from Everly, Iowa. Authorities say it was NOT a kidnapping, but they sought the public’s help in tracking down the two students due to concerns about their safety. The alert was cancelled about an hour after it was issued. Nearly every cell phone in the state of Iowa recieved the text message alert. Continue Reading

Silk Road Founder Could Spend Decades in Prison

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a San Francisco man who created the online drug-peddling site Silk Road should spend decades in prison, but the defendant is asking to be freed soon enough to show he’s a changed man. Ross William Ulbricht is set to be sentenced Friday after his February Manhattan federal court conviction. In a letter to the sentencing judge, Ulbricht says he now regrets what he calls a “very naive and costly idea.” He says he ruined his life and destroyed his future by what he now calls his “terrible mistake.” He promises to no longer be the “rebellious risk taker” he was if he is given less than the life sentence recommended by the Probation Department. Continue Reading

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Indicted on Bank Charges

Federal prosecutors have announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. A statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago says the 73-year-old Illinois Republican is accused of structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in order to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions over $10,000. He’s also accused of lying to the FBI. Each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. From 2010 to 2014, Hastert withdrew a total of approximately $1.7 million in cash from various bank accounts and provided it to a person identified only as Individual A, according to the indictment. Continue Reading

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Bullets Strike Rural Nauvoo Home, Kill 67 Year Old Woman

A rural Nauvoo woman is dead following a Thursday morning shooting that might have been an accident. Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger says the victim was Nanci Culp of 1038 East County Road 2100. She died Thursday morning. The sheriff tells The Quincy Herald-Whig that investigators found Culp’s home was shot several times. An autopsy was scheduled Friday. Continue Reading

Bird Flu Detected in Wright County

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say there’s another probable case of bird flu in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Wednesday it’s responding to a probable case of bird flu at a commercial laying operation in Wright County in northern Iowa. Initial testing was positive for the disease. If confirmed, the operation’s estimated 1 million birds will be euthanized. The announcement comes a day after the department said other probable cases were reported in Adair and Webster counties. Continue Reading