Donny West. Courtesy: Lee County Jail

Fort Madison Shooting Injures 14 Year Old Boy; One Arrested

A Fort Madison man is in jail after a 14 year old boy was shot during a domestic disturbance on Sunday. Just after midnight, officers responded to 1931 Avenue I in Fort Madison in response to a report of a domestic disturbance which resulted in a shot being fired. Police stopped and arrested 38 year old Donny Junior West while West was allegedly attempting to flee the scene. West is charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, Going Armed with intent, Willful Injury, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault, along with two arrest warrants from Des Moines County. The 14 year old was taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital. Continue Reading

Sen. Grassley has Concerns About Iran Agreement

Senator Chuck Grassley is voicing some doubts about the preliminary agreement that President Obama calls the “best bet, by far” to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon. However, Grassley is withholding final judgement until the deal is final. “Just like you ought to read a bill before you vote for it, I think you ought to read a document before you comment on it,” Grassley says. “I can say that I’m skeptical, not based upon just the last 18 months of negotiation, but also based upon going eve back to the Bush Administration that there were so many times the Iranian government promised to deliver certain things and certain agreements would be reached they backed off.” Grassley says he’s concerned that Iran has resisted on-the-spot inspections of their nuclear facilities. Continue Reading

Davenport Police Investigating Shooting Death

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a man near downtown Davenport. Police say a 911 call received a little after 4 a.m. Sunday reported that a man had been shot. Officers found the man on West 6th Street, and he was taken to a hospital. Police say he died there. The man’s name hasn’t been released, pending notification of his relatives. Continue Reading

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Fort Madison Woman Dead After Saturday Rollover Accident

A Fort Madison Woman is dead following a fatal late Saturday accident in Rural Des Moines County. 18 year old Brittany LeAnn Russell was a passenger in a car driven by 21 year old Jamie Meyer, also of Fort Madison. Meyer lost control of her vehicle on Hunt Road, entering a ditch and rolling several times. Russell was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to Great River Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Continue Reading

Escaped Emu Evades Police in Western Iowa

CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they weren’t able to capture an emu they spotted when on patrol in western Iowa. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says deputies saw the bird around 9:35 a.m. Thursday in Crescent. They followed the emu to a nearby rock quarry while they waited for its owner to arrive from Honey Creek, but the bird fled toward an area where authorities say they couldn’t follow it. Chief Deputy John Reynolds tells the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil

that officials were in “hot pursuit” of the bird but were unable to get it back to its owner. Authorities believe the emu has been loose for a few days. Continue Reading

Chase Rice, Brett Eldredge to Headline Tri-State Rodeo

Two Country music up and comers will be headlining the 68th Annual Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison this year. Chase Rice and Brett Eldredge will join a host of exciting rodeo acts during the September event, which runs on September 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th. The invitation-only PRCA rodeo event starts Wednesday night will once again feature the top cowboys on the circuit in the CINCH Shootout. This invitation only event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will bring elite athletes, including many World Champions, to the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa. The PRCA action will start on Thursday with rodeo performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. Devin Clemons Band will follow the Wednesday and Thursday rodeo performances in the Coors Party Pavilion. Continue Reading

Iowa Court: Poor Defendants get Counsel in Misdemeanor Cases

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says poor defendants have a right to legal representation in simple misdemeanor cases that carry possible jail time. State Appellate Defender Mark Smith says Friday’s ruling will affect people charged with offenses such as shoplifting and public intoxication. He says it’s particularly important for crimes in which potential punishments are enhanced for subsequent offenses. The decision will not affect the majority of simple misdemeanors, such as traffic violations, because they don’t carry jail time. The ruling dismisses a theft conviction against Archaletta Young in Polk County. Continue Reading

Escaped Murderer Who Spent Three Days on the Run Captured in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Police in Chicago have arrested a convicted murderer who escaped from an eastern Illinois jail and spent nearly three days on the run. Chicago police officers arrested Kamron T. Taylor late Friday night after a foot chase. Taylor was found with a handgun. The Chicago Police Department says Taylor will be held on a gun charge until he is turned over to the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office. Kankakee County Sheriff Timothy Bukowski told reporters Saturday that a tattoo on Taylor’s neck helped identify him. Continue Reading

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Iowa House Committee to Examine Civil Forfeiture Abuses

The Government Oversight Committee in the Iowa House is planning to conduct a review of the state’s civil forfeiture laws after a newspaper investigation raised what one lawmaker calls “significant concerns.” A Des Moines Register investigation found law enforcement in Iowa has used civil forfeiture laws to seize 43 MILLION dollars in the past six years — sometimes without ever arresting the person involved or charging them with a crime. Representative Mary Wolfe , a Democrat from Clinton, says the newspaper’s report has sparked posts on her Facebook page. “I wasn’t aware of just quite how grievous the situation was in some counties,” Wolfe says. “I know certainly on my Facebook that’s certainly blown up and people are appalled.” Continue Reading