James Hecox, who faces over 80 years in prison.

Search Warrant Nabs Four on Drug Charges

A search warrant turned up a slew of drugs at a home in Keokuk, and now four people are under arrest on a wide range of drug charges. Keokuk Police and Lee County Narcotics Task Force Officials on Tuesday arrested 63 year old James Lloyd Hecox, 59 year old Cheryl Lea Hecox, 26 year old Krystal Lea Hecox, and 25 year old Steven Mitchell Blaise, all of Keokuk, at a home at 924 Palean Street following a search warrant. James Hecox is charged with Possession With Intent To Deliver Methamphetamine In Excess Of Five Grams, a felony with an enhancement, Drug Tax Stamp Violation, a felony, Maintaining a Drug House, an aggravated misdemeanor, four counts of Possession Of A Controlled Substance, a serious misdemeanor, and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. If convicted, James Hecox faces up to 86 years and 30 days in a state correctional facility. The others face lesser, misdemeanor drug charges. Continue Reading

DOJ, EPA Settle with Alliant Energy

The US Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a pollution settlement Wednesday with Interstate Power and Light, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy company in Cedar Rapids. Under the agreement, Alliant will pay a penalty of one-point-one million dollars and has agreed to six million dollars in environmental mitigation projects. Alliant spokesman Justin Foss says the company will also install pollution control devices at some coal fired electric plants, while converting others to natural gas. “We have for years now been transitioning how we generate electricity to a much cleaner method. For years we have been making changes at many of our coal-fired power plants, and now we have continued that,” Foss says. Continue Reading

Police Investigating Shooting in Chattanooga, TN

A woman who says she witnessed the shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee says she heard a barrage of gunfire near one of the shooting sites. “It was rapid fire, like pow pow pow pow, so quickly. The next thing I knew there were police cars coming from every direction,” said Marilyn Hutcheson, who works at a Binswanger Glass. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said at a brief news conference that police were pursuing an active shooter and there was an officer down. Hutcheson says she ran inside, where she remains with other employees and a customer. Continue Reading

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One Dead Following Accident Near Denmark

A person has died in an accident at Highway 16 and 330th Avenue in Denmark. Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl tells KBUR that the accident occurred when a car pulled out in front of a semi truck in an intersection. Denmark Fire Officials and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department closed the intersection following the accident. Further details are not available. Details about the victim will be released after notification of the family. Continue Reading

Electronic Billboards Go Up, Warning Against Leaving Kids in Cars

The electronic billboard signs on Iowa interstates are including the message “Where’s Baby? Look Before you Lock” this week to remind people to not leave kids in hot cars. Iowa Department of Transportation spokesperson, Andrea Henry, says the campaign comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

“This week’s message is an important one, especially given the high heat this week. We want to make sure that people are paying attention when they leave their vehicles,” Henry says. She says children die of heatstroke across the country every year after being left in locked vehicles. Continue Reading

Former Lotto Security Chief Testifies at Lotto Fraud Trial

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former lottery security chief testifying at his ex-coworker’s fraud trial over a Hot Lotto winning ticket says the top threat to any lottery’s integrity can be its own employees. Ed Stefan, a former chief security officer for the Urbandale-based Multi-State Lottery Association, says expert information technology employees with ill intentions can be dangerous. The Des Moines Register reports Stefan spoke Wednesday during the trial of 52-year-old Eddie Tipton, who faces two counts of fraud. Prosecutors say Tipton installed a malicious self-deleting computer program to pick numbers for the Dec. 23, 2010, Hot Lotto drawing. Continue Reading

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Iowa Wesleyan College to Become ‘Iowa Wesleyan University’

Iowa Wesleyan College will now be Iowa Wesleyan University. Or at least, it will next month. That news coming from IWC president Steve Titus on a message posted to the schools website yesterday. The Mount Pleasant based four year school will adopt the same name that it went by from 1855 to 1912. Titus says that not only does the name change reflect the school’s historical roots, but also it’s vision moving forward. Continue Reading

IL Senate to Vote on Property Tax Freeze

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate will vote on a property tax freeze proposed by the chamber’s Democratic President John Cullerton, who calls it a compromise with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. The Senate Executive Committee forwarded the measure on a 10-0 vote Wednesday. The three Republicans voted “present.” Cullerton’s plan includes an ending date for the current school funding formula to force lawmakers to devise a fairer approach. Continue Reading

Congressional Delegation Weighs in on Iran Deal

Iowa’s congressional delegation is starting to weigh in on the Iran nuclear deal. Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst both say they’re skeptical of Iran and worry the proposed end of economic sanctions will mean Iran has more money to send to terrorists around the globe. Grassley suggests the deal is “a lot more carrot than stick” and Ernst says the deal needs “stronger” inspection requirements because Iran cannot be trusted to comply with limits on its nuclear ambitions. Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa City is the only Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation. Loebsack says he’ll carefully review the deal, but Loebsack isn’t saying whether he’s inclined to back it or oppose it. Continue Reading