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Deja Vu: Riot Mars VEISHEA

There is much speculation that the overnight violence at Iowa State University will spell the end of the long-running annual VEISHEA celebration, which got underway on Monday.  

Ames police Commander Geoff Huff says the problems started just before midnight with a crowd that was getting out of control at a party in the Campustown area on Hunt Street.  After a car was overturned, more officers were dispatched to try and dispurse the crowd but it only grew and became more violent. Several injuries are reported, including one young man who was seriously hurt when a broken light standard hit him in the head. The unidentified man was taken to an Ames hospital, then lifeflighted to a Des Moines hospital for treatment of his injuries. Continue Reading

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Keokuk Woman Arrested for Drug House

Another drug related arrest has been made in Keokuk by Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force. 32-year-old Amanda Bollin of 3806 Main Street in Keokuk was arrested at her home and charged with Maintaining a Drug House and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted of both charges she faces a little more than 2 years in prison. Continue Reading

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Young Galesburg Person Injured While Drunk Driving

One Galesburg person was injured in a car accident Friday in Warren County. 21-year-old Tanner Adams was eastbound on 180th Avenue when he crossed over the center line and entered the south ditch. When his car hit the ditch, it rolled several times, struck a power pole, and came to rest on it’s top in an open field. Adams was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to OSF St. Continue Reading

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Eight Hancock County Meth Arrests

Eight people were arrested in Hancock County yesterday on meth related charges. The first two arrested were 31-year-old Willie Boyer of Niota and 27-year-old Jared Schiedel of Donnellson. Both were charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth. They are expected to make their first court appearance Monday. Deputies also arrested 37-year-old Rodney Monroe of Niota at 507 Arbor Street Niota. Continue Reading

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Keokuk Woman Could Face 53 Years in Prison

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Keokuk woman on charges involving two different illegal-to-sell substances. 28-year-old Kristine Forsythe faces counts of Possession of Meth, Conspiracy to Manufacture more than 5 Grams of Meth in the Presence of a Minor, and within 1,000 Feet of a Public Park, Possession of Hydrocodone with Intent to Deliver withing 1,000 Feet of a Park, Maintaining a Drug House, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If convicted of all charges, she could be sentenced to more than 53 years in prison. Continue Reading

New Iowa Law Regarding Juvenile Sex Convictions

A bill meant to stop the release of sexually violent predators has been signed into law. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed the bill today. The law allows those convicted of a violent sexual offense as a juvenile to be sent to a civil containment unit for sexually violent predators upon release from prison. Officials didn’t previously consider such juvenile convictions when making adult release decisions. Lawmakers say those who commit sexually violent crimes as juveniles could be dangerous as adults. Continue Reading

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DMCo Residents Upset with “Factory” Hog Farms Request Public Forum from County Supervisors

Jean Lappe of Morning Sun made a request of the Des Moines County Board this week — hold a public hearing to get input about all the big hog farms that are popping up in the area.  

Lappe represents a group known as Des Moines County Farmers & Neighbors,” and its members say the proliferation of confined animal-feed operations…CAFOS, for short…in southeast Iowa are destroying their roads, their health, their property values and their quality-of-life.  

County Board Chairman Bob Beck raises pigs near Danville and says hog farmers and the protesters have at least two things in common:  They both want clean water and air.  

 

Lappe is aware that the Iowa DNR governs these operations, but she’d like to get more public backing from the area’s county officials.  Beck told her he doesn’t know if there’s anything the County can do, but he promised to check with the County Attorney’s office to see. Continue Reading

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Illinois Concealed Carry Instructors in Trouble

Many Illinois residents who are trying to get their concealed carry permits are finding out that their completion certificates are being rejected. The reason this has happened, is due to students being improperly trained by their instructors. As of right now, 13 instructors have been stripped of their concealed carry endorsements, which has affected 425 students who will now have to be retrained. The instructors were giving students their certificates of completion without the minimum 16 hours of training Illinois requires. Continue Reading

Iowa Senator Seeks Ceiling on Corporate Tax Credits

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Senate Democrat has introduced legislation intended to halt the last transfer of state tax credits to the fertilizer plant being built south of Wever in Lee County. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City, proposed a bill Tuesday meant to prevent Orascom, an Egyptian multinational corporation, from requesting a final $25 million tax credit installment.  

In 2012, Gov. Terry Branstad promised the company $100 million in investment tax credits, in addition to other federal, state and local incentives, in exchange for the creation of 165 permanent jobs in Iowa. Bolkcom’s proposal would cap the amount of investment tax credits any corporation can receive at $75 million.   Bolkcom said in a statement that this is Iowa’s last chance to avoid “needlessly” giving away more money. Continue Reading