Jury Chosen for Techel Trial #3

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A jury has been seated to hear the third trial of an Iowa man charged with killing his wife and unborn child. A jury of 12 members and four alternates was selected today(Tues) to hear the case against 23-year-old Seth Techel, which is expected to last two weeks at the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport. Techel has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy in the May 2012 shooting death of his wife, Lisa, at their home in southeastern Iowa. She was five months pregnant. Juries at two previous trials were unable to agree on a verdict, leading to mistrials. Continue Reading

Trail Through Corn Field

Most Corn, Beans Doing Well

The U-S-D-A crop report issued Monday showed drier conditions allowed farmers to get more work done in the fields last week. The report says there were four-point-two (4.2) days suitable for fieldwork — the first time since mid-June that farmers have had over three suitable days across the whole state to work in the field. Some of that field work included replanting drowned out crops, or adding nitrogen to areas that saw it washed out. Parts of northwest Iowa had more than 20 inches of rain in recent weeks. Iowa State University Agronomist, Paul Kassel, says that continues to create water problems.
He says the water doesn’t drain away and that impacts the corn. Continue Reading

Hawkeye State Short on EMT’s

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A newspaper report says 29 Iowa counties have no ambulance or only one capable of providing full-time, 24-hour-a-day service. Those counties are home to more than 400,000 people.  

The Des Moines Register also says in its analysis of data from the Iowa Bureau of Emergency Medical Services that 14 Iowa counties have four or fewer emergency medical service agencies of any kind within their borders.  

Brian Donaldson is director of Sumner Emergency Medical Services. He says part of the problem is that emergency medical services are not required of cities and counties. Continue Reading

No Illegal Kids: Branstad

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he has empathy for kids from Central America who’ve crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone — but he doesn’t want Iowa to host any of them. Branstad said at a Monday news conference the state has not been contacted by the federal government about housing any immigrant children. He says the government’s focus should be on securing the borders. Branstad and other governors met Sunday with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell as the Obama administration sought support from states that could host the children. More than 57,000 children have crossed the border since October. Continue Reading


Henry County Scam Alert

Henry County Sheriff’s deputies say there’s another phone scam being reported in the area. In this one, a man with a foreign accent calls, saying he’s with the federal government and that whoever answers is receiving a $7,000 grant. Before they can get the money, though, the caller will need some personal information. If you receive such a call, contact the local authorities. Continue Reading

Central Illinois Officials Seek Asian Carp Processor

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Officials in the Peoria area say they’re trying to attract an Asian carp processing plant to central Illinois. Peoria County economic development official John Hamman says they want to build the plant so fishermen don’t have to take the invasive fish to another location for processing. The Journal Star reports Thursday that the efforts are still in formative stages. But if the plant is built, Hamann says it could bring 30 to 40 new jobs. Continue Reading


Crop Duster Crash near Carthage

A crop duster airplane crashed in a cornfield near Carthage yesterday afternoon. The pilot, who is not from around here, was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to WGEM, the property owner who saw the accident happen was surprised the pilot lived. The single-engine airplane was in pieces with the engine ripped off. The accident remains under investigation. Continue Reading


IA River Flood Potential Lessens

The flood potential in eastern Iowa along the Iowa River has diminished enough that the Iowa Corps of Engineers has downgraded its response from “high alert” to monitoring mode. A spokesman for Johnson County Emergency Management, Terrence Neuzil, says that means they can keep watching, but downstream flooding in Columbus Junction, Wapello and Oakville has become less likely. Projections last week at one point showed the water possibly going over the spillway around Wednesday or Thursday of this week. That water went over the spillway in 1993 and 2008 and caused severe flooding downstream. Neuzil says they now will watch for a significant change in the weather that would dump more rain into the watershed. Continue Reading


Saturday Fourth of July Celebrations

Nauvoo, Illinois and Montrose, Iowa, both towns located along the Mississippi River, are hosting a fireworks show tonight. Starting at 5 p.m. until the fireworks show starts at about 9, Nauvoo is hosting a car cruise called Cruisin’ for the Kids Cruise to raise money for a scholarship fund for students hoping to further their education in an automotive program after graduating from high school. There is no entry fee for the cruise night that was organized by Warsaw High School student Michael McCarty. The fourth of July Celebrations aren’t over yet. Tonight in Burlington is the Symphonic Blast starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Crapo Park Band Shell. Continue Reading