by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Oct 1 2014 10:46AM
Officials in western Iowa have scheduled a news conference to announce developments in the case of a Council Bluffs school fight that left a 17-year-old student dead.
Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber and Council Bluffs Police Chief Tim Carmody will hold a joint news conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday to release the results of the investigation into the death. Officials also plan to announce charges in the case.
Dakota Escritt died Saturday at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, two days after he hit his head on the tile floor at Abraham Lincoln High School during the fight.
Authorities have already charged a 16-year-old boy with assault in the case. The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Oct 1 2014 10:23AM
Prosecutors in Las Vegas say O.J. Simpson got a fair trial and evidence supporting his 2008 conviction and imprisonment on kidnapping and armed robbery charges is overwhelming.
A deputy to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told the Nevada Supreme Court in a filing that Simpson isn't entitled to a new trial in the 2007 hotel room confrontation over sports memorabilia.
Wolfson and Lawyers for Simpson didn't immediately respond Tuesday to messages.
The 67-year-old Simpson has served more than six years of a nine-to-33-year Nevada prison sentence and isn't eligible for parole until 2017.
A Clark County District Court judge rejected arguments last year that Simpson's trial lawyer botched his case.
The high court in September 2010 rejected a previous appeal by the former football player.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Oct 1 2014 9:57AM
Prosecutors are dropping criminal transmission of HIV charges against an Iowa man saying they cannot proceed with prosecution after the Iowa Supreme Court in June threw out his conviction.
Court records show the Black Hawk County attorney's office filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the case against 40-year-old Nick Rhoades.
Rhoades, treated for HIV since 2005, had sex with a man he met in an Internet chat room and was convicted in 2009 under Iowa's HIV transmission law. He appealed claiming his attorney should not have let him plead guilty when there were inadequate facts to support the plea. The Supreme Court agreed.
Rhoades' appeal attorney is happy Rhoades will not be a felon and will not be branded a sex offender for life.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Oct 1 2014 9:49AM
An animal welfare group is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the death of four rabbits used for research at the University of Iowa.
A USDA routine inspection report from August found four rabbits died in June during a study. The report says the animals died of unexpected study complications.
The USDA report says the researchers did provide care for the animals, but didn't contact or consult with a veterinarian about their health.
A University of Iowa spokesman says the school has addressed the USDA report internally. He says the university is committed to complying with regulations governing the care and use of animals in research.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Oct 1 2014 9:46AM
A portion of Interstate 35 in central Iowa has reopened after a crash involving a semitrailer closed it for several hours.
West Des Moines police say the crash happened Tuesday morning after a northbound semitrailer struck construction barriers just south of Iowa Highway 5 and overturned. The truck's fuel tank ruptured and spilled diesel across the highway.
The semitrailer struck a second semitrailer in the opposite direction. Two smaller vehicles then hit the second semitrailer.
Three people were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth person declined medical attention at the scene.
The crash closed a portion of the interstate in both directions and traffic was rerouted. It reopened in the late afternoon.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Oct 1 2014 9:41AM
An eastern Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including vehicular homicide in connection to a crash that killed four teenagers in August.
24-year-old Joseph Connolly, of Holy Cross, submitted a written plea to Dubuque District Court on Friday. He also asked for a speedy trial.
Connolly faces multiple charges in connection to the crash near Epworth. Connolly's pickup hit a four-wheeled utility vehicle carrying Sean Kenneally, Mitchell Kluesner, Nicholas Kramer and Bryce Wilwert. They boys, all 14, were killed. Two passengers in Connolly's car were injured.
Authorities say Connolly was intoxicated and speeding before the crash. He remains jailed on a $500,000 cash-only bond.
Connolly recently sought to have his bond reduced. A judge has yet to rule on the request.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Sep 30 2014 9:57AM
A defense lawyer says the Boston Marathon bombing suspects' sister denies making phone threats, allegations that have resulted in a harassment charge.
Authorities say Ailina Tsarnaeva (tsahr-neye-EH'-vuh) of North Bergen, New Jersey, claimed that people she knew could bomb the home of a woman who was previously involved with her husband.
Her lawyer, Susan Marcus, said Tuesday that the claim is "uncorroborated."
Bail was set at $5,000.
Tsarnaeva told reporters she had "nothing to say."
Authorities say Tsarnaeva has been required to check in with Massachusetts probation officers since last October after she failed to cooperate with a counterfeiting investigation.
Her brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has pleaded not guilty in the April 2013 marathon explosions, which killed three people. Her other brother, Tamerlan, died after a gunbattle with police.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Sep 29 2014 11:43AM
The state's largest school district is opting not to participate in a survey of student behavior.
The biannual Iowa Youth Survey, given to sixth-, eighth- and 11-graders, identifies behavior trends and gathers data about risks confronted by Iowa's youth.
Spokesman Phil Roeder for the Des Moines School District said that school officials are conducting their own survey created by the Gallup company. Roeder says the district felt conducting both surveys would be redundant.
About 300 other Iowa districts are taking part in the survey. It will be administered this week through Oct. 31.
In 2012, nearly 71,000 students took the survey, continuing a trend of reduced participation since 2005, when about 98,000 students completed it.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Sep 26 2014 12:57PM
The University of Mary has suspended head volleyball coach Melissa Chaplin.
School spokesman Brian Larson says Chaplin is suspended indefinitely while the school "conducts a review of the program." He declined to say whether Chaplin is accused of misconduct.
A telephone listing for Chaplin could not be found.
Chaplin was named head volleyball coach at the private Bismarck school in January. The previous four years she ran a volleyball club in Florida. She is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and played collegiately at Iowa, Iowa State and Florida Gulf Coast.
Mary assistant coach Thais Franca is overseeing the Marauders program in Chaplin's absence.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Sep 26 2014 12:49PM
A northern Iowa man accused of making threatening statements against schoolchildren has pleaded not guilty.
Loren Saxon, 48, is charged with terroristic threats and public intoxication. Police reports say Saxon was heavily intoxicated while at a motel in Charles City on Aug. 24. According to officers, Saxon said he was a member of the al-Qaida terrorist organization and that he would shoot as many children as he could. He was not armed at the time.
Online court records don't list a trial date in Floyd County.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Sep 26 2014 12:35PM
A Tipton man is accused of looting his father's bank account while his dad was being treated for rectal cancer. Court records say Timothy Gingerich is charged with theft, identity theft and 28 counts of forgery. Authorities say the 26-year-old wrote himself nearly $8,000 in checks from his father's bank account.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Sep 24 2014 1:59PM
Early voting by absentee ballot will begin in Iowa on Thursday, and the secretary of state is encouraging all eligible voters to participate.
Iowa allows absentee voting by mail and offers early in-person voting at the offices of county auditors beginning the 40th day before Election Day.
Residents have increasingly opted for voting by absentee ballot in recent elections for the convenience and in response to increasing pressure from political parties striving to get as many votes as possible cast by Election Day.
Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced earlier this week that the number of absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters this year is nearly double the number sought 43 days before the 2010 election.
Democrats have in recent election cycles excelled at the strategy but the numbers released Monday show Republican absentee ballot requests are up nearly 145 percent from 2010 to just over 31,000. Democratic requests have climbed nearly 67 percent to nearly 58,000.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Sep 24 2014 1:33PM
West Des Moines officials have decided to use an insecticide to save some city ash trees from a pest that's killed millions of ashes elsewhere in the country.
The city had planned to remove all 1,100 city ashes over four years. But city officials said this week that a product called TREE-age has been working in many cities, including Milwaukee.
John Olds, West Des Moines' urban forestry supervisor, said healthy adult ash trees with diameters of 10 to 12 inches should be able to receive the injection treatments. Costs are not projected to increase with the new strategy, officials said.
The city action comes as the emerald ash borer advances elsewhere inIowa, with infestations already detected in 13 counties. The beetles are native to Asia and were first detected in Michigan in 2002. Since then the insects have killed more than 50 million ash trees.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Sep 24 2014 1:08PM
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will visit Iowa next month to campaign for Republican congressional candidate Rod Blum, according to a Wednesday news release from Blum's campaign.
Blum's campaign said Paul will appear at a public event at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Oct. 22.
Blum is running in the 1st Congressional District against Democrat Pat Murphy. The seat is vacant because four-term congressman Bruce Braley is running for Senate.
Paul has visited the leadoff voting state of Iowa several times over the past two years. In June, he spoke at the state GOP convention. He has been touring the country this year amid speculation about his 2016 presidential plans.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department,posted Sep 24 2014 5:55AM
Iowa Valley Community College District, which operates Ellsworth Community College, Marshalltown Community College, Iowa Valley Continuing Education and Iowa Valley Grinnell, is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Iowa’s Top 100 Workplaces for the fourth consecutive year.
For 2014, IVCCD ranked 31st on Iowa’s list of mid-sized employers.
The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement.