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DEVELOPING STORY: Marshalltown man ran over by tractor, condition unknown

A local man was tragically run over by a tractor this afternoon, after apparently going unnoticed by a farmer in a field.

According to Story County Chief Deputy Captain Barry Thomas, a 66-year-old male from Marshalltown was apparently picking up rocks with his wife in a Story County field just before the accident occurred. Thomas indicated that the victim of the tragedy reportedly attempted to wave down the driver of a tractor in the field. Unfortunately, the driver didn't notice the man until it was too late. The driver heard screams and realized he had run over the man.

The victim was then transferred by Mercy 1 to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, this according to Mercy Spokesperson Gregg Lagar. Lagar indicated that the man's current condition is unknown.
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BREAKING NEWS: Martinez-Velazquez trial date moved again

The trial date for Jean Martinez-Velazquez has once again been moved, following a pretrial hearing this morning.

According to Assistant Marshall County Attorney Paul Crawford, the move comes less than two weeks before Martinez-Velazquez, who is accused of Attempted Murder, was set to go to trial. The 31-year-old will now go before a jury on May 12th. His previous trial date was April 28th. Crawford indicated that the reason for the move was because of an apparent need for more time in uncovering evidence.

Martinez-Velazquez is pleading Not Guilty to numerous charges including one count of Attempted Murder. The claims against the defendant stretch back to a January incident at a Marshalltown motel in which a woman was found by police with a gunshot wound to her chest.

This is the second time Martinez-Velazquez's trial date has been moved. It had previously been moved from April 7th after the defendant waived his right to a speedy trial.

Representing Martinez-Velazquez in this case are two local attorneys: Scott Hunter and Aaron Siebrecht. Benjamin Stansberry and Sarah Tupper will be representing the State.
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UPDATE: State Center boil order to continue through remainder of week

The city of State Center is currently under a boil order, and residents are being asked to be cautious.

According to the Iowa State Department of Natural Resources, a water boil order for the State Center area was issued after a Wednesday mishap. Repair crews were working on the water system when a pressure surge caused two water mains to rupture.

Residents are being urged to boil water before all use. This includes water for: drinking, cooking, etc.

UPDATE (3:31pm Thursday)

City officials are indicating that they don't expect the State Center boil order to be lifted any time soon. According to officials, an updated timeline should be available by Saturday or Sunday.
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Hillary is coming to Iowa

Hillary Clinton is taking her newly announced presidential campaign into the heart of small town Iowa this week. Clinton will tour a community college in Monticello on Tuesday and visit a produce distribution company in Norwalk on Wednesday. That's according to a schedule provided by her campaign Sunday.
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Small plane has emergency, lands safely

A small, single-engine plane has made an emergency landing on a rural eastern Iowa road. No one was injured when the emergency landing was executed Saturday morning on the Peosta road. The pilot, Adam Maritz of California, found a stretch of Cox Springs Road without nearby power lines and landed the plane.
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ISU football players arrested

Two Iowa State University football players were arrested in separate incidents after Saturday's spring game. 20-year-old Jack Rhoads, who is the son of coach Paul Rhoads, was one of the two players arrested. The other player was 23-year-old Terry Ayeni. Neither player was in custody as of Sunday morning.


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Morales found guilty of a lesser charge

19 year old Jose Enrique Morales of Marshalltown was found guilty of Second Degree Murder in the shooting death of Dedrikk Montrell Fisher of Marshalltown, he was orginally charged with First Degree Murder. The verdict was rendered at the Webster County Courthouse at Fort Dodge. The victims family reacted with emotion and courtroom security had to be utilized. Morales reacted with little emotion. The prosecution reacted with disapointment at the verdict. John John J Haney said a sentencing date would be announced at a later time.



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Ames man arrested on harrasment charge

A man accused of sending a threatening letter that contained white powder to a Des Moines bar has been arrested. The Des Moines Police Department says 49-year-old Eric Reese Wiethorn of Ames was charged yesterday with first-degree harassment in connection with the letter sent to Blazing Saddle, a gay bar. Firefighters closed a street in Des Moines' East Village on March 27th after an opened the envelope and white powder spilled out.
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Crazy weather day in Iowa Thursday.

Iowa recieved both snow and tornados on Thursday. As much as four inches of snow
fell at Schleswig, and tornados were reported on the other side of the state in Clinton and Scott Counties. 70 mile per hour winds were reported at Dewitt and a semi was blown over. Hail an inch and 3/4's in diameter was reported at Durant. Flash flooding was reported at Cedar Rapids, downed power lines were reported at Donnelson.
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Morales trial goes to jury

The murder trial of 19 year old Jose Enrique Morales has been sent to the jury
for deliberation at the Webster County Courthouse at Fort Dodge.
Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases on Thursday.
Now Morales fate is the hands of a 12 person jury.
The trial is in its fourth day. Morales charged with First Degree Murder and Going Armed With Intent in the shooting death of Dedrikk Montrell Fisher of Marshalltown last January 17th.
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Heavy rain and large hail in the area

A Thunderstorm produced heavy rain and large hail in the area. Marshalltown recieved over an inch of rain in an hours time, with hail of an inch and a quarter in diameter and a 32 mile per hour wind gust out of the east. Other reports of large hail were reported at
State Center and at rural Ames.

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Today is day 3 of the Morales trial

The murder trial of 19 year old Jose Enrique Morales continues this day at
Fort Dodge. Opening arguments were heard Wednesday, the prosecution
then called witnesses to the stand for questioning and cross examination
by the defense. The venue is the Webster County Courthouse, a 12 person jury
is hearing the trial.


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Medical marijuana march in Des Moines

Advocates seeking expanded access to medical marijuana in Iowa held a march at the state Capitol.

More than 50 supporters of a proposal to expand the use of medical marijuana participated Tuesday. They support legislation that has won committee-level approval in the state Senate and could soon come up for a floor vote.

The legislation would make medical marijuana available to people with certain chronic diseases, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Those approved by a doctor could purchase marijuana products produced in Iowa and sold at state-licensed dispensaries.

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Deportee with Iowa ties killed in Mexico

A West Des Moines man says his brother, who called for immigration reform before being deported to Mexico in September, has been killed. Leonardo Morales told The Associated Press that Constantino Morales was shot and killed Sunday night in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Details about the shooting weren't available. Leonardo Morales says his brother would be alive if he hadn't been deported
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Morales trial underway at Fort Dodge

Jury selection has begun in the trial of 19 year Jose Enrique Morales of
Marshalltown at the Webster County Courthouse at Fort Dodge.
The defense and prosecution have begun the process of jury selection
in the case by interviewing 36 potential jurors from a pool of 90 plus
individuals. A 12 person jury will be seated. Judge John Haney is hearing
the case. Jose Enrique Morales showed no expression as he entered
the courtroom Tuesday morning clad in khaki slacks and a blue dress
shirt. He is charged with First Degree Murder and going Armed With Intent
in the death of 20 year old Dedrikk Montrell Fisher last January 17th.


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New from the Governors office

Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will both lead foreign trade trips this year as they seek to grow Iowa's exports. Reynolds will go to Brazil later this month and Branstad will visit South Korea in September. The state already exports goods to both countries. A foundation associated with the Iowa Economic Development Authority will fund the travel for the governor and lieutenant governor using private dollars.
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News about the DeCoster case

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to consider the "widespread harm" done by a nationwide salmonella outbreak in sentencing two egg industry executives whose company was responsible. Prosecutors say Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son Peter ran a company that for years "routinely disregarded food safety standards and practices." . The DeCosters face up to a year in prison when sentenced next week. Both have pleaded guilty to introducing adulterated eggs into interstate commerce.
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Heroes at Evansdale

Two construction workers are being hailed as heroes after saving two children from a burning duplex unit in Evansdale.

The city's fire chief, Ryan Phillips, says Travis Moen and Ryan Siems were laying concrete in the area when they noticed the blaze on Monday afternoon. They rushed inside the home and quickly grabbed the 3-year-old and 5-year-old children.

Fire officials suspect the fire began in a bedroom when a child was playing with a lighter. The mother had tried to put out the blaze, which caught on an upstairs bed, by batting at it. She had fled the home upon realizing she couldn't extinguish it, but couldn't get back inside.

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Jose Morales trial to get underway

The trial of 19 year old Jose Enrique Morales is set to get underway at Fort Dodge.
Morales is charged in the shooting death of 20 year old Dedrikk Montrell Fisher
last January 17th. The trial will begin with the jury selection process.


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An alternative to East Egg hunter

Some Des Moines families hunted for trash instead of eggs over the Easter weekend. More than 100 people gathered Saturday to pick up litter from trails, creeks and woods as part of a cleanup held by the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department. Some parents say the event was a chance to let their children learn about the environment and altruism.
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Waterloo man shot

Authorities say police officers in Waterloo have shot at a man accused of driving into an officer during an early morning dispute involving dozens of people. The state Department of Criminal Investigation says 27-year-old Javon Webb is hospitalized in critical but stable condition following the early Sunday shooting in Waterloo. The officer struck by a car was treated at a hospital and later released. Waterloo police responded around 1:30 a.m. to a report of a fight involving about 40 people outside a bar parking lot.
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Morales trial begins in Fort Dodge tomorrow

The murder trial of 19 year old Jose Morales will begin tomorrow in Fort Dodge.
Morales is charged with murder in the death of then 20 year old Dedrikk Montrell Fisher of Marshalltown back in January. Morales will be represented by Scott Hunter ofthe Marshalltown Public Defenders office, prosecutors will be Marshall County Attorney Jennifer Miller and Assistant Attorney General Laura Roan.


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DEVELOPING STORY: Dangerous LeGrand suspect on the loose, manhunt continues

There was a lockdown that took effect at the East Marshall High School in LeGrand at around noon on Thursday. Sources have also confirmed that a manhunt continues in the area.

According to East Marshall Schools Superintendent Dianne Anderson, a lockdown was implemented for the high school in LeGrand after authorities contacted the school. The Marshall County Sheriff's Department advised that the high school go into lockdown as a result of a wanted suspect who was reportedly on the loose. They believed him to be armed and dangerous.

East Marshall High School Principal Rex Kozak said the lockdown was lifted at around 2:00pm and children were sent home via normal transportation. He also announced that all East Marshall activities were cancelled for Thursday.

According to KCCI.com, the cause of the lockdown and manhunt is because of a threat made to a news reporter. KCCI reports that Reporter Kim St. Onge was threatened with a rifle as the TV station cameras were filming on a street by a home at which a Wednesday incident occurred. The suspect is 27-year-old Chad Bryant of Legrand. Bryant had been arrested along with five other individuals Wednesday, centering around a case in which an out-of-state mother reported that her son was being held against his will at a LeGrand residence. Police followed up on the call and arrested the six people, including Bryant. However, Bryant quickly posted a $5,000 bond.

Now, it appears as though Bryant is once again at-large, this time wanted for a threat made to a reporter. If you have any information into Bryant's whereabouts, please contact the Marshall County Sheriff's Department at 641-754-6380.
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Iowa Falls woman pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

An Iowa Falls woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $144,000 from a bank where she'd worked.

Federal prosecutors say Teresa Kobriger was convicted after making the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Prosecutors say she stole the money while working for Iowa Falls State Bank from about December 2008 through December 2012. Court documents say Kobriger took cash from teller drawers and the bank vault and fraudulently altered bank records to cover up the theft.

She faces up to 30 years in prison. Her sentencing date hasn't been set.


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Green Mountain family loses home in fire

According to a Facebook page for the Green Mountain Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service a family from the Green Mountain area has lost their home to a fire on Wednesday. The Bartels, Matt, Mindy and four children were the victims, Matt had to jump out of a second story window to escape the fire. Two relief efforts called Go Fund Me have been created to raise money and gather clothes for the children.


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Teen in LeGrand allegedly held against his will

A call from a California mother reporting that her teenage son had been held
against his will at a Legrand residence lead to a search warrant and six
arrests.

The Marshalltown County Sheriffs Department recieved a call alerting them
that a 16 year old boy had allegedly been compelled by threats and
deception to stay at a residence in LeGrand in eastern Marshall
County for the last two weeks.

Reportedly the boy was able to slip away and contact his mother, deputies
located him, took him into protective custody and interviewed him.
The home was alleged to be a den of drug use and sales with the presence
of firearms.

Information provided eventually lead to two arrests via a traffic stop and four
more after a search warrant was issued. Three other children were taken
into protective custody.







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Vehicle versus deer accident in Grundy County

We hear a lot about vehicle versus deer accidents from

Sheriffs Departments in Iowa but comes word of a vehicle

versus pig accident in Grundy County.

It happened Sunday in a rural part of the county,

23 year old Jessica Osterhaus was in a 2005 Toyota

about five o'clock in the afternoon and struck a

pig that entered the roadway from a ditch.

She was not hurt and the vehicle sustained about

two thousand dollars in estimated damage.

 

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Fire at Des Moines

An early morning fire at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire grounds has left at least two structures with nothing but charred framework remaining. Police say they responded around 1:15 a.m. Monday to reports of a fire in an area of Sleepy Hollow Sports Park where the festival is held. Fire officials called in portable water tanks to contain the flames that scorched the food vendor and maintenance buildings because no hydrants are located on the fairgrounds. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Rain tomorrow night

The National Weather Service is predicting showers and thunderstorms
tomorrow night in the area. The prediction at this point is a 90 percent
chance of precipitation. Amounts will range from three quarters of an inch
to an inch of rain.



 
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More details emerge in midst of Iowa prison cost drama

A public record shows that Iowa's new prison for male offenders wasn't expected to be fully operational until fall 2015 even before workers discovered the latest delay-causing problem.

An extension signed by the Department of Corrections with a contractor in June 2014 said that occupancy of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison would be "completed in the fall of 2015."

The next month, testing found that smoke evacuation systems in the inmate housing units were flawed. Workers are trying to bring the buildings up to the fire code.

Corrections' deputy director Brad Hier said the fall 2015 date was a conservative ballpark estimate and no longer has relevance. He says the department hopes to open the prison as soon as it's safe, which could still be sometime this year.

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