Director of Digital Content
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Director of Digital Content
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ATLANTIC, Iowa – An Atlantic woman is accused of child endangerment after claiming her five-year-old daughter was dying of cancer. Leatha Slauson, 30, of Atlantic, has been charged with felony child endangerment. Police said Slauson claimed her daughter had cancer and had recently claimed that the cancer was terminal. Investigators said the girl does not suffer from any life threatening illness. No one else has been charged in the case, according to police. Slauson also faces charges of distribution of drugs to a […]
WEBSTER COUNTY, Iowa – Law enforcement continue to search for a man who escaped from the Webster County Jail in Fort Dodge Thursday night. The Webster County Sheriff’s Office said Jason Sullivan and George Johnson escaped from the jail at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday. Officials said Sullivan and Johnson were doing laundry and moved a commercial dryer to get into a small, locked room. From there, they damaged a small vent opening to slide through it. They then tied sheets […]
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – A Marshalltown man is facing a child endangerment charge after an unresponsive child was taken to the hospital. According to police, paramedics responded to a home in the 900 block of South 11th Avenue in Marshalltown on Wednesday afternoon for a report of an unresponsive child. The child was transported by ambulance to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center for treatment. The child was then transported by Air Ambulance to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. The child’s condition […]
POWESHIEK, Iowa – One person was killed and a second person was injured following a rollover crash along Interstate 80. According to the Iowa State Patrol the crash happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes of I-80 near mile marker 193. A car driven by Charlene Gibbens, 59, of Des Moines, was driving a westbound car when she lost control. The car traveled into a ditch and rolled. Gibbens, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the […]
DES MOINES, Iowa – Fire investigators said someone intentionally set a house fire in Des Moines early Friday morning. Firefighters responded to a home at 1908 East Walnut at about 2 a.m. Firefighters said no one lived at the home. Officials said the house is likely a total loss. The home was recently purchased by a real estate firm and crews said it might have been undergoing renovations.
EVANSDALE, Iowa – Investigators in Evansdale believe the person who abducted two girls in July 2012 is likely from the area. The information comes from newly released details about a profile developed by the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, which develops profiles of suspects. Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, disappeared from Evansdale while on a bike ride on Friday, July 13, 2012. Their bodies were found in a rural Bremer County wildlife area five months later. No arrests have been made […]
MOLINE, Illinois – Deere & Company announced that they will lay off about 460 employees from its Waterloo facility. The reason for the indefinite layoff is to meet current market demand for its products, according to Director Ken Golden. In mid-August Deere released its 2014 third quarter earnings, which dropped to $2.33 per share compared to $2.56 per share for the same period the previous year. Deere & Company net income also dropped from $2.73 billion in the first nine […]
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University has announced that five food trucks will be operating on campus when students begin the fall semester on Monday. The university said that two food trucks will be returning along with three new ones. Last year the university tested two trucks on campus. Finley’s Curbsite Beastro and Indian Delights will be returning. Finley’s will be located near Kildee Hall and Indian Delights will be at a new location just south of Coover Hall. Streets […]
EMMETSBURG, Iowa – The king is coming to Emmetsburg. The King of the Netherlands, Willem Alexander, said he will visit the new “Project Liberty” Ethanol Plant in Emmetsburg on September 3rd. It’s one of the first plants in the United States to begin producing ethanol from plant material. The $250 million project is co-owned by a Netherlands-based company. The plant will produce 25-million gallons of ethanol per year from corn residue, including cobs, stalks and leaves.
DES MOINES, Iowa – A woman is accused of using her jeep to hit a motorcycle carrying her husband and another woman. Kimberly Vangundy, 45, of Osceola, is charged with two counts of serious injury by vehicle. According to police, Vangundy tried to run the motorcycle off the road at East 26th and University Avenue at about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police said she then hit the bike and dragged it about 78 feet. The victims suffered road rash and headaches […]
ATLANTA, Georgia – Declaring his cure a miracle, a doctor infected with the Ebola virus while working to save patients in West Africa walked out of an Atlanta hospital on Thursday. Hospital officials said they released a colleague quietly on Tuesday at her request. “Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family,” Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, of Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, told a news conference. Nancy […]
BOSTON, Massachusetts – -The captors of American journalist James Foley originally demanded a ransom of 100 million euros ($132.5 million), according to GlobalPost spokesman Richard Byrne. Foley was a freelancer for GlobalPost. Earlier, Philip Balboni, the president and chief executive of GlobalPost, told the Wall Street Journal that the captors also demanded that money from Foley’s family. Balboni declined to discuss GlobalPost’s reply to the demand, saying all communication was shared with appropriate government authorities, The Journal reported Thursday. The […]