Indiana man gets 30 years for attempted murder in Iowa
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — An Indiana man accused of killing a woman and burning her body has been sentenced to 30 years in an Iowa prison.
Webster County District Court records say 26-year-old...
Indiana man takes plea deal in Iowa slaying
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an Indiana man took a plea deal on the day jury selection was to begin for his Iowa murder trial.
Jury selection set to begin Monday in Fort Dodge slaying
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Cedar Rapids for an Indiana man accused of a homicide in central Iowa's Fort Dodge.
Man charged for throwing water on Iowa Rep. Steve King
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Colorado man faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly throwing water on Iowa Rep. Steve King while the Republican congressman was eating lunch in Fort Dodge,...
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Webster County attorney has cleared two officers who killed a man during an exchange of gunfire.
Forty-five-year-old Matthew Hurley, of Wall Lake, died Dec. 31...
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in north-central Iowa say a Fort Dodge police officer was found unresponsive in his squad car after handling a suspected opioid and had to be revived.
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The trial of an Indiana man accused of killing a Fort Dodge woman has been relocated again and rescheduled.
The Messenger reports that 26-year-old Phillip Williams,...
Trial in 2017 Iowa killing again postponed, moved
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The trial of an Indiana man accused of killing a Fort Dodge woman has again been postponed and moved.
The Messenger reports that trial for Phillip Williams was to...
Man accused of 2017 slaying pleads not guilty
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A man already serving a 25-year federal sentence for weapons crimes has pleaded not guilty to an Iowa charge of first-degree murder.
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Fort Dodge man charged in Iowa Lottery scheme
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge man has been accused of scheming to defraud the Iowa Lottery.
Webster County court records say 39-year-old Nicholas Hanson is charged with money laundering, conspiracy to commit lottery fraud, extortion and marijuana possession. His attorney didn't immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press.
Officials say prison inmate arrested for 2017 killing
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a man already serving a 25-year federal prison sentence for the 2017 death of a central Iowa man whose body was found weeks after he went missing.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says 28-year-old Armando Adame III was arrested Tuesday at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility on charges of first-degree murder and a weapons count in the death of 28-year-old Michael Bruce Johns.
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Authorities say robbery suspect died when stolen van crashed
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a fatal crash on the west side of Fort Dodge ended the chase of a van stolen in Des Moines.
The van owner told Des Moines officers that he was uninjured when a man with a gun stole his van around 3:30 a.m. Thursday. A Story City officer spotted the van about an hour later on Interstate 35, but it didn't stop when the officer tried to pull it over.
Demolition to begin in Fort Dodge on Des Moines River dams
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Work is expected to begin next month to remove two dams spanning the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge now that officials have approved contracts worth more than $1.4 million after resolving permitting issues.
Authorities say 6 people hurt in Fort Dodge apartment fire
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say six people were treated for injuries after a fire at their apartment building in Fort Dodge.
Firefighters dispatched just before 7 a.m. Thursday saw flames coming from sixth-floor windows on the north and east sides of the Biltwell Apartments building. Fire officials say the blaze was caused by an unattended candle in a bedroom.
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Man found dead after shootout was from Wall Lake
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified a man killed after exchanging gunfire with officers in Webster County as a resident of Wall Lake.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation identified the man as 45-year-old Matthew Hurley.
Hurley died Monday night after engaging in a gunfight while driving away from officers who had been called to a disturbance just outside Fort Dodge. Hurley's vehicle eventually stopped in a field, and he was found dead inside.
Iowa authorities investigate after fleeing suspect dies
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating after a fleeing suspect died after exchanging gunfire with deputies from the Webster County Sheriff's office.
After a domestic disturbance was reported Tuesday morning, deputies spotted the suspect's vehicle and tried to stop it. But the Webster County Sheriff's office says the suspect fired at officers as the chase continued just outside Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Man gets 15 years for starting college parking garage fire
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A man has been imprisoned for setting fire to a vehicle in the parking garage of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.
The Messenger reports that 22-year-old Terrell Adams had pleaded guilty to arson and criminal mischief. He was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison.
Council OKs using part of fireworks fines for big city show
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Fort Dodge City Council has approved a plan to use a portion of fireworks fines to help pay for a professional pyrotechnics show on Independence Day.
The Messenger reports that the council voted 5-1 for the plan Monday. The city will give to the fireworks show whichever is greater: $5,000 or half of the fireworks fines collected each year.
Plans to remove 2 dams in Fort Dodge delayed
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Concerns raised by the State Historic Preservation Office have delayed plans for removing two dams spanning the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge.
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Murder trial in Fort Dodge woman’s death moved to Mason City
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The trial of an Indiana man accused of killing a Fort Dodge woman has been moved to Mason City.
Iowa inmates who want their porn back sue state
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 60 Iowa inmates who want their porn back are suing the state of Iowa.
The 58 inmates at the Fort Dodge prison are seeking $25,000 each in damages. Their lawsuit blames the ban on "religious tyrants" who have no regard for the U.S. Constitution or Declaration of Independence.
Iowa woman’s trial in murder case moved to Story County
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Trial for a woman charged in the death of a Fort Dodge woman has been moved from Webster County to Story County.
Therapy dog starts work at Iowa middle school
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Mellie, an 8-year-old golden Lab therapy dog starting her first year at the Fort Dodge Middle School, knows exactly who's a good dog.
Mellie's a good dog.
Her human, eighth-grade social studies teacher Glenda Paulson, thinks so too, and said that Mellie can do something that sometimes the humans can't.
Man charged with killing 2 brothers in Fort Dodge
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A January trial has been scheduled for a 28-year-old man accused of killing two brothers who lived in Fort Dodge.
Iowa silo to be turned into mural
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — There are big canvases to paint on, and then are BIG canvases.
Artist Guido van Helten, of Brisbane, Australia, is working on the biggest one available in Fort Dodge — an 80-foot-tall abandoned concrete silo along Hawkeye Avenue.
He's recently started putting brush to concrete after meticulously planning the work.
"I trust my planning," he told The Messenger .
Abuse cover-up over, priest leaves home next to Iowa school
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A retired priest who lived for months next to a Roman Catholic school in Iowa moved out Thursday, hours after his history of sexually abusing boys became public knowledge following a 32-year cover-up.
The Rev. Jerome Coyle left the Marian Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, according to a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Sioux City, who said an acquaintance had agreed to take him in.
The Latest: Accused priest moves out of home by Iowa school
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on abuse and cover-up by Roman Catholic clergy in Iowa (all times local):
A priest has moved out of an Iowa retirement home close to a Roman Catholic school, one day after his history of sexually abusing boys became public.
The Diocese of Sioux City said Thursday that the Rev. Jerome Coyle "is no longer at" the Marian Home, in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
APNewsBreak: Church covered up priest’s abuse of 50 boys
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese acknowledged Wednesday that it concealed for decades a priest's admission that he sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys — a silence that may have put other children in danger.
The Latest: Diocese kept quiet about priest’s 1986 admission
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on a priest who admitted to having sexually abused dozens of Iowa boys in 1986 (all times local):
A Roman Catholic diocese in Iowa is acknowledging that it kept quiet for 32 years about a priest's admission to having sexually abused dozens of boys.
2nd man charged in slaying of 2 brothers in Fort Dodge
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested a second man in connection with the slayings of two brothers in Fort Dodge.
Webster County court records say 46-year-old Paul Keller is charged with obstructing prosecution or defense and with possession of amphetamine. His attorney didn't immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press. Court documents don't say what Keller is alleged to have done to merit the obstruction charge.
Man charged with killing 2 brothers in Fort Dodge
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been accused of killing two brothers who lived in Fort Dodge.
Police say Tanner King, of Fort Dodge, was arrested Thursday night. Webster County court records say he's charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for him.
2 brothers slain in Fort Dodge; no arrests reported
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of two brothers whose bodies were found in an alley just north of downtown Fort Dodge.
Officers sent to check a shooting report found the bodies at 12:03 a.m. Monday. The two were identified as 37-year-old Marion Rhodes and 34-year-old Eldominic Rhodes. They lived in Fort Dodge.
60 years in the making: Iowa’s Highway 20 expansion finished
HOLSTEIN, Iowa (AP) — After six decades of construction, an expansion project to build a four-lane expressway across northern Iowa is finished.
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Iowa prison officials: Inmate dies after taken to hospital
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa prison officials say a 53-year-old inmate has died, and an autopsy has been ordered.
Officials say Michael Allen Kennedy suffered a medical emergency on Monday at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility and was taken to a local hospital emergency room.
Officials say Kennedy was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. Monday.
Inmate group caters to spiritual needs at Iowa prison
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — At the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, an unusual group is catering to the spiritual needs of those who have no religion at all.
Ben O'Donnell, an inmate, grew up in the church, if not necessarily believing in God.
80-year-old man dies in northern Iowa grain bin accident
MANLY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an 80-year-old man has died in a grain bin accident in northern Iowa.
KIMT-TV reports the Worth County Sheriff's Office was called Monday morning to a possibly grain bin entrapment west of Manly. Deputies were joined by rescue crews from Manly, Kensett and Northwood as well as a helicopter ambulance from Fort Dodge.
Iowa officials to 3D scan clock tower amid repair efforts
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — County officials in central Iowa plan to make a 3D scan of a historic courthouse clock tower to study how to repair the structure.
The Webster County Board of Supervisors approved the $72,200 plan with Shuck-Briston Inc. engineers, The Messenger reported . The project will also involve a crane to get measurements and details of the copper dome and a drone to take pictures.
Former Iowa church to become homeless shelter for women
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A former church in the Fort Dodge area is being turned into a homeless shelter for women and children in six central Iowa counties.
The former St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Webster County will become the home of the nonprofit Lotus Community Project, The Messenger reported . The nonprofit offers housing, support and resources to women and children in need.