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Todays News

Charges pending for Thursday stabbing

Criminal charges are pending against Kevin Dee Butts for a stabbing event which occurred in Marshalltown on Thursday. Butts, 24, of Marshalltown, will be charged with the following offenses: • Two counts of domestic abuse assault – display or use of a weapon • Going armed with intent ...

McFarland Clinic breaks ground on $18M facility

Construction on a brand new medical facility in Marshalltown will soon begin. Ground has broken on the $18 million McFarland Clinic being built near East Merle Hibbs Boulevard on the south side of town. McFarland Clinic employees, partners and friends gathered at the nine acres large ...

Two seriously injured in Marshalltown stabbing

A 24-year-old man is in custody after a stabbing incident in which two people suffered significant injuries. The incident unfolded at approximately 12:14 p.m. Thursday at an apartment on the 100 block of North Second Street. When police arrived on scene, a 51-year-old woman and a ...

Mistrial declared for man accused of killing woman, kids

DES MOINES — A jury failed to reach a verdict in the case of a man accused of killing a woman and her two young children inside his Des Moines home, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on Thursday. After four days of deliberations, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on two of three ...

Iowa sees increase in virus hospitalizations

DES MOINES — Iowa public health officials reported a rise in coronavirus-related hospitalizations Thursday with a 36 percent increase in patients admitted in the last 24 hours and a slight increase in patients remaining in hospitals fighting the virus. Iowa Department of Public Health Data ...

Iowa officials say 77 prisoners got virus vaccine overdoses

FORT MADISON — Administration of the coronavirus vaccine has been halted at a Fort Madison prison after nursing staff there incorrectly gave 77 inmates overdoses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the Iowa Department of Corrections said. The incident happened Tuesday, the Des Moines Register ...

Woman pleads guilty to hate crimes for running down children

DES MOINES — A Des Moines woman has pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes for intentionally driving her SUV into two children in 2019 because she said she thought one was Mexican and the other was a member of the Islamic State group. Nicole Poole Franklin, 43, entered the pleas Wednesday in ...

Improvements on the way for Elks Park

At a community engagement meeting on Wednesday, Marshalltown residents gave their input to Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee members on updates and additions they would like to see at Elks Park. Community suggestions included a splash pad, soccer goals, a dog play area, natural seating ...

Two seriously injured in stabbing; one in custody

A 24-year-old man is in custody after a stabbing incident in which two people suffered significant injuries. The incident unfolded at approximately 12:14 p.m. Thursday at an apartment on the 100 block of North Second Street. When police arrived on scene, a 51-year-old woman and a ...

SLWA program saves residents big

Marshalltown residents have exceeded $1 million in savings from repair costs thanks to the city adopting the Service Line Warranties of America program. The program was brought to Marshalltown in 2011 thanks to research by Steve Simons who was the city’s sewer superintendent at the time. It ...

Suspect in Iowa trooper’s death taken from hospital to jail

GRUNDY CENTER — A man charged in the shooting death of an Iowa State Patrol trooper was released from a hospital Wednesday and transported to jail, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said. Michael Lang, 41, of Grundy Center, had been recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered in a ...

Gov. Reynolds pushes COVID-19 vaccine as demand lags in areas

JOHNSTON — Gov. Kim Reynolds implored Iowans on Wednesday to get vaccinated for COVID-19, however she refused to acknowledge that slowing demand for the shots is greatest in Republican parts of the state or that there’s a political aspect to the trend. After 43 of Iowa’s 99 counties ...

Pro wrestling is back for smackdown in Marshalltown

Action will return to Marshalltown this weekend when professional wrestlers enter the ring performing in front of a live audience for the first time in a year. RUGGEDpro Wrestling will host “RuggedMania 2” at the Salvation Army Gym on Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a bell time of ...

‘Love in color’

An acrylic mural with a very relevant statement was not something Melynda McCord intended. However, after she finished the piece on the Graffiti Wall at Skateboard Park, she found out that was what she created. “I haven’t watched the news in two years . . . because it’s the news,” ...

Ex-Iowa school janitor who sexually abused child gets prison

DES MOINES — A former Des Moines Public Schools janitor convicted of sexually abusing a young child has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Jesse Allen McIntosh, 43, of Des Moines, was sentenced last week, after pleading guilty earlier this month to two counts of third-degree sexual ...

More counties decline vaccine

DES MOINES — Nearly half of Iowa’s counties have rejected new doses of COVID-19 vaccine because of a lack of demand, state officials said Tuesday amid a public information campaign meant to drum up interest in immunization. Forty-three of Iowa’s 99 counties declined additional shipments ...

Police looking into death of teen at Iowa hog facility

ALGONA — Authorities in northern Iowa are investigating the death of a teenage girl who was found unconscious at a hog facility building in Kossuth County. Victoria Marie Parra Lerdo, 17, of Rockwell City, was found just after 9 p.m. Monday unconscious on the ground of the facility in ...

Derek Chauvin guilty of murder, manslaughter in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in ...

Amended House measure would raise bottle bill handling fees

The Iowa House’s proposal to revamp the state’s 1979-vintage beverage container deposit law earned mixed reviews at a public hearing Tuesday night. Before the session started, Rep. Shannon Lundgren, R-Peosta, filed an amendment to House File 814 that would raise the handling fee paid to ...

Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. The jury reached its ...