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Man charged with sexual abuse

A local man was arrested and taken into custody by Marshalltown police earlier this week after he had sexual relations with a woman under the influence of alcohol and unable to give consent, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in Marshall County District Court. Antonio ...

East-central Iowa farmer hurt, house leveled in explosion

BROOKLYN— A Poweshiek County farmer has been injured in a suspected gas explosion that leveled his home. The Des Moines Register reports the explosion happened just before 10 a.m. Thursday on the 70-acre farm of Wayne Cheney that sits about 13 miles southeast of Brooklyn in east-central ...

Judge sides with Christian group in religious freedom case

IOWA CITY— A federal judge has ruled that the University of Iowa was wrong to strip a Christian student group of its registered status after the organization barred a gay student from a leadership position. U.S. District Judge Stephanie M. Rose on Wednesday granted a permanent injunction ...

How local schools plan to make up snow days

Another round of below-zero temperatures and icy conditions are set to hit central Iowa once again. The aggressive winter weather of late is set to impact when area schools get out for summer. In recent years, the state has required schools to count the number of learning hours students must ...

Our town, our people — Lanesa Webber

“Our town, our people” is a weekly Q&A with a local resident who is active in the community. Have a suggestion for someone we should talk to? Email T-R news editor Emily Barske at ebarske@timesrepublican.com.  Lanesa Webber is the owner and operator of the art studio Create A ...

Singing Valentines return again

Now in its 15th year, the Marshalltown Men’s Chorus presentation of Singing Valentines has brought smiles — and tears — to the faces of its recipients. “We go everywhere for these — wherever the person is,” Coordinator Larry Pfantz said. Members of the chorus will perform the ...

Registered sex offender returned to Iowa by Georgia authorities

A registered sex offender, absent from custody at a local residential correctional facility, supplied alcohol to a female minor at a residence in November last year and then fled the state, according to a report from the Marshalltown Police Department. Capt. Brian Batterson said Georgia ...

Iowa corrections lawyer alleges racial bias in pay dispute

IOWA CITY— The longtime top lawyer for the Iowa Department of Corrections alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that he has suffered workplace discrimination and unequal pay because of his age and Hispanic ethnicity. Michael Savala, 54, alleges that the department’s recently retired ...

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump warned Congress that investigations and legislation don’t mix. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi said such threats have no place in the House, as unbowed Democrats charged ahead Wednesday with plans to probe Trump’s tax returns, business and ties to ...

Anson Park may see a makeover

One of Marshalltown’s largest parks may be getting a makeover. Just seven days on the job, new Parks and Recreation Director Geoff Hubbard said he is scheduled to meet with an architect from the Bolton and Menk Engineering, Planning and Consulting firm this week to discuss ...

Emergency management lowers some expected revenues for next year

It’s been a busy few months for Kim Elder, the one-woman staff for Marshall County Emergency Management. Along with her normal duties, she was among many governmental and community agencies that responded to the July 19 tornado and its aftermath. Elder gave a budget update to the Marshall ...

Trial date set in federal child porn case

Jeff Roads pleaded not guilty to two federal child pornography charges earlier this week and a tentative trial date was set for April 1, per court documents. Roads, 45, previously worked for the City of Marshalltown as streets superintendent. He was arrested on a charge of transportation of ...

Everyone has to be ‘prepared in the event of an emergency’

A disaster has the ability to blindside in the blink of an eye. Eddy Weiss, a native of Chicago, now residing in Eldora, outlined the history of various disasters in U.S. history and how everyday people can help reduce the devastating effects at an event held Monday evening at the ...

Trump claims ‘ridiculous partisan’ probes could upset progress

WASHINGTON — In his first State of the Union address to a divided Congress, President Donald Trump warned Democrats on Tuesday that “ridiculous partisan investigations” could derail the nation’s economic progress. Trump peppered his speech with calls for bipartisanship, urging ...

Man arrested for assault and harassment

An argument between a local man and a couple resulted in a warrant issued and the local man being taken to Marshall County Jail. The couple told Marshalltown police on Jan. 15 that Christopher James Anderson, 41, assaulted the male, Capt. Brian Batterson of the Marshalltown Police Department ...

Roundhouse Phase II change order approved

Drivers down Bobcat Boulevard on the Marshalltown High School campus have seen Phase II of the Roundhouse project spring up quickly over the last several months. The Marshalltown School Board heard an update on the project Monday and also approved a $30,000 change order on the project. The ...

‘Uncertainties’ impact council budget planning

Marshalltown property owners may see a 10-cent increase per $1,000 valuation in property taxes in the future. The increase may happen after the city council voted 5-1 at Monday’s special budget meeting to use $500,000 from Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds targeted for property tax ...

Man claims he is ‘endangered species’ in court appearance for car theft

A Marshalltown man claimed he was an “endangered species” during an initial appearance for car theft in Marshall County District Court on Monday. Because of his claim, Nickolas Scott Giannetto, 26, told Magistrate Merrill Swartz his arrest was unlawful and he should be released on his own ...

‘Battle of the Books’ event at the Marshalltown Public Library

T-R PHOTOS BY ADAM SODDERS Students taking a book quotation quiz hold up the title of the book they think matches the quote given by a coordinator. A total of 114 students, comprised of 19 teams, took part in this year’s Battle of the Books event at the library. The students were mostly in ...

Iowa to pay $4M to victims of sex harassment by ex-director

DES MOINES — The state of Iowa agreed Monday to pay $4.15 million in settlements to two executive branch employees who were sexually harassed for years by an agency director who was a longtime friend of Gov. Kim Reynolds. The payments will go to the Iowa Finance Authority’s former ...