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Bachman, Keith of Hubbard - Funeral Services April 24th

04/22/2014 - Funeral services for 84-year old Keith Bachman of Hubbard will be Thursday (Apr 24) 10:30am at the Zion United Church of Christ in Hubbard with burial in the Hubbard Cemetery.  Visitation Wednesday 5 until 7p at the Church.  Boeke Funeal Home in Hubbard in charge of arrangements.  Keith Bachman passed away Saturday (Apr 19) at the Hubbard Care Center.

Bitker Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

04/22/2014 - A 30-year-old Rockwell man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to 3rd degree burglary.  Monte Bitker plead guilty to breaking into the office of the Westside Manor Apartments in Mason City last December 23rd.  Bitker was found hiding in a nearby maintenance shed and had several items in his possession taken from the office.  Bitker received the enhanced sentence due to him being a habitual offender.  Bitker also faces a charge of operating a motor vehicle without the owners consent in Black Hawk County from 2009.

Chris Heerkes to Retire From Grundy County Sheriff's Department

04/22/2014 - Grundy County Deputy Sheriff, Chris Heerkes is retiring at the end of the month.  Heerkes has served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Grundy County Sheriff's Office since 1985 as well as the county's Emergency Management Coordinator since 2002.  Grundy County Sheriff Rick Penning tells KQCR News that the Grundy County Emergency Management Commission has a 28-E agreement with the Sheriff's office that the Sheriff's office provide one of its officers to serve in the capacity of Emergency Management Coordinator.  That officer spends half his time as deputy, the other half as emergency management coordinator.  Penning says his office will continue to provide that service.   Penning says he hopes to have a new deputy hired to replace Heerkes by July 1st.  A retirement coffee for Chris Heerkes will be held April 30th, 1 til 3pm at the Grundy County Law Enforcement Center in Grundy Center.

Mason City Woman Charged With Arson

04/22/2014 - A Mason City woman has been arrested on an arson charge following a house fire last (Mon) night.  32-year old Jacque Paulsen was charged after the Mason City Police Department and Mason City Fire Department responded to a house fire at 231 West State Street shortly before 8 o'clock last (Mon) night.  According to the Mason City Police Department, no one was inside the apartment but there were occupants in other apartments located in the building. No injuries reported.  Paulsen was charged with 1st Degree Arson which is a class “B” felony, punishable up to 25 years in prison.  Jacque Paulsen is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a 25-thousand dollar bond.

E-C-C Apparel Merchandising Students Present Spring Fashion Show

04/22/2014 - The Ellsworth Community College Apparel Merchandising students partnered with The Ugly Peanut/Trendy Threads and Country Girl Way on Thursday (Apr 17), to present a spring fashion show in Iowa Falls. The students modeled outfits from both retailers from 5:30 to 6 pm and then demonstrated how to accessorize outfits.  The Apparel Merchandising program is a two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program that gives students many career opportunities. Many students also choose to achieve an AA degree in addition to their AAS, which makes transferring to a major university to achieve a four-year degree easier.

Pictured after the style show are, from left: Olivia Ballhagen of Parkersburg; Maisey Ranfeld of Guernsey; Rachel Wolf of Cedar Falls; Jess Eberl of Underwood; Shawntanise Sterling of West Des Moines and Mary Jane Halder of Iowa Falls.

Murder Trial for Iowa Falls Man Begins Today in Waterloo

04/22/2014 - The first-degree murder trial for an Iowa Falls man begins today (Tue) in Black Hawk County District Court.  28-year old Trevor Smith was arrested in January 2013 and charged with first degree murder and child endangerment in connection to the death of his infant daughter.  Although Smith lived in Iowa Falls at the time, the incident took place in Waterloo September 26th, 2012 while Smith was caring for his 2-month old daughter.  Results of an autopsy showed the baby died from injuries that were consistent with the baby being shaken.  Smith has been held in the Black Hawk County Jail since his arrest.

Hampton Police Officer Injured During Handgun Qualification

04/22/2014 - Last Thursday (Apr 17) during a night handgun qualification conducted by the Hampton Police Department, one of the officers had a malfunction with their weapon.  Hampton Police Chief Bob Schaefer says at approximately 8pm Thursday while on the firing line, Firearms Instructor and Hampton Police Officer, Al Brandt was attempting to clear a jam when the gun discharged, striking him in the hand. Officer Brandt was transported to Franklin General Hospital for initial treatment and later to Mercy Hospital in Mason City where he underwent surgery. Schaefer says Officer Brandt is recovering at home. As part of standard procedure, the incident is being investigated by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Latimer Fire Department Responds To Church Fire

04/22/2014 - Last (Mon.) night just after 6 o'clock the Latimer Fire Department was called out on the report of a fire in the parsonage of the United Church of Christ along East South Street.  No injuries reported.  Latimer Fire Chief Mike Keehn tells KLMJ News the fire was located in the tubing of a dryer vent going out of the wall of the building.  Part of the wall had to be torn out to get to the fire.  Keehn says there was minor smoke and water damage in the church.  He says a build up of lent in the vent probably started the fire.  Assisting at the scene were the West Franklin Ambulance and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

25 Children Participate in Geneva Betterment Easter Egg Hunt

04/21/2014 - Around 25 children turned out for the Geneva Betterment Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday (Apr 19).  Participants found 5 different colored eggs and turned them in for candy and toys and were also entered into a drawing for a large Easter basket filled with toys, candy and gift certificates.  Winner of the Easter basket was Isis Guerrero, daughter of Kristi and Manuel Guerrero.  Tonya Sanders with Geneva Betterment tells KLMJ News children also had their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoyed Easter music during their hunt for the colored eggs.

Miss Parkersburg Sponsorships and Applications Due April 25th

04/21/2014 - Miss Parkersburg 2014 will be crowned next month (May 3).  Parkersburg businesses that plan to sponsor a contestant for this year's Miss Parkersburg contest are reminded that sponsorship forms are due at Brenda's Boutique by this Friday (Apr 25).  Those planning to enter the contest also need to have information forms filled out and returned to Brenda's by this Friday (Apr 25).  Miss Parkersburg will be crowned Saturday May 3rd, 1pm at the Parkersburg Historical Home.  The public is welcome to attend the coronation ceremony.  The winner will represent Parkersburg in the Butler County Fair Queen Contest in June.  The Miss Parkersburg Contest is sponsored by the Parkerburg Chamber of Commerce.



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