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The former West Central Cooperative employee who allegedly took dozens of bribes worth more than $479,000 in exchange for steep discounts on crop seed and other products, is expected to plead guilty today to a federal charge of wire fraud, court records show.
  • Lawsuit would force farmers to restrict fertilizer runoff
    Northwest Iowa farmers should be forced to limit the amount of nitrogen that flows from their fields into the rivers that provide drinking water for people in Des Moines, according to the city’s water chief. 
  • Attorney wants Sac City murder trial moved again
    Potential jurors in Webster County will have a “tainted” opinion of the Georgia man accused of a 2009 murder whose trial this month ended prematurely when a police officer referred to him as a “bad” guy, the man’s attorney argues in his request today to move the new trial to a different county. 
  • Sac City murder trial moves to Boone
    The Georgia man accused of the 2009 murder of his Sac City roommate will face his second trial for the crime in Boone in March, according to court documents. 
  • Judges: murderer did not request attorney
    A 23-year-old Early man who cut and stabbed his mother 88 times, strangled her with a belt and bashed her head with a large glass bottle did not clearly request an attorney before he confessed to the crime, and his conviction — and his sentence of life in prison — will stand, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled this week. 
  • Lawyer: Carroll woman at fault for McDonald’s fall, injuries
    A 62-year-old Carroll woman who filed a lawsuit last month against the local McDonald’s owner after she fell on a slick floor at the restaurant last year should have avoided the fall by walking a different path, a McDonald’s lawyer wrote in a request to dismiss the lawsuit. 
  • Man who abused child relative suffers from fetishism
    A 73-year-old rural Glidden man who pleaded guilty Monday to a felony sex abuse charge for forcing a child to touch his penis is obsessive-compulsive and is sexually aroused by unspecified inanimate objects, according to court records. 
  • A former Carroll man who state prosecutors unsuccessfully tried this year to commit to treatment as a sexually violent predator has been stalking young girls online and asking them for naked photos, according to Fort Dodge police officers. 
  • A 20-year-old Arcadia man was legally drunk when he didn’t yield to a van on U.S. Highway 30 last month that crashed into his car near Scranton, and he and two of his passengers suffered significant injuries, according to court documents. 
  • Men get no prison for flagpole thefts
    Christopher Gay, the last of three men to be sentenced for stealing more than 500 flagpoles from the Carroll American Legion on Memorial Day weekend, will not go to prison for the felony crime if he abides by the terms of his probation for three years. 
  • Judge declares mistrial in roommate-slaying case
    A district judge ended John Green’s first-degree murder trial on its first day of testimony Tuesday because the police chief who investigated the crime insinuated that Green is a bad person. 
  • Fight over chicken dinner led to death
    Mark Koster, 58, and the man who allegedly killed him, John David Green, 54, were friends, defense attorneys and prosecutors agreed in opening statements of Green’s first-degree murder trial this morning in Fort Dodge. 
  • A 17-year-old boy who was allegedly driving drunk in an August crash that killed two of his East Sac County High School classmates is charged with four felonies in adult court — two more than he was accused of in juvenile court — according to court records. 
  • A 62-year-old Carroll woman slipped on a slick floor near the town’s McDonald’s pop dispensers and has sued the store’s owner for an unspecified amount of money for her injuries, according to court records. 
  • Jury will hear killer’s admissions
    The recorded interview of a Georgia man who admitted to killing a Sac City man in 2009 can be used as evidence in a first-degree murder trial that is set to start Monday, a judge has ruled. 
  • Meth dealer says 50-year sentence is ‘irate’
    A former Carroll man claims he was misled by his attorney when he pleaded guilty to four drug-related felonies in September, and that his 50-year prison sentence should be nullified, according to court documents. 
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