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Chad Hartzler
Chad Hartzler
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.
  • An allegedly fraudulent online vehicle sale, for which a 49-year-old New York man faces two felony charges in Carroll County, did not happen in Iowa, and the charges should be dismissed, the man’s former attorney wrote last week in a dismissal request. 
  • Green guilty of  second-degree murder
    John Green was not justified in killing his longtime friend when the friend attacked him in 2009, a jury decided today. 
  • ‘I don’t know’
    For 30 minutes this morning, John Green claimed he was in a state of shock and — without really thinking about it — dragged the body of a Sac City man he killed into a hard-to-reach corner of a basement, covered it with blankets, junk and kitty litter he bought the next day, and made it appear the man had left for Florida. 
  • Police chief testimony at issue again
    John David Green’s first-degree murder trial this morning surpassed the point that it abruptly ended in December. 
  • New trial underway for roommate-slaying case
    Jury selection began this morning in a Boone courtroom for the first-degree murder trial of a transient man accused of killing a Sac City man in 2009. 
  • Homicide suspect seeks free release from jail
    A 32-year-old Carroll man accused of killing a woman in a drunken November crash should be freed from jail on his promise that he won’t flee the area to avoid criminal prosecution, his attorney wrote Thursday. 
  • Young driver might avoid prison for drunken crash
    A 20-year-old Arcadia man is set to plead guilty Friday to a felony for a November crash in which he was allegedly driving drunk near Scranton, and he and two of his passengers suffered significant injuries. 
  • Man gets 10 years’ prison for meth, police chase
    The former Lanesboro man who was severely beaten in a 2013 brawl at his house will serve up to 10 years in prison for possessing methamphetamine, fleeing from police and violating the terms of his probation for previous drug convictions. 
  • Carroll County jurors are set to decide next year whether the local McDonald’s restaurant owes money to a 62-year-old woman who fell on a slick floor there in August 2013. 
  • Sex offender to plead guilty for Facebook stalking
    A 42-year-old former Carroll man will plead guilty to at least one criminal charge for stalking young girls online and asking them for naked photos, according to court records. 
  • Bail remains at $50K for accused child sex abuser
    A former Manning man must pay $50,000 if he wants to be released from jail while his five felony child sex-abuse charges are pending, a judge ruled Monday. 
  • ‘I did not take  the life of Alice’
    Michael Schenk had a final chance to speak publicly before he was sentenced this morning to life in prison for killing two people and burning their bodies. 
  • Carroll man to forfeit house for federal crimes
    A 35-year-old Carroll man will surrender his house to the U.S. government — a $277,000 house he bought with proceeds from lucrative and illegal consulting work he did for an Afghanistan company in 2011 — according to a plea deal with federal prosecutors in which they will not seek a prison sentence. 
  • Water officials will sue NW Iowa counties
    The past two months of statewide talk about whether farmers should be held to stricter standards of the federal Clean Water Act has yielded little more than rhetoric from those on both sides of the issue. 
 
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