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Chad Hartzler
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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.
  • Judge affirms minimum 17 years of prison for child rapist
    A 23-year-old Carroll man who was 16 when he raped a 7-year-old girl must serve at least 17 years of his 25-year prison sentence before he is eligible for parole, a judge decided this week. 
  • 10 years’ prison for man who abused child relative
    A 73-year-old rural Glidden man will serve up to 10 years in prison for forcing a child relative to touch his genitalia, a judge decided Monday. 
  • A Lake City man accused of brutally killing a Glidden woman and her adult son last year will stand trial for first-degree murder in May, according to a pending judge’s order that will delay the trial. 
  • Guilty, Guilty, Guilty
    They cried. They sighed. They hugged. The murder trial — and all of its gory details — was finally over. 
  • Murder defense: key witness isn’t credible
    “She knows she’s here to dump on Mr. Schenk,” said attorney Michael Williams of Erika Dains, 37, of Denison, who made a plea deal with prosecutors to testify against Schenk. “She better do something to dump on Michael Schenk, or she doesn’t get that deal.” 
  • Double-murder trial moved to Sioux City
    A 20-year-old Denison man’s double-murder-and-arson trial is set to start in late April in Sioux City, where it was moved after his alleged cohort was convicted of the crimes in Denison in January, according to court records. 
  • Why did Michael Schenk help investigators?
    Double-murder and arson suspect Michael Schenk led investigators to discover a stash of evidence that prosecutors are using to try to put him in prison for life. 
  • Murder suspect sniffles at trial
    He made it through repeated, detailed descriptions of his alleged crime, as well as the testimony of the daughter of the woman he is accused of killing. 
  • A 41-year-old Carroll man will serve 10 years in federal prison for selling large amounts of methamphetamine to an undercover state narcotics enforcement agent several times last year, according to court documents. 
  • ‘Our lives are over’
    With gunshots ringing in the air — more than four, with a reload in between each pull of the trigger — he returned to his two friends. 
  • Murder defendant wants to toss key evidence
    A Walmart receipt that ties a Denison man to a 2014 double-homicide should not be used as evidence in his first-degree murder trial this week because it has faded beyond recognition in the past 10 months, the man’s attorney argues in court documents. 
  • 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. 
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