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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.
  • Man convicted of child sex fires attorneys
    A Carroll man found guilty of six felony sex-abuse charges this month for allegedly having sex with his teenage niece fired his defense attorneys and replaced them with a high-profile Des Moines attorney - a move that is expected to delay a judge's decision about the man's punishment, according to court records. 
  • Alleged cop killer faces September murder trial
    The man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer in September is competent to stand trial even though he suffers from a "paranoid personality disorder," a district judge ruled this morning. 
  • Trial delay likely for alleged murderer
    One of the two Denison men accused of shooting, killing and burning two people in March on a Crawford County acreage waived his right to a speedy trial last week, which will likely delay his June trial for the crimes. 
  • Psychiatrist: Alleged cop killer competent to stand trial
    The man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer in a September standoff - whose attorney claims he is delusional and paranoid - is competent to stand trial, according to an Iowa City psychiatrist. 
  • Child care murder trial moved to Carroll
    Carroll County residents will decide the fate of a 34-year-old Orange City woman who in October allegedly threw a 3-year-old girl to the ground - fracturing her skull - when the girl had trouble removing her jacket and didn't ask the woman for help. 
  • Man guilty of sex with niece
    Steve Thomas Schneider hung his head as a judge read each of the six identical verdicts of guilty this morning to conclude his two-day trial for having sex with his teenage niece in 2009. 
  • Greenhouse manager to pay $60,000 for river pollution
    The operations manager of a Jefferson greenhouse was ordered last week by a judge to pay about $60,000 in fines and restitution for the estimated 800 gallons of oil that spilled from his business into the North Raccoon River in 2012. 
  • Sibenaller admits fraud
    A Roselle man accused of depositing a $56,000 bank check addressed to his former employer into his own bank account in 2012 to avoid home foreclosure admitted to the fraud this morning in court. 
  • No prison for arsonist
    The 29-year-old Carroll man who started a fire in his neighbor's apartment in 2012 was sentenced Monday to five years of probation - in lieu of prison - and ordered to undergo drug-abuse evaluation and treatment, according to court documents. 
  • The Roselle man accused of fraudulently depositing a $56,000 check meant for his former employer into his personal bank account might avoid a felony conviction next month as part of a plea deal, according to court documents. 
  • Sibenaller to plead guilty for forgery case
    The Roselle man accused of taking a $56,000 check from his former employer - a West Des Moines company that insures religious institutions - and later making threats to former coworkers will plead guilty next month to an unspecified criminal charge, court records show. 
  • No prison for beaten man found with drugs
    The 28-year-old Lanesboro man who was severely beaten and disfigured in a September brawl in his house - and, after the months-long investigation of that incident, was charged with possession of drugs on the same day the felony assault and burglary charges against his alleged assailants were dismissed - avoided prison this week with a plea deal with the Carroll County attorney. 
  • Aschinger pleads not-guilty to perjury
    Elizabeth Aschinger, whose sex affair with her father-in-law was at the heart of an extortion scheme last year, gave written pleas of not-guilty Tuesday to perjury, a felony, and obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor. 
  • Loew will remain jailed for mental help
    An accused drug dealer who needs psychiatric treatment before he can adequately defend himself against numerous felony charges will get the treatment in an eastern Iowa prison, a judge ruled Thursday. 
  • Aschinger charged with perjury
    Elizabeth Aschinger deleted an extortionist's text messages from her father-in-law's cellphone last year because she thought the messages were part of a bogus scheme the father-in-law concocted to harass her, according to Aschinger's interviews with law officers and lawyers. 
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