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  • Unsolved Murder: Kenny Joe Johnson

    On the morning of Saturday, October 10, 1987, a fisherman discovered the body of a young white male, later identified as Kenny Joe Johnson, lying on the sandy beach area near a floodgate in Dubuque’s isolated Maus Park. The fisherman found the boy rolled in a 5-foot-by-9-foot piece of yellow-orange nylon carpet dumped at the park. An autopsy report stated the teen died by manual strangulation and also had been sexually assaulted. He also had a small amount of alcohol in his system.

  • Q&A: Smaldone starts new career in law enforcement
    Andrew Smaldone, 29, originally of Naples, Florida, was hired as a deputy for the Carroll County Sheriff’s office in March.
  • Q&A: Carroll High grad returns home to patrol
    Jacob Hannasch, 23, a 2011 Carroll High School graduate, joined the Carroll County Sheriff’s office in May 2015.
  • Q&A: Deputy sheriff wants to help Carroll County grow
    Gunner Gilland, 24, joined the Carroll County Sheriff’s office in May 2015. It’s his first job in law enforcement. He is a recent graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology.
  • Timber Creek treats patients atop a horse
    As Cian McAlister completes a lap inside the spacious riding arena at Timber Creek Therapies, his eyes remain glued to Belle, the golden Haflinger pony he rides.
  • Unsolved Murder: John Wayne Jeffery

    John Wayne Jeffery was shot to death late Tuesday night, May 29, 1990, while sitting inside his 1970 Chevy Chevelle outside Leo’s Lounge, an east-side tavern in Des Moines. Patrons of the lounge heard a gunshot that night, and although one person went out and spotted Jeffery inside his vehicle, didn’t realize Jeffery had been shot and assumed he was sleeping. Police weren’t notified until the following morning when the bar’s owner stopped by the tavern with some supplies and found Jeffery dead in his car.

  • MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
    When Mike McCarty rolled out of bed after his 3 a.m. wake-up call on March 9, he didn’t know he was taking the first steps of on a journey that would change his life.
  • Adair: Home of Iowa’s best pizza AND burger
    For the city of fewer than 800 residents, it wasn’t enough to have the best pizza in Iowa.
  • 4th generation expands at Commercial Savings Bank
    Kevin Milligan weighed important factors before returning to his hometown recently to become the second fourth-generation member of his family at Commercial Savings Bank.
  • A Cut Above
    After serving as assistant superintendent at the Carroll Municipal Golf Course the last 19 years, Scott Haakenson is now calling the shots.
  • Unsolved Murder: Wilma Nissen

    The body of Wilma Nissen was found on Oct. 4, 1978, in a roadside ditch near Lake Pahoja in Western Lyon County. Unrecognizable due to decomposition, the body lay in a ditch on the north side of the gravel road. The body went unidentified for nearly three decades, until finally being identified as Nissen’s in 2006.

  • A memorable day of thanks to war-era veterans
    “Amazing.” “Overwhelming.” “Unexpected.” “Fantastic.” “Welcoming.” Those were some of the heartfelt terms used by the Brushy Creek Honor Flight veterans to describe their trip to the Washington, D.C., Memorials on Saturday, May 7.
  • Works of inspiration
    Thanks to a lot of faith, creativity and artistic talent, the St. John Lutheran Church fellowship hall has gained a lot different look the last eight or nine months. The hall’s formerly bare walls are now sporting colorful banners celebrating the seasons of the church, as well as the Lutheran religion’s heritage.
  • Unsolved Murder: Terri McCauley

    Terri McCauley, a young mother of two, was last seen alive getting into a white Chevy Nova in a Sioux City parking lot in the early morning hours of Sept. 26, 1983. Before climbing into the car, McCauley told the two friends she was with, that she was going on a date. The white male driving the Nova headed north on Omaha Street and then west onto W. 8th Street. She would not be seen again until her body was found on Oct. 6.

  • Unsolved Murder: Robert "Corey" Poffenberger

    Robert “Corey” Poffenberger was shot and killed early Friday morning October 24, 2003, in the driveway of his 2211 East 37th St. home in Des Moines.

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