She was writing book reviews for a Sioux City newspaper, which even 10
years ago wasn’t considered eye-grabbing material for the masses. An
editor asked her to take on a series of cold cases — unsolved murders —
the kind you see on TV shows. People love that stuff.
General Manager of Kasperbauer Cleaners in Carroll.
Craig Petersen died just over one day after
Kimberly Loose died in the company of
Petersen’s best friend, Jeffery Daily. Petersen
disappeared the morning of Sept. 28, 1986
while walking across the Interstate 280 bridge south of
Davenport. Two days later, his body was found floating
two miles west of Montpelier on the Mississippi River. No
conclusive evidence ever proved whether Petersen had
jumped (voluntarily or by coercion), fallen, or been pushed
from the bridge into the river.
Kimberly R. "Kim" Loose died in a one-car accident after
leaving her best friend’s 16th birthday party.
Authorities determined she was thrown from the
passenger seat of a car driven by Jeffery Daily.
Also in the car were Daily’s best friend, Craig Petersen,
and his brother, Kevin Petersen. Daily, who wasn’t injured,
was charged only with operating a vehicle while under the
influence of alcohol.
Fittingly, the Iowa state bird — an Eastern goldfinch — perched on a feeder nearby and a house wren serenaded during part of the ceremony Sunday afternoon, when the family of the late Lenus “Leny” and Jean Thelen turned out to dedicate a bird sanctuary under development on the east side of Swan Lake State Park in memory of their parents and late brother Marty.
Leaving behind his retirement party, Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler
said goodbye to 34 years of service as well as those who didn’t attend
the dinner at B&S’s down the street from the police station. In the
midst of socializing with family and friends, Cayler was pulled aside by
Matt Smith, a father of four children and family friend.
In talking about his family’s love of baseball, the
realization suddenly hits Mike Ostrich: a Father’s Day tradition will be
broken for the second year in a row. He, his wife Candice and two sons,
Taylor and Hayden, usually attend the College World Series in Omaha,
Neb. Last year, it was just he and his wife. This year, he’s unsure if
even that will occur.
Lisa Vander Esch, 19, was killed by a bullet to the head on Tuesday,
September 14, 1982, while playing with her 16-month-old son in her rural
Ireton home’s back yard.
A slow, grumpy painted turtle begins the slow trek across a paved road
in western Greene County, 250th Street, that bisects fields marked as
public hunting areas and others designating waterfowl refuges that
prohibit duck and goose hunting. Rabbits bound through a roped-off
gravel circle that allows drivers to pull off the road.
Brian Lee Schappert, a 22-year-old Coe
College senior, was killed in the early
morning hours of Friday, September 8, 1989,
while working the midnight shift alone at a
Cedar Rapids Kum & Go convenience store.
Leif Gonzales-Kramer dreams big — big animals, that is.
On Friday, September 15, 1989, a child playing
by the Cedar River discovered the body of
Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer about a half-mile
north of Waterloo’s business district.
Sarah Gomez, a Jefferson-Scranton High School alum, has returned to her roots at a heady, go-go time for the region.
A son of a small-town Iowa hardware store owner, Dr. Tracey Wellendorf
in the last two decades has built a spectacularly successful medical
practice in west-central Iowa.
Carter Bretey is 8 years old.
He’s a jokester. He loves soccer, spending time with his family, going to the park with friends. He plays Minecraft.
And he was healthy.
Then, earlier this month, he was diagnosed with cancer.
Earl Thelander sustained second- and third-degree
burns over 80% of his body in an August 28, 2007
explosion caused by copper thieves. The thieves had
stripped propane gas lines from a country home that
Earl and his wife Hope had been renovating.
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