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Three Jefferson teens are accused of a string of arsons this month that destroyed a school bus and garage and caused significant damage to an unoccupied building.
  • Four bars in Lake View and Wall Lake failed so-called “alcohol compliance checks” by the Sac County Sheriff’s office, which sent two minors to each of the bars on June 27 to attempt to buy alcohol while two officers watched. 
  • Woman abducts longtime friend’s children
    A 21-year-old Illinois woman — who had recently lived with a friend in Jefferson — took the friend’s two young children to Des Moines without permission and prompted a statewide search that ended with her arrest at a downtown hotel early this morning. 
  • Man convicted of murder attempts jailbreak
    The 20-year-old Denison man who was convicted last week of two murders allegedly assaulted on Monday a Crawford County jailer in a failed attempt to escape incarceration. 
  • Felon arrested for having handgun

    A 55-year-old Carroll man — who is a felon with a long string of criminal convictions and cannot, by law, possess a firearm — was arrested last week for allegedly having a loaded handgun in his vehicle.

  • Fatal house fire caused by cigarettes
    A Sunday night house fire that killed a 59-year-old man ignited in a plastic garbage can in which the man had discarded cigarette butts, according to the Lake View fire chief. 
  • Coon Rapids hit by playground fire, memorial vandalism
    The acrid smell of burned rubber hung in the air Thursday morning after a fire set Wednesday night destroyed the Fourth Avenue playground in Coon Rapids. 
  • Cayler retiring after 30 years as police chief
    Carroll Police Jeff Cayler, 56, the 30-year leader of a department in a city that consistently records some of the lowest crime rates in the nation, Tuesday afternoon announced his retirement effective June 8. 
  • Deputy in crash distracted by radio mic
    The Friday crash that killed the Audubon County K-9 happened because a deputy sheriff was attempting to hang his law-enforcement radio mic and missed a curve in a gravel road he was traveling, according to a sheriff’s press release. 
  • A dog named Harry that the Audubon County Sheriff’s Department used to find drugs and subdue criminals died after his handler deputy crashed Friday at the turn of a gravel road, according to a state highway patrol report. 
  • Two Wall Lake residents face drug and child-endangerment charges after Sac County law officers searched their house Sunday and found marijuana and three teens who possessed the drug and alcohol, according to a sheriff’s report. 
  • Man arrested for fatal drunken crash
    A 32-year-old Carroll man was allegedly driving drunk when he crashed his sport utility vehicle just north of Coon Rapids in November and his female passenger died. 
  • A Carroll County deputy sheriff was “overwhelmed of the odor of marijuana” when the renter of a Manning house briefly opened its back door and stepped outside late last month. 
  • Trailer house murder site burns in arson
    Someone set fire last week to the trailer house where a Glidden woman and her adult son were beaten and stabbed to death last year, according to the town’s fire chief. 
  • Carroll police may arm with Tasers
    Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler, saying his department is dealing with more physical confrontations, has asked for $15,000 in next fiscal year’s budget to buy 15 Tasers and train his officers to use them. 
  • Criminal charges are pending against a 51-year-old Huxley man who shot his friend in the face while the two were turkey hunting on Saturday near Panora, according to a state conservation law enforcement officer. 
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