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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.
  • 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. 
  • Birthday boost ends with pepper spray, jail
    Andrew Roland Petersen’s birthday joyride was cut short Sunday when police officers shot his face with pepper spray and wrestled him out of a stolen car. 
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