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Murder suspect will likely claim self-defense
The man who allegedly admitted he killed Mark Koster in 2009 by striking him in the head and choking him with a wooden baseball bat - and then buried Koster's body in the dirt floor of a basement - will likely claim self-defense if the case goes to trial, Sac County Attorney Ben Smith said this morning in a press conference.
Transient arrested in Florida for 2009 death of Sac City man
A transient man who lived for about a month with Mark Koster, 58, in his Sac City house in 2009 allegedly struck Koster in the head and choked him to death with a wooden baseball bat and buried Koster's body in the basement of the house, according to court documents.
'We've become inundated'
The passenger Friday morning in the back of Sheriff Steve Haupert's patrol truck needed to be transported to Story County, but not to stand trial for any crime.
Two arrested for selling 'yellow fish' marijuana
Police officers used a confidential informant to buy marijuana at a Carroll house where two teens were suspected of selling the drug in bags adorned with a yellow fish similar to the Goldfish crackers logo, according to court records.
Man charged for teen's tattoo
A 34-year-old Coon Rapids man who allegedly tattooed a 16-year-old girl's wrist in January faces a criminal charge for tattooing a minor without a license, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
Police: Teen had pot in school locker
Law officers found marijuana in a Carroll High School locker on Thursday as part of a routine sweep for drugs.
Alleged murderers jailed with $500K bond
Three Denison residents arrested last week for a double-murder and arson near Deloit will remain jailed for the duration of their court cases unless they each pay $500,000 cash to get out.
Murder in Deloit
Three people, who were caught red-handed stealing scrap metal from a rural Deloit acreage Monday by the landowner and his longtime friend, killed them and set fire to a mobile home - which burned the bodies - and fled, investigators allege.
Officials: Farm deaths were homicides
The Monday deaths of a Maple River man and his farmhand were homicides, the state Division of Criminal Investigation confirmed this morning.
Family: Maple River man and farmhand found dead in fire
A 79-year-old Maple River man and his farmhand died Monday at the scene of a fire that is being investigated as a crime on an acreage about three miles northeast of Denison, the man's family confirmed this morning.
$10K reward for double homicide tips
Any resident with key information that leads to the criminal conviction of whoever killed a 48-year-old Glidden woman and her son last month is eligible for a $10,000 reward, Carroll County Sheriff Doug Bass said Monday.
Scrappers steal 550 flagpoles
Scrap metal thieves stole a trailer and hundreds of metal flagpoles from the Carroll American Legion just before Memorial Day - a holiday in which the poles are placed with American flags at the city cemetery - and after a failed attempt to sell the poles, the thieves allegedly returned and stole another trailer that contained the remainder of the Legion's poles.
Unlicensed man allegedly tattooed teen girls
A 34-year-old Coon Rapids man allegedly inked the word "love" on the wrist of a 16-year-old girl at the kitchen table of his house in recent weeks in violation of three state laws, according to court documents.
Murder case suspended for mental evaluation
The man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer in a September standoff might be unable to defend himself against a first-degree murder charge because he is paranoid and delusional, a district judge ruled Tuesday.
Attorney says alleged cop killer is paranoid, delusional
The 33-year-old Rockwell City man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer during a September standoff is incapable of defending himself against a first-degree murder charge because he suffers from an unspecified mental disorder and "a paranoid and delusional thought process," the man's defense attorney alleges in his request to suspend the case.
Man in standoff was suicidal
The 73-year-old man who allegedly threatened to shoot officers on two separate nights in the past month if they came to his rural Lake View acreage was suicidal and has a history of alcoholism and depression, according to court documents.


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