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Grinnell Police Department/Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office

Vehicle fire on 146

by dhayes on October 27, 2015

Central College bus burns underneath I-80 overpass Dann Hayes The Grinnell Fire Department responded to a report of a Central College transportation bus on fire on Highway 146 south of Grinnell underneath the I-80 overpass. At approximately 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, the department dispatched three emergency vehicles to the scene where fire […]

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Fire burned approximately 500 acres

by dhayes on October 20, 2015

Three counties send fire fighters to battle flames fanned by high winds Dann Hayes Fire Departments from across Poweshiek County and Jasper and Mahaska counties helped extinguish a grass/field fire in south/central Poweshiek County that threatened a number of residences and destroyed several vehicles near Ewart early Thursday afternoon, Oct. 15. Montezuma Volunteer Fire […]

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Ammonia leak injures 11

October 13, 2015 Brooklyn

Emergency responders called to refrigerant leak at Purfoods in Grinnell Dann Hayes Approximately 30 people were evacuated and a number of them transported to the hospital following an ammonia refrigerant leak at Purfoods in Grinnell. According to Chief Dan Sicard, Grinnell Fire Department, the leak, which occurred at 4:52 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, […]

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New Sharon man arrested after chase

October 6, 2015 Brooklyn

Anthony K. Dommer caught on stolen motorcycle Dann Hayes A New Sharon man was arrested following a motorcycle/foot chase that ended near the intersection of County Road F-27 and 60th Street in Grinnell on Thursday, Oct. 1. Anthony K. Dommer was arrested and booked into the Poweshiek County Jail for Interference With Official Acts […]

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Years later, deaths of hitchhiker, hotel guests remain a mystery

September 8, 2015 2015 Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders

  Authorities still hope for answers in killings that happened in Iowa County in 1971, 1980 Brian Rathjen NpIC Managing Editor The front pages of Iowa County’s newspapers from Oct. 28, 1971, and Sept. 18, 1980, each carried the typical small-town news of the day. The Pioneer-Republican that mid-fall day in 1971, for instance, had […]

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Grinnell woman arrested for assault

September 8, 2015 Brooklyn

Staff Reports Officers with the Grinnell Police Department arrested a female for domestic abuse assault following an altercation in Grinnell on Thursday, Sept. 3. According to Dennis Reilly, chief of police, Grinnell officers, the Grinnell Fire Department and Midwest Ambulance responded to the area of 5th Avenue and High Street following a report of […]

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40 years after ‘Waverly Stranglings,’ a renewed search for answers

August 31, 2015 2015 Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders

  The unsolved murder of Julia Benning has family members and police considering new theories in her death Mike Kilen Julia Benning lived on a farm near Clarksville, but she wanted to experience the wider world. She had pen pals in Michigan and Scotland and shared with them her righteous rants about small-minded prejudices […]

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Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer

August 25, 2015 2015 Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders
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West Des Moines police no closer to arrest in Okland case

August 25, 2015 2015 Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa's unsolved murders

The 27-year-old’s body was found with two bullet holes on April 8, 2011, inside a model home MacKenzie Elmer West Des Moines police say they are no closer today to solving the mysterious slaying of Ashley Okland, a 27-year-old real estate agent whose shooting death four years ago in a model townhouse made national […]

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New Sharon mourns 3 brothers killed in crash

August 11, 2015 Brooklyn

Kim Norvell A family grieving the loss of three New Sharon brothers has received an outpouring of support from an online fundraising campaign. Within three days, donations on a GoFundMe page set up to pay for funeral expenses have exceeded $45,000. As of 7 a.m. Monday, 911 people have donated. On Thursday, 16-year-old Jamie […]

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