DECORAH POLICE ARRESTED A MAN LATE FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER AN A-T-M HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER. AUTHORITIES SAY 29 YEAR OLD EVAN FRANK BLUE WAS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE THEFT AND FIRST DEGREE CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. POLICE SAY THEY USE WINNESHIEK MEDICAL CENTER VIDEO SURVAILENCE TO IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT.
A WEST UNION TEENAGER WAS INJURED WHILE SQUIRREL HUNTING SUNDAY. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 17 YEAR OLD DANIEL LYNN GIBBS TRIPPED OVER A LOG AND IMPALED THE BARREL OF THE GUN INTO HIS NECK. AUTHORITIES SAY THE GUN DID NOT DISCHARGE, HOWEVER IT CAUSED A SEVERE INJURY. GIBBS WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO PALMER LUTHERAN HOSPITAL IN WEST UNION AND THEN AIR-LIFTED TO UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL AND CLINICS IN IOWA CITY. HE IS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
A WEDNESDAY NIGHT INCIDENT JUST EAST OF WEST UNION HAS LED TO MULTIPLE CHARGES FILED AGAINST A WEST UNION MAN. THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 53 YEAR OLD TERRY SCOTT MORK WAS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL TRESPASSING AND INTERFERENCE WITH OFFICIAL ACTS, BOTH SIMPLE MISDEMEANORS AND ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER, A CLASS D FELONY. MORK POSTED AN EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND.
IOWA GROWN CHRISTMAS TREES ARE WORTH A MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY TO IOWA’S ECONOMY. IOWA AGRICULTURE SECRETARY BILL NORTHEY SAYS TREE FARMS MAKE GOOD USE OF LAND THAT MIGHT NOT BE SUITABLE FOR RAISING OTHER CROPS.
NORTHEY SAYS AS THE INDUSTRY GROWNS, HE SAYS REVENUE FROM CHRISTMAS TREES ARE NOW A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF YEARLY FAMILY INCOME FOR SOME FARMERS.
Gas prices in Iowa have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $2.05 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s latest report. The national average has fallen 2.4 cents a gallon to $2.04.
Prices Sunday were 70.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago, and 30.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. GasBuddy reports the national average has decreased 14.1 cents per gallon during the last month.
Nearly five years after Iowa residents flocked to sheriff’s offices in a rush to obtain firearm permits, sheriffs are bracing for a wave of renewals. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the initial spike in 2011 came after the Iowa Legislature changed the state’s permitting law from “may issue” to “shall issue,” giving law enforcement less discretion over who can receive a permit. The number of permits issued in Iowa skyrocketed after the change was made, from roughly 39,000 non-professional permits issued in 2010 to more than 101,000 in 2011. The number of permits issued has remained high ever since, but nowhere near the number issued in 2011. Gun store owners say the law change helped improve sales.
AN INCIDENT LAST THURSDAY HAS LED TO CHARGES FILED AGAINST A DECORAH WOMAN. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 18 YEAR OLD TAYLOR BUCHEIT WAS ARRESTED AFTER AN INCIDENT ON QUARRY HILL ROAD. BUCHEIT WAS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE BURGLARY, A CLASS C FELONY. THE INVESTIGATION IS ON-GOING.