8-24 NEWS

A Festina teenager is in the Northeast Iowa Juvenile Detention Center is Waterloo after allegedly stabbing his mother Thursday afternoon. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 15 year old Nathan Sutton was charged with willful injury, which is a class C felony. Authorities say his mother was transported by ambulance to Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Additional charges have been filed against a Decorah man who was arrested Wednesday night. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says 21 year old Dominick Watson was originally charged with a felony controlled substance violation. Authorities say Watson was also charged with the violation of pre-trial suspension. The sheriff’s department say a search warrant executed of his car and further charges are pending.

You can take your dog for a swim (Saturday) in Monona. The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa’s 10th Annual Pooch Paddle will be held from eleven a.m. until two p.m. at the Monona Aquatic Center. Registration is ten dollars for the first dog and five dollars for any additional dogs. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Humane Society.

The Decorah Police Department is in the process of hiring two new officers. Police chief Dave Smutzler told the city council this week its takes around three months to hire an officers. Smutzler says they’ve also started the promotional process to see who will serve as assistant police chief. Smutzler was named police chief earlier this month after serving as assistant chief for the past nine years. He replaced Bill Nixon who retired in July.

Decorah Parks and Recreation director Andy Nimrod repairs to the bridge is close to complete. Nimrod says the rock has been put in place and the railing and the landscaping will soon be completed. Nimrod says Parks and Recreation officials are discussing only allowing handicap parking at Dunning Springs but no final decisions have been made.

Iowa’s Attorney General has joined in an agreement with his counterparts in the rest of the United States and several phone companies to try and cut back on robocalls. Spokesman Lynn Hicks says the major carriers have signed on.
The principles include implementing call-blocking technology at the network level at no cost to customers; making available to customers additional, free, easy-to-use call blocking and labeling tools; implementing technology to authenticate that callers are coming from a valid source and monitoring their networks for robocall traffic. He says the phone companies have agree to abide by these principles.

Farmland values across the region fell by one-percent during the second quarter compared to a year ago but they rose one-percent in Iowa, according to a report from the Chicago Federal District. Sam Funk is director of ag analytics and research for the Iowa Farm Bureau. He says Iowa’s farmland values are in better shape than in the rest of the region.
The Chicago Fed District Survey covers all of Iowa and parts of Illinois and Indiana as well as southern Wisconsin and the lower peninsula of Michigan.

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