A 35-year-old Burlington, Iowa resident has been imprisoned for shooting to death another man. Court records say Joseph Mayorga Jr. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month and immediately was sentenced to 50 years. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from first-degree murder in exchange for Mayorga’s plea. Mayorga also was ordered to pay $150,000 to his victim’s family.

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24 February 2018
Officer was nearly run over prompting a help an officer call. Shortly after midnight, a Council Bluffs Police Officer pulled into the Kwik Shop off of Avenue G and 36th street.
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One person is dead and another is injured following a crash near Indianola. The Iowa State Patrol said 29-year-old Jenny Somvong, of Indianola, died Monday in a crash on County Road R63. Authorities said 29-year-old Cody Meyer was driving south on R63 when his vehicle left the roadway, struck a guardrail and entered the northbound lane.
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Authorities are investigating a threatening email sent to Nevada High School administrators on Monday. Nevada police say an email “indicating a threat of violence towards students and staff at the high school” was received around 2 p.m. Law enforcement and parents were then notified, and Nevada Middle School and Nevada High School were immediately evacuated.
A 35-year-old Burlington, Iowa resident has been imprisoned for shooting to death another man. Court records say Joseph Mayorga Jr. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month and immediately was sentenced to 50 years. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from first-degree murder in exchange for Mayorga’s plea. Mayorga also was ordered to pay $150,000 to his victim’s family.
Pickup truck crashed into and partially through a wall at a Council Bluffs hotel late Sunday night. The impact sent debris flying into a hotel room, injuring one woman, police said. It happened at The Red Roof Inn off Interstate 29 and the South Expressway around 11:15 p.m.
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A man was taken to a Des Moines hospital after authorities said he was hit by a train at the Duff Avenue crossing in Ames
An Iowa mother, accused of leaving her four children home alone to travel to Europe, could avoid prison time. Prosecutors have offered to drop a gun charge against Erin Macke if she pleads guilty to four counts of child endangerment. Officers arrested Macke in September after the kids were left in her Des Moines home alone. The children range in age from 12 to six
A massive fire burned through at least four buildings in downtown Vinton from Thursday evening until early Friday. The fire started in the Michael and Dowd furniture store2 week ago
A massive fire burned through at least four buildings in downtown Vinton from Thursday evening until early Friday. The fire started in the Michael and Dowd furniture store
Firefighters tell us the Link Hydraulic building is a total loss after a fire this morning. It started shortly after 4:00 a.m. off of Westside Court. Firefighters saw a lot of flames when they got there. The Dubuque Fire Chief says someone nearby called it in. He says the fire started in the left side of the building.2 week ago
Firefighters tell us the Link Hydraulic building is a total loss after a fire this morning. It started shortly after 4:00 a.m. off of Westside Court. Firefighters saw a lot of flames when they got there. The Dubuque Fire Chief says someone nearby called it in. He says the fire started in the left side of the building.
Dubuque saw less crime last year. The police department's annual report shows the number of violent crimes fell 16 percent. Property crimes dropped 11 percent from the year before.2 week ago
Dubuque saw less crime last year. The police department's annual report shows the number of violent crimes fell 16 percent. Property crimes dropped 11 percent from the year before.
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Authorities have identified a person killed in a northwestern Iowa house fire as a 10-year-old girl. The Sioux City Journal reports that Riley Meyer, a third grader at Central Lyon Elementary School, died when her family's house in George burned early Sunday.
Fire crews in Norwalk battled an overnight house fire and the extreme temperatures for several hours. The fire started at 1 a.m. at a home at 11711 Dakota Street. Fire officials said a family of five was able to escape the blaze. The home was fully engulfed when fire crews arrived.2 week ago
Fire crews in Norwalk battled an overnight house fire and the extreme temperatures for several hours. The fire started at 1 a.m. at a home at 11711 Dakota Street. Fire officials said a family of five was able to escape the blaze. The home was fully engulfed when fire crews arrived.
In a press conference on Monday, Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff described the victim of a brutal sexual assault as a true survivor. After 13 months of investigating the assault, police arrested Devontez Voigts. He is currently being held in the Story County Jail on a $2 million bond, facing several charges including sexual assault and kidnapping.2 week ago
In a press conference on Monday, Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff described the victim of a brutal sexual assault as a true survivor. After 13 months of investigating the assault, police arrested Devontez Voigts. He is currently being held in the Story County Jail on a $2 million bond, facing several charges including sexual assault and kidnapping.
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A person was rescued from the Mississippi River in Muscatine just before 4:30pm. Officials say a 911 call first alerted dispatchers that a subject was in the water along the riverfront. Upon arrival, first responders found a person in the open water portion of the river. The fire department says that crews had to clear an opening in the ice that was large enough to fit a boat through in order to launch rescue personnel and paramedics into the river to save the subject.
One of the teens charged with arson in the fire that destroyed the Cedar Bridge in Madison County last April has accepted a plea deal. Court documents show Joel Davis, of Norwalk, pleaded guilty to second-degree arson as part of a plea deal.2 week ago
One of the teens charged with arson in the fire that destroyed the Cedar Bridge in Madison County last April has accepted a plea deal. Court documents show Joel Davis, of Norwalk, pleaded guilty to second-degree arson as part of a plea deal.
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One person is dead after a fire broke out at a home in George, Iowa.
A farm near Williamsburg is now safe thanks to the help of a good Samaritan couple
A woman was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase through Burlington and West Burlington on Friday, February 2 just before midnight. Police say an officer with the Burlington Police Department tried to pull over Aaliyah Vandyon Williams, 23, of Burlington for a suspected narcotics violation.
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Anthony Vincent Ettore, 52, of Wilton, IA was sentenced today for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver and also, on a separate charge, for possession of methamphetamine for personal use. He was also found guilty of driving while his privilege to do so was revoked, according to the Muscatine County District Attorney
A help an officer call is issued in Council Bluffs early Thursday morning. In a release, police say an officer was responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle near E Broadway and Frank Street around 3 a.m. when the officer fired shots while trying to take the driver into custody.
A Des Moines teenager faces several child pornography charges after police received a tip from an unusual source. Noah Notch, 18, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with 12 counts of possession of child pornography after police found out he had been using a cloud-sharing application to share and download graphic content.
Polk County deputies are investigating a chase Tuesday that ended in a crash north of Prairie Meadows. Authorities said the chase started just before 5:00 p.m. when Des Moines officers spotted a reported stolen vehicle.3 week ago
Polk County deputies are investigating a chase Tuesday that ended in a crash north of Prairie Meadows. Authorities said the chase started just before 5:00 p.m. when Des Moines officers spotted a reported stolen vehicle.
Newton Police are looking for suspects involved in a drive-by shooting. The shooting happened on Sunday night in the 1100 block of W. 15th Street on the west side of town. Neighbors are now shaken, saying this is a safe area. Police say this is the first drive by shooting in Newton in nearly 20 years.3 week ago
Newton Police are looking for suspects involved in a drive-by shooting. The shooting happened on Sunday night in the 1100 block of W. 15th Street on the west side of town. Neighbors are now shaken, saying this is a safe area. Police say this is the first drive by shooting in Newton in nearly 20 years.
The Iowa County Sheriff, Rob Rotter, tells TV9 the building was destroyed and no one was hurt in the fire.3 week ago
The Iowa County Sheriff, Rob Rotter, tells TV9 the building was destroyed and no one was hurt in the fire.
An 18-year-old man is facing charges after two Sioux City teenagers died after being stabbed over the weekend. The Sioux City Journal reports that Sioux City Police arrested the 18-year-old not long after the victims were found in a neighborhood around 1:15 a.m. Sunday.
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Fire caused damage to a food manufacturing facility in Ames. Firefighters were called to the Caremoli production plant along 580th Avenue
Officials said 21-year-old Kamilo Tongamoa, of Sun Valley, California, was arrested near the 100 block of Stanton Avenue before he was taken to the Story County Jail3 week ago
Officials said 21-year-old Kamilo Tongamoa, of Sun Valley, California, was arrested near the 100 block of Stanton Avenue before he was taken to the Story County Jail
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One person is dead after a shooting in the area of 1300 Warren Street. Officers were called to the area for reports of shots fired around 11:15 p.m. on Friday January 26, 2018.
One person is in the hospital after trying to outrun police in a car chase that ended in a crash. Des Moines police responded to a call from a woman claiming she was being followed at around 3 a.m. on Saturday. When officers arrived, the suspect took off and police pursued them. The chase ended when the vehicle crashed at 17th and School Streets
Police have arrested a man already in custody on a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of another Des Moines man last year. Police say Alonzo Marlon Gibbs was arrested Thursday, following the end of his trial on federal firearms charges.