Today’s Local News

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Three men have been charged in Great Falls with attempted pros­ti­tu­tion fol­low­ing a sting oper­a­tion con­ducted by the Great Falls Police Department and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Aren Lindquist, Fredrick Charles Day, and Curtis A. Aaberg face charges. The sting con­sisted of police plac­ing an ad offer­ing sex with teens. The men […]
He ran, but not fast enough. Des Moines police caught a bank rob­ber blocks from the bank yes­ter­day, still hold­ing the wads of cash he’d been given min­utes before. It hap­pened at the Bank of the West on Southeast 14th. Kon Tong is jailed await­ing a charge of sec­ond degree bur­glary. No one in the […]
After an acci­dent at the Bridgestone Firestone plant left Dan Keeney with­out his left arm, OSHA has found a long list of safety vio­la­tions at the plant. The 38-​​page inspec­tion revealed 23 seri­ous safety vio­la­tions, result­ing in Bridgestone-​​Firestone fac­ing almost $60,000 in fines. The Iowa Labor Commission is involved, too.
Pennsylvania has seen an uptick in scams tar­get­ing the elderly, accord­ing to police. Our state has the fourth largest elderly pop­u­la­tion in the coun­try, cre­at­ing a large pool of poten­tial vic­tims for scam­mers. Police say the scams today are get­ting more per­sonal than the tra­di­tional email from a for­eign coun­try. Some involve peo­ple pre­tend­ing to […]
The drown­ing of a 13 month old boy in Raystown Lake has been ruled acci­den­tal by the Huntington County Coroner. The coro­ner, Paul Sharum, con­ducted an autopsy on the body of lit­tle Jamari Benjamin, who died Wednesday after he fell from a house­boat into the lake. Rescuers from the Marklesburg Volunteer Fire Department were called […]
The big brouhaha out­side Logan Valley Mall on Wednesday evening started with a racial slur. Police say the two broth­ers who were arrested for fir­ing a gun were leav­ing the mall when they got honked at by two black men in a red Jaguar. Police say Kevin Morrow shouted a racial slur at the men,and […]
The state says Boone County had the low­est unem­ploy­ment rate among Kentucky’s 120 coun­ties in June. The rate in the north­ern Kentucky county was 5.5 per­cent. Kenton County. Jackson County had the state’s high­est unem­ploy­ment rate at 16.5 per­cent in June. The state says unem­ploy­ment rates fell in 117 Kentucky coun­ties between June 2013 and […]
You have a chance to save seven cents on the dol­lar over the next two days dur­ing Mississippi’s fifth annual sales tax hol­i­day. The fifth annual event began at 12:01 this morn­ing and con­tin­ues through tomor­row. The exemp­tion from the sales tax is restricted to cloth­ing, coats and shoes cost­ing less than 100-​​dollars each. Unlike […]
There’s a new study on hourly work­ers. Jack Murphy has details.
The attor­ney for the police­man accused of open­ing fire on a car in Pelham in April has filed a psy­chi­atric notice. News 12 reports the attor­ney for the NYPD’s Brendan Cronin may have started prepar­ing for a psy­chi­atric defense. An indict­ment has the 27-​​year-​​old Cronin fac­ing two counts of attempted murder.
Three county leg­is­la­tors have requested an audit of the county board of ethics. The Daily Voice reports a let­ter to the state comp­trol­ler claims the county exec­u­tive never estab­lished a review process for finan­cial state­ments of county offi­cials. The comp­trol­ler ordered a review process four years ago.
The war between Israel and Hamas has been rag­ing for 17 days so far and today was the blood­i­est. 119 Palestinians died, includ­ing at 15 that were seek­ing shel­ter from the fight­ing at a U.N. school. Israel says the facil­ity wasn’t tar­geted blam­ing Hamas rock­ets. Palestinian offi­cials say it was three Israeli tank shells. The […]
Another one bites the dust… One more blighted build­ing in Malone is on sched­ule to be razed within the next two to three weeks. Ed Histed fills us in… ((This time, it’s a build­ing on Duane Street, and town offi­cials hope that by elim­i­nat­ing it, the road into the vil­lage taken by both res­i­dents and […]
During a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called on Washington Democrats to work with Republicans to help the Middle Class. Senator McConnell demanded that common-​​sense, job sav­ing amend­ments, includ­ing his mea­sure to pro­tect and save coal jobs in Kentucky, be con­sid­ered on the Senate floor, say­ing the Obama […]
Bring an appetite. There’s a new item on the Kentucky State Fair menu this year. KNN’s Paul Miles reports…
The U-​​S Postal Service says two mail pro­cess­ing plants in Kentucky will shut down next year. KNN’s Tom Latek has more…
The Kilmarnock Town Council last week, appointed its first black mem­ber at a meet­ing attended by for­mer gov­er­nor, The Honorable A. Linwood Holton. Council appointed Keith Butler took his oath of office at the Kilmarnock town coun­cil meet­ing on Monday. Butler, who is the chief engi­neer at the Tides Inn, will serve in the seat […]
Gloucester County’s Information Technology Department recently received a 2014 Digital Counties Survey award from the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. The award was an impres­sive one for Gloucester, which placed sixth in coun­ties with a pop­u­la­tion less than 150,000. Even more impres­sive is the fact that Gloucester County’s IT department […]
Marty Schlesinger, the Director of Public Utilities in Gloucester, resigned from his posi­tion, effec­tive Friday. It wasn’t a sur­prise, Schlesinger had pre­vi­ously noti­fied the county of his upcom­ing plans to leave last month. In the mean­time, Gloucester’s assis­tant county admin­is­tra­tor of com­mu­nity devel­op­ment, Garrey Curry, has been appointed to serve as interim pub­lic util­i­ties director […]
Sheriff Ronald D. Crockett reports that Wednesday morn­ing, 53 year old James Todd Kessler of White Stone, was arrested on one charge of felony aggra­vated mali­cious wound­ing. The charge stems from an alter­ca­tion at the tiki bar at Pelican Point Restaurant at Windmill Point Marina on July 19. Kessler is the man who was last […]
Police searched for gun­men on the loose last night, after two men opened fire in the park­ing lot of the Logan Valley Mall then ran into K-​​Mart. Police from sev­eral depart­ments rushed into the area with rifles, riot shields and dogs, but the gun­men were able to get away on foot. But not for long. […]
You heard cor­rectly… that’s a recent travel alert on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, indi­cat­ing a “reduc­tion” in the speed limit in one area to 65 miles per hour. That’s because Pennsylvania on Wednesday, increased the speed limit on most of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to 70 mph. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch says 70 mph pilot projects will […]
A tragic boat­ing acci­dent Wednesday morn­ing in Huntingdon County… Police say a young child died after falling out of a boat at Raystown Lake. Jamari Benjamin’s death has been ruled an acci­dent. State Police say the child’s fam­ily had rented a house boat, and he some­how fell over­board. Another boater helped res­cue the young boy, […]
Some impor­tant meet­ings tonight in Los Lunas. The Village Council will have a pub­lic hear­ing on a zon­ing change appli­ca­tion to allow an open air mar­ket on Highway 47. The Los Lunas Board of Education also meets tonight. They’ll be approv­ing stu­dent behav­ior and ath­letic hand­books. They’ll also meet in closed ses­sion to dis­cuss the […]
The NCAA has decided to allow Division I schools to pro­vide free unlim­ited meals to its ath­letes start­ing next month. Division I schools include Iowa and Iowa State.