NORTHWOOD, IA (IRN) – A trial has begun for the owner of a northern Iowa dog breeding operation who’s been charged with several counts of animal neglect. KCCI-TV reports 66-year-old Barbara Kavars was allegedly holding Samoyed dogs in inhumane conditions. Officials say nearly 170 dogs were seized from the puppy mill and that many showed signs of neglect and were kept in filthy kennels. The dogs’ kennels lacked food and had water containers that were filled with ice. Kavars denied any wrongdoing and told officials she didn’t think the dogs needed additional care.
EAGLE GROVE, IA (IRN) – An arrest has been made in a July stabbing in Wright County. KIMT-TV reports the Eagle Grove Police Department found a man who had been stabbed in the chest and body with a screwdriver. A charge of attempted murder was filed Monday against David Hernandez, 30, of Webster City. DNA evidence identified Hernandez as the person who stabbed the other man.
POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa State Representative says there needs to be “a new zeal of urgency” to repair levees destroyed by flooding in western Iowa. Rep. Jon Jacobsen represents 17 townships in Pottawattamie County. The county is looking to the state’s Iowa Flood Mitigation Board for help. It’s already given emergency funds to other flooded towns, such as Hamburg and Pacific Junction. Jacobsen said now the focus needs to shift to Pottawattamie County, which needs millions to repair broken levees.
OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – An Ottumwa man was arrested at a local dollar store Friday after police say he exposed himself to a woman and her minor son. Nicholas Charles Sheehy, 23, told investigators he had seen someone do the same thing on the internet, and believed his actions would arouse the woman.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The marketing team behind the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, more commonly known as RAGBRAI, resigned Tuesday. In tandem with their resignation, the former staff announced a new bike ride, Iowa’s Ride, which is set to cross Iowa on July 19-25, the same week that RAGBRAI 2020 is scheduled.