Mason City teen charged with first-degree burglary after home break-in

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City teen has been arrested on a burglary charge. Mason City police say officers responded to a home in the 800 block of 8th Northeast at about 11:38 on the night of December 27th after a report that up to three males forced their way into the home.One suspect allegedly held the adult female resident down while the other suspects stole items from the home. Police say the victim was alone and was strangled by her attacker, lost consciousness, and was also threatened that she would be stabbed.Police on Thursday executed search warrants on a vehicle in the 500 block of North Washington as well as a residence in the zero block of South Adams in connection with the robbery. 16-year-old Joseph Jaskiel was arrested at the South Adams location and charged with first-degree robbery, a Class B felony that could carry up to a 25 year prison sentence.Jaskiel was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail. Police say their investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.last_img read more

Mayor, council pass resolution encouraging Mason City residents to participate in 2020 Census (AUDIO)

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved a resolution affirming the city’s support and partnership with the 2020 Census. The Census is mandated by the United States Constitution to have the population counted every ten years, with the upcoming Census taking place in April 2020.Mayor Bill Schickel says it’s a civic duty for all residents to participate in the Census. “It will impact our public safety, our police department, it will affect our fire protection, the quality of our roads, the safety of our roads, because more than $700 billion in federal funds, this will determine how those are distributed. So if we all step up here in Mason City and make sure everybody is counted, we’ll get our fair share, so it’s really key.”Schickel asks all residents to fill out their Census form once they receive it. “I know some people are hesitant to participate, but all of it is confidential. I plan to fill out my Census form right away as soon as I get it, and I encourage everybody else to do that because it could make a huge difference for Mason City.”People can respond to the 2020 Census by mail, by phone or online. For more information on the upcoming Census, you can head to 2020census.gov.Schickel made his comments on the “Ask the Mayor” program earlier today on AM-1300 KGLO. Listen back to the program via the audio player belowlast_img read more

Mason City woman given suspended sentence for trashing Clear Lake hotel room

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A Mason City woman originally found incompetent to stand trial after being accused of trashing a Clear Lake hotel room has been found competent and has pleaded guilty in the case. 32-year-old Jennifer Lindquist was accused of breaking furniture, a window and an air unit while yelling and screaming out the window, as well as throwing articles out the window at the America’s Best Value Inn at 1306 North 25th Street in Clear Lake in the early morning hours of April 3rd. When officers arrived after responding at about 2:40 AM, Lindquist was the only person in the room, and they allegedly found a half-smoked marijuana roach on a counter near the door, as well as one gram of methamphetamine in her purse and on her person while being arrested. Lindquist was originally charged with second-degree criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. A competency hearing in June found that Lindquist was suffering from mental illness and borderline personality disorder, with Judge Adam Sauer committing her to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center for treatment. Sauer recently ruled that Lindquist was competent, with Lindquist then pleading guilty to an amended charge of third-degree criminal mischief. Sauer sentenced Lindquist this week to a suspended two-year prison sentence and placed her on two years probation.last_img read more

Putin condemns “unfair” IAAF ban

first_imgIn recent weeks, Russia has announced the introduction of new anti-doping measures, and recruited “50 foreign specialists” to tighten controls for athletes wishing to participate in the Olympics.“For the past six months, samples of our athletes have been analysed by foreign specialists. And these samples were analysed in foreign laboratories. Should we not trust them?” asked Putin.But in a damning verdict, the IAAF said on Friday that the Russian federation was “at least 18-24 months away from returning to full operational compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code”.Share on: WhatsApp The IAAF imposed the initial ban on Russia in November over state-sponsored doping and mass corruption, and first extended it in March on the grounds that the criteria set for reinclusion had not been met.Russia has over the past few months attempted to convince the IAAF that they are conforming to WADA requirements and deserve to return to the world athletics fold. #BREAKING Russia sports ministry ordered doping cover-up at 2013 worlds – WADA investigator— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 17, 2016Putin was speaking after the IAAF Council voted unanimously in Vienna to extend a ban on the Russian athletics federation from international competition, but left the door ajar for some track and field stars to compete in the Rio Games as neutrals.“Responsibility must always be individual and those who have no connection with these violations should not suffer,” said the Russian president who, even before the announcement of the decision, had denied all allegations of “organised stage doping” by Russia.“We ourselves are outraged when we’re faced with doping problems, and we work to ensure that those guilty are punished. But the clean athletes, as they say, why should they suffer? I really don’t understand,” said Putin.“I hope we find a solution, but that does not mean that we’re going to be offended and say that we’re not going to fight against doping. On the contrary, we’re going to strengthen our fight against doping.” President Vladimir Putin on Friday condemned as “unfair” the IAAF decision to extend a ban on the doping-tainted Russian athletics federation, saying he hoped a solution could be found to allow “clean” athletes to compete in the Olympic Games.“Of course it’s unfair,” Putin said during a meeting with journalists.“I’m assuming that we’ll have a discussion with our colleagues in the World Anti-Doping Agency and I hope a reaction from the International Olympic Committee,” he said of a decision which will prevent Russian athletes from competing in the Rio Olympics in August. IAAF extends ban on Russia, leaves door ajar for some track and field stars to compete at Rio Olympics as neutrals https://t.co/xbPuUyUTTU— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 17, 2016last_img read more

Uganda Cranes miss penalty in South Sudan CHAN draw

first_imgThe Cranes team that was held goalless by South Sudan. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAJuba, South Sudan | AFP |  Uganda had a goal disallowed and a penalty saved when drawing 0-0 with South Sudan Friday in an African Nations Championship (CHAN) second round, first-leg qualifier in Juba.Derrick Nsibambi had the ball in the net during the first half only to be ruled offside by the Eritrean referee.A foul on Milton Karisa soon after half-time gave Uganda a chance to take the lead at the national stadium in the South Sudanese capital.But regular scorer Geoffrey Sserunkuma had his spot-kick superbly saved by Daniel Khamis, which triggered sustained applause from the large crowd.Robert Wurube had a late opportunity to put South Sudan ahead foiled by a block from substitute defender Brian Majwega.South Sudan, who eliminated Somalia in the first round after home and away victories, visit Kampala for the return match next Saturday. The African Nations Championship — popularly known as the CHAN — is restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth.With many African national squads dominated by Europe-based stars, the CHAN offers international exposure to local footballers.Another eight qualifiers are scheduled for Saturday with a further six on Sunday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Hamilton, loving life, seeks last hurrah in Malaysia

first_img– Wolff warning –But Mercedes chief Toto Wolff warned Hamilton to stay focused as the championship is far from over.“We will need to be on top of our game at every track to maintain our lead,” said Wolff.“The last race was a strong reminder that sport always has the power to surprise. We have been on the receiving end of those bad memories before.”Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene vowed to keep the pressure on Mercedes. “Singapore doesn’t mean the battle is over,” he said. “Just that it has become more difficult.”Vettel will look to strike back on a track where alongside Schumacher he has the best record of any driver, with four victories. Hamilton’s lone Malaysian success came in 2014.A year ago Red Bull, who this week announced Aston Martin as title sponsor from 2018, benefited from Hamilton’s meltdown as they completed a one-two and they have been getting steadily stronger.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Lewis HamiltonKuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | Lewis Hamilton says he is “loving” his world championship battle with Sebastian Vettel so much that he has banished any thoughts of retirement as he heads into Sunday’s last-ever Malaysian Grand Prix.At Sepang a year ago Hamilton thought the world was against him, spouting conspiracy theories when his Mercedes engine exploded while leading, which handed a 23-point championship cushion to team-mate and eventual champion Nico Rosberg.It left the three-time world champion at such a low ebb that there were rumours he could retire.But a rejuvenated Hamilton this season broke Michael Schumacher’s record for career pole positions, and even spoke about attempting to match the German great’s record 91 race victories after his 60th win — and third in a row — in Singapore.“I definitely have thought about (retirement),” the Mercedes driver admitted on a British TV chat show at the weekend.“But then we’re in the heat of this battle right now and I’m loving it more than ever. It’s the greatest feeling ever so I’m going to keep going for as long as I can and see what I can do.”Hamilton’s calamitous luck of last season has turned full circle, epitomised by his win in Singapore 10 days ago after pole-sitter Vettel’s Ferrari was shunted by Max Verstappen and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen on a rain-sodden first lap.Hamilton, who started fifth on the grid, avoided the carnage and emerged victorious to extend his championship lead over Vettel from three to 28 points with six races to go, starting with Malaysia’s swansong.last_img read more

Rooney arrested for being drunk and swearing

first_imgThe 33-year-old forward came to the US capital last July, signing with DC United and taking the last-place Major League Soccer club into the playoffs in his first half-season with the squad.Rooney was the centerpiece of United’s marketing campaign as the team opened a new stadium, the English star saying upon his arrival he looked forward to the challenge and enjoyed the relative anonymity afforded by suburban life in America.His contract, which according to the MLS Payers Association pays him a salary of some $2.8 million plus revenue from bonuses and sponsorship, runs through the 2020 season.United open the 2019 MLS season on March 3 against Atlanta United. Pre-season training camp opens in two weeks.bb/djShare on: WhatsApp RooneyWashington, United States | AFP | Former England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month for being drunk and swearing in public and paid a $25 fine Friday, according to multiple reports Sunday.Court records obtained by Washington ABC 7 News and The Athletic showed that Rooney was arrested in Loudon County, Virginia, on December 16 for cursing and intoxication, a misdemeanor for which he was released from custody on his own recognizance before paying the fine and court costs on Friday.Rooney was arrested by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority at Dulles International Airport, which is located in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington.The former England captain apparently was at the airport after a trip back from Saudi Arabia. He had posted a photo of himself on December 14 from Riyadh at an event.“We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December,” DC United said in a statement issued to US media outlets, including the Washington Post.“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that DC United Will handle internally.”Rooney is serving a two-year UK drink driving ban stemming from a September 2017 arrest in England.last_img read more

Van Dijk says too early for Liverpool title talk

first_imgVictory at Bramall Lane also extended the club record for successive away league wins to eight and they have not lost away from Anfield in the league since that defeat at the Etihad nine months ago.“It’s the media who love statistics,” said Van Dijk. “The reality is we have nothing at the moment. We want to continue to do well and there’s still plenty of room for improvement.”Saturday’s match-winner Georginio Wijnaldum said Liverpool’s scratchy win at Sheffield United was an example of the progress being made under Klopp.Last season, when they missed out on a first top-flight title since 1990 by a single point, Liverpool drew seven matches, which included games against West Ham, Leicester and Everton.“You see we make progression with what we did,” said Wijnaldum. “Back in previous years we had to play good to win the games. Now we play bad and still win games.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: LiverpoolLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has dismissed the five-point lead they hold over title rivals Manchester City as irrelevant so early in the season.Jurgen Klopp’s side briefly extended their advantage to eight points after beating Sheffield United 1-0 in the early kick-off on Saturday but City beat Everton to reduce the gap.Even though Liverpool have a 100 percent record from their opening seven matches, Van Dijk stressed nobody inside the dressing room was giving it a second thought.The Reds know from recent experience that the situation can change quickly. They had a seven-point lead over City before the two met at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, only to lose as Pep Guardiola’s side began their fightback.“It’s far too early. We’re almost in October and the busy period will come,” said the Netherlands captain after Liverpool registered their 16th successive Premier League victory.“There are still so many games left and the only thing we focus on is the game ahead of us. We don’t want to look at the others because there’s no point doing that.“Everyone realises that as well because last season we saw how it turned quickly.”last_img read more

UPL: KCCA fluff chance again as they are held by Express

first_imgStalemate: The game Saturday ended 1-1 between the ‘yellows’ and visitors ‘reds’. PHOTO KCCA FC MEDIAKCCA 1-1 ExpressOnduparaka 1-1 Mbarara CityTooro United 2-0 PoliceWakiso Giants 1-1 KyetumeBright Stars 1-0 ProlineKampala, Uganda | THE UPL | Ten-man KCCA again fluffed the chance to capitalise on Vipers defeat to URA a day earlier as they laboured to a 1-1 draw with Express at the StarTimes Stadium on Saturday.The game was settled by a pair of penalties as both Mustafa Kizza and Frank Kalanda converted on 26 and 45 minutes for KCCA and Express respectively.For KCCA it was more than the two dropped points, they also lost their men Ramathan Musa, who was red carded on 44 minutes, and goalkeeper Charles Lukwago, who broke his arm.Victory for manager Mike Mutebi’s KCCA would have seen them cut the gap between them and leaders Vipers to two points.Now they are four behind at 46 with seven matches to go.Express, who had their man Disan Galiwango declared Man of the match, are 11th on 28 points.In the other games, Wakiso Giants and Kyetume also played out a 1-1 draw, same as Onduparaka and Mbarara City. Ali Feni and Gadafi Wahab scored for either side in the first mentioned match while Julius Malingumu and Brian Ahebwa got Onduparaka and Mbarara’s goals respectively.In Fort Portal, Tooro United were in fine form as they beat Police 2-0, Charles Musiige and John Byamukama scoring the goals.Elsewhere, Joseph Janjali scored the only goal as Bright Stars beat Proline.*****SOURCE: Uganda Premier League (UPL)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more