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Three Jefferson teens are accused of a string of arsons this month that destroyed a school bus and garage and caused significant damage to an unoccupied building.
  • An 82-year-old Carroll man allegedly attempted to evict his tenant from a rental house on Monday without a court order and broke one of the tenant’s dishes, which led a police officer to charge him with criminal mischief. 
  • Meth-fueled chase ends in crash
    A 32-year-old Bayard man wanted for a parole violation and numerous crimes in central Iowa was arrested Tuesday near Coon Rapids after a three-county chase that reached speeds of 100 mph. 
  • Church window broken by rocks from spinning tires
    Someone broke out a large, entryway window of a Glidden church overnight Saturday by spinning a vehicle in circles in the church parking lot, and the vehicle’s wheels kicked some gravel rocks into the window. 
  • Carroll police will wear body cameras
    Carroll is joining a national law-enforcement trend with the addition of body cameras for its police force. 
  • A 30-year-old Carroll man allegedly stabbed a man he owes $10 as the two argued about the debt early Sunday morning, according to a criminal complaint. 
  • Former Denny’s owner dies saving teen
    A 56-year-old Carroll woman died Friday after she saved a 13-year-old boy from drowning at a lake about 80 miles north of Carroll. 
  • John Werden had just handed his daughter a $20 bill to go the movies Thursday night. Madison, 15, headed off with a friend to the Carroll 5. 
  • Inmate tore jail phone from wall
    A 32-year-old Carroll man who awaits his vehicular homicide trial yanked a jail telephone from a wall after he talked with his mother and was “having a bad day,” according to a jailer and criminal complaint. 
  • Four bars in Lake View and Wall Lake failed so-called “alcohol compliance checks” by the Sac County Sheriff’s office, which sent two minors to each of the bars on June 27 to attempt to buy alcohol while two officers watched. 
  • Woman abducts longtime friend’s children
    A 21-year-old Illinois woman — who had recently lived with a friend in Jefferson — took the friend’s two young children to Des Moines without permission and prompted a statewide search that ended with her arrest at a downtown hotel early this morning. 
  • Man convicted of murder attempts jailbreak
    The 20-year-old Denison man who was convicted last week of two murders allegedly assaulted on Monday a Crawford County jailer in a failed attempt to escape incarceration. 
  • Felon arrested for having handgun

    A 55-year-old Carroll man — who is a felon with a long string of criminal convictions and cannot, by law, possess a firearm — was arrested last week for allegedly having a loaded handgun in his vehicle.

  • Fatal house fire caused by cigarettes
    A Sunday night house fire that killed a 59-year-old man ignited in a plastic garbage can in which the man had discarded cigarette butts, according to the Lake View fire chief. 
  • Coon Rapids hit by playground fire, memorial vandalism
    The acrid smell of burned rubber hung in the air Thursday morning after a fire set Wednesday night destroyed the Fourth Avenue playground in Coon Rapids. 
  • Cayler retiring after 30 years as police chief
    Carroll Police Jeff Cayler, 56, the 30-year leader of a department in a city that consistently records some of the lowest crime rates in the nation, Tuesday afternoon announced his retirement effective June 8. 
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