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Body Found in Waterloo

A woman’s body was found by a mushroom hunter over the weekend in northeast Waterloo. Waterloo Police began a death investigation late Sunday afternoon after morel mushroom hunters found a body in a field east of Logan Avenue and East Donald Street. It appeared to investigators that the body had been there for quite some time. It’s not known if any foul play is suspected. The body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for an autopsy and police are waiting on the results.
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Waterloo Council Approves Police Chief’s New Contract

The Waterloo City Council Monday night approved a new four-year contract for the city’s police chief. The vote was 6-1 for the new contract, which would make Waterloo Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald the second-highest-paid Police Chief in the state. The new contract gives him an annual salary of $165,000. This is a boost in base pay of over $23,000. Under the terms of the new contract, Fitzgerald would receive one year’s severance pay with full health benefits should he be terminated from the position. Councilman Dave Boesen cast the lone no vote against the contract, partly on the severance pay issue.
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Oklahoma Daily

OU basketball: 2023 recruit Sahara Williams commits to Sooners

Oklahoma received a commitment from Waterloo West High School forward Sahara Williams on Tuesday. This past season, Williams averaged 19.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and four assists per game. In three years at Waterloo West, Williams tallied 1,169 points, 502 rebounds, 274 assists and 231 steals. The junior forward led the...

W-SR Changes Course in Conference Search

The Waverly-Shell Rock School Board voted unanimously Monday night to rescind its recent vote to apply for the Mississippi Valley Conference. The board then voted unanimously to have boys and girls wrestling apply to join the MVC and all other sports join the WaMaC. Letters will be sent to both conferences. The board changed course because the coaches overwhelmingly support joining the WaMaC while wrestling desires to compete in the MVC.

Former Cedar Falls standout Anaya Barney announces transfer to Coastal Carolina

Photo courtesy Coastal Carolina athletic communications. Former Cedar Falls High School basketball standout Anaya Barney has announced that she will be transferring to Coastal Carolina. Barney had a record-breaking career at Cedar Falls before committing to UNI. She red-shirted her only season with the Panthers before entering the transfer portal...

Waterloo Police Chief Is Sticking Around…For Now

After some back and forth between the Waterloo City Council and the police chief, it looks like Joel Fitzgerald will be sticking around for the time being. News broke earlier this month that Waterloo Chief of Police Joel Fitzgerald was. a finalist for a different law enforcement position. Reports claim...

'Change the culture of aging': What you can learn about dementia inside a Cedar Falls house

CEDAR FALLS — Five minutes is plenty of time for those trying out what it's like to live with dementia.  Once-familiar carpeted hallways transform into a maze with no solution. Locating a coffee cup, feather duster or book laying about the house feels cumbersome; remembering what you planned to do with those items is worse.  By altering sight, sound and touch, the "dementia simulation...

5.17.22 – Metro baseball & soccer results

Cedar Falls won a doubleheader at Cedar Rapids Jefferson by scores of 8-3 and 10-4. Dubuque Wahlert swept a doubleheader from Waterloo West, 11-3 and 12-0. And Western Dubuque won a pair of games from Waterloo East by scores of 5-0 and 10-0. Last night in Metro High School Soccer;

Finalist for Public Safety Director

The City of Cedar Falls has announced the three finalist for the Public Safety Director position. The position became available after Jeff Olson announced his retirement in March. The finalists include Craig Berte, who is the current Acting Public Safety Director. He is a graduate of UNI and has been in law enforcement since 1991. Lynn “Al” Fear Jr. is currently the Director of Mobile Medical Stimulation at the University of Iowa and the Founder of Guardian Training Services. He is a graduate of Fort Hays State and was on the police forces in Cedar Rapids and Coralville from 1995 to 2020. Mark Howard is a UNI grad and is currently the Acting Police Chief in Cedar Falls. He has been with Cedar Falls Public Safety since 2007. Prior to that he was an officer in the Waverly Police Department for a decade.

Visitor Center Restrooms at Memorial Park Closed

Due to repeated vandalism at the visitor center restrooms in Memorial Park, the restrooms will be closed until further notice. City Staff has had to clean up and repair damages to the restrooms multiple times in recent weeks. Unfortunately, until this issue can be resolved the restrooms will be closed to the public. Park patrons are encouraged to use the restrooms at the Droste shelter, or otherwise plan accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We ask citizens to keep an eye out for public properties and if you see vandalism in action, please contact the police as soon as possible.

Kids Kingdom Closed for Staining May 26 & 27

Kids Kingdom Playground will be closed from 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 26 until 1:00 PM on Friday, May 27. Volunteers will be staining the playground. Please obey “closed” signs and barricades. Additional volunteers are welcome to help with the staining project. If you are interested in volunteering to help stain Kids Kingdom, contact Waverly Leisure Services at 319-352-6263.
Radio Iowa

Jury returns guilty verdict in shooting death of State Trooper

The jury took less than three hours today to reach a verdict in the trial of 42-year-old Michael Lang of Grundy Center. Lang was accused of shooting and killing Sergeant Jim Smith during a standoff last April. Judge Joel Dalrymple read the verdict sheet. “In the District Court for Grundy County concerning count one the verdict form reads — we the jury find the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree.”

Man convicted of murder in killing of Iowa state trooper

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — A jury on Monday convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Iowa State Patrol trooper last year. Michael Lang, 42, was also found guilty of attempted murder and assaulting a police officer for his actions on April 9, 2021, that killed 51-year-old patrol Sgt. Jim Smith in Grundy Center, a city of nearly 3,000 people about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northeast of Des Moines. He faces a mandatory term of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he’s sentenced.

Denver & Columbus Regional Soccer on KWAY

Listen Wednesday night to Girls Class 1A Regional Soccer on the KWAY Sports Network. On Y99.3 the Columbus Catholic Sailors host Clayton Ridge, pre-match at 4:45 and kickoff at 5:00 and on KWAY Country AM 1470 FM 96.3 the Denver Cyclones host North Fayette-Valley, pre-match at 5:45 and kickoff at 6:00. Tonight’s winners play each other on Tuesday in Denver.
Sioux City Journal

Jesup man charged with beating seagulls with shovel

CEDAR RAPIDS -- On Nov. 5, 2021, Marco Island Police initiated an investigation into animal abuse after a report that a male suspect was hitting seagulls with a shovel. According to television station KCRG, police arrived on scene and found that one of the seagulls struck by the shovel received a broken wing and was no longer able to fly. It was later euthanized from the severity of its injuries. The bird is a protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Sioux City Journal

Lang found guilty of first-degree murder in Iowa trooper slaying

WEBSTER CITY — A Hamilton County jury has found a Grundy Center man guilty of first-degree murder for killing Sgt. Jim Smith during a standoff at his home in 2021. Jurors also found Michael Thomas Lang, 42, guilty of attempted murder for shooting at the driver of an armored vehicle and of assault on an officer for struggling with a Grundy Center police officer during a traffic stop before the standoff.