The Drake Bulldogs return to non-conference action at home tonight against Central Michigan. The Chippewas are 3-0, their best start since 1980, and among their victories was a one-point win at Purdue last week.Drake coach Kurt Kanaskie says Central Michigan’s success starts on defense.Kanaskie says the victory at Purdue was a big milestone for Central Michigan as they have some new people who’re trying to fit in.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes pulled away from a seven-point halftime lead to down Georgia Tech 85-67 last night in the Big-Ten-ACC Challenge.Iowa coach Steve Alford says it was an incredible performance by his team. He says a good defense was a key to the win as his team was able to set the pace of the game.Tech center Alvin Jones had a game high 24-points but the Hawks held the Yellow Jackets to just six of 18 from three point range.Iowa freshman center Jared Reiner had eight-second half points and drew the assignment against Jones.Luke Recker led Iowa with 21-points while Reggie Evans had 17-points and added 15-rebounds.
A frozen treat with roots in western Iowa is featured in the new exhibit which opens soon at the State Historical Building. The exhibit is entitled “A Few of Our Favorite Things” and curator Jack Lufkin must have a sweet tooth. He’s put the “Eskimo Pie” on his list of “100 Creations of the 20th Century.” The treat was invented in western Iowa.Ice cream vendor Christian Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, had a child come in who wanted ice cream and a chocolate bar. Nelson thought it would be nice if he could sell the two, together, as one product.Nelson and Omaha candy-maker Russell Stover worked on the idea, and perfected it in 1921. A year later, one million Eskimo Pies were sold every day in this country.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the cases of illegal deer hunting appear to be on the increase this year. D-N-R Assistant Chief of Law Enforcement, Randy Edwards, says they been getting more reports of deer poaching.He says officers are finding more deer carcasses with the head or antlers removed, a sign of poaching. Edwards doesn’t have any explanation for the increase.He says the deer found are large bucks, but he says they don’t appear to be record breakers. Edwards says they’re using a variety of tools to catch poachers, including decoys and aircraft in areas where poaching has been found to be heavy. Evans says the public reports are the biggest help in catching poachers.Edwards says you should call your local conservation officer if you see illegal hunting. Or, he says you can call the poaching tipline at 515-532-2020. You may be eligible for a reward if your tip leads to an arrest.
Local law enforcement agencies are launching a new round of tobacco checks this week at the six thousand retailers across Iowa. A new state program will pay police departments 50-dollars every time they check a vendor for illegal tobacco sales.Lynn Walding is administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, which is spearheading the anti-smoking effort. Police will be sending underage people into convenience stores and other retailers, trying to see if they can purchase tobacco products. Walding says Iowa is closing in on its goal of zero-tolerance for retailers selling tobacco to minors.Walding says about one in three Iowa retailers were selling tobacco to minors in a check last year. He says that number has to be further trimmed, from 33 to 20-percent, or the state could lose millions of dollars in federal funds.A state report finds 37-percent of Iowa teens say they use tobacco products. Employees of three thousand Iowa retailers are taking courses over the Iowa Communications Network this week on the tobacco laws and sales procedures. The new statewide sting program will run from December through June.
It has been dubbed the “Miracle in the Mud” and in the wake of it the Central College football team prepares for the quarterfinal round of the division three national playoffs at home against St. Johns of Minnesota. The Dutch pulled off a stunning victory at Linfield of Oregon on Saturday in which Central ran for the winning touchdown in overtime after the Dutch had a game tying field goal blocked. Central coach Rich Kacmarynski says it was a fitting way to end the hard-fought game.This will be Central’s 13th game and Kacmarynski says at this point it has become a war of attrition.
The son of a popular Carroll High School teacher has pleaded guilty to drug charges. His mother will go to trial in January on similar charges.Yvonne Fielder says she found the marijuana after her son’s graduation party two years ago, put it in her jewelry box and intended to confront him about it, but forgot. Police found it during a search of her Glidden home. The mother and son were both supposed to go on trial this week but 20-year-old Jason Fielder pleaded guilty to charges of marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia. He’ll be sentenced later. Yvonne Fielder will now go to trial January 9th. Fielder taught school for 26 years, but was fired after her arrest.
Local law enforcement officials from across the state are going to class today. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is holding a two-hour training course on Iowa’s open records law. A-G spokesman Bob Brammer says the course was prompted by an Iowa newspaper survey, which showed many law enforcement agencies, broke the law by refusing to turn over public records. Brammer says 900 people will take the course at 65 sites on the Iowa Communications Network.Brammer says it’s not always easy to determine which records should be made public as there are also privacy laws that impact some public documents.He says the response to this course shows Iowa police and sheriff’s departments want to comply with the law.The course is being led by two Deputy Attorneys General.
After more than 30 years in law enforcement, a top cop in northeastern Iowa has died in office.The outgoing sheriff of Fayette County died Monday of a heart attack. Sheriff Virgil Smith was 63. Marty Fisher beat Smith in the June primary and won this month’s election. It’s unknown if Fisher will take office earlier than he was scheduled to in January. A decision is expected soon from the Fayette County Board of Supervisors.
A young Davenport mother faces the rest of her life in prison after being convicted Monday of murdering her toddler son. 23-year-old Sonia Rocha was found guilty of suffocating the 18-month-old boy, Erardo, last fall. She allegedly was angry because the boy and his sisters had messed up the house. Prosecutors say Rocha put the child in a sink filled with scalding water to try and make the death look like an accident. Scott County attorney Bill Davis says the defense suggested Rocha’s mother killed the baby, but jurors didn’t buy it.Rocha will be sentenced next month. She faces a mandatory life term.