Latest Fort Dodge News

Inquiry clears Webster County deputy in shooting death

Sep. 17, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Attorney General's Office has determined a Webster County deputy was legally justified in the Aug. 4 fatal shooting of a woman near Fort Dodge, state officials announced Thursday. After reviewing an investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the attorney...

Handcuffed suspect takes off in squad car, officer fires gun

Sep. 16, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) — A deputy fired his weapon after being hit by his own squad car that had been commandeered by a handcuffed suspect, police in north-central Iowa said. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon near Eagle Grove when a Wright County sheriff’s deputy stopped a car being driven by...

Iowa man suspected of killing woman pleads not guilty

Sep. 15, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A man charged in the killing of his girlfriend’s mother in Fort Dodge earlier this year has pleaded not guilty in the case. Mark Russell, 29, of Fort Dodge, pleaded not guilty on Monday to first-degree murder in the January beating death of 45-year-old Angela McLeod, The...

Editorial Roundup:

Sep. 14, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

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Woman in prison for mosque fire pleads to vehicular homicide

Sep. 2, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge woman already serving a prison sentence for setting fire to an Iowa mosque three years ago has now pleaded guilty to causing a fatal 2018 crash. Aisha Ismail, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide by reckless driving for the July 2018 head-on crash on a...

Friday's Scores

Aug. 29, 2020 1:20 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= AGWSR, Ackley 72, Clarksville 20 Akron-Westfield 34, Hinton 19 Alburnett 34, North Tama, Traer 6 Ankeny 48, Ankeny Centennial 6 Assumption, Davenport 54, Davenport, West 0 Audubon 55, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton 0 Ballard 27, North Polk, Alleman 7 Bellevue 41, Northeast, Goose Lake 0 Benton Community...

Authorities identify Fort Dodge woman fatally shot by police

Aug. 9, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities have identified the Fort Dodge woman who was shot and killed by police last week. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said 39-year-old Melissa Halda was fatally shot by a Webster County Sheriff's deputy during the incident on Tuesday night. Halda was...

Fort Dodge woman fatally shot; police arrest husband

Aug. 6, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge woman has been shot to death at her home, and police have arrested her husband in the shooting after an overnight search for him. officials said. The shooting happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday, when officers were called to a Fort Dodge home for reports of a shooting....

DCI: Fort Dodge woman wielding knives fatally shot by police

Aug. 5, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge woman who was reported to be acting erratically while wielding knives has been shot and killed by police, Iowa state officials said. The shooting happened Tuesday night, after Webster County officials received a 911 call about the woman, according to a news release...

Fire officials say 1 woman found dead in Iowa apartment fire

Aug. 3, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A woman has died in an apartment fire in downtown Fort Dodge, authorities there said. The fire happened Sunday afternoon, when firefighters were summoned to Central Avenue for reports of smoke coming from an apartment, the Messenger reported. Arriving fire crews found heavy smoke in...