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ELLSTON, Iowa (AP) - Bargain hunters beware! A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners' land. Roger and Linda Dolecheck say in a Craigslist ad that the Ringgold County home will be torn down this winter if no one takes up their offer. The Des Moines Register reports that the Dolechecks have been trying for years for sell the house where they raised their four children.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa parolee charged with killing an Iowa City bail bondsman has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the case. Cedar Rapids television station KGAN reports that 41-year-old Curtis Jones entered the written plea Thursday. A criminal complaint accuses Jones of shooting 34-year-old Jonathan Wieseler in the head while committing a robbery on April 22. Police say Jones was seen on security video near the crime scene and that Wieseler's DNA was found in Jones' vehicle.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa parks are facing staffing shortages after years of declining funding to the state Department of Natural Resources. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that department officials announced layoffs and the dissolution of the forestry bureau in July. The Iowa Legislative Services Agency recorded that of the 68 state parks or recreation areas managed by the natural resource department, only 24 percent have two or more full-time employees.
CLIVE, Iowa (AP) - Police in the Des Moines suburb of Clive say the overnight robbery of a gun store and shooting range saw thieves steal 18 guns, including seven fully-automatic weapons. Police say the robbery happened around 10 p.m. Thursday at Rangemaster's Training Center. A review of security camera footage showed by two masked suspects breaking in and taking nine handguns, two semi-automatic rifles and seven automatic weapons.
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