A Muscatine man has been sentenced to 10 years, 10 months in federal prison. On April 7th, 2012, 46-year-old Robert Leslie Ranck was stopped by the Burlington police for a traffic violation. Police discovered that Ranck, a multi-time convicted felon, had a high-capacity, semi-automatic 9mm pistol. After being arrested and booked by police, Ranck was released on bond. Then on April 18th, 2012, Ranck was arrested in Scott County while making a delivery of six pounds of marijuana to a police informant. Police searched Ranck’s residence in Muscatine and found marijuana packaged for sale, marijuana plants, several firearms and ammunition.

A Friday afternoon fire destroyed two of six buildings and killed some pigs at a hog farm outside of Columbus Junction. Nearly 50 firefighters from several departments worked to put out the fire on the bitter cold day. No injuries were reported.

Voters in the Durant School District will vote tomorrow whether or not to approve a Revenue Purpose Statement. The Revenue Purpose Statement determines how the district can use the money from the state’s 1-cent sales tax, which has replaced the local option sales tax. Currently it’s used strictly for debt improvement and debt payment as allowed by law. The district wants to use some of the money to replace a 1959 boiler at the high school.

Voters in the Louisa-Muscatine School District also go to the polls tomorrow to consider doubling the voter-approved portion of the district’s Physical Plant and Equipment Levy from 67 cents to $1.34 per $1,000 assessed valuation beginning in 2015. The levy is used for building improvements and other capital expenses.

The city of Iowa City is studying traffic patterns at intersections that might get red light cameras. That's inspite of a local petition to ban the cameras and a move in the Legislature to ban or regulate them.


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