An audit report released Monday was conducted on operations of the City of Muscatine at the City’s request as the result of concerns of misconduct by Diane Fry, former senior accounting clerk. The special investigation identified more than $18,000 that hadn’t been deposited into the city public housing and general fund accounts. Last month, Fry pleaded guilty to first-degree theft in association with the loss of monies due to her altering receipts and ledgers. Fry will be sentenced Friday, April 12, in Muscatine County District Court. The audit ran from July 1, 2008, through March 8, 2012.


A local man free on bail, after being charged in February with felony domestic assault and burglary, was sent back to jail Sunday morning, according to records filed at the Muscatine County Courthouse. Mike Fidencio Perez, 38, allegedly punched and kneed another man in the head and face causing facial fractures. Perez is being held in the Muscatine County Jail on $10,000 cash-only bond.

Gary Petersen of Muscatine was selected as a winner in America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Petersen had signed up for the opportunity to donate $5,000 to support the community. Petersen selected Muscatine County 4-H and Muscatine Ag Learning Center to receive $2,500 each. America's Farmers Grow Communities highlights the important contributions farmers make to society


A large-scale shadow puppet show about local Underground Railroad history will be held this weekend. A production of John Brown’s Journey will be presented by Eulenspiegel Puppet Theater and Friends on Sunday, March 24 at 2 and 4 p.m. at the New Strand Theatre in West Liberty. Tickets are $5.00. The show will focus on the dramatic story of John Brown's trip across Iowa with twelve escaped slaves.



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