Get ready for hot weather much of this week. The Weather Service says a large area of hot and humid air building over the plains will overspread this area today and tomorrow. Temperatures will reach well into the 90s with heat index values from 100 to 104 during the afternoon and early evening hours.


The State Judicial Nominating Commission has selected three nominees to fill the vacancy on the Iowa Court of Appeals that will occur when Chief Judge Larry J. Eisenhauer retires September 30th. Muscatine County attorney Alan Ostergren applied for the job did not make the cut.


An old Muscatine house will get more rehabilitation thanks to a grant. A $20,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs goes to Friends of Muscatine Historic Preservation to help restore the 130-year-old J.J. Shafnet house, 315 W. Second Street. The two-story, three-bay house is vacant. The first project the grant will pay for is reconstructing the house's foundation.


Friday was a busy day in Muscatine County District Court:

Twenty-five-year-old Antonio Gomez-Rios of West Liberty pled guilty to possession of contraband in a jail facility, a class “D” felony. Investigation by West Liberty Police showed that Gomez-Rios had been arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on a public intoxication charge. When officers booked him into the Muscatine County Jail on his warrant, jail staff discovered that he was in possession of a personal use quantity of cocaine. The court imposed a suspended sentence. Gomez-Rios was then turned over to immigration officers.


Eighteen-year-old Molly Maine of Muscatine was sentenced for criminal mischief in the second degree, a class "D" felony. Maine was arrested by Muscatine Police after damaging numerous motor vehicles with a pellet gun. Maine received a deferred judgment, was placed on supervised probation and ordered to pay victim restitution.


Forty-two-year-old Brandon Vandusen of Atalissa was sentenced for theft in the second degree, a class “D” felony. Vandusen was arrested by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Department after investigation showed that he had used a credit card owned by the Atalissa Volunteer Fire Department to make personal purchases. At the time of the thefts, Vandusen was a member of the fire department. The court deferred judgment, placed Vandusen on supervised probation and ordered him to make restitution.


Thirty-three-year-old Nathan Wagner of Muscatine was sentenced for possession of a controlled substance, third offense, a class "D" felony. Wagner was arrested by Muscatine Police on a warrant for parole violation. When arrested he was in possession of a personal use quantity of meth. The court imposed an indeterminate prison sentence of not to exceed five years. This sentence will be served consecutively to his parole violation.


They’re baaaack! From late-August through Labor Day, city, county and state police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Iowa, will run from now through September 8th.


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