MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 33-year-old woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for starting a fire in a Mason City apartment building. Jacque Paulsen was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to a reduced arson charge. Investigators say the fire was set in April inside an unoccupied apartment.
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - A 53-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced for stealing dozens of brass vases from an eastern Nebraska cemetery. Gary Hostetter of Carter Lake was given 20 to 60 months in prison on Monday after pleading no contest to a theft charge. Prosecutors say Hostetter admitted taking 45 vases from Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Nebraska, earlier this year.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A West Des Moines official says a utility employee is off the job after falsifying a water sample report. Water Works manager Diana Wilson says a longtime treatment plant employee left the utility on Monday. Wilson says the man lied when he said a water sample was safe after it tested positive for harmful bacteria.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City's public works director says officials are moving forward with a $300,000 plan to fix a city trail. Construction on the Floyd River Trail could start as early as next spring. The north trailhead was blocked off five years ago when railroad tracks were built across the path. Officials say a tunnel can be constructed beneath the tracks to divert pedestrians and cyclists.
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