Quick news: Authorities searching for missing Creston female

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT

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Iowa authorities are actively searching for a 23-year-old female from Creston.

Brooke Carter was reported missing to the Creston Police Department Sunday. According to a Creston Police report, the last contact family and friends had with Brooke was Sunday around 1 p.m. while she was driving from De Soto back to Creston.

Brooke is 5-foot, 8-inches tall, 128 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. If you have any information in this case, contact Creston Police Department at 641-782-8402 or missing persons information line at 1-800-346-5507.

Freezing rain advisory today

National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a freezing rain advisory effective 6 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Friday. Drizzle will develop in the evening and persist overnight. Total ice accumulation is estimated at less than 1/10 of an inch.

"People need to be aware of this advisory and be especially careful around bridges, culverts and underpasses," said Jo Duckworth, emergency management coordinator in Union County. "Those areas will freeze first and conditions will get worse later tonight. Anyone planning to travel tonight should be very cautious and monitor the roads closely."

NWS reports another system is expected Saturday evening into Sunday morning that could bring a combination of ice and moderate snow.

Creston man charged with child porn offenders

A Creston man was sentenced to prison time during a child pornography investigation along with four other men.

Michael Hanold, 35, 2229 High and Dry Road (last known address), was sentenced Aug. 28 to 48 months in prison after being charged with possession of child pornography Dec. 18, 2012, during an investigation in child pornography crimes.

Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, announced the conclusion of the multi-agency investigation of Internet-related child pornography crimes in the Southern District of Iowa.

The investigation, spearheaded by Homeland Security Investigations in Des Moines, centered on the trading of child pornography pictures and videos on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. Five defendants, including Hanold, were charged and convicted in separate prosecutions. The other four defendants and their sentences were:

• Francisco Zayas of Marshalltown, 240 months • Monroe Wardlow of Grinnell, 96 months • Enrique Guzman of Osceola, 80 months • William Trimble Jr. of Albia, 60 months

Hanold is being held at the federal correctional facility in Milan, Mich.

After serving their terms of imprisonment, each defendant will be required to serve a term of supervised release of at least five years and to register as a sex offender.

Other law-enforcement agencies assisting with the operation included Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Iowa police departments of Albia, Creston, Grinnell, Marshalltown and Osceola.

The cases were prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa as part of its "Project Safe Childhood" initiative.

YMCA Jumpstart Jam

The Southern Prairie YMCA's Jumpstart Jam kicks off 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4. The free event allows visitors and members to sample fitness classes, swim in the pool and take part in a variety of games and activities.

"We did our open house last year and it was very successful," said YMCA Welcome Center Supervisor Raquel Linch. "It gives people a chance to try a variety of different fitness classes and not feel the pressure of committing."

The event will also feature drawings for memberships and personal training sessions, a silent auction, child care and sign up for the smartest loser challenge.

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