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  1. Johns had help in evading police, Johnson County investigators sayRead the original story w/Photo

    23 hrs ago | KCRG

    Johnson County Sheriff's Office investigators sought cellphone records for Kenneth Johns in an attempt to trace his whereabouts after he abducted his stepdaughter earlier this month. A search warrant affidavit shows that Johns, 48, of Coralville, had assistance getting from a field in Johnson County to Muscatine and from Muscatine to Davenport, but police do not know all the details of those trips.


  2. Additional charges filed against Kenneth JohnsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 18 | KCRG

    Johnson County and Coralville authorities filed additional charges against Kenneth Johns on Wednesday, including a kidnapping charge that could keep him behind bars for another 25 years. According to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Johns, 48, now faces charges of second-degree kidnapping, dominion/control of a firearm by a felon and carrying weapons in the March 7 abduction of his stepdaughter and the subsequent search, which triggered an AMBER ALERT.


  3. Police say Johns violated protective order from Johnson County JailRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 16 | KCRG

    According to a Coralville Police Department criminal complaint, around 1 p.m. March 11, Johns, 48, of Coralville, placed a call from the Johnson County Jail to his wife. Police said when the woman learned who was calling, she rejected the call.


  4. Mother of Amber Alert subject relieved, fearful of abductorRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 9 | KCRG

    The mother of a 10-year-old girl at the center of a weekend Amber Alert says she's relieved her daughter is safe and fearful of her husband and daughter's alleged abductor. “This man is vicious, he's violent, he's mentally unstable,” Shelly Johns, 44, said Monday.


  5. Suspect in Iowa Amber Alert wanted for weeks before abductionRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Mar 9 | KCRG

    Authorities had been searching for Kenneth Johns for weeks when he allegedly abducted his stepdaughter on Saturday, triggering an AMBER ALERT. However, Coralville Police Lt.


  6. Amber Alert canceled, suspect in custodyRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Mar 8 | KCRG

    The man accused of abducting his stepdaughter Saturday afternoon is in custody at the Scott County Jail awaiting a return to Johnson County where he will face domestic abuse and weapons charges. According to the Scott County Jail website and jail staff, Kenneth Eugene Johns, 48, was booked at the jail shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday.


  7. Amber Alert canceled, suspect still at largeRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Mar 8 | KCRG

    Authorities say an abducted girl from Solon has been found safe. In a news release, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says Brianna Crane, 10, was located early on Sunday morning and is in good health.


  8. Amber Alert: Missing 9-year-old girlRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Mar 7 | KCRG

    According to an Amber Alert issued by the Department of Public Safety and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, 48-year-old Kenneth Eugene Johns is accused of abducting Brianna Christine Elise Crane, 9, of Solon. Brianna is white, 4 feet tall, 85 pounds, with blondish-brown hair and hazel eyes.


  9. Tiffin council member Petersen resigns; council to consider plan for replacementRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2015 | KCRG

    With about three years left on his term, Tiffin City Council Member Mark Petersen has resigned, leaving the remaining council to decide whether to host a special election or appoint a new council member. Petersen announced the resignation in a Thursday letter to the council, and said Monday he would rather not comment on why he chose to resign, but thanked the council for their work.


  10. Later Starts For Schools? DOE Says Automatic Waivers Are FinishedRead the original story

    Dec 12, 2014 | KCRG

    The state's education chief Friday put Iowa school districts on notice that his agency will no longer grant automatic waivers to school officials requesting to begin classes earlier in August. Brad Buck, director of the Iowa Department of Education, said in a letter to school leaders that the policy change would take effect immediately for the 2015-16 school year.


  11. Driver dies in crash between car, Solon school busRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2014 | KCRG

    Crews work on the scene of a fatal accident between a car and a Solon Community School District bus at Ely Road and Highway 382 West in Solon on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Crews work on the scene of a fatal accident between a car and a Solon Community School District bus at Ely Road and Highway 382 West in Solon on Thursday, December 4, 2014.


  12. This time, there's no denying SolonRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 14, 2014 | KCRG

    Solon celebrates their victory over Mount Vernon in the Class 3A Championship at the 2014 Iowa Girls' High School State Volleyball Tournament at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Friday, November 14, 2014. Jordan Runge and Jordan Smith terminated with velocity and efficiency, and Solon swept Highway 1, Wamac Conference rival Mount Vernon, 25-13, 25-21, 25-20 for the Class 3A championship at the state volleyball tournament Friday afternoon at the U.S. Cellular Center.


  13. Solon, Mount Vernon volleyball set for another finals clashRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 13, 2014 | KCRG

    Solon's Jordan Smith and Josey Hajekin watch a ball hit by Nevada go out of bounds for a Spartan point a Class 3A semifinal during the 2014 Iowa Girls' High School State Volleyball Tournament at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, November 13, 2014. 'This is what we've wanted,' Solon Coach Peter Gustin said after the second-ranked Spartans conquered No.


  14. Mount Vernon, Solon sweep volleyball quarterfinalsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 11, 2014 | KCRG

    Solon players celebrate their class 3A quarter final win over Iowa Falls-Alden at the 2014 Iowa Girls' High School State Volleyball Tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center in northeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Solon won in three sets.


  15. CPU's Josh Yeager Named KCRG-TV9 Athlete of the WeekRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 30, 2014 | KCRG

    Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette Center Point-Urbana's Josh Yeager pulls away from Linn-Mar's Daniel Murphy at the Cedar Rapids Invitational cross country meet in September. He is the KCRG-TV9 Athlete of the Week.


  16. West Delaware ends Solon's title runRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 21, 2014 | KCRG

    West Delaware's Addison Brooks jumps in the air to celebrate while Solon's Grace Keith throws her hands up after West Delaware won a point near the end of the 2nd set o the WAMAC conference volleyball tournament championship match at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. The Class 4A second-rated Hawks proved themselves as the best team in arguably the state's best conference Tuesday night, sweeping their way to the championship at Mount Vernon High School.


  17. Polls Open for School ElectionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 9, 2014 | KCRG

    A classroom at Springville Elementary School in Springville, Iowa, on Wednesday, August. 27, 2014.


  18. Cedar Rapids tax increase for school buildings up for 2nd voteRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 7, 2014 | KCRG

    Voters will get a second chance to extend and increase the tax levy that will pay for less-than-flashy but what some say is much need school building upkeep. The school district is asking for a 10-year Physical Plant and Equipment levy, or PPEL, which officials pronounce as 'people,' at a rate of $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.


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