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Waterloo police search an area of Newell street while investigating gunfire in the area of Hope Avenue and East Arlington Street on Wednesday.

CEDAR FALLS – The family of a Cedar Falls hunter who was found dead in Appanoose County over the weekend is urging hunters to use caution.

The family of Curtis Ross issued a statement Wednesday saying, “The family is reaching out to the communities because of the amount of hunters that go to this area and want everyone to stay safe and on the lookout. Family asks for understanding and respect for their privacy at this time.”

Family members also wanted to express thanks for all involved.

Ross, 31, was found in a remote rural area of Appanoose County in the public hunting land around Lake Rathbun, according to the DCI. An autopsy was conducted Monday, but the results are pending laboratory tests.

DCI officials said they are treating the death as a homicide.

The public is being asked for help in the investigation, and anyone with information is asked to call the Appanoose County Law Enforcement Center at (641) 437-7100.

Waterloo police

investigate gunfire

WATERLOO – Waterloo police are investigating gunfire that occured Wednesday night.

Details weren’t available, but officers were called to a report of gunshots around 5 p.m., and authorities found a spent shell casing on Hope Avenue near East Arlington Street.

No injuries were reported, and authorities haven’t discovered any damage.

Two sentenced

in attempted robbery

WATERLOO – Two men have been sentenced in connection with a botched plot to stick up a check cashing business in March.

Patrick Earl Sumerall Jr., 22, of Waterloo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and carrying weapons, and was sentenced Monday to up to 10 years in prison.

Preston Floyd Brown, 21, of Waterloo, was granted a deferred judgment with two year’s probation and 90 days on work release after pleading to similar charges Nov. 13.

Authorities said Sumerall, Brown and two others had been involved in a plan to rob Check Into Cash, 2144 University Ave., on March 4, but Waterloo police officers stopped their vehicle and found a BB gun, a pistol, rope, duct tape and masks.

Cody Leigh Carson of Evansdale pleaded and is scheduled for sentencing in December, and Brian John Bennett of Waterloo is awaiting trial.

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