APPANOOSE COUNTY — Authorities are asking the public to exercise caution after a Cedar Falls deer hunter was found dead over the weekend.

The Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday it had found the body of 31-year-old Curtis Ross, who went missing while hunting over the weekend.

An autopsy was conducted Monday at the Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny. Full autopsy results are pending laboratory tests, and the death is being investigated as a homicide, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

DCI official said the suspect or suspects are still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. With shotgun deer season approaching, authorities are asking for the public to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

Ross’s body was found in a remote rural area of Appanoose County in the public hunting land around Lake Rathbun at 115th Avenue near Sandy Branch, according to the DCI.

The case is currently under investigation by the Appanoose County Sheriff’s office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Appanoose County Attorney, Appanoose County Medical Examiner’s office, Office of State Medical Examiner and the Wayne County Sheriff’s office.

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.

Man arrested after Thanksgiving assault

WATERLOO — A Waterloo man who was shot twice and stabbed after allegedly attacking family members with a board on Thanksgiving has been arrested.

Waterloo police arrested 58-year-old Darrell Anthony Reasby, of 1910 Plain View St., on Sunday after he was released from the hospital. He was arrested for domestic assault with intent to inflict injury and domestic assault with a weapon. His bond was set at $5,000.

Witnesses told police Reasby attacked his sister, Marina Caradine, and niece, Jaleesa Caradine, with a piece of lumber that had screws jutting out from the wood, records state. Reasby’s sister shot him in self defense, a struggle ensued where he attempted to disarm her, and the niece stabbed him in the back while he was fighting with the sister, according to court records.

Police and medics were called to the home about 10:50 p.m., and Reasby, who had two gunshot wounds to a leg and a stab wound, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Ossian man dead in Fayette County crash

WEST UNION — An Ossian man is dead following a single-vehicle crash near West Union on Saturday.

Karl Zweibahmer, 73, was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle that left the roadway on Juniper Road, and he was later pronounced dead at Palmer Lutheran Hospital, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, 68-year-old Jean Mary Zweibahmer, was driving a 2005 Buick Rainier CXL south on the road around 8:40 a.m. when she apparently lost control, and the vehicle spun and entered a ditch, deputies said. She also was taken to Palmer for treatment.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the West Union Fire Department, TriState Ambulance and Clermont Ambulance, and the accident remains under further investigation.

No injuries in

Bremer tractor crash

READLYN — An 11-year-old escaped injury while driving a tractor that was sideswiped in a Thursday accident.

The youth was driving a Case IH tractor pulling a flatbed trailer east on Highway 3 when a Jeep Patriot attempted to pass the tractor near Piedmont Avenue, according to the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office.

The tractor began to turn as the Jeep passed, and the Jeep sideswiped the tractor, deputies said.

No injuries were reported, and the Jeep driver, 70-year-old Duranda Hansen of Oelwein, was cited for unsafe passing, deputies said.

Burglary at fireworks store investigated

WATERLOO — Police are investigating a break-in at a closed fireworks store.

The burglary was discovered at Crossroads Fireworks, 2019 Crossroads Blvd., about 7:45 a.m. Monday, said Capt. David Mohlis with the Waterloo Police Department.

The suspects broke a front window, entered the business and grabbed fireworks before the alarm scared them off. They fled, dropping some along the day, Mohlis said.

“They didn’t hardly get anything, but they broke a perfectly good window out of our door. Our security cameras are being installed today — they were sitting on a table but didn’t get stolen — so if anything like this happens again, we’ll have video,” said Matt Reisetter, who operates the store.

The business opened in the summer, and will resume operation Dec. 10 until Jan. 3.

Firefighters find body following garage fire

REINBECK (AP) — Firefighters in north-central Iowa say they found a body in a garage after putting out a fire.

The fire was reported a little after 11 a.m. Sunday in the Grundy County community of Reinbeck.

The identification of the body awaits an autopsy. The fire cause is being investigated.

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