NOTICE: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant(s) is/are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Wednesday, March 11

NOTICE: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant(s) is/are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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INDEPENDENCE – On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, a Buchanan County jury found Shane Allen Heins, 45, of Independence guilty of arson in the first degree and two counts of attempt to commit murder.

WADENA — An Arlington man is charged with multiple felonies after allegedly kidnapping a woman he knew from Wadena and attempting to kill deputies who were trying to put an end to a high-speed chase Friday afternoon on Fayette County Road W45.

DES MOINES – The Buchanan County Fair Association was recently issued a consent order by the Iowa DNR.

NOTICE: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant(s) is/are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

INDEPENDENCE – William James Gibson, 69, of Hazleton, Iowa, was sentenced to serve a prison term of 30 years in the Iowa District Court for Buchanan County on December 17, 2019.

INDEPENDENCE – David Lee Roy Smith, 57, of Oelwein, Iowa, was sentenced for burglary in the third degree as a habitual offender (felon), theft in the second degree as a habitual offender (felon) and criminal mischief in the fourth degree on November 26, 2019. Smith had been found guilty foll…

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INDEPENDENCE – On December 17, 2019, a Buchanan County jury found Hillary Lee Hunziker, 34, of Independence, Iowa, guilty of murder in the first degree.

PARIS (AP) — A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. France’s…

This November, the Independence Bulletin Journal will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War I (The Great War). To help us present this crucial point in history, and celebrate those who served our great nation, we would like to extend an invitation to the Independence community.