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Midwest Alert: Escaped Quadruple Murderer Still At Large

Michael Elliot  -

(ABC News) - A convicted quadruple-murderer is on the loose this morning after escaping
from prison in Michigan. Corrections officials also confirm to ABC News that Michael Elliot also abducting a woman.

Officials say Elliot escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility Sunday around 9:30pm before driving to Indiana. Elliot abducted a woman with a knife or box cutter before driving with her
to Elkhart, Indiana, where they stopped for gas. It was there that the woman was
able to escape and call 911. However, Elliot remains at large.

Michigan State Police said officials are looking for the woman's red 2004 Jeep Liberty 4-door. While no official account of Elliot's escape has been given, Michigan Department of Corrections confirms to ABC News that prison officials discovered a hole in a fence of the grounds.

Elliot was convicted of murdering 4 people on Aug. 8, 1993 and is serving 4 life sentences.
 

Large Amount of Drugs, Weapons & Money Confiscated in Mason City

Micheal Jones & Brittney Jackson  - Photo: Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office

(ABC 6 News) - A large amount of ice methamphetamine, marijuana and a large sum of money were confiscated in Mason City early Sunday morning.

A search warrant was executed at 777 South Eisenhower Avenue, Lot 321. Authorities say they found the drugs and money inside, along with numerous guns.

Michael Jones was arrested and charged with five felonies, including possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Brittney Jackson was also arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.  Both Jones and Jackson were transported to the Cerro Gordo County Jail and held on bond. Jackson has since bonded out.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Department, North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Mason City Police Department were all involved.

The case is still under investigation. 

Iowa Man Arrested After Fight over PB&J Sandwiches

Brothers fight over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. - MGN

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police say an Iowa man was arrested after he pulled a knife on his brother during a fight over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The Des Moines Register reports  that Jerome Davis was arrested on Friday after the confrontation with his brother in their Des Moines home. Both men are in their 50s.

Davis' accuser told police he was angry because he believed his brother was eating too many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Davis allegedly made three sandwiches and ate them in their living room, and made another less than an hour later.

A police report says the brothers began to argue about laziness and over-eating. Davis allegedly pulled out a folding knife and held it his brother's face.

Davis was charged with domestic abuse with a weapon.

General Foods Heiress Killed in Honduras

(/ABC News) - The great-granddaughter of the General Foods Inc. heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was found stabbed to death in her luxury Honduras spa, law enforcement officials told the Associated Press.

Nedenia Post Dye, 46, was found stabbed in her spa on the resort island of Roatan, Honduras on Dec. 22.

State Task Force Recommends Major Overhaul of MN Sex Offender Laws

ST. PAUL, MN (AP) - A state task force is recommending a major overhaul of Minnesota's laws governing sex offenders with a goal of creating more options to get them out of forced, indefinite treatment.
    
The panel chaired by a former Supreme Court chief justice released recommendations to the Legislature on Monday. It says the Minnesota Sex Offender Program "captures too many people and keeps many of them too long."
    
Among its recommendations is a centralized state screening process for enrollment in the program, and more frequent judicial review of patients' cases. It also calls for the state to line up and fund legal representation for patients.
    
How to handle Minnesota's unusually large population of civilly detained sex offenders has been a thorny political issue and is likely to be on the Legislature's 2014 agenda.

Trial Postponed for Iowa Man in Toddler's Death

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Trial has been postponed for a man charged in the 1994 killing of a toddler who disappeared from his bed in Mason City.           

Michael Cisneros had been scheduled to go on trial on first-degree murder charge on Oct. 22. Cisneros waived his right to a speedy trial. The trial will be rescheduled to a later date.           

Cisneros is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $500,000 bond.           

Cisneros is accused of killing 20-month-old John Joseph Snyder Jr. His father reported him missing on July 20, 1994. The little boy's body was found a day later, snagged on a tree in nearby Willow Creek.           

City On Alert After String Of Home Invasions

City On Alert After String Of Home Invasions

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A North Iowa community is on alert after police say they’ve received numerous reports of strangers entering people's homes.

In Osage, Iowa, where many locals say they feel safe enough to leave their doors unlocked, police say a half dozen people have reported a stranger entering their home in recent weeks.

In each case, the stranger claimed they were simply looking for someone and then left without incident.

But police aren't buying the intruder’s story.

“They possibly could be trying to burglarize the home, or looking for some type of drugs or any items that they could possibly pawn,” said Lt. Jeremiah Johnson of the Osage Police Department.

Finding someone in your home is a scary situation for anyone, but especially for disabled or elderly people like Zack Hoffmann's grandmother, who recently found herself face-to-face with an intruder.