Authorities have released the name of the person who died from a fall at a state park over the weekend.

Just before 4:30am Saturday (Sept. 18), The Iowa Department of Natural Resources received a call, reporting that someone had died after falling from a bluff at Bellevue State Park.

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36 year old Iris Merfeld of Zwingle had been visiting an overlook, known as Pulpit Rock, when she fell about 150 feet from the bluffs, to the rocks below. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the preliminary investigation, authorities do not suspect foul play, however alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Assisting in the Iowa DNR investigation, are the Jackson County Sheriff, Iowa DNR, Belleville Police Department, and Maquoketa Police Department.


An Oelwein woman faces charges, after police received a report of an intoxicated person.

At about 3pm Monday (Sept. 20), Oelwein Police received a call from a local citizen, reporting a person who appeared to be under the influence, in the 100 block of East Charles.

Responding officers took 54 year old Brenda Steele into custody, for Public Intoxication, and Interference with Official Acts.


(from Associated Press):

An investigation continues into the death of a Linn County Jail inmate.

39-year-old Marshall Mosby of Dubuque died Friday night after complaining of chest pains. An autopsy is planned.

Mosby was being held in a federal drug case. Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner says inmates in a dormitory-style cell notified authorities around 9 p.m. Friday that Mosby needed medical attention. Staff initiated CPR and other measures to try and save him until EMTs arrived.

Gardner says jail staff had last checked on Mosby about 15 minutes before authorities were alerted.

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