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Local news 9.26.2017

A former Spanish teacher for the Pella Community School District was sentenced last week to five years in prison for sexual exploitation, according to a statement released by Marion County Attorney Ed Bull.  Juan Carlos Munoz, 43 of Pella, had plead guilty to two charges of sexual exploitation by a teacher, pattern or practice or scheme in July. He received five year sentences for both charges, but they will run concurrently.  When Munoz is discharged from his sentence, he will be placed on parole for 10 years and placed on the sex offender registry, according to the county attorney’s office. Additionally, Munoz was ordered to not have any contact with his victims for five years and was fined for $750 for each count.

After a nearly 10-year absence, the Tracy Festival is making a return to south-central Iowa this Saturday.  On Saturday, October 30th the first Tracy Festival since 2008 will feature a 5K walk and run at 9 a.m.; at 10am the Kids Zone will open at the fire station ball diamond and be open until 4pm – for just $5 kids can get a wristband that allows them to use 2 different bounce houses along with other games and fun including the famous Balloon Darts trailer!  If you’re hungry you can enjoy a spaghetti lunch at the fire station from 11am to 1pm for a free will donation.  Community coffee time is at 2pm, and live music kicks off at 5:30 pm.  If you’d like more information check out the Tracy Festival Facebook page.

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