Press Association It is understood officers will patrol areas with a bid to cutting out graffiti – messages have previously been painted about the Munich air disaster and the death of ex-City midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe – while specially trained dogs will hunt for flares carried by supporters. Officers will also be given protective eyewear, although only to those on the segregation lines, while hand-held cameras will be used in the wake of key incidents such as goals. The police are also expected to increase public warnings in the days building up to the game. Greater Manchester Police is to increase security for next weekend’s Manchester derby, Press Association Sport understands. Trouble marred last December’s meeting between City and United at the Etihad Stadium, with visiting defender Rio Ferdinand hit by a coin before being confronted by a fan who managed to get on the pitch. The two sides meet at the same venue on Sunday, September 22 and safety measures will be ramped up in order to prevent any flare-ups.
MASON CITY — A Hampton man faces several charges after a pursuit in Mason City on Saturday morning. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy conducted a traffic stop shortly before 1 o’clock at 4th and South Pierce. They say 44-year-old Troy Wiebke sped away from the deputy at a high rate of speed with a pursuit going through northwestern Mason City, going through several parks and streets. The pursuit ended when Wiebke drove westbound on railroad tracks along South Pierce on the north side of Black Pit. Wiebke lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a group of trees. He then fled on foot, got into the water and attempted to swim away, and later had to be rescued from the pit with deputies and other officers swimming out to pull him to shore. Wiebke was charged with felony eluding, driving while barred, operating while under the influence, driving while revoked, driving under suspension and was also being held on a Floyd County warrant for failure to appear in court. read more