When they went to the house on Sunset View Drive on Tuesday, deputies said they found Jackson, his 34-year-old girlfriend Amanda Schilt and her mother, Marlene Schilt, 58.

They also found a device called a re-encoder used to take information off the magnetic strips on payment cards, along with eight potted marijuana plants and two children, according to the Polk County Sheriffs Office.

Jackson told deputies the re-encoder, which was connected to a laptop, is his and uses it to make counterfeit debit and credit cards, according to the Sheriffs Office.

Deputies said Jackson had about 85 counterfeit cards made from information he got from the internet.

#xa0;Contributing to an IRA can help you build some of the resources you will need to enjoy a comfortable retirement. But what happens to your IRA if you don#x2019;t use it up in your lifetime?

You can still put the IRA#x2019;s assets to good use #x2014; as long as you#x2019;ve made the right moves and communicated your wishes clearly to your family.

When you opened your IRA, you should have named a beneficiary #x2014; someone who will receive the IRA assets when you pass away. You could also name a contingent beneficiary if the first beneficiary dies before you. These beneficiary designations are important because they can supersede the instructions left in your will.


My daughter handed her credit card to the cashier at the Galleria in Richmond Heights. The cashier didn’t swipe the card. She “dipped” it.

She stuck the end of the card into a slot in the machine, and left it there.

Chip technology, a security feature for credit cards, is rolling out in St. Louis. Soon we’ll all be dipping more and swiping less.

Banks are mailing out millions of new credit and debit cards with an embedded chip. The chip looks like a rectangle with squiggles near one edge of the card.

By the year’s end, 65 percent of cards in use will have chips, rising to 95 percent by 2017, says Carolyn Balfany, senior vice president...

Here are the 10 best cities for first-time home buyers, via WalletHub:
1. Overland Park, KS
2. Allen, TX
3. Centennial, CO
4. Broken Arrow, OK
5. Frisco, TX
6. Plano, TX
7. Carrollton, TX
8. McKinney, TX
9. Longmont, CO
10. Thornton, CO
174. St. Louis

Money Matters was born following the Federal Reserve’s 2015 Money Smart Week, an initiative that collaborates with organizations including libraries to focus on financial literacy. Library director Mike Kruse desired for the library to be a yea- round resource for financial education.

“The library has always been about promoting literacy, and financial literacy is certainly an important part of that,” he said. “With the amount and speed of change these days, most of us could use some valuable insights and training on how to make the most of our money.”

Kruse and Katie Sparks, Friendship State Bank branch manager in Batesville, gathered and brainstormed...


The search continues for two people Adel police say stole credits cards from a hospital employee.

The surveillance system inside Cook Medical Center caught the couple on camera.

Police say the man and woman went into an employees office, stole two credit cards and her ID, and went on a thousand dollar shopping spree in Valdosta.

This morning, I had several anonymous calls from people with names of both people, who they thought they may be, and more information is still coming in, said Adel Police Capt.. Jonathan Blake

Call Adel Police if you recognize the two.

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Money Matters: Tax benefits of owning rental property

By Chris Thornburgh

Heres a quick look at a few items of interest on money matters.


Seven in 10 parents believe university has become unaffordable for most people in the UK, research has found.

But while the report from HSBC found that 71 per cent of parents think university is unaffordable, nearly half (48 per cent) still believe their child needs an undergraduate degree as a minimum to achieve their life goals.

Some 352 parents from across the UK, who have at least one child aged 23 or younger who is currently or soon to be in education, were surveyed.


More than one in five (21 per cent) pensioners...

A good credit score can help you get approved for a mortgage or auto loan. Your credit score will also determine the interest rate you pay on your loans. Banks give much lower interest rates to people with high scores.And in some states, your credit score even impacts how much you will pay for auto insurance.

There are a lot of myths out there about how to improve your credit score. One of the most common is that you have to go into debt in order to have a good credit score. Almost every week at least one person asks me if they should borrow money on a credit card or personal loan to improve their credit score.

Here are two important facts that can help you save money and keep...

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A home in a neighborhood near Morgan Boulevard is shown in this image taken on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in Harlingen, Texas. A program for first time home buyers may assist with some of the costs of purchasing a house, if ap-plicants qualify. (Jason Hoekema/Valley Morning Star via AP)