Saturday, June 12, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines rescue crews launched a water rescue Friday after a man reportedly jumped into the Des Moines River. Authorities had not reported a person being found as of 11 p.m.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Former Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven asserts in a new lawsuit that Governor Kim Reynolds and her senior staff forced him out as Iowa Department of Human Services director “because he refused to engage in illegal activity,” and to prevent him from seeking legal advice about possible misuse of federal Medicaid funds.

LAS VEGAS, NV (IRN) – Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday signed a law that would make Nevada the first state to vote in the 2024 presidential primary contests, bumping Iowa and New Hampshire from their leadoff spots. Signing the law is a gamble. It’s likely to set off maneuvering by other states, especially Iowa and New Hampshire, to move up their contests.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Employees at a credit union in Dubuque had quite a surprise Friday morning. A black bear walked by the building. It is the second sighting of a bear this month.

Friday, June 11, 2021

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – An Ottumwa woman is out on bond after police said she threatened to blow up the Wapello County Attorney’s Office. Court documents state 30-year-old Sierra Smith made the threat on May 25 and was arrested Wednesday. She reportedly entered the lobby and started yelling at employees. Smith allegedly said “this place needs blown up and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.” She was charged with threat of incendiary or explosive device, a class D felony.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Two children were injured after a scooter they were on crossed into a busy street and hit a car in Cedar Rapids. The boys, ages 8 and 12, were riding the same scooter in an alley Wednesday afternoon. The scooter didn’t stop at a stop sign when it was hit by a car. The boys have life-threatening injuries.

ANKENY, IA (IRN) – An explosive device was found and explosions were heard in an Ankeny neighborhood near an elementary school. The device was homemade, and police asked neighborhood residents to be on the lookout for suspicious devices. An 8-year-old girl found the device while playing outside.

WEBSTER COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A Webster County man is in jail facing a long list of charges including child pornography. A citizen tipped off the Webster County Sheriff’s Office this week that 35-year-old Joseph Hardy of Barnum possessed child pornography, illegal drugs and weapons. Hardy is being held in the Webster County Jail.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the 2021 state baseball tournament will take place outside of Des Moines. The 2021 tournament will be held in two locations: Merchants Park in Carroll and the University of Iowa’s Duane Banks Field in Iowa City. Class 1A and 2A games will take place in Carroll. Class 3A and 4A games will be held in Iowa City. The IHSAA said it moved the tournament from Des Moines’ Principal Park due to conflicting dates with new Minor League Baseball schedules.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The drought is worsening in western and central Iowa. The National Drought Monitor reports on June 10th, that drought conditions have expanded out of northern Iowa and further into central Iowa, including the Des Moines Metro. The severe drought continues to expand in northwestern Iowa. Dry conditions are developing across southwest and southern Iowa.

VAN METER, IA (IRN) – Nine Iowa unclaimed veterans and two spouses will be laid to rest on June 18 at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. The group consists of Army, Navy and Marine Corps veterans whose bodies were unclaimed by family.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A 30-year-old woman was hurt after she was pushed out of a vehicle and onto a roadway Wednesday night in Cedar Rapids. Police are investigating.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Dubuque county officials are concerned about low water levels in the Mississippi River. Low water levels cause problems with siltation, and makes it difficult for boaters to enter the river from existing boat ramps. Where boaters do enter, they run aground more often.

AMES, IA (IRN) – Iowa State Athletics announced they plan to allow full capacity for Iowa State football games this fall. Jack Trice seats 61,500 fans. Last season, they kept seating down to one-fourth capacity because of the pandemic. The first game of the season kicks off on Sept. 4 against the University of Northern Iowa.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

IOWA (IRN) – Two Iowa colleges have been hit with lawsuits seeking tuition refunds after COVID-19 shutdowns. Wartburg and St. Ambrose join approximately 300 schools across the country facing similar lawsuits.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa traffic enforcement officials are cracking down on motorists speeding, driving while drunk or distracted by cellphones in an effort to slow the rising traffic fatality rate. Iowa State Patrol troopers have recently reported some of the most dangerous driving behaviors in the 85-year history of the patrol. Excessive speed and impaired driving skyrocketed last year, pushing traffic fatalities higher than the previous year even as the pandemic reduced road traffic volume by 12%.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Rapids police officers helped a woman last night until EMT’s arrived after they found her suffering from a gunshot wound. An investigation is underway.

LAS VEGAS, NV (IRN) – Republicans in the four early presidential nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada on Tuesday jointly opposed a Democratic push in Nevada to make the Western state the first to hold a primary. The move comes as a bill that would push Nevada up from the third-in-line caucus state to the first-in-the-nation primary sits on the Nevada Democratic Governor’s desk.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Students taking in-person courses at Des Moines Area Community College will return to school today following a cybersecurity breach on campus, but online classes will remain canceled.