Sunday, May 16, 2021

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Two women were injured and one man is dead in an early morning shooting Saturday in Waterloo. The man was found collapsed in a gravel alley. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The women’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

IOWA (IRN) – Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health showed the state hit another grim milestone Saturday, with the overall death toll in the state surpassing 6,000 since the start of the pandemic last year.

JEFFERSON, IA (IRN) – There was a second explosion at a grain elevator Saturday night in Jefferson.On Friday morning, there was an explosion at Landus Cooperative. Landus said smoldering grain in a self-contained bin located next to the grain elevator led to the dust explosion. A second, smaller explosion occurred at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Authorities said there were no injuries in either explosion.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A prominent New Orleans-based national steakhouse chain is coming to Iowa. Ruth’s Chris Steak House will begin construction on a 9.5-acre multi-use development at the corner of Jordan Creek Parkway and Ashworth Road in West Des Moines this fall.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

POLK COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Two people had to be rescued from a car that crashed off a bridge in Polk County Friday evening. The driver of the car lost control and crashed into a guard rail on a bridge. The car took a nosedive to the ground below, and the passenger was impaled through the torso by one of the wooden guard rails. The injured passenger was conscious and alert throughout most of the incident and is in critical condition.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man who said the state should refund a $465 fine he paid for a speeding ticket following another high court ruling that certain officers could not issue such tickets. Friday’s ruling likely means Iowa is off the hook for refunding millions of dollars in fines from tickets wrongly issued by Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers.

MARION, IA (IRN) – Students and parents in the Marion Independent School District are asking officials to end the year sooner than scheduled. Currently, the school year is set to end June 11, the second week of the month, versus the usual first week of June. A petition to get the school year to end at its usual time has more than 500 signatures.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The new recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health on Friday said schools should let parents and students make their own decision about wearing face masks.

Friday, May 14, 2021

HARLAN, IA (IRN) – Parents in Harlan are suing their school district over its mask mandate. The parents say they’re frustrated with Harlan Community Schools as they say other districts in the area are ending their mandates. This comes as the CDC said fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask in most indoor places.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A 35-year-old woman with multiple warrants for her arrest fled from police at a high rate of speed in Des Moines yesterday resulting in a three-vehicle crash. A 53-year-old man was critically injured in the crash and died from his injuries. The woman was taken into custody.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A judge has dismissed a rarely used felony leak charge against a Black Lives Matter activist in Iowa who gave a confidential police bulletin to a television news reporter. The judge found that protester Viet Tran didn’t break the law when he gave the Des Moines Police Department bulletin to a television reporter.

GRUNDY COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The Grundy County Board of Supervisors is halting the expansion of wind energy generation, passing a moratorium on any new wind turbine construction. The action comes after citizens started a petition to halt a proposed new project.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (IRN) – Jerry Burns, a former University of Iowa football coach, has died at age 94. Burns was an assistant coach at Iowa in 1954 and took over as head coach in 1961, going 16-27-2 over five years before departing for the NFL. Burns helped the Green Bay Packers win the first two Super Bowls as the defensive backs coach for Vince Lombardi. He was hired as the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator in 1968. Burns became head coach in 1986, leading the Vikings to three playoff berths in six seasons.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa City man is in the Johnson County jail on attempted murder charges after a neighbor dispute turned into shots fired. Antonio Jackson, 55, was seen chasing a man in the middle of a street. Witnesses told police Jackson fired seven shots at the victim as he ran away.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A new law eliminating the statute of limitations for filing child sex abuse criminal charges in Iowa has been signed by Gov. Reynolds. Under current Iowa law, child sex abuse victims have until age 33 to press criminal charges.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines police officer has been cleared of wrong-doing in an investigation in Pleasant Hill and will return to his duties. Officer Rodney Briggs was accused of using his role as a police officer to gain access to evidence in an investigation into his girlfriend.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A cat died in a house fire in Cedar Rapids Wednesday. EMS and fire crews attempted to resuscitate the cat but were unsuccessful. No other injuries were reported.

HIAWATHA, IA (IRN) – Police got in a short car chase with a stolen vehicle Wednesday in eastern Iowa. A citizen called 911 for a reckless driver on Interstate 380. A plate scan determined that the car was stolen in Bremer County on Tuesday. The Iowa State Patrol attempted to stop the car but it kept going. Stop sticks were deployed, and the chase came to an end in the parking lot of a Toyota car dealership in Hiawatha. Three occupants in the car got out and ran on foot but were caught a short distance later. All were juveniles who escaped from a juvenile home in Waverly.