IOWA (IRN) – The Iowa State Patrol pulled over a total of 3,695 people over the Thanksgiving weekend. Nearly 3,000 of those were for speeding, and 20 drivers were reportedly under the influence. There were 38 collisions, and five people were injured. There were no deaths.
WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A jury convicted a Waterloo woman of two counts of first-degree murder for the 2018 arson deaths of another woman and her 9-year-old son. Denise Susanna O’Brien, 45, was convicted Tuesday. O’Brien started a fire on the home’s back steps because she was angry that her boyfriend had spent the night with another woman in the house. Shortly before the fire was reported, O’Brien texted her boyfriend saying, “Karma comin 4 u i hope it hurts.”
ARLINGTON, IA (IRN) – Authorities in Arlington and Fayette County are looking for 14-year-old Walker Scott Richardson, who is missing. Walker is high-functioning autistic and was last seen yesterday.
CARLISLE, IA (IRN) – A Carlisle High School basketball player is facing felony charges after a violent incident at the end of Tuesday’s Carlisle-Nevada game caught on video. 17-year-old Carter Prenosil, a senior on Carlisle’s basketball team, knocked out a Nevada player with a punch to the head as the two teams lined up to shake hands after the game. Prenosil faces a felony charge of willful injury.
SPIRIT LAKE, IA (IRN) – A transgender student at Spirit Lake High School has been ordered to stop using the men’s restroom or face possible disciplinary action. The student says he won’t comply, because he has the right to be treated the same as every other male student.