Friday, February 21, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Two Des Moines residents were killed and one was injured in a crash yesterday on the city’s south side. KCCI-TV reports the driver of one vehicle is facing two counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving.

CHARITON, IA (IRN) – A woman has died after she was hit by a vehicle while carrying a child across the street in Chariton yesterday. WHO-TV reports 62-year-old Bette Lawson and a child were crossing the street when the crash happened. Lawson was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries. The child is hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

CEDAR COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Cedar County Sheriff’s Deputies took the rare step of accusing their County Attorney, Jeffrey Renander, of being too soft on sex crimes. KCRG-TV reports all 13 deputies signed the letter.

WEBSTER CITY, IA (IRN) – A former Webster City Chamber of Commerce administrative assistant has been accused of stealing more than $149,000 from the organization. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports 40-year-old Leah Mulholland is charged with ongoing criminal conduct, theft, forgery and unauthorized use of a credit card. A state audit last year discovered improper payments for hotels, restaurants, and a hair salon.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

SIGOURNEY, IA (IRN) – A deer sent flying when it was hit by a car in southeast Iowa crashed through the window of a second car, killing its driver. The accident occurred a little after 7 p.m. Wednesday on Iowa Highway 92, just west of Sigourney. The Iowa State Patrol says the deer went onto the roadway from the north ditch and was struck by a westbound car. The deer was knocked into the air and then went through the windshield of an eastbound car. The driver who died was 45-year-old Donald Burdick, who lived in North English.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – A fight that occurred in the halls of a Cedar Rapids high school on Friday has led to one juvenile being charged. KCRG-TV reports the fight involved 10-20 juveniles, some of which were students from Cedar Rapids Washington, from other schools, and juveniles who are not attending school. Police say that Washington students may have arranged the altercation, and allowed the outsider juveniles into the building.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Republican lawmakers hope they can get a 72-hour waiting period for abortions approved by the Iowa legislature, even though the state’s high court struck down a similar law three years ago. Supporters say it’s a new Supreme Court.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Owners of a well-known business at the Iowa State Fair are facing charges of sales tax evasion and fraudulent practices. The two-story western saloon Diamond Jack’s is a prominent part of the Iowa State Fairgrounds, and the owners are pleading not guilty.

JOHNSTON, IA (IRN) – Two Iowa Army National Guard units are being deployed to Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. About 90 soldiers from Troop C, 1st Squadron of the 113th Cavalry Regiment in Le Mars are training with 40 from the squadron’s Troop A, which is based at Camp Dodge in Johnston. Send-off ceremonies are scheduled for June, and then the soldiers will head to Fort Bliss in west Texas for six to eight weeks of training.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police have made no arrests after a man was shot three times Tuesday in his car Tuesday. KCCI-TV reports police responded to “rolling gunfire” shortly before noon. The injured 20-year-old man drove a silver car that was found riddled with bullet holes.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – An investigation is underway in West Des Moines after a body was found in a ravine south of I-80. A worker discovered what appeared to be the remains of a middle-aged man.

MUSCATINE, IA (IRN) – Authorities in Muscatine are warning the public of a man who has been pretending to be a police officer. He has been stopping cars and impersonating an officer throughout February. The man wears black clothing and a black stocking cap. Using a blue and red flasher system on his dashboard, he has been able to fool people into thinking he’s a cop.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A House sub committee advanced legislation that would prohibit the NCAA from penalizing Iowa college athletes from benefiting financially in their own name, image and likeness.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A beloved Des Moines theater teacher now has his job back for next year. Micheal Davenport was told last week that there would not be a full-time position offered to him for the 2020-2021 school year. A crowd of students walked out of class, megaphones and signs in hand, to protest Davenport’s situation and any cuts to the arts department in general.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids man is facing charges after a criminal complaint shows he threatened and forced a woman to watch the miniseries ‘Roots’ so she could ‘better understand her racism.’ KCRG-TV reports Robert Noye, 52, is charged with first-degree harassment and false imprisonment. The woman told police that when she tried to move, Noye threatened her to stay seated or he would ‘kill her and spread her body parts across I-380 on the way to Chicago.’ The miniseries is based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel ‘Roots.’

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police are investigating a report of shots fired near East High School during the lunch hour yesterday. The school was put under lookdown, but police were unable to find a shooting scene or a suspect. There were no reports of injuries.

DES MOINES, IA – Two bills in the Iowa legislature are seeking to expand Iowa’s medical cannabis program. The bills, one in the Senate and one in the House, seek to raise the current cap on THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana that causes a high. While THC can help with a variety of medical conditions, critics of the bill worry about the drug falling into the hands of teenagers.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Food Bank of Iowa recently received a $30,000 dollar donation from Tyson Foods that will support its BackPack program which sends food home with kids weekly all across Iowa. WHO-TV reports the Food Bank of Iowa provides items to more than 100 pantries in schools across the state and sends 5,400 bags of food home in backpacks every Friday.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – Animal lovers had the chance to find their purrrr-fect match over the Valentine’s Day weekend. WQAD-TV reports the Humane Society of Scott County hosted their third annual “Speed Dating” Adoption event Saturday. Shelter volunteers played match-maker to pair an owner’s personality and lifestyle with a pet they would fit with. From cats and dogs to a little hedgehog, 20 pets in total were adopted through the event.