Thursday, December 3, 2021

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.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

AMES, IA (IRN) – Iowa State University Athletic Director Jamie Pollard told Cyclone fans in a letter Tuesday that he was recently diagnosed with cancer. Pollard wrote that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He said he struggled with the idea of sharing the diagnosis publicly but wanted to do so to be as transparent as possible. Pollard missed a public appearance last week while undergoing surgery. He was similarly transparent when he underwent open-heart surgery in 2015.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – 62-year-old David John Costello has been charged with arson in the first degree for a home explosion that occurred in Monticello in November. The Monticello Police Department said Costello set off an explosion in his basement while police tried to talk to him. A deputy was injured in the explosion, but is back to work.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Attorney General’s Office said it has wrapped up a six-year project to address untested sexual assault evidence kits throughout the state. The Iowa Sexual Assault Kit Initiative project was created to address the issue of 4,275 untested kits. The project tested more than 1,600 sexual assault kits, which resulted in four criminal charges and two convictions.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A shooting on Des Moines’ southeast side caused an elementary school to go on a lockdown Tuesday. Police were called to the area of Lovejoy Elementary School around 1:30 p.m. on reports of shots fired. Police determined that two groups of people had been shooting at each other and found multiple shell casings on the ground. No victims have been found.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The University of Iowa is starting a new midwifery program. As many rural hospitals have quit delivering babies, the program would help fill a health service gap in the state. Students can start enrolling in the program in the fall of 2022.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Firefighters responded to an alarm at a restaurant in downtown Cedar Rapids early Tuesday morning. The small fire was found in the second floor kitchen at White Star, but officials said it was held in check by the sprinkler system. No one was at the restaurant when the fire occurred. The building suffered minor damage.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – The Cedar Falls Police department has filed charges in the December 4th, 2019 incident in which Grant Saul was shot and killed. On Monday, police charged 20-year-old Keyon Christian Roby and 22-year-old James Wright-Buls with 1st Degree Robbery and 1st Degree Murder. When police were dispatched to the scene in 2019, they found Saul dead in the apartment and the suspects gone. Both Roby and Wright-Buls were inmates at the Black Hawk County Jail when the charges were filed.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa law enforcement officials are teaming up with hotels to help curb human trafficking. All hotel employees in Iowa will be required to complete human trafficking prevention training by Jan. 1, 2022, or the hotel will not be able to accept public funds.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (IRN) – A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states, including Iowa, that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement.

AMES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa State men’s basketball team is ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2019. The Cyclones are ranked No. 19 in the latest AP poll released Monday. Iowa State remains undefeated at 6-0 this season.

Monday, November 29, 2021

FAIRFIELD, IA (IRN) – The two 16-year-olds accused of killing their Spanish teacher in Fairfield have pleaded not guilty. Jeremy Goodale and Willard Miller are each charged in the death of Nohema Graber.

GRINNELL, IA (IRN) – A 13-year-old boy is accused of stabbing a man in Grinnell on Saturday. Grinnell police officers responded to a residence just before 8 a.m. to investigate a reported stabbing. Police found a 43-year-old man within the residence suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. The man was treated at a local hospital and is expected to recover.

USA (IRN) – U.S. bakers say biodiesel producers are gobbling up Iowa’s and the nation’s soybean oil, forcing them to import more soy oil to meet the nation’s demand for sweets, driving up costs and potentially making some products difficult to find. The baking industry wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pause the nation’s renewable fuel blending requirements for a year to reduce demand and lower costs. A proposed pause in the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard could spell trouble for Iowa, the largest U.S. producer of biodiesel and the second-largest grower of soybeans.

ESTERO, FL (IRN) – Aubrey Joens scored 21 points, all on 3-pointers, older sister Ashley Joens had 13 points and No. 13 Iowa State made 18 3-pointers in a 93-59 rout of Penn State on Saturday at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida. For Aubrey Joens, it was a career night. She tied her career high in scoring, had her first double-double and had career highs in rebounds with 11 and 3-pointers with seven.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (IRN) – Minnesota defeated No. 14 Wisconsin 23-13 on Saturday. With the Minnesota win, Iowa will now play in the Big Ten Conference championship game on Dec. 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. They will play Michigan.