Wednesday, December 11, 2019

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A man living next door to Morris Elementary on Des Moinens’ south side has placed a painting of a Nazi flag and several more depicting Confederate flags on his front lawn. KCCI-TV reports the man did it in response to a dare. More than 60% of students at the school are minorities. The children can see the flags when they arrive and leave school, and from the playground.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A 21-year-old Cedar Rapids woman is facing multiple charges, including OWI after she led police on a pursuit. KCRG-TV reports she ran a red light, and when police tried to pull her over, she raced away at speeds exceeding 100 mph. The chase ended when she rear-ended another car and she was arrested. No one was hurt.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Congressional Democrats announced a modified North American trade agreement with Canada and Mexico yesterday. The House and the Senate still need to vote on the agreement before getting final approval from the president and both Mexican and Canadian legislators. State of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says it would nice to get the agreement in place before Christmas, but time is running out.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A Davenport man says hundreds of dollars worth of Christmas presents were stolen from his home in broad daylight. WQAD-TV reports the man says they chose the wrong house. He had recently set up five surveillance cameras, and has good video of the thief.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A man is safe Tuesday morning after being rescued from the Winnebago River after a vehicle plunged into the freezing water. KIMT-TV reports first responders were on scene around 7:30 a.m. after a report of a vehicle in the river. Upon arrival, a man was located inside the vehicle, and rescued.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – Deere & Co. is laying off 57 workers at its Davenport manufacturing plant, saying reduced building activity is expected to lower sales of construction and forestry equipment made there by as much as 15% next fiscal year. The cuts become effective Jan. 6. It’s the second round of layoffs the company has announced this fall. In late September, Deere said it was laying off 113 employees at the Davenport plant, effective this past Nov. 18.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Staff are investigating after finding malware on the city of West Des Moines Fire Department’s computer network. The department said the extent of activity and impact of the malware is unknown.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines landmark that sustained damage in a 2017 vandalism incident will soon be repaired. KCCI-TV reports in February 2017, a man with a hammer damaged dozens of sculptures and the structure of the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens. The gardens honor former Gov. Robert D. Ray and the Asian refugees who fled to Iowa in the 1970s. Nearly $1.5 million has been raised to help fix and preserve the downtown river landmark.

SIDNEY, IA (IRN) – The Missouri River dropped below flood stage of 18 feet on Sunday for the first time since last March, but the Army Corps of Engineers is predicting more high water in the spring. Mike Crecelius, Fremont County Emergency Management director, says “we need to be ready because it’s not going to be an ‘if,’ it’s going to be ‘when’ this happens again.”

Monday, December 9, 2019

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – One person has been seriously injured in a crash involving about 30 vehicles on Interstate Highway 80 near Altoona today, according to WHO-TV. The wreck happened around 11 a.m. east of the east mixmaster and just before U.S. Highway 65. A snow squall blowing through the metro caused slippery roads across central Iowa and law enforcement agencies are responding to dozens of crashes.

RIVERDALE, IA (IRN) – An eastern Iowa man has been charged with first-degree murder for a shooting that killed his nephew. The Quad-City Times reports that 51-year-old Brian Francisco Duque, of Riverdale, is being held without bond at Scott County Jail. Authorities were called to a house shortly before 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Sheriff’s deputies attempted to revive 32-year-old Terry Warner, but he had already died from his wounds. Duque was arguing with Warner, who also lived at the house. Duque allegedly grabbed a 9-millimeter handgun from his bedroom and shot Warner once.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A man was arrested in a Des Moines home Saturday night for the U.S. military. KCCI-TV reports the Des Moines police received a tip that Jakeb Lacey, 21, was in the home. Lacey was booked on suspicion of military desertion and has no bail for a felony warrant.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Former congressman Berkley Bedell has died. The former Iowa representative suffered a stroke in Naples, Florida. He was 98 years old. Bedell is remembered for his leadership in politics and business, say presidential candidates, family and friends of the late congressman. Bedell was born in Spirit Lake in 1921, attended Iowa State University and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. In 1975, Bedell was elected as a Democrat to Iowa’s 6th District. He served in the House until 1987.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Former University of Iowa athletic director Bump Elliott has died. Elliott was a star halfback for Michigan, winning the Big Ten’s MVP award in 1947. Elliott became Michigan’s coach in 1959 and led the Wolverines for 10 seasons, a tenure that included a Rose Bowl win in 1964. Elliott was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989. He was 94.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Hawkeye and Cyclone fans will be purchasing flights for the bowl games announced Sunday. Iowa is headed to San Diego to play the University of Southern California on Dec. 27 at the Holiday Bowl. Iowa State is going to Orlando, Florida, to play in the Camping World Bowl against Notre Dame on Dec. 28.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

URBANDALE, IA (IRN) – KCCI-TV reports it took crews several hours to remove a car from the Walgreens in Urbandale after a driver slammed into the building. No one was injured.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Officials at a Des Moines zoo say a 3-month-old seal pup born there recently died. Blank Park Zoo officials say the pup, born August 20 and named “Lucy,” died on November 24. A news release issued by the zoo said a necropsy showed Lucy died after suffering from “failure to thrive.” That means she wasn’t processing enough calories to survive.

ANKENY, IA (IRN) – An Ankeny man is charged with illegal hunting for allegedly shooting and killing trumpeter swans. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 28-year-old Loai Abdulal shot and killed six trumpeter swans at Paul Errington Marsh on Friday. When confronted by a DNR officer, the suspect stated that he thought the swans were geese. Abdulal is charged with six counts of illegal taking of a non-protected game. If convicted, he will face a $1,500 civil penalty for each trumpeter swan.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – Joe Dolincheck threw three touchdown passes and Morningside College’s defense forced a decisive fumble in the closing seconds to lead the Mustangs past Grand View University 21-16 Saturday in the NAIA FCS semifinals. Morningside (13-0) advances to the title game for the second year in a row, and extends its winning streak to 28 games. The Mustangs will face Marian on December 21 in Grambling, Louisiana.