CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids man is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s residence and threatening her with a pair of scissors on Thursday. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports 30-year-old Kendall C. Johnson kicked in a door, threatened her, and held her against her will for an hour. The woman was not injured. Johnson faces charges of first-degree burglary, false imprisonment, and assault with a weapon.
STORM LAKE, IA (IRN) – A Storm Lake man has been charged with a second case of sexually assaulting a minor, according to KCAU-TV. Ricardo Juarez, 21, turned himself into police for the alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old female. Police had charged him previously for sexually engaging with a 15-year-old between February and March of 2015.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A man fired his gun twice at a father, hitting the family’s car during a road rage incident in Des Moines Thursday, according to KCCI-TV. The family reports a driver cut them off narrowly missing a crash. The father told police he yelled at the driver, who then followed and confronted them, and fired two shots, hitting the vehicle. No one was injured.
WAUKEE, IA (IRN) – Waukee Schools Superintendent David Wilkerson has a message for Governor Branstad. WHO-TV reports Wilkerson says the Governor should stop looking at education as just a cost, and start looking at education as the investment that it is. He says Waukee school classroom sizes are already large, and that they will be larger this fall. Governor Branstad recently vetoed over $55 million in one-time state funding for schools.
BEDFORD, IA (IRN) – A Bedford man has been charged with murder in the death of his three-year-old daughter. In May the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call for a child not breathing. Deputies found Janyiah King unresponsive. Charles Hall, 25, was charged with murder Thursday as a result of the investigation. Hall’s girlfriend, April Clair, 25, has been charged with child endangerment.
DES MOINES (IRN) – A report released by the State Auditor’s Office on Thursday shows a University of Iowa doctor improperly diverted more than $1.8 million into his personal bank accounts. KCCI-TV reports the investigation was requested after university officials raised concerns about Dr. Brian Adams improperly billing insurance companies and law firms for services he performed.
ANKENY, IA (IRN) – A safe filled with cash was found Tuesday morning in a field in Ankeny, according to the Des Moines Register. The safe and its contents were turned over to police. Police are not identifying how much money is in the safe, nor what the safe looks like. If the owner does not come forward, the safe and its contents could be claimed by the city.
DES MOINES (IRN) – The State Office of Media Production announced Thursday a feature film from award-winning British Director Andrea Arnold and starring Shia LaBeouf recently finished filming in western Iowa and three other Midwest states. “American Honey” focuses on a teenage girl with nothing to lose who joins a traveling magazine sales crew.