Saturday, August 29, 2015

STORY COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The Gilbert Fire Department was called out to rescue a young driver whose car washed off the road northwest of Ames. WHO-TV reports due to Friday’s heavy rainfall Squaw Creek went out of its banks. The driver was a high school-aged girl who was not aware the road had washed out.  The waters carried her car 300 yards downstream, and she was standing on the roof of her vehicle when rescued.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A North Liberty man charged with fatally shooting a young woman in the Coral Ridge Mall in June will be tried in Story County. KCRG-TV reports the trial location has been changed because of extensive local media coverage.  Alexander Kozak, 22, is accused of shooting Andrea Farrington, 20, of Cedar Rapids, in the back three times at close range, killing her.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A man from the eastern Iowa town of  Ely pled guilty Friday to federal firearms and drug charges. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that in 2014 Matthew Robbins, 42, was convicted of eight felony offenses, including counts related to robbery, burglary, drug possession and drunken driving. Despite these felony convictions, he was later found in possession of a 12-gauge shotgun.

DECORAH, IA (IRN) – A Decorah hospital was locked down Friday after a doctor was threatened, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. The man who prompted a lockdown at Winneshiek Medical Center was located later off hospital grounds. The lockdown lasted about an hour, and emergency services remained available.

DAYTON, IA (IRN) – Heavy rain caused extensive flash flooding in northern Iowa Friday. Perhaps hardest hit were the towns of Dayton and Stanhope, who reportedly received nearly ten inches of rain. WHO-TV reports Webster County estimates the damage caused by the flash flooding to be about $500,000.