TIPTON, IA (IRN) – A 61-year-old Illinois man has been given 25 years in prison for shooting at vehicles along Interstate 80 in eastern Iowa. KGAN-TV reports Charles Johnston, of Belvidere, Illinois, was sentenced Friday. Johnston fired several shots on Jan. 11, 2018, at a rest area and at a semitrailer at a gas station and then at an Iowa state trooper. Johnston had become obsessed over a family supposedly killed in a collision with a semi and that he wanted to retaliate against a truck driver or truck drivers. Johnston had been a teaching psychology at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.
SUMNER, IA (IRN) – One person died after their pickup truck crossed the centerline, entered a ditch, went airborne, and rolled into a light pole in a Dollar General parking lot in the Bremer County town of Sumner. Another person was injured.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A smoke detector may have helped save a woman from a fire in her apartment in Des Moines. WHO-TV reports when crews arrived, they saw smoke coming out of one unit and a woman waving for help on the balcony. Crews were able to get her off the balcony and put the fire out. She suffered minor smoke inhalation but refused treatment. There’s no word on what started the blaze.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Nineteen Democratic presidential hopefuls descended into Iowa Sunday for the largest gathering of candidates so far in the 2020 race. The 2019 Iowa Democrats Hall of Fame was held in Cedar Rapids. The candidates were each given five minutes to separate themselves from the others on the campaign trail. Former Vice President Joe Biden was not in attendance, as he was attending his granddaughter’s graduation. Biden is the frontrunner in the polls.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Twenty-five thousand people attended Pride Fest in Des Moines Sunday. Organizers say this is the biggest turnout in the history of the event.