FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – A corrections officer in Fort Dodge was injured after being attacked by an inmate. The department reports that an inmate assaulted the officer Sunday at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility. The officer had gone to a cell where inmates had started a fire. After the officer opened the cell door, the inmate began beating and kicking the officer. Another officer used a chemical spray to subdue the inmate and staffers used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. The officer was treated at the prison. The facility is a medium-security prison designed to hold 1,400 inmates.
VAN HORNE, IA (IRN) – A 26-year-old Des Moines woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident in rural Benton County on Saturday night, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The car didn’t stop at an intersection, and hit and slid under a passing semi before landing in a ditch.
BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – A camper trailer in Burlington caught fire Saturday evening, resulting in one of its occupants being hospitalized. WQAD-TV reports when firefighters arrived the 20 ft. trailer was fully engulfed in flames. A man and a woman were inside the camper when it began to burn. The man escaped unharmed, but the woman was sent to a hospital with injuries.
NEWTON, IA (IRN) – For the second time since 2018, a Newton restaurant is picking up the pieces after a crash damaged the building. WHO-TV reports a driver slammed into Moo’s BBQ over the weekend. The same restaurant was damaged in a hit and run crash by a semi in 2018. Witnesses saw the car fly through the rail at the gas station next door and slam into the side of the restaurant. No one was hurt. The owner is concerned as the restaurant is closed for repairs the staff won’t be able to earn money before the holidays.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – RAGBRAI announced a new ride director Sunday, following the resignation of the former director of 16 years and his staff. Dieter Drake, the new ride director, has 16 years of experience in competitive and noncompetitive cycling events. He will be moving to Iowa from Colorado Springs, Colorado with his family.