Tuesday, June 23, 2020

LINN COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A North Linn Elementary School secretary improperly used bank accounts belonging to the school and the school districts’ Parent Teacher Organizations, according to the State Auditor’s office. Danielle Arnold, a former secretary at North Linn Elementary School, admits she used some of the funds for personal expenses, including paying off her house and car. The money was collected at book fairs and fundraisers to build a playground. Arnold then failed to deposit the funds, totaling over $26,000, to the correct school account.

NEVADA, IA (IRN) – A man who was reportedly knocking on doors and carrying a sword died in Nevada, Iowa, after being shocked with a stun gun. Nevada police said officers were called at 2:44 a.m. Monday and found a man sitting in a grassy area near a mobile home park with a sword. Officers ordered the man to drop the sword but police said he stated, “It stays in my hand.” Officers then used a Taser to shock the man, and they then retrieved the sword and handcuffed him. He stopped breathing, and died.

AMES, Iowa State University said Monday that nearly 4,900 people with university-affiliated email accounts received a racist email over the weekend. An email claiming to be sent from Equity Prime Mortgage “contained abhorrent, vile language, including references to violent white supremacy, lynching, and a racist slur.” The FBI is investigating.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The University of Iowa has paused ticket sales to 2020 Hawkeye football games until a clearer picture of Kinnick Stadium capacity and social distancing requirements are determined.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A storm rolled through the Des Moines metro in the early hours of Monday morning and left behind some damage and thousands without power. Some trees and light poles partially blocked roadways after estimated 60 mph winds knocked them down. Some vehicles were stranded in flash flooding.