WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A judge sentenced a Waterloo man to up to 60 years in prison for the beating death of a 72-year-old maintenance man. The judge sentenced 30-year-old Martavis Tayshon Wise, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter with a dangerous weapon and other charges in the 2018 death of Johannes Rodenburgh, of Waterloo. Wise must serve at least 14 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
ANKENY, IA (IRN) – The city of Ankeny has agreed to a $500,000 settlement with a man who was shot by a police officer during a burglary in 2019. At the time, police said he did not comply with officers’ commands and advanced toward them before he was shot in the arm. Video shows otherwise. He was complying with the officers when shot, and was unarmed.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – People in the Linn-Mar Community School District might have admitted to breaking a state law, which if convicted could mean jail time. The Linn County Auditor is asking the county sheriff to investigate a nomination petition for the school board after people say they signed somebody else’s name at the request of the candidate. The candidate is running because they are against mask mandates.
EXIRA, IA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered that all flags be lowered to half-staff today from sunrise to sunset in honor of an Iowan killed at Pearl Harbor who will be laid to rest in Exira. Eli Olsen, 23, was a Navy petty officer serving on board the USS Oklahoma when it was sunk by Japanese pilots during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.