DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A man was injured in a shooting at a Des Moines gas station overnight. It happened late Thursday night at a Git N Go. Police said the suspect displayed a handgun while robbing the store. A friend of the cashier tried to intervene and was shot. Police said his injuries are not life-threatening. The robber didn’t get away with any cash because the cashier had an empty drawer.
OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – An Ottumwa murder suspect is opting to leave his fate in the hands of a judge. The first-degree murder case against Preston Martin, 41, proceeded with a bench trial Wednesday morning. Martin is charged in the May 2019 death of Thomas Carlton Foster, 41, also of Ottumwa. Martin was previously declared incompetent to stand trial. The court found he suffers from a variety of mental health issues, including schizophrenia.
DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A Davenport elementary school was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday following a shooting in the area. Shortly before 1pm, Davenport police responded to a call of shots fired and found a 17-year-old boy suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg. The investigation indicates an argument broke out between several people and escalated into shots being fired.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A man who conspired to distribute heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison on Thursday. 39-year-old Ryan Schlitter admitted that he obtained distribution quantities of heroin through a group of heroin dealers based out of Cedar Rapids.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The groundbreaking for the new Des Moines Buccaneers arena took place Wednesday afternoon at the Merle Hay Mall. Construction on the old Younkers building has begun to turn the space into the new Buccaneers Arena. The arena will be multi-use and seats 3,500 people. The arena will not only house the Buccaneers, but also allow space for youth hockey, other sporting events, and concerts.