Wednesday, July 17, 2019

POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A pilot was injured when his crop-dusting helicopter crashed in western Iowa. KETV reports the crash occurred around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, a couple of miles south of the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport. The pilot was taken to a Council Bluffs hospital for treatment. Their name hasn’t been released.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police are investigating after two children and one adult were found dead in an apartment Tuesday night. KCCI-TV reports police are investigating.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IRN) – Iowa Congressman Steve King attacked fellow Republican Senator Joni Ernst on Twitter amid the national debate over President Donald Trump’s controversial tweets over the weekend. Trump tweeted that a group of four Democratic congresswomen should “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” All are U.S. minority citizens. Ernst on Monday called the president’s words racist and non-constructive to promoting Republican plans. King responded to Ernst on Twitter accusing her of advancing a “fake news” narrative against the president.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The director of Iowa’s Department of Human Services was forced out of his job last month after routinely sending employees emails praising rapper Tupac Shakur, according to the WJLA-TV. Over his two-year tenure, 66-year-old Jerry Foxhoven sent and received at least 350 pages of emails that referenced the rapper. He was reportedly told to step down from the job by Gov. Kim Reynolds almost immediately after blasting out a mass email—to all 4,300 agency employees—that called on everyone to mark Tupac’s birthday by listening to one of his songs. A spokesman for Gov. Reynolds says many factors led to his firing.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Attendees to the Iowa State Fair will have an opportunity to try 50 new foods this year. Among the mix are deep fried deviled eggs, bacon wrapped pig wings, and Dilly Dogs.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

BANCROFT, Iowa — Authorities have identified the three people found dead at a residence in Bancroft Friday. Police found victims 22-year-old Mason Alrik Cederwall and 30-year-old Amy Lynn Manna. Manna was a resident of the home. Both Cederwall and Manna were shot to death. The third body found was 30-year-old Austin James Bernhard of Bancroft. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Bernhard was Manna’s ex-boyfriend.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A jury ruled in favor of a former state employee who accused the former Iowa governor, currently Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, of discrimination.
Former Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey will receive $1.5 million following a lawsuit accusing the former governor of discriminating against him in 2011 because he is gay.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa City woman allegedly withdrew more than $650,000 from her deceased mother’s bank account on the same day her mother was pronounced dead. KCRG-TV reports family members say now, nearly three years after the alleged theft, their sister needs to be held accountable for her actions. Edith Hora was charged with first degree theft after turning herself into the Iowa City Police Department Monday. She faces up to ten years in prison.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A West Des Moines wine tasting shop is back in business as usual after a car crashed into the building. KCCI-TV reports a woman attempting to park in front of the shop accidentally hit her gas pedal instead of her brake, drove up a curb, through a window and into the private party room. According to WineStyle’s Facebook page, the car broke some beer bottles, but didn’t harm any wine. No one was injured.

SEATTLE, WA (IRN) – Iowa veteran Rick Harrison has accomplished a walk across the United States. Rick began in Naples, Florida on January 23 and managed 3,000 miles to Seattle, WA. He arrived late Sunday afternoon. The walk was to honor his father who passed away from dementia.

Monday, July 15, 2019

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A man overcome by smoke while searching for two dogs during a Davenport house fire has been hospitalized. KCRG-TV reports firefighters were sent to the house around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. A passer-by had noticed the fire and broke a window to wake up two residents. They got out, but he went back in to look for the dogs. The dogs eventually were rescued.

BELLEVUE, IA (IRN) – A 12-year-old boy from Clinton was killed in a rollover crash that happened while off-roading. WQAD-TV reports the rollover happened on Saturday where a large group of 4-wheelers had gathered. A Chevrolet Suburban, driven by a 15-year-old, rolled twice and a 12-year-old passenger was thrown from the vehicle. He was pinned underneath and killed.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A woman lost her arm and leg due to a train accident early Sunday morning. KCRG-TV reports it happened around 1:30 a.m, and there is no word on her condition.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – An Ottumwa man was arrested Saturday after police say he walked completely naked on a public street and tried to use karate on police when they confronted him. KTVO-TV reports the police tasered and arrested him. After retrieving his clothing, they found a baggy of methamphetamine in his pants pocket.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Firefighters put out a small fire at the popular restaurant Centro in Des Moines Sunday afternoon. KCCI-TV reports fire crews closed the entire block to battle the blaze. Despite the alarms sounding throughout the building, some customers continued enjoying their lunch. Capt. Dean Rodriguez, of the Des Moines Fire Department says, “we told them they had to get out. They were like ‘Really?’ ‘Yeah, you have to leave.’”

Sunday, July 14, 2019

OXFORD, IA (IRN) – An Iowa City man has been charged with homicide by vehicle — reckless driving for a June 16th wrong-way crash on Interstate 80 that killed a Texas man. According to the Iowa State Patrol, Steven Lucore, 32, was heading east in the westbound lanes between Tiffin and Oxford when he collided head-on with another car.

EAGLE GROVE, IA (IRN) – An individual was stabbed in Eagle Grove Friday, according to KCCI-TV. The individual was taken to a hospital where their condition is unknown.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa City Police are investigating a report of an early morning burglary in downtown Saturday. At around 4:12 a.m., police received a call from a woman who claimed that she was woken up by a man inside her apartment who was speaking to her. The man left with a plastic bag, which allegedly contained an undisclosed amount of money. Other items in the apartment had been moved around during the incident. The woman was not injured.

VENTURA, IA (IRN) – A swimming advisory has been issued for McIntosh Woods State Park in north-central Iowa due to E. coli contamination. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that a sample taken at the lake near Ventura in Cerro Gordo County exceeded a safe amount of the bacteria found in fecal matter.