Saturday, July 2, 2022

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Three eastern Iowa teens are dead following a high-speed rollover crash in Dubuque early Friday morning. A Chevy Camaro driven by 18-year-old William Wodrich IV was traveling at a high rate of speed when Wodrich lost control. The car entered the ditch, vaulted, and then rolled. Wodrich and his passengers, 17-year-olds Kennedy Elskamp and Chloe Lucas of Dubuque, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A man died in a motorcycle crash Friday after accelerating away from a sheriff’s deputy in Des Moines. During rush hour Friday afternoon, a Polk County sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over the motorcycle. The driver accelerated away from the deputy and the traffic stop was abandoned. Witnesses reported that the motorcyclist failed to yield to a red light at an intersection and collided with a vehicle. The motorcyclist was transported to a hospital where he died.

IOWA (IRN) – There is a probable case of monkeypox in Iowa. The patient was likely infected during international travels and is isolating and receiving outpatient care. Monkeypox does not spread easily between people without close contact. It is typically characterized by a new, unexplained rash and skin lesions. Other early symptoms of monkeypox include fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Peacock has pulled the plug on a TV series inspired by the 1989 classic “Field of Dreams.” The limited series was set to be filmed in Iowa. However, the dream isn’t completely dead, as Universal Television is shopping the project to other outlets. It was scheduled to begin filming this summer.

Friday, July 1, 2022

SAC COUNTY, IA (IRN) – An employee for two hog confinement sites was arrested for livestock neglect after Sheriff’s deputies discovered over 1,000 dead pigs in Sac County on Thursday. Elana May Laber, 33, who was employed to take care of the animals, said she knew the pigs had been dead for a week but didn’t know what to do.

​​DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a longstanding precedent that allowed landowners to sue for damages when a neighboring hog farm causes water pollution or odor problems that affect quality of life. The reversal is a significant blow to property owners who live in rural areas who want to take legal action over expanding hog farms. Iowa is the nation’s leading pork producer with 23 million pigs.

NEW YORK, IA (IRN) Brownells, an Iowa gun distributor, was sued along with nine other gun distributors by the state of New York for their alleged role in “ghost gun” sales in the state on Wednesday. According to the lawsuit, the gun distributors allegedly sold gun parts called frames and receivers to residents of New York and did not follow state and federal laws while doing so. Frames and receivers are often used to build ‘ghost guns’ that are untraceable for law enforcement.

U.S.A. (IRN) – In a seismic shift in college athletics, the Big Ten voted Thursday to add Southern California and UCLA as conference members beginning in 2024. The expansion to 16 teams will make the Big Ten the first conference to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

LEON, IA (IRN) – A child was killed in Leon in Decatur County in an accident involving a front-end loader. A hay bale had fallen off a truck’s trailer, driven by 41-year-old Justin Miller. After Miller retrieved the hay bale from the ditch with a front-end loader, he then turned into a private driveway and hit a 6-year-old. The child was fatally injured in the incident.

GRANT COUNTY, WI (IRN) – A man was killed in a collision yesterday with a semi in Grant County, Wisconsin. A 47-year-old semi-truck driver from Dubuque was driving a 2021 Freightliner semi when it collided head on with a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. 33-year-old Nathan Williams was driving the Pontiac with his toddler son in the back seat when the car crossed the centerline at a curve in the road and hit the truck. The toddler is in the hospital under observation.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – On Monday, Cedar Falls Police received a call from Blaine’s Farm & Fleet that two men left with a quantity of ammunition without paying for it. They stole approximately 1300 rounds of .223 caliber rifle ammunition and fled the scene before officers arrived. The following morning officers received another call from the store saying one of the men had returned and was in the same ammunition aisle. 22-year-old Jalen Malik Seals was taken into custody without incident.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Governor Kim Reynolds told reporters yesterday that she doesn’t plan on holding a special session of the legislature to ban abortion in Iowa.

INDEPENDENCE, IA (IRN) – Former Buchanan County Deputy Klint Bentley says he’s not guilty of charges including extortion and accepting a bribe. Bentley allegedly stopped a car in rural Buchanan County for speeding on February 4th, 2022. Court records indicate Bentley asked the driver to show him her breasts, implying he would not issue a citation if she did. Bentley allegedly continued to solicit nude photos of the woman via text message after the traffic stop. A criminal complaint says the victim recorded the traffic stop.

Wednesday, June 29, 2020

MARENGO, IA (IRN) – Marengo police say there was a gas leak at or near a home where a 13-year-old girl was found dead on Monday morning. No foul play is suspected.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday two legal actions following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Reynolds said she will urge the Iowa Supreme Court to rehear Planned Parenthood v. Reynolds. She will also request that the Iowa courts lift the injunction against the enforcement of Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Two separate shootings hurt two people on Tuesday night in Cedar Rapids. Both victims suffered non-life threatening injuries.

DETROIT, MI (IRN) – The Detroit Pistons will not pick up the second-year option for Luka Garza. The Hawkeye legend played most of his minutes last year in the G-League. The 6’11” center signed with the Pistons full-time in September and played a total of 32 NBA games.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The state of Iowa is doling out $6 million to help develop the Field of Dreams TV series that will be partially shot in Iowa and available on NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock. Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority made the announcement Monday. The funds come from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act. All of the Republicans in Iowa’s congressional delegation voted against the act. Only Rep. Cindy Axne, a Democrat, voted to approve the legislation.