Tuesday, November 10, 2015

DES MOINES (IRN) – Des Moines community leaders made a big announcement Tuesday regarding the Walnut Street revitalization project downtown. WHO-TV reports Wells Fargo will bringing history to life with a Wells Fargo Museum on Walnut street. The plans to update the street came to a halt in 2014 when the Younkers Building caught fire. The revitalization will also include additional shopping, restaurants, and apartments to the corridor.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Iowa hospital leaders want a judge to slam the brakes on Governor Branstad’s plan to have the state shift to private management of its Medicaid program. The Des Moines Register reports the hospitals say in a new lawsuit that the controversial move would illegally take money from a trust fund to which they contribute. They also say it would deprive them of rewards the state promised them for participating in recent programs.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa City man has admitted to selling meth out of his home, according to KCRG-TV. A drug task force searched the home of 48-year-old Scott Hoff, Sr. and discovered baggies containing meth, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia. Hoff allegedly told officers he would “get people high” at his home and also admitted to selling meth to someone at his residence the day before. He faces three years in prison.

MCCLELLAN, IA (IRN) – A tow truck driver got more than the car he picked up Monday in the western Iowa town of McClellan. KETV reports that a woman parked her Buick at work, leaving her 8-year-old son inside asleep, figuring he would join her when he woke up. A tow-truck driver then repossessed her car, towing it away, without knowing the boy was inside. The Sheriff’s Office says it was a misunderstanding, and the child wasn’t hurt.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The mother of 5-year-old who died of a drug overdose has agreed to a plea deal. WHO-TV reports Tionne Bloodshaw of Des Moines had illegal drugs in her apartment which her daughter ingested. Cocaine, seven morphine pills and 81 ecstasy tablets were found by police. She was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Bloodsaw’s boyfriend, Deshaun Trombone, is serving up to 65 years in prison in relation to the case.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Des Moines man is behind bars after police say he targeted a teenager leaving a library and sexually assaulted her. KCCI-TV reports the victim left the Des Moines North Side Library when 24-year-old Sundayboy Tarlue targeted the teen and walked with her to a nearby house, but she refused his invitation inside. Tarlue grabbed her and touched her inappropriately. The girl fled and reported the incident to authorities.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – University of Iowa police issued a Hawk Alert early this morning according to KWWL-TV. Police have received three reports of sexual assault. The suspect is described as a 5’10” man. He’s wearing a red flannel, torn jeans, and flipflops. According to police, the man was seen near the University of Iowa Hospital and near the main campus library.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – Two weeks after a crash that killed his wife, a 90-year-old Davenport man has also succumbed to his injuries. WQAD-TV reports 80-year-old Erma Moobery was killed when the car she and her husband were in was struck by one of two cars that were street racing. Erma’s husband, 90-year-old Ronald Mooberry died Saturday.  Family friends said the Mooberrys had been married for 62 years, and that it was “truly a great marriage.” The drivers of the vehicles who were racing face multiple felony charges.

Monday, November 9, 2015

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A motorcyclist was killed in a wreck in Iowa City on Friday. The motorcyclist lost control, laid the motorcycle down and slid into the ditch.  26-year-old I-An Liang of Iowa City was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.  He was not wearing a helmet.  The passenger was wearing a helmet and was taken by ambulance to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

NEW LONDON, IA (IRN) – A partial train derailment happened shortly after 8 a.m. Monday morning between New London and Danville. KCII-Radio reports an eastbound loaded coal train struck a road grader at a rural crossing. The collision caused 21 cars and two locomotives to derail. The road grader operator sustained non-life threatening injuries. The train was 135 cars long.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Des Moines teen is being held on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of 28-year-old Jose Lopez. The Des Moines Register reports witnesses say 17-year-old Josue Ricardo Socop deliberately fired a shotgun at Lopez, killing him. The killing is the 14th homicide in Des Moines this year.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) – Authorities say a man was slightly injured after jumping into the Missouri River near a casino in Council Bluffs. KCCI-TV reports the incident occurred around 2 a.m. Monday, after the man who was described as extremely intoxicated was barred from the Ameristar Casino. He soon jumped into the river, but authorities talked him into coming back out. He was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.

DES MOINES (IRN) – One person was killed and three others were injured in a shooting Sunday morning in Des Moines. 20-year-old Dashawn Smith was shot around 2 a.m. near the Evolution Nightclub. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Deputies heard multiple gunshots when they arrived on scene. Several hundred people were in and around the club when the shooting occurred. It’s the third Des Moines homicide in 48 hours.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Waterloo Police are looking for information related to a report of several gunshots and a car crash. KWWL-TV reports witnesses heard multiple gunshots, and a car crashing into a tree. The vehicle is an older model Mercedes sedan with two bullet holes in it. Four teenagers or young adults were seen running from the vehicle when they heard police sirens.

REINBECK, IA (IRN) -|A Board of Education decision last spring to close one of Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s three schools has spawned an effort to put the fate of the entire district before residents for a vote. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports more than 700 citizens signed a petition calling for Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community Schools to dissolve, with its attendance and property divided among neighboring districts.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA  (IRN) – A Xavier High School senior in Cedar Rapids is collecting used sporting equipment for families who may not be able to afford the gear needed to join local teams. The initiative is called ‘Got Gear CR?’ Organizer Daniel Richardson believes not all families can pay for new baseball gloves, soccer cleats, or other necessary items. He believes that sports is a positive thing kids can do, and that participation will help lead them in positive directions.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

WAUKEE, IA (IRN) – Authorities have apprehended a man involved in a fatal Saturday night shooting in Waukee, according to KCCI-TV. 42-year-old Brendan McGuinness has been charged with first-degree murder. Police said McGuinness shot 41-year-old Gino Risola several times with a semi-automatic gun. The men knew each other, and McGuinness was waiting for Risola and his wife to return home. This is the first homicide in Waukee since 1977.

DES MOINES – One person is dead following a shooting in Des Moines Friday. WHO-TV reports police responded to a home northeast of downtown and found the body of an adult male. The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Jose Lopez of Des Moines. A 17-year-old has been arrested in the case. Josue Socop, of Des Moines, has been charged with first-degree murder. Friday’s homicide is Des Moines’ 14th this year.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – Four Ottumwa teens have been arrested in a robbery case. KTVO-TV reports the crime occurred late Wednesday. The victim, a male juvenile, reported that two juvenile females lured him to the area of a school in Ottumwa. Once the victim arrived at the school with the two females, the victim was assaulted and robbed by three males. A warrant has been issued for an additional teen.

AMES, IA (IRN) – Iowa State design students will soon see one of their products in NFL games, according to WOI-TV. A design team worked to make gloves with Cutters, a premier designer of receiver gloves for football, including the NFL. The final design is a tribute to the military, and will be in catalogues this spring. In addition to the partnership with Cutters, the design school has ties to Boeing and Tupperware.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Two people have been arrested after a Cedar Rapids police officer watched them attempt to break into a residence Friday morning.  KCRG-TV reports an officer observed a burglary in progress, and two suspects fled the scene in an SUV. The chase ended when the suspects lost control of the SUV and struck a parked vehicle. Both suspects fled on foot and were apprehended by police. There have been 29 burglaries reported in Cedar Rapids this week.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – One person is dead following a shooting in Des Moines Friday night, according to WHO-TV. The shooting was a approximately a dozen blocks north and east of downtown. When police arrived, they found the body of an adult male. The incident is under investigation.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – The cause has been found in a Cedar Falls motel explosion and death, according to KWWL-TV. 43-year-old Matthew Ferleman was killed in the explosion that happened at the Shady Rest Motel in October. Authorities say the explosion was caused when Ferleman blew out the pilot light on a gas appliance the previous night, in an attempt to commit suicide. But when Ferleman awoke the next day he attempted to light a cigarette, causing the explosion.

SIOUX CENTER, IA (IRN) – An arsonist is at work in Sioux Center, according to KCAU-TV. Four fires over the span of four months have been determined to be no accident. The most recent act of arson was Friday, when a farmhouse on display at the Heritage Village on Sioux Center’s fairgrounds was almost completely destroyed, as well as the artifacts inside.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – The Target store in Ottumwa is one of 13 Target stores closing nationwide due to falling profits. WOI-TV reports customers immediately responded in an attempt to save the store. A Facebook page, Save Ottumwa Target, and a petition have been started. People in the area say they don’t have a lot to choose from. Despite the community’s efforts, the store will likely close indefinitely on January 31 after more than 40 years in business.