FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – Police were called to a home in Fort Dodge Thursday when a resident reported a person knocking at the front door had a gun. KCCI-TV reports when officers arrived, the resident told them that two people had just left after a home invasion. One of the three residents of the home fought with the robbers before they fled.
CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – A woman is dead following a car crash in Cedar Falls, according to KGAN-TV. 59-year-old Terry Harp was hit at an intersection by a car driven by 48-year-old Walter Seals. The light at the intersection was green and police do not expect to file any charges against Seals. Harp was taken to Allen Hospital in Waterloo where she died.
DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A Dubuque man was shot in the leg Wednesday, but police said it’s unclear if he fired the gun, or if someone else did. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports police responded to an apartment complex where they found 20-year-old Phillip Wilson sitting on the steps of the building with a gunshot wound to his leg. Wilson was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. No gun was found, and Wilson isn’t cooperating with the investigation.
WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Authorities are investigating an attack on a recreation trail in Waterloo. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports a Waterloo woman was on the running trail near Cedar Bend Park Wednesday, when a man pulled the hood on her sweatshirt over her eyes and pulled her off the trail. The man attempted to sexually assault her, but she was able to fight him off.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines man has admitted that he lit his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle on fire Tuesday. KCCI-TV reports 33-year-old William Cook of Des Moines told police that he started his ex-girlfriend’s car on fire because they recently broke up and he heard that she was cheating on him. Cook poured rubbing alcohol on the driver’s seat of the vehicle and lit the interior on fire. He was arrested and charged with second-degree arson.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A man wanted for manslaughter in Indiana was arrested in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, according to KCRG-TV. 18-year-old Diamonty Newman was wanted in connection with a deadly assault that occurred in Indiana on Sept. 11. Authorities said a 44-year-old man was “severely assaulted” and died from his injuries. Newman is in custody in Linn County jail where he awaits extradition back to Indiana.
ANKENY, IA (IRN) – If you paid with a credit card at the pump at certain Casey’s General Stores this month, watch your statement for suspicious activity. WHO-TV reports the company found credit card skimmers at a store in Davenport and at six locations in Nebraska. The devices read the data from the magnetic stripe on your credit or debit cards, and can’t be seen by customers. Authorities say to protect yourself, run transactions as credit. Never use your pin number at the pump.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – An Iowa cat lost 14 years ago has been reunited with his family, according to KCCI-TV. The cat–named Ralph– was recently picked up as a stray by an animal control officer. The cat’s microchip was scanned and the original family who adopted him in 1998 was contacted. When the family walked in to pick him up, “Ralph looked at them, kind of turned his head sideways and his eyes perked up.” Ralph is now resting comfortably at home.