Thursday, October 29, 2015

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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Gunshots were reported near East High School in Des Moines Wednesday, although police could find no suspects or evidence of any crime. The Des Moines Register reports the shots triggered a lockdown at the high school for about seven minutes. Police scanner traffic indicated that a fight had broken out in an alleyway near the school.

FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – A board that oversees the Webster County assessor has voted to fire her. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the county Conference Board voted Tuesday evening to dismiss Jeanette Thanupakorn. Her firing comes in the wake of the state’s order for a 16 percent increase in county commercial property valuations. The state had ordered a 38 percent increase, but Thanupakorn didn’t appeal the amount, so the county board had to.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Two Des Moines women have filed a lawsuit against the Iowa cosmetology board, seeking to start a hair braiding business without acquiring state licenses. The Des Moines Register reports the women filed the lawsuit against the Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. They say they don’t want to spend up to $22,000  and 2,100 hours in cosmetology school to attain licenses to braid hair.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa City man is accused of punching his 2-year-old son, sending the boy to the hospital. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports the boy was not doing what he was told and the father, 21-year-old Tyshaun Harris, was yelling at him. When the boy started to cry, Harris punched him in the chest. The child suffered a “fist-shaped” bruise on his rib cage and was taken to the hospital via ambulance. Harris was arrested and faces up to five years in prison.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – A 22-year-old Cedar Falls woman delivered a baby unexpectedly Tuesday morning, saying she didn’t know she was pregnant. KWWL-TV reports paramedics found the newborn in his mother’s arms, wrapped in towels. The woman’s roommate is a nurse who helped the new mother and baby, while waiting for paramedics to arrive. It’s called “cryptic pregnancy” and about one in every 2,500 women don’t know they’re pregnant, until they’re in labor.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines man has been charged after robbing a pizza delivery man in September. WHO-TV reports 34-year old Anzie Bester approached the Pizza Hut delivery driver as he delivered pizza to a home. Bester held the driver at gunpoint and took $60 as well as two pizzas. Bester is charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree burglary and fifth-degree theft.

ANKENY, IA (IRN) – Three days after being shot in an Ankeny McDonald’s parking lot, 18-year-old Justin Phongsavanh (FONG-sav-uhn) is still in the hospital surrounded by family and friends. They say he may never walk again. KCCI-TV reports 36-year-old Gabriel Coco, a complete stranger, shot Phongsavanh (FONG-sav-uhn) and his friend Nickolas Culver after witnessing their “poor behavior” in the restaurant Saturday night. The bullet is lodged in Phongsavanh’s (FONG-sav-uhn’s) spine, and it may cause more damage if removed.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – Elementary school student Avalon Burns loves everything about Halloween, especially the costume parade at Lincoln Elementary in Cedar Falls. KWWL-TV reports she noticed last year not everyone had a Halloween costume. She also noticed the big price tags at stores, so she came up with a solution. She started a costume drive where kids can bring in costumes that have been used before so other kids can wear them. All the costumes in the drive are free.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) – A 22-year-old woman was shot at while in her car Monday night in Council Bluffs, according to KETV. The woman said that her dog was recently stolen and she was searching for the pet before the vehicle stopped behind her. She tells police that the shooter opened his back passenger door and fired multiple rounds. No injuries were reported.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – The city of Cedar Falls has blown the doors off last year’s construction activity in the first quarter of the current fiscal year. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports building permits in the city from July through September totaled nearly $79 million, topping $78 million for all of fiscal year 2014-15, which ended June 30.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Waterloo Police say the driver responsible for a hit-and-run that left a teenager injured turned himself in this morning.  KWWL-TV reports early Sunday morning, 13-year-old Lyisha Dixon was hit by a car as she tried to cross the street. The car then took off. Dixon was taken to the hospital. This morning, 30-year-old Steven Arceneaux, Jr. contacted police, saying he may have been the driver involved. He’s been charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Dubuque police are investigating a report that a driver caused a total of $9,500 in damage to three vehicles and fled the scene Sunday. The Dubuque Herald Tribune reports the vehicle ran into the back of a parked vehicle, which pushed it into another parked vehicle. The force of impact caused the second vehicle to hit a third parked vehicle. All the parked vehicles were unoccupied.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A gunman fatally shot himself after incidents in Davenport and Bettendorf Monday. WQAD-TV reports several shots were fired inside a law firm in Davenport, and then minutes later in Bettendorf at Miller Meier Limb & Brace, a prosthetic and orthotic manufacturer. When police arrived a 40-year-old white man standing in the parking lot fatally shot himself. There were no other reported injuries.

JANESVILLE, IA (IRN) – Fire officials are investigating a house explosion in Janesville. Both the Janesville and Waverly fire and rescue crews responded to the explosion around 1 pm Monday. KWWL-TV reports the homeowner had just walked out of the house seconds before the house exploded and that neighbors reported hearing a big boom. No one was injured in the explosion.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Governor Terry Branstad announced he’s launching a new division designed to help people who were wrongly convicted of crimes. WHO-TV reports the Wrongful Conviction Division will focus on hair comparison analysis. The FBI recently admitted to serious errors in testimony on those tests, many times overstating how close hair from a crime scene matched a defendant. 100 cases have been flagged for review.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Iowa pork producers are not thrilled with the new World Health Organization report that says daily consumption of processed meats increases the risk for cancer. The National Pork Board in Clive disagrees with the report. The board suggests a balanced diet is key to good health and adds that there is also evidence that “people who drink wine and eat pickles get cancer” too.

Monday, October 26, 2015

DOWS, IA (IRN) – An Ohio homicide suspect has been apprehended in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports the Iowa State Patrol stopped a vehicle travelling northbound on Interstate 35 near Dows at 98mph. The driver was identified as 34-year-old Burley Blankenship of Cleveland Ohio. Blankenship is wanted regarding the death of his mother. He’s in jail in Webster City awaiting pickup by Ohio authorities.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A short chase Sunday night ended with a stolen car crashing into a garage in Des Moines. KCCI-TV reports the driver of the stolen car hit a utility pole before going right through a garage and hitting another car inside. After a foot chase, the driver was taken into custody. 22-year-old Brandon Lee St. Peter was arrested and charged in the case. St. Peter told an officer that he had used marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy about an hour before the crash.

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A Mason City man sought emergency treatment after suffering a gunshot wound to his abdomen on Sunday. KIMT-TV reports the circumstances of the shooting are not known, although it is not thought to be a suicide attempt. Mason City Police are investigating.

SHELLSBURG, IA (IRN) – What started as a complaint about a stolen vehicle turned into a death investigation in Shellsburg, according to KWWL-TV. A neighbor says a woman’s truck was stolen Sunday, and when later recovered, he followed a trail of blood and found the woman’s body. He says there was evidence of a struggle, and suspicion that the person who stole the truck was dating the woman.

ANKENY, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines man was charged after police said he shot two men outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Ankeny. KCCI-TV reports Gabriel Coco, 36, of Des Moines, faces two charges of willful injury after he surrendered himself about 30 minutes after the incident Saturday. The victims suffered serious injuries. Investigators said an argument over poor behavior at the restaurant escalated into gunfire.

NEWTON, IA (IRN) – A Jasper County inmate has taken his own life while lodged in jail, according to WOI-TV. It happened Saturday evening when inmates in the man’s pod noticed that Michael Criqui, 23, of Newton was attempting suicide and they yelled for help. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. Criqui used a bed sheet tied around his bunk to strangle himself.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A former basketball coach who was accused of scamming parents, his landlord and a church has moved his con to Las Vegas. WHO-TV reports Glendon Alexander ran a basketball academy in Urbandale. Parents say Alexander made a lot of big promises about training their kids, and they wrote a lot of big checks. But parents say it all turned out to be a scam. He skipped town, was arrested in Dallas, and has now been named in a scam in Las Vegas.