Sunday, October 25, 2015

ANKENY, IA (IRN) – A man was detained by police Saturday night after he allegedly assaulted two victims near a McDonald’s parking lot in Ankeny. KCCI-TV reports one person was shot, and another was pistol-whipped. Officials said the victims were taken to a hospital with no word on the extent of their injuries.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – The state of Iowa canceled an Amber Alert that was issued Saturday afternoon for a 13-year-old girl. Authorities were looking for Paige Janet Johnstone. She was taken by 19-year-old Kevin Ariel Toala Ramirez. The two were last seen in Ottumwa and were believed to be heading to Fort Pierce, Florida. The child and suspect were found safe in Georgia.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – A Council Bluffs woman will stand trial on a charge of aiding and abetting the sexual abuse of her young daughter. The Daily Nonpareil reports authorities are not naming the woman to protect the identity of her daughter. The woman’s former boyfriend has been charged with several felony sex abuse counts. The mother told investigators that she saw the boyfriend sexually abuse her daughter over several years, starting when the girl was younger than 10.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – Seventeen convicted drug offenders will be released from a Sioux City halfway house next week, the result of a federal sentencing guideline amendment that has reduced the prison terms of thousands of federal inmates.The Sioux City Journal reports that in the past year, federal judges across the country have reconsidered over 23,000 drug sentences and reduced 75% percent of them.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

DES MOINES (IRN) – Firefighters battled an early-morning fire Saturday at an auto auction in Des Moines. KCCI-TV reports first responders were called to the Copart Salvage Auto Auction about 4:30 a.m. Investigators said a building and several cars were affected by the blaze. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A woman was intentionally set on fire in West Des Moines on Thursday, according to KCCI-TV. The woman suffered burns on her upper torso. She claimed that she and John Allecks Moore Jr., 58, were involved in an argument, when Moore threw an unknown flammable substance on her and set her on fire. Her wounds are not life-threatening.  Moore was intoxicated at the time, and remains in jail. Neighbors say the police are at the address regularly.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Waterloo police are looking into a burglary that happened at a home that caught fire just days before.  KWWL-TV reports 64-year-old Rebecca Lavenz died in her home on Tuesday. Waterloo fire officials are calling her death an “accidental death related to the fire.” Police say on Thursday, a relative discovered her home had been burglarized overnight. Police say a laptop, coins, jewelry, medications, and two firearms were stolen.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A report of shots fired near Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on Friday led to the college sending out an alert regarding campus safety. KCRG-TV reports police responded to an apartment complex near the college, where residents said someone fired shots into a door and tried to kick it down. The investigation is ongoing.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Three central Iowans gave the gift of life to three others in need of a kidney. WHO-TV reports that on Friday, they met for the first time. The three donors are part of a kidney donor chain organized by Mercy Hospital. Janet Hircock is responsible for starting the chain. Once Hircock donated her kidney, the daughter of Hircock’s recipient gave her kidney to someone else, and so on.

Friday, October 23, 2015

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled the plea deal in a 2012 Des Moines stabbing death is invalid and has vacated the convictions of the killer. WHO-TV reports Joseph Ceretti pled guilty in 2013 to attempted murder, manslaughter, and willful injury causing serious injury in the stabbing death of 31-year-old Eric Naylor. Ceretti appealed claiming the attempted murder and willful injury convictions should merge with the manslaughter conviction because they share the same intent – to kill. The court agreed and vacated the conviction.

FORT MADISON, IA (IRN) – Two Fort Madison teenagers have been accused of tossing Molotov cocktails into several parked vehicles, according to KCRG-TV. The boys, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, were arrested Wednesday. One boy is charged with four counts of arson and one count of criminal mischief. The other is charged with four counts of aiding and abetting arson. No injuries from the fires have been reported.

DAVIS COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A Davis County cross country runner was disqualified from the state tournament as an individual–for his good sportsmanship. KCII Radio reports Zach Hougland took first in the state qualifying race at Columbus Junction. After Hougland crossed the finish line, he returned to the course to help a Mediapolis runner who had collapsed. Helping a runner cross the finish line constitutes a rules violation. Davis County qualified as a team so Hougland will still run at State.

OGDEN, IA (IRN) – The Boone County Board of Supervisors has taken a stand against the proposed Bakken crude oil pipeline that would run across Iowa through Boone County. WHO-TV reports the supervisors voted unanimously against the pipeline, saying landowner property rights would be violated and that the environmental risks are too great.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A large number of teachers falling ill Thursday resulted in the cancellation of classes at Des Moines’ Roosevelt High School. KCCI-TV reports 58 teachers or about half of the school’s staff reported being ill. Those who attended a catered lunch Wednesday became ill with what the Polk County Health Department believes to be food poisoning.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Ben Carson has passed Donald Trump as the favorite Republican presidential candidate in Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports Carson is the favorite for 28% of likely Republican caucus-goers, 9 percentage points ahead of Trump’s 19 percent. Moving up into third place is Ted Cruz, at 10% support, followed by Marco Rubio in fourth, with Jeb Bush and Rand Paul tied for fifth place.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa real estate market had the best third quarter in eight years, with the median sales price up 5.1 percent and home sales up 5.2 percent from the third quarter of 2014, according to the Iowa Association of Realtors. Houses sold in the third quarter were on the market an average of 67 days. Year-to-date sales have outpaced last year’s numbers by nearly 8 percent. The median sales price in September was nearly $140,000.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

DES MOINES (IRN) – A verdict was announced today in the trial of two former aides of the 2012 Ron Paul campaign for president, according to KCCI-TV. Dmitri Kesari was found guilty of falsifying records, found not guilty of obstruction of justice, and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on three other counts. Jesse Benton was found not guilty of making false statements to law enforcement.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A naked California man emerged from a Southridge Mall bathroom in Des Moines Wednesday and raised a finger to his lips, begging silence from passersby, according to the Des Moines Register. 55-year-old Michael James Ryan of Venice, California, walked naked from the men’s restroom. After returning to the restroom to dress, he tried to flee police and became belligerent while being placed under arrest.

CHEROKEE, IA (IRN) – An Iowa judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Iowa Utilities Board’s authority to give the power of eminent domain to an out-of-state developer of an oil pipeline through Iowa. KCCI-TV reports Judge Carl Petersen said in an order filed Tuesday in Cherokee that the three landowners who brought the lawsuit had to exhaust the administrative remedies required before they may sue a state agency.

SOLON, IA – Three Marion teens face multiple charges for a rash of vehicle burglaries in Solon last month.  KCRG-TV reports the teens were later recorded on video using the stolen credit cards at various businesses and admitted to the burglaries during an interview.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Pleasant Hill man has been found guilty of attempted murder, two counts of assault to inflict serious injury, and other charges. The Des Moines Register reports the verdict came Wednesday against 33-year-old Pete Polson. Polson went on a shooting rampage last November, shooting one man in the abdomen, another in the back and neck, and firing a shot at a third man, missing him.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Des Moines mother was charged with child endangerment Wednesday after she allegedly beat her toddler in a Hy-Vee parking lot, according to KCCI-TV. Witnesses say the child would have died from injuries inflicted by Shauna Davis, 28, had someone not intervened. One witness says “She was just punching the baby so hard that the whole car was shaking…then she threw her baby onto the cement…screaming I hate you, shut up.” Davis is in jail.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An intense thunderstorm that passed through Iowa City Tuesday night stressed firefighters and dispatchers as several fire response units were pressed into action at the same time. KCRG-TV reports two house fires and dozens of 911 calls required responses during the heavy rain and lightning.  At one point all firefighters were pulled off ladders and away from trucks because of concerns over the proximity and intensity of the lightning.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Des Moines woman saved her sons but lost her home to a fire. WHO-TV reports April Ruby left her six and seven year old sons sleeping Monday night while she ran two doors down to her mother’s house to pick up her 2-year-old daughter. When she got back home, minutes later, she heard the smoke alarm blaring and the house was on fire. She was able to rescue the boys, but the house and everything they own was destroyed.