Tuesday, September 15, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Police are investigating an overnight robbery at a Waterloo home, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. The victim told police the suspects entered his home and beat him with a pistol. The attackers then fled with cash.

CLEAR LAKE, IA (IRN) – The coordinator of a Clear Lake animal shelter was taken to jail Monday for refusing to release a dog to its owner. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports 57-year-old Debbie Kern was ordered by a judge to turn over the dog, but she refused, believing it had been abandoned and abused. The shelter later obeyed the judge’s order.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The businessman picked as the next University of Iowa president had visited campus two months earlier at the invitation of the presidential search committee chair, according to KCCI-TV. Bruce Harreld’s visit raises more questions about whether he was given special treatment during the search. Critics say Harreld is unqualified but the Iowa Board of Regents hired him anyway.

BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – Following a power outage Saturday night, the city of Burlington discharged partially treated wastewater to the Mississippi River, according to the Iowa DNR. When a breaker tripped, the power loss shut off all pumps causing partially treated wastewater to overflow. 27,000 gallons discharged to the river before pumping resumed. The same breaker tripped on Aug. 8, causing a wastewater discharge of 22,000 gallons.

DELAWARE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A 20-year-old has died following a fiery crash in Delaware County Monday. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the 20-year-old was driving on Highway 38 south of Greeley and hit a silage chopper. The car caught fire and the driver died at the scene. The driver’s name has not been released. The other driver suffered minor injuries.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – An in-home camera feed revealed a caretaker was physically abusing one of his patients. The Des Moines Register reports Benjamin Songol, 30, was arrested Sunday on a charge of wanton neglect of a dependent adult. Video shows Songol slapping a 20-year-old patient who requires 24-hour care. The patient has the mental capacity of a two-year-old. Songol works for The Homestead, an organization that works with people with autism.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Before the next legislative session begins, some Iowa lawmakers will explore the idea of building a tobacco-free casino in Cedar Rapids. KWWL-TV reports three members of the Iowa House and three members of the Senate will serve on a legislative interim commission.  The commission will meet this fall and prepare a recommendation, if any, to be submitted to the 2016 Iowa Legislature.

DES MOINES (IRN) – President Obama visited North High School in Des Moines Monday to share his mission to put more kids in college. KCCI-TV reports Obama went to North to make the point that struggling schools can get better. He also shared improvements that have been made to simplify the college loan process, and a proposal to offer free college tuition by eliminating some corporate tax loopholes.


Monday, September 14, 2015

BUCKEYE, IA (IRN) – Rescue crews were called to a semi vs. minivan crash near the town of Buckeye on Monday. KCCI-TV reports the minivan came off the exit ramp from Highway 20, then went back onto the highway where it was T-boned by a semi. The names and conditions of those involved in the crash have not been released.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Rapids police have made an arrest for a double homicide that occurred in 2014. KWWL-TV reports Kendu Ray Petties, 31, has been arrested and charged with two counts of Murder in the First Degree. He is charged in the murder of Quintrell D. Perkins, 22, and Sierrah Rochelle Simmons, 20, who were both shot.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – An 18-year-old woman was injured after being struck by a train Sunday morning in Dubuque. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports Ellie McIntyre was hospitalized for treatment of her injuries. McIntyre was sitting on the tracks shortly before dawn as a train approached. The engineer blew his whistle and applied the brakes. McIntyre did not move off of the tracks and was struck by the engine. Authorities believe she may have been previously assaulted.

DES MOINES, IA – Five people have been killed in Iowa so far this season in vehicle crashes related to tall corn obscuring the vision of drivers entering intersections. KELO-TV reports crops cover more than 90% of Iowa land, and the problem is made worse because many intersections have no stop signs. The problem is also widespread across Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota and Indiana.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – An officer involved shooting in Wellman has resulted in the death of a man, according to KCII-Radio. On Saturday the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call stating that Martin Francis Hammen, 39, was suicidal.  Hammen couldn’t be found at his residence. Later that evening, authorities responded to a fire at that address. Hammen was seen running from the fire toward the tree line, and when he returned he approached officers carrying a handgun and a propane torch. He failed to drop the weapon when ordered, and was shot and killed by a deputy.

IOWA FALLS, IA (IRN) – Authorities are investigating the discovery of a dead man found in a ditch north of Iowa Falls. Shortly after noon Sunday the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office received the report of the body in the ditch off Highway 65. The man’s name has not been released.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa City man who stabbed his wife multiple times with a piece of broken glass last year pled guilty Friday to lesser charges and faces up to 12 years in prison. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports Scott Bender, 49, was assaulting his wife when a window broke. Armed with a piece of broken glass, he got on top of her and began stabbing her. Bender told his wife, “You are dead.” The assault ended when the couple’s son intervened.

GUTHRIE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – One person received minor injuries in a helicopter accident in rural Guthrie County Saturday, according to Raccoon Valley Radio. Police say the pilot reported a mechanical problem while flying and the helicopter crashed into a corn field. The pilot was able to walk away from the crash.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (IRN) – Taylor Wiebers, Miss Iowa 2015, made it to the top 12 during the Miss America competition Sunday, according to the Des Moines Register. A 21-year-old University of Iowa student, Wiebers hopes to found and operate a pediatric cancer nonprofit. Miss Georgia took home the crown. There has never been a Miss America from Iowa.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A Waterloo teen is in the hospital after being shot. KWWL-TV reports a 14-year-old male was riding his bike when he was shot in the leg. He was taken to a local hospital where he faces non-life-threatening injuries. This is one of two shootings reported in Waterloo on Saturday.

GANESH JHORA, INDIA (IRN) – A man from the northeastern Iowa town of Randalia is dead following a climbing accident in India, according to The Telegraph of Calcutta. 20-year-old Lamar Fox was traveling with a friend on a mission trip. The men decided to climb up a rocky stream, when Fox slipped and fell and hit a rock and lost consciousness.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Police are investigating a stabbing at the Kennedy Mall in Dubuque Friday night. KWWL-TV reports the victim, 22-year-old Shelvy Lee Marcus Fair of Dubuque was found bleeding from a stab wound. Police say 26-year-old Tommy Ray Price Jr. of Mount Morris, Illinois has been arrested for the stabbing. The injuries are not life-threatening.

AMES, IA (IRN) – For the fourth straight year, the road team won the annual Cy-Hawk rivalry game as Iowa defeated Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday by a score of 31-17. Next week, Iowa hosts Pittsburgh and Iowa State travels to Toledo.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A University of Iowa sorority has been suspended after posting a video on YouTube showing members performing a profane song that references binge drinking. The Iowa City Press citizen reports the video has logged more than 95,000 views, and showed members of the Delta Epsilon chapter of Alpha Phi singing the song that includes the line: “Now watch me chug, now watch me shotgun. Now watch me chug, chug, now watch me black out.”

DES MOINES (IRN) – Police are investigating a deadly shooting on the east side of Des Moines, according to WHO-TV. 28-year-old Matthew Cizek was shot just before 6 p.m. Friday evening and later died at a hospital. The suspect sped off on a motorcycle and is still at large, however police have identified him and say Cizek knew the suspect. This is the third homicide for Des Moines in less than 24 hours.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Police are investigating a body found on the Coe College campus on Friday as an unattended death. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports the identity of the adult woman has not yet been determined. Her body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause and manner of death. Police do not believe the public is in any danger.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Former Iowa basketball star Roy Marble, the school’s all-time leading scorer, has died. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports Marble, who had battled cancer in recent years, was 48. Marble led Iowa to the NCAA Tournament four times, including an Elite Eight appearance in 1987. Marble is the second high-profile Iowa athlete to die this week. Former football star Tyler Sash, 27, was found dead in his home in Oskaloosa on Tuesday.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (IRN) – Miss Iowa Taylor Wiebers is hoping to make it to the final round in the Miss America pageant.  For the second time in as many days, Wiebers received the top spot in a preliminary round of competition. She was named the winner Tuesday for the talent preliminary and Friday she took the victory in the swimsuit preliminary round. The live broadcast is Sunday night from Atlantic City.