Tuesday, April 20, 2021

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A West Des Moines police officer seriously injured by an alleged drunk driver last year has sued the driver as well as the southern Iowa casino where he claims bartenders overserved the motorist before the crash. Officer Jon Kaufman was awaiting a tow truck to remove another vehicle from the side of Interstate 35 just after midnight on Nov. 8 when a car driven by Jon Schwartz, 61, of Kellogg struck the car he was sitting in, seriously injuring both men. He had been drinking at Lakeside Casino in Osceola.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Two men are charged with committing a hate crime in Polk County after they allegedly assaulted a man while yelling racial slurs. Rural Polk County resident Robert Ray Shelton, 49, and Swan resident Joseph William Rossing, 35, are charged with assault causing bodily injury in violation of individual rights – Iowa’s hate crime charge. The pair punched a Black man several times Saturday while yelling slurs.

WAVERLY, IA (IRN) – A Waverly man was killed in a farming accident north of Waverly Monday. Dale Clewell, 63, was working on a field planter when a jack lifting it up moved, causing the equipment to fall on him and kill him.

JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – One person is dead after a semi rolled into a ditch in Johnson County Monday. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

IOWA (IRN) – As many Iowans have been vaccinated, 43 counties declined their allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines for this week.

Monday, April 19, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines couple faces charges after police said their 16-year-old son with special needs was zip-tied to a chair. On February 22, 48-year-old Jennifer Marie Ryan brought her 16-year-old son to work with her. She then zip-tied the boy to a chair. Further investigation found that the boy was routinely confined to his bedroom for several months and on occasion restrained to his bed frame by zip ties. He was also denied food, among other abuses. Ryan and her husband 47-year-old Richard Joe Ryan, are charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines Police Department recovered the body of a man from a car in a lagoon Sunday. Police said the body and the vehicle appeared to have been in the water for “a considerable length of time.” Mushroom hunters spotted the vehicle.

JANESVILLE, IA (IRN) – An 18-year-old Janesville man was arrested after he crashed a stolen vehicle while fleeing from authorities. Dakota Moeller was arrested on suspicion of second-degree felony theft, eluding police and carrying a weapon on school grounds. The vehicle Moeller was driving had been stolen from a Janesville home earlier on Sunday.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Drake women’s basketball has a new head coach. Allison Pohlman will be stepping into the role after being a longtime associate head coach for the program. She has been a part of the program since 2007, in which she has assisted Drake to a record of 123-39.

DYERSVILLE, IA (IRN) – Some Dyersville companies are offering their employees incentives to get their vaccine shots. FarmTek, Clearspan, and TekSupply are all part of the Engineering Services and Products Company or ESAPCO. ESAPCO is encouraging employees to get vaccinated by offering a one-time $100 bonus and two extra days of vacation.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Public health on Saturday reported seven new COVID-19 positive tests and eight additional deaths. Since the start of the pandemic there have been 5,878 total deaths in Iowa.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the Indianapolis shooting victims. The order goes into effect immediately and remains until sunset April 20. The order is in conjunction with President Joe Biden’s order to lower flags.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Although the weather has been cool and quiet for the last several days, all of that will change starting early next week. Beginning on Monday, temperatures will vary drastically across the region as a cold front approaches. Behind the front will be mostly rain, but also the potential for snow.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Hawkeyes fans returned to Kinnick Stadium for the first time since November 2019 on Saturday. The team held one of their two open spring practices. Masks were required, and fans and players took part in the Hawkeye Wave tradition.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IRN) – An Iowa man has been indicted on charges related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Kyle James Young, 37, of Redfield, assaulted officer Michael Fanone and attempted to take a weapon from an officer.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A Sioux City man has pleaded guilty to smuggling gun silencers into the United States. Lloyd Clark, 72, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of smuggling goods into the United States. He could be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A man accused of trying to entice students at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids to get into his car has been arrested after being chased by police on Friday.
Douglas Frederick Kay, 63, was arrested and charged with Eluding, Speeding, and two counts of Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device.

IOWA (IRN) – For the first time since vaccinations began, some counties are declining vaccine allocations from the state. The decision comes as counties across Iowa are struggling to fill vaccine appointments. While they can just store them for later use, they’re deciding to accept fewer doses and let more vaccines go to larger communities that need them most.