Monday, July 6, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Public Health data continues to show a rise in positive coronavirus cases. On Monday, IDPH reported 413 new positive cases and no additional deaths. The statewide total is now 31,656 positive cases and 721 deaths. Positive cases in Iowa had been declining since an apparent peak in early May but have started to increase since the end of June.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Four people died in a fiery overnight crash early Sunday morning in Des Moines. A Volkswagen Golf was being driven at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, struck a tree and caught fire. An officer was first at the scene and was able to rescue a 22-year-old woman. The four killed were all men in their early 20’s.

EVANSDALE, IA (IRN) – An Arizona woman who was found buried with her stepfather in Evansdale, Iowa appears to have been killed with a sledgehammer by her boyfriend, according to KCRG-TV. The bodies of 28-year-old Elissa Landry and 45-year-old David Batten were found buried in her Subaru Forester in May. Waterloo police arrested 24-year-old Mitchell Mincks and charged him with murder.

MUSCATINE, IA (IRN) – The mayor of Muscatine issued a city wide face covering mandate Sunday. There are exceptions for eating, exercising outdoors, and other situations.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Rapids Police and Fire responded to a large house fire on Sunday morning. While the home was destroyed, there were no serious injuries, and firefighters managed to pull a family dog out of the home safely.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa Department of Public Health data continues to show an increase in positive coronavirus cases in the state. On Saturday, IDPH reported 567 new positive cases and 1 additional death. That brings the statewide total to 30,922 cases and 721 deaths.

MANCHESTER, IA (IRN) – A 17-year-old died after drowning at Lake Delhi Friday.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call about a possible drowning around 7 p.m. Friday. The caller reported that someone had jumped into the lake and did nor resurface. The Delhi Fire Department divers located the victim, 17-year-old Teige Hunt, in about forty feet of water.

LINN COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A motorcycle rider was seriously hurt Saturday afternoon after going into the ditch in Linn County. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says 61-year-old Jay Matthews of Walker was riding his bike when he left the road. He was able to crawl to the shoulder to flag down help. Matthews was taken to Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Iowa Capitol on Saturday to deliver a letter that called for lawmakers to get rid of historical monuments on the state grounds. What statues they want removed will be named later.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa Department of Public Health data continues to show an increase in positive coronavirus cases in the state. On Saturday, IDPH reported 567 new positive cases and 1 additional death. That brings the statewide total to 30,922 cases and 731 deaths.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A former Cedar Rapids Jefferson softball star was arrested and charged, along with a retired homicide detective, with murder in connection with a 1999 killing of a Jacksonville Florida man. KCRG-TV reports Melissa Schafer, 50, was arrested in Jefferson City, Missouri Thursday. Her ex-husband, William Baer, who is a former homicide detective in Jacksonville was arrested the same day in Florida. DNA evidence linked the two to the murder of Saad Kawaf, who owned a convenience store. Kawaf was stabbed and killed when a man and woman attacked him in his driveway and then tied up his wife in their home, stealing about $30,000. Police now say Baer and Shafer were those attackers.

CHICAGO, IL (IRN) – An Iowa Central Community College student-athlete was killed in a Chicago shooting. The victim, Jacquice Baylock, was a sophomore and a member of the Triton football team. Baylock, 18, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and later died.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A private helicopter crashed near the Des Moines Airport Friday night. One person was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Friday, July 3, 2020

IOWA (IRN) – As of 10 a.m. Friday, the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed 389 additional COVID-19 cases. 30,355 positive cases have been confirmed statewide since Iowa’s outbreak began. There have been three additional COVID-19 deaths for a statewide death toll of 720. COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities account for 381 of the state’s total deaths.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Some professors at the University of Iowa said they’re scared to return to the university this fall. The Cedar Rapids Gazette published an open letter written by 37 staff and faculty members to students. They said, “We’re scared for our health and yours, and we’re deeply concerned about the direction in which our university is headed.” The University of Iowa announced it will resume face-to-face classes Aug. 24.

MUSCATINE, IA (IRN) – Muscatine’s Mayor says she will be issuing a city-wide mandatory face mask proclamation in the coming days. Mason City’s mayor has also made this mandate. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says mayors don’t have the authority to do this–only the Governor does.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Gov. Kim Reynolds eased some regulations amid this pandemic, including allowing bars and restaurants to sell cocktails to-go in an effort to provide economic relief during closures. That provision is now permanent, thanks to a new state law.