Wednesday, January 13, 2016

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The trial of a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s daughter has ended in a mistrial. KCCI-TV reports the mistrial was declared by the judge due to comments made by the child’s mother, Nissa Alvarez, during testimony. Alvarez claimed 26-year-old Joe Lopez had forced her to have sexual relations. The judge said the statement was too prejudicial. Lopez is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, IA – A Fairfield man has been charged with homicide by vehicle, operating under the influence and involuntary manslaughter. KCII-radio reports on Monday 33-year-old Jon Paul Jorge Noivo of Fairfield was arrested. On July 8th, 2015, Noivo lost control of his Cadillac Escalade on Highway 218 in Washington County. The vehicle entered the median and Noivo over-corrected, causing it to roll. 24-year-old Wendy Ann Lane Littrell of Fairfield, a passenger, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She died at the scene.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A Dubuque woman is facing a second degree murder charge for beating her ex-husband to death. KCRG-TV reports police arrested 62-year-old Delores Flynn Monday. They said she killed 72-year-old Gary Breckenridge with a baseball bat. Neighbors say they heard a series of loud “booms” and heard Breckenridge yell “she’s killing me.” If convicted, Flynn would face up to 50 years in prison.

AMES, IA (IRN) – A 20-year-old man is behind bars after sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping. WHO-TV reports officers with the Ames Police Department were called to an apartment about 2 a.m. Tuesday. A 23-year-old woman said she was sleeping when her neighbor, David Giera, entered through an unlocked door and sexually assaulted her. She was able to fight him off and push him out of the apartment. He’s in jail.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Falls man was arrested for strangling his cat and trying to drink its blood. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports police were called to an apartment and found the remains of the cat. Police noticed 36-year-old Justin Jacoby had blood on his face. Apparently upset over an upcoming eviction, Jacoby said he killed the cat to satisfy his blood craving and to keep the animal from having to go to an animal shelter after his eviction. Jacoby told police he had the cat for 11 years.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The longest serving governor in U.S. history gave his condition of the state address for the 22nd time Tuesday. WOI-TV reports Governor Terry Branstad covered topics that ranged from the budget, to energy, to education. Branstad received bipartisan support on a number of issues, receiving a long standing ovation for his efforts to improve fairness and equality in Iowa’s criminal justice system.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MONTROSE, IA (IRN) – Three people were found dead and one was injured in a mobile home fire in the southeast Iowa city of Montrose. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department says firefighters on Monday afternoon found the mobile home engulfed in flames. 33-year-old Jacob Glen Russell escaped the fire with severe burns and wounds. Names have not been released.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Falls man was arrested after authorities found a pot-growing operation at his residence. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports while executing a search warrant at the home of 34-year-old Joseph Ackerson, investigators found a marijuana growing operation, including numerous unprocessed marijuana plants and growing equipment. Also located was processed marijuana bagged up and packaged for sale. Ackerson faces numerous drug charges.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines hospital had a brief shutdown Monday night, according to WHO-TV. Police were called to Broadlawns Medical Center around 8:00 p.m. because of what they describe as a threat. Officers swept the building for about an hour but didn’t find anything and workers were given an all clear. Police have not released what the threat involved.

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – Mason City fire crews responded to an explosion and fire at Charlie’s Auto Repair in Mason City Monday. KIMT-TV reports that while the cause of the fire has not been officially determined, workers were doing repairs on an industrial truck that contained LP gas. The workers noticed a gas smell and ran before the explosion. No one was injured.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines mother paid $4,000 to bail her daughter out of jail, but she said the bondsman took the money and left her loved one behind bars. KCCI-TV reports
Lori Evans said Alpha Bail Bonds promised to help Evans get her daughter out of jail before Christmas. Police arrested daughter Airianna Evans for drug possession with intent to deliver on Dec. 18. Alpha Bail Bonds has no comment.

BETTENDORF, IA (IRN) – Bettendorf police are searching for the person or people who killed several geese at Middle Park Lagoon. WQAD-TV reports a total of seven geese appear to have been shot several times with either a BB or pellet gun. Several of the geese also had wings that had been broken. State officials have been notified.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – One of the last Holocaust survivors in Iowa died over the weekend.
The Des Moines Register reports that 91-year-old Jennie Wolnerman died Saturday in her Des Moines home. Her family shared one anecdote that they say truly defined her. While on a Nazi death march she stole a loaf of bread from a Nazi guard. Another guard told her that if she had the ability to steal from a guard, that she would make it. She became known for sharing food with starving prisoners. Her motto was “if you have two, give one, and if you have one, give half.”

Monday, January 11, 2016

DAVIS COUNTY, IA (IRN) – An arrest has been made in a Davis County Death investigation. 16-year-old Michael Thomas Goodwin, Jr. was charged with 1st Degree Murder, a Class A felony in the death of his father, Michael Thomas Goodwin, Sr. No other information has been released.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa Department of Public Health officials report Monday that flu cases are increasing in Iowa right now. Flu season in Iowa typically peaks in late January or February. All three flu viruses covered by this year’s vaccines are currently circulating in Iowa. It’s not too late to get a flu shot.

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A woman in her 30’s found lying unresponsive outside a Mason City strip mall late Thursday night was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital. The Mason City Globe-Gazette reports a passer-by reported the woman was lying on the sidewalk. The investigation is ongoing.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A local firefighter is in the hospital after being injured in a early morning fire. WOI-TV reports West Des Moines firefighters were called to the fire around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. When crews got there the house was engulfed in flames. The house collapsed and the firefighter was injured when an exterior wall fell and struck him. The house is a total loss and the cause of the fire is being investigated.

DES MOINES (IRN) – It’s a new year and a new session for the Iowa State Legislature. KCCI-TV reports several Iowa lawmakers made stops Sunday afternoon at the Capitol as they prepared to start the 2016 legislative session today. Among the issues to be considered are K-12 public education, and the Governor’s move toward private management of the state Medicaid system. It’s expected to be a contentious and partisan session.

MADISON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – One man is dead following a fatal car crash late Saturday night.
WHO-TV reports the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident near Winterset. Upon arrival, deputies found one vehicle fully engulfed in flames. The driver of the vehicle, 48-year-old John Eller of Winterset, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one in the second vehicle was injured. It appears the vehicle driven by Eller hit the back of the other one.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Five teenagers are facing felony charges after Waterloo police say they robbed a food delivery driver after calling in an order. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports officers responded to a robbery in progress at a vacant house. Police said when a driver from the China King restaurant delivered to the house, the five teens robbed him of money and food. The teens used a handgun in the incident.

DES MOINES (IRN) – When Linda Upmeyer gavels in the Iowa House of Representatives today, it will be an historic day. Upmeyer, a Republican from Clear Lake, will become the first woman to serve as speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives. And she will assume the same speaker’s seat from which her father, Del Stromer, governed 34 years ago. It’s believed Stromer and Upmeyer are the first father-daughter duo to serve as a state’s House speaker in the nation’s history.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

SAC COUNTY (IRN) – A 19-year-old died after losing control of his vehicle in Sac County. KWWL-TV reports the driver lost control, rolled the vehicle, and was thrown from the vehicle and landed on the highway. A second vehicle then ran over him. Anthony Sanfratello, of Chicago, died at the scene.

SAC COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A deadly house fire that occurred Friday in the northwestern Iowa town of Auburn is under investigation. WHO-TV reports by the time Auburn firefighters arrived, the house had burned to the ground. Authorities found human remains in the rubble. The Sac County sheriff’s office says the homeowner had not shown up for work that day.

MUSCATINE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A Muscatine woman died in an early morning crash Saturday. The Iowa State Patrol reports 23-year-old Scharell Shavers was attempting to pass a semi when she came up on a disabled car in the middle of the road. When Shavers tried to move back into the other lane, she lost control on the ice and collided with the semi. Shavers was pronounced dead at the scene while the semi driver was not injured. Shavers was not wearing a seatbelt.

DECORAH, IA (IRN) – An Academy Award winning movie that is one of Disney’s biggest successes ever has a connection to Iowa. KIMT-TV reports Disney representatives contacted staff at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum for help. The movie ‘Frozen’ is set in Norway, so Disney creators wanted some artifacts to help inspire the film. The Museum provided them with 21 objects typical of what Norwegians would have used in the 1800’s. Disney will keep the artifacts from the museum on display in Epcot for three years.