Saturday, January 9, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – The Cedar Rapids Police Department is investigating three late night shootings in Cedar Rapids, according to KCRG-TV. In each incident, police say at least one person suffered injuries. No one has been arrested.

INDIANOLA, IA (IRN) – An Indianola man has been charged with threatening terrorism after allegedly trying to buy a gun from a friend so he could “kill a lot of people,” according to the Des Moines Register. 21-year-old Trey Sudbrock of Indianola was first arrested Nov. 24 on domestic assault charges and a no contact order was filed, ordering him to stay away from the victim. He posted bond and was released from jail, only later to violate the order and torture and kill his girlfriend’s dog. Police found his threat credible and charged him with threatening terrorism.

MARION, IA (IRN) – Unattended stovetop cooking started a kitchen fire at a Marion apartment complex Friday. KCRG-TV reports fire crews found smoke coming from the apartment when they arrived. Alarms warned occupants about the smoke and everyone was evacuated. The fire was extinguished quickly, and two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

CLINTON, IA (IRN) – Volunteers from as far away as Minnesota have joined family and friends in Clinton to search for missing 36-year-old Joshua Snyder. Snyder was last seen Wednesday leaving his fiance’s house. Family and friends are worried because Snyder sometimes has seizures, and he is without his medication.

NEWTON, IA (IRN) – A Newton pastor was hit by a 19-year-old drunk driver while helping another driver out of a ditch Wednesday. KCCI-TV reports Pastor Cory Stout is resting at home after suffering numerous bruises and seven stitches. Stout has a message for the driver — he forgives him.

Friday, January 8, 2016

FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – Two juveniles and two adults have been arrested in relation to a kidnapping case Thursday in Fort Dodge. WHO-TV reports a juvenile contacted police claiming he’d been assaulted and had damage done to his vehicle. The victim said the suspects forced him into his car at gunpoint and made him drive to a park. A 15-year-old male is charged with two counts of second degree kidnapping and possession with intent to deliver. A 17-year-old male is also charged with third degree criminal mischief and serious assault. Nineteen-year-old Dakota Marnach and 18-year-old Ricki Riley are both charged with possession with intent to deliver.

WINTERSET, IA (IRN) – A Madison County Jail inmate found unresponsive in his cell Thursday has died. The Des Moines Register reports the inmate was taken to Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset. Sheriff Jason Barnes says the inmate died there later that day. The inmate has been identified as 33-year-old Joshua Barker, of Winterset. He’d been arrested Sunday on drug and other charges. An investigation is underway, but no foul play is suspected.

DECORAH, IA (IRN) – A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Decorah man to five years probation for selling goats he’d used as collateral for a farm loan. KCRG-TV reports 36-year-old Andrew Hansen admitted to selling goats and farm equipment that had been used as collateral on FSA loans he got to run a dairy goat farm. He says he used the money for his own purposes rather than to pay off the loans. Hansen also has to pay $35,000 in restitution.

ALTOONA, IA (IRN) – The Iowa State Patrol says a 15-year-old girl reported as a runaway led officers in three cities on a high-speed chase overnight. KCCI-TV reports Des Moines Police spotted a stolen Ford F-150 that was connected to the 15-year-old runaway. The driver took off at speeds up to 100 mph. The pickup ran over stop sticks but kept going to I-80, where it went through cable barriers onto the median, and rolled several times. The girl is OK, but faces charges.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A possible child enticement case occurred in Des Moines. A 16-year-old girl reported that while she was waiting for her school bus Thursday morning she noticed a dark colored SUV drive past and the driver asked her if she needed a ride. After the girl yelled “NO”, the vehicle began to turn around and drive back toward her. The girl then ran next door to her aunt’s house and called police.

RHODES, IA (IRN) – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office says two people in Rhodes suffered gunshot wounds while cleaning a handgun Thursday night. 74-year-old Richard Jones and 69-year-old Ilene Jones both suffered injuries when the firearm accidentally discharged.

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A happy Mason City boy has become a viral sensation on Facebook, according to KIMT-TV. Eight-year-old Joseph Donachricha wants to meet country singer Luke Bryan when he’s performing in Iowa next month. An online video shows Joseph holding pieces of paper about his life and his struggle with Cerebral Palsy, and how he’d really like Luke Bryan to visit his school. While the singer has yet to respond, Joseph is hopeful.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

KEOKUK, IA (IRN) – An Iowa man was found shot in the chest three times early Thursday. The Iowa DCI reports Keokuk police were called to a residence on a report of gunshots fired.
Officers found 32-year-old Ian Keefe suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest. His current condition is not available. His two dogs in his home were also shot. Two people wearing masks were seen fleeing the scene in a car.

DANVILLE, IA (IRN) – An Illinois woman has been charged with taking pain medication meant for patients at Danville Care Center in Danville, Iowa. WQAD-TV reports forty-three-year-old Sonja Hanks, of Biggsville, Illinois, was arrested Monday afternoon. Court records say the medication, which Hanks obtained while working as a nurse at the center, was meant to be given to three patients.

VICTOR, IA (IRN) – A missing 12-year-old Newton girl has been found safe and her mother and her mother’s boyfriend have been arrested. KCCI-TV reports 35-year-old Kevin Carlton and 37-year-old Misty Shaver were located by law enforcement at a rest area near Victor Wednesday night. Shaver and Carlton were charged on warrants in the disappearance of 12-year-old Charlene Brown. The girl was with Shaver and Carlton at the time of the arrest, and she is safe.

FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – Webster County supervisors are saying the county assessor went to her office and had files deleted off the county computer after she was fired by the county Conference Board. KWWL-TV reports the supervisors also say Jeanette Thanupakorn (THAN-u-puh-kern) also hasn’t turned over to the county a recording of the Oct. 27 meeting at which she was terminated. She was later reinstated and placed on paid administrative leave, pending a hearing.

ALTOONA, IA (IRN) – A Colfax man died after a trench collapsed on him at an Altoona construction site Wednesday morning. The Des Moines Register reports 30-year-old Justin Jorgensen died in the accident despite rescue attempts. Jorgensen and other workers had dug a trench for a sewer pipe when walls of a trench collapsed. The hole was more than 12 feet deep, and an initial investigation suggests required safety procedures were not being followed.

BOONE, IA (IRN) – A Boone man has been charged with his third OWI after a Story County crash with his daughter, according to KCCI-TV. 28-year-old Stuart Corson had his 7-year-old daughter in his car while driving under the influence. Deputies found Corson and his daughter in the rolled-over car, trying to stay warm on the cold night. Corson is in jail.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Tom Latham, an Iowa Republican who served in Congress for 20 years, announced Wednesday that he has cancer. WHO-TV reports he has Lymphoma. Latham represented Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 until he retired in 2015. Latham says he never lost an election, and that he isn’t going to lose this battle either.

GARRISON, IA (IRN) – Volunteers have finished adding the final touches to the new Garrison Public Library. KCRG-TV reports the community has been working on the project since July of 2011, when a strong windstorm tore the roof off the old library. The new library is small, and total costs will be approximately $450,000. Library board member Christy Leckband says after the storm the citizens of the small rural community had to decide if the town was going to die or grow, and they chose to grow.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Police are investigating a series of instances of counterfeit currency involving fake $100 dollar bills in Iowa City. KCRG-TV reports $3,000 in fake bills have been recovered so far. Iowa City police suggest businesses use a counterfeit bill detection pen to make sure that bills are legitimate.

ALTOONA, IA (IRN) – Rescue crews were called to a construction site in Altoona this morning after a trench collapsed on a worker and killed him. KCCI-TV reports it happened near Adventureland. The Medical Examiner was on scene and crews have recovered the body. The name has not been released.

HIGH RIDGE, MI (IRN) – Forty-five Iowa National Guard soldiers are returning to Iowa today. WHO-TV reports the soldiers were deployed to a Missouri town where severe flooding knocked out the water treatment plant. Soldiers have spent the past six days purifying enough water for the entire town, and their mission is now complete.

DELAWARE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A Delaware County man accidentally shot and killed himself after euthanizing an aggressive bull on a farm outside of Dundee on Tuesday. KWWL-TV reports 57-year-old Randall Kelchen had used the shotgun to euthanize the bull. As he was climbing over the gate to get out of the barnyard, the shotgun went off, striking and killing him instantly.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A former Iowa mayor who resigned after accusations of inappropriate conduct with children is now facing rape charges in Kansas City. The Des Moines Register reports Jeremy Filbert, who resigned as Mitchellville’s mayor last April, is facing multiple charges of assaulting victims less than 14-years-old. Filbert ran for the Iowa State Senate in District 15 as a Republican in 2014.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A 56-year-old man was arrested after he attacked a man with a sword Sunday. The Quad-City Times reports that David Ward is charged with going armed with intent and assault while displaying a weapon. Ward was arguing with two people Sunday night at a Davenport residence when he left and returned shortly with a 30-inch sword that had a 21-inch sharpened blade. Ward swung the sword several times at one of the men, cutting him on the hand.

MARSHALLTOWN, IA (IRN) – A Marshalltown man is celebrating the memory of his wife and seeking to have a little fun by holding a “Shirley party” at the city’s senior citizens center. KCCI-TV reports 82-year-old Laverne Pille decided to hold the party Thursday in honor of his late wife, Shirley. Pille says his wife used to occasionally attend theme-parties where only women named Shirley were invited. Pille hopes up to 100 Shirleys will join the party, adding he knows the name is common among older people who were named after 1930s child star Shirley Temple.