Sunday, November 29, 2015

DES MOINES (IRN) – Police in Des Moines are investigating a shooting that injured two people in the Court Avenue District early Sunday morning. WHO-TV reports two victims were found at 3rd Street and Court Avenue in the popular downtown entertainment district. They were transported to Des Moines-area hospitals, and their conditions have not been released. No suspect has been taken into custody.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa City Police arrested a woman for child endangerment after she failed to take a child to the hospital after he was severely burned.  KWWL-TV reports 31-year-old Jamie Eakes-Netser was charged Wednesday. Two days after the toddler was injured, police received an anonymous complaint that he needed medical attention for the first and second degree burns. When officers responded to Eakes-Netser’s home she was drunk.

FOREST CITY, IA (IRN) – A family is without a home this holiday season after a Thanksgiving day fire. KIMT-TV reports the home in Forest City has extensive smoke and water damage and is uninhabitable. Four people were home at the time of the fire, but they were able to make it out safely. Officials believe the fire started because of an electrical overload.

AMES, IA (IRN) – Sports Illustrated reports Iowa State University is expected to offer its head football coaching job to Toledo’s Matt Campbell. A deal is expected to be reached in the next two days, and interviews with other candidates have been cancelled. 35-year-old Campbell spent four years as Toledo’s coach, going 35–15, including a 9–2 record this season.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

DUBUQUE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A barn in Asbury is a total loss after being destroyed by a fire, according to KWWL-TV. The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says the barn was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. The value of the shed and the items inside are estimated at $150,000.

FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – A man was shot multiple times in the parking lot of Sneakers Eatery and Pub in Fort Dodge Friday, according to KCCI-TV. 25-year-old Damal Clayton received multiple gunshots wounds to his body. Officials located and seized multiple firearms and large quantities of narcotics from three residences throughout Fort Dodge in relation to the shooting. Arrest warrants have been issued for 22-year-old Torre Ashton Mosley.

FAIRBANK, IA (IRN) – Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a horse and buggy crash southeast of Fairbank Friday evening.  KWWL-TV reports 23-year-old Ashley Conner of Oelwein was driving a 2014 Chevy Cruze when she hit the Amish buggy. The collision caused severe damage to the buggy, but no serious injuries were reported to the seven people riding it.

NORTH LIBERTY, IA (IRN) – Community leaders in North Liberty are considering renaming part of Highway 965 that runs through downtown. According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the idea is designed to give the community more of a sense of identity. The city is planning to take name suggestions from the public. Down the road from North Liberty, Coralville has changed road names before — Highway 965 became Coral Ridge Avenue and First Avenue became Hayden Fry Way.

LINCOLN, NE (IRN) – The Iowa football team completed an impressive undefeated regular season on Friday as they defeated Nebraska 28-20 on the road. Iowa is now 12-0 for the first time in school history, and will now play in the Big Ten Championship Game on December 5 in Indianapolis against an as yet to be determined opponent.

Friday, November 27, 2015

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – The DuTrac Community Credit Union in Dubuque was robbed this morning. KWWL-TV reports a man entered the credit union and passed a teller a note saying he was armed and wanted money. The teller complied and the man left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was displayed and no injuries were reported.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A former bank vice president and two accomplices have been sentenced for defrauding a bank in northern Iowa. KCCI-TV reports sixty-two-year-old Richard Jones of Emmetsburg and two conspirators were sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Jones used his position at Iowa Trust and Savings Bank to forge customers’ signatures on fraudulent loan documents and direct nearly $476,000 to the other men.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A West Liberty man has been accused of shooting his friend, and his friend has been accused of lying about how he got shot. KCCI-TV reports 21-year-old Jonathan Salas Jr., of West Liberty was riding with his friend 19-year-old Sergio Martinez of Iowa City,  when he pointed the gun at Martinez’s legs and pulled the trigger. The gun bullet went through both of Martinez’s legs. Martinez later told police he was shot by some men he didn’t know.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Two people were taken to a hospital and three drivers were cited after a five-vehicle crash Monday on the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports 35-year-old Keith Brimeyer and his passenger 18-year-old Rain Bennett-Sweet, both of Kieler, Wis., were taken to Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque after the crash. Police said the bridge was icy.

MUSCATINE, IA (IRN) – A Muscatine man and woman were arrested and charged in connection with the armed robbery of a hotel in Muscatine. WQAD-TV reports surveillance cameras captured images inside and outside of the hotel when a man – armed with a handgun – robbed the hotel clerk on Sunday. 35-year old Timothy Wadden and 39-year-old Tiffany Michelle Williams were charged with first-degree robbery.

LAUREL, IA (IRN) – Authorities are investigating what’s been reported as an accidental shooting of a man in central Iowa. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports that deputies were notified about the shooting around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in Laurel. The man was taken to a Marshalltown hospital and then flown to a trauma center in Des Moines. His name hasn’t been released. Three people who were in the house when the man was shot are cooperating.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Shoppers and workers were evacuated Thursday night at the Jordan Creek Target store in West Des Moines. KCCI-TV reports fire alarms went off in the store just hours after opening for Black Friday. No injuries and no serious damage was reported. The minor fire was reportedly inside the front end of the store.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) –  A Thanksgiving Day fire in Cedar Falls has been ruled arson, according to KWWL-TV. Nicholas Kollasch of Cedar Falls has been arrested and charged with arson and criminal mischief in a fire that destroyed three vehicles and a garage. One of the vehicles caught in the fire was a van packed full of musical instruments belonging to the Evan Stock Band. The band has several performances over the weekend, and says the show must go on.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A north Iowa woman has been accused of stealing from the residents at a Clear Lake care facility. KIMT-TV reports 42-year-old Amy Lynn Palmer is charged with ongoing criminal conduct and 15 counts of dependent elder abuse.  Authorities say that while working at Opportunity Village Palmer withdrew money from the accounts of 15 residents for her own personal use.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Des Moines woman is facing charges in a crash that killed two people earlier this month, according to WHO-TV. 53-year-old Deanna Gliem is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide by operating while intoxicated and two counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving. 60-year-old Richard Hummel and 59-year-old Randall Sonnenburg were killed. Police say Gliem was drunk and speeding at the time of the crash. She’s in jail.

ORANGE CITY, IA (IRN) – A highway stop in northwest Iowa in which police pointed weapons at an innocent man and his 6-year-old son has prompted a federal lawsuit and racial profiling claims. KWWL-TV reports 32-year-old Levi Wilson of Orange City, of Indian descent, alleges the stop and search in 2014 were illegal. Authorities say officers acted appropriately because they were searching for Wilson’s brother, a wanted sex offender. The brothers sometimes drove the same truck.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Waterloo police are investigating an armed robbery at an iWireless store for the second time in recent months, according to KCRG-TV. Police say someone with a knife entered the store and got away with cash. No one was injured. Police said two men with a gun in September held up an employee, while others robbed the store. Police later arrested six men in connection with that armed robbery.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Your Thanksgiving meal this year is a bargain, according to the Farm Bureau. The average cost for a meal for ten is $50.10, which is 70 cents more than last year. That extra cost is primarily because of the avian flu earlier this year. Turkey has increased by about 9 cents per pound compared to last year. Many more items went down in price like milk, whipping cream, and cranberries.