Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines woman has been sentenced to prison for filing a false tax return. Julilath Kouangvan (COW-ahn-gun) was sentenced to 14 months in prison for failing to report funds to the IRS. Kouangvan solicited investment funds from individuals by promising a high rate of return. Unbeknownst to those involved, the money was not invested. She was also ordered to pay over half a million dollars in restitution.

LINN COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Firefighters from several departments responded Tuesday night to a fire near Central City in Linn County, according to KCRG-TV. Investigators determined the fire started in a camper, but spread to a house. One person in the house was treated for smoke inhalation, one firefighter was treated for a leg injury, and another for a dog bite.

MOLINE, IL (IRN) – John Deere & Company released quarterly earnings Wednesday morning showing worldwide net sales and revenues have decreased 25 percent. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports weakness in global markets for farm and construction equipment has lead to a decline in sales and earnings. John Deere has multiple manufacturing plants in Iowa.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – West Des Moines based Hy-Vee announced Tuesday that despite a recent USDA decision to grant permission for genetically engineered salmon to be sold in the United States, their stores will not sell it. The company says genetically engineered seafood has no place in its stores, as they only sell seafood safe for consumption that has been harvested or raised in a responsible manner.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Officials have filed charges against the driver involved in a fatal crash Monday morning in Des Moines, according to WHO-TV. 24-year-old Troy Mure, Jr. has been charged with vehicular homicide by reckless driving, vehicular homicide by operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated. 22-year-old Scalicity Perez was killed in the crash. She is the mother of four. Mure is in jail.

SCOTT COUNTY, IA (IRN) – An Eldridge man has been accused of exposing his kids to meth for the second time. KWQC-TV reports 34-year-old Nolan Michael Dufloth was arrested in August of 2014 and was on probation for exposing his children to meth. Dufloth now faces additional charges. Also arrested was 31-year-old Danielle Vance. Vance allegedly watched Dufloth’s two young children while he would make meth in the garage.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A terrifying case of road rage happened Monday in Waterloo. KWWL-TV reports an Iowa man is being charged after he followed a woman for miles then hit her car repeatedly with a crowbar in a parking lot. 39-year-old Joshua Dale is charged with third degree criminal mischief. Tali Stevens was in the car with her 10-year-old daughter she had just picked up from school. Stevens said Dale screamed at her that she had “cut him off.”

LINN COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Iowa’s road system will shrink in the future, according to the head of Iowa’s Department of Transportation, Paul Trombino. KCRG-TV reports Trombino says it’s not affordable for the state to maintain Iowa’s current system and it’s not necessary to do so. Many rural landowners and farmers disagree, saying rural roads are needed for agricultural production. According to the DOT Iowa has 114,000 miles of roadway.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – An Iowa resident has been given five years of probation for scamming money from a South Carolina woman she met on a military oriented dating website. The Hawk Eye newspaper reports 46-year-old Doris Warth, of New London, was ordered to pay $11,000 in restitution. Warth convinced a South Carolina woman she was engaged to a serviceman in Afghanistan who needed money to get out of a legal jam, and the woman sent her money.

SHEFFIELD, IA (IRN) – West Fork school officials in Sheffield will move to correct a tax levy error they said caused the district to over assess property taxpayers nearly $340,000 since 2013. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports for the past three years, the district’s levy was set at $1 per $1,000 in property valuation, rather than the allowed 67 cents per $1,000. To correct the error, the district will reduce the levy over the next two years.

HAMDEN, CT (IRN) – A new Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll shows Donald Trump gets 25% of Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants in a too-close-to-call race with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who is at 23%. Cruz’ support is double his support from four weeks ago. Dr. Ben Carson has 18%, with Senator Marco Rubio of Florida at 13%.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Gov. Terry Branstad has pardoned two turkeys as part of an annual Thanksgiving tradition in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. Branstad issued the special proclamation Monday outside Terrace Hill in Des Moines for two turkeys named Zoey and Spike. The Des Moines Register reports Branstad’s grandchildren were present during the pardon. They chased the birds through the snow.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Des Moines police were called to a fatal crash in a residential neighborhood west of downtown Monday after a vehicle travelling up to 100 mph hit a pole. KCCI-TV reports 22-year-old Scalicity Perez was killed and driver Troy Mure Jr. was hospitalized. The damage to the car was so severe that police couldn’t identify what make or model it was.  Perez is the mother of four children.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – One person is dead after a fire at a three story apartment complex in Davenport Monday night, according to KWQC-TV. The fire started on the 2nd floor of the building. Firefighters entered an apartment and quickly extinguished the fire, before finding the deceased person inside. The building was evacuated.

LELAND, IA (IRN) – A furnace malfunction could be to blame for an explosion that sent one man to the hospital in Leland. KIMT-TV reports firefighters responded to the scene to find a garage on fire from an apparent explosion. Winnebago County deputies say one man, who has not been identified, was injured when he attempted to start his furnace and it exploded. He was life-flighted to Mercy Medical Center in North Iowa for his injuries.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IRN) – Iowa egg farms are gradually recovering from the bird flu that destroyed 25 million of the state’s egg-laying hens this spring. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Iowa egg production during October was 753 million eggs. That’s up 2 percent from September but down 47 percent from a year ago. Iowa, typically by far the nation’s leading egg producer, fell behind Ohio where hens laid 18 million more eggs last month.

Monday, November 23, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A Waterloo man who was detained in Nevada with 23 pounds of marijuana in August has been arrested in connection with guns and drugs found at his home, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Deputies arrested 28-year-old Charles Raymond Arceneaux for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, violation of the drug tax stamp act and felon in possession of a firearm. Over $18,000 cash was found in his possession.

HAMPTON, IA (IRN) – Police in Hampton are increasing the reward to find Ethan Kazmerzak. KGAN-TV reports 22-year-old Kazmerzak went missing in the early morning hours of September 15th, 2013. The reward for any relevant and useful information leading to his location is now $100,000. It was pooled together by a group of anonymous donors.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Des Moines police were called to a serious crash in a residential neighborhood east of downtown Monday morning, according to KCCI-TV. At least two people were taken to a hospital. Police said a woman passenger died in the crash. The names of those involved have not yet been released.

OELWEIN, IA (IRN) – A Pennsylvania company will be bringing 350 new jobs to the northeast Iowa community of Oelwein, according to KCRG-TV. East Penn Manufacturing Co., of Lyon Station, Pennsylvania, plans to begin construction next spring on a nearly 219,000-square-foot plant and finish it by summer 2018. The company plans to invest more than $64 million on the plant, and the state of Iowa will offer nearly $5 million in incentives.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police say a man is in custody after he allegedly shot and killed his wife and daughter. WHO-TV reports forty-seven-year-old Barney Fraaken, the suspect in the case, is in a local hospital in police custody. He’s being treated for self-inflicted injuries. Forty-two-year-old Amy Fraaken and 16-year-old Amber Fraaken were found dead.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Dozens of Iowa’s health care providers voiced warnings to federal officials in meetings last week about Governor Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize Medicaid management. The Des Moines Register reports one provider called it an upcoming “catastrophe of monumental proportions.” Mitch Harris of the Oncology Center of Iowa said “Trying to accomplish this in a two-month time frame and shoving this down the throats of providers is outrageous, unreasonable and shows no concern for the provider community or the patients we serve.”

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa man who is interested in economics and international relations is one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars who will have the opportunity to attend prestigious Oxford University in England.  KCCI-TV reports Iowa City native Jeffrey Ding was one of the winners announced Sunday out of 869 applicants. In addition to economics, Ding is also studying political science and Chinese at the University of Iowa.

AMES, IA (IRN) – Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads has been dismissed as head coach of the Cyclones. Rhoads will coach the final game for Iowa State in its season finale at West Virginia on Saturday. Rhoads’ teams have had six consecutive below .500 finishes. During his tenure, Iowa State won three of the last five in-state rivalry games against Iowa. With six years remaining on a 10-year $20 million contract, he will be paid a buyout of $4.5 million.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

DES MOINES (IRN) – The White House has responded to Governor Terry Branstad’s concerns regarding the admission of Syrian refugees. The Des Moines Register reports the White House on Saturday defended how the United States accepts Syrian refugees, telling Governor Branstad the security process is extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive, involving multiple law enforcement, national security, and intelligence agencies.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Following protests over his hiring earlier this fall, the new president of the University of Iowa is getting some support from the business community. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports more than 100 community and business leaders gathered Friday morning to offer support to Bruce Harreld and to apologize for the negative reaction he has received on campus. Harreld’s hiring has drawn criticism from students, faculty and staff who say he is unqualified.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – A southeast Iowa teen is accused of stealing cars across southern Iowa, according to KTVO-TV. 19-year-old Logan Neil Swanson of Ottumwa, was taken into custody Friday morning. He is accused of stealing cars in Ottumwa, Mt. Pleasant and Burlington. He faces felony charges of Forgery and On-going Criminal Conduct and a Misdemeanor Burglary charge.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A pregnant Des Moines woman chased a robber across a Des Moines parking lot on Friday, according to KCCI-TV. Jenny Speck was unloading birthday presents outside the Target at Southridge Mall when a man grabbed her purse and took off in his car. Speck ran after the robber, eventually getting in between the driver’s side door. The suspect threw her purse back out before driving off. Speck, a kickboxing instructor, is OK.