Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ANDREW, IA (IRN) – An 18-month-old girl from the eastern Iowa town of Andrew who fell into a pool has died according to KWWL-TV. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says Nxy Jones died Tuesday at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was unresponsive when pulled from the residential pool on Monday. An autopsy has been ordered.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – A man was taken to the hospital after he allegedly jumped from a highway overpass in an apparent suicide attempt Tuesday night. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports a passerby found the man in the middle of the road under an overpass. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

WEVER, IA (IRN) – Hundreds of construction workers at Iowa’s largest building site, an Orascom fertilizer plant in Wever, were abruptly told to leave on Tuesday. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports a bomb threat was found Monday afternoon inscribed on a porta-potty. Authorities called in bomb sniffing dogs and used nearly 40 security workers to comb the grounds but the search found nothing.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – Davenport Police, family members, and volunteers continue to search for a missing mentally challenged man who walked away from his group home Friday. WQAD-TV reports Jim Terhune, 56, suffers from a brain injury and is a diabetic, and is without his insulin. A family member says he was going to get some ice cream from an ice cream truck when he disappeared.

TIPTON (IRN) – One person is dead and another injured after an accident west of Tipton on Tuesday. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the vehicle was trying to pass another when the driver lost control, hit a guardrail, left the roadway, and rolled. The driver was ejected. Names have not been released.

WATERLOO (IRN) – Waterloo police are investigating a report of vandalism at a city church on Tuesday, according to KWWL-TV. Police responded to Westminster Presbyterian Church where someone had spray painted the church building and a vehicle. Among various graffiti were the phrases “Satan loves you,” and “Jesus died, let him rest.”

TAYLOR COUNTY (IRN) – A Missouri man was found guilty of illegal deer hunting in Taylor County. Michael Kahnert, 61, of Branson West was found guilty of six counts of fraudulently obtaining resident hunting, deer and turkey licenses, and taking deer out of season, among other charges.  He was fined over $11,000. The DNR says non-residents hunting illegally is a growing problem.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Agriculture has released new data on the bird flu epidemic. A total of 77 different locations and more than 34 million birds were infected. The birds have been euthanized, and the remains removed. Once cleaned and disinfected, barns must remain empty for three weeks. According to WHO-TV, turkey farmers are particularly anxious to get the facilities repopulated in order to have turkeys to consumers by Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMES, IA (IRN) – A driver was hospitalized Monday after hitting several cars in Ames, according to the Ames Tribune. Police began pursuing the vehicle after witnessing it weaving in and out of its lane. The driver then struck three cars before veering into the opposite lane and striking another vehicle head-on. The driver was the only one seriously injured

WASHINGTON, DC (IRN) – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $349 million in funding for 15 infrastructure projects for rural electric cooperatives and utilities in 13 states. This includes a $44 million loan to Eastern Iowa Light & Power Cooperative.

HAMPTON, IA (IRN) – The DNR has identified the source of a fish kill in Maynes Creek near Hampton. The kill was traced to a discharge of egg washwater from The Good Eggs, a layer operation. DNR investigators found high levels of ammonia in the stream, and are calculating the number of fish killed and will monitor the cleanup.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent in June from 3.8 percent last month.  The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago.  The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent in June.   Retail job growth is particularly high, with an estimated 3,000 retail jobs added last month in Iowa.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Polk County jury found 52-year-old Eddie Tipton of Norwalk guilty on two counts of fraud, according to WHO-TV. Tipton was charged with committing fraud to rig the Hot Lotto game to win millions. Tipton tampered with lottery computer equipment to pick the winning lottery numbers. He was the information security director for the lottery at the time.

BENTON COUNTY, IA (IRN) –  A man died late Monday night when he was hit by a car on Highway 30 in Benton County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, Michael Moore, 61, of Vinton had pulled off the highway and had left his vehicle when he was hit by a Malibu driven by 18-year-old Cody Bergom of Belle Plaine.

UNION COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The U.S. Marshals Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Chad Kosinski.  KMEG-TV reports he’s wanted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office for violation of his parole after a drug conviction.  Kosinski should be easy to spot. He’s 29 years old, 6’08” tall, and weighs 280 lbs.

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (IRN) – Iowan Zach Johnson won the British Open in a dramatic four-hole playoff yesterday. Johnson was born in Iowa City, raised in Cedar Rapids, and attended Drake University. He’s won 12 times on the PGA Tour, and in 2007 won the Masters Tournament. He’s now one of 14 players to win the Masters and British Open during their careers. Twelve of them are in the World Golf Hall of Fame, including Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus.

Monday, July 20, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Waterloo Police arrested five people Friday after they robbed a Domino’s Pizza delivery man, according to KWWL-TV. The five people, ranging in ages from 13 to 25, called to order the pizza on a personal cell phone but gave a fake name. When the delivery man arrived at the specified address, they held up a BB gun and stole the pizza. All five were arrested and charged with second degree robbery.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – Eleven men and one woman have been arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution after a two night sting in Sioux City, according to KMEG-TV. This is the 4th prostitution sting this year in the Sioux City area. One man charged is a former Human Resources Director for the Sioux City Community School District. Another man is an ordained minister and counselor at Bible Restoration Ministries.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – For the second year in a row, gun violence is a severe problem in Cedar Rapids. According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette there have been 41 shootings in the city from January 1 through the end of June this year.  There were a record 93 shootings last year. Police say many of the shootings are related to an ongoing dispute between approximately two dozen individuals who are not members of gangs in the traditional sense of the word.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A drunken Iowa City man told officers he broke into a van and tossed out the contents “because he is an artist.” KCRG-TV reports Iowa City police responded Friday to a report of a subject breaking out the windows of a van parked in the alley. Police said when they responded, 28-year-old Eli J. Hamann was standing in front of the van, “throwing around items.” Hamann faces multiple charges.

ELDON, IA (IRN) – A man is dead after a traffic accident south of Eldon in Wapello County on Sunday. The Iowa State Patrol reports a 2000 Sonoma pickup driven by Ashton Hughes, 26, of Ottumwa was westbound on River Road, when Hughes lost control and the vehicle rolled several times. Passenger Devin Kent, 27, also of Ottumwa, was trapped in the vehicle, and pronounced dead at the scene. Hughes was transported by helicopter to Mercy Des Moines.

DICKINSON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A second traffic fatality happened in Iowa over the weekend in rural Dickinson County. On Saturday a 1999 Buick driven by Beverly Steuben, 80, of Spencer, was stopped at a stop sign, when it pulled out in front of a 2000 Impala driven by Kayla Foushee, of Ocheyedan. The Impala struck the driver’s side of the Buick, killing Steuben. Foushee suffered apparent non-life threatening injuries.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A woman has been charged with OWI after hitting two RAGBRAI bicyclists early Sunday morning in Sioux City.  KCCI-TV reports 36-year-old Charryse Chavez didn’t obey a police officer directing traffic when she plowed through an intersection hitting two people on a tandem bike and driving off. Chavez is charged with OWI, no insurance and failure to obey a police officer. The bicyclists, from Wisconsin, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

QUAD CITIES (IRN) – Crews in two different eastern Iowa cities pulled bodies from the Mississippi Sunday. KWQC-TV reports Rock Island and Davenport police and firefighters were called to a dock in Rock Island Sunday night. A man went into the water to cool off and never came up. A body was also pulled out of the Mississppi in Clinton after being seen floating by a boater.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

DES MOINES (IRN) – A motorcyclist was injured Friday night following a crash in southeast Des Moines, according to WHO-TV. Des Moines police say a car pulled in front of the biker causing the collision. While the biker suffered several broken bones, the injuries are apparently non-life threatening. The biker was wearing a helmet.

JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A small plane crashed on Saturday night in Johnson County. KWWL-TV reports the accident happened at the Green Castle Airport near Oxford. Two people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Their names have not been released.

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A Minnesota man is facing charges after an incident at the Mason City Wal-Mart. KIMT-TV reports 32-year-old Juan Jose Zamarripa of Faribault, MN, is charged with 2nd degree robbery and interference with official acts. On Friday Zamarripa allegedly grabbed a woman by the arms and tried to pull her out of her parked van, and get into it.  Zamarripa left the woman and went into the Wal-Mart when a citizen confronted him. The woman was not injured.

APPANOOSE COUNTY (IRN) – The Iowa DNR recently exempted Honey Creek Resort State Park in Appanoose County from some concession rules within the Iowa Administrative Code. The exemption allows more flexibility in managing the resort than what is normally provided to state park concessions.