Saturday, July 18, 2015

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police made one arrest in a shooting on Court Avenue downtown early Saturday morning. KCCI-TV reports officers said they heard three to six shots fired, and numerous people fled the area. Police began chasing the suspect and he eventually dropped his firearm. Police arrested him without incident. No one was injured in the shooting. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – New details have led to an arrest in a 20-year-old murder case.  The Iowa City Press Citizen reports the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office arrested Steven John Klein, 54, on Friday in Muscatine and charged him with first-degree murder for the 1995 death of Susan Pearl Kersten. Kersten’s body was found in the charred remains of her car. Police aren’t saying what new information led to the arrest.

LEE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa man was killed in a crash with a semi tractor-trailer on Thursday morning. Ulysee Clayton, 57, of Waterloo, was killed when he ran a stop sign and his car hit a semi-trailer carrying logs. The semi driver, William Streeter, 52, of Washington, was not seriously hurt in the crash, which remains under investigation.

ROCK ISLAND, Il (IRN) – A Rock Island man has been found guilty of murdering a Davenport woman. KWQC-TV reports Tim McVay, 40, was found guilty Friday of the murder of his former girlfriend, 29-year-old Carrie Olson.  Olsen was reported missing in December of 2013. Her body turned up in a wooded area in Hastings, Minnesota in the spring of 2014.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – An Alabama Firefighter has been sentenced for guiding illegal deer hunts in rural  Lucas County. The United States District Court of Southern Iowa sentenced Robert J. Wilkins, 53, of Semmes, Alabama, to 4 years probation, 6 months of home confinement, and over $12,000 in fines.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – Thunderstorms and strong winds hit Sioux City on the first night that RAGBRAI riders arrived for the annual bike ride across the state. KCAU-TV reports winds up to 60 mph and heavy rain blew through town on Friday night. Over 2,000 homes in the area were without power. No injuries were reported.

Friday, July 17, 2015

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – The man accused of getting drunk and colliding with a utility vehicle, killing four boys, has asked the judge for a sentence of no more than 10 years.  KWWL-TV reports Joseph Connolly, 25, faces four counts of vehicular homicide by operating under the influence, four counts of vehicular homicide by driving recklessly and other charges. He was driving a pickup last August when he ran through a stop sign and hit the vehicle near Epworth.

CLEAR LAKE, IA (IRN) – Those in the area of a water treatment facility near downtown Clear Lake were evacuated on account of a chlorine leak Friday morning. KIMT-TV reports the Mason City Hazmat team was called in to assess the situation. A noticeable scent of chlorine was in the air, and no injuries were reported.

CORALVILLE, IA (IRN) – A Coralville woman is accused of racking up nearly $20,000 in fraudulent charges on her grandparents’ credit cards. KCRG-TV reports over the course of two months, 32-year-old Leslie A. Cady used her grandparents’ credit cards to buy merchandise and online games, rent motel rooms and obtain cash advance withdrawals. Cady’s unauthorized purchases totaled nearly $20,000. She faces 10 years in prison on two felony charges.

FRUITLAND, IA (IRN) – A train derailed early this morning near the Muscatine County town of Fruitland, according to KWQC-TV. Officials with Canadian Pacific Railroad say six cars turned on their side. Five cars were carrying automobiles and one was empty. No one was injured and the cause is under investigation.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – Authorities pursued a man who ran away from a halfway house to a cornfield north of Ottumwa Wednesday.  According to KCCI-TV, Christopher Showalter, 36, escaped two weeks ago. Showalter assaulted his ex-girlfriend Tuesday and ran into a 130-acre cornfield. Dozens of squad cars, a helicopter, a fire ladder truck and two planes searched the field until Showalter was caught eight hours later.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A Waterloo man who was living in the country illegally was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 34-year-old Alejandro Paredes-Barradas had been deported back to Mexico in 2007 after three convictions for operating while intoxicated and other charges, but returned to the country.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The University of Iowa is receiving criticism for hiring a part-time, out-of-state public relations representative to work three days a week; for $20,000 per month. The University of Iowa tells WHO-TV it has contracted for six months with Terri Goren of Goren and Associates in Atlanta to oversee the Communication and Marketing divisions. Students are not happy.

MOUNT PLEASANT, IA (IRN) – Iowa Wesleyan College is becoming Iowa Wesleyan University, according to College President Steve Titus. The guiding vision for the change is for the institution to become the regional comprehensive University for the people of southeast Iowa.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids man has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Charlie D. Pitchford, age 34, was sentenced in the Southern District Court of Iowa on Wednesday. In 2012, Coralville police stopped a vehicle in which Pitchford was a passenger. Police found a loaded .45 caliber pistol and a plastic bag that contained 19 individually packaged bags of marijuana under his seat.

ANKENY, IA (IRN) – A new study from the US Department of Energy shows Iowa has tremendous potential for wind growth in the coming years. Iowa’s total power generation could rise to 40% by wind in just five years, up from 28% currently. DMACC President Rob Denson says the school is committed to training technicians needed for the wind industry.

QUAD CITIES, IA (IRN) – A Wisconsin woman planning to ride in her first RAGBRAI was killed while training. WHO-TV reports Donna David of Marshfield, Wisconsin was hit by a car and killed while on a training ride. She was a member of the Quad Cities Bicycle Club. Friends say David was looking forward to her first RAGBRAI and said it would be the highlight of her summer.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa City has banned e-cigarettes in all areas where tobacco cigarettes are banned.  KWWL-TV reports the Iowa City council vote was unanimous Wednesday night. The ban means e-cigarettes will not be allowed in offices, city buildings or parks. Due to the fact that e-cigarettes release a vapor and not smoke, they are not covered under Iowa’s Smoke-Free Air Act.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Charges have been filed in the shooting death of a Des Moines teen last month, according to KCCI-TV. Terry Harris, 16, was shot in the mouth and killed. Kenneth Raphael Moore, 17, of Des Moines, was charged with first-degree murder and robbery on Wednesday. The two were friends. Moore will be tried as an adult.

MUSCATINE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Four teenagers were injured when the car they were in rolled on Highway 61 in Muscatine County on Monday. WQAD-TV reports the accident happened when the driver looked up from texting, saw he had swerved, over-corrected, hit the median and rolled three times. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A Quad Cities man was sentenced to five years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition in the Southern District Federal Court of Iowa on Wednesday.  In June of last year, Travis Diontrae Harris, 28, fired multiple shots from a .22 caliber handgun into the side of a residence in Rock Island, IL, and into a vehicle parked nearby. Multiple adults were in the residence at the time of the shooting.

JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A Swisher woman was killed Wednesday after colliding with a semi parked along Interstate 380 in Johnson County. The Iowa State Patrol reports Keri Jo Goddard, 33, was traveling southbound in a 1998 Nissan Maxima when she left the road and hit the parked semi. A 15-year-old passenger was airlifted. The driver of the semi was not injured.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DES MOINES (IRN) – A store clerk claims he was robbed at gunpoint at a Git-N-Go in Des Moines Tuesday, but the store manager is suspicious of the employee’s involvement. The Des Moines Register reports the clerk said a man displayed a shotgun and took $100 cash. Another employee thought the clerk was acting strange and seemed to know the robber. He also didn’t push the silent alarm, which is next to the register until after the robber had fled.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids man who is accused of accelerating his car toward police following a short chase, and then was shot by the officers, will stand trial for drunken driving, assault and other charges Oct. 5 in Linn County District Court. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports Kyle Orth, 27, is charged with assault on a peace officer with a dangerous weapon, interference with official acts, drunken driving and two counts of eluding.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A 55-year-old Des Moines man was stabbed in the neck Tuesday night after arguing with a neighbor, according to the Des Moines Register. Police say the two men were arguing over a woman. The suspect fled on his bicycle.

CASS COUNTY, NE (IRN) – Two people have died in a rollover accident near Beaver Lake in Cass County, Nebraska. One of the victims is an Iowa woman.  KCCI-TV reports 22-year-old Jeremiah Ferguson of Omaha and 21-year-old Kelsey Leclaire of Council Bluffs died Tuesday. The vehicle went over a fence before it landed upside down in a bean field. Speed was likely a factor in the crash.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The trial for the security guard accused of shooting and killing his 20-year-old coworker at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville has been set. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports the trial for Alexander Kozak, 22, will be Oct. 6 in Johnson County District Court. Kozak pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder of Andrea Farrington. 53 witnesses will testify.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – The driver of a dump truck died after officials say he drove through a stop sign and collided with a car in Waterloo. KWWL-TV reports the unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene. Katherine Keister, 37, of Buckingham, as well as a 1-year-old boy in her vehicle, received multiple injuries. A 5-year-old boy, also in the same vehicle, received an arm injury.

WEST AMANA, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids man who led police on a high-speed chase in February, resulting in a multicar crash, was at it again on Tuesday. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports James Surrett, 46, is in custody after leading authorities on a pursuit that began in Norway and ended in West Amana.  Surrett has a lengthy criminal history including multiple drug charges, assault, and false imprisonment.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – About 116 prickly pear cactus plants on Iowa’s endangered species list are increasing the cost of the road construction project in Sioux City, according to KMEG-TV.  The plants were spotted during preliminary environmental work. The road project is being re-designed to mitigate or avoid any impact at a cost of $50,000. Impacts on final construction costs are unknown.