Sunday, January 31, 2016

CLEAR LAKE, IA (IRN) – A standoff Saturday morning in Clear Lake left one man behind bars. KIMT-TV reports Andrew Koenigs of Grafton was attempting to break into a house after he had been wandering around the property shooting his weapon. Law enforcement arrived and took Koenigs into custody after a brief standoff. He’s in jail.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A new Waterloo restaurant was damaged after a kitchen fire early Saturday morning. KWWL-TV reports Waterloo firefighters responded to Tokyo Bay just after 3 a.m. Smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the building. Firefighters say no one was hurt but there is considerable smoke damage throughout the entire building. The restaurant has only been open a couple of months.

FORT MADISON, IA (IRN) – A former drainage district board member has been accused of altering meeting minutes to cover up the theft of dirt used to repair a levee near Fort Madison. KTVO-TV reports sixty-year-old Michael Pieper is charged with theft and felony misconduct in office. The dirt value was estimated at around $93,000.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – With one day to go before the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump has overtaken U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released Saturday. The poll shows Trump with 28 percent support, Cruz has 23 percent and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has 15 percent. On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has 45 percent, holds a slim lead over rival, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has 42 percent.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – An attempted armed robbery happened Friday night in Cedar Falls. KWWL-TV reports two victims reported that they were outside smoking when they were approached by two men who demanded money. A third man then approached the two victims from behind and a physical confrontation occurred, and a handgun was displayed. Nothing of significant value was obtained in the robbery before the suspects took off.

GRUNDY COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The death of a Grundy County inmate has been ruled a suicide. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports 26-year-old Jared Martin Slinker of Wellsburg was found unresponsive in a jail cell Thursday. Slinker was taken into custody Jan. 26 on an arrest warrant for contempt of court regarding a child endangerment charge. He hung himself.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) Multiple people were arrested after a reported fight broke out at a Davenport Chick-Fil-A on Thursday. WQAD-TV reports five people became involved in an altercation at the restaurant. There was a short foot chase and four people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. No one was hurt

DES MOINES (IA (IRN) – Governor Branstad helped open the first diplomatic office in Iowa this week, according to WOI-TV. The consulate of the Republic of Kosovo is located in the Court Avenue Business district downtown. Kosovo officials say they chose Des Moines because of strong business ties and Iowa’s hospitality over the years. The Iowa- Kosovo relationship started in 2011 when the Iowa National Guard partnered with the Kosovo security force.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – University of Iowa workers are looking for an escaped research goat. KCCI-TV reports the male goat escaped Friday while being transferred from a portable carrier to a vehicle. The animal was last seen near a Coralville golf course.

Friday, January 29, 2016

ROCKFORD, IA (IRN) – The president of a northern Iowa school board has quit, saying he shoved a student. KWWL-TV reports Tim Trettin said Wednesday that he lost his temper a few weeks ago and shoved the student in the school’s weight room. Trettin says he thought the student had cursed at him. The Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock School District board accepted Trettin’s resignation. He had served eight years on the board.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A six-year-old Iowa boy is being hailed as a hero after saving his grandfather’s life during an ice fishing trip. WHO-TV reports Michael Dorn Jr. and his grandpa were ice fishing at George Wyth State Park. As it grew dark, it became hard to see, and they decided to head home. On their way back, Michael’s grandpa fell and became unconscious after hitting his head on the ice. The boy was able to get help.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) -Three arrests have been made in a robbery and kidnapping at an Iowa hotel. KETV reports police were called to the Country Inn Suites in Council Bluffs early Friday morning to investigate a robbery. A woman was getting off an elevator, pushed into a room, robbed at gunpoint, and then assaulted. Three have been arrested and charged with felony charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping. The victim knows her assailants.

KEOKUK, IA (IRN) – Authorities executed two search warrants Thursday at the Midwest Academy campus in Keokuk. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says the search warrants stem from an investigation of alleged sexual abuse involving a staff member and a former student. The academy is a therapeutic boarding school that assists students from all over the world.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Hundreds of people calling for a higher minimum wage marched through downtown Des Moines and gathered near the venue of the Republican presidential debate. KCCI-TV reports the march included workers at fast food restaurants who walked off their jobs to demand $15-an-hour wages. The strike included workers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Long John Silver’s.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Donald Trump is continuing to make the headlines, this time bringing the Iowa Hawkeye football and wrestling teams with him. KWWL-TV reports Tuesday night during the Trump rally in Iowa City, members of the football and wrestling teams joined Trump on stage. Some are questioning if it is a violation of NCAA rules. The university says students are encouraged to participate in the political process as individuals, and their presence doesn’t reflect a university endorsement.

OKOBOJI, IA (IRN) – The University of Okoboji Winter Games kicked off Thursday. Organizers say they’re expecting record numbers of participants. There will be over 100 events on the schedule, more than any other year. Events include mega snow pong, broom ball, and snow boots and swimsuit competitions. Organizers say the games cure cabin fever and the winter blues.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – U.S. Marshals have arrested an Iowa man wanted on multiple state and federal firearm charges. KWWL-TV reports 30-year-old Cowan Godfrey, of Dubuque is a suspect in a shooting incident in Dubuque in April of 2015.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa fast-food workers walked off the job Thursday calling for $15 per hour and union rights. KCCI-TV reports the walkout is part of a daylong series of protests that will end with a 1,000 person march on the Republican Presidential debate in Des Moines tonight.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A standoff between a man inside a house and police from Davenport and Bettendorf ended Thursday morning, according to WQAD-TV. The standoff involved 30-year-old Paul Howard of Davenport who allegedly left the scene of a domestic dispute where shots were fired. Police later spotted Howard and a pursuit followed before the standoff. Howard was charged with reckless use of a firearm and two counts of assault with a weapon. He’s in jail.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A lawsuit filed in federal court accuses two Dubuque police officers of pepper-spraying several children and a pregnant woman without cause. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the suit alleges the officers used excessive force and unlawfully arrested two children while responding to an August incident. The suit claims they pepper-sprayed the mother, who was pregnant at the time, her 12-year-old son, and her 14-year-old daughter without cause. Both children were arrested. Officials can’t comment on a pending suit.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – State lawmakers are considering legalizing fireworks in Iowa. KCRG-TV reports the bill allows cities and counties to opt out, and continue banning the explosives if they so choose. Iowans are already buying fireworks from other states, but can’t legally use them. Firefighters and health care representatives told lawmakers Wednesday they don’t think legalizing fireworks is a good idea.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Meredith Corporation’s planned merger with Virginia-based Media General is dead after both companies decided to cancel a proposed $2.4 billion deal. The Des Moines Register reports Meredith on Wednesday announced the termination of the deal that would have resulted in the formation of a new company. Media General wants out of the deal to move on to a different one, and as a consolation prize, Meredith will receive a $60 million termination fee.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A man has been arrested on charges that he threw tomatoes at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign stop at the University of Iowa. KCCI-TV reports 28-year-old Andrew Joseph Alemao was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct after officers say they saw him throwing two tomatoes toward Trump during a speech. It wasn’t clear whether the tomatoes hit anyone.