Friday, July 10, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids man is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s residence and threatening her with a pair of scissors on Thursday. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports 30-year-old Kendall C. Johnson kicked in a door, threatened her, and held her against her will for an hour. The woman was not injured. Johnson faces charges of first-degree burglary, false imprisonment, and assault with a weapon.

STORM LAKE, IA (IRN) – A Storm Lake man has been charged with a second case of sexually assaulting a minor, according to KCAU-TV.  Ricardo Juarez, 21, turned himself into police for the alleged sexual assault of a 14-year-old female. Police had charged him previously for sexually engaging with a 15-year-old between February and March of 2015.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A man fired his gun twice at a father, hitting the family’s car during a road rage incident in Des Moines Thursday, according to KCCI-TV. The family reports a driver cut them off narrowly missing a crash. The father told police he yelled at the driver, who then followed and confronted them, and fired two shots, hitting the vehicle. No one was injured.

WAUKEE, IA (IRN) – Waukee Schools Superintendent David Wilkerson has a message for Governor Branstad. WHO-TV reports Wilkerson says the Governor should stop looking at education as just a cost, and start looking at education as the investment that it is. He says Waukee school classroom sizes are already large, and that they will be larger this fall. Governor Branstad recently vetoed over $55 million in one-time state funding for schools.

BEDFORD, IA (IRN) – A Bedford man has been charged with murder in the death of his three-year-old daughter. In May the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call for a child not breathing. Deputies found Janyiah King unresponsive. Charles Hall, 25, was charged with murder Thursday as a result of the investigation. Hall’s girlfriend, April Clair, 25, has been charged with child endangerment.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A report released by the State Auditor’s Office on Thursday shows a University of Iowa doctor improperly diverted more than $1.8 million into his personal bank accounts.  KCCI-TV reports the investigation was requested after university officials raised concerns about Dr. Brian Adams improperly billing insurance companies and law firms for services he performed.

ANKENY, IA (IRN) – A safe filled with cash was found Tuesday morning in a field in Ankeny, according to the Des Moines Register. The safe and its contents were turned over to police. Police are not identifying how much money is in the safe, nor what the safe looks like. If the owner does not come forward, the safe and its contents could be claimed by the city.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The State Office of Media Production announced Thursday a feature film from award-winning British Director Andrea Arnold and starring Shia LaBeouf recently finished filming in western Iowa and three other Midwest states. “American Honey” focuses on a teenage girl with nothing to lose who joins a traveling magazine sales crew.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Police in Waterloo are searching for two men who they say assaulted someone in a home. KGAN-TV reports the victim says two men went into his home, hit him in the head with a shotgun, and fired a round into the ceiling. Police say both suspects were dressed in black and had their faces covered. No arrests have been made.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Groups opposing plans to build an oil pipeline across Iowa say organizers have submitted more than 2,600 written statements against the project. Representatives for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition gathered Thursday morning outside the offices of the Iowa Utilities Board to submit the paperwork.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Iowa chicken farmers are out of luck with the federal government.  WOI-TV reports FEMA is denying Governor Branstad’s request for help for four counties to deal with and prevent the avian flu.  According to FEMA, the damage from the flu isn’t so severe that the state can’t handle it. So far, Iowa has had nearly 32 million birds affected, more than any other state.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Des Moines is in eighth place in the nation on a list of cities offering opportunities for creative people., a financial planning website, compared the cost of living in major U.S. cities to the concentration of creative workers living there. Other midwestern cities on the top ten list include Cleveland, Kalamazoo, Omaha, and Kansas City. The number 1 city for creative people? New Orleans.

AINSWORTH (IRN) – A woman is dead after a one-vehicle accident near Ainsworth in Washington County Wednesday. The Iowa State Patrol reports Jorge Jon Paul Noivo, 32, of San Francisco was southbound driving a 2002 Cadillac Escalade on Highway 218 when he lost control, entered the median, overcorrected, and rolled. Passenger Wendy Ann Lane Littrell, 24, of Fairfield was killed in the accident.

CLINTON, IA (IRN) – The city of Clinton discharged untreated wastewater after a main failed Wednesday. The city discharged an estimated 2,000 gallons per minute for much of the afternoon. When the break occurred, the city began hauling wastewater for treatment, but trucks could not keep up. The remainder of the wastewater flowed directly into the Mississippi River.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A man in Iowa has been arrested in connection with a stabbing death in Texas.  The Des Moines Register reports the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 23-year-old Noe Lopez Trevino, of Abilene, Texas, near an apartment complex in Des Moines on Wednesday. Trevino allegedly stabbed a man in early April at a Texas nightclub. Trevino may have been staying in Des Moines with family and friends.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – State Senator Rob Hogg is considering running for U.S. Senate in 2016 for the seat currently held by longtime Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, according to KWWL-TV.  Hogg is a Democrat and is currently serving his third term in the Iowa Senate representing Cedar Rapids.

NEWTON, IA (IRN) – Two paramedics suffered minor injuries after the ambulance they were in crashed and rolled into a ditch early Wednesday morning near Newton.  WHO-TV reports the driver of the vehicle told troopers the wind blew the ambulance off the road. Officials believe otherwise, as it wasn’t windy. Troopers think lack of sleep may have played a role. The driver was cited for failure to maintain control.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – Martin Brothers Distributing is planning a $16 million expansion that will create 35 jobs in Cedar Falls, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. The company is a 75-year-old, third-generation family business that distributes food products. Its delivery trucks are a familiar sight, with the motto “Here Comes Martin” on the front and “There Goes Martin” on the rear.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Iowa’s pheasant harvest increased 30 percent in 2014 marking the third harvest increase in a row for the popular game bird, according to the Iowa DNR. Pheasants weren’t the only species to see a harvest increase; the quail harvest increased an estimated 23 percent, rabbit 28 percent, squirrels 23 percent and doves 17 percent. Turkey numbers remained about the same.

TAMA, IA (IRN) – The Tama County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of K9 deputy Nikki, who died after a sudden illness Tuesday. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports the dog had cancer. She served for six years, won numerous awards, assisted in countless narcotics investigations, and according to the Sheriff’s Office, will forever be remembered for her happy-go-lucky demeanor and work ethic.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer in Fort Madison in Lee County, bringing the number of infected counties in Iowa to twenty-six. The insect is a small, metallic-green beetle that is responsible for killing tens of millions of ash trees in 25 states.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Cheap heroin is causing problems in eastern Iowa, according to the Tri-County Drug Task Force. KWWL-TV reports heroin is five time cheaper than over the counter painkillers, and that users come from all walks of life. Much of the heroin in the area comes from Detroit and Chicago, and is associated with gang activity, violent crime, and shootings.

DONNELLSON, IA (IRN) – One person is dead in a traffic accident north of Donnellson in Lee County, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The vehicle was southbound on Highway 218, passed a semi truck, returned to the right lane, and failed to see that a vehicle ahead of the semi was slowing to turn, colliding with it. The name of the victim has not been released.

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A Mason City man suffered burns to his hands Tuesday night after his grill caught fire. KIMT-TV reports the man was grilling when he noticed the flames. He unhooked the propane tank and threw it into an open field away from the house. Grease had accumulated under the grill, which lead to the fire.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A Sioux City man charged with first–degree murder in the stabbing death of a woman last month is pleading not guilty. 35–year–old Isack Abduhnoor was arrested and charged with stabbing 43–year–old Cornelia Stead to death.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa City business owner is accused of assaulting and sexually abusing an employee last month.  KCRG-TV reports 49-year-old Donald E. Born, of Solon, owner of Iowa Business Supply, allegedly grabbed the woman by the back of her head and smashed her face into her desk multiple times and then punched her in the face at least four times, before sexually assaulting her. Born faces multiple felony charges.

STORY COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The National Association of Counties has recognized Story County with one of its annual Achievement Awards for the county’s strategic planning program. The county is being recognized for their plan that set the groundwork for programs and initiatives including a bridge maintenance plan, equipment replacement plan, and the consolidation of county assessments, among other accomplishments.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A second longtime patient has died shortly after being transferred out of the state mental hospital at Clarinda, according to the Des Moines Register. The Clarinda facility was closed last month as part of a controversial move by Gov. Terry Branstad. Critics have accused Branstad of moving too quickly to shift care of the patients, including fragile, elderly Iowans who were in the geriatric psychiatry program at Clarinda.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Pleasant Hill man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on federal child pornography charges. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa sentenced Corey Lee Steffen, 37, Monday. Steffen was caught in 2012 at the Pleasant Hill Public Library using its internet connection to collect and distribute child pornography on his laptop computer.

HIAWATHA, IA (IRN) – Lawmakers are calling for a special legislative session after Governor Terry Branstad vetoed $55 million in funds for Iowa schools.  KWWL-TV reports Democratic lawmakers from Linn County and supporters gathered Monday night at Hiawatha Elementary School. They want Republicans to join them in overriding the veto. Support from 2/3 of the legislature is necessary.

OSKALOOSA, IA (IRN) – An Oskaloosa company is lighting up the Statue of Liberty, according to KCCI-TV. Musco Lighting has lit up Mount Rushmore, Ground Zero, the White House and many sports venues. New LED lights worth hundreds of thousands of dollars donated by the company will debut at dusk tonight on Liberty Island.

JOHNSTON, IA (IRN) – The National Weather Service reports that smoke from Canadian wildfires descended to ground level over much of northwest Iowa Monday evening. They advise that anyone with breathing difficulties as well as the very young and elderly avoid going outside until the smoke clears.

CEDAR RAPIDS (IRN) – The trial is scheduled to begin today for the Midamar Corp. founder accused of orchestrating a halal beef export scheme in which products bound for Malaysia and Indonesia were mislabeled and documents falsified to deceive USDA inspectors.  The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports William Aossey, 73, of Cedar Rapids faces multiple charges of conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering. Halal beef is beef butchered according to Islamic law.