Monday, July 6, 2015

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police made an arrest in a bank robbery Monday about 30 minutes after it happened. KCCI-TV reports the robbery was at the Bankers Trust location near Southridge Mall. Witnesses report the man walked inside the bank and demanded money. Police found 47-year-old Joe Mitchell Pendergrass in a nearby Walmart store with the stolen money and a GPS tracker that was in with the money.

WAYLAND, IA (IRN) – One person was transported by Air Care after a motorcycle accident near Wayland just after midnight on Sunday. KCII-radio reports the driver of the motorcycle, Donald Joe Harris of Crawfordsville, hit a deer.

WAUPETON, IA (IRN) – A 2-year-old girl from Waterloo died after being pulled from the Mississippi River on Saturday among some islands near Waupeton, Iowa. The Dubuque Tribune Herald reports the family of Bryle Morgan had removed her life jacket in preparation for a group photo when they noticed she was missing.

LOGAN, IA (IRN) – Police and witnesses told KETV in Omaha that a woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash near Logan-Magnolia High School in western Iowa on Saturday night. Witnesses said someone pulled out of the high school parking lot, erratically spinning the car’s tires at about the time the woman was struck and killed. Authorities have identified a suspect and impounded the vehicle.

DAVENPORT IA (IRN) – One person is dead after an RV from Tennessee hit a pedestrian, a gas pump, and two vehicles at the Flying J Truck Stop in Davenport on Saturday. KQAD-TV reports Mary LeMay, 74, of Centerville, Tennessee was standing outside of the RV guiding the driver – her husband – into a parking space at the time of the accident. Her husband was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

MADISON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A man was seriously injured Saturday night when he was hit with a firework. KCCI-TV reports that 28-year-old James Saenogaroun suffered from injuries on his face, neck and arm after being struck by a mortar-type firework at a residence north of Winterset. Charges are pending.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – Two people were killed after an accident on Interstate 80 in Davenport early this morning, according to KQAD-TV. Three people were ejected from the vehicle, and a third person is in critical condition. I-80 eastbound was closed for hours for the investigation.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Elevated fine particle pollution levels were recorded following fireworks displays in Davenport on July 4, according to the Department of Natural Resources.  Weather conditions created a situation in which smoke from the fireworks was able to remain suspended in an area for an extended period of time.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

TAMA COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A rollover crash in Tama County put seven people, including five children, in the hospital Saturday. The Iowa State Patrol reports a car was northbound on Highway 63 south of Traer, when it went off the highway, over-corrected, went back onto the highway, and then into a ditch where it rolled several times. The victims are from Ottumwa.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) –  Authorities with the Iowa Department of Corrections said Jared Evan Brooks, 20, escaped from a Waterloo work release facility Saturday.  KCCI-TV reports Brooks’ is serving time for three counts of willful injury causing serious injury and intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

CORALVILLE, IA (IRN) – A Coralville man was arrested after a probation violation according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen. A probation officer was conducting a residence check Wednesday at the home of Ryan Leigh Ransom, 29. Ransom told the officer that no one else was inside his home. The officer then found a woman hidden in a suitcase, with drug paraphernalia inside of her bra. A no contact order was in place between Ransom and the woman.

FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – Fort Dodge Police are investigating a Saturday stabbing in Fort Dodge, according to the Des Moines Register. Police were dispatched to Village Green Trailer Court to a report of a stabbing. The victim, Andy Trusty, 34, was found inside his trailer home with a stab wound to the torso. Police have identified a suspect and are continuing to investigate. Trusty’s injuries are non-life threatening.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – An 18-year-old girl was killed after being thrown from her vehicle in a rollover crash Saturday morning. KWWL-TV reports the crash happened in rural Allamakee County, just north of Waukon. Police say she lost control of her vehicle, went into a ditch, and rolled over multiple times before being ejected.  Her name has not been released.

BETTENDORF, IA (IRN) – An 18-year-old man was shocked with electricity while setting up for Bettendorf’s 4th of July concert, according to WHBF-TV. On Friday afternoon the employee of a food vendor was on top of a trailer attempting to hang a flag from a metal pole. The pole came in contact with a power line. The man was shocked and fell approximately 15 feet to the ground. His name and condition has not been released.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Rapids police officers responded to two calls Friday night that left a person in both incidents injured. KCRG-TV reports one person was stabbed outside of a restaurant, and another person was shot shortly afterward in another part of town. The injuries were non-life threatening, and police are investigating.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A Palo man has been arrested on warrants related to a burglary and stalking case on the University of Iowa campus, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Mark C. Spicer, 20, was charged Friday after he was found pretending to sleep in a car parked across the street from a residence that he has been barred from being near due to a protective order.

CLEAR LAKE, IA (IRN) – A Newton teen was taken to the hospital after hitting a wave while riding an inner tube on Clear Lake Friday. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Madison Dlouhy, 18, was riding in a tube being pulled by a boat, and fell off after hitting a wave. Her condition has not been released.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The University of Iowa is moving forward with the Grant Wood Art Colony at Wood’s former home in Iowa City, according to the Iowa City Press Citizen. Grant Wood is one of Iowa’s most well-known artists, perhaps best known for his painting, American Gothic. Officials say the colony provides residences for visiting artists, and serves to promote the arts and culture of the Midwest.


Friday, July 3, 2015

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A trial date of November 17 has been set for an Iowa City man accused of having sex with incapacitated women. KCCI-TV reports Nathan Schloss, 24, faces 18 counts of sexual abuse and 22 counts of invasion of privacy. He’s pleaded not guilty. Police found the videos after Schloss turned in a hard drive to show police a video of his former roommate, Leo Nopoulos, torturing a cat. Nopoulos has pleaded guilty to animal torture.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Or is it? KCRG-TV reports that Alexander Hartman moved to Marion just a few weeks ago, and was shocked to find a stack of 11 speeding tickets from the Cedar Rapids Police in his mailbox one day totaling almost $900. After hearing Hartman’s explanation that he was ignorant of the city traffic cameras, all but one of the tickets was dismissed.

CASCADE, IA (IRN) – Two semitrailer drivers were arguing over their CBs about one cutting the other off in traffic about the time that one’s load shifted Wednesday night, spilling hazardous materials on a roadway near Cascade. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports emergency crews were on scene for about seven hours cleaning up the spill.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IRN) – Hay prices are falling in Iowa. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports hay prices averaged $115 per ton in May, $41 per ton less than May 2014. Alfalfa hay prices fell $51 per ton from one year ago, to $129.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Governor Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in additional funding to K-12 schools that had been approved by the Legislature for the 2015-16 school year, according to the Des Moines Register. The one-time cash infusion into schools was part of a compromise reached by Democratic and Republican legislators in a lengthy and bitter fight over school funding.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Pennsylvania man was arrested and charged with sexual abuse after a teenage girl said he inappropriately touched her on an airplane Wednesday. KCCI-TV reports Ranjit Khati, 35, of Pittsburgh, was charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse after the plane landed in Des Moines.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation says drugged driving is a growing problem in Iowa. Increasingly, impaired drivers are under the influence of illegal and sometimes even legal drugs that pose serious threats to motorists, just like drunk driving. In 2014, there were 47 drug-related traffic fatalities in Iowa.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Des Moines Fire Department has seen an increase in the number of people jumping into the Des Moines River needing rescue. KCCI-TV reports there have been eight jumpers in the past 30 days.