Wednesday, September 16, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A house and a garage in Waterloo were struck by gunfire Tuesday afternoon, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Neighbors reported hearing gunfire and seeing people scatter on foot and on bikes. Officers found spent shell casings in the area. No injuries were reported.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A man has been arrested and charged in a death investigation in West Des Moines, according to KCCI-TV. 28-year-old Travis West of Norwalk was charged with involuntary manslaughter and delivery of a controlled substance — heroin. On June 5 officers responded to the report of an unconscious woman at an apartment building. West allegedly provided illegal drugs to the victim.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A Dubuque man was stabbed with a pocket knife at Kennedy Mall on Friday night after a confrontation over Facebook messages he sent to the attacker’s girlfriend, according the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.  Twenty six-year-old Tommy Price Jr., of Mount Morris, Ill., is charged with willful injury-causing serious injury, a felony. The knife punctured the victim’s lung.

BLACK HAWK COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Two people have been killed in a head-on collision this morning in Black Hawk County. KWWL-TV reports a motorcycle collided with a car.  One person on the motorcycle died along with one person in the car. The accident is under investigation, and no names have been released.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police say they have arrested a man for the double homicide that happened last week, according to KCCI-TV. Albert Jeffrey Garcia, 20, was arrested Tuesday evening. Police said he is the man responsible for shooting and killing 20-year-old Demetrius Thomas and 19-year-old Mohammad Nabeel Mirzai near Drake University. Garcia has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A 43-year-old Davenport man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbing the Family Credit Union in June 2014, according to WQAD-TV. Adrian Lomas was one of two people who were accused of robbing the credit union with a fake gun. Police said the two people ran from the bank after one of them flashed the gun in his waistband and demanded money from a teller. The other robbery suspect is a 15-year-old boy.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday did not rule out Iowa hosting Middle East refugees, saying she hopes the federal government will communicate with state leaders if that happens, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. President Barack Obama has said the United States will take in roughly 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – An anonymous donor has provided a Cedar Rapids police K-9 with a protective vest, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. K-9 officer Bane has been given a ballistic vest that costs approximately $2,000. The vests weigh an average of four to five pounds.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Police are investigating an overnight robbery at a Waterloo home, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. The victim told police the suspects entered his home and beat him with a pistol. The attackers then fled with cash.

CLEAR LAKE, IA (IRN) – The coordinator of a Clear Lake animal shelter was taken to jail Monday for refusing to release a dog to its owner. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports 57-year-old Debbie Kern was ordered by a judge to turn over the dog, but she refused, believing it had been abandoned and abused. The shelter later obeyed the judge’s order.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The businessman picked as the next University of Iowa president had visited campus two months earlier at the invitation of the presidential search committee chair, according to KCCI-TV. Bruce Harreld’s visit raises more questions about whether he was given special treatment during the search. Critics say Harreld is unqualified but the Iowa Board of Regents hired him anyway.

BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – Following a power outage Saturday night, the city of Burlington discharged partially treated wastewater to the Mississippi River, according to the Iowa DNR. When a breaker tripped, the power loss shut off all pumps causing partially treated wastewater to overflow. 27,000 gallons discharged to the river before pumping resumed. The same breaker tripped on Aug. 8, causing a wastewater discharge of 22,000 gallons.

DELAWARE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A 20-year-old has died following a fiery crash in Delaware County Monday. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the 20-year-old was driving on Highway 38 south of Greeley and hit a silage chopper. The car caught fire and the driver died at the scene. The driver’s name has not been released. The other driver suffered minor injuries.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – An in-home camera feed revealed a caretaker was physically abusing one of his patients. The Des Moines Register reports Benjamin Songol, 30, was arrested Sunday on a charge of wanton neglect of a dependent adult. Video shows Songol slapping a 20-year-old patient who requires 24-hour care. The patient has the mental capacity of a two-year-old. Songol works for The Homestead, an organization that works with people with autism.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Before the next legislative session begins, some Iowa lawmakers will explore the idea of building a tobacco-free casino in Cedar Rapids. KWWL-TV reports three members of the Iowa House and three members of the Senate will serve on a legislative interim commission.  The commission will meet this fall and prepare a recommendation, if any, to be submitted to the 2016 Iowa Legislature.

DES MOINES (IRN) – President Obama visited North High School in Des Moines Monday to share his mission to put more kids in college. KCCI-TV reports Obama went to North to make the point that struggling schools can get better. He also shared improvements that have been made to simplify the college loan process, and a proposal to offer free college tuition by eliminating some corporate tax loopholes.


Monday, September 14, 2015

BUCKEYE, IA (IRN) – Rescue crews were called to a semi vs. minivan crash near the town of Buckeye on Monday. KCCI-TV reports the minivan came off the exit ramp from Highway 20, then went back onto the highway where it was T-boned by a semi. The names and conditions of those involved in the crash have not been released.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Rapids police have made an arrest for a double homicide that occurred in 2014. KWWL-TV reports Kendu Ray Petties, 31, has been arrested and charged with two counts of Murder in the First Degree. He is charged in the murder of Quintrell D. Perkins, 22, and Sierrah Rochelle Simmons, 20, who were both shot.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – An 18-year-old woman was injured after being struck by a train Sunday morning in Dubuque. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports Ellie McIntyre was hospitalized for treatment of her injuries. McIntyre was sitting on the tracks shortly before dawn as a train approached. The engineer blew his whistle and applied the brakes. McIntyre did not move off of the tracks and was struck by the engine. Authorities believe she may have been previously assaulted.

DES MOINES, IA – Five people have been killed in Iowa so far this season in vehicle crashes related to tall corn obscuring the vision of drivers entering intersections. KELO-TV reports crops cover more than 90% of Iowa land, and the problem is made worse because many intersections have no stop signs. The problem is also widespread across Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota and Indiana.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – An officer involved shooting in Wellman has resulted in the death of a man, according to KCII-Radio. On Saturday the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call stating that Martin Francis Hammen, 39, was suicidal.  Hammen couldn’t be found at his residence. Later that evening, authorities responded to a fire at that address. Hammen was seen running from the fire toward the tree line, and when he returned he approached officers carrying a handgun and a propane torch. He failed to drop the weapon when ordered, and was shot and killed by a deputy.

IOWA FALLS, IA (IRN) – Authorities are investigating the discovery of a dead man found in a ditch north of Iowa Falls. Shortly after noon Sunday the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office received the report of the body in the ditch off Highway 65. The man’s name has not been released.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An Iowa City man who stabbed his wife multiple times with a piece of broken glass last year pled guilty Friday to lesser charges and faces up to 12 years in prison. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports Scott Bender, 49, was assaulting his wife when a window broke. Armed with a piece of broken glass, he got on top of her and began stabbing her. Bender told his wife, “You are dead.” The assault ended when the couple’s son intervened.

GUTHRIE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – One person received minor injuries in a helicopter accident in rural Guthrie County Saturday, according to Raccoon Valley Radio. Police say the pilot reported a mechanical problem while flying and the helicopter crashed into a corn field. The pilot was able to walk away from the crash.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (IRN) – Taylor Wiebers, Miss Iowa 2015, made it to the top 12 during the Miss America competition Sunday, according to the Des Moines Register. A 21-year-old University of Iowa student, Wiebers hopes to found and operate a pediatric cancer nonprofit. Miss Georgia took home the crown. There has never been a Miss America from Iowa.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A Waterloo teen is in the hospital after being shot. KWWL-TV reports a 14-year-old male was riding his bike when he was shot in the leg. He was taken to a local hospital where he faces non-life-threatening injuries. This is one of two shootings reported in Waterloo on Saturday.

GANESH JHORA, INDIA (IRN) – A man from the northeastern Iowa town of Randalia is dead following a climbing accident in India, according to The Telegraph of Calcutta. 20-year-old Lamar Fox was traveling with a friend on a mission trip. The men decided to climb up a rocky stream, when Fox slipped and fell and hit a rock and lost consciousness.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Police are investigating a stabbing at the Kennedy Mall in Dubuque Friday night. KWWL-TV reports the victim, 22-year-old Shelvy Lee Marcus Fair of Dubuque was found bleeding from a stab wound. Police say 26-year-old Tommy Ray Price Jr. of Mount Morris, Illinois has been arrested for the stabbing. The injuries are not life-threatening.

AMES, IA (IRN) – For the fourth straight year, the road team won the annual Cy-Hawk rivalry game as Iowa defeated Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday by a score of 31-17. Next week, Iowa hosts Pittsburgh and Iowa State travels to Toledo.