Wednesday, June 24, 2014

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A man accused of killing his romantic partner during an argument early Tuesday has been arrested for assaulting people in the past. The Sioux City Journal reports that Isack Mahad Abdinur, 35, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cornelia Ann Stead, 43, whose body was found with multiple stab wounds early Tuesday in her Sioux City apartment. Five children, ages 1-10, were present during the incident.

WILLIAMSBURG, IA (IRN) – The sharp decline in corn and soybean prices has claimed additional manufacturing jobs in Eastern Iowa. KCRG-TV reports Kinze Manufacturing in Williamsburg laid off 215 people in its office and factory workforce Wednesday. Job cuts were a direct response to the slowdown in agricultural equipment sales. Kinze makes row crop planting equipment and grain auger carts.

PLEASANT HILL, IA (IRN) – A Pleasant Hill man’s defense team says he was “crazy” when he killed his ex-girlfriend’s fiance. The Des Moines Register reports that on Tuesday the defense said it was mental illness and the side effects of antidepressants that caused David Moffitt, 27, to shoot 30-year-old Justin Michael four times as he slept next to his fiancee. The prosecution says the murder was premeditated.

ANKENY, Iowa, (IRN) – A former Ankeny teacher accused of being drunk in the classroom has pleaded guilty to child endangerment. Officers arrested Jennifer Rich in February at an elementary school after a parent reported seeing her with alcohol during a Valentine’s party. Officers found two empty cans of beer and four full cans. Rich has resigned.

MONROE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The tornado that began in southwestern Marion County at approximately 5 PM Monday has been classified as an EF-3. The National Weather Service reports that the tornado continued into Lucas and Monroe Counties, and hit an estimated peak wind of 142 mph when it destroyed a home west of Lovilia. Monroe County officials estimate that it caused several million dollars worth of damage in Albia. The tornado was approximately 440 yards wide, and was on the ground for over 25 miles.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines woman was seriously hurt after an assault by her boyfriend that was captured on a 911 call Monday. KCCI-TV reports the woman dialed 911 and the dispatcher heard the attack unfold. Officers arrived on scene and came face to face with an armed man who shot himself in the head. He died later at a hospital.

CHARLES CITY, IA (IRN) – A light plane crashed into a ditch east of the Charles City Airport early Tuesday evening. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that a Piper Comanche flown by David Priebe of Sumner, with his wife as a passenger, lost power at an altitude of 6,500 feet. Priebe attempted to land at the Charles City Airport but overshot the landing. No one was injured.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The economic impact of the craft brewing industry in Iowa exceeded $100 million in 2014. The Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board says Iowa’s craft brewing industry generated 1,500 jobs. The number of breweries has doubled since 2009 to more than 50 in 29 counties. 95% of Iowa’s craft breweries are locally owned.

WASHINGTON, DC (IRN) – Iowa retained its tops in the nation ranking for egg production in May, but the avian flu outbreak exacted a significant toll on the state’s poultry industry. The USDA reports that egg production is down nearly 28 percent from last year.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NODAWAY, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has released more information on the report of a death Saturday in Nodaway. They report that the death of Allen Pafford, 44, has been ruled a homicide. The investigation is ongoing.

JACKSON, MN (IRN) – An Iowa couple was killed in a motorcycle crash on I-90 near Jackson, Minnesota Monday. KEYC-TV reports a motorcycle and a minivan collided head-on in a construction zone. The motorcycle, driven by 67-year-old Richard Hedeen of Davenport lost control and hit the van, killing Heeden and his passenger 66-year-old Francois Hedeen. The driver of the van, 40-year-old Sharon Rowlet of West Des Moines, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A Sioux City man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his female partner after she was found dead Tuesday morning of apparent stab wounds. The Sioux City Journal reports the suspect, Isack Mahad Abdinur, 35, was arrested after a K9 unit helped find him in a near-by-garage. The victim’s name has not been released.

GRUNDY CENTER, IA (IRN) – Colfax-Mingo Schools superintendent Marty Lucas, 61, was arrested and charged Thursday in his second OWI case. KCCI-TV reports that he resigned from his position Monday. Lucas, of Charles City, was arrested shortly before 9 in the morning in Grundy Center after posting a blood alcohol level almost three times the legal limit.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Early morning storms in the northern part of the state yesterday that brought winds up to 100 mph were followed by late afternoon storms in the southern part of the state. A tornado was spotted near Columbia in southern Marion County that reportedly continued into Monroe County, causing damage to buildings in Lovilia and Albia. The National Weather Service will continue to assess storm damage today.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The National Weather Service reports that nine people have been killed by lightning strikes this year in the U.S., two in Iowa.  William Clevenger, 35, of the Muscatine County community of Moscow was killed rounding up cattle on his horse in early May. Rebecca McCarthy, 42, was killed walking from campground to campground this past weekend in Palo in Linn County.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A former Des Moines Police officer will receive 63 months in federal prison for kicking a restrained subject in the mouth and nose. The Southern District Federal Court of Iowa sentenced Colin J. Boone, age 39, for unreasonable use of force. Other officers on scene reported Boone’s misconduct.

WASHINGTON, DC (IRN) – The USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service has released its weekly crop and weather report. Wet weather continues to limit the ability of farmers to get in the field.  Generally crops are reported in good condition, but dry weather and warm temperatures are needed to help the crops mature.

Monday, June 22, 2015

STORY COUNTY, Iowa – One person was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital following a crash on Highway 30 Monday morning. WHO-TV reports the one-car accident happened west of Nevada where a car ended up in a creek under a Highway 30 bridge. The man inside was trapped for a short time. Officials on scene said he may have a broken back.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A Sioux City man who carjacked and assaulted his former girlfriend and threatened to kill her was sentenced to 13 years in prison. During the assault he pointed a gun at her face. The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa reports that Angel Gomez, age 23, received the prison term after a guilty plea. The assault took place after his girlfriend told him she wanted to end their relationship.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – Severe thunderstorms rolled through northern Iowa early this morning. KTIV-TV reports winds of up to 100 miles an hour in western Iowa, and KWWL-TV reports 93 mph winds at Independence in northeastern Iowa. The Sheldon Regional Airport in O’Brien County received a 95 mile per hour wind gust, and a hanger was damaged and five airplanes in it were destroyed. Baseball-sized hail was reported near Cedar Rapids.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Poweshiek County. The Iowa Department of Agriculture reports that the pest was collected from a city-owned tree in Grinnell. The small, metallic-green beetle native to Asia kills ash trees, and has now been identified in 25 Iowa counties.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A triple-stabbing at a Des Moines party early Sunday has become a homicide investigation. WHO-TV reports 27-year-old Timothy Washington has died, and two others are recovering from stab wounds after an altercation at a home east of the Capitol building. There are 13 witnesses being interviewed.

NODAWAY, IA (IRN) – The Adams County Sheriff’s Office along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating a suspicious death in the southwestern Iowa town of Nodaway. The investigation is ongoing and the name of the deceased is not being released at this time pending notification of family.

EDDYVILLE, IA (IRN) – An F1 Tornado struck south of Eddyville Saturday night. The National Weather Service reports that the tornado was on the ground for approximately 3.5 miles, was 175 yards wide, and had peak winds of 110 mph. The tornado was accompanied by hail, and while there was property damage, no one was injured.

MOUNT PLEASANT, IA (IRN) – One person died and four others were hurt in a rollover crash in Mount Pleasant on Saturday. The Iowa State Patrol reports that a 15-year-old was driving a minivan when she lost control and rolled into the ditch. All of the victims were from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sarah White-Young, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene.

DES MOINES (IRN) -Two men were arrested on Saturday after jumping into the Des Moines River in Des Moines while intoxicated. WHO-TV reports 23-year-old Michael Rocha and 33-year-old Anthony Lozano were charged with public intoxication. Police believe the two men went to the Iowa Craft Brew Festival on the Court Avenue Bridge, before jumping into the river to cool off.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – Damage from last night’s storms from across the state is still being assessed. KTVO-TV reports that storms tore through southeast Iowa, with considerable damage to trees in Bloomfield and other communities. Estimated 70 mph winds in Ottumwa tore the roof and front off of a home.

PALO, IA (IRN) – A Hiawatha woman died after being struck by lightning early Saturday evening at Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area near Palo in Linn County. Rebecca McCarty, 42, was camping with friends and family when she was struck by lightning while walking between camping spots.

MADRID, IA (IRN) – A Nevada woman was injured Saturday after an approximately 40-foot fall from a cliff at Ledges State Park in Boone County. Shannon Novak, 19, was taken by ambulance to Iowa Methodist in Des Moines after suffering injuries to her back and ankle. Novack lost her footing and fell from a sandstone outcropping over the Des Moines River.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A West Des Moines teenager was airlifted to Iowa Methodist in Des Moines after suffering a head injury while tubing on Lake Panorama Saturday afternoon. Angela Cary, 15, was on a three-person tube being towed by a boat when the tube hit a wave throwing all three into the water. Also on the tube were Angela’s sister, Kayla, 19, and Rachael Anfinson, 16, of Urbandale.  Anfinson also suffered a head injury, and it is believed that the girls bumped heads when the tube was flipped over after hitting the wave.