Saturday, July 13, 2019

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – One man is dead after a car accident Saturday morning on Highway 5 near Fleur Drive in Des Moines. Officials say the SUV was being driven at an excessive speed when it left the road and hit a concrete bridge support. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

BANCROFT, IA (IRN) – Authorities are investigating after three people were found dead at a residence in Bancroft in Kossuth County Friday. WHO-TV reports authorities didn’t say how the three died but that there is not an on-going threat to the public.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – LME Inc. in Des Moines closed suddenly, leaving 40 truck drivers without jobs. KCCI-TV reports a former employee says, “we woke up to check our direct deposits, and there was no direct deposit.” Management called several staff members into a meeting at the end of the workday Thursday to tell them LME as a company no longer existed. The company website claimed to employ more than 600 people in multiple states, with its headquarters in Minnesota. No one is answering the phone numbers on its website.

DECORAH, IA (IRN) – One Iowa man says his rights were violated when he was forced to take down his flag in support of President Trump at a county fair. KWWL-TV reports the man says a Winneshiek County Fair official told him to remove the President Trump flag from the back of his wheelchair. He says he feels his rights have been violated. The fair board says as a non-profit, they can’t support or endorse political candidates or parties. The chair of the county Republican party says the flag is a personal endorsement, and clearly not an endorsement by the fair board.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – The issue of immigration, mass deportations, and detaining children at the border brought a huge crowd out in demonstration in Cedar Rapids Friday. KGAN-TV reports young and old alike turned out in what appeared to be the hundreds, near a building where federal agents operate. Organizers say they want everyone to know that immigrants aren’t America’s enemies.

Friday, July 12, 2019

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa officials have reported the state’s first confirmed human case of West Nile virus. The Iowa Public Health Department said Friday the man lives in Audubon County, is 61 to 80 years old and has recovered. State records say 104 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus last year and nine died.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A guidance counselor described her struggle to take a gun from a 12-year-old eastern Iowa student in the first day of the boy’s trial for attempted murder. The Quad-City Times reports the guidance counselor described the “intense struggle” last August when she and a teacher tried to grab the loaded gun from the boy. The boy allegedly pointed the .22-caliber gun at her and pulled the trigger but it didn’t fire because the safety was on.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa City police have identified the man arrested Thursday following an overnight standoff. KCRG-TV reports James Stephon Joy, 34, allegedly pulled a gun on a man who asked him to leave a home and told the man he was going to shoot him. He then pointed the gun at a woman before they ran and called the police. Joy then barricaded himself inside the home with the standoff lasting around ten hours. Police found the gun was a BB gun.

FORT MADISON, IA (IRN) – Three corrections officers at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison were assaulted by inmates on Thursday. The officers were trying to stop a group of inmates from stabbing another inmate when they were injured. None of the injuries were serious.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – An ammonia leak at Iowa Cold Storage in Altoona caused several businesses to evacuate Thursday night. KCCI-TV reports a number of first responders and a hazmat crew responded, evacuating several businesses in the area. All the employees were evacuated safely and no injuries were reported.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – One bus driver was fired and another placed on administrative leave after incidents involving students in Waterloo, according to KCCI-TV. The fired driver failed to check the bus Tuesday and left a 6-year-old boy alone for nearly two hours inside the vehicle at the bus yard. An employee found the boy sleeping on the bus after frantic calls from his mother. In the other incident, a 9-year-old girl with autism was taken from a school program to her home Monday instead being taken to a YWCA for daycare. The girl then crossed two busy streets as she walked to a store, where she was found in an aisle, playing with toys.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – The attempted use of a counterfeit bill led to a police chase on Wednesday in Dubuque, according to KCRG-TV. Three men from Milwaukee were arrested. The Dubuque Police Department received a report of an attempt to use a fake $100 bill at Kohl’s. An officer wearing plainclothes made contact with the suspect as he entered his vehicle. He and two passengers then fled in the vehicle, allegedly driving recklessly. A chase ensued, and stop sticks were deployed to bring the chase to an end.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Animal Rescue League rescued cats on Wednesday from a hoarding case in Des Moines. KCCI-TV reports Animal Control Services were on site for the fourth hoarding case the ARL has been involved with in 10 weeks. So far 32 cats have been rescued, but ARL officials are working to capture more.

CHARLES CITY, IA (IRN) – The Charles City Police Department has confirmed it’s investigating a report of its police dog attacking someone at the home where the dog lives. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the incident happened on June 25 involving the dog named “Jordy” and a person at the house.

IOWA (IRN) – Iowa’s controversial use of private insurers to run its Medicaid program just got $386 million more expensive. The Des Moines Register reports that’s how much more state and federal money Iowa officials have agreed to pay through this fiscal year for two national companies to manage the giant health care program.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines International Airport has announced plans to add 1,000 more parking spaces to combat shortages. Airport General Manager Kevin Foley says the parking shortage is a good sign because it reflects an increase in the number of people using airport facilities. The new parking spaces should be finished by Thanksgiving. He says the $3 million project “only buys us two or three years” before more spaces will be needed.

LINN COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Officials discovered a body in the Cedar River yesterday after a multi-day search for a missing boater. KCRG-TV reports search teams recovered a body of a white male. Officials believe this body to be that of Ricky Veenstra, 59, of Cedar Rapids, who had been missing since Sunday.

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A repeat offender is going to prison for stealing tools. KIMT-TV reports Timothy Charles Williams, 30 of Springville, pleaded guilty to 2nd degree theft for trying to sneak over $1,000 worth of tools out of a Mason City store. Law enforcement says he put the tools inside the package for a mailbox, then bought the mailbox and left without paying for the tools. He’s a repeat offender who will spend up to five years in jail.

AMES, IA (IRN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning on Tuesday about a dangerous species of tick. According to the CDC, Asian longhorned ticks have appeared in 11 states across the country and their bites can cause serious illness in animals and in people. Ryan Smith, assistant professor of entomology at Iowa State University, said he is not aware of any reports in Iowa or the Midwest.

IOWA (IRN) – The state of Iowa has earned a high ranking on a dubious list. Online news site 24/7 Wall St. has labeled Iowa one of the top “states that are falling apart.” The study relied on data including road condition rankings, deficient bridges and state spending on highway projects. Iowa finished third on the list, behind only Alaska and Rhode Island.