Thursday, October 14, 2021

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Police are investigating after a teen admitted to killing his parents at a home in Cedar Rapids on Thursday morning. When police arrived on scene, they found a 17-year-old male sitting outside the home, covered in blood. The teen told police he had killed his parents. Officers found two people dead in the home.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) – A 33-year-old man faces multiple charges after Council Bluffs police said he rear-ended a car and stole it while a woman was inside. Zachary White allegedly hit the car on Wednesday. When the victim got out to check on the damage, White jumped into the victim’s car and drove away. The victim’s wife was in the passenger seat at the time. She was seriously injured when she fell out of the vehicle. White then drove toward Omaha, causing several more crashes along the way. Authorities were able to stop him, and he was taken to an Omaha hospital where he faces multiple charges.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A police officer in eastern Iowa shot a wanted suspect Wednesday. Davenport police were called to the scene of a wanted subject with a weapon. Police pursued the individual on foot and attempted to take the subject into custody. The subject did not comply, and an officer discharged a firearm. Police were able to take the suspect into custody. The suspect was taken to the hospital, and the officer is on leave.

MIDWEST, U.S.A. (IRN) – United Auto Workers chapters across the Midwest are now on strike after contract negotiations failed. That includes John Deere plants in Waterloo, Ottumwa, Ankeny, and nearby Moline, Illinois. It’s the first strike in 35 years at John Deere.

​​EPWORTH, IA (IRN) – Western Dubuque School District officials in Epworth announced yesterday that all staff and students would be required to wear masks because eight percent of the high school student body is out due to COVID-19. The district says the mask policy will stay in place until COVID-19 infections are lower than three percent of the total school population.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Hawkeye Athletic Department has issued a warning about fraudulent tickets for Hawkeye football games. Fans packed Kinnick during the Hawks win against Penn State last week. Some tickets were being sold for as much as $2,000 online. University officials say 50 fraudulent tickets were presented to them last week.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – MidAmerican Energy says customers will likely see higher monthly heating bills this winter, attributing the rise to continued high natural gas prices. Impacts will depend on usage, but residential customers can expect their total bill to increase by 46-96 percent.

UNION, IA (IRN) – Law enforcement officials in Hardin County are continuing an investigation into a death that they said was a homicide. Osborn Eugene Gavel, 22, of Baxter, Ark., was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Deputies found Steve Reece, 74, inside a bedroom in a residence. Officials believe that Reece died as a result of being struck by Gavel. Gavel and others had been staying with Reece the night before his body was found.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A Muscatine man was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of another man during a party in rural Iowa. Milton Serrano Jr., 22, was originally charged with first-degree murder in the 2020 death of 19-year-old Chantz Stevens, of Wilton. Serrano stabbed Stevens after Serrano was asked to leave a party in Clarence, Iowa. Stevens died at the scene.

LAKE CITY, IA (IRN) – A student from South Central Calhoun High School in Lake City was killed in a crash Tuesday. Kaylin Blessington, a junior, was killed in a crash near Auburn on the way to school.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission announced that sports wagering in September was the highest recorded in the state, a little over $210 million. The upcoming months of October and November could be even bigger for sports wagers in the state.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines Police Department says a woman was randomly kidnapped and robbed by a man with a knife on Sunday night. Police say 42-year-old Eddie Ramos held the woman at knifepoint and forced her to drive to the QuikTrip on Army Post Road. Ramos ordered her to withdraw more than $200 from an ATM and give it to him. He then forced her to drive to a vacant lot where he planned to sexually assault her. The victim got away and ran to officers for help. Ramos is charged with kidnapping, burglary and drug possession.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines rescue crews rescued a man from a manhole Monday. Firefighters say a homeless man lifted up a vent and fell 25 feet into a building’s electrical vault system downtown. He was alert and talking with firefighters before being taken to the hospital.

IOWA (IRN) – Iowa Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks is accused of failing to disclose or properly report tens of thousands of dollars in income, according to a complaint filed with the Office of Congressional ethics on Monday. Among the accusations in the filing is that Miller-Meeks falsely claimed to work in Congress the year before she was first elected and she failed to report retirement income.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Two fatal crashes on Interstate 80 over the weekend brings the number of people who have died on Iowa roads so far this year to 263. The Iowa State Patrol says that’s more than last year at this point.

AMES, IA (IRN) – Iowa State University’s scholarship athletes will soon have the opportunity to earn up to $6,000 per academic year as financial awards for their performance in the classroom. The Iowa State Athletics Department will debut the Cyclone Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Program in the 2022-23 academic year. The program will give Iowa State scholarship athletes the chance to earn money based on their performance in the classroom each semester.

Monday, October 11, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A child caregiver is under arrest in connection with a baby’s death. Nicole Ghee was caring for a 2-month-old girl when the infant died in April of 2020. Des Moines police believe exposure to drugs may have played a role in the girl’s death. An autopsy showed the baby had meth in her system.

MOLINE, Ill (IRN) – John Deere union workers voted down a new contract agreement Sunday. Hundreds of John Deere union workers gathered at the TaxSlayer Center on Sunday in Moline, IL to vote on the new tentative six-year contract. It would have covered more than 10,000 workers at 14 facilities across the United States. Union workers wanted increased wages, pensions, and health care benefits. In this new contract, employee health benefits stayed the same. But there is still no post-retirement health care. Instead, the company offered a bonus.

FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – A 15-year-old girl was shot in the chest during a house party in Fort Dodge Saturday night, and police are asking for witnesses to help identify the shooter. Police say approximately 40 people had been at the party, but they scattered after the shooting.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Former President Donald Trump held his first rally in Iowa since he left office. Thousands of people streamed into the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday to hear former President Donald Trump speak. Trump spent almost 30 minutes of the rally, his first in Iowa since his 2020 campaign, arguing falsely that he had won Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa Democrats are voicing their disapproval that many of Iowa’s top Republicans leaders appeared with former President Trump at the rally in Des Moines. Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn said: “Iowa Republicans have tied themselves to a man who attacked the foundations of our democracy throughout his time in office. Just nine months ago, he incited a violent mob to attack his own Vice President and threaten the lives of lawmakers who were simply fulfilling their constitutional duty to certify our election. Iowa Republicans must answer for their silence and role in enabling right-wing extremists.”

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa has risen in the AP college football rankings to No. 2, following Georgia as the new No. 1. The Bulldogs’ rise from No. 2 comes a day after No. 1 Alabama was upset at Texas A&M. Iowa is No 2, up one spot after winning a top-five matchup with Penn State. The Hawkeyes have their best ranking since they reached No. 1 in 1985.