Tuesday, July 9, 2019

ATALISSA, IA (IRN) – A man died after he was struck in the head by a firework in the eastern Iowa town of Atalissa last week around the July 4 holiday. The Des Moines Register reports first responders were notified of the accident, and when responding, found James Don McMichael, 53, dead. The impact of the firework is the probable cause of death.

TIPTON, IA (IRN) – An Iowa trooper pointed his gun at and knocked down a motorcyclist for no apparent reason during a traffic stop, then falsely charged the man with eluding law enforcement. KGAN-TV reports dash camera video released Monday shows then-Iowa State Patrol officer Robert Smith pulling over motorcyclist Bryce Yakish for speeding. What appears to be a routine stop escalates immediately when Smith runs out of his car with his gun drawn and strikes Yakish in his helmet. The force knocked the 150-pound Yakish backward and onto his motorcycle, and both fell to the ground. Yakish is repeatedly heard complaining of neck pain. Smith now works as an officer in Durant.

MARSHALLTOWN, IA (IRN) – The search for a missing Marshalltown woman ended in tragedy Monday. KCCI-TV reports search crews found the body of 18-year-old Jazmin Raya in the Iowa River just north of downtown Marshalltown. Raya was 18 but communicated like a child due to autism. It’s not clear if that contributed to her death. An autopsy will be performed.

HUDSON, IA (IRN) – A multi-vehicle accident near Hudson in Black Hawk County left one person dead on Monday, according to KCRG-TV. The SUV attempted to pass two pick-up trucks that had livestock trailers containing live elk attached. While passing, the SUV struck a Tesla S head-on, which caused the SUV to hit the pick-ups and their trailers. The Tesla also collided with one of the pick-up trucks and its trailer. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene.

ADAMS COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is paying a Red Oak man $10,000 after wrongfully arresting him for criticizing officers on Facebook. WHO-TV reports Jon Goldsmith was arrested last year after he criticized the actions of a deputy at a festival in Corning after the deputy body-slammed a man. Goldsmith and the ACLU sued, and a judge ruled the department must also take part in a free speech training and adopt a social media policy that will be approved by the ACLU.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Former pro football and baseball player Bo Jackson is coming to Cedar Rapids. The star player will join other famous former players for the inaugural “Perfect Game Cares” charity softball game. Proceeds from the game benefit the Perfect Game Cares Underserved Youth Initiative.

Monday, July 8, 2019

MANLY, IA (IRN) – A Lake Mills woman is in jail after allegedly pointing a gun at someone while intoxicated. KIMT-TV reports Jennie Aasland was arrested after she allegedly pointed a gun at a woman and her family Sunday in Manly. When officers arrived, a pistol was found in the gravel between the Aasland and the victim.

IOWA FALLS, IA (IRN) – A north-central Iowa couple have been killed in a crash at an intersection near Iowa Falls. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the two were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The second vehicle, driven by a 16-year-old, failed to stop and yield at an intersection, striking the couple’s car, and then hitting a utility pole. The 16-year-old, another 16-year-old, and a 17-year-old in the car were hospitalized.

LINN COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Emergency crews are at Palisades-Kepler State Park in Linn County searching for a missing boater. KWWL-TV reports an adult male fell out of his boat and into the river. As of 12:30 p.m., the boater hadn’t been found and rescue crews were still searching.

LEON, IA (IRN) – The DCI is investigating an incident in Leon that happened just after 3 a.m. Sunday when an officer shot a man during a traffic stop. According to police, the man sprayed the officer with mace, and the officer opened fire. The man, in his 50s, survived and is in the hospital.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City has joined a national fundraiser to raise money for immigrants at the Mexican border. KCRG-TV reports from July 5-7, they donated 10% of their funds to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a non-profit immigration legal services provider in Texas. The fundraiser is called Bookstores Against Borders, and so far, 80 bookstores have raised almost $28,000.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A Sioux City woman charged with vehicular homicide in Nebraska has pleaded not guilty to driving drunk in Sioux City the same night as the traffic fatality. The Sioux City Journal reports that 19-year-old Maria Gonzalez-Diego’s vehicle hit 62-year-old Antonia Lopez De Ramirez the night of June 24 as the woman walked across a street and kept going. Lopez De Ramirez died later at a hospital.

MONTANA (IRN) – After eight years on the run and being one of the most wanted fugitives, an Iowa man is in custody. KCCI-TV reports Michael Strain, 62, from Lime Springs, was found at a remote Montana ranch Wednesday. In 2011, Strain was indicted in northern Iowa on two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – An Ottumwa firefighter was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after battling a house fire late Thursday night. KTVO-TV reports neighbors felt an explosion and reported seeing the burning house. No one was home when the fire broke out.

WAUKEE, IA (IRN) – The brand-new splash pad at Waukee’s Fox Creek Park is shut down until further notice after several slip and fall incidents. WHO-TV reports city crews will take a look at the concrete on Monday to see why it’s so slick. The concrete pad has a sheen to it even when dry and looks different from the concrete surrounding the pad.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

ROCK FALLS, IA (IRN) – The body of a missing man has been found at a Cerro Gordo County campground. KIMT-TV reports Lawrence Howlett, 48 of Sandwich, Illinois, was reported missing on June 8. He was last seen at Camp at the Woods Campground near his camper by the Shell Rock River. His remains were found in a pond at the campground.

NORTH LIBERTY, IA (IRN) – A West Branch man is accused of repeatedly eating mouthfuls of grass while being arrested. KGAN-TV reports Christopher William McTaggart, 20, was stopped for speeding in a boat on the Coralville Reservoir by a DNR officer. The officer noticed empty alcohol containers and several intoxicated people aboard, including “one girl who was passed out in her vomit.” McTaggart admitted to drinking alcohol, consented to take a field sobriety test and repeatedly put ice cubes into his mouth, despite being told not to by the officer. Once they made it to shore, McTaggart repeatedly put grass and dirt into his mouth before being arrested.

MARION, IA (IRN) – After promoting Neil Young would play at a Woodstock Revisited festival in Marion, the organizers now say that was a hoax. KCRG-TV reports the group organizing the concert had inadvertently worked with what turned out to be a fake promoter.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (IRN) – Former Drake University basketball star Lewis “Black Magic” Lloyd passed away Friday at the age of 60, according to the Philadelphia Tribune. Lloyd is one of the greatest basketball players to ever wear a Drake uniform. He was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and spent parts of eight years playing in the NBA. Lloyd’s number 30 is hanging in the rafters at the Knapp Center.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Many household pets have been scared during the holiday fireworks, and two potbellied pigs in Des Moines, Luna and Pumba, were among them. KCCI-TV reports they ran away and were found in a homeowner’s pool, cooling off. Luna and Pumba are now back home and in their own pool.