Monday, July 26, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – For the first time ever, a current female student athlete from Drake University is running in the Olympic Games. Yinka Mary Ajayi will represent Nigeria in the 4-by-400-meter mixed relay in Tokyo. The 23-year-old attained several achievements during her time at Drake University, including winning many 200-meter and 400-meter dashes.

WINDSOR HEIGHTS, IA (IRN) – A Windsor Heights man opened fire during a standoff with law enforcement Saturday night. Brandon Davis, 37, faces more than a dozen charges including child endangerment, domestic abuse, and three counts of attempted murder of a police officer. Police were responding to a domestic dispute.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Shots were fired in the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall early on Sunday morning. It’s unclear if anyone was hurt. No arrests have been made.

MARSHALL COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A Marshalltown woman is dead after her motorcycle was rear-ended by a 17-year-old girl Saturday night. Police are investigating.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – More than 100 people gathered outside the Iowa state Capitol Saturday to rally against mandates requiring people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, such as the ones some Iowa hospitals have issued. One of the speakers at the rally, Republican state Rep. Jeff Shipley, called vaccine mandates “a crime against humanity.”

Saturday, July 24, 2021

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) – A Council Bluffs restaurateur was found guilty Friday of years of sex trafficking underaged girls. Hershal James Ratliff, 71, owner of Jimmy’s All American Malt Shop and Grill, was convicted on four counts of sex trafficking minors and an additional two counts of sex trafficking adults.

MARSHALLTOWN, IA (IRN) – The Marshalltown and Ames police departments are investigating a sexual exploitation allegation and death believed to be related. Marshalltown police received allegations on July 6 of inappropriate sexual contact between a former employee with the Marshalltown Community School District and a former student. Police attempted to conduct a search warrant at a home in Ames Thursday in connection with that investigation when a gunshot was fired from inside the home. Authorities located a deceased man in the basement. A preliminary investigation indicates he died by suicide.

IOWA (IRN) – ​​Iowa might have to throw out tens of thousands of doses of coronavirus vaccine over the next six weeks unless public demand for the shots increases. The Iowa Department of Public Health says that 39,000 of the state’s doses are set to expire by the end of July, and another 179,000 could expire by the end of August.

FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – Fort Dodge has won its first high school girls softball championship in their own city. Fort Dodge won over Ankeny Centennial 2-0 on Friday night for Class 5A. Also on Friday night, Western Dubuque won over Boone 3-1 for Class 4A. Boone has never won a championship game for any school sports.

Friday, July 23, 2021

STORY CITY, IA (IRN) – A COVID-19 outbreak forced 200 kids to return home early from an Iowa summer camp. Riverside Bible Camp, located north of Story City, closed after multiple staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Most of the employees have mild symptoms and most staff members are either vaccinated or had COVID-19 a year prior.

ALGONA, IA (IRN) – An Iowa race track said Thursday that it will cut ties with an announcer who went on a racist rant against Black fans and athletes who kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racial inequality. The Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, said its leaders “do not condone” the comments made by the announcer before the races on July 15, but it called them an isolated incident.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IRN) – A bill backed by Iowa Democratic Congresswoman Cindy Axne and Republican Sen. Joni Ernst that increases funding for the victims of crime is now law. Ernst and Axne joined President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday for the bill signing.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – The Iowa State Association of County Auditors plans to push for a salary raise of around $17,500 each year in response to new state laws passed during the last Republican controlled legislative session. The association says the laws make their jobs much more difficult, and their efforts subject to fines and penalties.

IOWA (IRN) – Iowa tops the list of structurally deficient bridges in the United States, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration. Structurally deficient means one of the key elements is in poor or worse condition. 19.1 percent of Iowa’s bridges are structurally deficient.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Democrat Abby Finkenauer, a former congresswoman, is running for Republican Chuck Grassley’s U.S. Senate seat. The 32-year-old former state lawmaker would offer a stark contrast to the 87-year-old Grassley, who was elected to his first term in the Senate eight years before Finkenauer was born.

IOWA (IRN) – The latest weekly update on the state of the coronavirus in Iowa shows a large increase in cases and hospitalizations, but no significant upward trend in deaths from the virus. Cases are up 51% over last week.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Numerous agencies in Polk County conducted a large-scale law enforcement operation on Wednesday. Arrest and search warrants, part of investigations by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force and the FBI, were executed at 13 locations.

IOWA (IRN) – Ticket sales for the Iowa Lottery have increased during the pandemic. Through the first 11 months of this fiscal year, Iowa Lottery sales totaled over $417 million. That’s a nearly 25 percent increase in sales and surpasses the previous 12-month record, which was $390 million in 2019.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – There are reports that the University of Iowa plans to name the field at Kinnick Stadium for Duke Slater, a trailblazing Black player who was an All-American tackle a century ago, two people familiar with the proposal said Wednesday. After leaving Iowa, Slater became the NFL’s first Black lineman and a pioneering Chicago judge, and he will be inducted next month into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Slater died in 1966 at age 67.