Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A Davenport man is behind bars after police say he fired several shots at a car. WHO-TV reports RoyLee Richardson faces numerous charges including going armed with intent. Police say Richardson and another person opened fire on a car last month. They say the victim was hit three times but is expected to be okay.

DAYTON, IA (IRN) – Authorities are asking for the public’s help with a death investigation in the town of Dayton, according to KCCI-TV. Webster County Sheriff James Stubbs said officers were sent to a trailer home on a report of an unresponsive man.  The man was found to be dead from a gunshot wound.  

 

IOWA CITY, IA  (IRN) – Two pedestrians were injured after being struck by a car while crossing a street at a crosswalk in Iowa City.  KWWL-TV reports authorities believe the driver, Michelle Mleczewski, possibly suffered a medical issue.  Peggy and Anthony Knight were both taken to the hospital with injuries.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – The head of Waterloo’s sewage treatment plant has been fired. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports Larry Smith, who has worked for the city since 1989, was relieved of his duties Tuesday by Mayor Buck Clark. Clark declined to discuss reasons for the dismissal. Smith says the mayor has “wanted to fire me since his first week in office…He’s denied me the replacement of key people and basically done everything he could to screw it up.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – A traffic stop in Cedar Falls on Tuesday led to the arrests of three people, including a teenager who police say had a gun and drugs. KWWL-TV reports a 14-year-old from Waterloo ran from the stopped car, threw a handgun into the weeds and also tried to get rid of two bags of marijuana. The handgun was a 9mm Ruger. The teen faces multiple charges.

AMES, IA (IRN) – Some residents of a Story County mobile home community north of Ames believe they are being terrorized in their own homes. KCCI-TV reports residents believe two brothers, around 12 and 14 years old, threw paint on the siding and windows of one mobile home, vandalized signs, and that one of the boys chased a girl with a chainsaw in his hand. Neighbors say the boys are often left home alone while their single mother is at work.

OSCEOLA, IA (IRN) – The DNR is investigating a fish kill and cleanup of spilled grease from a food processor west of Osceola in Clarke County. Osceola Foods notified the DNR Sunday morning that a pumping station failed, allowing a grease-water mix to flow overland to a ditch that leads to White Breast Creek south of Osceola. The company contracted for cleanup with a HazMat company.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The University of Iowa Dance Marathon committee has announced a fundraising goal for the February 2016 event of $2.4 million. The Daily Iowan reports college and high-school students at more than 250 schools across the country raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during the event. Since its establishment, the UI Dance Marathon has raised $16.5 million for pediatric cancer patients at the UI Children’s Hospital.

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An Illinois woman is accused of assaulting a man with a fence post and pepper spray, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The victim and a witness told police that 22-year-old Sashonia D. Brown, of South Holland, Ill., had gotten in a fight with the victim over a relationship dispute.  Brown faces charges of assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and providing false information.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Governor Terry Branstad has been under pressure from Iowa House and Senate Republican legislators to eliminate all government funding for Planned Parenthood, including for programs that provide non-abortion services. The Des Moines Register reports Branstad said Tuesday he doesn’t have legal authority to strip Planned Parenthood of taxpayer funding and any effort to do so would probably result in state officials being sued and losing in court.

NORTHWOOD, IA (IRN) – A 61-year-old Minnesota man has been accused of stealing from his employer in northern Iowa. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Duane Hansen, of Twin Lakes, Minnesota, is charged with felony theft for stealing at least $13,000 from BP Jo Stop in Northwood over the past two years. Hansen told an investigator that he’d taken $125 to $200 each week from the store.

GLENWOOD, IA (IRN) – No arrests have been reported after an altercation in which the Glenwood Community High School principal and his stepson were injured and another man shot. The Des Moines Register reports the incident involved three juvenile girls and six adults. The adults included the principal, Richard Hutchinson; his stepson, Hurl Beechum; and Colton McDaniel, who was shot. All three were treated at a hospital.

ATLANTIC, IA (IRN) – A motorcyclist was killed Saturday on Interstate 80 near Atlantic. Three others were hurt as they escorted the remains of a fellow veteran to Nebraska. WHO-TV reports Bill Henry, the man being honored, was part of a motorcycle procession escorting remains to Arlington National Cemetery when he was killed. In tragic coincidence, 38-year-old Ryan Lossing, in a ride honoring Henry, died the same way.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Des Moines woman says a trip to get groceries Saturday ended with her daughter nearly getting abducted. WOI-TV reports the woman stopped at a grocery store and left her dog and 10-year-old daughter in the car with the windows cracked. While she was inside, a man grabbed her daughter’s hair through the open window telling her to get out of the car. The man ran off and police are still looking for him.

SPENCER, IA (IRN) – The DNR is investigating a fish kill running about 20 miles along Stoney Creek northwest of Spencer. The fish kill was reported north of Everly Monday morning, but residents in the area said they’d been seeing dead fish over the weekend. DNR staff has not identified the pollutant source, but believe it is from fertilizer or animal manure because of elevated ammonia levels found just west of Spencer.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – The city of Davenport is trying something new to help keep city streams clean–a giant litter trap. The 20-foot-long trap is on Duck Creek and it catches floating debris. It floats on top of the water and rises and falls with changing water levels. The debris is then removed as often as need be and disposed of. The trap has already caught things like propane tanks, volleyballs, and basketballs among other litter.

 

Monday, September 28, 2015

IOWA (IRN) – Iowa is among the best places for teachers to work in the nation, according to a new ranking by WalletHub.com. The Hawkeye State ranked sixth when considering job opportunities and teacher salaries, plus academic and work environment.

DENVER, IA (IRN) – Authorities say they don’t suspect foul play in the case of a man who was found dead inside a mobile home over the weekend in the northeastern Iowa town of Denver. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports the man hasn’t been positively identified, and the cause of death is unknown.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A Springville man faces numerous charges after being taken into custody for drugged driving and attempting to flee from custody in Iowa City. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports 22-year-old Alen Hokic was seen driving with no headlights or taillights on Friday. Police searched the vehicle and found a marijuana “shake” on the passenger seat. Hokic fled after being handcuffed, but was captured shortly afterward.

BENTON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The Benton County sheriff’s office is investigating the vandalism of nearly 50 mailboxes near Vinton. KCRG-TV reports investigators suspect five juveniles are responsible for the damage, which ranged from a few dents to having the box separated from the post. One homeowner whose mailbox was vandalized said he saw people inside a pickup truck flying a Confederate flag hitting the mailbox while using racial slurs.

JACKSON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The rider of a motorcycle died after a crash with an SUV Sunday afternoon near Maquoketa Caves State Park. The Iowa State Patrol reports 51-year-old Marcia Atchison of Alpha, Illinois was traveling a county road when her motorcycle crossed the centerline and was hit head-on by a Ford Excursion.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Des Moines man was arrested on drug charges after he was seen driving erratically on a downtown sidewalk Saturday afternoon, according to KCCI-TV. An officer observed 29-year-old Marcell Wiggins drive through stoplights and onto a downtown sidewalk. When the officer pulled Wiggins over, he ran from his vehicle. After a short foot chase, Wiggins was arrested. He was in possession of crack cocaine at the time of his arrest.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The state treasurer has blocked a proposal by Gov. Terry Branstad to finance Iowa’s $68 million communications system for emergency responders through a lease-purchase agreement with Motorola. KIMT-TV reports Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald refused to approve the deal because it adds $9 million in interest payments when the project could be paid for now with the state’s budget surplus or with a lower interest rate loan that would save $2 million.

BETTENDORF, IA (IRN) – An Iowa couple got married in a hospital chapel this weekend after the bride broke her leg on their wedding day, according to KWWL-TV. Melissa Eisenbacher slipped on gravel after getting her hair done Saturday morning and fell. But Eisenbacher wasn’t about to let surgery and a wheelchair stop the wedding. The groom, Rex Grebner, says his wife wanted to get married Saturday, so they did. At the hospital.

 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Falls firefighters were able to rescue a young boy from a locked car Saturday afternoon.  KWWL-TV reports a woman put her son in the car seat and accidentally locked her keys in the car. Cedar Falls firefighters were able to unlock the vehicle without breaking any windows.

CHARITON, Iowa — Kids in Chariton who want to continue an age-old homecoming tradition could face a hefty fine. WHO-TV reports the city is fining students $250 if they toilet paper residents’ yards without their permission. The city implemented the ordinance because officials say last year’s homecoming festivities got out of hand.

GARNER, IA (IRN) – A northern Iowa woman from the town of Garner has painted nearly 40 blue stars on curbs – as well as some driveways and mailboxes – in a show of support for police. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Karla Juenger-Rudisill took on the project Friday after receiving permission from the Garner City Council and homeowners. She says her intent is for officers responding to emergency calls to see the star and “know that people are with them.”

PLANET EARTH (IRN) – A rare astronomical event will take place tonight when the full moon is eclipsed by the earth. Called a “supermoon,” every 14 months the full moon reaches its closest orbital point to Earth. The moon appears bigger and brighter than usual. What makes this event rare is the coincidence of the supermoon with a full lunar eclipse. The last time there was a supermoon lunar eclipse was in 1982, and it won’t happen again until 2033. The eclipse should start shortly after 8:00 PM.