Thursday, March 3, 2016

BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – A Dallas City, Illinois woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with approximately $27,000 missing funds from an ambulance service. 29-year-old Misty Mitchell was arrested by the Burlington Police Department on a warrant. The investigation started when it was discovered the funds were missing from the Lomax Ambulance Service, where Mitchell had been the treasurer. She has been accused of embezzling the missing $27,000 over a one-year period.

BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – The body found by Burlington Police in an alley late Wednesday night shortly after a “shots fired” complaint is that of a Burlington High School student, according to KBUR-radio. Burlington School Superintendent Pat Coen says that the deceased is a 16-17 year old male student. He called the death a “tragic loss.”

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – 6,000 copies of the U.S. Constitution will be delivered to Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley’s offices today. KCCI-TV reports Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition members said the message it wants to deliver to Grassley is to “Do your job.” Grassley is on the Senate committee tasked with holding Supreme Court nomination hearings but has said he believes President Barack Obama should not make a nomination but instead wait for the next president to do so.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Four people were taken to the hospital overnight in Waterloo for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Waterloo Fire Department responded to the scene and found one adult unconscious. Three adults and one child were hospitalized. Firefighters said a gas power generator running inside the home was the source of the carbon monoxide. All are expected to recover.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – The Cedar Rapids Police Department arrested a man for firing shots outside a Cedar Rapids bar this morning. KWWL-TV reports it happened behind Hazzard County American Saloon around 12:45 a.m. Police say they arrested 21-year-old Derek Bailey who was firing shots into the air. Bailey was arrested for Public Intoxication and Reckless Use of a Firearm. There was no damage to the bar and no one was injured.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa lawmakers have proposed a bill that would eliminate front license plates. WQAD-TV reports that under the house bill, only one registration plate would be issued and attached to the rear of a vehicle. The plan could save the state nearly $500,000 annually. Car enthusiasts like the idea, but law enforcement officials don’t.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A college education could soon become more affordable for Iowa students. WHO-TV reports the University of Iowa has introduced a new program called “” It rewards high school students with micro-scholarships for completing certain tasks. For example, students earn up to $1,200 by getting good grades, participating in activities, and visiting colleges. One district in each county is eligible for the program.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa —A Waterloo man has pled guilty to second degree-murder in his girlfriend’s death in Linn County. KCCI-TV reports thirty-eight-year-old Shawn Hogan admitted Tuesday to beating 28-year-old Crystal Gaffney with a wrench and stabbing her in the head with a screwdriver. Authorities found Gaffney’s body on a road near Walker in July 2014.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A 17-year-old Davenport girl is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after suffering a gunshot wound on Monday. WQAD-TV reports police responded to an intersection where they found her lying in the street. A 15-year-old male from Rock Island has been charged with Attempted Murder in relation to the shooting.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A Waterloo man is in the hospital recovering from stab wounds received Tuesday, according to KWWL-TV. Waterloo police say the man had to be taken to the hospital but is expected to survive. Police took a woman into custody, and charges are pending. Police say it was a domestic situation but did not elaborate on what happened.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Blank Park Zoo is expanding its facilities in hopes of an expanding giraffe family in Des Moines. WHO-TV reports the zoo is planning to build a $1.8 million expansion to its giraffe barn. The new facility would be open to visitors so they can still see the giraffes on cold and rainy days. It would also provide more space for what the zoo hopes will be a growing giraffe family.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Falls Fire and Rescue is crediting a cat with alerting a resident to an apartment fire. KCRG-TV reports Fire Chief John Schilling said the resident told him a pet cat kept meowing at the ceiling Monday night. The resident investigated, found he could feel heat on the ceiling and heard crackling sounds. Firefighters found a fire in the building’s attic that caused significant damage. Crews put the fire out quickly, and no one was injured, thanks to the cat.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

OSKALOOSA, IA (IRN) – An Oskaloosa chiropractor convicted of sexually abusing patients in 2011 is scheduled to be paroled today. KCCI-TV reports 39-year-old Dr. Jason Ebelsheiser was sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing patients. A jury convicted him on four counts, acquitted him on two other counts and couldn’t reach a verdict on two more counts. Ebelsheiser was arrested and charged in 2009 after being accused of abusing women, ages 17 to 46.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – An 18-year-old man accused of shooting a Sioux City police officer last month has pled not guilty. The Sioux City Journal reports that Isaiah Mothershed pled not guilty Monday to two counts of attempted murder and five counts of first-degree robbery. Mothershed is accused of pulling a gun from a couch while his hands were handcuffed behind his back, and shooting an officer in the leg.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A Dubuque woman faces a criminal charge for assaulting another woman with a Pepsi bottle. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports 24-year old Nina Hammerbeck was with 54-year-old Pamela Meana at a residence Sunday when Meana turned up the music playing. Meana said Hammerbeck told her not to turn it up and threw a Pepsi bottle at her face. The bottle struck Meana in the left eye, fracturing her eye socket. Hammerbeck admitted to throwing the bottle.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) A Des Moines man faces multiple charges after an attempted robbery Saturday night at the Embassy Suites downtown. KCCI-TV reports 55-year-old La Forest Bennett pulled out a knife and tried to rob a man in front of the hotel. The robbery failed, but he took off in the man’s car. What Bennett didn’t know was that the man is married to a Des Moines police detective and the hotel was full of hundreds of cops for the annual Black and Blue Ball. He was caught after a short chase and wrecking the vehicle. He’s in jail.

NEWTON, IA (IRN) – The two inmates who escaped from the Newton Minimum Security Correctional Release Center over the weekend remain at large. Michael Amodeo and Jessy Foley were both serving sentences on drug charges. Danny Homan, of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, blames the escape on what he calls critically-low staffing levels in Iowa’s correctional system.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Two people are in the hospital after a fire early this morning in Cedar Rapids. KCRG-TV reports firefighters arrived to find flames coming out of one side of the building, which was an older home subdivided into three apartments. Everyone made it out safely, but two men have been hospitalized for treatment of smoke inhalation.

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A hockey game in Mason City pitting north Iowa law enforcement against firefighters and medical personnel resulted in much more than just a victory for one side. According to organizers of the 6th Annual Battle of the Badges, this year’s game raised nearly $42,000 dollars for Make-A-Wish. This year’s game began with a ceremonial puck drop by local “wish kids.” The final score? Firefighters and EMS 7, Law Enforcement 2.

Monday, February 29, 2016

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A child was declared dead upon arriving at a hospital in Davenport after being hit by a car in a church parking lot Sunday. WQAD-TV reports the child was hit around 3 p.m. in the parking lot of All Saints Catholic School. Employees at a nearby business say they saw crews performing CPR on the child but the child was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Information on the driver has not been released.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) – Council Bluffs police arrested a man after they witnessed him attempting to break into a home Sunday night. KETV reports 29-year-old Adam Souza broke a window and then started to enter the home. Officers ordered Souza to place his hands behind his back and Souza began to run. Officers then deployed a Taser, but say it was not effective and Souza fled. He was caught and arrested shortly later. He’s in jail.

NORWALK, IA (IRN) – A woman crashed her vehicle into a Norwalk home Sunday night. WHO-TV reports the 20-year-old woman took a turn too fast and crashed into the garage area of the home. Before hitting the garage, she plowed over a stop sign and street sign. There were no major injuries. Police say the woman was an inexperienced driver and charges are pending.

NEWTON, IA (IRN) – Two inmates from the Newton Minimum-Security Correctional Release Center have escaped. WOI-TV reports inmates Michael Amodeo and Jessy Foley are missing. Officials aren’t sure if the men are together, or if they’ve split up. Both of the inmates are in for drug-related offenses.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – An 80-year-old Iowa City man is celebrating his 20th birthday today. The Iowa City Press Citizen reports that although he has 80 years under his belt, Dick Vitosh has had only 20 birthdays, given that February 29 occurs only every four years. He has a sign over his desk that says “I’m not a senior citizen, I’m a recycled teenager.”