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 “Raise.me.” 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.