Saturday, November 21, 2015

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A Davenport man has been sentenced for possession of a sawed-off shotgun for use in furtherance of drug trafficking. 19-year-old Chazz Dominic Kimble was sentenced to five years in prison in Federal Court Thursday. Kimble discharged an illegal 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun into the air during an altercation with rival gang members.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – There was a commercial structure fire in Waterloo in the overnight hours Friday.  KWWL-TV reports a massive amount of smoke and flames were coming out of the building and engulfing the yard of Con-Trol, a welding shop. The cause is unknown.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Republican Party of Iowa has canceled its plan to host a forum featuring presidential candidates that would have focused on minority communities. The party said Friday it canceled its Iowa Brown and Black Forum on December 3 at Drake University due to “unresolved scheduling conflicts.” A similar forum by the Iowa Democratic Party is scheduled for January 11 at Drake.

JOHNSTON, IA (IRN) – The first major snowfall of the season hit Iowa overnight. The National Weather Service reports the snow hit the northern part of the state hardest, with over 17 inches being reported in northwest Iowa. Reports of snowfall totals from 7 to 12 inches are common throughout the northern third of the state. Travel is not advised.


Friday, November 20, 2015

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A driver who led Des Moines police on a chase early Friday remains on the run, according to KCCI-TV. Officers stopped a vehicle for traffic violations about 3:30 a.m., but the driver sped off. During the chase, a Des Moines squad car crashed into a pole. The officer was not injured, but the car was significantly damaged. The driver abandoned the minivan fled on foot.  A K9 attempted to track the driver, but couldn’t find him.

KIRKVILLE, IA (IRN) – A late afternoon fire Thursday in northern Wapello County destroyed a home and killed two dogs that were trapped inside. KTVO-TV reports the homeowners were not home at the time of the fire. Firefighters say the metal roofing on the home made the fire tough to control, as the metal held in the heat and flames.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A Clinton woman told police she shot up a heroin-like opioid hours before giving birth, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Officers were called to the Labor and Delivery Unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after staff found a suspected controlled substance. 38-year-old Heather Rice told police that she injected heroin four hours before arriving at UIHC to give birth. She faces up to five years in prison.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 3.5 percent in October from 3.6 percent in September, according to Iowa Workforce Development. The state’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate decreased to 5 percent in October. 5000 more Iowans are working now than a year ago.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that former lottery official Eddie Tipton has been connected to another lottery scam. KCCI-TV reports Tipton was linked to a 2011 Hot Lotto jackpot with a winning ticket in Oklahoma. Tipton was convicted of two counts of fraud in July of rigging a 2010 Hot Lotto case with a $14 million jackpot.  He was a security director at the Multi-State Lottery Association. He’s serving five years in prison.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A former special needs teacher at Highland Elementary School in Waterloo has been arrested after he allegedly spanked a 5-year-old student last month on the bus. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports 38-year-old Robb Allen Pfohl was taken into custody last Friday for assault in the incident. He has since resigned from his position.

DUNKERTON, IA (IRN) – A former Dunkerton Police Chief was arrested Thursday and charged with theft. KWWL-TV reports 55-year-old Timothy Lee Schultz of Waterloo is accused of making purchases exceeding $2,000 of gasoline with a City Fuel Credit Card. Black Hawk County Deputies arrested Schultz on Thursday. He’s charged with Theft in the Second Degree and Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card. Both are Class D felonies. He’s in jail.

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – After she was on the television show the “Price is Right,” a Mason City woman can soon expect a big prize in her driveway — a new car. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Lisa Worden won the vehicle as a contestant on the long-running CBS show in an episode that was broadcast Friday. Worden was invited to “come on down!” in part because she wore an “Aw, shucks, I’m from Iowa” T-shirt.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A robbery at a Waterloo grocery store broke into a brief gunfight Wednesday night. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports no injuries were reported in the exchange of gunfire at Save More Foods. Police said the suspect walked into the business and displayed a handgun. The robber and clerk both fired guns. The suspect then fled on foot.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Three teens held a knife at a boy’s throat after following him home in Des Moines Wednesday. WHO-TV reports the 13-year-old boy was approached by the three teens at McDonald’s after he left school. They asked him if they could come over to his house, but he told them no. They followed him home, kicked the door down, and two teens held him on the floor while the other held a kitchen knife to his throat. They took prescription drugs and food before leaving.

FARRAGUT, IA (IRN) – A southwest Iowa school district has been dissolved after officials say it has run with a negative balance and sub-minimal educational standards. The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Board of Education voted to close the Farragut School District Wednesday. State officials say the district had a five-year period of deficit spending that was approaching $1 million. School board members say the legislature provides insufficient funding for rural schools.

CHARLES CITY, IA – An apartment fire forced residents to evacuate their apartment complex in Charles City early Thursday morning. KIMT-TV reports the fire caused significant damage. When crews arrived around 1:00 am, they found hallways filled with smoke and flames. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in a matter of minutes, and no one was injured.

POMEROY, IA (IRN) – Authorities have arrested a man in connection with a death in northern Iowa. The Calhoun County Attorney’s Office reports that 48-year-old Freddy Crisp has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dale Currie Potter, of Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. Potter was found dead in Pomeroy on November 10 with a gunshot wound.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IRN) – Three Iowa state senators met with federal officials Wednesday morning at the White House to challenge Governor Branstad’s plan to privatize Medicaid. WOI-TV reports Iowa Senate president Pam Jochum and state senators Amanda Ragan and Liz Mathis said they made it clear to White House staff and leadership from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services they have no confidence in Governor Branstad’s proposal.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a Waterloo Police Officer hit a woman riding a bicycle. KWWL-TV reports the officer was on patrol and not responding to a call. The woman went to the hospital with minor injuries. She received citations for riding a bicycle without a light and violating 1-way traffic. The officer is not currently facing any charges.

SWISHER, IA (IRN) – The mayor of Swisher in Johnson County has directed city staff to continue welcoming all refugees, regardless of their national origin or refugee status. KCRG-TV reports Mayor Christopher Taylor issued a proclamation Tuesday in response to Governor Terry Branstad’s order that all state agencies halt efforts to resettle Syrian refugees. Taylor says Swisher continues to welcome all visitors and prospective residents, regardless of national origin or refugee status.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WEST UNION, IA (IRN) – A West Union man who was convicted in Fayette County for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, and didn’t show up to start his prison time in June, now faces 10 years in federal prison. 31-year-old Thomas Cannon also pled guilty to felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition Monday in U.S. District Court. On the day he was to turn himself into Fayette County authorities, he instead assaulted his girlfriend and cut off his ankle monitor.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Smoke in the cockpit of a plane bound for New York City caused an evacuation and rescheduling of flights from Des Moines on Wednesday. The Des Moines Register reports the plane was still at the gate and passengers were able to return to the terminal without any injury. It’s unclear what caused the smoke.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A Coralville man accused of abducting his 10-year-old stepdaughter has taken a plea deal and returned to prison. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that 49-year-old Kenneth Johns has been convicted on two counts of child endangerment and sentenced to time served while awaiting prosecution. Prosecutors dropped kidnapping and other charges. Johns violated parole when he took the girl from a Solon home. He did so because the girl was being abused by her mother, Shelly Johns. Shelly Johns pled guilty to child endangerment in April.

MARENGO, IA (IRN) – Straight-line winds damaged several buildings in Iowa County during the overnight hours, according to KCRG-TV. People woke up Wednesday to find damage at the Brooklyn Elevator, Marengo Outdoor Power Company, and in a city park. Marengo police said the damage came from a strong gust of wind around 2 a.m. which lasted for about 20 seconds. The gust caused power to blink, and ripped the roof off the Marengo Outdoor Power Company.

NEWTON, IA (IRN) – A 30-year-old woman and her 13-year-old daughter were killed in a crash on Interstate 80 near Newton Tuesday afternoon. The Iowa State Patrol reports the woman’s two other children were injured. Killed was Sabrina Watkins and daughter Natasha Watkins. The woman’s 14-year-old daughter who was driving the vehicle was injured, as was her 11-year-old sister. The crash marks the fifth fatality in 14 hours in central Iowa.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – A felon with ties to a white supremacist group has been charged with a hate crime in the brutal beating of a black man at an Iowa bar. KWWL-TV reports 40-year-old Randy Joe Metcalf was arrested Tuesday. Metcalf repeatedly kicked and stomped on the face and head of a now 31-year-old black man during a fight in January at a Dubuque bar.  Metcalf used racial slurs repeatedly toward the victim before and after the beating. Metcalf has has one tattoo of a swastika and another featuring the name of a prison gang known for white supremacist ties.

DAYTON, IA (IRN) – Vandals damaged dozens of Christmas decorations in the Dayton City Park Sunday, according to WHO-TV.  Plastic candy canes, wooden Christmas figures, and many lights were smashed or knocked over by vandals. The town is planning a meeting Monday to come up with a plan for the holidays. The Dayton Christmas lights were not displayed last year, as no volunteer could find the time to coordinate the work.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A crew worked Monday afternoon to pull a vehicle out of Easter Lake in Des Moines, according to KCCI-TV. The car was discovered as the lake is being partially drained. The vehicle was stolen over 20 years ago. This isn’t the first vehicle discovered in the lake. In 2014 divers found a 1993 Jeep Cherokee that was reported stolen in 1998.