DES MOINES (IRN) – Des Moines police have arrested two more people in connection to a September 11 double homicide. 20-year-old Shamair Gainey and 18-year-old Roberto Baez-Alvarez, both of Des Moines, are charged with first-degree robbery. Already charged in the case is 20-year-old Albert Jeffrey Garcia. He faces two counts of first-degree murder.
CORALVILLE, IA (IRN) – An Iowa Medical and Classification Center inmate is accused of assaulting a correctional officer with a boombox, according to KCRG-TV. The officer requested that 23-year-old Devontae Sawyers approach the desk inside one of the living units. The officer told Sawyers he was being placed on a “time out” for disruptive behavior. Sawyers allegedly responded by shouting at the officer, charging the desk, picking up a boombox, and hurling it at the officer.
DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Two 12-year-old girls in Dubuque are facing juvenile charges after getting into a fight at school, during which one of them used a stun gun on the other. KCCI-TV reports the girls got into a fight at a bus stop Wednesday. The girl who used the stun gun has been charged with assault with a weapon and carrying weapons, while the other girl is charged with disorderly conduct.
DES MOINES (IRN) – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 3.7 percent in August from 3.8 percent in July, according to the Iowa Workforce Development office. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in August.
CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with a Cedar Falls robbery according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Isaiah Jackson, of Waterloo, has been charged with one count of second-degree robbery, and faces up to 10 years in prison. Jackson allegedly hit the victim with a golf club and robbed him.
DES MOINES (IRN) – A Des Moines woman working on a computer in her bedroom was pinned against an inside wall after a car crashed into her home near the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Thursday. KCCI-TV reports a neighbor was learning how to drive when she crashed into the house. The injured woman’s condition is unknown.
PLAINFIELD, IA – (IRN) – Nearly half the student population at one Eastern Iowa school is home sick. KWWL-TV reports 60 middle school students at Plainfield Intermediate School were sent home following stomach bug-like symptoms, including vomiting. School officials are scrubbing the building from top to bottom, giving students bottled water, and taking other precautions while they await test results that will hopefully indicate the cause of the illness.
ELDRIDGE, IA (IRN) – Police officers from the eastern Iowa town of Eldridge are getting body cameras–but not through the normal process. KWQC-TV reports for many small town departments, body cameras are not in the budget. Grants and donations help, but are often not enough. Some Eldridge officers are buying body cameras on their own.