Sunday, October 4, 2015

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Dubuque Police are investigating a home burglary that happened while a woman inside the home was tied up with string and duct tape. KWWL-TV reports the 53-year-old woman says one male entered he home alone, tied her up, and took cash.  She was able to untie herself and call police. She wasn’t hurt, and didn’t require medical attention.

DES MOINES – The driver of a vehicle that crashed in Des Moines Saturday was killed. WHO-TV reports it was a single-vehicle crash involving a sedan that struck a utility pole. The car crossed lanes and hit a utility pole on the other side of the road. The driver of the vehicle, whose name has not been released, died at an area hospital after being transported.

DES MOINES – Drake University has concluded a recent fundraising effort. WOI-TV reports since the fundraising started back in 2010, more than 22,000 alumni and community members donated more than $216 million. That money will now go toward the school’s endowment, and to help make a Drake education more affordable, and also to enhance the learning experience.  

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Firefighters had to rescue a four-legged family member after a Friday night fire in Waterloo, according to KCRG-TV. All of the home’s occupants and several pets were outside when first responders arrived, but one puppy was still unaccounted for. Firefighters found the missing puppy about 35 minutes after the fire was reported. The puppy was given oxygen and is expected to survive.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

DES MOINES (IRN) – Des Moines is the number one real estate market in the nation for the millennial generation — those roughly 21- 35-years of age. The Des Moines Register reports a study from found that 59% of metro Des Moines homebuyers using a mortgage in the first half of 2015 were millennials. That was the highest rate in the country and the only market where millennials accounted for more than half of mortgage applicants.

FAIRFAX, IA (IRN) – A fire in the eastern Iowa town of Fairfax destroyed two homes Friday afternoon. KWWL-TV reports two children and some friends who were inside the home when the fire started were able to escape. The neighboring home that was also destroyed was under construction, but was nearly finished.

LUCAS, IA (IRN) – A Slater man suffered a broken ankle after falling while setting up a tree stand Friday afternoon in Stephens State Forest near Lucas. Derek A. Kahler, 42, was putting up the tree stand and accidentally cut through the strap holding the stand in place while he was cutting branches. He fell 16-feet and had not yet attached his safety harness.

SPENCER, IA (IRN) – An 18-mile fish kill on Stony Creek in Osceola and Clay Counties has been traced back to an egg layer facility. The DNR reports a tank that contained egg washing liquid at Sunrise Farms near May City in Osceola County was dumped into a corn field and flowed into Stony Creek. The fish kill extended 18.2 miles and killed an estimated 160,000 fish. High ammonia levels were detected along several sampling points on the stream.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – Woodbury County is moving forward with plans to become the first all LED lit county in Iowa, according to KTIV. A meeting next week by the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors will discuss current bids and the lighting retrofit action plan. The transition is estimated to cost about $1.2 to $1.5 million, but will save millions in energy bills.

Friday, October 2, 2015

BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – A man is under arrest after police say he beat another man with a brick last month in Burlington. KWQC-TV reports the victim and 44-year-old Clyde Mack Stewart got into an argument which resulted in Stewart assaulting the victim with a brick. When officers arrived, they found the 20-year-old victim with significant head and facial injuries.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A 33-year-old Marion man has been given over two years in prison and told to repay more than $187,000 to his former employer’s insurance companies. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports Jeremy Murphy pled guilty to wire fraud. Murphy admitted that while working for Crossroads Mobile Maintenance in Williamsburg, he made fraudulent charges on a company credit card.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – 50 cases of mumps have been reported in Iowa this year–30 of them on the University of Iowa campus. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports the state usually has 10 to 20 reported cases a year, but there have been outbreaks, including hundreds of cases in 2006. Doctors say most of the current cases involve students who had met the university’s vaccination requirements.

THORNTON, IA (IRN) – A boa constrictor that escaped its cage and slithered down the block in the northern Iowa town of Thornton cost its owner a $50 fine. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports a retired Iowa DNR officer saw the snake, grabbed it, put it in his pickup and called the Sheriff’s Office. The snake is 7 to 9 feet long, and boas can grow to be about 10 feet long. They are not venomous, but instead suffocate prey by squeezing it to death.

DELAWARE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – 32 students who were riding on a bus that rolled over near Manchester Thursday afternoon were taken to the hospital. KCRG-TV reports students received minor injuries. The bus collided with another vehicle in the accident, causing it to roll over.

RIVERSIDE, IA (IRN) – A shot was fired in Riverside when authorities apprehended three people related to a case in Cedar Rapids. KCII Radio reports the Iowa State Patrol was notified of a suspicious vehicle involved in retail thefts. Authorities located the vehicle and attempted to stop it. A chase ensued, and when the vehicle pulled into a gas station the suspects failed to comply with commands given by officers. One shot was fired by a trooper before the suspects were taken into custody. No one was injured.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Hundreds of guests at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott Hotel were evacuated just before midnight Thursday because of a possible gas leak.  KCCI-TV reports several hotel guests and staff reported an odor, so firefighters, police and hazmat crews investigated. Fire officials estimate it took about 10 minutes to evacuate the approximately 400 hotel guests. No leak was found.

OMAHA, NE (IRN) – The FBI’s Omaha office is warning Iowans and Nebraskans about a new phone scam, according to KMEG-TV. The scam begins with the caller claiming to be from the FBI’s Omaha field office. The caller then says the recipient is eligible to receive a grant from the Federal government and asks for credit card or bank account information. The FBI says this is not a legitimate call and if you receive it you should report it to police.

ALTOONA, IA (IRN) – The City of Altoona is on the rise and a new initiative hopes to continue the forward momentum, according to WHO-TV. Thursday night city officials launched #AltoonaNow. The economic initiative is aimed to promote the city and attract future residents and businesses to the area. Altoona Mayor Skip Conkling says the city is expanding and “we`re just going to toot our own horn because if you don`t no one else will.”


Thursday, October 1, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A Marion husband and wife have been sentenced to prison for enticing a 15-year-old girl into sexual activity, according to WHO-TV. Federal prosecutors say 27-year-old Jennifer Darling was given 19 years in prison and 21-year-old Michael Darling was given 30 years. Both pled guilty to one count each of enticement of a minor. The Darlings admitted they were planning to produce child pornography.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Sprinklers inside a Polk County courts building being renovated flooded part of the building Thursday according to KCCI-TV. Workers heard a boom and saw water running down a wall from the ceiling. Voters approved an $81 million bond referendum in 2013, which is now being used to give the Polk County Courthouse campus a face-lift.

WAUKEE, IA (IRN) – An Iowa school district had to dispatch a second bus and driver to pick up students because the first driver quit midway through her morning route. KWWL-TV reports the incident occurred Tuesday morning in Waukee. A Waukee Community School District spokesperson says no students were endangered. It’s not clear what made the bus driver quit so abruptly.

DES MOINES (IRN) – More police plan to patrol rural roadways in five rural Iowa counties starting today. The increased patrol is part of a traffic safety campaign called the “High Five Rural Traffic Safety Project,” according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  Jackson, Boone, Lee, Monona, and Poweshiek counties have been targeted after data revealed they were among the lowest ranked in seatbelt compliance.

GLENWOOD, IA (IRN) – The man who was involved in a shooting that happened Sunday involving a school principal is a former Iowa State basketball standout, playing alongside Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State in the ’90s. KCCI-TV reports Hurl Beechum, 42, along with Denver Cook, 18, and Colton McDaniel, 21, face different charges following the shooting in Glenwood. Beechum was well-known for his athletic ability and being a leader on the court.

MOLINE, IL (IRN) – John Deere & Company announced it has reached a tentative agreement with the UAW to replace the six-year master labor contract that expired yesterday. KWQC-TV reports the tentative agreement is for six years and will now be presented to members for a ratification vote. The agreement covers employees at John Deere facilities in Davenport, Ankeny, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo.

AMES, IA (IRN) – Donald Trump supporters verbally assaulted peaceful protesters at the recent Iowa vs. Iowa State game.  WHO-TV reports students were protesting Trump’s comments on immigration. That incident led to an emotional conversation Wednesday night on the ISU campus. Students said the incident made them feel unsafe, discriminated against, and unwelcome. University President Dr. Steven Leath led the discussion about how to create a better environment for students on campus.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A Dubuque man and his 11-year-old daughter teamed up to save their neighbors from a fire, according to KWWL-TV. Joshua Hentges was watching television with his family Monday evening when his daughter, Natalee, noticed flames coming from a home across the street. They rushed over and woke a sleeping woman and her young daughter. Firefighters extinguished the fire. The cause? Unattended candles.