Monday, May 25, 2015

WATERLOO (IRN) – People in Waterloo joined together again on Sunday to march for peace in the city. KWWL-TV reports that more than 150 people took part in the march. The walk ended with more than a dozen pastors praying for peace. Organizers say the marches will continue to happen on Sundays for the next few weeks.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has reportedly discovered evidence of a bear in the greater Dubuque area.  KGAN-TV reports that bear tracks were confirmed near Julien Dubuque Drive, south of downtown. One officer says it’s the first report of a bear in Dubuque he’s heard of in at least 30 years.  Police are advising the public to stay away from any bear they come across and urge residents not to feed them.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) – Council Bluffs police arrested one man after a head-on collision that ended with one car crashing into a home. KETV reports that officers arrested 22 year-old Mark Wilke on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, speeding and driving a stolen vehicle. Wilke crashed head-on into a minivan, then hit two parked cars and then struck a home. Wilke suffered minor injuries.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA  (IRN) – A semi-trailer carrying anhydrous ammonia overturned near Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids Sunday afternoon. KCRG-TV reports that the driver of the semi was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after his semi overturned while making a turn at an intersection. There was no spill as a result of the crash and no evacuations were necessary.

MUSCATINE, IA (IRN) –  Four people escaped serious injury when the boat they were in went over the spillway at Lock and Dam 16 near Muscatine late Saturday evening. The Iowa DNR reports that the fiberglass runabout boat being operated by Kevin Mundt, 41, of Orion, Ill., went over the spillway shortly before 11 p.m. at a high rate of speed landing in about two feet of water. Both Mundt and Jenna Bundy, 20, also of Orion, were transported to Trinity Hospital in Muscatine where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Two additional passengers who were thrown from the boat were not injured.

BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – One boater was rescued, but another is missing after the small jon boat they were in went over the roller dam at Lock and Dam 18 near Burlington Sunday. The one boater was in the water holding a log in the Mississippi River when he was rescued by a Iowa DNR officer. The search for the missing occupant of the boat continues today. The names of the boaters are being withheld pending notification of relatives.

FAYETTE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – One person was killed Sunday morning after colliding head on with a semi-truck in Fayette County. The Iowa State Patrol reports the crash happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. when a northbound Subaru crossed the centerline on Highway 150, and collided with a southbound semi-truck. The driver of Subaru was killed. The semi-truck driver was taken to Palmer Hospital in West Union for treatment. The name of the victim, a 62-year-old from Decorah, has not been released.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Today is Memorial Day, when we honor those who died in the service of our country. Among the many events around the state today is a ceremony at 10 a.m. on the south side of the State Capitol grounds. Also, a display of modern and historic military vehicles, along with re-enactments and a vintage aircraft flyover will be held at Camp Dodge in Johnston. The event is now underway and will continue until 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

MORAVIA, IA (IRN) – An Oskaloosa man was killed Saturday morning after the boat he was operating rolled at Rathbun Lake in Appanoose County.  The DNR reports that Gregory Alan Williams, 50, of Oskaloosa, was killed when the boat he was operating overturned, throwing him and a passenger into the water. He was later pronounced dead after being taken to Mercy Medical Center in Centerville. The passenger was not seriously injured.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to six companies for job creation and expansion projects on Friday. The awards are expected to assist in the creation of over 1,300 jobs and nearly $400 million in new capital investment for the state. Among the projects approved were a Beck’s Hybrids sales office and distribution center in Colfax, a ConAgra expansion in Waterloo, and a new pork processing facility in Sioux City.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – An early morning fire did considerable damage to a home in Cedar Rapids on Saturday. KCRG TV reports that crews responded to a report of two vehicles on fire. When they arrived, the fire had spread to the home and into the attic. One person was home when the fire started and was able to safely escape.

DES MOINES (IRN) – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and former Rep. Tom Latham scored well in a new index measuring bipartisanship, while Rep. Steve King and former Sen. Tom Harkin trended the other way. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that the rankings come from the Bipartisan Index, created by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University to show how often members of Congress work across party lines.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NEOLA, IA (IRN) – Multiple cattle were loose on the interstate after a cattle truck overturned near the western Iowa town of Neola, around 12:30 p.m. Friday.  According to KETV, a trucker on eastbound I-80 was trying to get onto westbound I-680, when the cattle truck rolled. The 52 cattle headed for market were suddenly free and roaming the interstate. Some of the cattle were put down due to injuries, others were spotted miles away from the crash scene.

AMES, IA (IRN) – An Ames teenager faces adult charges for his role in an attempted abduction.  KASI Radio reports the incident happened just before 1:00 a.m. Friday.  According to Ames Police, the suspect, Akuk Akok, 17, entered the house while the occupants were sleeping, pulled a minor child out a basement window, and struck the child in the face.  A family member awakened by the commotion was able to chase down the suspect who had fled on foot.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A retired Army Brigadier General helped pull a man away from a fiery crash on Interstate 80 Friday morning in Iowa City.  KCRG TV reports General Bob Felderman was traveling to the VA Hospital when a semi drifted off the road and crashed into the Dubuque Street overpass shortly after 8 AM. The Iowa State Patrol said there were two victims involved in the crash, both in the semi. Gary Griffey from Indiana, 39, was killed, and Shawn Freeman, 24, was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where his condition is unknown.

BELLE PLAINE, IA (IRN) A train derailed overnight along the Union Pacific Railway in Belle Plaine.  KWWL reports that according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, six to nine cars derailed around midnight.  It’s unknown what the train was carrying, but there are no reports of spills. Authorities say no injuries were reported, and the cause of the derailment is unknown.

WINTERSET, IA (IRN) – The new John Wayne Museum in Winterset is opening today. Across from his boyhood home, the $2.5 million, 6,100 square foot facility honors the actor who spent the first three years of his life in Winterset. Born Marion Robert Morrison in 1907, Wayne became a box office star with the release of the John Ford classic 1939 western “Stagecoach.”

Friday, May 22, 2015

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – It’s time to pay up if you owe money to any of Iowa’s three public universities.  According to the Iowa City Press Citizen, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University are joining together to collect more than $15.5 million in outstanding tuition, loans and various other charges.  They have issued a joint request for proposals from external agencies to help collect funds from current and former students, as well as customers of university services.

WASHINGTON, DC (IRN) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form with their local USDA Service Center by June 1. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support.

HANCOCK COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa State Patrol reports that 55-year-old Darla Asche of Garner was killed in a three-vehicle crash just east of Garner Thursday. Asche was westbound on Highway 18 and crossed the center line, her van striking an eastbound vehicle driven by 62-year-old Norma Lovstad of Burt.  Asche then had a head on collision with an additional eastbound vehicle driven by 26-year-old Megan Brood of Rockwell. Asche and Brood were transported to Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa, by ambulance while Lovstad and a passenger were taken to Mercy by private vehicle.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Waterloo police are investigating a case where road rage may have resulted in a stabbing. KWWL TV reports that Waterloo police say that based on the initial investigation, the incident started as road rage and turned into an assault. A person was stabbed but is expected to survive.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Agriculture has cancelled all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, and other gatherings of birds due to avian flu. The Department’s order begins immediately, is effective through the end of 2015, and also prohibits live birds from being sold at livestock auction markets, swap meets and exotic sales. Iowa has over 25 million birds and more than 60 farms impacted by the avian flu.

PLEASANT HILL, IA (IRN) – A Pleasant Hill daycare provider is facing charges after police say she abused three children in her care. WHO TV reports that 28-year-old Christina Williamson, who runs a non-registered daycare out of her home, is charged with five counts of child endangerment. Police say video exists to prove the incidents.

CALMAR, IA (IRN) – A Postville man has been charged in connection with the robbery of State Bank in the northeastern Iowa town of Calmar. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports that Tyrone Wilson has been indicted on federal robbery charges and is now in custody of federal agents at the Linn County Jail.

WASHINGTON, DC (IRN) – Farm wages are down, and hours worked are up. The National Agriculture Statistics Service reports that there were 25,000 workers hired directly by farms in Iowa and Missouri during the reference week of April 12-18.  Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $12.08 per hour, down $2.17 from last year. The number of hours worked averaged 36.5 for hired workers, up about five hours from last year.