Friday, September 18, 2015

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.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

DAKOTA CITY, NE (IRN) – A 50-year-old Iowa man has been convicted of felony assault with a knife, according to KIMT-TV. The knifing occurred in April at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Dakota City, Nebraska where Mahamud Abib had been working for less than a week. Abib says the man upset him by thrusting his pelvis near him, and that he retaliated as a message to other workers that he would not tolerate insults.

FARRAR, IA (IRN) – An ATV stolen from a Farrar family who has already lost so much has been returned. The ATV held a special place in the Myers family’s heart after Jacob Myers was killed in a car accident in August. Jacob Myers was teaching his oldest son, seven-year-old Paden, to ride this summer. It was something the kids enjoyed doing with their dad.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – Ottumwa police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a drive-by shooting, according to KCCI-TV. A man was shot Wednesday afternoon and witnesses saw an older white Ford Mustang drive away. Kortez Jackson of Ottumwa has been charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Police say additional arrests are anticipated.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) – A 25-year-old Council Bluffs man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for crossing state lines to have sex with a minor.  KIMT-TV reports Tyler Gunderson was sentenced Monday. Gunderson travelled to Omaha, to pick up a juvenile that he had met there and drove the victim to several locations in Council Bluffs for sex.

MOUNT VERNON, IA (IRN) – A man has died after a single-car accident on Highway 30 near Mount Vernon, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. A gray BMW was traveling westbound on Highway 30, crossed the centerline into the south ditch and drove up a steep embankment before coming to a stop along a fence. The vehicle suffered minor damage, and authorities believe the driver suffered from a medical condition. The driver’s name is being withheld.

DES MOINES (IRN) – More than 1,800 Iowa farmers have applied for $3.5 million in state cost-share funds to install nutrient reduction practices. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship reported it received applications covering 187,000 acres. Farmers in each of the 100 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state were approved for funding.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A 13-year-old managed a successful campaign for a candidate who won a seat on the Des Moines School Board, according to WHO-TV. Finn Andersen, a freshman at Roosevelt High School, managed the campaign of Heather Anderson, a first time candidate. Finn, who loves music, is also working with the Des Moines City Council to change an ordinance banning anyone under 21 at establishments with alcohol from listening to live music past 9 p.m.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – An arson dog has joined the Cedar Rapids Fire Department’s Investigative Team, according to KWWL-TV. Matilda, who goes by the nickname “Tillie,” is about two-years old and is a Black Labrador Retriever. Tillie is the third arson dog the department has worked with since 1997.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A house and a garage in Waterloo were struck by gunfire Tuesday afternoon, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. Neighbors reported hearing gunfire and seeing people scatter on foot and on bikes. Officers found spent shell casings in the area. No injuries were reported.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A man has been arrested and charged in a death investigation in West Des Moines, according to KCCI-TV. 28-year-old Travis West of Norwalk was charged with involuntary manslaughter and delivery of a controlled substance — heroin. On June 5 officers responded to the report of an unconscious woman at an apartment building. West allegedly provided illegal drugs to the victim.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A Dubuque man was stabbed with a pocket knife at Kennedy Mall on Friday night after a confrontation over Facebook messages he sent to the attacker’s girlfriend, according the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.  Twenty six-year-old Tommy Price Jr., of Mount Morris, Ill., is charged with willful injury-causing serious injury, a felony. The knife punctured the victim’s lung.

BLACK HAWK COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Two people have been killed in a head-on collision this morning in Black Hawk County. KWWL-TV reports a motorcycle collided with a car.  One person on the motorcycle died along with one person in the car. The accident is under investigation, and no names have been released.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police say they have arrested a man for the double homicide that happened last week, according to KCCI-TV. Albert Jeffrey Garcia, 20, was arrested Tuesday evening. Police said he is the man responsible for shooting and killing 20-year-old Demetrius Thomas and 19-year-old Mohammad Nabeel Mirzai near Drake University. Garcia has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A 43-year-old Davenport man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbing the Family Credit Union in June 2014, according to WQAD-TV. Adrian Lomas was one of two people who were accused of robbing the credit union with a fake gun. Police said the two people ran from the bank after one of them flashed the gun in his waistband and demanded money from a teller. The other robbery suspect is a 15-year-old boy.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday did not rule out Iowa hosting Middle East refugees, saying she hopes the federal government will communicate with state leaders if that happens, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. President Barack Obama has said the United States will take in roughly 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – An anonymous donor has provided a Cedar Rapids police K-9 with a protective vest, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. K-9 officer Bane has been given a ballistic vest that costs approximately $2,000. The vests weigh an average of four to five pounds.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Police are investigating an overnight robbery at a Waterloo home, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. The victim told police the suspects entered his home and beat him with a pistol. The attackers then fled with cash.

CLEAR LAKE, IA (IRN) – The coordinator of a Clear Lake animal shelter was taken to jail Monday for refusing to release a dog to its owner. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports 57-year-old Debbie Kern was ordered by a judge to turn over the dog, but she refused, believing it had been abandoned and abused. The shelter later obeyed the judge’s order.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The businessman picked as the next University of Iowa president had visited campus two months earlier at the invitation of the presidential search committee chair, according to KCCI-TV. Bruce Harreld’s visit raises more questions about whether he was given special treatment during the search. Critics say Harreld is unqualified but the Iowa Board of Regents hired him anyway.

BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – Following a power outage Saturday night, the city of Burlington discharged partially treated wastewater to the Mississippi River, according to the Iowa DNR. When a breaker tripped, the power loss shut off all pumps causing partially treated wastewater to overflow. 27,000 gallons discharged to the river before pumping resumed. The same breaker tripped on Aug. 8, causing a wastewater discharge of 22,000 gallons.

DELAWARE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A 20-year-old has died following a fiery crash in Delaware County Monday. According to the Iowa State Patrol, the 20-year-old was driving on Highway 38 south of Greeley and hit a silage chopper. The car caught fire and the driver died at the scene. The driver’s name has not been released. The other driver suffered minor injuries.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – An in-home camera feed revealed a caretaker was physically abusing one of his patients. The Des Moines Register reports Benjamin Songol, 30, was arrested Sunday on a charge of wanton neglect of a dependent adult. Video shows Songol slapping a 20-year-old patient who requires 24-hour care. The patient has the mental capacity of a two-year-old. Songol works for The Homestead, an organization that works with people with autism.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Before the next legislative session begins, some Iowa lawmakers will explore the idea of building a tobacco-free casino in Cedar Rapids. KWWL-TV reports three members of the Iowa House and three members of the Senate will serve on a legislative interim commission.  The commission will meet this fall and prepare a recommendation, if any, to be submitted to the 2016 Iowa Legislature.

DES MOINES (IRN) – President Obama visited North High School in Des Moines Monday to share his mission to put more kids in college. KCCI-TV reports Obama went to North to make the point that struggling schools can get better. He also shared improvements that have been made to simplify the college loan process, and a proposal to offer free college tuition by eliminating some corporate tax loopholes.