Monday, April 4, 2016

MADISON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A Waukee man was killed Sunday in a motorcycle crash near Winterset. KCCI-TV reports deputies found 58-year-old Brian McKeon of Waukee dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation showed that McKeon was northbound on the highway when he apparently missed a curve and entered the eastside ditch.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A man ran away after he struck someone in a Kwik Star parking lot in Waterloo. KWWL-TV reports 36-year-old Curtis Austin hit 59-year-old Reginold Wade and then fled. Police say Austin was driving illegally. He was arrested and charged for driving while barred and cited for leaving the scene. The victim has a fractured leg.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Authorities have released the name of a man who was fatally shot inside his trailer home at a mobile home park south of Dubuque. KCCI-TV reports police identified him as 21-year-old Collin Brown. Several men forced their way into Brown’s home early Saturday and fired several shots. Brown ran to a neighbor’s home and collapsed. He was pronounced dead later at a Dubuque hospital.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Two people were nearly crushed when a falling tree hit their sport utility vehicle as they drove down a Cedar Rapids street. KCRG-TV reports the tree was about 3 feet in diameter but snapped when a wind gust struck it Saturday morning. The tree trunk came down on the front of the SUV, stopping it in its tracks. Two people inside were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Wind gusts to 58 mph were recorded in Cedar Rapids Saturday.

PLANO, IA (IRN) – An Appanoose County man is dead and three others were taken to the hospital after an early morning crash Sunday. KTVO-TV reports the single vehicle accident happened north of Plano. The driver, 30-year-old Chase McElvain of Seymour, lost control going around a curve. McElvain and two of his passengers were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected. The third passenger was wearing a seatbelt and wasn’t ejected from the vehicle. McElvain was pronounced dead at the scene.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – West Des Moines police are investigating a body found across the street from Valley West Mall, according to KCCI-TV. Authorities were called to the Valley West Inn Sunday morning after an unresponsive man was found outside one of the rooms. Officers found the body of a 40-year-old white man whose identity was unknown. Police said there were no signs of trauma to the body, and the death is not considered suspicious.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police are looking for whoever is responsible for stabbing someone at a middle school during a soccer game. WHO-TV reports police were sent to Brody Middle School around noon on Sunday. There they found a victim suffering from multiple stab wounds, which did not appear to be life-threatening. The stabbing happened after a dispute during an adult soccer game.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Two men are in jail after stealing a man’s shoes in Waterloo, according to KWWL-TV. A nearly $50,000 collection of Air Jordans were taken this weekend. Devin Hoskins says the burglars took approximately 150 pairs of shoes, which were his prized possession, leaving behind two flat screen TV’s and an iPad. One of the burglars was his cousin. The shoes have been recovered.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

MARSHALLTOWN, IA (IRN) – Marshalltown police arrested a man Saturday following an early-morning murder near the Center Street Station bar. KCCI-TV reports around 2 a.m., officers were called to the scene concerning a man who was on the ground and bleeding from his head. He was transported to an emergency room, where he died. Police arrested 31-year-old Brandon Paul Skidmore at the scene. He is charged with second-degree murder.

DUBUQUE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Authorities in Dubuque County are investigating a fatal shooting at a mobile home park, according to WHO-TV. Officers responded to the mobile home Saturday morning on a report of shots fired. They found a 21-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. An investigation shows the man was confronted by multiple male suspects who forcibly entered the victim’s trailer and shot him.

MAPLETON, IA (IRN) – A rollover accident Thursday morning in Monona County claimed the life of a Kiron woman, according to KTIV-TV.The sheriff’s office identifies the victim as 24-year-old Samantha Berg. Her car rolled several times into a ditch on a county road east of Mapleton. She had been ejected from the vehicle.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Kids at Horace Mann Elementary School in Iowa City are gaining confidence in their reading thanks to the help of a golden retriever named Sidda. KCRG-TV reports the dog is owned by the school’s principal, Julie Robinson. Sidda is specially trained to work in schools and help kids with their reading. Robinson says Sidda is “One of our most popular staff members… certainly the fluffiest.”

Saturday, April 2, 2016

ANKENY, IA (IRN) – A Nevada man has been arrested following a kidnapping and sexual assault, according to KCCI-TV. 33-year-old Jason Weigel was charged with first-degree kidnapping, third-degree sexual abuse and domestic abuse. Shortly after midnight on March 12, his estranged wife was walking in Ankeny. She was taken against her will by Weigel, was forced into a vehicle and driven to her home, where she was physically and sexually assaulted.

GRUNDY CENTER, IA (IRN) – A former Eldora reserve police officer has been charged with several felonies for assaulting his former girlfriend, often while in uniform and on duty.
KCRG-TV reports 36-year-old Dennis Beadle of Iowa Falls allegedly assaulted his former girlfriend several times when she tried to end their relationship. Beadle followed the woman to her workplace, yelled at her in public and physically and sexually assaulted her.

NORTHWOOD, IA (IRN) – A former northern Iowa mayor is facing fraud charges. KCCI-TV reports 52-year-old Randy Severson was arrested and charged with defrauding $300,000 from Northwood State Bank while he was the president of Northwood Lumber. He’s accused of using the names of family members, customers and acquaintances without their knowledge to make phony invoices that were submitted to the bank to create lines of credit.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – Several emergency vehicles were at Williams Intermediate School in Davenport, Friday after a can of pepper spray went off in the school’s lunch room where 60 students were having lunch. WQAD-TV reports 26 students were taken to the hospital by ambulance following complaints of respiratory issues after the pepper spray went off during the last lunch period. Police are investigating.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A longtime Iowa philanthropist who donated millions of dollars to the state’s three universities and other organizations has died at age 79. The Des Moines Register reports that Richard Jacobson died Friday. Among his donations, were $100 million to the Mayo Clinic, and he also gave UNI $15 million, the largest donation in the school’s history. He made his money in the shipping business.

Friday, April 1, 2016

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – West Des Moines police are asking for the public’s help to solve a rash of vandalism cases, according to KCCI-TV. Police say a pellet rifle has been used to damage at last 20 vehicles and two buildings in the past several days. A $1,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved.

AINSWORTH, IA (IRN) – A man is dead following a house fire in rural Ainsworth yesterday. KCII-radio reports Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says 69-year-old Charles Arthur Darby died in the fire. The state fire marshal is investigating.

LAGUNA MADRE BAY, TX (IRN) – Several Iowa State University football players rescued a woman from a sinking car during spring break at South Padre Island, Texas. The Des Moines Register reports the players saw the car sinking in the bay and sprinted over. The taillights were still visible, but the front of the car was submerged, and it was taking on water. A woman was inside, screaming for help. Police say if they hadn’t jumped into the water to pull the 22-year-old woman out, she would have drowned.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A man is in custody following a robbery at a Des Moines gas station. KCCI-TV reports police responded to a Git N Go on the south side last night. A man with a hoodie and a mask approached the clerk with a gun. Police said the clerk was asked to lay on the ground as the robber left. Police said they chased a black SUV matching the description involved in previous Git N Go robberies. The man crashed the SUV, and is now in jail.

FAYETTE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A man faces charges for threatening to kill Fayette police Chief Richard Pisanti, according to KCRG-TV. 32-year-old Joshua Sergeant was released from Fayette County jail Wednesday. Moments after the release, Sergeant used a phone to call Chief Pisanti, who had originally arrested him on burglary charges. Sergeant told Pisanti he was going to kill him and was on his way to do it. He’s in jail.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) – Authorities say a Nebraska sheriff’s deputy was arrested after a Council Bluffs casino incident. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 44-year-old Thomas Flynn is a sheriff’s deputy in Douglas County, which includes Omaha. Flynn was unsteady on his feet and verbally combative with casino staff. He was arrested, and released on bond. Flynn was shot while on duty in 2011. His department named him Deputy of the Year and gave him two medals. He’s on desk duty.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A special new art exhibit is on display at Drake University, according to WHO-TV. The exhibit is called Finding Happiness. It’s a partnership between Mosaic of Central Iowa and Drake. People with intellectual disabilities served by Mosaic learned various art methods during a special art day at Drake. Faculty and students with the fine arts program helped. The results are now on display in the gallery.