Wednesday, November 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, IA (IRN) – Two people were arrested in Washington and face felony charges of child endangerment. KCII-Radio reports officers arrested 34-year-old Jerry Herbert Davis of Washington for child endangerment, a class D felony, and a tattoo permit requirement. Officers also arrested 38-year-old Monica Ann Wood, of the same address as Davis, for child endangerment, a class D felony. Davis and Wood were both taken to the Washington County Jail.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines community center for the Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity organization was vandalized over the weekend. WHO-TV reports every wall is now covered in vulgar graffiti and gang related symbols. Holes were punched into doors, and windows were broken. The community center holds support group meetings for victims of assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Two Des Moines mayoral candidates will go head-to-head in a runoff election next month, according to unofficial election results. Incumbent Mayor Frank Cownie and former state Sen. Jack Hatch will be up for election Dec. 3. Cownie and Hatch ran against Army veteran Chase Holm and retired teacher and coach Joe Grandanette. The election will move to a runoff because no candidate received 50% plus one vote.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Members and employees of the governing board for Iowa’s public universities could soon be barred from gambling on the college teams they help oversee.
A policy proposed by the Board of Regents would bar board members and staff from betting on games involving the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Iowa State Cyclones or the University of Northern Iowa Panthers. The board will consider adopting the policy at its meeting next week in Cedar Falls.

AMES, IA (IRN) – Researchers at Iowa State University say the gloves firefighters use to protect their hands while fighting a fire could be safer. KCRG-TV reports the ISU researchers are working to create better ones, making them more protective, dexterous and comfortable. A $1.5 million dollar grant from FEMA and Department of Homeland Security is paying for the research.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

RUNNELLS, IA (IRN) – Six people, including children, were evacuated this morning from a home on fire in Runnells. One person was taken to the hospital. Others have minor injuries, including smoke inhalation. The fire began in the kitchen.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A teenager was shot in the leg while driving in Des Moines Monday evening. WHO-TV reports it isn’t the first time a teenager was shot in that area while in a vehicle. Three years ago, 14-year-old Yore Jieng was shot in the head while riding in a car. He died from his injuries five days later. Police never identified a suspect in the case.

ROBINS, IA (IRN) – Hundreds of employees at the Cedar Rapids General Mills plant could go on strike this week over failed contract negotiations. KCRG-TV reports more than 300 people picketed in different places in the Cedar Rapids area on Monday night, including a group of more than 50 workers, who chanted and held signs outside the home of the General Mills’ plant manager in Robins.

BONDURANT, IA (IRN) – An official announcement offered little clarity Monday as to who is behind Bondurant’s “Project Bluejay” distribution center. KCCI-TV reports the five-story 780,000 square foot building will sit on a 100-acre piece of land and promises to bring 1,000 jobs to the area. Officials remain tight-lipped over the company behind the center, but its code name has many speculating that Amazon is building the project.

IOWA (IRN) – Today is election day, and if you want to vote in Iowa, a new state law requires voter ID numbers on ballots. Anyone who doesn’t have identification will be given an Iowa voter identification card for free.

Monday, November 4, 2019

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A crash that sent two children and a woman to the hospital Saturday night might have been caused by a mechanical failure. WHO-TV reports a man was driving an SUV and slammed into the back of a car with a woman and two children inside. The crash forced the car into two other vehicles and flipped the SUV on its side. The woman and the two children were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover.

URBANDALE, IA (IRN) – An Urbandale grandmother was arrested Friday after police say she left her 6-year-old grandchild alone. KCCI-TV reports Beatrice Brewer, 69, left the child alone for two hours so she could attend church. A concerned citizen saw the child walking alone and called 911.

AMANA, IA (IRN) – Two people died after their vehicles collided on an icy Iowa bridge this weekend. The Iowa State Patrol says the crash happened Saturday morning on an icy bridge south of Amana. The driver of a Toyota Tacoma lost control of his truck on the bridge and it collided with an oncoming Honda CRV.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A new report says farm bankruptcies have risen in Nebraska and Iowa. The American Farm Bureau Federation shows Chapter 12 bankruptcies rose 24% nationwide over the previous year. The report cited severe weather and trade disputes among the problems faced by farmers.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines Big Band is celebrating its 60th season this year and drummer Jim Kklof has been around for 59 of those seasons. Every Wednesday night, the Des Moines Big Band takes the stage at Noce downtown. WHO-TV reports band members say being downtown brings out a younger audience, along with the fans who have loved them for years.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

OGDEN, IA (IRN) – Firefighters battled a massive fire at a grocery store in downtown Ogden Saturday night. The fire started before 9 p.m. at the Ogden Mart. One of the walls collapsed and flames were shooting 50 feet in the air. The cause of the fire is unknown.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A multiple vehicle accident in Des Moines has sent several people to emergency rooms, according to KCCI-TV. Their names and conditions have not been released.

BOONE, IA (IRN) – A train derailed in Boone on Saturday. At approximately 6 p.m., the train derailed near Hy-Vee. An estimated nine cars were derailed from the track. The derailment caused damage to several vehicles in the Union Pacific parking lot. Hy-Vee, Dollar General and O’Riley’s Auto Parts were evacuated.

U.S. (IRN) – Daylight Saving Time has ended for 2019. If you have a timepiece from a previous century or dimension, please turn it back one hour manually.