Sunday, September 11, 2016

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Today is September 11, and Iowa and our nation mourns those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half staff beginning at sunset Friday, Sept. 9, until sunrise on Monday, Sept. 12 in their honor.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drowning after first responders pulled a body out of the Iowa River Saturday evening, according to KCRG-TV. The name of the victim has not been released.

SIBLEY, IA (IRN) – A trailer-load of hogs were killed in a rollover crash near the northwest Iowa town of Sibley. The Sioux City Journal reports the crash happened Tuesday when the semi’s 26-year-old driver swerved to try to avoid a cow in the road. The semi tipped, landing partially in a ditch. The driver was taken to a local hospital with injuries. The cow was also killed.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The Cy-Hawk Trophy is staying in Iowa City as Iowa dominated Iowa State Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium. The No. 16 Hawkeyes crushed the Cyclones 42-3. UNI lost to the 15th ranked University of Montana Grizzlies in Cedar Falls, 20-14.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A man is dead after being hit by a car in Cedar Rapids Friday night, according to KWWL-TV. A 71-year-old man was attempting to cross a street when he was struck by a 2002 Kia Sportage. He was not in a crosswalk when he was hit by the car, and his identity has not been released. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 26-year-old Britney Marx of Marion. She was not injured, and no charges have been filed.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A southern Iowa man has been sentenced to 120 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to producing child pornography involving girls younger than 10 years old. 31-year-old Timothy Ryan Zollman, of Van Wert sexually assaulted 10 girls and recorded the assaults. The U.S. Attorney’s office called Zollman “a dangerous predator.”

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Wolf Construction in West Des Moines confirmed Friday that its owner and founder died in a plane crash Wednesday while returning from Kansas City. KCCI-TV reports forty-two-year-old Scott Wolfswinkel, of West Des Moines, died when his Piper Malibu crashed in Lucas County as he was coming back to Des Moines after a business meeting in Kansas City. He was the only one on board.

CUSTER, S.D. (IRN) – A Davenport man and Patriot Guard Rider died in a motorcycle accident near Custer, South Dakota. WQAD-TV reports two motorcycles that were traveling together failed to negotiate a curve and went in the ditch. Seventy-two-year-old Douglas Boemecke died at the scene. The other motorcycle was driven by his son, 52-year-old Timothy Boemecke of Fallon, Illinois. Timothy was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – One Des Moines girl is hoping to help the homeless by spreading some blessings. WHO-TV reports Niasha Wills is a 12-year-old girl who wants to help the homeless. Wills got the idea for “Blessings Bags” from Pinterest. They’re simply Ziploc bags full of essentials – like first-aid kits, lotion, chapstick, and toiletries – as well as some things meant to just brighten a person’s day, like cookies, juice, and a personalized card. She hopes to add toys for children around Christmas time.

Friday, September 9, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids went under lockdown this morning. KWWL-TV reports a 15-year-old male was found with life-threatening injuries from gunshot wounds behind the auditorium. Officers say they do not believe that anyone other than the victim was involved, but they are continuing to investigate.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A victim was taken to the hospital Thursday evening in Des Moines after being shot in the mouth. KCCI-TV reports witnesses say the victim came running down the street before going to a house and knocking on the door for help. The victim is in serious condition, and no suspects have been identified.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Five people are in the hospital, and two of them in serious condition after a three-car crash on the southside of Des Moines. WOI-TV reports 18-year-old Fernando Lopez Aguilar was arrested for three counts of reckless driving and for not having his license or insurance. Officers say speed and not obeying a stop sign led to the crash.

OSCEOLA, IA (IRN) – The bus driver involved in the wreck of a school bus in rural Clarke County will pay a $195 fine for failure to maintain control of the vehicle. 72-year-old Darwin Griffith, of Osceola, is credited with leading all seven Clarke County school children out of the rear of the bus to safety. Troopers say speed wasn’t a factor, but poor road conditions due to heavy rains played a role.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Three Iowa men face charges after state conservation officers say they unlawfully harvested ginseng root from state property. Kyle Jones and Brent Jones, both of Slater, and Bart Bollie of Madrid, were charged Tuesday with fifth-degree theft, unlawful possession of wild ginseng root from state land and unlawful possession of young wild ginseng. Ginseng is endangered in some states.

RIVERSIDE, IA (IRN) – The U.S. Post Office’s new Star Trek Forever stamps will be dedicated Saturday in Riverside, the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk. KCII-radio reports the stamps feature iconic Star Trek silhouettes against bright-colored backgrounds, and will be available for purchase.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

NEW YORK, NY (IRN) – 5,300 Wells Fargo employees have been fired for creating millions of phony accounts. On Thursday, federal regulators said Wells Fargo employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts — without their customers knowing it — since 2011. The phony accounts earned the bank unwarranted fees from customers and allowed employees to boost their sales figures and make more money. The firings constitute approximately 1% of their workforce.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened late Wednesday night at a Dollar Mart. KCCI-TV reports bullets chipped the paint and bricks on the side of the building, and no one was injured. Police are reviewing surveillance video.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A former substitute teacher accused of sexually exploiting a Cedar Rapids Washington High student has pled not guilty. KGAN-TV reports 24-year-old Mary Beth Haglin previously admitted to the relationship. Two school administrators resigned as a result of the scandal.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman inside of a Jimmy John’s bathroom in Iowa City. KCRG-TV reports 20-year-old Grant Ajango walked into the women’s bathroom and locked the door, ignoring the woman’s request to leave. He then slammed her against the wall and assaulted her. She was able to reach her phone to text “help” to her friends. Her friends and Jimmy John’s employees forced the door open, and were able to rescue her and detain Ajango.

MONROE/LUCAS COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A plane crashed yesterday afternoon in Lucas County, according to KTVO-TV. The pilot died in the crash. No additional information has been released.

OSCEOLA, IA (IRN) – A school bus rolled onto its side in a deep ditch in rural Clarke County yesterday, injuring seven students. KCCI-TV reports there were no serious injuries, but multiple students were taken to a hospital to be checked out. Authorities say the driver lost control on a curve and believe weather potentially played a role in the crash.

AMES, IA (IRN) – An Ames family was able to escape their burning home safely Tuesday, but one pet is on the mend. WOI-TV reports Cleo the cat nearly lost her life in the fire. The cat stopped breathing, so Ames firefighters worked on her for about 30 minutes. Using a special pet revival oxygen mask, they were able to bring her back to life. She’s in a pet hospital for now, but the family says their beloved pet should be able to come home later this week.