Tuesday, January 19, 2016

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa City police are investigating a bomb threat at Iowa City West High School Tuesday morning. KCRG-TV reports Iowa City police received a 911 call reporting an explosive device at the school. Students and staff were evacuated by bus to an off-site location, and all were reported safe.

Alexandria, IA (IRN) – A van transporting three campaign volunteers and a Dr. Ben Carson campaign employee hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side where it was struck by another vehicle this morning. The accident happened near Atlantic. Three of the passengers were checked out at a local hospital, and a volunteer was transported to the trauma center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Carson cancelled remaining campaign events for the rest of the day.

GLENWOOD, IA (IRN) – All charges have been dropped in connection with a Glenwood fight where one man was shot. WHO-TV reports charges against Colton McDaniel and Denver Cook have been dropped. Charges against Hurl Beechum III, a former Iowa State basketball player, have also been dismissed. The three men were part of a brawl involving Glenwood High School principal Richard Hutchinson, who is Beechum’s stepfather. The incident allegedly began over a racial slur. Hutchinson suffered injuries in the scuffle and Beechum allegedly shot McDaniel in the leg. The court couldn’t determine who was the primary aggressor, and found it reasonable to conclude Beechum was acting in self-defense.

BOXHOLM, IA (IRN) – The Boxholm fire chief says a space heater may be the cause of a fire that killed a mother and her three children. The Des Moines Register reports that Boxholm Fire Chief Dave Huffman said the state fire marshal is investigating the Sunday house fire but a preliminary investigation reveals that a space heater may have been the source of the blaze.

BLACK HAWK COUNTY, IA (IRN) – One man is in the hospital after a crash in Black Hawk County. KCRG-TV reports 28-year-old Bobby Higgins of Oelwein rolled over into a ditch after avoiding a head-on crash at a round-about. The accident is under investigation.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Iowa’s top utilities regulator is backing a plan to build an electric transmission line outside Cedar Rapids that is opposed by some homeowners along the route. KWWL-TV reports the Iowa Utilities Board believes the line would provide more reliable energy service in eastern Iowa. Homeowners can appeal the decision.

.AMES, IA (IRN) – Three men’s college basketball teams have visited the state of Iowa ranked No. 1 this season. All three have lost. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports Iowa State became the latest Iowa team to beat a No. 1 when it knocked off Oklahoma on Monday night. This follows a November win by UNI over North Carolina, and Iowa crushed Michigan State in late December.

Monday, January 18, 2016

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – A 45-year-old man is facing federal theft charges related to a data breach at the University of Northern Iowa. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Bernard Ogie Oretekor has been charged with theft of government property and aggravated identity theft. More than 100 UNI employees reported having their tax returns rejected in 2014 because someone had fraudulently filed a return on their behalf and collected their refund. Oretekor is currently facing charges in California related to the theft of $312,115 from a couple’s investment account.

WINTERSET, IA (IRN) – The State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled a 33-year-old Madison County Jail inmate’s death was a suicide. Joshua Lee Barker of Winterset was found unresponsive in his cell on January 6th. Barker was arrested January 3rd during a traffic stop and officers seized over 200 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from his car. Barker hung himself with a towel.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – A sport utility vehicle crashed through the front of a Cedar Falls nail salon Sunday afternoon. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the vehicle broke through the door and adjacent glass wall before coming to a stop inside the shop. No one was injured and Cedar Falls police are investigating the crash.

BOXHOLM, IA (IRN) – Four members of a family in Boxholm, a small community about an hour northwest of Des Moines, perished in a house fire Sunday. KCCI-TV reports 27-year-old Amber Sorenson, 9-year-old Riley, 6-year-old Autumn, and 4-year-old Brayden died. The father, John Sorenson, was at work when the fire broke out.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids man is facing multiple charges after police say he assaulted and seriously injured an officer Sunday afternoon. KCRG-TV reports the officer was talking to 33-year-old Nathan Brocks when Brocks punched the officer, knocking him unconscious. The officer fell and hit his head on a cement parking barrier. Brocks continued to fight and resist arrest other officers, who used a Taser to subdue him. The officer was hospitalized, and Brocks faces numerous charges. He’s in jail.

MUSCATINE, IA (IRN) – A suspect has been identified in an officer-involved shooting Friday in Muscatine. WHO-TV reports a blue Hummer was reported stolen, and shortly later, the vehicle was located and a traffic stop initiated. After the stop in a parking lot, the Hummer driven by 41-year-old Timothy Seefeldt attempted to leave the scene and struck several vehicles, including one law enforcement vehicle. A deputy shot him. He’s in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when America celebrates the legacy of Dr. King and the civil rights movement. WOI-TV reports events across the state are being held in commemoration, including a prayer breakfast on the Drake University campus and a special ceremony with Governor Branstad at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

MUSCATINE, IA (IRN) – A search for a stolen SUV ended with a sheriff’s deputy shooting a man in Muscatine. Law enforcement agencies received a report of a stolen Hummer on Friday night. A Muscatine County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted the stolen SUV, stopped it in a hotel parking lot, after which the driver took off and hit several parked cars. The Hummer also hit a law enforcement car, and the deputy fired several shots into the vehicle. The driver was hospitalized.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Police say an 18-year-old man is expected to survive after being shot late Friday night or early Saturday morning but that his cooperation has been hard to obtain. KCRG-TV reports investigators have charged his roommate, 22-year-old Deante Jenkins with multiple offenses related to the shooting, but the victim isn’t cooperating.

LE MARS, IA (IRN) – A northwestern Iowa woman accused of intentionally crashing the car she was driving into another vehicle has been charged with attempted murder and other counts.
KWWL-TV reports 28-year-old Melissa Ebert was charged Thursday. Ebert allegedly threatened to kill herself and her passenger before purposely veering her car into the path of an oncoming car on Sept. 9. The collision severely injured Ebert, her passenger and the driver of the other car. Ebert and her passenger were reportedly involved in a romantic dispute.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Students in Des Moines held a peace walk in school Friday on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday. WHO-TV reports about 470 Samuelson Elementary students joined hands and listened to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and sang “We Shall Overcome.” Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

VERNON COUNTY, MO (IRN) – The father of an Iowa man missing for weeks says that his son was found dead Friday morning in Missouri. KCCI-TV reports 29-year-old Adam Nixson is originally from Johnston and was living in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. He went duck hunting on Dec. 28 and never returned.

MOORHEAD, IA (IRN) – A rollover accident near the western Iowa town of Moorhead Friday claimed the life of a Moorhead teen, according to the Sioux City Journal. 16-year-old Shelby Montange was found dead at the scene. Two other occupants of the car, a 12-year-old and the 15-year-old driver, were injured. The driver lost control on a patch of black ice and rolled the vehicle into the ditch. She and the teen who was killed were not wearing seatbelts and were thrown from the car.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Rapids police have arrested a woman accused of shooting another woman Thursday morning. KWWL-TV reports 30-year-old Jill Sodahl is charged with Attempted Murder. After the shooting, police found a handgun in a pond at a nearby park, which they believe was used in the shooting. The victim’s injuries are non-life-threatening.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A customer punched a Hobby Lobby store manager in Des Moines in a dispute over an exchange card, according to KCCI-TV. Manager Shawn Ashby said the cashier couldn’t get the card to go through and called Ashby over to help. Ashby told the man he would have to call to get the card activated. The man became agitated and yelled at the manager that he was “stealing from him.” The man left, then came back and punched Ashby in the chest. An investigation is underway.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A spontaneous social media campaign raised nearly half-a-million dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa this holiday season, more than making up the money lost when Jolly Holiday Lights in Des Moines closed due to flooding. The Des Moines Register reports approximately $485,000 has poured in from the #BringTheJolly effort.