Saturday, July 4, 2015

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – An 18-year-old girl was killed after being thrown from her vehicle in a rollover crash Saturday morning. KWWL-TV reports the crash happened in rural Allamakee County, just north of Waukon. Police say she lost control of her vehicle, went into a ditch, and rolled over multiple times before being ejected.  Her name has not been released.

BETTENDORF, IA (IRN) – An 18-year-old man was shocked with electricity while setting up for Bettendorf’s 4th of July concert, according to WHBF-TV. On Friday afternoon the employee of a food vendor was on top of a trailer attempting to hang a flag from a metal pole. The pole came in contact with a power line. The man was shocked and fell approximately 15 feet to the ground. His name and condition has not been released.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Cedar Rapids police officers responded to two calls Friday night that left a person in both incidents injured. KCRG-TV reports one person was stabbed outside of a restaurant, and another person was shot shortly afterward in another part of town. The injuries were non-life threatening, and police are investigating.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A Palo man has been arrested on warrants related to a burglary and stalking case on the University of Iowa campus, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Mark C. Spicer, 20, was charged Friday after he was found pretending to sleep in a car parked across the street from a residence that he has been barred from being near due to a protective order.

CLEAR LAKE, IA (IRN) – A Newton teen was taken to the hospital after hitting a wave while riding an inner tube on Clear Lake Friday. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Madison Dlouhy, 18, was riding in a tube being pulled by a boat, and fell off after hitting a wave. Her condition has not been released.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The University of Iowa is moving forward with the Grant Wood Art Colony at Wood’s former home in Iowa City, according to the Iowa City Press Citizen. Grant Wood is one of Iowa’s most well-known artists, perhaps best known for his painting, American Gothic. Officials say the colony provides residences for visiting artists, and serves to promote the arts and culture of the Midwest.

 

Friday, July 3, 2015

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A trial date of November 17 has been set for an Iowa City man accused of having sex with incapacitated women. KCCI-TV reports Nathan Schloss, 24, faces 18 counts of sexual abuse and 22 counts of invasion of privacy. He’s pleaded not guilty. Police found the videos after Schloss turned in a hard drive to show police a video of his former roommate, Leo Nopoulos, torturing a cat. Nopoulos has pleaded guilty to animal torture.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Or is it? KCRG-TV reports that Alexander Hartman moved to Marion just a few weeks ago, and was shocked to find a stack of 11 speeding tickets from the Cedar Rapids Police in his mailbox one day totaling almost $900. After hearing Hartman’s explanation that he was ignorant of the city traffic cameras, all but one of the tickets was dismissed.

CASCADE, IA (IRN) – Two semitrailer drivers were arguing over their CBs about one cutting the other off in traffic about the time that one’s load shifted Wednesday night, spilling hazardous materials on a roadway near Cascade. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports emergency crews were on scene for about seven hours cleaning up the spill.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IRN) – Hay prices are falling in Iowa. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports hay prices averaged $115 per ton in May, $41 per ton less than May 2014. Alfalfa hay prices fell $51 per ton from one year ago, to $129.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Governor Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in additional funding to K-12 schools that had been approved by the Legislature for the 2015-16 school year, according to the Des Moines Register. The one-time cash infusion into schools was part of a compromise reached by Democratic and Republican legislators in a lengthy and bitter fight over school funding.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A Pennsylvania man was arrested and charged with sexual abuse after a teenage girl said he inappropriately touched her on an airplane Wednesday. KCCI-TV reports Ranjit Khati, 35, of Pittsburgh, was charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse after the plane landed in Des Moines.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation says drugged driving is a growing problem in Iowa. Increasingly, impaired drivers are under the influence of illegal and sometimes even legal drugs that pose serious threats to motorists, just like drunk driving. In 2014, there were 47 drug-related traffic fatalities in Iowa.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Des Moines Fire Department has seen an increase in the number of people jumping into the Des Moines River needing rescue. KCCI-TV reports there have been eight jumpers in the past 30 days.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police are investigating a shooting that injured a woman early Thursday morning. WHO-TV reports 23-year-old Ta-jya Cason was taken to Iowa Lutheran Hospital by her brother and two friends. Cason had been shot in the thigh. She told police the group had been had been hanging out by the Wells Fargo Arena when the shooting happened.

AMES, IA (IRN) – Ames police report an arrest in an armed home robbery case.  According to KCCI-TV, Desean Marquis Sims, 18, of Ames, was arrested on an unrelated warrant on Wednesday, and later charged in the robbery case. A warrant has been issued for Jeremy Devon McCorley, 25, of Ames, in connection with the case. Both men face first-degree robbery and assault while participating in a felony charges.

HAMDEN, CT (IRN) – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is gaining ground on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Iowa Democratic Caucus and now trails the front-runner 52 – 33 percent among likely Democratic Caucus participants, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Vice President Joseph Biden is third at 7 percent.

MERRILL, IA (IRN) – A manure spill at Plymouth Dairy near the northwestern Iowa town of Merrill was being investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday. Manure being pumped was flowing around a settling basin rather into it. It is not believed that a fish kill occurred as a result of the spill.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Three men were shot Wednesday night in Dubuque. KWWL-TV reports the injuries are non-life threatening and that police are looking for suspects. Two of the three were treated and released from the hospital. Names of the victims have not been made public.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Corrections says two men failed to return to work release facilities.  Phillip Joseph Bittner, 26, did not report to the Marshalltown Work Release Facility. Bittner is a lifetime sex offender. Christopher Allen Showalter, 36, did not return to the Ottumwa Work Release Facility. He was convicted of domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury. Bittner was found early Thursday morning, while Showalter remains at large.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A former Iowa State University professor has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for falsifying his research findings. Dr. Dong Pyou Han, 58, was sentenced in the Southern District of Iowa Federal Court Tuesday for two counts of making false statements to the National Institutes of Health about his HIV/AIDS research.

STORM LAKE, IA (IRN) – A gear box on the dredge at Storm Lake broke Wednesday afternoon resulting in a visible oil sheen across most of the surface of the lake. The Department of Natural Resources says there is no longer any oil visible, and they believe no environmental damage occurred.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – Officials are on the lookout for a man who failed to return to the Burlington Work Release Facility. KWQC-TV reports 23-year-old Eric Dewayne Coleman, Jr. was placed on escape status after failing to return to the facility from his job. Coleman was serving 10 years for robbery.

TIPTON, IA (IRN) – A painting of a partially nude woman is creating controversy in Tipton. KCRG-TV reports Hugh Stumbo owns a downtown art gallery and recently put several pieces in the front window, including the painting containing nudity. The mayor and police chief requested it be taken down, but Stumbo says if the community wants a gallery, they have to accept what artists do.

HAMDEN, CT (IRN) – The latest Iowa caucus poll by Quinnipiac University is out. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker continues to lead the Republican presidential field. Walker is the top choice of 18 percent of poll respondents. Six other candidates are battling for second place, including businessman Donald Trump and neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 10 percent, U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz at 9 percent and former Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio at 8 percent.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) –  A tip from the public on the potential whereabouts of a longtime Iowa fugitive has led to his arrest in Mexico.  KCCI-TV reports the U.S. Marshals Service says authorities in Mexico arrested Mitchell Meyer on Monday. Meyer was facing two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in 1999 when he was scheduled to appear for trial in Sioux City. He was released on bond but never appeared.

DES MOINES, IA – A 10-hour standoff with a man police say may be connected to a shooting in Des Moines ended peacefully Wednesday morning. WHO-TV reports the standoff was linked to a search for a suspect, Bobby Palmer, in a Sunday night shooting where one man was shot in the leg.

SPERRY, IA (IRN) – An attempted car theft that went wrong more than once resulted in the arrest of two people from Sperry, a community near Burlington. WQAD-TV reports Daniel McCarty, 41, and Natasha McCarty, 28, were arrested after they allegedly tried to start a Toyota Camry without a key. When that didn’t work, they then pushed the Camry with another vehicle for several miles before they were seen by the owner.

MOUNT PLEASANT, IA (IRN) – The final employees left the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute late Tuesday night. KCRG-TV reports staff and patients at the institute have slowly dwindled since Governor Branstad revealed plans to close the institute in January. The final patients were moved away from the facility late last week.

WASHINGTON, DC. (IRN) – Corn and soybean prices are significantly lower than they were last year at this time. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports the average price received by farmers for corn during May in Iowa was $3.60 per bushel, $1.11 lower than May 2014. The May 2015 average price received by farmers for soybeans, at $9.57 per bushel, is $5.13 lower than the May 2014 price.