Friday, August 28, 2015

ANKENY, IA (IRN) – Ankeny police said Friday that a man just arrested has been tied to at least 20 burglary cases.  KCCI-TV reports that during a one week period starting last Friday, police took multiple reports of vehicle burglaries, residential and garage burglaries, as well as three stolen vehicles and two hit-and-run crashes. Jonathan Lenaway, 20, of Ankeny, has been charged in relation to the cases.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (IRN) – Across nearly all measures, farm sector profitability is forecast to decline for the second straight year. The United States Department of Agriculture says that net farm income will be down 36% from 2014. The 2015 forecast is the lowest since 2002, adjusting for inflation, and a drop of nearly 53% from the record high achieved in 2013.

CHARLES CITY, IA (IRN) – A convicted sex offender who’s running for school board in Charles City has been arrested in another sex crime case.  KCCI-TV reports fifty-nine-year-old Doug Lindaman, of Charles City, was charged Thursday with sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy. Lindaman was convicted in 1988 on two counts of lascivious acts with two minors.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Two Des Moines police officers were assaulted Thursday by a woman who allegedly stole beef sticks from a gas station. The Des Moines Register reports Conner Coleman, 18, was arrested on two counts of assault on a peace officer and one count of fifth-degree theft. An officer witnessed Coleman steal two beef sticks and as she was handcuffed, she began to “yell, scream and go berserk,” kicking the officers.

LOST NATION, IA (IRN) – An unidentified person mowing an embankment near the eastern Iowa town of Lost Nation died after the tractor they were riding rolled down an embankment. According to WQAD-TV, a back wheel of the tractor dropped off the edge of the embankment, causing the tractor to roll down it.  The driver was then pinned, suffering fatal injuries.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids man has been found guilty of torching his apartment in April 2013. Christopher Perry, 29, was found guilty of first-degree arson and first-degree criminal mischief. He faces up to 25 years in prison. Witnesses testified Perry argued with his girlfriend, telling her he was going to burn her belongings.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – A man with a pickaxe attempted to break into an ATM at an AMVETS post in Cedar Falls. KWWL-TV reports the man wacked the machine for approximately an hour, taking a rest and a water break. On a hunch, police looked at surveillance video from a nearby Walmart, which showed images of a man purchasing a pickaxe shortly before the break in. No arrest has been made.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Insurance Division has issued a summary order to Carson Energy, of Austin, TX and its executives to cease and desist selling fraudulent unregistered securities. The oil and gas promoters were also ordered to pay more than $2.1 million in restitution to 14 Iowans.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A 23-year-old cellphone store employee told police that robbers sprayed him in the face with a chemical and beat him with a bat, then made off with about 50 iPhones from a Sprint store on Des Moines’ east side. The Des Moines Register reports the injured man said he thought the two robbers were familiar and had been in the store before.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Governor Terry Branstad announced Thursday that two Iowa communities were selected to join the Main Street Iowa program — Centerville and Grundy Center. Branstad says Main Street Iowa communities have had 2.7 million hours of volunteer time invested into improving their city centers, a significantly increased job and business base, and over $1.4 billion in private investment.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) – Council Bluffs police are investigating two armed robberies early Thursday morning, according to KETV. A man armed with a machete walked into a Kum and Go and demanded money. The clerk complied and the man fled on foot. Two hours later a man entered a Kwik Shop, pulled a knife and demanded money. The suspect took the money and fled. The robberies are not believed to be related.

EDDYVILLE, IA (IRN) – Witnesses to an accident on Highway 63 near Eddyville say a van went airborne off the highway on Wednesday before landing on a grassy patch next to the on-ramp. KTVO-TV reports the driver fell asleep.  They were taken by ambulance to Ottumwa Regional Health Center for facial injuries.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The police officer who shot an approaching unarmed man through her squad car window in Des Moines has been cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury. KCCI-TV reports Officer Vanessa Miller shot and killed Ryan Bolinger, 28, of West Des Moines on June 9. Miller was assisting another officer who was in a vehicle pursuit with Bolinger. Police are withholding the in-car video as an internal investigation is ongoing.

CLIVE, IA (IRN) – A high-speed chase through Clive ended with an arrest Wednesday night, according to WHO-TV. Police say Kevin Campbell is facing several charges in connection with the chase that approached 100 mph, including OWI and interference with official acts. He hit several cars before he crashed into a light pole and took off running. He was found hiding in a backyard.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Three competitors say the Branstad administration erred in its selection of four other companies to manage the state’s $4.2 billion annual Medicaid program. The Des Moines Register reports they allege nepotism, fraud or mismanagement among companies selected and a flawed review of bids which was described as “haphazard, inconsistent, inaccurate, arbitrary and capricious.”

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa City was ranked the No. 1 least-stressed city in America according personal finance company 500 cities were compared, and criteria included average workweek length, daily commute, unemployment, divorce rates, housing costs, average hours of sleep each night, entertainment opportunities and exercise rates. Madison, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota were 2nd and 3rd. Most stressed city? Miami, Florida.

Wednesday, August 26, 2014

TOLEDO, IA (IRN) – A man who was found with more than $17,000 in cash after jumping from a second-story motel room has pled guilty to drug charges in Linn County. Luis Sandoval, 34, pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Toledo police were investigating the odor of marijuana at the hotel when Sandoval jumped out the window. A deputy was waiting outside, and Sandoval was detained following a short foot chase.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA (IRN) – Police have arrested Joseph Lanckriet, 23, of Council Bluffs in connection to a shooting Monday outside a Walgreens in Council Bluffs.  KETV reports a man gave Lanckriet a “dirty look” inside the store. After buying groceries, Lanckriet allegedly got into a SUV in the parking lot where he then opened fire on the victim before fleeing the area.

GARNER, IA (IRN) – A retired Iowa State trooper is scheduled to be sentenced in October for possessing child pornography.  KCCI-TV reports 66-year-old David Hubbard, of Garner, pled guilty to one count in Hancock County District Court last week. He’d been charged with three counts of misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a minor. Hubbard retired in 2004 after nearly 30 years with the department.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines bishop told a Des Moines Catholic group that it may no longer host Masses because it let a woman perform sacrament services. The Des Moines Register reports Bishop Richard Pates ordered the Catholic Worker House to cease holding services. The Rev. Janice Sevre-Duszynska had presided over the Eucharist service. The independent Catholic group that ordained her is not recognized by the Vatican.

MAPLETON, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into the death of a woman from the western Iowa town of Mapleton. On Monday, first responders were called to the scene of an unresponsive woman. Brenda Dailey, 53, was lifeflighted to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, where she later died. Investigators do not believe the public is any danger.

POLK COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service are asking for the public’s help with a two-year-old case involving a missing teenager. Fredrick James Workman, now 16, of Fairfield, was living in a youth facility in Des Moines when reported missing.  Fredrick is 5’7” tall and 145 lbs, with short blonde hair and blue eyes.  He has a small scar on the bottom of his chin and may use the last name of Shields.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Des Moines police are investigating an early morning home invasion on the city’s east side. WHO-TV reports shortly after midnight Wednesday two men broke into the home with a revolver and a baseball bat. The men were able to escape before officers arrived. No one was hurt.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Three people were hurt after a metal room divider collapsed at a new Iowa City elementary school Monday afternoon. The accident happened on the first day of classes at Alexander Elementary when a teacher, a parent and his 5-year-old were walking through the back doors of the school. All received minor injuries.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A former police officer and disbarred lawyer, who an Iowa Supreme Court justice called “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” after reviewing his history of drugs, forgery and misappropriating client funds, was charged last week in federal court for making counterfeit money. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports Brian Loren Stowe, 43, of Waverly, was indicted in U.S. District Court Aug. 11 for manufacturing and dealing in counterfeit currency.

MOLINE, IL (IRN) – John Deere and the United Auto Workers have started negotiations on a new master labor agreement that covers about 10,000 manufacturing workers at 12 facilities, including plants in five Iowa cities. The Des Moines Register reports the current six-year master agreement expires at midnight Sept. 30. The negotiations begin as Deere struggles with falling profits.

DES MOINES (IRN) – A 23-month-old baby fell from a third-story apartment window Monday in Des Moines and survived. The Des Moines Register reports the family was watching television when the baby popped-out the screen window and fell. Sod and woodchips line the ground underneath the windows of the complex and cushioned the fall. The child was well enough that it could crawl along the ground afterward.

LECLAIR, IA (IRN) – A man from the eastern Iowa town of LeClaire is pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges in connection with setting up secret cameras in a gym’s tanning booth. In exchange, prosecutors will drop more serious felony charges. Trent Hamer caught at least three people undressing on tape in the tanning booths at the Planet Fitness gym in Moline last year.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A central Iowa realty company said one of its employees was threatened Sunday, which prompted the company to cancel all open houses that day. Keller Williams Realty staff told KCCI-TV that a caller threatened to harm one of its employees at an open house as part of a gang initiation. Agents have become more cautious since 27-year-old real estate agent Ashley Okland was shot and killed in 2011 at an open house.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A Florida man faces numerous charges after stealing money from an Iowa City couple he was providing investment services for. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports 52-year-old Jeffrey Stewart, of Neptune Beach, Florida faces two counts of first-degree theft, one count of forgery and one count of securities fraud.  Stewart could spend up to 30 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

KEOKUK, IA (IRN) – An estimated 500 gallons of industrial wastewater discharged Monday morning at the Roquette America plant in Keokuk. The Iowa DNR says the discharge occurred when an expansion joint on a pump failed, discharging the wastewater into the Mississippi River. The wastewater may have contained ethanol and related compounds.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The 2015 Iowa State Fair has broken its all-time attendance record. According to officials, an estimated 1,117,000 people visited the fair despite a few days that featured rain. The total this year breaks the record previously set in 2008. The busiest day? The first Saturday of the fair.