CHICAGO (IRN) – Fred Hoiberg is the new head coach of the Chicago Bulls. The announcement was made this afternoon. CBS Sports reports that Hoiberg and the Bulls have agreed to a five-year, nearly $25 million contract. In five years coaching at ISU, Hoiberg has a 115-56 record. Bulls general manager Gar Forman was a Cyclones assistant coach when Hoiberg was a senior playing at Iowa State.
WATERLOO, IA (IRN) An Oregon man faces charges after authorities seized more than five pounds of hash oil with a street value of nearly $200,000. KWWL-TV reports that investigators with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force received a tip that the hash oil was arriving in the Waterloo area. After a traffic stop, police arrested 39-year-old Eric Lee Hepperle from Tigard, Oregon. Hepperle is charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and a drug tax stamp violation.
DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Business Council has released its quarterly results. Businesses expect to maintain or increase employment within the next six months. The Overall Economic Outlook Survey Index is higher than last quarter and last year. All CEO’s on the Council expect an increase in sales and employment during the next six months.
KIMT-TV FOREST CITY, IA (IRN) – A Worth County woman is accused of stealing from a daycare in Winnebago County. KIMT-TV reports 41-year-old Brenda Steinman of Northwood is charged with 2nd degree theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and tampering with records. While director of Lake Mills Community Preschool and Daycare, Steinman allegedly used company credit cards for her own expenses. The total involved exceeds $7,000.
DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police say a 6-year-old boy died Monday afternoon after a truck went through a fence and hit a trampoline with two children on it, pushing them both into a drainage ditch. KCCI-TV reports that the driver of the truck, 44-year-old Guadalupe Villa-Guzman, of Des Moines, will be charged with vehicular homicide by reckless driving, reckless driving causing serious injury and driving while suspended.
JEFFERSON, IA (IRN) – An Illinois woman has been charged in relation to Monday’s Amber Alert for two children in Jefferson. Raccoon Valley Radio reports that 21-year-old Allison Tucker of Illinois was charged with child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor. The missing children were found safe in a hotel in Des Moines shortly after the alert was issued.
INDIANOLA, IA (IRN) – One of two inmates who escaped from the Warren County Jail Monday has been taken into custody. WHO-TV reports that Frank Manders, 26, has been captured, while Darian Crayton, 29, remains at large. Manders was in custody for forgery and vehicular homicide charges. Crayton was being held for driving while barred and various probation violations.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Iowa employers in smaller communities recruiting workers from other states to meet growth demands are facing a challenge — a lack of housing. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Maxfield Research, a Minneapolis-based real estate consulting agency says the shortage is common in many communities in Iowa and other upper Midwestern states. In some communities it approaches a crisis situation where businesses can’t hire new workers because of a lack of housing.
DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Department of Agriculture is responding to two cases of the avian flu in Hamilton and Calhoun counties. The case in Hamilton County is a turkey farm with an estimated 36,000 birds. The facility in Calhoun County is a turkey farm with an estimated 21,000 birds.