Saturday, September 3, 2016

PAWNEE, OK (IRN) – An earthquake with an epicenter near Pawnee, Oklahoma was felt in much of Iowa this morning. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the 5.6 magnitude earthquake happened at 7:02 a.m. today. That ties for Oklahoma’s strongest earthquake on record, the first coming in November 2011. No major damage was immediately reported.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Police in Waterloo have arrested four people, including two teenagers, in connection to the murder of a Waterloo man. KGAN-TV reports on July 17, 21-year-old Otavious Brown died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Two others were wounded. The four face charges of Murder in the 1st Degree, Attempted Murder, and Intimidation with a Weapon.

CORALVILLE, IA (IRN) – Two people were wounded in a shooting at a Coralville apartment complex yesterday, according to KCRG-TV. Both are expected to survive. Police say this is a targeted incident where both the suspects and victims knew each other, and do not believe this is a random shooting.

FOREST CITY, IA – A Winnebago County man has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree theft and three counts of 3rd degree burglary. KIMT-TV reports 26-year-old Tylor Anderson of Forest City broke into two locked storage garages and took two sets of golf clubs. He’s also accused of breaking into two locked storage containers and a locked semi trailer, allegedly stealing two window air conditioners, a “Shark Rocket” vacuum, a 3’x10’ swimming pool and a tent.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Developers announced Friday new details about the 26-story Blackbird Development building in downtown Des Moines. KCCI-TV reports the $85 million project will feature a 10,000-square-foot roof deck with a cantilevered pool, fire pits and cabanas. The building will have ground floor commercial space, 276 luxury apartments, a co-working space for residents and an electric vehicle garage.

Friday, September 2, 2016

CLAYTON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A Clayton Ridge school bus was involved in a head-on crash with a motorcycle Thursday afternoon. KWWL-TV reports no students on the bus were hurt, but the person on the motorcycle died.

INDIANOLA, IA (IRN) – The Iowa State Patrol is investigating a Thursday afternoon crash involving a school bus. The accident happened just west of Indianola on Highway 92, where the bus collided with a semi-truck. Two students were on the bus at the time. The pair, along with the bus driver, suffered minor injuries.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A man who worked for the Cedar Rapids Community School District as a school bus attendant has pled guilty to child enticement. KGAN-TV reports 20-year-old Tyler Konigsmark is accused of sexually abusing children as well as soliciting sexually explicit photos of children. Konigsmark was hired as a school bus attendant for Taft and Harding middle schools. The incidents involve students at the schools.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Just days after Waterloo police made a bust in a human trafficking case, they’re now saying a baby is involved. KCRG-TV reports on Monday, Lawrence Campbell appeared in court on human trafficking charges. Authorities say Campbell ordered two 16-year-old girls to engage in prostitution and steal clothes. It turns out one of the girls had a baby. Both girls and the baby are safe back at home in Chicago. Police believe the girls were in Waterloo for about a week.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines criminal defense attorney is facing felony drug charges after authorities found marijuana, hash, painkillers and other drugs during a June search of his townhouse. The Des Moines Register reports authorities began their investigation of 33-year-old Philip Colt Moss after receiving an anonymous tip.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A former Nora Springs postmaster has entered a guilty plea in federal court after being accused of stealing from the U.S. Postal Service. KIMT-TV reports DeAnn Lewman has pled guilty to one count of false entry in exchange for 43 other counts being dropped. Lewman took nearly $3,000 in cash and stamps, and nearly $3,100 meant to buy money orders.

NEVADA, IA (IRN) – A Nevada man is recovering after hundreds — if not thousands — of wasps attacked him, according to KCCI-TV. 78-year-old Larry Barker says “I kept hitting them and running as hard as I could, but I couldn’t get away from them.” Barker passed out from the stings, but medics were able to rush him to the hospital, where he went into a coma. Two weeks after the attack, he still has trouble walking. He says he would be dead if it were not for the rescue crew, and adds “they saved my life, and I’d like to thank them.”

Thursday, September 1, 2016

FAIRFIELD, IA (IRN) – An inmate in the Jefferson County Jail escaped custody Tuesday, according to KCII-radio. James Surber Jr. was being held on a charge of 2nd Degree Theft of a Motor Vehicle. After escaping, he traveled to Ottumwa, where he abandoned the vehicle he was driving. Surber had contacted Fairfield police with information about an open case and offered his assistance. The police conducted an operation with Surber, and he used the opportunity to escape.

DES MOINES, IA – Federal authorities have issued search warrants at 20 locations in the Des Moines metro today. The raids are being conducted by the Des Moines Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in association with the ATF, the IRS, ICE, Homeland Security, U.S. Marshal’s, and other agencies. No other details are available.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A February trial has been scheduled for an Iowa woman who authorities say tried to flush her newborn down a toilet and then left it for dead in a trash can. KGAN-TV reports Ashley Hautzenrader has pled not guilty to attempted murder and child endangerment. Her trial is set to begin Feb. 14. Hautzenrader, who lives in Davenport, told authorities she left the baby in the trash because she thought the child had died.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A judge has suspended the prison sentence of a Sioux City teenager serving 10 years for selling synthetic marijuana that caused the death of another teen. The Sioux City Journal reports 19-year-old Rose Mouw’s remaining prison term was suspended and she was placed on four years’ probation. Mouw admitted to buying synthetic marijuana in Nebraska, then selling it to 18-year-old Austin McCloud, who died after smoking the drug.

BOONE COUNTY, IA – Protesters rallied in Boone County near the Farm Progress Show against the Bakken pipeline Wednesday. KCCI-TV reports about 20 protesters were arrested on a trespassing charge and taken to the Boone County Jail. They oppose the use of eminent domain for private companies, and say the pipeline will likely harm soil, air, and water quality.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A Davenport mother is facing criminal charges for not making sure her child gets to school. WQAD-TV reports the woman’s 14-year-old had 35 unexcused absences during the past school year. Iowa law says it’s mandatory for children who are in kindergarten through age of 16 to attend school.

MARSHALLTOWN, IA – A Marshalltown school board member who resigned his post as a prosecutor for Marshall County has pled not guilty to trespassing and theft charges, according to KWWL-TV. Authorities say a co-worker accused Ben Stansberry of stealing her underwear from her home.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A federal judge has refused to issue a restraining order against Iowa protesters planning to risk arrest to stand against a Texas company building an oil pipeline across the land of unwilling farmers. KCRG-TV reports that the judge says the pipeline company Dakota Access hasn’t proven there’s an immediate risk of injury or damage by protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A jury returned a verdict Tuesday in the murder case of a Des Moines woman stabbed 70 times, according to KCCI-TV. Norman Charles was found guilty of second-degree murder. He had been charged in the 2014 stabbing death of 58-year-old Darlene Crook at an apartment building The lesser murder charge was reached due to Wadsworth’s mental health.

BURLINGTON, IA (IRN) – A Burlington man has been arrested for sexual abuse for allegedly inappropriately touching a four-year-old boy. 28-year-old Nicholas. Cagle is in jail. The Burlington Police and the Iowa Department of Human Services conducted the investigation.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – The parents of a Dubuque toddler who shot himself in the face have each been sentenced to five years of probation. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports 26-year-old Raven Harris and 30-year-old Willie Horsley Sr. were sentenced Monday. Police say the little boy, Jeremiah Horsley, was playing with the .45-caliber handgun when it went off.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A loaded firearm was found at the Des Moines International Airport Monday, according to KCCI-TV. TSA officers discovered the firearm in a passenger’s carry-on bag. The passenger was cited by Des Moines police. It‘s the second firearm to be recovered at the Des Moines airport checkpoint this year.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Animal Rescue League of Iowa is over-capacity, and needs help. WHO-TV reports the agency is caring for upwards of 1,400 animals across several locations; far exceeding the 800 they feel they can best care for. They are asking for the public’s help to adopt the animals, or even to become temporary foster families for cats and dogs. They also ask the public to be sure to neuter their pets.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The University of Iowa has fallen out of the top five on the Princeton Review’s annual ranking of U.S. party schools announced this week. The Hawkeyes came in No. 6. For the past two years, Iowa held the No. 2 spot after coming in No. 1 three years ago. The top party school this year? The University of Wisconsin.