Thursday, January 7, 2016

KEOKUK, IA (IRN) – An Iowa man was found shot in the chest three times early Thursday. The Iowa DCI reports Keokuk police were called to a residence on a report of gunshots fired.
Officers found 32-year-old Ian Keefe suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest. His current condition is not available. His two dogs in his home were also shot. Two people wearing masks were seen fleeing the scene in a car.

DANVILLE, IA (IRN) – An Illinois woman has been charged with taking pain medication meant for patients at Danville Care Center in Danville, Iowa. WQAD-TV reports forty-three-year-old Sonja Hanks, of Biggsville, Illinois, was arrested Monday afternoon. Court records say the medication, which Hanks obtained while working as a nurse at the center, was meant to be given to three patients.

VICTOR, IA (IRN) – A missing 12-year-old Newton girl has been found safe and her mother and her mother’s boyfriend have been arrested. KCCI-TV reports 35-year-old Kevin Carlton and 37-year-old Misty Shaver were located by law enforcement at a rest area near Victor Wednesday night. Shaver and Carlton were charged on warrants in the disappearance of 12-year-old Charlene Brown. The girl was with Shaver and Carlton at the time of the arrest, and she is safe.

FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – Webster County supervisors are saying the county assessor went to her office and had files deleted off the county computer after she was fired by the county Conference Board. KWWL-TV reports the supervisors also say Jeanette Thanupakorn (THAN-u-puh-kern) also hasn’t turned over to the county a recording of the Oct. 27 meeting at which she was terminated. She was later reinstated and placed on paid administrative leave, pending a hearing.

ALTOONA, IA (IRN) – A Colfax man died after a trench collapsed on him at an Altoona construction site Wednesday morning. The Des Moines Register reports 30-year-old Justin Jorgensen died in the accident despite rescue attempts. Jorgensen and other workers had dug a trench for a sewer pipe when walls of a trench collapsed. The hole was more than 12 feet deep, and an initial investigation suggests required safety procedures were not being followed.

BOONE, IA (IRN) – A Boone man has been charged with his third OWI after a Story County crash with his daughter, according to KCCI-TV. 28-year-old Stuart Corson had his 7-year-old daughter in his car while driving under the influence. Deputies found Corson and his daughter in the rolled-over car, trying to stay warm on the cold night. Corson is in jail.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Tom Latham, an Iowa Republican who served in Congress for 20 years, announced Wednesday that he has cancer. WHO-TV reports he has Lymphoma. Latham represented Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 until he retired in 2015. Latham says he never lost an election, and that he isn’t going to lose this battle either.

GARRISON, IA (IRN) – Volunteers have finished adding the final touches to the new Garrison Public Library. KCRG-TV reports the community has been working on the project since July of 2011, when a strong windstorm tore the roof off the old library. The new library is small, and total costs will be approximately $450,000. Library board member Christy Leckband says after the storm the citizens of the small rural community had to decide if the town was going to die or grow, and they chose to grow.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Police are investigating a series of instances of counterfeit currency involving fake $100 dollar bills in Iowa City. KCRG-TV reports $3,000 in fake bills have been recovered so far. Iowa City police suggest businesses use a counterfeit bill detection pen to make sure that bills are legitimate.

ALTOONA, IA (IRN) – Rescue crews were called to a construction site in Altoona this morning after a trench collapsed on a worker and killed him. KCCI-TV reports it happened near Adventureland. The Medical Examiner was on scene and crews have recovered the body. The name has not been released.

HIGH RIDGE, MI (IRN) – Forty-five Iowa National Guard soldiers are returning to Iowa today. WHO-TV reports the soldiers were deployed to a Missouri town where severe flooding knocked out the water treatment plant. Soldiers have spent the past six days purifying enough water for the entire town, and their mission is now complete.

DELAWARE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A Delaware County man accidentally shot and killed himself after euthanizing an aggressive bull on a farm outside of Dundee on Tuesday. KWWL-TV reports 57-year-old Randall Kelchen had used the shotgun to euthanize the bull. As he was climbing over the gate to get out of the barnyard, the shotgun went off, striking and killing him instantly.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A former Iowa mayor who resigned after accusations of inappropriate conduct with children is now facing rape charges in Kansas City. The Des Moines Register reports Jeremy Filbert, who resigned as Mitchellville’s mayor last April, is facing multiple charges of assaulting victims less than 14-years-old. Filbert ran for the Iowa State Senate in District 15 as a Republican in 2014.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A 56-year-old man was arrested after he attacked a man with a sword Sunday. The Quad-City Times reports that David Ward is charged with going armed with intent and assault while displaying a weapon. Ward was arguing with two people Sunday night at a Davenport residence when he left and returned shortly with a 30-inch sword that had a 21-inch sharpened blade. Ward swung the sword several times at one of the men, cutting him on the hand.

MARSHALLTOWN, IA (IRN) – A Marshalltown man is celebrating the memory of his wife and seeking to have a little fun by holding a “Shirley party” at the city’s senior citizens center. KCCI-TV reports 82-year-old Laverne Pille decided to hold the party Thursday in honor of his late wife, Shirley. Pille says his wife used to occasionally attend theme-parties where only women named Shirley were invited. Pille hopes up to 100 Shirleys will join the party, adding he knows the name is common among older people who were named after 1930s child star Shirley Temple.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A car drove into the BradyMart convenience store in Davenport on Monday, according to WQAD-TV. The entire vehicle was inside the store before it stopped. Police said the crash was caused by a medical issue, and the driver was taken to the hospital. No one inside the store was injured.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Gov. Terry Branstad is exploring a proposal that would provide money for water quality projects by using projected revenue growth from an existing statewide sales tax for schools, according to the Des Moines Register. The tax is now used for school infrastructure projects. Tom Narak, government relations director for School Administrators of Iowa, expressed some doubts. “We are not against clean water. We think that it is a very worthwhile thing for the state to do, but they should find other sources of funding.”

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Criminal charges won’t be filed in the stabbing death of a man who broke into a Des Moines home. KCCI-TV reports 31-year-old Travis Williams died Dec. 5 after an altercation with two people inside the home. A prosecutor said Monday that the two were acting in self-defense. Williams had a gun with him when he broke in.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – Three men arrested in December for car burglaries and thefts in Sioux City were arrested again Monday, according to the Sioux City Journal. 18-year-old Kelly Kuester, 19-year-old Wiley Spencer, and 18-year-old Marcos Guthridge were charged with third-degree burglary of a vehicle. Sioux City police responded to a report that two men wearing ski masks and carrying a white bag were breaking into vehicles. The suspects were apprehended after a short chase.

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – The body of seventeen year old Tanner Wymer of rural Iowa City was recovered from the Coralville Reservoir Monday. Authorities began the search for him on Sunday following a report of two persons falling into the water when their canoe capsized. 51-year-old Michael Felton of Solon was able to swim to shore. The two were on the lake to photograph a nearby residence. It’s believed the wind, waves, and current combined to cause their light canoe to capsize. Neither was wearing a flotation safety device and there were none in the canoe.

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – The Cerro Gordo County jail inmate who was found unresponsive in the male dorm on January 2 has been identified as 54-year-old Edward Michael Hochstatter of Bloomington, Minnesota. Hochstatter had been arrested on New Year’s eve for operating while intoxicated. He was one of five occupants in the male dorm, which is a large, well-lit, video monitored and recorded room with bunk beds, a table and a television.

NASHUA, IA (IRN) – The man killed by a gunshot wound in Nashua has been identified. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation reports the man is 56-year-old Karl Phillip White of Nashua. The preliminary investigation has indicated a possible accidental discharge of a weapon by another person. The case remains under investigation, and no criminal charges have been filed.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Secretary of State’s office unveiled a new electronic voter registration system Monday, giving Iowans an easier way to update their registration information. KCRG-TV reports Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says Iowa is a leader in voter accessibility and offering this new service increases that stature. He added the goal is to get all eligible citizens to participate in the electoral process.

Monday, January 4, 2016

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Police were called to downtown Des Moines early Sunday on a hit-and-run. KCCI-TV reports police found 42-year-old Janice Plew of Ankeny in the street. Plew complained of full body pain and had scrapes on her face. 25-year-old Nguyen Quang Luong of Pleasant Hill was stopped in a car that matched the description of the car involved in the hit-and-run. Luong told police that a woman had hit his mirror. He was arrested and taken to the Polk County Jail on OWI second offense, drug charges, and leaving the scene of an accident.

NEVADA, IA (IRN) – A 34-year-old Boone man is heading to prison for killing his friend, according to WHO-TV. A Story County Judge sentenced Leigh Lepon to 50 years behind bars Monday. Lepon was convicted of second degree murder in the 2013 death of Devlin Lockman in Ames. Police initially ruled Lockman’s death accidental, but later charged Lepon with the crime after they say the evidence contradicted his story.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A 22-year-old woman was found dead in her Waterloo home Saturday. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Lacey Marie Batton was found unconscious but with no other injuries. Police are calling it an unattended death but haven’t determined a cause. Batton was employed as a registered nurse. She was the mother of three boys.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – A two-year-old boy is in the hospital after being shot late Sunday night in Dubuque. KWWL-TV reports the child’s injuries are serious and the boy is now in the hospital in Iowa City. Police are looking into whether the shooting was an accident.

NASHUA, IA (IRN) – Authorities are investigating a gunshot death in the northern Iowa town of Nashua. The Nashua Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol responded Saturday to a 911 call on the report of a shooting. Officers located a deceased victim, a 56-year-old male, with a gunshot wound. The person who fired the weapon has been identified and the circumstances of the incident are under investigation. No charges have been filed.

CERRO GORDO COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The Iowa DCI is investigating an inmate death in the Cerro Gordo County Jail. On Saturday, Cerro Gordo County correctional officers discovered an unresponsive man in the male dormitory, and began lifesaving efforts immediately. The man could not be revived. An autopsy is scheduled this week.

JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Authorities are searching for a missing person at Coralville Reservoir. KCRG-TV reports the search started after a report of a canoe that capsized in the Reservoir on Sunday. The capsize was reported near Bobbers Bar in North Liberty. Bystanders were able to pull one person from the icy water. The search for the other canoer is ongoing.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A central Iowa man is collecting something small and it’s making a big difference for a local organization. WHO-TV reports Don Williams of Humboldt has been saving soda pop can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines. Williams donated more than 186,000 tabs on Sunday. The pop tab donation is a long-standing tradition of the organization to help pay for rooms of guests with sick children. With Williams’ donations, 12 guests will be able to stay in the house for a week — free of charge.