Tuesday, August 30, 2016

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and Mel Brooks comedies, is dead at age 83. Wilder attended the University of Iowa from 1951-55, graduating with a degree in communication and theater arts. In 2001, Wilder donated a collection of scripts, photos and more to the University of Iowa Libraries. Wilder scored his first leading role in the Mel Brooks production of “The Producers” but is best known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

MARSHALLTOWN, IA – A Marshalltown school board member who has resigned his post as a prosecutor has been charged with trespassing and theft. KCCI-TV reports Ben Stansberry was arrested Monday and has been released. Police say the incident occurred at a private Marshalltown residence and involves someone who knows Stansberry.

OTTUMWA, IA (IRN) – Monday night’s storms may have been a contributing factor in a building collapse in Ottumwa. KBIZ-radio reports washers and dryers were still running inside the Ottumwa Launderette when firefighters arrived to find the roof caved in. Two people were inside the laundromat when the roof gave way and other bystanders on were on the sidewalk. There were no injuries reported.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Des Moines firefighter is accused of vandalizing a downtown Des Moines building. WHO-TV reports Lucas Lossen was arrested early Sunday morning. He’s charged with 4th degree criminal mischief. Witnesses say he was drunk.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A Cedar Rapids woman says she will never use an HTC phone again. KCRG-TV reports Patricia Dampier, who is seven months pregnant, spent Friday afternoon in the hospital with breathing difficulties after her cell phone ruptured, sending off sparks and smoke. Police say it appears the battery exploded. She’s now using a flip phone.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – For more than 50 years, swans have added to the beauty at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Now the birds are dying and a group has been formed to save the swans. KCCI-TV reports the birds are known as Jack and Jill. The group, “Friends of Jack and Jill,” says new out-of-state owners have been neglecting the birds. They say nine cygnets died this year from malnutrition and parasites, and claim the water is dirty and the birds haven’t been given proper food.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Fort Dodge woman was surprised to learn she was pregnant three hours before she gave birth to her fourth child on Friday. The Des Moines Register reports Stephanie Hughes went to her doctor because she was having cramps. Then she learned she was pregnant, and soon gave birth to a 5 pound, 13 ounce baby girl named Ames. Mother and daughter are fine. Dad’s condition is unknown.

Monday, August 29, 2016

IOWA CITY, IA (IRN) – A chase at the end of the concert at Kinnick Stadium Saturday night reached speeds of 100 miles per hour and ended with the suspect crashing into a house and being tasered. KCRG-TV reports 20-year-old Dylan Sockness of Wisconsin hit speeds of 100 miles per hour in the 25 mph zone, crashing through traffic signs and nearly hitting several people before crashing into a home. Police arrested him and a passenger, a 16 year-old runaway from Wisconsin, with several felony warrants for her arrest.

ROCK VALLEY, IA (IRN) – A man has been killed in a fall from a roof in northwest Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that the accident occurred Saturday afternoon at a rural residence southeast of Rock Valley. 57-year-old Henry Wynia was on the roof working when he fell about 20 feet to the ground. Wynia died later at a hospital in Rock Valley.

IDA GROVE, IA (IRN) – A substitute teacher has been accused of having sexual relationships with students at two northwest Iowa high schools. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports 32-year-old John Tietsort, of Battle Creek, is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee and three counts of lascivious conduct with a minor. Tietsort had repeated sexual contact with two high school students.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Des Moines police are investigating a shooting Sunday evening on the city’s southeast side, according to KCCI-TV. Police received reports of a man with a gun, and when the officers found him in his vehicle, he disobeyed their orders, and fled. Officers fired multiple gunshots at the suspect’s vehicle, and when the chase ended he tried to flee on foot but was apprehended. Investigators found a handgun in the suspect’s vehicle.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A school administrator was sprayed in the face with pepper spray by a student at Wood Intermediate School in Davenport on Friday, according to WQAD-TV. The administrator was escorting two students off school property following a disturbance, when one of them sprayed the administrator. Charges are pending.

TROY MILLS, IA (IRN) – The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down near Troy Mills, Sunday afternoon. KCRG-TV reports Linn County officials say they haven’t received any reports of damage or injuries. The tornado passed near North Linn High School, moving northeast at about 10 miles per hour.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Hollywood star from Des Moines returned to her roots this weekend.
WHO-TV reports Gov. Terry Branstad introduced Cloris Leachman at the State Historical Museum Saturday. The Oscar-winning actress is best remembered for her roles on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and the movie “The Last Picture Show.” Leachman, who is now 90-years-old, is a graduate of Roosevelt High School.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

OSAGE, IA (IRN) – A Hampton man has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his girlfriend. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports a jury in Osage found 61-year-old Ronald Rand guilty Friday. Rand had pled not guilty to the charge related to the shotgun death of 51-year-old Michelle Key in Rand’s home. Rand told police he and Key were arguing before she was shot. But at his trial, Rand said he and Key had been in good spirits when he was showing her the gun. He said it went off after Key grabbed the gun.

BARNES CITY, IA (IRN) – There will be no charges in the death of Courtney Moore in Barnes City in April. KCCI-TV reports Trenton Garber told police he accidentally ran over Courtney, and authorities say there is insufficient evidence to file criminal charges. Moore’s family isn’t happy with the decision, and say Garber has never even apologized for the death.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was in Des Moines Saturday, according to WHO-TV. He didn’t ride a motorcycle at Iowa Senator Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride fundraiser, but he did draw cheers from those gathered after the ride at the State Fairgrounds. Trump told them he will secure the borders, something Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will not.

ROCK ISLAND, IL (IRN) – A Vietnam veteran from Davenport was able to fend off an attacker, according to WQAD-TV. 71-year-old Joe Henson says his instincts from his Army days kicked in. While at a convenience store in Rock Island, someone grabbed him, and tried to take money that had been given back to him in change. They struggled, and fell to the floor, but Henson was able to fend off the attacker. Henson said it “felt good” to hit his assailant, and hopes he still has a sore jaw.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

CHARLES CITY, IA (IRN) – A North Iowa man is facing multiple charges after a high speed pursuit through two counties. KIMT-TV reports the Charles City Police tried to stop a motorcycle ridden by 26-year-old Kyle Fitzpatrick of Mason City. He took off, leading officers on a chase until he was stopped in Chickasaw County. He had an outstanding warrant on drug charges.

CUMMING, IA (IRN) – A Warren County man was killed in a crash Friday near Cumming. The Iowa State Patrol reports 23-year-old James Fredregill lost control of his car, went into the ditch, and hit a tree. The crash is under investigation.

DAVENPORT, IA (IRN) – A convicted murderer has escaped from a Davenport work-release facility, according to WQAD-TV. 39-year-old John Mohr didn’t return from his job as scheduled. In 1997 Mohr was sentenced to 50 years in prison for murder. He was convicted of shaking his girlfriend’s 13-month-old baby to death.

MARION, IA (IRN) – A Marion convenience store was robbed Friday. KGAN-TV reports a man walked into a Fas Fuel just before 1:30 a.m., showed the clerk a knife, and demanded cash and cigarettes. The clerk handed them over, and the man fled. No one was injured.

AMES, IA (IRN) – An ISU student is now a world record holder. Austin Keller just entered the Guinness Book of World Records in an obscure category. He’s the fastest 20-meter crab walker in the world. The previous fastest time for crab walking 65 feet had been held by a Japanese man. Without any training, Keller beat the old record by over a second. Keller says he loved reading the Guinness Book of World Records in his high school library, dreaming of one day seeing his name in it. He adds, “There are a lot of stupid records out there, and this might be No. 1.