Friday, August 26, 2016

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Clive man was sentenced to life in prison today for the murder of his girlfriend’s toddler. WHO-TV reports Joe Lopez was convicted of first degree murder in May in the 2014 death of 20-month-old Ruby Alvarez. Lopez claimed Alvarez was injured when she fell from a high chair. Multiple doctors said her fractured skull and rib injuries did not match up with falling from a high chair.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – A 37-year-old Sioux City man is facing felony charges after admitting to police that he sexually abused a girl he babysat over the course of several years. KCAU-TV reports Bryan Barnhart admitted abusing the girl and other children as well.

ELKADER, IA (IRN) – Volunteers worked yesterday to build sandbag walls around businesses and some homes as the rain-swollen Turkey River threatened to breach protective levees in Elkader in northeast Iowa. KWWL-TV reports schools are closed, and people are encouraged to stay away from downtown. Floodwaters are expected to crest Friday afternoon.

GRUNDY COUNTY, IA (IRN) – One person died Wednesday in a crash in Grundy County south of Parkersburg, according to WHO-TV. A car traveling eastbound crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound semi-truck. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries.

CORALVILLE, IA (IRN) – Coralville police say someone is robbing delivery drivers at gunpoint. KCRG-TV reports police have responded to four armed robberies at apartment complexes in the past two weeks. The robber is dressed in all black and sometimes wears a bandana over his face.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A Polk County task force has recommended the county raise the minimum wage, according to KCCI-TV. The task force recommended Thursday the county raise the wage to $8.75 an hour next year and increase it $1 each year until it reaches $10.75 in 2019. One task force member says, “Workers deserve a livable wage and the dignity of not having to sign up for public assistance.” It’s been eight years since the last minimum wage increase.

AMES, IA (IRN) – It’s Women’s Equality Day. Advances made historically by women rest firmly on a foundation laid by 1880 Iowa State University grad Carrie Chapman Catt. The only woman in her class at ISU, she was a suffrage leader who campaigned for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave U.S. women the right to vote on this day in 1920.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

LAWLER, IA (IRN) – A driver from the Chickasaw County town of Sumner was killed Wednesday in a flooding incident. KWWL-TV reports 77-year-old Albert Gott was killed after his vehicle was swept away by fast-moving water across in Chickasaw County. The water swept his vehicle into the ditch, and he was able to escape to the roof of his vehicle and call 911. But by the time rescuers got to the scene he was gone, and his body was discovered a short time later.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Polk County medical examiner says one punch to the face didn’t kill a 32-year-old Des Moines man. The Des Moines Register reports Ryan Thompson was talking to his fiancee outside their home in July when a man who was driving by stopped, got out and then punched Thompson. He died the next day. An autopsy found that Thompson had large amounts of methamphetamine in his system when he died from a stroke, not the punch.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A car hit a student by Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids this morning. KCRG-TV reports the student involved is a high school girl who was not in the crosswalk at the time of the incident. This crash comes amid months of extensive road work near the school.

HAMBURG, IA (IRN) – The body of a man who was swept beneath a Missouri River barge near Hamburg, Iowa, has been recovered from the river just south of the state border in Missouri. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports the body of 42-year-old Jason Grayson of Elliot was recovered Wednesday downstream from Hamburg.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Dubuque police are investigating a stabbing that resulted in lockdowns at two Dubuque schools. KDTH Radio reports police responded to a call at a home near the schools Wednesday. Police say a man suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound. A robbery had also been reported in the area, so the schools were put on lockdown as a precaution.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – A black teenager who was shown on video getting thrown down by a white police officer in Waterloo received thousands of dollars to keep quiet about a settlement he received. After resolving his federal lawsuit for $95,000, the city of Waterloo negotiated an extra $5,000 payment to the teen in exchange for guarantees that he and his attorney would not have press conferences, make disclosures to civil rights groups or mention the deal on social media. State officials say the deal is likely illegal.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Some pet owners who live in a West Des Moines duplex complex haven’t been picking up their dog’s poop, and the landlord is now demanding DNA tests for the dogs. WHO-TV reports the dogs were swabbed for DNA, and the DNA will be matched with any dog poop found on the grounds in the future. The first two offences will result in a fine, the third–eviction.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

MOULTON, IA (IRN) – On Monday Appanoose County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man firing a weapon at four men out walking. The suspect fired a 12 gauge shotgun in the direction of the four individuals, but none were injured. When deputies arrived on scene, they found the man had retreated into his house. A perimeter was set, and the man walked out and was taken into custody. The suspect was transported to a medical facility for evaluation.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A child was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run crash in Des Moines Tuesday. KCCI-TV reports the 6-year-old boy was crossing the street when he was hit. An SUV hit him and left the scene. The vehicle was later located in a parking garage, and police have arrested 32-year-old Naomi MacDonald of Norwalk. She’s in jail.

DECORAH, IA (IRN) – Winneshiek County is experiencing major flooding. The most impacted areas are Freeport and Spillville. Freeport is currently being evacuated. Other areas significantly impacted are Bluffton, Decorah, Fort Atkinson and other areas along rivers and streams.

POLK COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Iowa State Patrol troopers were flagged down on Tuesday and asked to do a welfare check at a home in Polk County. When they arrived, they saw an unresponsive person through a window. Entering the home they found a deceased adult male, adult female, and dog.The male has been identified as 26-year-old Raymond Lee Silbaugh III of Des Moines; the female is identified as 42-year-old Alicia Marie Arpy of Des Moines.

FARLEY, IA (IRN) – A Dubuque County woman is asking for answers, as the cost of a potentially life-saving medication continues to rise, according to KCRG-TV. Heather Schaul says she wants to know why the Mylan pharmaceutical company has hiked the price of EpiPens, which treat asthma attacks and allergic reactions. In 2007, a two-pack went for less than $60 dollars. But now, the cost is closer to $400. Forbes magazine estimates the cost of the actual medicine is about $1 per dosage. Schaul says the company is playing with people’s lives.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – Federal flood levee rules are forcing Waterloo to close its yard waste dump. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the mountain of branches and leaves near the sewage treatment plant is encroaching in a flood levee overflow channel. Up to 800 vehicles per day use the site now, and another location must be found in the next few weeks, as disposing of autumn leaves will soon be a problem.

WILLIAMSPORT, PA (IRN) – Johnston’s improbable run in the Little League World Series continues, according to WHO-TV. After being down to Rhode Island 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning with their backs against the wall, Iowa came through in the clutch by scoring two runs to win 3-2. They are now among the final four teams, and will play their next game today at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A 22-year-old man is dead after a house fire in Cedar Rapids. KWWL-TV reports Naquave Whitlock was taken to the hospital after the fire, where he died. Fire crews found him in an upstairs bedroom. A 20-year-old woman, Alize Watson, was able to escape the fire. It started in the kitchen when a frying pan with grease was left on the stove top.

FORT DODGE, IA (IRN) – Numerous gunshots were fired near a skate park in Fort Dodge Monday according to KCCI-TV. When officers arrived in the area, they found an SUV parked in the parking lot behind some apartments that had been damaged by gunfire. The SUV was occupied by numerous people at the time of the shooting, but only minor injuries were reported.

DAVIS COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A lawsuit against the Davis County School District may end up in the Supreme Court, according to KTVO-TV. The court is considering taking up the case filed by the parents of a Davis County student who had a sexual relationship with two staff members. The suit alleges the district didn’t do enough to protect the student. Both the District Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals have previously found the district wasn’t liable for damages.

URBANDALE, IA (IRN) – The search for two fugitives out of Warren County ended with arrests following a three-vehicle crash causing several injuries Monday night in Urbandale. WHO-TV reports authorities including an FBI Task Force were searching for 26-year-old Scott Grimes and his girlfriend, 19-year-old Kayla Schultz. Grimes had escaped from the Warren County Jail and police say he picked up Schultz, who was also wanted, in the process. Both were arrested at the scene.

ORANGE CITY, IA (IRN) – The former city clerk of Boyden in northwest Iowa has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to stealing money from the city. The Sioux City Journal reports former city clerk Beth Sipma was arrested after a state audit showed she spent more than $36,000 improperly. Boyden is home to about 700 people.

AMES, IA (IRN) – Iowa State University officials report that they expect fall enrollment could exceed 36,500 students. That number would be the eighth year of record enrollment and tenth consecutive year of growth. More than 12,000 students are living in university-owned or managed housing.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – Occupants of a home are safe after two dogs alerted them about a fire. KGAN-TV reports a Cedar Rapids man says his two dogs woke him up by barking, and that the smoke detectors in the house didn’t go off. No one was hurt in the fire.