Sunday, January 3, 2016

LEGRAND, IA (IRN) – A rural LeGrand man was killed in a snowmobile crash Friday evening. KCCI-TV reports the rider, 25-year-old Travis VanDeWalle, was dead upon arrival of rescuers. VanDeWalle was found by a concerned family member after not returning when expected from a snowmobile ride. An investigation indicates that VanDeWalle was riding alone and that the vehicle overturned onto him while climbing a drift.

LINCOLN, NE (IRN) – An Iowa bank robbery suspect has been arrested in Nebraska. KCCI-TV reports officers took 46-year-old Dwight Rogers into custody Wednesday in Lincoln. Rogers is suspected of robbing the Frontier Bank in Council Bluffs on Dec. 10. Police say he used a handgun to back up his demand for cash from a teller, who gave him an undisclosed amount of money.

SIOUX CITY, IA (IRN) – Iowa wages are too low, according to a man whose company recruits employees for businesses. The Sioux City Journal reports Kelly Conolly, a vice president for J & L Staffing and Recruiting in Sioux City, said the pay gap with the two border states is making it hard for him to hire people through his employment agency. Conolly is asking Iowa legislators to raise the state’s hourly minimum wage when they return to Des Moines in January, saying higher wages in neighboring states put Iowa at a hiring disadvantage.

GARNER, IA (IRN) – A northern Iowa family with a child suffering from cancer received a year-end surprise from the Iowa State Patrol trooper’s union. The union voted unanimously to give its yearly $500 charitable donation to the family of 5-year-old Cohen Smith of Garner for medical and travel expenses. Two troopers surprised the family with the check at their home on Thursday morning.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – Two people barely escaped their Mason City home after their bedroom caught fire New Year’s evening. KIMT-TV reports firefighters saw flames coming from the home when they arrived. The fire was extinguished quickly, and the cause is being investigated.

GRANGER, IA (IRN) – Autopsy results have determined the body found in a pond Dec. 17 is 17-year-old Sam Kemp, according to KCCI-TV. The cause of death was fresh water drowning. The manner of death was certified as an accident. Other significant conditions were alcohol and marijuana intoxication. Kemp was last seen at a party between Grimes and Granger with 150-200 people in attendance.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A 15-year-old has been charged with shooting another 15-year-old inside a residence in Des Moines Thursday. WHO-TV reports police were dispatched to a local hospital to investigate a report of a shooting victim. Police were told the victim came to the residence already injured and asked to be taken to the hospital. Police later determined that the teen was shot inside the home and an arrest was made. The teen is expected to survive.

LOS ANGELES, CA (IRN) – The University of Iowa football team was crushed 45-16 by Stanford in the Rose Bowl Saturday. Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey took the first play from scrimmage 75 yards for a touchdown, and Iowa never recovered. McCaffrey finished the game with 368 all purpose yards, setting a Rose Bowl record. He set another Rose Bowl record becoming the first player in the game’s history to gain 100 yards both rushing and receiving.

DUBUQUE, IA (IRN) – Nine-year-old Avery Heiar of Dubuque had an unusual item on his wish list for Santa this Christmas–money to give to the poor. KCRG-TV reports when Avery discovered a crisp $100 bill under the tree Christmas morning, he brought it to the Dubuque Rescue Mission. Mission staff say the 100 dollars will provide 50 meals for men, women and children who come to the mission. Avery’s Grandfather matched the donation, and when others heard of Avery’s gift, contributions started rolling in, and so far over $3,000 has been donated.

Friday, January 1, 2016

DES MOINES (IRN) – The number of Des Moines homicides in 2015 was as high as it has been in two decades. KCCI-TV reports for the first time since 1995, there have been more than 20 homicides in one year in the city. In 2015, there were 21 homicides. In all but one homicide this past year, the killer and the victim knew each other. The one exception was a bar fight. All homicides have been solved, except for one that occurred this past weekend.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A car crash on Thursday led to a police chase in Cedar Rapids, according to KWWL-TV. Someone called officers saying a driver hit their car and drove away.
When police found the driver he ran away. A police K-9 had to track the suspect down in the woods. The K-9 ended up biting the man. The man was arrested and faces multiple charges. He has not been identified.

CEDAR FALLS, IA (IRN) – Three people had to be taken to the hospital following a New Year’s Eve incident in Cedar Falls. KWWL-TV reports police responded to a fight outside the Voodoo Lounge around the same time a car was leaving the area. At least one person was hit by the car. It’s unclear if the other two were injured by the car or in the fight. All three victims are males in their 20s. They are expected to survive.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Des Moines police are investigating a gunshot wound in a 14-year-old boy’s chest reported Thursday. The victim had approached a house asking for help. Residents of the house took the boy to a hospital, and he is expected to survive. Police have no suspects, and the shooting remains under investigation.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The number of people killed on Iowa roadways dropped this year, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. If there are no more fatal crashes in Iowa this year, it will be the fewest fatalities reported in Iowa since World War II, when 310 died in car crashes. In 2015, 316 people died in traffic accidents on Iowa roads, down five fatalities from last year. 42.6 percent of the fatalities in 2015 occurred when people were not wearing their seat belt.

JOHNSTON, IA (IRN) – Iowa National Guard soldiers have been deployed to Missouri to provide assistance in flood response. Approximately 45 members and 20 vehicles from the Iowa Army National Guard are deploying to High Ridge, Mo. to provide water purification and water transportation services. These soldiers and their equipment will arrive in Missouri on New Year’s Day and begin transporting and producing potable water that same day.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

JOHNSON COUNTY, IA (IRN) – A person fell through the ice in rural Johnson County Thursday morning. KCRG-TV reports Swisher’s fire chief confirms rescuers responded to a report that someone fell through the ice at the Hawkeye Wildlife Area. After a brief search the subject was located and pulled from the water by personnel donning cold water rescue suits. When rescued the man was cold and wet but otherwise uninjured. He was identified as Jared Bushell, 25, of Hills.

STORM LAKE, IA (IRN) – A 30-year-old woman has been accused of stealing from a Storm Lake sign business when she worked there. KCCI-TV reports Rachel Wunder, of Storm Lake, is charged with theft. Police say she stole more than $3,300 from The Sign Shed & Graphics. Employees of the business reported that Wunder made unauthorized purchases and account withdrawals while employed there.

SLOAN, IA (IRN) – An apartment fire in the northwest Iowa town of Sloan kept crews busy all day Tuesday. KCAU-TV reports everyone got out of the building alive, but two women were taken to the hospital after they jumped from the second floor to escape the fire. Fifteen residents were affected. The building is a total loss.

DES MOINES (IRN) – State auditors say more than $13,500 was improperly spent from Garwin Ambulance Service funds since 2010. The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reports improper spending included cash withdrawals by Karen Boege, the ambulance service’s former secretary and payments to her husband, Steve Boege, the former ambulance service president. Garwin, a city of 525 people, is in Tama County. The Boeges resigned after the mayor requested a state audit.

DES MOINES (IRN) – Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has a surprising statement that’s grabbing national attention, according to KCCI-TV. Miller is known for fighting with tobacco companies, but now says electronic cigarettes are safer than people claim, and can be helpful to people quitting tobacco. Public health officials disagree with Miller, saying e-cig use is harmful.

WATERLOO, IA (IRN) – An Iowa woman is breathing a little easier after she discovered a missile in her basement was inactive, or inert. KWWL-TV reports Carol Hora found the missile while cleaning her basement in Waterloo. She called police moments after finding it, and they were able to confirm it wasn’t a hazard. Hora says the missile must have been the property of her deceased husband.