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13 Fascinating Facts about Aaron Brilbeck
• I began working in broadcasting as a DJ with a radio station in Syracuse, NY when I was just 14 years old. I started reporting and anchoring news for that same station when I was 16.
• My first car was a 1960 Hearse.
• I've been friends with my wife since we were 13 years old, but we didn't become romantically involved until 10 years later.
• I've been a member of the Guardian Angels for the better part of 25 years. Most recently I oversaw patrols for Toledo, Cleveland, Akron and Detroit.
• I taught self defense for 3 years.
• My mother & grandmother raised me.
• In college, I took an interpretive dance class---and failed.
• I'm an avid motorcyclist.
• I taught college broadcast journalism for a year.
• I am deathly afraid of spiders.
• For several years I volunteered as a ghoul in a haunted house to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.
• I've been shot at---twice.
• I hate onions!
Aaron Brilbeck came to WHO-DT in November 2009 and is a reporter for Channel 13 News at 5, 6, 9 and 10.

Aaron came to Iowa from Toledo, Ohio where he reported and anchored for WNWO, the market's NBC affiliate and reported for WSPD Radio.

Aaron is an accomplished journalist earning several distinguished honors including a National Edward R. Murrow award for Spot News Coverage in 2004 plus regional Edward R. Murrow awards for Best Investigation, Best Continuing Coverage and Spot News.

Prior to Toledo, Aaron worked as a reporter at WXXA-TV and WGY Radio in Albany, New York from 2000 to 2005. He has B.A. degree in Communications from SUNY Potsdam and an A.A.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism from Onondaga Community College.

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    Police Investigating Three Possible Child Abduction Cases

    GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa — Police are investigating what could be the third child abduction attempt in the past two days. On Sunday in Gowrie, a 13-year-old girl says a white man in a dark colored ski mask tried to abduct her. And in Dayton, a five-year-old girl says a man with a similar description tried to grab her. Now, on Monday,a woman tells police she was walking with her three-year-old daughter and her dog near the corner of 12th Street […]

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    Police: Son Kidnapped Elderly Mother, Held Her Captive

    DES MOINES, Iowa — For five days, 74-year-old Jeanne Miles says she was held captive in her own home by her drug addicted son. “He gets so irate and you don’t know how long that’s going to last before he snaps,” Mrs. Miles says. It all started last Saturday when police say 51-year-old James Miles knocked on the door of his mother’s Des Moines home, even though she has an order of protection to keep him away. “I said who […]

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    Water Mains are a Main Problem in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A broken water main in downtown Des Moines turned part of Locust Street into a river Tuesday night. The main that broke was about 130-years old. But city officials say those older pipes are better than the newer ones that were installed in the 1940’s The cast iron water main that broke was put in place in 1880, along with similar mains throughout downtown. But these mains are actually sturdier than those installed 50-years later. That’s […]

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    SWAT Training Conducted Near Veterans With PTSD

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Masked Marshalltown police officers, decked out in SWAT gear and carrying realistic looking guns, conducted training last Friday at the Iowa Veterans Home where quite a few residents suffer with post traumatic stress disorder. “You get somebody with pistols out there violently trying to break into a building, even if it’s an empty building, and if they see it and they’ve been in Fallujah or some of the other places where there has been that kind of […]

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    Drug Tests for Teens Offered Free to Mitchellville Parents

    MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa — One local police department is offering free drug test kits to parents. Kary Kinmonth isn’t just the chief of police in Mitchellville, he’s also a dad with teenagers. He knows first hand the power of peer pressure. So he is working with a company called “Test My Teen” to offer free drug test kits to parents in town. Test My Teen is a company out of Fenton, Missouri, that is offering the first test to parents in […]

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    Woman Relives ‘Scary’ Flooded Car Rescue

    CRESTON, Iowa — It’s a remarkable story of survival. Last week, a Madison County woman drove her car into several feet of water near a rain swollen river. Somehow, she managed to keep her cool until help arrived. Ruth Samson of Creston had to be rescued after she drove her car into water that flooded Pitzer Road, between Earlham and Winterset, on September 10. She spoke with Channel 13 Wednesday night, and said she didn’t even see the flooded out […]

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    Man Shot In Drake Neighborhood

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday night in the Drake neighborhood. Witnesses say the victim was shot in the buttocks just after 7:00 p.m, while in a parking lot on the corner of 23rd and University. Police say the victim was shot with a small caliber handgun. We are told he was conscious and talking when he was taken to the hospital. Police are not yet releasing his name.

  • Drive-By Shooting in Des Moines’ Sherman Hill

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Police are investigating a drive-by shooting in the normally quiet Sherman Hill neighborhood. In Sherman Hill, gunfire is a rarity. That is until early Tuesday morning when police say someone opened fire near an apartment building. Neighbors say the tenants of that building, and their landlord, are to blame for the end to the neighborhood’s peace. Janet Huston lives right next door to the apartment building in the 800 block of 18th Street. “We have […]

  • Stewart Smith, admitted pedophile. (WHO-HD)

    Why Admitted Pedophile Is Not On Sex Offender Registry

    TAMA, Iowa — Stewart Smith admits he is a pedophile. He admits he tried to take two young girls. He was on the National Sex Offender Registry. But even though he was charged with trying to entice eight children into having sex with him, the youngest just eight-years old, Smith was offered a plea deal that kept him off the sex offender registry and, according to police, gave him access to countless children. Last week Smith was arrested near Tampa, Florida […]

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    Admitted Child Predator Arrested Again

    MARSHALLTOWN,  Iowa — A convicted pedophile who struck a plea deal after he was charged with trying to molest several children and kidnap two others, is charged with child-sex crimes again. Last October, we introduced you to Stewart Smith, a convicted child predator who wasn’t afraid to admit it. When reporter Aaron Brilbeck asked Smith, “Are you a pedophile?” Smith’s response was a simple “Yes.” Thursday, Smith was arrested near Tampa, Florida. Police say he is wanted here in Iowa […]

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    Mother Wants School to Accommodate Son With Severe Allergies

    GRANGER, Iowa — Four-year-old Kendrick Ogden knows exactly what could happen if he is exposed to peanuts. “Make me die.” he says. In fact, Kendrick’s mom says he almost did die when he went into anaphylactic shock after eating peanut butter when he was just one-year-old. He is so sensitive to peanuts, he has to carry an Epi Pen and other medication everywhere he goes. So Kendrick’s mother wants his school, Woodward-Granger Elementary, to require all kids to wash their […]

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    Des Moines Police Clear Officers in Racial Profiling Complaint

    DES MOINES, Iowa –The Des Moines police department has cleared two of its officers accused of racial profiling. Back in June, Pastor Tony Suarez says he was pulled over because he says police told him he looked like a drug dealer. Suarez, a Virginia pastor of Colombian descent, was driving a friend’s BMW when he was pulled over. A three month internal investigation by the department shows racial profiling did not play a role in the stop. Suarez says he […]


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