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I’m a graduate of Buena Vista University but grew up in northeast Iowa and spent my summers in northern Minnesota. I love spending time outdoors and playing for the Des Moines Women’s Rugby Club.


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  • Timothy Formaro Jr. (WHO-HD)

    Thermal Imaging Aircraft Used to Find Escaped Newton Inmate

    NEWTON, Iowa — An inmate who escaped from the Newton Correctional Release Center Monday is back in custody. Iowa Department of Corrections officials say 31-year-old Timothy Formaro Jr. was discovered missing during a routine count at 9:20 p.m. Monday night. Following a search of the facility, it was determined Formaro had escaped. Formaro is serving a 25 year sentence for prohibited acts and domestic abuse assault at the minimum security prison in Newton. Fred Scalatta with the Department of Corrections says […]

  • Justin DeWitt (WHO-HD)

    Police: Man Tried to Hire Hit-Man to Kill Business Associate, Family

    NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa – An eastern Iowa man has been arrested for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to kill a business associate and his family. The North Liberty Police Department says 36-year-old Justin DeWitt was taken into custody Monday. He is charged with four counts of attempted murder and four counts of solicitation to commit murder. Police say DeWitt contacted an undercover state agent and offered him payment to commit the murders. Officials didn’t release any information on […]

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    Man Killed in Boone Officer-Involved Shooting

    BOONE, Iowa — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation into an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead in Boone late Monday night. Boone County law enforcement says the shooting happened near 332 W. 2nd Street. Officers were called to respond around 10:15 p.m. on a report of a man with a gun threatening people. When officers arrived they found a man who matched the suspect’s description. While talking with him, officers say the man took a gun […]

  • Black bear in Allamakee County corn field. (Courtesy: Brian Gibbs)

    Black Bear Hit by Truck and Killed in Northeast Iowa

    ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a young black bear was killed in northeast Iowa Friday when it was hit by a truck. DNR officials say it happened on Highway 76 near the Yellow River Forest in Allamakee County. Last week the DNR posted a photo on its Facebook page of a bear in a corn field near the Yellow River Forest. It’s believed the bear that was killed Friday and the bear in the […]

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    Police Seek Help to Identify Suspect in ATM Fraud Case

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — Police in Johnston are hoping the public can help them identify a suspect who took money from another person’s account during an unauthorized ATM transaction. Police say the incident happened June 12th at the Veridian Credit Union at 5401 NW 86th St. in Johnston. The victim used the drive-up ATM and did not completely close out of the transaction before they left. That allowed the person in the next vehicle access to their account. The suspect appeared to be […]

  • Gymnast Rachel Gowey (WHO-HD)

    Urbandale’s Gowey to Compete in U.S. Gymnastic Olympic Trials

    ST. LOUIS — An Iowa gymnast is one step closer to competing in the Rio Olympics. Rachel Gowey of Urbandale qualified Sunday night to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in San Jose on July 9th. She is among 15 female gymnasts who will compete for the coveted five spots on the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team. Gowey trains with Liang Chow in West Des Moines. He coached Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas to gold medals in previous Olympics. Douglas also qualified […]

  • Deontya McMillian (WHO-HD)

    Arrest Made After Shooting Near Center Street Dam

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Police made an arrest early Friday morning in connection with a shots fired call in downtown. Deontya McMillian, 20, is in the Polk County Jail charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, carrying, weapons, and possession of stolen property. Police say they were called to the 700 block of 2nd Avenue on a report of a fight and shots fired near the Center Street dam. McMillian was identified as a suspect during the investigation and he […]

  • Fatal accident on I-35 brings traffic to standstill. (WHO-HD)

    Saint Charles Man Killed in Warren County I-35 Crash

    WARREN COUNTY, Iowa — The name of a man killed in an I-35 crash south of the metro Thursday has been released. The Iowa State Patrol says 51-year-old Shawn Ballard of Saint Charles died in an accident in a construction zone near the Highway 92 exit around 5:15 p.m. Officials say the accident happened in an area of one northbound lane and one southbound lane of traffic. Ballard was driving southbound when his vehicle was rear-ended, sending it into oncoming […]

  • Boats on Saylorville Lake. (WHO-HD)

    ‘Operation Dry Water’ Kicks Off Friday

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Law enforcement agencies across the state will be keeping a closer eye on Iowa’s waterways starting Friday. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says state, federal, and local officers will be working together to enforce the state’s laws on operating watercraft while intoxicated. The agencies are taking part in the national “Operation Dry Water” campaign, which runs Friday through Sunday. Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa DNR, said, “One-third of all […]

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    Former Hawkeye Gymnast Competing in Rio Olympics

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — A former University of Iowa gymnast will be competing in the Rio Olympics but not for Team USA. The university says 26-year-old Houry Gebeshian, a surgical physician’s assistant at the Cleveland Clinic will be representing the Republic of Armenia. She’s the first and only female gymnast to represent the republic in the Olympics. Gebeshian, a native of Massachusetts who has dual Armenian and American citizenship, was a member of the Hawkeyes’ gymnastics team from 2008 to […]

  • Shooting investigation at 3720 MLK Jr. Parkway. (WHO-HD)

    Victim in Morning Des Moines Shooting Dies

    DES MOINES, Iowa – One man is dead after an early morning shooting on Des Moines’ north side. Police say 41-year-old Victor Robinson Jr.  died from his injuries Wednesday morning. Police  were called to 3720 MLK Jr. Parkway just before 2:00 a.m. That’s not far from Plaza Lanes Bowling Alley. Neighbors called in the shooting after hearing several gunshots. When officers arrived they found Robinson in the parking lot of an apartment complex, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Medics […]

  • Casey Speake (WHO-HD)

    Arrest Made in Alleged Sexual Abuse of Child

    AMES, Iowa — An Ames man is facing charges for allegedly sexually abusing a child. Casey Speake, 47, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 12. Speake turned himself in to authorities Tuesday. Ames police say the abuse happened April 18th and the victim reported it the following day. Police also say during questioning Speake admitted he touched the victim’s genitals. Speake is being held in the Story County Jail on a cash bond of […]

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