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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.

Recent Articles
  • Fire Evacuates Capital Square Building in Downtown Des Moines Thursday Morning

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A fire at the Capital Square building in downtown Des Moines forced an evacuation Thursday morning and left behind damage from flames, smoke, and water. A call from the fire alarm system at the 400 Locust Ave. building came in at 7:37 a.m., according to Lt. Rick Thomas. Fire crews arrived just a few minutes later and discovered a fire on the third floor in an open room. The fire had spread to a second room […]

  • ‘The Daily Show’ Features Maria Lisignoli in Clip over Trial by Combat Case

    A recent Iowa hot-topic story landed one of our own on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. The Comedy Central news satire show aired a clip of Channel 13’s Maria Lisignoli Wednesday, as she reported on a Kansas man who is asking a judge to settle his custody and financial issues with his ex-wife in an Iowa court through “trial by combat.” Check out the clip below, the story with Maria in it starts about 1:47 into the video:

  • Text of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State Address

    Read Gov. Kim Reynolds Condition of the State Address as prepared for delivery at the Statehouse.

  • Iowa AG Miller Endorses Joe Biden for President

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa’s Attorney General is throwing his support behind Joe Biden’s candidacy for president. The Biden campaign announced Tom Miller’s endorsement Monday morning, including a statement from the Iowan about Biden’s previous experience as Vice President to Barack Obama and his ability to defeat President Donald Trump in the election. The Democrat said, in part, ““I’m supporting Joe Biden for many reasons – but most importantly, I know to my core that Joe is a man of […]

  • Family Says Colo Murder-Suicide Driven by Depression, Urges ‘Open Dialogue’ on Mental Health

    COLO, Iowa — The family of an elderly couple found dead in their home this week as a result of a murder-suicide has released a statement, saying they believe depression over health problems and finances led to the deaths of 79-year-old Richard Davis and 78-year-old Charlotte Davis. The Davis’ were discovered deceased in their Colo home Wednesday morning by a family member. Capt. Nicholas Lennie with the Story County Sheriff’s Office confirms its investigation indicates Richard Davis shot his wife […]

  • Trial in Des Moines Triple Murder Case Delayed Until April

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The trial of a man accused of shooting a Des Moines mother and her two children to death has been continued until April. Court documents filed Thursday show the murder trial of Marvin Escobar-Orellana has been moved to April 27 because the parties need more time to complete discovery in the case. The trial had been set to start on January 29th. Escobar-Orellana is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Rossibeth […]

  • Woman Pleads Guilty in ‘brazen and brutal’ Beating of Dog

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines woman is serving 30 days in jail after she pleaded guilty in the brutal beating of her dog. Court records show Yelena Barr pleaded guilty to one count of animal neglect on January 6th. She was immediately sentenced and began serving her time. She will also have to pay court fees and a fine. The criminal complaint says an animal control officer was dispatched to Barr’s apartment building at 1000 Murphy Street in […]

  • UPDATE: Investigators Identify Couple Found Dead in Murder-Suicide

    COLO, Iowa – Law enforcement officials say two people are dead following a murder-suicide in Colo Wednesday morning. The Story County Sheriff’s Office identified the couple as 79-year old Richard Davis and 78-year old Charlotte Davis. The two were married. Capt. Nicholas Lennie with the Story County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to 206 Oak St. after a family member called 911 about two possibly deceased people at the residence around 9:30 a.m. Emergency responders found the elderly couple dead. […]

  • US Prepares for Possible Iranian Reprisal After Drone Strike

    U.S. officials braced for Iran to respond to the killing of its most powerful general, noting heightened military readiness in the country and preparing for a possible “tit-for-tat” attempt on the life of an American military commander. They warned ships across Mideast waterways crucial to global energy supplies about the “possibility of Iranian action” against U.S. maritime interests in the region.

  • Jasper County Officials Release Name of Bicyclist Hit and Killed by Semi

    KELLOGG, Iowa – The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the bicyclist hit and killed by a semi early Monday morning in Kellogg. The bicyclist killed is 43-year-old Jermey Ray Williams of Newton. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release the crash happened around 4:30 a.m. in the 8000 block of Highway 6 E. The person who called 911 said a semi-tractor trailer had struck someone on a bicycle. When emergency reponders arrived, they pronounced […]

  • Police: Chase Reaches 100 MPH, 5 Juveniles Arrested

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Five juveniles are in custody after police say they led officers on a chase reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour early Friday morning in Des Moines. The pursuit began at SE 14th and Thornton around 2:13 a.m. when an officer noticed a vehicle traveling extremely fast and tried to do a traffic stop, according to Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department. The driver headed southbound on SE 14th, refusing to pull over. […]

  • Julian Castro Drops Out of Presidential Race

    The crowded Democratic field for president has shrunk again after Julian Castro announced he is suspending his campaign. Castro, who served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama, made the announcement Thursday morning in a video thanking supporters. Castro said, “I’m so proud of the campaign we’ve run together. We’ve shaped the conversation on so many important issues in this race, stood up for the most vulnerable people, and given a voice to those who are often […]

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