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  • Des Moines Police Make Second Arrest in Homicide Investigation, Still Searching for Third Suspect

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Des Moines Police have made a second arrest in their investigation of the murder of Donzell Martin and are asking for help finding a third suspect. 22-year-old Makaveli Russell was arrested on Monday in East Hazel Crest, Illinois and charged with First Degree Murder for his alleged role in the death of Donzell Martin.  Police say they are already working to extradite him back to Iowa. Martin was shot in the 1700 block of East 12th […]

  • State Rep. Andy McKean Leaving Republican Party, Says He Can’t Support President Trump’s Party

    DES MOINES, Iowa  –A longtime Iowa lawmaker says he’s leaving the Republican Party and will vote with Democrats, and he says President Trump is to blame. State Representative Andy McKean of Anamosa made the surprise announcement in a press conference on Tuesday morning at the State Capitol.  McKean says President Trump is setting a bad example for the country and he can’t support him or his party.  He says the decision was difficult and he knows it will disappoint many. […]

  • ACLU of Iowa Files ‘Ag Gag 2.0’ Free Speech Lawsuit Against New Ag Trespass Law

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the State of Iowa to court again to challenge a new law they say violates the First Amendment rights of animal rights advocates. Senate File 519  created a new criminal offense of ‘Agricultural Production Facility Trespass’.  That law is violated if a person uses ‘deception’ to gain employment at an agriculture facility for the purposes of causing ‘physical or economical harm or injury’ to the facility.  The bill passed […]

  • Mueller Report Unable to Conclude ‘No Criminal Conduct Occurred’ on Obstruction

    WASHINGTON, DC  — Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible obstruction of justice could not clear President Donald Trump, according to a redacted version of the special counsel’s report released Thursday, which provided new details of Trump’s efforts to influence the investigation into his campaign and Russia. The report details numerous cases in which Trump asked his aides to take actions that would have obstructed the investigation, but stated they were unsuccessful because the aides refused his orders. “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation […]

  • Iowa Leaders Weigh in On Release of the Mueller Report and Next Steps for Congress

    IOWA  —  The Mueller Report has been released to the public, and Iowa’s congressional leaders are predictably split on party lines with their initial reaction to the report. Attorney General William Barr highlighted repeatedly that the Mueller Report cleared the Trump campaign of collusion.  The report presented a potential case for obstruction of justice by President Trump in trying to interfere in the investigation.  However, Barr says the evidence doesn’t support a criminal charge. The release of the report comes […]

  • Des Moines Police Investigating 5th Homicide of 2019 After Man Dies of Stab Wounds

    DES MOINES, Iowa  — A Des Moines man who suffered stab wounds earlier this week has died. Police say 31-year-old Thein Aung died on Thursday at Mercy Hospital where he was receiving treatment for stab wounds suffered on Monday evening.  Police found Aung suffering a stab wound to his torso after they responded to a reported fight in the 1000 block of 9th Street. Police say they have interviewed the person they believe stabbed Aung as well as several other […]

  • Congressman Dave Loebsack Announces He’ll Retire at the End of this Term

    WASHINGTON, DC  —  US Representative Dave Loebsack says this term in Congress will be his last. Loebsack announced late Friday afternoon in a press release that he won’t seek re-election in 2020 and will retire from politics after 14 years in Congress.  Loebsack, a Democrat, was first elected in 2006, defeating longtime Republican Congressman Jim Leach. Here is Loebsack’s complete statement on his retirement: “I have enjoyed beyond my expectations serving the people of Iowa’s Second District for the past […]

  • Johnston Daycare Provider Charged with Child Endangerment Causing Death

    JOHNSTON, Iowa  —  A Johnston woman who is already facing charges for allegedly stealing money from a dependent adult is now facing charges related to the death of a child in her care at an unregistered daycare center. Trina Mazza was charged with one count of Child Endangerment Causing Death during a court hearing on Thursday.  A child died after being found unresponsive at Mazza’s home in February.  The death lead to an investigation of Mazza and her husband, Michael […]

  • West Des Moines Police Looking for Two Suspects in ATM Skimmer Investigation

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Police say at least 34 have reportedly fallen victim to a card-skimming device installed at a West Des Moines bank last week. It happened on April 5th at the Veridian Credit Union at 1901 EP True.  Police believe a skimming device was placed on an ATM that morning and then removed in the evening.  A camera on the ATM captured images of two men police believe set and recovered the device.  The men stole an […]

  • Two More Teenagers Charged in Connection to Murder of Sakira Bonner

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Two more teenagers have been charged in connection to the murder of 18-year-old Sakira Bonner. Her body was found in the 6400 block of Coachlight Drive just before midnight on Friday, April 5th. On Wednesday West Des Moines Police announced 16-year old D’Taveon Gully of Fort Dodge has been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder and First Degree Robbery.  On Tuesday two others, 20-year-old Johndarius Lewis and Eliazar Gama, were both arrested and charged […]

  • World Pork Expo in Des Moines Canceled Over Foreign African Swine Fever Concerns

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The National Pork Producers Council is canceling the 2019 World Pork Expo in Des Moines as swine fever spreads in Africa and Asia. The NPPC announced on Wednesday morning that the Expo planned at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in June won’t go on “out of an abundance of caution.” NPPC President David Herring announced the cancelation in a press release: “While an evaluation by veterinarians and other third-party experts concluded negligible risk associated with holding the […]

  • Former DHS Social Worker Charged For Allegedly Lying Under Oath in Child Custody Case

    CERRO GORDO COUNTY, Iowa  —  A former Department of Human Services social worker is facing three perjury charges for allegedly lying under oath about a child custody case she was involved in. According to online court documents, Chelsie Gray was a case manager for four children in Cerro Gordo County in 2017 and early 2018.  As a judge was considering where the children should be placed, Gray reportedly testified that she had discussed the children’s case with their teachers and […]

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