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  • Urbandale Leaders say 100th Street Interchange will Lead Next 100 Years of Growth

    URBANDALE, Iowa  —  Urbandale, Johnston and Grimes residents are finding it easier to make it home on Monday evening thanks to a new interchange on I-80/35. This afternoon the ribbon was cut on the new exit at 100th Street and I-80/35.  Only the exits serving westbound traffic are open now.  It could be another month before eastbound exits are open. The project is the result of more than 15 years of work on the local, state and federal levels to […]

  • Des Moines Skatepark Could Host International Events, Bring in 40k Visitors

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The first shovels of dirt were turned on Monday on a plot of land that will become a world-class skate venue next year. Des Moines and Polk County leaders held the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Lauridsen Skatepark on the West bank of the Des Moines River in downtown on Monday.  The skatepark won’t just be a recreational facility.  Metro leaders say it will be capable of hosting national and international events.  They believe the park could […]

  • Search Warrants Reveal New Details in Arrest of Collin Richards

    Read the Search Warrants released Friday in Story County court that detail the investigation into the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena and the arrest of Collin Richards: Search Warrant One Search Warrant Two Search Warrant Three Search Warrant Four Search Warrant Five Search Warrant Six Search Warrant Seven Search Warrant Eight  

  • Another Gun Found on a Student at Des Moines East High School

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  For the third time this year a weapon has been taken from a student at East High School in Des Moines. It happened yesterday afternoon.  A student who was absent at the start of the day arrived to school late with a weapon in his pocket.  Another student saw the gun and reported it to authorities, according to a message sent to parents by Principal Leslie Morris. Here is the full message she sent out. “Today […]

  • Patrick Thompson Guilty on All Charges for Setting Fire That Killed Two Girls

    ALBIA, Iowa  —  Patrick Thompson will spend the rest of his life in prison for setting the fire that killed his stepsister and her cousin in May 2017. On Monday afternoon a Monroe County jury returned guilty counts against Thompson on two counts of First Degree Murder, two counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Arson.  He was accused of setting a house on fire intentionally in Guthrie County in May 2017.  Prosecutors allege he set the fire to […]

  • How John Roberts will Manage the Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority

    The confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh puts the US Supreme Court firmly on conservative terrain and Chief Justice John Roberts at a personal crossroads. If this court is going to break out of its predictable political mold on major legal controversies in America, it will be up to the inscrutable 63-year-old chief justice, whose ideology now lands him at the center of the bench, between the four liberals and the four most dependable conservatives. Yet unlike Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh succeeded, Roberts […]

  • Man Charged with Abusing Iowa Juveniles on Camping Trips

    NEVADA, Iowa  —  A 30-year-old man is in the Story County jail accused of molesting several young boys over the course of nearly a year. Michael Ferguson is charged with Assault to Commit Sexual Abuse.  According to online records, Ferguson is accused of taking several juveniles camping at Hickory Grove Park in Colo between May 2017 and February 2018.  During this trips, Thompson allegedly sexually assaulted the juveniles. Ferguson is a registered sex offender.  He was convicted of Assault with […]

  • Des Moines Parents Warned About Alleged Enticement of Middle School Student

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Principals from two Des Moines schools sent a message to parents warning of an attempted child enticement near a school. According to the message a female student from Harding Middle School was approached by a man as she walked near Moulton Elementary School on Thursday evening.  Police are investigating. The suspect was reportedly a dark-skinned man in his 30’s with a nearly shaved head and facial hair.  He was driving a black Range Rover with dark […]

  • Meredith Community Project Helps Erase Flash Flooding Damage in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa  — It’s been three months since a historic rainstorm triggered flash flooding that destroyed dozens of homes in Des Moines.  Many of those homeowners are still far from back to normal.  On Thursday one homeowner got help from an unexpected source: the staff of Meredith Publishing. Meredith held it’s 17th annual workday community project on Thursday.  The company and hundreds of employees partnered with the group Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines to find repair projects around the city. […]

  • Ottumwa Middle School Student Facing Criminal Charge for Alleged Gun Threat

    OTTUMWA, Iowa  —  A middle school student who allegedly threatened to shoot another student via Snapchat is now facing a misdemeanor charge. The Ottumwa Police Department says it was contacted on Monday evening by the superintendent for Ottumwa Schools with a report from a student.  The student at Evans Middle School was reportedly on a face-time conversation via Snapchat when the second student showed a handgun and threatened to shoot the first student.  Police say their investigation found the threat […]

  • Des Moines Diocese Reveals New Accusation Against Retired Priest

    DES MOINES, Iowa  — The Diocese of Des Moines is revealing a decades old complaint against a retired priest. The Diocese says it was made aware on September 6th, 2018 of a complaint against Father Leonard Kenkel.  The allegation dated back more than a decade and the church says it was advised the statute of limitations in the case had passed. Kenkel was ordained to the priesthood in 1960.  He served at the Christ the King, Holy Trinity and St. […]

  • Late Robert D. Ray Surprises Longtime Friend One Final Time

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Wednesday would have been Governor Robert D. Ray’s 90th birthday … but it was the late governor supplying the surprises. On Wednesday morning the World Food Prize used Ray’s birthday to announce the winners of the Robert D. Ray Humanitarian Award.  The Award is given annually to Iowans who’ve followed in Governor Ray’s spirit of humanitarianism.  14 co-winners were named at Wednesday’s ceremony.  They were all part of the Iowa SHARES program created in the 1970’s […]