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  • Metro Teen Creates Downtown Des Moines in Popular Video Game

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A local teen has created a virtual playground for fellow gamers that looks very familiar. Sixteen year-old Sean Eddy owns and created ProjectDSM. “I’ve been recreating downtown Des Moines in Minecraft” says the Valley High School junior. “I guess a lot of people ask me what the reason I do this is and I just think it’s fun.” The project started a few years ago when Eddy created Stilwell Junior High in the game for a […]

  • Kids Living at a Metro Shelter are Enjoying a Summer of Firsts

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A metro organization is providing homes for families in need and support systems to help them get back on their feet. Hope Ministries provides rooms, food and friendship for people down on their luck. Their Hope Center for women and children is far from a stereotypical shelter, and it’s giving some metro kids the best summer of their lives. “I went to camp for the first time this summer and I learned how to swim,” said […]

  • Back to the Drawing Board, Warren County Supervisors Reject Justice Center Bids

    INDIANOLA, Iowa — The center of the Warren County square is an eyesore and it won’t be changing any time soon. The county tore down the old courthouse earlier this summer. More than a year after the Department of Corrections shut it down because of health and safety concerns. Last August, voters approved a $29.9 million bond referendum to build a new justice center but bids for the project came in at a total of around $37 million. Tuesday, the […]

  • Des Moines Man Back Behind Bars for Charges that Mirror Conviction From Over 20 Years Ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A convicted sex offender is facing new charges that mirror crimes he was charged with more than two decades ago. Des Moines police said 39-year-old Loren Lewis lured two boys, ages 11 and 12, from a home to a nearby school property. “They were familiar with the suspect just from seeing him around the neighborhood,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek. “I think he used that as a way to introduce himself and make conversation […]

  • Osceola Couple Accused of Neglecting Their Adopted Children Avoid Prison

    CLARKE COUNTY, Iowa — An Osceola couple who admitted to keeping their two children in plastic-lined rooms and forcing them to use buckets as toilets has avoided prison time. Kelly Fry and Kenny Fry were arrested last summer and charged with neglect or abandonment and child endangerment causing bodily injury. In May, the couple took a plea deal, admitting to two counts of child endangerment. On Thursday, the Frys received a deferred judgement of two years of probation, over $12,000 […]

  • Judge Fails to See Intent to Inflict Injury, Downgrades Woman’s Charge in Child Kidnapping Case

    ELDORA, Iowa – She faced up to life in prison, but now the maximum sentence possible for Traci Lynn Tyler is one year in jail. And with credit for time served, she may remain free. “It’s disappointing to see someone get charged in a lesser crime than what we might think that they deserve,” says Prevent Child Abuse Iowa Marketing and Development Manager Alli Moerman. Police arrested Tyler in July 2018 for first degree kidnapping, a class A felony. Investigators […]

  • Cost of Conviction: Who Pays the Price for a Plea Deal in Iowa?

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — From murder to arson, sex assault to kidnapping, Iowans charged with some of the most serious charges are avoiding trial by taking a plea deal. Typically, that means a lighter sentence and what some argue is a miscarriage of justice. Yet it’s become Iowa’s cheapest and most popular way to get a conviction. Shanna Harker is trying to prevent a plea deal from happening in her case. The West Des Moines woman says she was […]

  • One and Done. Ames Artists Prepare to Debut Out of This World Musical

    AMES, Iowa — “Moonrock: The Musical” started with a conversation that Sascha Antropov thought was a joke, until co-creator Lyndsay Nissen checked in on the progress a few weeks later. “I was like, I haven’t done anything … I didn’t know this was real and she was like ‘oh yeah! This is real,’” said Antropov. From there, the far-out journey about taking a trip to the moon, took off. “Because everybody loves space,” exclaimed Antropov. “I don’t know anyone who […]

  • Joel Davis’ Family Remembers Son by Promoting ‘Know Your Worth’

    NORWALK, Iowa — Joel Davis became a household name in 2017 when he and two others set fire to the historic Cedar Bridge in Madison County but his family says he was worth far more than a mugshot. Joel Nathan Davis was born on April Fools Day, 1999 a date seemingly fitting for Randy and Tanya Davis’ silly boy. “He was just a very happy go lucky, silly person,” says Joel’s father Randy Davis. “A lot of the photographs you […]

  • Perry Sex Abuse Survivor Shares Fight for Justice

    PERRY, Iowa — “It’s really hard when I was trying to save myself for the right person, to have that stolen from you.” A decade after being betrayed and robbed of her innocence by a family friend, a sexual assault survivor finally gets justice. “We have known the Parmenter family for half my life now, since I was about 12,” explains Kendra Gliem. Her father worked with Mark Parmenter at the local grocery store in Perry and learned they both […]

  • Counting Blessings in Bondurant

    BONDURANT, Iowa  —  “What doesn’t go through your mind? You know, please God, let my mom be okay.” Sheer panic set in as a tornado tore apart the town of Bondurant on Thursday. Mother Nature has not been kind to the city this summer, first bringing flash flooding and now tornadoes.  Surprisingly, many residents are still in good spirits. People were the first priority when news quickly spread about the storm. For Sharon Link, that meant checking on her three […]

  • James Exline’s Mother Accused of Causing Second Mistrial

    JEFFERSON, Iowa – A Jefferson man accused of molesting his teenage daughter is asking the court to not allow his mother to testify. Court documents filed Tuesday state Shirley Exline caused a mistrial on May 2nd by failing to follow an order of the court restricting her testimony.  The motion to exclude her as a witness states Shirley “knowingly, intentionally and willfully violated the order of the court” when she testified that her granddaughter Paige Exline was “murdered.” James Exline’ […]

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