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Des Moines bicyclist killed by Urbandale drunk driver Friday

A bicyclist died Friday night in West Des Moines after he was struck by a motorist who blew a .363 for breath alcohol content. Brian James Kirkman, 42, of 3808 79th St., Urbandale, was charged with homicide by vehicle-OWI and second-offense OWI. The 57-year-old male bicyclist from Des Moines “was...
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Lovelorn Iowa woman to escape prosecution after intoxicated outburst in The Villages

An apparently lovelorn Iowa woman is poised to escape prosecution in connection with an intoxicated outburst in The Villages. Ledah Renee Paysen, 55, of Ames, Iowa was allowed June 23 to enter into a pre-trial intervention contract in Sumter County County. She must seek a substance abuse evaluation. She was also ordered to 15 hours of community service, though she can buy out at a rate of $10 per hour. If she completes the terms of the contract, the criminal case will be dropped.
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Police ask for help locating missing Des Moines man

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department is asking the public for help locating a missing Des Moines man. Walter Leroy Maples, 64, went missing from his home in the 6700 block of SE 3rd Street on Saturday. Maples was last seen wearing a black sweat shirt and blue jeans. He is approximately […]

Goodguys car show rode into the metro this weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Goodguys Heartland Nationals car show celebrated hot rods and classic cars in Iowa this weekend, but that’s not all that they celebrated this year. It’s been an Independence Day weekend tradition for over 30 years and for the first time they have expanded the year of cars able to be […]

Editorial: Iowa's permissive fireworks law hurts people for no good reason

Few things capture the obnoxiousness of a certain "love it or leave it" brand of patriotism like Iowa's permissive approach toward personal fireworks displays. Since state lawmakers reversed a statewide ban on fireworks sales in 2017, we've been through five summers where city dwellers who stay home have no choice but to endure nights and nights of loud bangs leading up to the Fourth of July — and that annoyance is if they're lucky.

Newton school board continues contract with superintendent

Newton school board members supported a motion to continue the contract of superintendent Tom Messinger, who has served the district since 2020. During the June 27 school board meeting, elected officials voted 7-0 to keep the superintendent employed with the Newton Community School District. Prior to the meeting, the school board held a closed session for the superintendent’s quarterly review, which had been rescheduled from earlier that month.

Fourth of July parade returns to Altoona after 25+ year hiatus

ALTOONA, Iowa — For the first time in more than 25 years, there will be a Fourth of July parade in Altoona. It's something residents have been asking for over and over again, year after year. The biggest challenge the city faced was finding volunteers but that wasn't the...

Water flowing through street due to DMPS elementary school

DES MOINES, Iowa — You may have noticed a trail of water running into the street around Monroe Elementary School, that’s because their air chiller is broken and supply chain issues have delayed the part they need. The water has been running from the school and through the intersection of 30th Street and Hickman Road […]

Des Moines motorcyclist killed in Friday crash

DES MOINES, Iowa - (Iowa's News Now) — Des Moines Police are investigating a crash between a motorcycle and a car that killed one person Friday. Police have identified the motorcycle driver who was killed as Kobi Ozimek, 24, of Des Moines. The crash happened around 5:39 Friday night...

Weather Service Update for Storms and Heat on the 4th of July

DES MOINES, Iowa—The National Weather Service in Des Moines has released additional information about the expected weather conditions for the 4th of July. Currently thunderstorms are expected and some could be strong thunderstorms with lightning, hail, and damaging winds. Heat and humidity are expected to push heat indices over 100°.

Weather Service Updates Information on Stormy Weather and Heat for the Week

DES MOINES, Iowa—The National Weather Service Office in Des Moines has provided updated information about the expectations for thunderstorms and heat for the 4th of July and this first week of July. One round of thunderstorms is occurring this morning, the second will redevelop this afternoon. Heat indices over 100° will occur Monday and Tuesday.