Newton, IA

Restaurant inspection update: Moldy drumsticks, cockroaches in the bread mix

State and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations this past month, including moldy food, filthy kitchens and cockroaches found inside the food itself. Fire department officials summoned health inspectors to one Iowa grocery store where the owner agreed to voluntarily close until he could hire an […] The post Restaurant inspection update: Moldy drumsticks, cockroaches in the bread mix appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Two Individuals Were Life Flighted To Des Moines Following A Two-Vehicle Accident On Monday

Two individuals were life flighted to Des Moines following a two-vehicle accident on Monday outside Coon Rapids. According to the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Sheldon Astley of Coon Rapids was operating a 2007 Honda dirt bike traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to jump over a farm terrace. Authorities say on the other side of the terrace was 25-year-old Cristina Eivins of Coon Rapids, who was operating a 2011 Kawasaki ATV. The Astley vehicle struck the ATV, and it is believed Astley and Eivins were ejected from the off-road vehicles and collided in the air. Astley was transported by private vehicle to Guthrie County Hospital and was later transported by life flight for suspected serious injuries. Emergency Medical Services transported Eivins to Bayard, where she was then transported to a hospital in Des Moines with suspected serious injuries. A minor who was on the back of the dirt bike sustained minor injuries in the accident. Both vehicles sustained disabling damage and have an estimated $1,500 each in damages.
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Pella PD Warns of Scam

The Pella Police Department is warning local businesses of a scam. Today, at approximately 10:00 a.m., two white men claiming to be representatives of the IRS went into a local business with “badges” and told the business owner they owed money for delinquent taxes. No money was given at that time and they left without incident. The men left in a black 4-door vehicle bearing license plate IA JTT058. Please contact the Pella Police Department if you had/have a similar interaction with these men.

Sully Lions Club presents $3,500 check to Maasdam family

Sully Lions Club members prep to-go boxes and serve hundreds of people who took advantage of their Fourth of July meal following the parade on July 4, 2022. Every year, the Lions Club donates proceeds from the annual event to a family or cause. The Sully Lions Club continues to...

NDC acquires lone property blocking possible development

The city found another way to acquire a property along First Avenue East that officials suggest is getting in the way of any potential development. Rather than buying the property for $42,000 — which the city council voted in favor of until the mayor vetoed the action shortly thereafter — staff recommended council members approve an economic development grant agreement with Newton Development Corporation to acquire the parcel at 1311 First Ave. E.

Person of interest identified in Polk County homicide

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A material witness warrant has been issued for a person of interest in the weekend homicide of a Des Moines man. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate 38-year-old Courtney Shane Smith. He is described as a white male, 6′ tall, 170 pounds, with hazel […]

Iowa Vietnam veterans still fighting Agent Orange decades later

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Vietnam War claimed the lives of more than 800 Iowans. Local veterans hope a special event Wednesday can also honor the soldiers who died years later or are still feeling the deadly effects of a toxin used in combat. “On the Iowa Vietnam Wall...

Ankeny father pleads not guilty in 4-year-old’s shooting death

ANKENY, Iowa (KCRG) - Akeem Jamal Holmes, the father of the 4-year-old who shot herself with his handgun, has pled not guilty to charges of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, involuntary manslaughter, and making firearms available to a minor. According to court documents, Akeem Jamal Holmes left a...

Iowa’s First Gluten-Free, Vegan Bakery to Open This Weekend

Iowa is getting an upgrade! Thistle’s Summit is a gluten-free, vegan bakery that will hold its grand opening this weekend in Des Moines. Thistle’s Summit is a gluten-free, vegan bakery. The business will open the doors to its first brick-and-mortar shop this weekend, August 11-13. Before this opening, owner Marti Payseur was baking in a shared kitchen in the Drake neighborhood. Thistle’s Summit is already stocked in 10 different retailers across the metro area. But, this will mark the first time that Payseur will bake and sell her baked goods in the same place.

Trial set for IA father charged in daughter’s shooting death

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Ankeny father will go on trial in October in the shooting death of his four-year-old daughter. Police say Savannah Holmes accidentally shot herself in the head with her father’s gun on May 16th. She died of her injuries at the hospital. Akeem Holmes...

Polk County Sheriff's Office identifies person of interest in weekend homicide

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Polk County Sheriff's Office is looking for an individual they say has information about a weekend homicide. Deputies arrived at a home on the northeast side of Des Moines early Saturday morning to find 51-year-old Scott Crane of Des Moines dead from "what appeared to be a gunshot wound," the sheriff's office said. 911 calls reported gunshots in the area, a release says.

Iowa Cubs sold to California investment firm

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - The Iowa Cubs are one of ten minor league baseball teams sold as part of a deal between Endeavor Group Holdings (their previous owner) and Silver Lake (the new owner). Silver Lake is an investment firm out of the bay area in California. They are...

Preparing for opening day at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Fair is nearly here. KCCI's Andrew Mollenbeck went to the fairgrounds on Wednesday to see the last minute preparations. The rides are being set up and the food stands are waiting on final deliveries. But some events have already started. The 4-H...

2020 Iowa derecho: two years later

IOWA — August 10th, 2020 is a day many Iowans will never forget. The full force of Mother Nature was unleashed on the state in the form a derecho – a severe storm with hurricane force winds tearing in a straight line across Iowa. It would prove to be the costliest thunderstorm disaster in US […]