CRIME & SAFETY
Marion County Sheriff’s Report 6/8/23
IN THE PAST TWENTY-FOUR HOURS MARION COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO 16 CALLS FOR SERVICE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: THREE ACCIDENTS, TWO MOTORIST ASSISTS, TWO PAPER SERVICE ATTEMPTS, TWO DOMESTICS, TWO REPORTS OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, ONE JUVENILE, ONE RECKLESS DRIVER, ONE INCOMPLETE 911, ONE REPORT OF TRESPASS AND ONE RETURN CALL.
Tracy/Knoxville Man Faces Numerous Felonies
A 22-year-old man from Tracy or Knoxville, according to court records, was charged with three Class D Felonies, one Class B Felony and two Serious Misdemeanors for two separate incidents, one on June 5 and the other April 1. Court documents show the man residing in both Knoxville and Tracy.
Pilot forced to land small plane on busy road near Runnells
RUNNELLS, Iowa — The pilot of a small plane was forced to land on a busy rural road north of Runnels Wednesday night. It was quite a surprise for drivers who watched it go down. “He came from behind and I didn't even see it coming. And came over...
Authorities identify man killed in Iowa motorcycle crash
POLK COUNTY, Iowa — Officials in Polk County have identified the man whodied in a motorcycle crash on June 2. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Lynn Cooke, 63, of Runnells, was riding the motorcycle westbound near the 11200 block of Southeast 32nd Avenue before crossing the eastbound lane and entering the ditch south of the road.
Runnells motorcyclist dies in weekend crash
POLK COUNTY, IOWA — Authorities are releasing new information about a single-vehicle accident that took the life of a motorcyclist on Friday evening in Des Moines. First responders were called to rural Polk County around 9:00 p.m. on Friday when a passing vehicle spotted a light in the ditch near SE 112th Street and SE […]
Three injured in crash on Highway 5, one airlifted to Des Moines
An accident occurred early Monday afternoon, resulting in three individuals being injured, with one of them sustaining serious injuries. The incident took place approximately two miles south of Unionville. The driver identified as Randolph Reed, 57 years old and from Columbia, was airlifted via a medical helicopter to Mercy One...
Knoxville Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Stalking
A 38-year-old Knoxville man pleaded guilty to two counts of Stalking. Jacob Lee Baxter entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Stalking June 1. The stalking cases took place in the Spring of 2022. Baxter was sentenced to five years for each count of stalking for a total of 10 years.
Man killed in Polk County motorcycle crash
RUNNELLS, Iowa — A man is dead after a motorcycle crash Friday night. The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident that happened at SE 112th Street and SE 32nd Avenue in Runnells just before 9 p.m. Deputies say a witness saw light in the ditch and found...
Melcher Man Charged with Two Felonies
A 33-year-old man from Melcher-Dallas was charged with two felonies and a serious misdemeanor from an incident that took place Sunday in Knoxville. James Orville Morris, Jr., was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Third or Subsequent Offense; and Failure to Affix Drug Stamp, both felonies along with a charge of Operating While Under the Influence, 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor.
College track athlete drowns while swimming in Iowa lake with friends
DES MOINES, Iowa - A 21-year-old college student and athlete drowned after he swam in an Iowa lake with friends, according to authorities. The Marion County Sheriff's office said they received a call Saturday evening from the Whitebreast boat ramp at Lake Red Rock in Des Moines. The caller said...
Crews find body of missing Lake Red Rock swimmer
MARION COUNTY, Iowa — The search for a missing Lake Red Rock swimmer ended Sunday morning. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office found the body of the man who disappeared under the water the night before. Crews found 21-year-old Urias Gbarjolo’s body in the lake at approximately 10 a.m. on Sunday. A search and rescue team […]
Knoxville Emergency Crews Respond to Fire, Vehicle Driving Into Building
The Knoxville Fire Department and several other local emergency crews responded to two incidents in Knoxville this evening. Fire Chief Cal Wyman says they were dispatched to a reported residential fire in the 100 block of South Conrey St at 8:16 p.m. The Knoxville City Fire Department responded with one engine company, one EMS company, and one command officers. Departments arrived to find smoke throughout the main floor of the residence. Engine crews made entry to find a dryer on fire. Crews extinguished the fire and ventilated the structure.
Press Release from Marion County Sheriff’s Office About Drowning
The following is a press release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office:. On Saturday May 27, 2023, at 7:27 p.m., the Marion County Law Enforcement Center took a 911 call from an individual at the Whitebreast boat ramp at Lake Red Rock. The caller advised a group of young males were swimming outside the designated swimming area when one of the individuals went under water and failed to resurface. Multiple Agencies responded to the scene to try to rescue the individual. Search efforts were suspended at about midnight on May 28, 2023 and resumed a little before 6:00 am on May 28, 2023.
Search Resumes This Morning for Potential Drowning
Https://www.kniakrls.com/2023/05/28/press-release-from-marion-county-sheriffs-office-about-drowning/. ORIGINAL POST: Several area emergency agencies are searching for a person they believe to have drowned at Lake Red Rock. The initial response occurred Saturday evening at approximately 7 p.m. at Whitebreast Beach, and according to Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt, a group of individuals tried to swim out to a rock island, and all but one returned to shore.
Rural Fire Department Responds to Fire Thursday Afternoon
Kyle Thompson, Knoxville Rural Fire Department Assistant Chief tells KNIA/KRLS News that the department responded to a call at 1607 South Attica Road at 1:20 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The call was for a truck that caught on fire and it was close enough to a garage that it caught on...
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