Author Archives: Mark Morris

Triple Homicidal Shooting in DM Apartment Complex

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police are investigating the deaths of a woman and two children found shot inside a Des Moines residence. The bodies were found around 11 p.m. Tuesday by officers sent to the Laurel Village apartment complex. The names of the deceased and their relationships have not been released. Police say the…Read more »

Chaplain Schmitt Island in DBQ to Get More Amenities

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – The Dubuque City Council has approved plans to add more features and improve a veterans memorial at Chaplain Schmitt Island in the Mississippi River. The $3.2 million project will include green space, landscaping and LED lighting in and around Veterans Memorial Plaza. The centerpiece will be a walkway spiraling out from…Read more »

Semi Full of Turkeys Rolls on U-S 30 near Montour

Crews are on the scene of a semi crash in Tama County. It happened on Highway 30 at T-47 North just before 2 a.m. Wednesday. According to the Tama County Sheriff’s Office, the semi was carrying turkeys when it rolled over. So far, there are no reports of injuries. According to the Iowa Department of…Read more »

Reinbeck Pair Killed when Vehicle Leaves Rural Road and Rolls

Two Reinbeck residents lost their lives Sunday morning, when their vehicle left a rural Black Hawk County intersection and rolled, several times, into a cornfield. 33-year old Kimberly Hoskins was driving west on Eldora Road, approaching Zanetta Road, when the crash occurred. She was pronounced dead at the scene, as was her passenger, 32-year old…Read more »

Former Gay State Worker Gets $1.5-Million in Discrimination Suit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A jury has awarded a former state workers’ compensation commissioner $1.5 million, concluding the state and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against him because he’s gay and that a pay cut was retaliation for refusing to quit. Jurors in the civil trial found Monday that Chris Godfrey proved Branstad’s…Read more »

Fairfax Man Seriously Injured when Motorcycle Collides with SUV

A motorcycle rider suffered life-threatening injuries just after 7:45 yesterday(Mon) morning in a collision in  Fairfax.                                                          23-year old Zachary Taylor, of Fairfax, was riding east on Williams Boulevard approaching Casey’s General Store, justg as an SUV driven by 16-year old Carson Smith, also of Fairfax, was leaving the Casey’s General Store parking lot. Taylor was…Read more »

Cedar Rapids Man Pleads Guilty to Having Child Porn

A Cedar Rapids man has been convicted of possessing child pornography. 29-year old Troy French appeared this week before federal Judge C.J. Williams and pled guilty to a single count of having one-or-more depictions of pre-pubescent children between 2012 and 2017. French will be sentenced at a later date and could get up to 20…Read more »

Webster City Doctor Caught Up in Medicare Fraud Probe

A Webster City doctor has pleaded guilty in federal court to making false statements in Medicare claims.   Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 76-year-old Joseph Latella pleaded guilty yesterday(Tues)  to one count of making false statements relating to health care matters. Prosecutors say Latella operated a private practice in Webster City and served as the medical…Read more »