You’ve heard from the candidates for Black Hawk County Sheriff on KXEL in the past few days…Republican challenger and current member of the county board of supervisors Dan Trelka told KXEL’s Tim Harwood he got into the race because some members of the current sheriff’s department staff asked him to do so. You can hear the interviews with Trelka and incumbent Democrat Sheriff Tony Thompson by going to the podcast page of kxel-dot-com.
Officials say former Cedar Rapids Police Chief Greg Graham died in a single-engine plane crash in north Florida. Officials say Graham was the only person in the plane when it crashed yesterday morning. Graham was chief in Cedar Rapids from 2008-2012, when he returned to Ocala, Florida as chief. He had recently received his pilot’s license.
Police say a woman was shot to death inside a busy Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Davenport. The shooting happened just after 7:30 p.m. last night, and was the second of two fatal shootings yesterday alone in Davenport. Police say a woman shot another woman inside the restaurant, then left. Officers arrived to find a woman unresponsive with gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say the first shooting occurred around 11 a.m. yesterday outside a home, killing 19-year-old Lavonte Lee Baker.
Bridges and overpasses in the Cedar Rapids metro area were pre-treated for drivers on Friday, ahead of Monday’s snowy and icy conditions. DOT officials say the rest of the interstate was not treated because the forecast did not show it was necessary. Cedar Rapids police said they responded to more than 70 accidents on city streets and along I-380.
Officials say a 76-year-old man died after he apparently fell out of a tree stand while hunting. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Raymond Bear’s body was found after he was reported missing Thursday when he did not return from hunting on his land in Ollie. The Keokuk County Sheriff’s office and local police found his body and say it appeared he fell from the tree stand. An autopsy is being performed.
A black man who was shot by police outside a Waterloo nightclub five years ago has agreed to a nearly $400,000 settlement. 33-year-old Jovan Darnell Webb alleged in his suit that he was singled out because of his race in April 2015 when he was wounded while attempting to pull out of the parking lot of the New World nightclub during a disturbance. His suit also alleged excessive force, equal protection violations and battery on the part of the police officers. The lawsuit had been scheduled to go to trial this month. The decision to settle for $399,999 was made by the city’s liability insurance carrier. The city’s attorney, David Baker, declined to comment.