Two teenagers have died after a car accident near Chariton. The Iowa State Patrol said the accident happened just after 5 p.m. Sunday when a Jeep turning from Highway 34 onto a street struck a pickup truck, ejecting everyone in the Jeep. Two Jeep passengers died. They were identified as 15-year-old Katilynn Spicer of Des Moines and 16-year-old Chase Lavely of Chariton. The 18-year-old driver is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Both occupants of the pickup, both age 55, are hospitalized. Their conditions were not immediately released. The patrol’s investigation is ongoing.
State officials said 3,401 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Sunday to give Iowa 210,061 cases since the pandemic began. The number of deaths linked to the virus grew by 33 to 2,192. The number of people hospitalized with the virus in Iowa remained at a high level Saturday even though it declined slightly to 1,340 from the previous day’s 1,416. The state said 92 of Iowa’s 99 counties had 14-day positivity rates over 15% on Sunday, and six more counties reported rates between 10% and 15%. Iowa had the fourth-highest rate of new cases in the nation Saturday.
Twin Iowa girls who faced long odds when they were born around the 22nd week of pregnancy are celebrating a miracle milestone – they turn 2 on Tuesday. The Des Moines Register reports that Guinness World Records has recognized Kambry and Keeley Ewoldt as the world’s most premature twins. Jade Ewoldt of Dysart gave birth to the girls on Nov. 24, 2018. Kambry weighed nearly 1 pound and Keeley weighed a little over 1 pound. The girls spent the first four months of their lives in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Today, the girls love singing “Baby Shark,” doing the Chicken Dance and painting pictures.
Authorities in central Iowa say 25 people were arrested and illegal drugs, guns and cash were seized in a large law enforcement sweep of more than 40 locations. The federal Justice Department says 45 search warrants were executed Wednesday in Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Clive, Waukee, West Des Moines and Adel. Officials say that in addition to the arrests, state and federal officers seized 37 firearms, 3 pounds of cocaine and 18 pounds of marijuana, among other drugs. Agents also seized $50,000 in cash. Officials say all 25 people arrested are facing federal drug or firearms charges.