Harlem Globetrotters at Wells Fargo Arena

The Harlem Globetrotters known for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment will bring their 2018 World Tour to the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. to take on their long-time adversaries the Washington Generals. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

High Speed Pursuit Leads to Arrest of Murder Suspect by State Patrol

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – The Iowa State Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle yesterday on Hwy 218 near Nashua around 9:30 am for a speed violation. The driver, 21 year old Devon Cooke of Miami, Florida, fled at speeds over 100mph and drove at oncoming traffic. He was apprehended after a short foot pursuit when his tires became deflated from a set of stop sticks deployed by officers.

Driver was charged with OWI 1st degree, felony eluding, assault on a peace officer, possession with intent to deliver, fail to affix tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia and multiple traffic violations. He is being held in the Chickasaw County Jail on these charges and awaiting extradition to Dade County Florida where is wanted for 2nd degree murder.

Assisting in the pursuit was Iowa DOT Enforcement, Bremer County Sheriff’s Department. Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department, Blackhawk County Sheriff’s Department and Janesville Police Department.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Students Invited to Submit Artwork for ‘From the Farm to You’ Calendar

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today encouraged students from Iowa to submit artwork to be considered for inclusion in the “From the Farm to You” calendar. The calendars are distributed by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at the Iowa State Fair and include artwork that emphasizes the connection between the production of Iowa’s farmers and the products used by people every day.

“These calendars do a great job of showcasing Iowa agriculture to the visitors at our booths during the Iowa State Fair. The creativity and artistic ability of these students help educate fairgoers about where their food comes from,” Naig said.

Students of all ages are invited to submit artwork. Pictures should be drawn using only black lines on plain white paper, 8 ½ by 11 inches. The pictures should not be colored. They can be submitted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Calendar Kids, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319.

Drawings must be received by May 1, 2018 to be considered.

Students whose artwork is selected to be in the calendar will be recognized during the Iowa State Fair. An electronic version of the current calendar can be seen at http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/press/pdfs/2017/FarmToYouCalendar2017.pdf.

EBF, Ottumwa Students Win Big at State Archery Tournament

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – Around 1,750 archers from 86 Iowa schools participated in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament in Des Moines last weekend.

Standing out from the competition was local Jatin Moore, a student at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (EBF) High School. Moore won the boys bullseye competition with a score of 293 and won a bow for his efforts. Alex Brittain, also representing EBF, was named High All-Around Champion with a total combined score of 578. High All-Around Champions were named based on their total combined scores from the state 3D and bullseye tournaments. Senior Brook Paris of Ottumwa also staked her claim during the contest. Paris received a $1,000 scholarship for highest 3D score.

NASP archers who scored highest league scores plus the highest state tournament scores were named All State Archers (listed below).

Boys All State Archers

  • Connor Myers, Mount Vernon
  • Alex Brittain, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
  • Jatin Moore, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
  • Owen Lerg, West Des Moines Valley
  • Adam Larson, Lawton
  • Collin Hallier, Mount Vernon

Girls All State Archers

  • Lilly Machart, Anamosa
  • Makenna Hewitt, Cedar Rapids Prairie Point
  • Paige Emig, Mount Vernon
  • Samantha Mellinger, Washington
  • Breann Holtz, Lawton
  • Haley Schwenneker, Spencer

Nearly 3,600 archers from more than 300 schools participated in Iowa’s National Archery in the Schools Program. The NASP season was Dec. 1 to Feb. 24.

3D results are available online at https://nasptournaments.org/TournamentDetail.aspx?tid=2897

Bullseye results are available online at https://nasptournaments.org/TournamentDetail.aspx?tid=2896

The state tournament was sponsored by the Iowa Bowhunters Association, Whitetails Unlimited, the Iowa State Archery Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Safari Club International.

-This information was given to KMZN in a press release on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Former Grimes Insurance Agent Facing Fraud Charges

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – Nicholas C. Menough, 37, of Grimes was charged with Fraudulent Submissions, (Class D Felony), Forgery (Class D Felony), and Theft in the 2nd Degree (Class D Felony) following an insurance fraud investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau.

The charges against Menough, a former licensed insurance agent, stem from an investigation that began in April of 2017. It is alleged that Menough engaged in falsifying insurance policy applications and altering financial documents related to sale of insurance policies in order to receive advanced sales commissions.

On January 31, 2018, a State of Iowa warrant was issued for the arrest of Menough. On February 5th, 2018, Menough was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the Polk County Jail. Menough posted a $5,000 cash surety bond and was later released. Trial will be set at a future date.

Iowans with information about insurance fraud are encouraged to contact the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau at 515-242-5304.

No additional information will be provided at this time.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Booking photo courtesy of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

–This information was sent in a news release by the Iowa Insurance Division

Scammers Again Targeting MidAmerican Energy Customers

Residential, commercial customers report flurry of imposter calls seeking immediate payment

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – Residential and commercial customers of MidAmerican Energy today report receiving calls from imposters demanding immediate payment on behalf of MidAmerican Energy.

Imposter scam callers threaten to shut off power unless the customer makes an immediate payment over the phone with a prepaid debit card.

Scammers are persistent and aggressive and can:

  • Spoof caller-ID to make the call appear as if it is coming from the utility or any number.
  • Require customers to make an immediate payment using a prepaid card (such as a Green Dot card).
  • Threaten disconnection if the customer doesn’t pay immediately over the phone.

Customers who receive a suspicious call should hang up, and report it to their local police department or sheriff’s office. MidAmerican does not call customers demanding immediate payment by phone.

Once you’ve reported the call to law enforcement, report it to MidAmerican Energy at the number on your monthly utility bill, or call 888-427-5632. Don’t call the number that appears on your caller-ID display.

To check your billing status, call MidAmerican. Or, access your billing records online through My Account on the company’s website at www.midamericanenergy.com.

Customers should follow these steps to stay safe:

  • Don’t pay immediately by phone, especially if you did not initiate the call.
  • Remember, MidAmerican Energy accepts many forms of payment, but won’t demand a specific payment method by phone.
  • Never give out personal or financial information when someone calls you. Do not share credit card, bank, prepaid money card or even gift card account numbers when you receive a call. For more information, visit www.midamericanenergy.com/scams. The Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s office has also set up a utility scam recording – call 515-281-5926.

Source: MidAmerican Energy

Des Moines Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Offenses

(Des Moines, Iowa) – On February 22, David Marken Aikoriegie, of Des Moines, appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to charges related to a series of gun store burglaries in the Des Moines area, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum.

Aikoriegie pleaded guilty to three counts of stealing a firearm from a federal firearm licensee and one count of unlawful possession, receipt, and sale of a stolen firearm. Aikoriegie admitted he stole three firearms from JLM Gun Shoppe in Urbandale on November 16, 2017; ten firearms from Rangemasters in Clive on December 2, 2017; and eleven firearms from Rangemasters on December 14, 2017. He also admitted to selling one of those stolen firearms to another person on December 16, 2017. A sentencing date has not been scheduled at this time.

This investigation was conducted by the Clive Police Department; United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Des Moines Police Department; and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Early Out on Tuesday for State Basketball

The Oskaloosa Community School District will be dismissing 2 hours early on Tuesday, March 6. The Oskaloosa Indian Boys Basketball team will be participating in the Boys State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.

This early dismissal will allow parents, students, and fans an opportunity to attend the game and support our student-athletes. For more news, sports, and live action coverage, visit www.nocoastnetwork.com.

Go, Indians! #NoCoastSports #OskaloosaIndians #StateBasketball

Downtown Des Moines Parking is Seeing an Overhaul

Des Moines plans to increase the number of hours it charges for downtown street parking.

The Des Moines Register reports that the City Council voted Monday for new parking meter hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Current meter hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In exchange, parking will be cheaper in the city’s seven garages. The city also will work with private lot owners to allow free parking on nights and weekends.

Meter rates will range from 25 cents an hour on the edges of downtown to $1.75 an hour at the best spots.

By the end of January, prices for the city’s seven parking garages will be reduced to $1 an hour with a $10 daily maximum.


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