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Des Moines school employee charged with sexual exploitation of children

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police confirm a Des Moines Public Schools employee has been arrested on sexual exploitation charges. Thatcher Lane Williams, 49, of Des Moines, is charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of children.


Remembering Des Moines Officers Killed in Fiery Crash Three Years Ago

DES MOINES, Iowa — Tuesday marks three years since two Des Moines police officers were killed by a drunk driver. Officers Carlos Puente-Morales and Susan Farrell were transporting prisoner Tosha Hyatt when their SUV was hit head-on on I-80 on March 26th, 2016.


This is Why Des Moines Doesn’t Make Changes to Fleur Drive to Stop it from Flooding

DES MOINES, Iowa – Have you ever wondered why the city of Des Moines doesn’t raise Fleur Drive up, above the flood plain, to avoid closures to the crucial main traffic artery due to flooding?


Man who lit stepson on fire, killing him, sentenced to prison

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines man who admitted to pouring gasoline on his stepson and lighting it, killing him, was sentenced in court Tuesday morning. In a plea deal, Randy Miles Jr. pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Christopher Lenhart's 2017 death. Miles also pleaded guilty to lea


Des Moines residents have 1 month to claim franchise fee money

DES MOINES, Iowa — State treasurer Michael Fitzgerald loves to return money and said he has until April 25 to return more than $2 million. Time is running out for Des Moines property owners to collect millions of dollars in franchise fees from the state of Iowa.


Iowa flood disaster not over ‘by a long shot’

DES MOINES — Iowans continued to assess spiraling flood damage Monday while keeping a wary eye on the skies and rising rivers as forecasters predicted more rain in areas already severely under water.


Prison Industries may bump Iowa housing stock

FORT MADISON – Iowa may start using state offenders to start to replenish housing stock across the state. A program that has been in place in South Dakota’s state prison system for close to 20 years is now gaining momentum in Iowa, and Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission Executive Director M


Meeting suggests Dave & Buster's could come to West Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Dave & Buster's could be coming to the metro soon. West Des Moines officials confirmed to KCCI that the city’s community and economic development staff will meet with Dave & Buster's executives April 2.


Police: Valet Driver Assaulted by Juveniles in Downtown Parking Ramp

DES MOINES, Iowa – Four juveniles were taken into custody Monday after police say they assaulted a valet driver at a downtown Des Moines parking ramp. According to police, the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Police received several calls of juveniles running around the area of the Hyatt Place at


Iowa prison inmate Richard Johnson dies; convicted of attempted murder

IOWA CITY – Richard Edison Johnson was pronounced dead due to natural causes at 9:44 a.m. on March 25, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Prior to his death at UIHC, Johnson was in Palliative care. Johnson was 88 years old at the time of his death.


Lawmakers Considering Bill to Allow Iowans to Carry Weapons on School Grounds

DES MOINES, Iowa -- State lawmakers are looking at a bill that would expand the list of places licensed Iowans are allowed to carry weapons. The Family Defense Act, HF 636, would allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their guns onto school grounds, into business parking lots and in Iowa


Florida Man Charged with Money Laundering in Marion Co.

A man from Florida is facing charges in Marion County of money laundering, by way of ATM transactions at local stores. 32-year-old Rubier Pupo Ramirez of West Palm Beach faces two counts of money laundering last April at stores in Knoxville and Pella, as well as in Polk County.


Iowa dog breeder charged with 17 counts of animal neglect

MANLY, Iowa — The owner of a northern Iowa dog breeding operation has been charged with animal neglect. Worth County court records say 66-year-old Barbara Kavars, of Manly, is charged with 17 counts. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for her.


Residents in Des Moines suburb stranded by idling rail cars

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - More than two dozen residents in a suburban Des Moines neighborhood are anticipating limited access to schools, work or emergency services for hours at a time this spring because of idling railroad trains.


President approves Iowa Disaster Declaration

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in Iowa in response to flooding on the West side of the state. On Saturday, he approved the disaster request for the Iowa counties of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, and Woodbury.


16 Facilities are Dancing in Des Moines “Park Madness”

DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines Parks and Recreation gets in on the NCAA tournament fun with “Park Madness.”. People can go online once a day and vote on their favorite park.


World Food Prize President Kenneth Quinn Announces Retirement

DES MOINES, Iowa -- World Food Prize President Kenneth Quinn announced Monday he will retire next year after two decades of service. The news came at the end of an event honoring Dr. Norman Borlaug's birthday. The Iowa farmer won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts and success feeding the world.


Everyone OK After Van Crashes into Tree in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Everyone is OK after a nasty accident on Des Moines' south side Sunday afternoon. Des Moines police say a work van was traveling south on SW 9th Street near MacRae Park when the driver swerved to avoid another vehicle and went off the road.


Portugal. The Man, Elle King, Metric, MisterWives and more to play 80/35 40 acts set to play 5 stages in downtown Des Moines

80/35 is rolling out a refreshed look when it lands in Western Gateway Park downtown Des Moines on Friday and Saturday, July 12-13. The 12th annual music festival expands its ticketed area to include two stages that will feature 16 national and international acts over the weekend. The free area will


$2M U-Haul project may be in jeopardy

A proposed $2 million investment by U-Haul Co. of Iowa to purchase and install storage units in the building which once housed Marshalltown’s K-Mart may be withdrawn. Marketing Company President Randy Dickson of U-Haul Co. of Urbandale told media representatives after Monday night’s council meeting