A fatal shooting is under investigation in Waterloo. Just before 4 o’clock this morning, a shooting victim was found at a Waterloo apartment. The person died of a gunshot wound to the chest but no name was released. 22-year-old Farley Roe Junior of Waterloo was arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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The Perry woman whose seven-month-old daughter died of heat exposure last June after being left in a minivan all day has resigned from her job. Kari Engholm was acquitted a few weeks ago of child endangerment and manslaughter for forgetting to drop her daughter off at the babysitter and leaving baby Clare in her car seat all day. Engholm was acting at C-E-O of the Dallas County Hospital at the time of the incident, and she has now submitted her resignation from the post. In a memo to the hospital’s board of trustees, Engholm says “after much thought and prayer” she’s decided to resign as “the grief and sadness” she feels is “overwhelming at times.” She says while a trial judge ruled Clare’s death was an accident, “the sense of loss is tremendous” and she “does not feel prepared to enter the workforce.”Engholm closes the memo by saying she is uncertain as to what the future holds for her family, she says she’s learned that peace and happiness are “fragile and precious.”
University of Iowa researchers report more successes in the quest for a way to correct genetic defects of cystic fibrosis, or C-F. Dr. John Engelhardt directs the U-of-I’s Center for Gene Therapy, where a new therapy technique is being studied to reverse the damage done by C-F to a person’s respiratory system.C-F is an inherited disease which targets not only the respiratory system, but the digestive system. Dr. Engelhardt says the technology being developed at the Iowa City institution could help a person’s cells defend themselves from attacks by C-F.Ultimately, the therapy being developed would be used both to treat current C-F sufferers and to prevent the disease from striking anyone else. While there have been successes in the lab, Dr. Engelhardt says putting the techniques to the test in people may still be a few years away.Dr. Engelhardt is a professor of anatomy, cell biology and internal medicine at the U-of-I. His latest study is being published in the January issue of the journal “Nature Biotechnology”.
A father and son from Anamosa have admitted selling spoiled meet to Amish residents in southern Iowa. 77-year-old Donald Stickle and his son, 42-year-old Donald Junior, pleaded guilty to charges of selling and transporting the meat, which was unfit for people to eat. Both men were fined five thousand dollars and were ordered to pay another five-grand each in court costs. The incident happened in 1997 as the two reportedly sold eight tons of meat in the community of Drakesville.
Some travelers still haven’t gotten the word about how seriously airport security screeners are taking the new rules. Des Moines International airport spokesman Michael Audino explains he’s never seen a list, but common sense will tell you what things are likely to be banned on a flight.He says obvious ones are pocketknives, box cutters, corkscrews, scissors, but they’d also take handcuffs, laser pointers or a hairpin. Audino says security people try to be as understanding and flexible as possible.Standard things like scissors are confiscated and generally donated to local schools or nursing homes. Audino says a the private firm doing security at the airport isn’t heartless if you find a precious but unacceptable item cannot go on the flight you’re about to catch, and they’re doing a couple of things. One is holding it at the airport for you to pick up on the return, or mailing it to you. Despite all the publicity about security screening, Audino’s surprised how many people will either absent-mindedly or intentionally try to carry on things that are just not allowed on a flight. He says the safest approach is to leave them at home, or pack in the luggage you’ll be checking for the flight. Audino says though a precious or costly item might be held for you to claim on your return, the airport and security firm can’t afford to do that with every one of the hundreds of items that must be taken from travelers.
Scared of driving tonight because of al the New Year’s Eve revelers? You shouldn’t be frightened, according to Officer Gary Ludwig, a spokesman for the Iowa State Patrol’s Mason City post. He says more people are thinking before they drink and drive.Ludwig has some suggestions for those who know they’ll be out partying tonight. He says using the basis of waiting one hour per drink you’ve had before driving is a good rule.Ludwig says statistics show the number of New Year’s holiday fatalities is decreasing.Ludwig reminds motorists to allow plenty of time to get to their destination and to follow the posted speed limits.
What should you do if you’re pulled over while driving on an Iowa street or highway? It’s a good time to drive carefully, and the state patrol’s Sergeant Bob Hansen says there’s always the chance they’re NOT “after you.”If you see emergency lights, fire, ambulance or police, first evaluate the situation and don’t panic. Hansen says if they seem to want you to stop, you should pull off the road safely and not slam on the brakes. If they don’t pass you and keep on going, park as far over on the shoulder as you safely can, and wait. Then the officer will let you know what he needs or wants to tell you. Hansen says though it wouldn’t hurt to have your driver’s license out, you’d be wise not to make any sudden moves, or jump out of your car as soon as you stop.
The Iowa football team closed out the season with a thrilling victory in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday. Nate Kaeding’s 47-yard field goal with 44-seconds remaining lifted the Hawkeyes to a 19-16 victory over Texas Tech. The Hawkeyes used a ball control offense to take the lead in the second half and won the battle of field position. Both were crucial against a high-powered Tech offense.Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the Hawks accomplished two things they had trouble with during the regular season, they won a close game and did so in what was really a road game.Ferentz says he is happy for the seniors who have worked hard to get the program going again.Kyle McCann finished 19 of 26 for 161 yards and no interceptions. He says against Tech’s blitzing defense it was important to be patient, as he says they knew they were going to come after them.McCann says they were concerned when Ladell Betts could not play with a bad hamstring but was still confident the Hawks could run the ball.It has been a roller coaster ride for McCann during his career but the bowl victory was a great way to end it.
An eastern Iowa pet shelter was heavily damaged in a weekend fire. If it hadn’t been for an employee stopping in to check on the animals at Bettendorf Animal Clinic, they likely would have perished in a fire. Roxanne Harms and her former husband, Randy, found the building filled with smoke Saturday night and called firefighters. A faulty furnace in the attic had overheated. Firefighters said the building would have burned in a matter of hours. Sixteen dogs and a cat came within a whisker of not making to 2002.
Shovels and snowplows have been idle most of this month in what’s been a near-record low for snowfall. Unless there’s an unexpected snowfall today, State Climatologist Harry Hillaker it’s the least amount of snow we’ve had in a December in 22 years.The statewide average for this month is seven-tenths-of-an-inch of snow. That’s the least snowiest December since the statewide record low of four-tenths-of-an-inch was set in 1979. Warmer temperatures helped keep the white stuff from forming and falling.December temperatures averaged about seven degrees above normal, the warmest since 1965, and the 15th warmest overall. Hillaker says December 2001 was a complete turnaround from 2000.Last December was the second coldest on record and the snowiest ever in 129 years of state weather records. Hillaker says there’s no real explanation for the big turnaround. Hillaker says 2002 will continue the run of cold weather that wrapped up the month of December.