A manhunt in Sioux City has ended with the arrest of a suspect in the deaths of seven people found murdered yesterday. The bodies of 31-year-old Leticia Aguilar and her five children were found around 6 o’clock last night. The body of 58-year-old Ronald Fish was found in the entryway to his home a half-hour earlier. The children ranged in age from five to 12. Police Chief Joe Frisbie spoke with the media shortly after 23-year-old Adam Moss was taken into custody at around 11:30 a-m. Chief Frisbie says they found Moss after a stakeout. Frisbie says it was an intense search as they had several areas under surveillance. Chief Frisbie says they’re interviewing Moss to try and learn more, and have collected a lot of physical evidence.Frisbie says Moss was a boyfriend of Aguilar. Frisbie says even though the suspect has been arrested the department needs to be careful in releasing other details.Frisbie says Moss will be charged with seven counts of murder.Formal charges will be filed by the county attorney next week. On the advice of the county attorney, Frisbie says he cannot release any more details about the crime scene. He could also not say what may have led to the mass killing.Frisbie says more details will come out when the formal charges are filed in court. Frisbie says the murder scene was grisly and they tried to limit the number of officers who saw the scene. He does confirm that a murder weapon has been found.Frisbie says the arrest is a relief to Sioux City which he says has been gripped by fear since the bodies were found yesterday.Frisbie did say that Moss had known Fish since 1995 after meeting him at the place where they worked.
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A national report finds a dramatic reduction in injuries and deaths caused by airbags in recent years. Phil Haseltine, president of the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety In Arlington, Virginia, says Iowa’s record on airbags is particularly admirable.No children have been reported killed by airbags in Iowa, no drivers killed, and only one adult passenger killed. Of 191 reported deaths due to airbags nationwide, that leaves just one in Iowa. Haseltine says the Hawkeye State’s record is nearly flawless.One thing Iowa has going for it is a relatively high seat belt use rate, which for the past two years has been 78-percent. Haseltine says Iowa’s roadway death report is also better than many states.Nationwide, a National Safety Council study found a 90-percent drop in child deaths from airbags between 1996 and 2000. Haseltine attributes that to a stunning shift in how adults report securing children in cars. Only ten-percent of drivers with passenger airbags say they let children under 12 ride in the front seat.
A huge, antique carousel nicknamed “The Smile Machine” will be dedicated tomorrow on the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion grounds in Mount Pleasant. Lanny Elger of the Old Threshers Foundation helped raise the 700-thousand dollars to restore the carousel and construct a huge pavilion for it. Elger says the carousel was used during the Old Thresher’s Reunion, then taken apart and stored on the grounds. He says taking it apart and putting it back together was what caused the problem.Elger says four years ago, they decided to raise money for a building so the carousel could be kept intact, year-round, and be protected from the elements. Elger says they’ve been giving free test rides since last weekend, but now it’ll cost a buck for a ride on the carousel as a calliope plays circus music. An 1894 steam-powered engine spins the carousel, but Elger says they hope to electrify it, too.The Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion kicked off its 51st run this week.
An eastern Iowa teenager faces prison time and stiff fines after a drunk driving wreck that killed another girl. 19-year-old Patricia Ann Schubert of Muscatine pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison. She was driving an S-U-V that rolled into a utility pole March 24th in Bettendorf. 11-year-old Jessica Ballheimer, of East Moline, Illinois, was killed and two others were hurt. Schubert had a blood/alcohol level of point-one-six, well above the point-one-oh limit. She’s also ordered to pay 150-thousand dollars restitution, and medical and funeral costs.
More Iowa school districts are offering all-day kindergarten. In the past five years, there’s been a nearly 16 percent increase in the number of Iowa public schools with all-day kindergarten programs. Last fall, 305 of Iowa’s 371 schools had all-day kindergarten. Susan Anderson, an early childhood education expert with the Iowa Department of Education, says studies continue to show kids do better later in school when they get a good foundation in preschool, kindergarten and the early grades.But Anderson says the other reason is convenience, as dropping a child off at all-day kindergarten is more convenient for moms who work. And all-day kindergarten’s less harrowing for the kids. Anderson says 30 years ago, kindergartens often started as a half-day proposition and were considered preparation for getting kids used to going to school.Iowa schools are not required by law to offer a kindergarten program, and there’s no requirement as to whether kindergarten should be all-day or half-day.
Swimmers will not be able to hit the beach at a popular northeast Iowa waterhole during this last holiday weekend of summer. D-N-R spokesman Ross Harrison says high bacteria levels have forced the closure of the beach at George Wyth State Park near Waterloo. He says bacteria levels seem to increase as they get a good crowd on the beach. Harrison says the rest of the lake still has good levels, so they’re trying to figure it all out.Harrison says swimming will be permitted at Clear Lake State Park in northern Iowa, but warning signs have been posted there due to elevated bacteria levels.Another northeastern Iowa state park, Backbone, is in the same boat as Clear Lake due to bacteria levels. Harrison says Backbone, in Delaware County, has also had warning signs posted for swimmers. He says Backbone has gone up and down in its readings due to a large watershed.Harrison says the lake at George Wyth will be closed at least a week.
A Quad City boot camp is being shaken by rumors of a sex scandal. An unidentified employee has been put on administrative leave as Davenport police investigate possible misconduct at Summit, a boot camp for teen criminal offenders. Police won’t specify the nature of the investigation, but a Quad City Times report says there may have been improper nude examinations of boys in the program by an adult leader.
Scott County residents held a successful petition drive calling for a referendum over the proposed River Renaissance project in Davenport. They collected more than 11-thousand signatures, that’s four thousand more signatures than are required. County supervisors decided Thursday to set a date for the vote. The referendum is over five-million dollars in local money. Twenty million dollars in Vision Iowa funds for the project hinge upon the project being finalized by November, but state election laws prevent the referendum from being on the ballot that soon. It could be December before the vote, which would put the state money in jeopardy.
The High School football season opens tonight with several rated matchups. Class 1A top ranked Aplington-Parkersburg takes on class 2A third ranked Dike-New Hartford. A-P coach Ed Thomas has a number of veterans back from last years runner-up team. He says preseason has gone well as they try to rebuild the offensive line and defensive secondary.Thomas says a matchup of contrasting styles. His team is more ground based, while he says Dike will throw the ball. He says the kicking game could be key.Dike-New Hartford coach Tom Wilson says his team enters the season with lofty goals. They have a big group of seniors who hope to get to the playoffs. Wilson says his team will rely on speed as they’re not very big.Top ranked Hubbard-Radcliffe opens the seas at Conrad BCLUW. Bill Huebner takes over as the Rebels head coach who are coming off the class A state title last year. He says they have some talented kids back.Hubbard-Radcliffe lost the first two non-district games of the season before winning the final 11-games to claim the state title. Huebner says no matter what happens the first couple of weeks he wants his team to make progress.
Mark Farley’s debut as Northern Iowa football coach was a success as the Panthers downed Wayne State of Michigan 34-14. Elwin Huffman reports.Freshman quarterback Tom Petrie completes 12 of 25 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Farley says they got the win and that’s what they were looking for. He says Petrie did a great job despite a lot of pressure.UNI meets Iowa State in their next game September 8th.