Saturday, May 18, 2013
The 8-year-old girl was found Friday night at the bottom of the pool, which doesn't have a lifeguard. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center, Urbandale Police said.
An 8-year-old girl was pulled from the bottom of an Urbandale apartment building's pool Friday night, said the Urbandale Police Department on Saturday. Public Information Officer Randy Peterson said that at 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, a maintenance man with Westpointe Apartments was doing a walk through the pool area at 2510 Canterbury Road. The worker saw a young girl at the bottom of the shallow end of the pool and immediately jumped into the pool and pulled the girl to safety. Urbandale Police and medics arrived within minutes and began to give medical attention to the girl. The girl began coughing and expelled fluids, Peterson said, and was able to communicate to first responders. She was taken by Urbandale paramedics to Mercy Hospital for…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Horizon Elementary students sent thank-you banners, cookies and cards to members of the Johnston Police Department this week.
From the Johnston Schools Students at Horizon Elementary celebrated National Police Officer Day and National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on Wednesday, May 15, according to Laura Dillavou of the Johnston school district communications office. "We appreciate the support our schools receive from the Johnston Police Department," Dillavou said in a release. Horizon students sent thank-you banners, cookies, and cards to officers of the Johnston department.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Urbandale ceremony honoring peace officers who made ultimate sacrifice to public safety by giving their lives was one of scores being held across the country during National Police Week.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday's ceremony in Urbandale was one of scores held across the country as part of National Police Week.
Peace officers from around Iowa came together in somber reflection in Urbandale Tuesday to pay tribute to 138 of their comrades who lost their lives in the line of duty last year. The observance was one of dozens held across the country during Police Memorial Week, a week set aside by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 in recognition of peace officers’ contribution to civilization by enforcing laws that gives citizens “internal freedom from fear of the violence and civil disorder that is presentingly affecting other nations.” Wearing duty uniforms and dress blues, gloves and waistcoats, shoulder cords and visor caps, they filled the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, their stony silence conveying a stronger message than spoken words. A …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
“Take-back” events respond to a spate of crime involving firearms.
An increase in drive-by shootings, armed robberies and other gun violence in Des Moines and the metro area has prompted several suburban police departments to take part in “gun take-back” events during National Police Week. Police departments in Urbandale, West Des Moines, Clive and Windsor Heights are cooperating in an event from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Urbandale Police Department, 3740 86th St. Urbandale Police Spokesman Randy Peterson said the Des Moines Police Department spearheaded the take-back program and “other agencies jumped on board.” “We really liked the idea,” he said. Guns and ammunition may not be turned over anonymously an individuals dropping them off must provide identification. Accountability is important so police can …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Local observance also honors longtime members of the Urbandale Police Department.
Sign up for Urbandale Patch's free newsletter | Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter The annual Urbandale Police Memorial Service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3600 75th St. The annual tribute honors peace officers killed in the line of duty, but also Urbandale Police Department members with 25 or more years of service, said police spokesman Randy Peterson. The ceremony will include the rpesentation of colors by the Urbandale, West Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa State Patrol and Polk County Honor Guards, bagpipers, a 21-gun salute, the playing of taps and traditional flag folding is part of National Police Week activities taking place across the country this week. Also, during the ceremony …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Barton Tingley, 49, of Des Moines, was identified as the deceased man found in rural Polk County on Thursday. No foul play is suspected.
Update Authorities have identified Barton Tingley, 49, of Des Moines, as the man found in rural Polk County on Thursday, multiple news outlets report. Friends found him in a farm field at about 1:30 p.m. Foul play is not suspected, but the cause of the death is still unknown. Previous Authorities are investigating a dead body found in rural Polk County, KCCI reports. The TV station cites a spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff's Department saying the department is in the middle of its investigation of the man's body, which was found by a friend. Deputies and the Polk County Medical Examiner are on the scene in a rural area off Northeast 166th Avenue about 7 miles southeast of Cambridge near the Polk and Story county line. The Des …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The three cities now have their own tactical team and officials are now questioning whether the service is worth their investment.
Urbandale is among three Des Moines suburbs considering withdrawal from a joint homeland security agreement with the Des Moines Police Department, the Des Moines Register reports. The three cities – which include West Des Moines, Urbandale and Clive – pay a combined total of $160,700 to be part of the team, the article said. However, they have their own tactical team, and officials told the newspaper they believe there is a duplication of services between the two. The agreement with the Des Moines Police Department developed after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S., according to the Register. Services provided under the agreement include a bomb squad, Metro STAR tactical unit, intelligence assistance, crisis negotiators, a police dive …
Investigators said they also took possession of other weapons found in the home that were not properly secured, according to one central Iowa television station.
Updated, 2 p.m.: A Johnston man is facing charges in connection with a Tuesday incident in which an 8-year-old was found in possession of a gun at Lawson Elementary School in Johnston, according to KCCI Channel 8. Louis Friestad, 31, of Johnston is expected to be charged Wednesday with child endangerment and a gun law violation after his son, who is in second grade, brought the weapon to school, the television station reported. Police were called to Lawson shortly before noon Tuesday. School officials said the incident was reported to a teacher by fellow students. The gun was not loaded and no students were harmed, district spokeswoman Laura Dillavou also told The Des Moines Register. According to a press release issued by the Johnston …
A Johnston GOP volunteer says statements last week in an Iowa Senate investigation back up her charge that State Sen. Ken Sorenson stole an email list from her computer and gave it to the Michele Bachmann campaign.
A Johnston woman who has accused a Milo state legislator of stealing her email list told the Des Moines Register she welcomes an Iowa Senate ethics investigation in the case, including statements “that denote first-hand knowledge of the crime.” Barb Heki served as a coordinator of home-school supporters for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign that participated in the January 2012 Iowa caucuses. She said in a statement last week she was grateful former Bachmann campaign aide Chris Dorr of Van Meter had acknowledged removing an email list from Heki’s computer in Bachmann’s Urbandale campaign office. “This public disclosure is a significant milestone. The false statements made about my computer interactions with others are …