HUMBOLDT (AP) — Authorities have accused a volunteer firefighter of being drunk while driving a fire vehicle in northern Iowa.
Online court records say 42-year-old Jeffrey Feaster, of Dakota City, is charged with operating under the influence, first offense. His attorney didn't immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press.
The Messenger reports that Feaster was driving a rescue unit early on June 6 while responding to a traffic accident in Humboldt. Court records say he smelled of alcohol that morning and failed two field sobriety tests. His blood alcohol content tested out at more than twice the legal limit.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26.
WW2 soldier's remains coming home to Iowa for burial
MORNING SUN (AP) — The remains of a World War II soldier have been identified and are being sent home to Iowa for burial.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Wednesday that the remains of U.S. Army Pfc. John Walker will be buried June 20 in his hometown of Morning Sun. The agency says Walker was reported missing on Nov. 24, 1944, after his 1st Infantry Division unit battled Germans near Schönthal, Germany. He was declared deceased in November 1945.
The agency says a German resident found remains in the area in November 1948. They eventually were interred at the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neuville, France.
Follow-up research that began in 2016 led to the remains being exhumed, and subsequent DNA and other testing confirmed the remains were those of Walker.
Nebraska man rescued from western Iowa lake
COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Authorities say a Nebraska man is expected to recover from his near drowning on a western Iowa lake.
The Iowa Natural Resources Department said in a news release Wednesday that the man fell into the water Saturday evening at Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs from a personal watercraft driven by his wife. Conservation officer Adam Arnold says another person on a personal watercraft spotted the man and took him to safety on shore. He was soon taken to a Council Bluffs hospital.
The injured man was identified as 54-year-old Lawrence Wieneke. His wife was identified as 59-year-old Geralyn Wieneke. They live in Omaha.
Woman tells officers she purposely rammed ex-boyfriend's car
COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A Nebraska woman is accused of ramming her ex-boyfriend's car on Interstate 80 in western Iowa.
Pottawattamie County Court records say 20-year-old Truniyah McDonald, of Omaha, Nebraska, is charged with two counts of going armed with intent and one of criminal mischief. The Pottawattamie County public defender's office, which is defending McDonald, doesn't respond to media inquiries. Her next hearing is scheduled for June 21.
The Daily Nonpareil reports that Traevon Thompson told officers that she'd called him early Monday morning while they were both in their vehicles headed west on I-80 in Council Bluffs, telling him that she would ram his car.
Court records say she told officers she believes Thompson is seeing someone else and so decided to hit his car while pursuing him on the interstate.
She says she hit his car twice. Both cars struck the lane divider on the second hit. Neither Thompson nor McDonald was injured.
Weather service confirms 5 Nebraska tornadoes, 1 in Iowa
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that five tornadoes touched down in eastern Nebraska and one in western Iowa but caused little damage.
Each spotted during Monday's powerful thunderstorms Monday caused no injuries, only minor damage and was rated EF-0, with winds from 65 through 85 mph.
Three were in areas around Louisville and Murray. One touched down near Elk Creek and one near Table Rock, and the sixth was spotted west of Thurman in Iowa.
St. Paul raccoon reaches roof after scaling downtown tower
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A raccoon that appeared to be stranded on a ledge after climbing more than 20 stories of a high-rise office building in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, has made it to the roof, easing concerns that the animal could plummet to its death.
Onlookers and reporters tracked the raccoon's progress Tuesday as it scaled the UBS Tower. By early Wednesday, the animal made it to the roof, where St. Paul Animal Control had placed cat food and a trap in hopes of enticing the animal to safety.
The raccoon's adventures caused a stir on social media, with many Twitter users voicing concern for its safety or joking about the drama surrounding the animal's exploits. Minnesota Public Radio, from a building less than a block away, branded the raccoon #mprraccoon.