Senate Panel Considers Ernst Bill Creating Global War on Terrorism Memorial
(Washington, DC) — A U-S Senate committee is considering a bill sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst today (Thursday) that would create a Global War on Terrorism memorial on the National Mall. Passage in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee would be a major step forward for the bi-partisan measure. Ernst says it’s important to honor veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation is supported by more than 50 Republicans and Democrats and the six surviving defense secretaries who have led the Pentagon over the past 20 years.
Jones County Deputy and Suspect Injured in Monticello Home Explosion
(Monticello, IA) — Two people are injured after a man set off an explosive device in eastern Iowa Wednesday night. Monticello police and a Jones County sheriff’s deputy responded after a woman reported her husband was threatening to blow up the home. The officer and deputy were talking with the suspect when he ignited a device in the basement, causing an explosion and fire. Investigators say the deputy and suspect were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Monticello firefighters put out the fire in the basement and some neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution. The suspect was identified as 62-year-old David Costello.
Plane Bound for Mason City Makes Emergency Landing at Waterloo Airport
(Waterloo, IA) — More than a dozen people are okay after a tense situation at the Waterloo Regional Airport Wednesday night. Police and firefighters were called out to be on standby while a United Express airplane that was experiencing a mechanical problem made an emergency landing. Waterloo Fire Rescue officials say the small commercial plane lost one of its two engines while flying from Chicago to Mason City. The pilot diverted the plane to Waterloo where he landed safely around 8:30 p.m. Officials say there were 14 passengers on board the United Express flight. No injuries were reported.
Bicyclist Struck by Vehicle in Northeast Iowa Released From Rochester Hospital
(Lime Springs, IA) — Authorities in northeast Iowa say a bicyclist hit by a vehicle in Lime Springs is out of the hospital and recovering at home. The Howard County Sheriff’s Office says 18-year-old Ryan Zimmerman was riding late Tuesday afternoon when he was hit by a car driven by a 61-year-old Cresco man. Deputies said Zimmerman was airlifted to a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota and his medical condition was unknown at the time. Police updated the report Wednesday saying Zimmerman was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.