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Monday Afternoon News, December 6th


Man Sentenced To 54 Years In Prison For Running Over Friend, Shooting At Woman

(Sioux City, IA)  —  A 40-year-old Sioux City man has been sentenced to 54 years in prison for running over his friend and shooting at the friend’s girlfriend.  The incident happened a year ago.  Jayme Powell was found guilty in October on two counts of attempted murder.  Prosecutors told the court Powell and 42-year-old Richard Polak of Omaha had fought earlier in the day.  They said he fired shots at Jaimi Bucholz while she was driving with an infant in her car, then ran over Polak who was riding his motorcycle on Interstate 29 at the time.  Police say Powell stole two pickups while he tried to get away after his pickup wouldn’t run.




Iowa Music Teacher Investigated For Racial Slurs

(Norwalk, IA)  —  A music teacher for the Norwalk Community School District is on paid administrative leave while the district investigates his possible use of racial slurs.  A video posted to Facebook and Instagram appears to show Gerard Krupke typing the slurs into a word game that was displayed on an overhead screen at the high school.  The incident reportedly happened last week.  More than 200 comments have been made on the Norwalk Facebook page – some demanding Krupke be fired and others calling him a wonderful person who wouldn’t do such a thing.




17-Year-Old Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder Outside Bar Near Fairgrounds

(Des Moines, IA)  —  Des Moines police say a 17-year-old suspect has been charged with attempted murder outside a bar near the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  The incident happened Thursday night.  Investigators say the victim was trying to break up a fight between the suspect and a woman when he was shot.  In addition to the attempted murder charge, the teenager faces counts of willful injury causing serious injury, assault while participating in a felony, and felon in possession of a firearm.  No names have been released.  The 46-year-old victim is hospitalized in critical condition.  Police say the suspect has been arrested on weapons charges in the past.




Elementary School In West Bend Ranked Best In Iowa

(West Bend, IA)  —  An elementary school in northern Iowa is ranked the best in the state.  U-S News and World Report gave West Bend-Mallard Elementary School the top ranking based on its performance on state-required tests, graduation rates, and how well teachers prepare the students to enter high school.  The publication says the school also scored high or above average in math and reading scores.  As a reward, students will be taken to see a holiday movie.  The honored school is located in West Bend, which is north of Fort Dodge in Palo Alto County.