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Archive of Press Releases
2015

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December 31, 2015

Jan. 1 - Jan 10: Fill-In PIOs for DPS Investigative Operations

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Investigative Operations Divisions Public Information Officer Alex Murphy will be on vacation from noon, Friday, January 1, 2016 through Sunday, January 10, 2016.

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December 23, 2015

Law Enforcement, State ME Identify Remains in Mahaska County

MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was called to assist the Mahaska County Sheriff’s office with a death investigation.

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December 16, 2015

Waterloo Officer's Actions Justified

WATERLOO, Iowa -- On December 11, 2015, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office completed a review of the circumstances of a shooting incident that occurred in the City of Waterloo and involved a Waterloo police officer who is assigned to the Tri-County Drug Task Force and the suspect, Brandon Seeley.

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:Division: DCI

December 15, 2015

CORRECTION: Victim Identified in Davis County Homicide

***The last name of the victim in Sunday's homicide was misspelled in the previous press release. The correct spelling of the victim's name is: Michael Thomas Goodwin, Sr.***

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December 15, 2015

Victim Identified in Davis County Homicide

DAVIS COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has identified the victim of Sunday’s suspicious death investigation as Michael Thomas Goodwin, Sr., 39, of Bloomfield, Iowa.

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December 14, 2015

Iowa DCI, Davis Co. Sheriff's Office Investigating Suspicious Death

Davis County, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was called to assist the Davis County Sheriff’s office with a death investigation.

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December 7, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Union County Suspicious Death

UNION COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was called to assist the Union County Sheriff’s Office with a suspicious death.

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December 2, 2015

Name Released in Cerro Gordo County Inmate Death

CERRO GORDO COUNTY, Iowa -- The Cerro Gordo County Jail inmate that was found unresponsive in his cell yesterday has been identified as Dacota Alan Witham, 28, of Mason City, Iowa. Witham was the only occupant of the cell at the time of the incident.

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:Division: DCI

December 2, 2015

ISP to Hold Rededication Ceremony for 1935 Patrol Car

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa State Patrol (ISP) will hold a rededication ceremony for a 1935 Ford Tudor patrol car on Thursday. The public and media are invited to attend.

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:Division: ISP

December 1, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Inmate Death

CERRO GORDO, Iowa -- On December 1, 2015, at approximately 6:50 AM, a Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officer discovered an unresponsive male in his jail cell.  Lifesaving efforts were immediately started and the man was transported to Mercy Hospital North Iowa where he was pronounced dead.

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:Division: DCI

November 24, 2015

SFM Division Reminds Iowans of Thanksgiving Safety Tips

DES MOINES, Iowa – Thanksgiving is the leading day for house fires in the United States.  Families should be extra cautious while preparing food this holiday season. 

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November 20, 2015

DPS to Donate Thanksgiving Meals in All 99 Counties

DES MOINES, Iowa – On Monday, November 23, 2015, the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS), will package full Thanksgiving meals that will be donated to one family in need in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. 

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November 18, 2015

Arrest Made in Pomeroy Death Investigation

POMEROY, Iowa -- This is a press release from the Calhoun County Attorney's Office. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). However, the Iowa DCI was involved with the investigation and arrest.

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:Division: DCI

November 17, 2015

Thanksgiving sTEP Begins Next Week

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Thanksgiving weekend (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25 – 6 a.m. Monday, November 30) is the busiest travel time of the year for American motorists. 

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November 17, 2015

Man Arrested, Charged with Attempted Murder

ELKADER, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigaiton (DCI). This is a press release from the Elkader Police Department. The Iowa DCI was involved in this investigation. All media inquiries should be directed to the Elkader Police Chief.

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November 11, 2015

Victim Identified in Pomeroy Death Investigation

POMEROY, Iowa -- The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) have identified the deceased subject from the shooting in Pomeroy, Iowa, on November 10, 2015, as Dale Currie Potter, age 41, of Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. 

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November 10, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Pomeroy

POMEROY, Iowa -- Around 2AM, Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office was called to 205 2nd Street in Pomeroy, Iowa, on a subject with a gunshot wound.

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November 11, 2015

2015 Sullivan Brothers' Award of Valor Ceremony to be Held

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) will host the 38th Annual Sullivan Brothers’ Award of Valor Ceremony on Thursday, November 12, 2015. The event will take place at the State Capitol Rotunda at 10:30AM.

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November 7, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Waukee Homicide

WAUKEE, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Agents and the DCI Crime Lab's Crime Scene Team are assiting the Waukee Police Department with an early morning homicide. The below press release is from the Waukee Police Department, not the Iowa DPS's DCI.

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November 6, 2015

Cause of Cedar Falls Motel Explosion Released

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- On October 10, 2015, an explosion happened at the Shady Rest Motel, 2008 Center Street in Cedar Falls.  Matthew David Ferleman, 43, was injured during the explosion and later died from his injuries. 

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November 3, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Waterloo Officer-Involved Shooting

WATERLOO, Iowa -- On November 2, 2015, at approximately 3:00 PM, officers with the Waterloo Police Department observed a subject known as Brandon Seeley, 24, driving a blue Dodge van near the area of Young Arena in downtown Waterloo.  Seeley had a valid arrest warrant for a Probation Violation for possession with intent to deliver marijuana out of Jones County. 

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:Division: DCI

October 30, 2015

Man Arrested in Connection with April Officer-Involved Shooting

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- On October 29, 2015, Jovan Webb was arrested by the Davenport Police Department on arrest warrants for Assault on Persons in Certain Occupations (Peace Officer) while Using a Dangerous Weapon, Interference with Official Acts While Armed with a Firearm and Carrying Weapons.    

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October 29, 2015

Man Arrested in Connection with School Bus Crash

DELAWARE COUNTY, Iowa -- On the early morning hours of Thursday, October 29, 2015, deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office arrested Monte Klink on an Iowa State Patrol arrest warrant for Serious Injury by Motor Vehicle (Class D Felony), Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense (OWI Second), Failure to Obey Yield Sign and Failure to Provide Financial Liability. 

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:Division: ISP

October 28, 2015

Autopsy Results Released in Benton County Homicide

BENTON, COUNTY, Iowa -- On October 26, 2015, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny conducted an autopsy on the body of Sabrina Hustad.  Dr. Michele Catellier performed the autopsy and determined the cause of Hustad’s death to be multiple stab wounds with strangulation.

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:Division: DCI

October 26, 2015

Name Released in Benton County Homicide

BENTON COUNTY, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office can confirm the identity of the homicide victim on October 25, 2015, as Sabrina Christine Hustad, 25, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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October 26, 2015

Ohio Homicide Suspect Arrested in Iowa

DOWS, Iowa -- On October 25, 2015, around 10:20 a.m., the Iowa State Patrol stopped a vehicle travelling north bound on Interstate 35 at the 153 mile marker, near Dows, Iowa, travelling at 98 mph. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Burley Blankenship, age 34, of Cleveland, Ohio.

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October 26, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Benton County Homicide

On October 25, 2015 at approximately 11:51 AM, Benton County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a nonresponsive female lying in the driveway of 3257 59th Street Trail Lot #4 Shellsburg, Iowa.

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October 23, 2015

Cedar Rapids Officers Involved in Shooting Identified

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- On October 23, 2015, the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) interviewed officers involved in the October 20th  shooting of Jonathan Gossman.  Officer Lucas Jones and Officer Bryson Garringer voluntarily gave their account of the incident. 

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:Division: DCI

October 23, 2015

NOTICE: Fill-In Iowa State Patrol PIO for 10/23-10/25

The Iowa Department of Public Safety's Iowa State Patrol (ISP) has a fill-in ISP PIO for October 23 - October 25, 2015.

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October 21, 2015

Update on Cedar Rapids Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The subject that was fatally wounded earlier this morning has been identified as Jonathan Tyler Gossman, 21, of Cedar Rapids. 

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October 21, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Cedar Rapids Officer-Involved Shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the DCI has been requested to investigate this incident.

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October 15, 2015

2015 National Teen Driver Safety Week

DES MOINES, Iowa – Today’s youth are busier and more engaged than ever. Unfortunately, this also means they have more things to distract them, especially while they are driving.

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October 15, 2015

SFM Division - Burn Bans in Place Throughout Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) reports a dozen counties currently under burn bans due to the recent dry weather.

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October 9, 2015

Additional Charges Filed in Ongoing Lottery Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa – Based on information developed in the ongoing investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Iowa Attorney General's Office filed additional charges in the ongoing major lottery investigation.

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October 9, 2015

Notice of Press Conference

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) will hold a press conference today regarding major new developments in the ongoing lottery investigation. This case also involves developments in the states of Colorado and Wisconsin.

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October 6, 2015

Name of Trooper Released in Washington Co. OIS

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) can confirm that Iowa State Trooper Jewel O'Rear was the trooper responsible for discharging her state-issued service weapon during the motor vehicle chase that led to the shooting in Washington County on October 1, 2015.

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October 2, 2015

Dayton Death Ruled A Homicide

DAYTON, Iowa--The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is actively investigating a homicide in Dayton. This is a press release from the Webster County Sheriff's Office, not directly from the DCI.

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October 2, 2015

Iowa DCI Releasing More Information in Washington Co. OIS

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has identified all three occupants of the suspect vehicle in the officer-involved shooting incident in Washington County on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

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October 1, 2015

Iowa DCI, ISP Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Iowa – Around 1:30 PM, today, October 1, 2015, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa State Patrol (ISP) was notified of a possible suspicious vehicle involved in retail thefts in the Cedar Rapids area.

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September 30, 2015

Charges Filed in Glenwood Shooting

GLENWOOD, Iowa -- This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Mills County Attorney's Office. The Iowa DCI assisted with the investigation into this shooting.

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September 30, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Shooting, Death in Dayton

DAYTON, Iowa -- Webster County Sheriff's Deputies, the Iowa State Patrol and Dayton Police Department were dispatched to a trailer located in the 200 block of 8th Street SW, in Dayton, Iowa, for an unresponsive male inside the trailer.

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:Division: DCI

September 30, 2015

2015-16 High Five Project Launch

DES MOINES, IOWA –Alarming statistics involving fatalities on Iowa’s rural roadways has cause for major concern.  That is why the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) is once again launching a year-long targeted traffic safety project in five rural counties to reduce rural fatalities.

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September 25, 2015

Washington County Deputy's Actions Justified

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has completed their investigation into the shooting death of Martin Hammen by Washington County Deputy Kirk Bailey. 

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September 22, 2015

Iowa DNE and ODCP Host Drug Take Back Event

The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DNE) Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE) in partnership with the Governor's Office on Drug Control Policy will host a drug take back even this week.

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September 21, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Missouri Valley Stabbing

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa – On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at approximately 2:50 AM, the Missouri Valley Police Department received a 911 call regarding a stabbing that had just taken place at the Shell gas station located at 103 Willow Rd, just off of I-29, in Missouri Valley.

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:Division: DCI

September 21, 2015

NOTICE: Fill-In ISP PIO for 9/21-9/27

The Iowa Department of Public Safety's Iowa State Patrol (ISP) has a fill-in ISP PIO for September 21 - September 28, 2015.

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September 16, 2015

Autopsy Complete in Washington County Officer Involved Shooting

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Iowa -- On Monday, September 14, 2015, the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Martin Hammen.  The result of the autopsy revealed Hammen died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

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:Division: DCI

September 14, 2015

Name Released in Hardin County Death Investigation

This is a press release from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, and has been posted and distributed in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

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September 13, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Hardin County Death

IOWA FALLS, Iowa -- On September 13, 2015, at approximately 12:10 PM, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a male subject deceased in a ditch on State Highway 65, north of Iowa Falls. 

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September 13, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Iowa---On Saturday, September 12, 2015, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a subject, later identified as Martin Francis Hammen, 39, as being suicidal.

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:Division: DCI

September 10, 2015

CA: Fairfield Police Officers' Actions Justified

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Iowa -- This is not a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the Van Buren County Attorney's Office. The Iowa DCI did assist with the investigation in this case.

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September 9, 2015

Arrest Made in DeWitt Shooting

DEWITT, Iowa -- On August 28, 2015 in the Iowa District Court of Clinton County, arrest warrants were issued for 26-year-old Alejandro Andres Lira for his role in the August 11, 2015, shooting of Michael Dewispelaere.  The shooting occurred at approximately 11:11pm in front of the DeWitt Police Department-DeWitt Iowa. 

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September 8, 2015

Iowa DCI's ICAC Task Force August Highlights

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation's (DCI) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force August Media Highlights.

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September 4, 2015

I-80/I-35 Border-to-Border Safety Initiative Concludes

DES MOINES, Iowa –Sixteen State Police/Highway Patrol Agencies participated in the 3 day heightened enforcement effort August 28 through August 30 to eliminate traffic fatalities across the nation along the 4,500 miles of Interstate 80 and Interstate 35.  This effort proved to be extremely successful as no fatalities were reported from any of the states that participated.

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August 27, 2015

Iowa State Patrol Heading Up 16-State Traffic Safety Challenge

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa State Patrol is heading up a 16-state, I-80/I-35 Border-to-Border traffic safety challenge this weekend.

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:Division: ISP

August 27, 2015

Casey City Hall Fire Investigation Still On-Going

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) acknowledges the State Auditor’s report released on Thursday regarding the city of Casey, Iowa.

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August 25, 2015

Iowa DCI Assisting with Death Investigation in Mapleton

MAPLETON, Iowa – On Monday, August 24, 2015, at approximately 10:30AM, the Mapleton Police Department received a 911 call for an unresponsive female at 702 Monona Street in Mapleton.

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August 24, 2015

AG: Waterloo Officers' Actions Justified

DES MOINES, Iowa -- On August 21, 2015, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office completed a review of the circumstances of a shooting incident that occurred in the parking lot of the New World Lounge, in Waterloo, on Sunday, April 05, 2015.

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August 21, 2015

Governor Branstad to Award Iowans at Annual Lifesaving Ceremony

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Today, Governor Terry E. Branstad will honor ten individuals who selflessly offered service to their fellow citizens in a critical time of need.

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August 20, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Burlington Homicide

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- This is a press release from the Burlington Police Department. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigation.

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August 19, 2015

Keokuk Doctor Charged

KEOKUK, Iowa -- This is a press release from the Keokuk Police Department. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The Iowa DCI assisted with this investigation.

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August 17, 2015

Notice of 2015 Governor's Lifesaving Awards

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Join us for the 2015 Governor's Lifesaving Awards Ceremony.

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August 12, 2015

Former Association President Charged with Theft

LE CLAIRE, Iowa- On June 11, 2015, the Le Claire Police Department requested assistance from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) Major Crime Unit (MCU) in reference to a string of suspicious financial transactions discovered within a bank account held by the Le Claire Firefighter’s Association. 

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August 12, 2015

DPS at the Iowa State Fair: Safety Begins with Knowledge

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) invites state fairgoers to visit the DPS booth in the Hall of Law under the Grandstand from 9am-9pm, daily.  This year, the DPS will focus on “Safety Begins with Knowledge.”

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August 12, 2015

Iowa DCI Assisting with DeWitt Shooting Investigation

This is a press release from the DeWitt Police Department. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigation.

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July 31, 2015

DCI Warns of Scam

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is warning of a scam targeting Iowans by misrepresenting the staff of the Department.

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July 30, 2015

Man Charged in Logan Hit and Run

LOGAN, Iowa – On July 4, 2015, at approximately 11:00 PM, a Harrison County Deputy Sheriff and a Logan Police Officer came upon a female body on the side of the road near the 115 mile marker of Highway 127, on the north side of Logan. Officers discovered the female was deceased upon their arrival and it appeared she was a victim of a hit and run.

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July 14, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Sibley

SIBLEY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is assisting the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office with a death investigation north of Sibley, Iowa.

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July 9, 2015

Update: Bedford Child Death Investigation

BEDFORD, Iowa -- On Friday May 22, 2015, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call for a child not breathing at 806 Washington St. in Bedford, Iowa.  When Deputies arrived they located a 3 year old female, now identified as Janyiah King, unresponsive.

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July 6, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigates Logan Hit and Run

LOGAN, Iowa – On July 4, 2015, at approximately 11:00 PM, a Harrison County Deputy Sheriff and a Logan Police Officer came upon a female body on the side of the road near the 115 mile marker of Highway 127, on the north side of Logan. Officers discovered the female was deceased upon their arrival and it appeared she was a victim of a hit and run.

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July 6, 2015

Iowa DCI's ICAC Task Force June Highlights

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigaiton's (DCI) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force June Media Highlights.

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July 2, 2015

Iowa State Patrol: Heightened Enforcement This Fourth of July

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa State Patrol (ISP) will be stepping up efforts and increasing the number of troopers on roadways this Fourth of July holiday weekend as thousands of Iowans are expected to travel.

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:Division: ISP

July 2, 2015

Drugged Driving A Growing Problem in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Recent trends across the U.S. show that impaired driving is not just drunk driving. Impaired drivers are under the influence of illegal and sometimes even legal drugs that pose serious threats to motorists, just like drunk driving.

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July 2, 2015

Trooper Marc Griggs Hits First-Ever Milestone

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Today, July 2, 2015, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Marc Griggs was recognized for hitting a major milestone in the fight against drugged driving in Iowa.

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July 2, 2015

Reminder: Drugged Driving Press Conference

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Iowa DPS’ Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) will hold a press conference on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 10:30AM at DPS Headquarters (215 East 7th Street, Des Moines) to recognize an Iowa State Patrol Trooper for a major milestone in the fight against drugged driving in Iowa.

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July 1, 2015

UPDATE: Marion County Homicide Investigation

This is a press release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The Iowa DCI assisted with this investigation.

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June 30, 2015

Former IWD Employee Charged After DCI Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In September 2014, Iowa's Office of Auditor of State discovered irregularities in time sheet reporting by Sharon Wolfe, a state employee at the Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) in Des Moines.

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:Division: DCI

June 30, 2015

Media Availability on Largest Iowa Public Safety Project

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) will hold a media availability this morning, June 30, 2015, at DPS Headquarters (215 East 7th Street, Des Moines) at 10:30AM.

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June 29, 2015

Arrest Made in ISU Student Homicide

This is a press release from the Iowa City Police Department. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigation.

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June 29, 2015

Arrests Made in Nodaway Homicide

NODAWAY, Iowa -- On Friday June 26, 2015, Agents from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) traveled to Hiawatha, Kansas, to interview witnesses and persons of interest in the Allen Pafford homicide investigation. 

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:Division: DCI

June 29, 2015

Trooper to be Awarded for Major Milestone in Fight Against
Drugged Driving

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Iowa DPS’ Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) will hold a press conference on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 10:30AM to recognize an Iowa State Patrol Trooper for a major milestone in the fight against drugged driving in Iowa.

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June 26, 2015

Celebrate Freedom and a Fatality-Free Holiday on the 4th

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Independence Day is a time of celebration with family and friends, food, and fireworks, but the Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the deadliest on the nation’s roadways, of crashes involving alcohol. 

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June 25, 2015

20th Anniversary of News Anchor Abduction

This is a press release from the Mason City Police Department. This is NOT a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

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June 25, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating In-Custody Death

This is a press release from the Iowa County Sheriff's Office. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigation.

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:Division: DCI

June 24, 2015

Actions 'Lawful' in Officer Involved Shooting

This is a press release from the Muscatine County Attorney's Office. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The Iowa DCI assisted with the investigation.

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:Division: DCI

June 23, 2015

Update: More Information Released ini Nodaway Death Investigation

NODAWAY, Iowa-- At approximately 11:20AM on Saturday June 20, 2015, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Kathy Pafford at 703 4th Street, in Nodaway, Iowa.  Pafford advised her son, Allen Pafford, 44, was deceased. 

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:Division: DCI

June 21, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Nodaway

NODAWAY, Iowa -- The Adams County Sheriff's Office along with the Iowa Division if Criminal Investigation are investigating a suspicious death in Nodaway, Iowa.

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June 20, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Rural Marion County Homicide

MARION COUNTY, Iowa -- This is a press release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office. This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Although, DCI special agents and the DCI Crime Lab's Crime Scene Team are investigating this incident.

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June 18, 2015

Update: Louisa County Officer Involved Shooting

LOUISA COUNTY, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has completed their investigation into the Officer Involved Shooting of Richard Spurling.  Louisa county deputy, David Perley was identified as the shooter.  The DCI has interviewed Perley for his role in the shooting. 

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June 18, 2015

Most Fatal-Crash Holiday Approaching

DES MOINES, Iowa – Normally Father’s Day is a day of joy as we honor our dad’s for all the great things they do for us every day.  But the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) says an alarming traffic safety trend has emerged that is no cause for celebration.

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June 16, 2015

Iowa DCI Arrests Former Garwin City Clerk

GARWIN, Iowa -- On June 16, 2015, Special Agents with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation-Major Crimes Unit (DCI), in conjunction with Deputies of the Tama County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Anna Lori Leytham of Garwin, Iowa.

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June 13, 2015

Update #3: Coralville Mall Shooting

CORALVILLE, Iowa -- This is a press release from the Coralville Police Department. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). All media inquries should be directed to the Coralville Police Department.

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June 13, 2015

Notice of Press Conference: Coralville Mall Shooting

CORALVILLE, Iowa -- This is a notice of a press conference from the Coralville Police Department. This is not a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

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June 13, 2015

Coralville Mall Shooting Press Release from Coralville PD

CORALVILLE, Iowa -- This is a press release from the Coralville Police Department. This is NOT a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) or the DPS' Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

All media inquries pertaining to this release should be directed to the Coralville Police Department.

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June 13, 2015

Update #2: Coralville Mall Shooting

CORALVILLE, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is able to confirm that there was one fatality as a result of the shooting at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, Iowa.  Federal, state and local law enforcement do not have reason to believe that there were other injuries as a result of the shooting.

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June 12, 2015

Update: More Information Released in Mall Shooting

CORALVILLE, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is able to confirm that there is one fatality as a result of the shooting at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, Iowa. The victim is female. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.

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June 12, 2015

Coral Ridge Mall Shooting

CORALVILLE, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) tonight can confirm that there was a shooting at Coralville, Iowa’s, Coral Ridge Mall and that a suspect is in custody.

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June 12, 2015

Statement on DPS Internal Investigation

An extensive internal investigation related to the purchase of handguns by the Iowa Department of Public Safety has been concluded.  Initially, two retired DCI agents investigated the procurement processes used, and then a personnel investigation was continued internally by two Assistant Directors in the Investigative Operations Division.

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June 11, 2015

Update: Emmet County Homicide Investigation

EMMET COUNTY, Iowa -- This is a press release from the Emmet County Sheriff's Office. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

Media Contact: Alex Murphy, Public Information Officer, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, (515) 443-3014.

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June 10, 2015

FirstNet Outreach in Iowa

This is a joint press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Connect Iowa and the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board on the progress of FirstNet outreach in Iowa.

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June 10, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Louisa County Shooting

OUISA COUNTY, Iowa -- On June 9, 2015, at approximately 11:40 PM, Louisa County Deputies initiated a vehicle stop on a blue 1993 Cadillac Seville for traffic violations.   The operator and sole occupant, Richard Spurling, 55, of Muscatine, failed to stop. 

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June 10, 2015

Iowa DCI Assisting with Fort Dodge Shooting

This is a press release from the Fort Dodge Police Department. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

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June 8, 2015

UPDATE: Emmet County Homicide Investigation

EMMET COUNTY, Iowa -- More details are being released this morning as the result of an investigation into the death of Thomas Bortvit, 19, of Estherville. During the multi-agency investigation by the Emmet's County Sheriff’s Office, Estherville Police Department and Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal investigation (DCI), a suspect has been arrested and charged in connection to what is now being considered a homicide.

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June 8, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Emmet County

EMMET COUNTY, Iowa -- The Emmet County Sheriff's Office located the body of Thomas Lee Bortvit, 19, of Estherville, in rural Emmet County, late in the afternoon on June 7, 2015. Bortvit had been reported missing by his family on June 6, 2015, and an investigation into his appearance had been initiated.

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June 8, 2015

FirstNet Milestone Media Advisory

Governor Branstad will recognize ISICSB Chairman and efforts on FirstNet progress.

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June 5, 2015

DPS warns of MidAmerican Scam

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) has received reporting from MidAmerican Energy Company regarding a recent surge in scam phone calls to customers throughout Iowa.

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June 3, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Fairfield Officer Involved Shooting

FAIRFIELD, Iowa -- On June 2, 2015, at approximately 1 a.m., Fairfield Police Officers attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of 12th Street and Jefferson Avenue, in Fairfield.  The vehicle refused to stop and continued to elude law enforcement. 

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June 3, 2015

Iowa State Patrol to Host USEOW Conference

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa State Patrol is proud to be hosting the 2015 Uniformed Safety Education Officer Workshop.

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June 3, 2015

Iowa DPS Gives Back to the Community by Donating Blood

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is partnering with the LifeServe Blood Center of Des Moines to give back to the community.

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June 1, 2015

Amber Alert for Two Missing Jefferson Children Cancelled

DES MOINES, Iowa --The Amber Alert that was issued earlier this morning for 4 year old Reed Day and 2 year old Rheea Day, both of Jefferson, has been cancelled.

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May 28, 2015

Update: Clay County Amber Alert for Two Missing Teens

On Thursday, approximately 1:55pm the Clay County Sheriff's Office received authorization to enact an AMBER ALERT for two missing and believed endangered juveniles from Everly. 

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May 28, 2015

Iowa DPS Cancels Amber Alert for Two Missing Teens

CLAY COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety has cancelled the Amber Alert issued for two missing teenagers from Everly, Iowa. Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies located the two missing teens in Cherokee County. Both teens were uninjured and safe when deputies located them.

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May 28, 2015

Iowa DPS Issues Amber Alert for Two Missing Teens

CLAY COUNTY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office have issued an Amber Alert for two missing teenagers from Everly, Iowa.

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May 27, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigates Taylor County Child Death

TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa -- On Friday, May 22, 2015, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call for a child not breathing at 608 Washington St., in Bedford, Iowa.  When Deputies arrived they located a three year old female child unresponsive.  The child was pronounced deceased by the Taylor County Medical Examiner.

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May 21, 2015

Extra Patrols, Seat Belt Usage Main Focus this Memorial Day
Holiday Weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa – This Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa State Patrol (ISP) will have increased patrol efforts on Iowa roadways with the main focus on seatbelt usage.

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May 19, 2015

UPDATE: Names Released in Chase, Shooting

HARRISON COUNTY, Iowa -- At 12:34 PM on May 18, 2015, DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Derek Floerchinger located a vehicle parked along the side of I-29 south bound near mile marker 90 in Harrison County. 

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May 19, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Chase, Shooting

HARRISON COUNTY, Iowa -- At 12:34 PM on May 18, 2015, DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Derek Floerchinger located a vehicle parked along the side of I-29 south bound near mile marker 90 in Harrison County. 

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May 18, 2015

DPS to hold Torch Run Kick-Off Ceremony for SOIA

Des Moines, IOWA -- To kick off the 2015 Special Olympics’ Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) will hold a torch lighting ceremony at the Oran Pape State Office Building.

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May 15, 2015

Iowa DPS Unveils CART to Assist in Child Abduction Investigations

DES MOINES, Iowa -- In response to the recent tragic abductions and murders of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey in Evansdale, Iowa, and the abduction and murder of Kathlynn Shepard in Dayton, Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) has formed a Child Abduction Response Team (CART) that will be better trained and better equipped to respond to child abduction cases in the future across the state. 

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May 14, 2015

Iowa DCI Assists in Infant Death Investigation Arrest

This press release is from the Des MoinesCounty Sheriff's Office. The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) assisted with this investigation. This press release is not a DPS/DCI press release.

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May 12, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Calmar Bank Robbery

This press release is from the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office. The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is assisting with this investigation. This press release is not a DPS/DCI press release.

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May 12, 2015

Click It or Ticket This Memorial Day Weekend

DES MOINES, Iowa—Recent crash data shows that motorists are buckling up more during the day than at night. The Click It or Ticket campaign across Iowa and the United States is focusing on heightened seat belt enforcement 24-7, and a more defined focus of seat belt enforcement will take place between the evening/overnight hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., due to the significant number of violators and fatal crashes during this time period.

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May 11, 2015

Crawford County Inmate Charged with Assault, Attempting to Flee

This press release is from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office. The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is assisting with this investigation. This press release is not a DPS/DCI press release.

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May 11, 2015

Governor, Lt. Governor to Recognize Missing Children's Day Poster
Contest Winners at Reception

DES MOINES, Iowa --- Governor Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) Missing Person Information Clearinghouse (MPIC) will honor the winners of the annual Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. 

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May 11, 2015

2015 Iowa Speedway Season Traffic Information

NEWTON, Iowa -- Law enforcement and Iowa Speedway officials are preparing for the 2015 race season at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, and are asking Iowans and visiting race fans to do the same.

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May 11, 2015

Iowa DCI, U.S. Attorney's Office Investigate and Prosecute
Enticement & Exploitation Cases

April 2015 -- The United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa, along with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation's (DCI) Internet Crimes Against Children Tast Force (ICAC) have investigated and prosecuted an enticement of a minor case and a child exploitation case.

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May 8, 2015

Four Added to Iowa Peace Officer Memorial during Ceremony

DES MOINES, Iowa -- It is with great pride the State of Iowa takes time to honor officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.  At a ceremony today on the Capitol Complex, four officers were officially added to the Peace Officers’ Memorial.

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May 5, 2015

2015 Winners of Commissioner's Award for Excellence

DES MOINES, Iowa – Last week, during the 25th Annual Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau Conference, held at the Meadows Events Center, eighteen local law enforcement officials and agencies were awarded the Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety.

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May 4, 2015

Four Fallen Officers to be added to Iowa POM

DES MOINES, Iowa --- This Friday, Governor Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim K. Reynolds and the state of Iowa will honor four officers killed in the line of duty.  Each of these men died while serving to protect and keep Iowa communities safe.

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May 1, 2015

Iowa GTSB, Sioux City Launch First-in-Iowa Pedestrian Campaign

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – This morning, Friday, May 1, 2015, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB), in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) and the City of Sioux City, launched the first of its kind in Iowa, pedestrian fatality awareness campaign.

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April 30, 2015

Statement from the Iowa Department of Public Safety

Please see the above link for a statement issued by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

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April 29, 2015

Iowa GTSB Kicks Off Pedestrian Fatality Campaign in Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the city of Sioux City are partnering to raise awareness about pedestrian fatalities. A press conference will be held to announce the new initiative that will begin in Sioux City.

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April 23, 2015

Iowa Teen Arrested and Charged in Arson Investigation

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa -- On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Agents with the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) and Missouri Valley Police Department arrested Coty William Cates, 19, of Missouri Valley, and charged him with three (3) counts of Arson in the Second Degree.

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April 21, 2015

Iowa DPS Unveils Facebook and Twitter Pages

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is proud to announce the addition of departmental Facebook and Twitter pages.

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April 16, 2015

DPS Retired Trooper To Be Awarded Congressional Badge of
Bravery

DES MOINES, Iowa – Tomorrow morning, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will present retired Iowa State Patrol Trooper Mark Domino with the State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery by Attorney General Eric Holder.

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April 15, 2015

Arrest Made in Burlington Homicide

BURLINGTON, Iowa – At approximately 1:23am, law enforcement personnel were dispatched to 1204 Jefferson Street, in Burlington, in response to a call of shots fired.

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April 15, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Burlington Shooting, Death

BURLINGTION, Iowa – At approximately 1:23am, law enforcement personnel were dispatched to 1204 Jefferson Street, in Burlington,  in response to a call of shots fired.

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April 13, 2015

Iowa GTSB Reminds April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Distracted driving is a dangerous problem in Iowa.  According to the results of a AAA Foundation study released last month, there is significant evidence that distracted driving is a much more serious problem than previously known, especially with young drivers ages 16-19.

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April 7, 2015

Jones County Bank Robbery

Please note: This press release is from the Jones County Sheriff's Office. The Iowa DCI is assisting with this investigation.

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April 6, 2015

Names Released in Waterloo Officer Involved Shooting

WATERLOO, Iowa -- On Sunday, April 5th, 2015, at 1:27 A.M., officers with the Waterloo Police Department responded to a report of a fight involving a large number of people in the parking lot of the New World Lounge 2, 504 Riehl Street, in Waterloo.

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April 6, 2015

39th DPS Basic Academy Set to Graduate this Week

Johnston, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety is proud to announce the graduation of nine recruits from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s 39th Basic Academy.

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April 5, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Waterloo Officer Involved Shooting

Please note: This press release is a joint release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The DCI is conducting this investigation.

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April 2, 2015

Cedar Rapids Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Update

Please note: Below is a press release from the Cedar Rapids Police Department. This is not a press release directly from the Iowa DCI. The Iowa DCI is conducting this investigation. Any media inquiries should be directed to Greg M. Buelow, Public Safety Communications Coordinator for the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 521-5889 or (319) 286-5163.

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April 1, 2015

Jones County Inmate Death

Please note: This is a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Office. This is not a press release directly from the Iowa DCI. The Iowa DCI is conducting this investigation.

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March 31, 2015

Governor's Lifesaving Awards Nomination Deadline Approaching

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is accepting nominations for the Governor’s Lifesaving Awards until April 15, 2015. These special recognition awards are presented to ordinary citizens who take extraordinary lifesaving measures to save a fellow citizen.  


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March 30, 2015

UPDATE: Cedar Rapids Officer Involved Shooting Incident

Cedar Rapids, IOWA -- Agents with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), in cooperation with the Cedar Rapids Police Department, continue to investigate the Officer Involved Shooting incident which occurred on March 29, 2015 in the alleyway in the 800 block between Center Point Road and Daniels Street N.E.

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March 29, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Cedar Rapids Officer Involved Shooting

Please note: This is a press release from the Cedar Rapids Police Department. This is not a press release directly from the Iowa DCI. The Iowa DCI is conducting this investigation.

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March 26, 2015

Floyd County Fatal Crash

Floyd County, IOWA – On March 25, 2015, at approximately 12:52 PM, a two vehicle single-fatality occurred on the Avenue of the Saints, just east of the Nora Springs exit in rural Floyd County.

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March 24, 2015

SFM Forms B-SAFE Team to Aid in Disasters

Des Moines, IOWA – March 23-27, 2015, is designated as Severe Weather Awareness Week here in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) has partnered up with the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to form the B-SAFE Team.

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March 21, 2015

Additional Arrest Made in Hot Lotto Investigation

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), along with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office have filed additional charges in the Hot Lotto Ticket Investigation.

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March 19, 2015

Missouri Valley Suspicous Fires; Fire Chief Charged

Missouri Valley, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) was asked by the Missouri Valley Police Department to investigate suspicious fires that occurred at two separate locations. 

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March 19, 2015

UPDATE: Montgomery County Death Investigation

Elliott, IOWA – On Monday, March 16, 2015, at approximately 4:40AM, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to death investigation in Elliott, Iowa.

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March 17, 2015

Montgomery County Death Investigation

Elliott, IOWA – On Monday, March 16, 2015, at approximately 4:40AM, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to death investigation in Elliott, Iowa.

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March 13, 2015

Jasper County Fatal Crash

Jasper County, IOWA – On March 13, 2015, a two vehicle fatality crash occurred around 8:30am at the intersection of Hwy 65/330 and Hwy 117 in Jasper County.

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March 13, 2015

Benton County Fatal Crash

Benton County, IOWA – On March 12, 2015, a one vehicle fatality crash occurred around 6:00PM at 7793 30th Ave., in rural Benton County.

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March 12, 2015

DPS Introduces New Public Information Bureau

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is pleased to announce a new public information team that will serve as the liaison between the media and public to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

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March 11, 2015

Shellsburg Robbery Suspect Photos Released

The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) are releasing surveillance photos of the suspect in today's bank robbery in Shellsburg.

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March 11, 2015

Officials Asking for Public's Help in Bank Robbery

Shellsburg, IOWA -- On March 11, 2015, at approximately 2:08 PM, Benton County Communication Center received a 911 call from employees of the Wells Fargo bank in Shellsburg, Iowa. The tellers reported a white male entered into their bank, brandished a black handgun and demanded money.

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March 9, 2015

Be Safe This St. Patrick's Day

Des Moines, IOWA – St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching.  Unfortunately, this holiday has become a deadly day with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities. 

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March 9, 2015

Keokuk County Fatal Crash

Keokuk County, IOWA -- On Saturday March 7, 2015, around 11:53PM, a two vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of Hwy. 78 and 270th Ave in rural Keokuk County.

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March 8, 2015

Amber Alert Cancelled, Suspect Apprehended

Johnson County, IOWA – Around 1:30AM, Sunday, March 8, 2015, Brianna Crane, 9, was dropped off safely by a third party to law enforcement.

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March 7, 2015

State Fire Marshal Reminds YOU to Change Batteries

Des Moines, IOWA -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division reminds you to set your clocks ahead for day light saving time and at the same time, change your batteries in your smoke detectors!

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March 7, 2015

Amber Alert Issued for Johnson County Child Abduction

Johnson County, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS), along with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, has issued an amber alert for a child abduction that was reported around 2:30PM, today.

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March 5, 2015

Update on Fort Dodge Fatal Fire

Fort Dodge, IOWA -- The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) has determined the cause of the fatal house fire in Fort Dodge on February 22, 2015, to be undetermined.

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March 5, 2015

GTSB PSA Wins National Award

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB), along with the advertising agency The Integer Group, received a Gold ADDY award for the creation and development of their Stay Connected public service announcement.

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March 2, 2015

Names Released in Adel Fatal Crash

Adel, IOWA – On Saturday February 28, 2015, just after midnight, the Iowa State Patrol responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy. 6 which resulted in one fatality.

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February 28, 2015

Des Moines County Attorney's Ruling on Burlington OIS

NOTE: This is not a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). This is a press release from the office of the Des Moines County Attorney. The DCI assisted with this investigation.

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February 23, 2015

Cause of Death Released in Fort Dodge Fire

Fort Dodge, IOWA -- On February 23, 2015, autopsies were performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner by Jonathan Thompson, MD, Associate State Medical Examiner, on the bodies recovered from inside a home after a fire at 703 4th Avenue North in Fort Dodge, Iowa. 

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February 23, 2015

Fort Dodge Fatal House Fire

Please note: This is a press release from the Fort Dodge Fire Department. This is not a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM). The State Fire Marshal Division is assiting with this investigation.

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February 21, 2015

Burlington Homicide Investigation Update

Please note: This is a press release from the Burlington Police Department. This is not a press release directly from the Iowa DCI. The Iowa DCI is assiting with this investigation.

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February 17, 2015

Burlington Homicide Investigation

Please note: This is a press release from the Burlington Police Department. This is not a press release directly from the Iowa DCI. The Iowa DCI is assiting with this investigation.

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February 9, 2015

Remains Found in Burlington Identified

***This is a press release published by the Burlington Police Department. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The Iowa DCI was involved in this investigation.***

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February 4, 2015

Media Advisory: Meet and Greet with Commissioner Ryan

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) newly appointed Commissioner Roxann Ryan will be holding a press conference today, February 4, 2015, at 2:30PM.

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February 3, 2015

Major Snowstorm Response Totals

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa State Patrol Communication Centers were busy fielding calls during this past weekend’s major snowstorm.

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January 30, 2015

Additional Charges Filed in Columbus Junction Infant Death

Louisa County, IOWA -- On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, additional criminal charges were filed in the District Court in and for Louisa County on Oscar Jimenez, for his role in the death of Marleen Jimenez.

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January 28, 2015

Man Pleads Guilty to Murder on Meskwaki Settlement

Cedar Rapids, IOWA -- Jonathan Youngbear, 21, of Meskwaki National Settlement, Iowa, plead guilt, today, in Federal Court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Below is a press release from the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa. This is not a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The Iowa DCI assisted with the initial investigation.

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January 27, 2015

Victims' Names Released in Osceola Homicides

Osceola, IOWA -- The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner has identified the two victims of the double homicide in Osceola. They are: Erick Reyna, 22, of Osceola, Iowa, and Noe Flores Rascon, 27, of Osceola, Iowa.

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January 27, 2015

State Fire Marshal Distributes Smoke Alarms

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for $250,000.  With this grant, the State Fire Marshal Division was able to purchase 10,000 smoke detectors and 10,000 ten-year lithium batteries.

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January 26, 2015

Update on Iowa DCI Investigation in Columbus Junction

Columbus Junction, IOWA -- On Saturday, January 24, 2015, at approximately 10:38 AM, four month old Marleen Jimenez of Columbus Junction, Iowa, died at the University of Iowa Hospital. 

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January 26, 2015

Creston Woman Arrested and Charged with Theft from Creston
Automotive

Creston, IOWA -- In October 2014, the Creston Police Department received a report of missing money from the local Ford dealership, Creston Automotive.  A joint investigation was initiated by the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Creston Police Department. 

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January 26, 2015

Four Arrested and Charged in Weekend Double Death Investigation

Osceola, IOWA -- On Saturday, January 24, 2015, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Osceola Police Department received a report of two (2) persons who had gone missing during the evening hours on Friday, January 23, 2015.

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 26, 2015

Media Advisory: Notice of Press Conference

Osceola, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), along with the Osceola Police Department, will hold a press conference this morning in regards to a double death investigation.

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:Division: DCI

January 26, 2015

Ottumwa Police Make Arrest with Help from DPS' Division of
Intelligence and Fusion Center

Ottumwa, IOWA -- On Friday, January 23, 2015, Ottumwa Police arrested a 24 year old male on outstanding arrest warrants for 1st Degree Murder and Escape from Custody. In doing so, Ottumwa Police requested and received assistance from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center (DOI). The assistance from DOI helped Ottumwa Police locate and arrest this suspect.

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:Division: All

January 22, 2015

Additional Arrests Made in Marshalltown Death Investigation

Additional arrests have been made in the Marshalltown Death Investigation from this past weekend. This is not a press release from the Iowa DCI. The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) assisted the Marshalltown Police Department with the investigation.

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 22, 2015

Iowa DCI Assists Burlington PD with Body Found

Burlington, IOWA -- This is a press release from the Burlington Police Department. The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), along with the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner has been called to assist with this investigation

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 21, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigation in Columbus Junction

Columbus Junction, IOWA -- On January 19, 2015, the Columbus Junction Police Department received information of injuries to a four month old child.  The child was transported to the University of Iowa Hospital where she is being treated for severe head trauma and remains in critical condition.  

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 19, 2015

Suspect in Chariton Shooting Taken Into Custody

Chariton, IOWA – At approximately 10:00 PM, Robert Eugene Graham, 45, was taken into custody in Missouri.  Graham was taken into custody without incident at Poosey State Park in Livingston County by members of the Grundy and Livingston County Sheriff’s Offices and the Missouri State Highway Patrol SWAT Team.  Graham is currently being held at the Livingston County Jail.

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 19, 2015

Update: Iowa DCI Investigating Shooting in Chariton

Chariton, IOWA – Authorities are still attempting to locate Robert Eugene Graham.  A warrant for Attempted Murder has now been issued for Graham.  The victim is Gayle Darrah, 33, who resided at the Court Avenue address in Chariton.  Darrah is still in critical condition at a local hospital.  Graham is still considered to be armed and dangerous.

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 18, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigating Death in Marshalltown

Marshalltown, IOWA -- This is a press release from the Marshalltown Police Department. The Marshalltown Police Department has requested the assistance of the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the DCI's Crime Scene Team.

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 16, 2015

Second Update on DCI Investigation in Burlington

Burlington, IOWA -- The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) continues its’ investigation into the January 6, 2015, shooting death of Autumn Steele. 

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 16, 2015

Iowa DCI Investigates Shooting in Chariton

Chariton, IOWA – At approximately 7:13 am, the Lucas County Dispatch Center received a 911 call in reference to a female being shot outside a residence.  Chariton Police officers responded to 1701 Court Avenue in Chariton. 

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 15, 2015

Iowa DCI Makes Arrest in Hot Lotto Ticket Investigation

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), along with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office have filed charges and have made an arrest in the Hot Lotto Ticket Investigation.

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 15, 2015

Media Advisory: DCI Press Conference

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) will be holding a press conference today, January 15, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. at DPS Headquarters (215 East 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa).

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 13, 2015

ADVISORY: DPS Training Exercise

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to advise of a training exercise that will take place on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, from approximately 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. DPS investigators will be executing crime scene training exercises.

:Regions: All
:Division: All

January 12, 2015

Iowa DCI and U.S. Attorney's Office Investigate and Prosecute Child
Pornography Cases

December 2014 -- The United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa, along with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation's (DCI) Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) have investigated and prosecuted three child pornography cases.

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 9, 2015

DPS Internal Investigation Complete on Personnel Matter

Des Moines, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) has completed its internal investigation into the alleged speeding incident involving Captain Ken Clary of the Iowa State Patrol.

:Regions: All
:Division: All

January 8, 2015

Marshalltown Officers' Actions found Justified

Des Moines, IOWA -- The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has completed its investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred in Marshalltown on December 17, 2014.

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 7, 2015

UPDATE on DCI Investigation in Burlington

Burlington, IOWA -- Autumn Mae Steele, 34, died while being treated for an apparent gunshot she received when officers of the Burlington Police Department responded to a domestic call in the 100 block of South Garfield Ave.

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

January 6, 2015

Preliminary Snowstorm Response Numbers from the Iowa State
Patrol

:Regions: All
:Division: ISP

January 6, 2015

DCI Investigation in Burlingtion

Burlington, IOWA -- On Tuesday, January 6, at approximately 10:25 a.m., officers from the Burlington Police Department responded to a domestic dispute in the 100-block of South Garfield Avenue in Burlington, Iowa, which resulted in a shooting incident.  

:Regions: All
:Division: DCI

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