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Suspect in Grimes Homicide Gets New Trial Date
Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa – A new trial date has been set for the man accused of killing a Grime man in May. David Moffitt, 26, of Pleasant Hill, had been scheduled to stand trial on August 25 on a first-degree murder charge. Moffit is accused of fatally shooting Justin Michael, 30, in Grimes home on May 8. According to The Des Moines Register, Moffit appeared for a pre-trial conference at the Polk ...
July 25 2014
Trial Date Set in Grimes Murder Case
Iowa
POLK COUNTY, Iowa – A judge has set a trial date for a Pleasant Hill man accused of murdering his co-worker. David Moffit will stand trial August 25th accused of killing Justin Michael. Michael was shot to death in his Grimes home on May 8th. Police have not released a motive for the murder. Michael […]
July 03 2014
Fire Destroys Industrial Warehouse in Polk County, Four Firefighters Injured
Iowa
POLK COUNTY, Iowa – Three firefighters were injured while battling an industrial warehouse fire in Saylor Township, located just outside Des Moines, on Saturday. A passerby reported the fire at 1863 NE 54th Avenue at about 8:40 a.m. Saturday. More than half a dozen area fire departments responded to the scene. Officials said that the fire was under control at about 12 p.m. and extinguished by 2 ...
June 26 2014
Suspect Charged in Grimes Homicide Case Pleads Not Guilty
Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa — A Pleasant Hill man charged with murder said he’s not guilty of the crime. David Moffitt, 26, entered a written plea in Polk County Court Monday. RELATED: Man Charged in Grimes Homicide Moffitt is accused of killing Justin Michael, 30, on May 8 at his Grimes home. The two worked together, but police haven’t released any information on a possible motive in the case. At this ...
June 25 2014
Suspected Charged in Grimes Homicide Case Pleads Not Guilty
Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa — A Pleasant Hill man charged with murder said he’s not guilty of the crime. David Moffitt, 26, entered a written plea in Polk County Court Monday. RELATED: Man Charged in Grimes Homicide Moffitt is accused of killing Justin Michael, 30, on May 8 at his Grimes home. The two worked together, […]
June 24 2014
Not Guilty Plea in Grimes Man’s Murder
Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa — A Pleasant Hill man charged with murder says he’s not guilty of the crime. Twenty-six-year-old David Moffitt entered a written plea in Polk County Court Monday. Moffitt is accused of killing 30-year-old Justin Michael on May 8th at his Grimes home. The two worked together, but police haven’t released any information […]
June 24 2014
David Flores Set to Return to Court
Des Moines, Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines man accused of running from police for the last 8-months will be back in Polk County Court Tuesday. A bounty hunter tracked down David Flores in Phoenix, Arizona last month. He was wanted on domestic abuse, willfull injury and false imprisonment charges. Police say Flores attacked his girlfriend and held her against her will last September. He’s accused of ...
June 14 2014
Students pack 9,100 meals to help fight hunger
Iowa
Southeast Polk students packaged 9,100 meals for local food programs May 16 at the high school. The program was organized by student Nettie Payne, left, who worked with Outreach, a group dedicated to providing safe water, food, medical care and education locally and abroad.
June 10 2014
Man arrested in fatal shooting in Grimes - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA
Iowa
GRIMES, Iowa (AP) - A 26-year-old man has been arrested in the slaying of a Grimes man. Authorities say David Moffitt, of Pleasant Hill, is charged with first-degree murder. Polk County Jail records say Moffitt remained in custody on Friday, pending $500,000 bail.
May 09 2014
DRUG DEATHS: Witnesses Called In Doctor’s Trial
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The first trial of its kind in Iowa got underway Wednesday morning in Polk County with opening statements. Dr. Daniel...
April 25 2014
DRUG DEATH: Opening Statements In Doctor’s Trial
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The first trial of its kind in Iowa got underway Wednesday morning in Polk County with opening statements. Dr. Daniel...
April 16 2014
Broadlawns vies for patients with increased marketing
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Polk County's public hospital, which is facing new pressures to compete for patients, is cranking up its marketing efforts.
March 17 2014
Around the Metro: Supervisors praise bond referendums
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Polk County supervisors on Tuesday praised residents for approving two bond referendums over the past two years for conservation projects and improvements to the county's court system.
March 14 2014
Broadlawns wants to expand mental services
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Polk County's public hospital is asking state legislators for $6 million to help expand its psychiatric services, including adding inpatient beds for people going through mental crises.
March 10 2014
After second trial, Iowa man gets life in death of ex-wife’s lover
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Vernon Huser continued to claim his innocence Tuesday as Judge Glenn Pille sentenced him to life in prison. A Polk County  jury convicted him of first-degree murder last December.
February 26 2014
District judge orders Iowa Juvenile Home to reopen
Iowa
Polk County District Court Judge Scott Rosenberg on Wednesday ordered the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo to be reopened by the state. The IJH, a home for at-risk girls, was closed by Gov. Terry Branstad and the Department of Human Services Jan.
February 24 2014
Judge orders Iowa Juvenile Home reopened; state responds
Iowa
A Polk County District Court judge has ordered the state reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo on Wednesday.
February 16 2014
Ruling to reopen Juvenile Home called '100 percent win' by supporters
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IOWA JUVENILE HOME: A Polk County District Court judge, in an unprecedented move, ruled today against Gov. Terry Branstad and ordered the state of Iowa to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home. 13 photos: A look inside the Iowa Juvenile Home Previous coverage: Register's investigation at the Iowa Juvenile Home
February 10 2014
Trial for alleged Wasike attacker continued to May
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A Des Moines teen's trial on first-degree robbery charges stemming from a brutal carjacking last year has been delayed until May, said Polk County Attorney John Sarcone on Friday.
February 10 2014
Polk developing mental health center
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Polk County is working to open a crisis center soon for people who need help with mental health issues but don't need hospitalization and shouldn't be taken to jail.
February 10 2014
Polk County looks into mental health crisis center - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Polk County wants to open a mental health crisis center that supporters say would be the first of its kind in Iowa. The center would focus on people that have mental health issues but don't need hospitalization and shouldn't be taken to jail.
February 10 2014
Polk County looks into mental health crisis center
Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Polk County wants to open a mental health crisis center for people who they believe don't need hospitalization and shouldn't be taken to jail. Supporters say the center for individuals with mental health issues would be the first of its kind in Iowa, ...
February 10 2014
Union, lawmakers sue to block closure of Iowa Juvenile Home
Iowa
The head of Iowa’s largest state employees’ union and four Democratic state lawmakers on Thursday filed a lawsuit seeking to block plans by Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration to close the troubled Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. The lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court against Branstad and Charles Palmer, director of the state Department [...]
January 20 2014
Polk Co. inmate dies at Iowa City hospital of liver cancer
Iowa
An inmate serving a sentence for robbery has died at an Iowa City hospital.
January 14 2014
GUILTY VERDICT: Huser Convicted Of Murder
Iowa
A Polk County jury has found Vernon Huser guilty of first degree murder. The jury reached its decision Thursday morning...
January 14 2014
Polk County jury finds Huser guilty of first-degree murder
Iowa
An Ankeny man once again faces a life sentence in prison after a Polk County jury today found him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his ex-wife's lover.
January 14 2014
Jury convicts Ankeny man of murder in 2nd trial
Iowa
A Polk County jury has again found an Ankeny man guilty of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his ex-wife's lover.
December 21 2013
Jury convicts Ankeny man of murder in 2nd trial - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Polk County jury has again found an Ankeny man guilty of first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his ex-wife's lover. The Des Moines Register reports ( http://dmreg.co/1i5iWrB ) 66-year-old Vernon Huser was convicted Thursday in the death of Lance Morningstar, whose body was found in 2005.
December 19 2013
Des Moines teen found guilty in beating death of man
Des Moines, Iowa
A Polk County District Court jury deliberated less than three hours Tuesday before finding a Des Moines man guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Richard Daughenbaugh.
December 18 2013
Teen found guilty in Iowa beating death - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines teen has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the beating death of another man. The Des Moines Register reports ( http://dmreg.co/1hkkfjJ ) that a Polk County District Court jury deliberated less than three hours Tuesday before finding 18-year-old Kent Anthony Tyler III guilty for his role in the Aug. 25 death of 40-year-old Richard Daughenbaugh.
December 18 2013
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