Thursday Afternoon News, November 6
Breda Man To Face Felony Charges For Providing Alcohol To Minors Who Died
SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man accused of providing alcohol to a teenager before a fatal car crash faces felony charges.
21-year-old Matthias V. Stork, of Breda, is charged with two counts of supplying alcohol resulting in death. Court records show he has pleaded not guilty.
Stork is accused of giving beer to a 17-year-old prior to a two-vehicle crash in late August. The teen survived, but 16-year-olds Bailey Jacobsen and Lindsey Quirk, both of Wall Lake, were killed.
Authorities say the surviving teen's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for minors driving. The teen is facing vehicular homicide charges.
Hunter Who Accidently Shot Himself Is Identified
DUNLAP, Iowa (AP) - Iowa authorities say a man has been seriously injured after accidentally shooting himself while hunting for coyotes.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 88-year-old Clark Melby was stepping out of his truck in a harvested cornfield west of Dunlap on Wednesday evening when he tripped and fell. Officials say the high-powered rifle he was carrying shot a bullet into his upper torso.
Melby was flown to an Omaha hospital, where officials determined the bullet did not hit any vital organs.
DNR officials say Melby is likely to survive from his injuries. The shooting is under investigation.
Child Dies Trial
LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa teenager has testified that when he killed his 5-year-old foster brother, he was in a fantasy world and thought he was killing a goblin.
Cody Metzker-Madsen told a western Iowa courtroom on Wednesday that he visits a world only he can reach whenever he plays with someone. He says he didn't realize until afterward that what he thought was a goblin was actually his foster brother, Dominic Elkins.
His lawyer is using an insanity defense.
Authorities say Metzker-Madsen killed Dominic last year while the two were playing outside of their home near Logan. Metzker-Madsen was 17 at the time.
The boy's body was found at the bottom of a ravine. An autopsy showed he died of blunt-force head injuries and drowning.
Weather Officials Say "Get Ready For Winter"
(Le Mars) -- Monday's weather forcast is calling for a 20 percent chance of snow, and before the weather turns wicked, Iowans will be getting a refresher course about what may lie ahead. Today, is Winter Weather Awareness Day, and Meteorologist Roger Vachalek, at the National Weather Service, says it's a good idea to get familiar with the terminology, put fresh batteries in the weather radio and prepare survival kits for your home and car.
While the National Weather Service team makes it a routine to forecast the weather over the coming few days, it becomes much more difficult to predict what the weather will be like several weeks -- or months -- in advance.
He urges Iowans to familiarize themselves with weather terms like outlooks, watches and warnings.
Iowans need to stay even more aware and tuned in during the winter months, he says, so they're not caught off guard in a dangerous situation. Learn more at weather-dot-gov-slash-dmx.
Des Moines Man Faces 60 Days In Jail For Killing Eagle
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man has been given 60 days in prison for torturing and killing a bald eagle.
District Court Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced 36-year-old Jason John Thomas, of What Cheer, on Thursday for taking and possessing a bald eagle. He was ordered to serve one year of supervised release and pay a $2,000 fine.
Thomas was accused of killing the eagle in March 2011 while he boated on the South Skunk River in Mahaska County. An affidavit says he pursued the bird by boat and eventually pinned it under a log and hit it with a stick.
As part of his supervised release, Thomas will perform 80 hours of community service. He will not be allowed to hunt.