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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Des Moines.

Wednesday
Apr232014

Teen Father Charged After Suspicious Death of 4-Month-Old

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- A teenage father has been charged after the suspicious death of his four-month-old.

The Des Moines Register reports that the mother found the baby alone and unresponsive in an apartment Tuesday night.

The baby's father, 17-year-old Drew James Weehler-Smith, was reportedly responsible for caring for the baby while the mother ran errands.

Weehler-Smith was charged with the neglect of a dependent person. According to the Register, he may face additional charges.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Man Sentenced to over Three Years for Role in Drug Ring

(CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa) -- A former Cedar Rapids business owner has been sentenced to prison for being part of a drug distribution ring.

Nels Nolan Nelson, of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced to three years and five months in prison on Monday. He was sentenced after pleading guilty in January to one count of conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Officials said after entering the guilty plea, Nelson, 34, admitted to possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, and conspiring with others to distribute marijuana.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Prescription Drug Take-Back Event this Weekend

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- The DEA and Des Moines Police are giving local residents the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs this weekend.

The two law enforcement agencies are teaming up to host drug take-back events on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two locations. Those locations are: Walgreens at 3140 Southeast 14th Street or 3030 University Avenue.

Officials said pills or patches will be accepted to be disposed of for free, and on a "no questions asked" basis.

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Tuesday
Apr222014

Escaped Inmate Kenny Bevard Captured Friday Afternoon

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Escaped inmate Kenny Bevard was captured Friday afternoon.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office reports that Bevard, who had escaped from a Dallas County Sheriff's car on Thursday was found hiding under the porch of a house in Prole.

Bevard was treated for minor injuries and taken into custody at the Polk County Jail. He will face a felony escape charge and possibly other charges.

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Tuesday
Apr222014

Update: Officials Identify Man Who Died in Off-Roading Incident

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Authorities have identified the man who died in an off-roading incident in Des Moines on Sunday night.

Des Moines Police have identified the dead man as 21-year-old Matthew Wade Blackford, of Des Moines.

According to a police report, Blackford had been off-roading in a wooded area near Southeast 45th and Evergreen when the vehicle he was in, became stuck in water just before 8 p.m. Sunday. Police said while trying to free the vehicle, Blackford exited the passenger compartment, fell into the water, and became unresponsive.

Blackford was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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