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Pair Sentenced for Deadly 2011 Home Invasion, Robbery

(DAVENPORT, Iowa) -- Two former city residents have been sentencedv to a combined 30 years in prison for a 2011 home invasion and robbery.

Louis Warren, Jr, 28, and John Louis Hodges, 32, were sentenced at a hearing in U.S. District Court on Oct. 23 to 14 years and 16 years in prison respectively for attempted interference with commerce by robbery.

Authorities say the pair planned a robbery of money, marijuana, and other items from a home on West 17th Street in Davenport in October 2011.

After bursting into the home, federal prosecutors say the pair shot and killed 20-year-old  Demetrius Lewis, Jr. during the course of the robbery.

The two men have been ordered to serve three years of supervised release and to pay restitution to the Lewis family.

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Ankeny Fire Dept. Offers Safety Tips for Heating Season

(ANKENY, Iowa) -- As temperatures continue to drop, the Ankeny Fire Department has some tips on how residents can safeguard their homes this heating season.

The Department says now is a good time to check on heating appliances and equipment -- such as furnaces, water heaters and fireplaces -- to ensure proper maintenance.

The fire department also offered the following safety tips:

  • Replace filters on furnaces
  • Ensure there are working carbon monoxide detectors in all living areas of a home
  • Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on a monthly basis
  • Ensure portable heating devices are UL listed and have the proper safety design that shuts off the device if it is tipped or knocked over.
  • Never leave a candle burning in an unattended room
  • Always have a portable fire extinguisher readily accessible

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Driver Injured in Two-Truck Collision on Highway 30

(AMES, Iowa) -- One person was injured in a vehicular crash on Highway 30 in Ames on Friday morning.

Authorities said in published reports that a flatbed tow truck collided with a Department of Transportation dump truck around 9:30 a.m. on the westbound side of Highway 30 between State and Dakota Avenues.

The driver of the tow truck suffered serious injuries.

Both westbound lanes, and one eastbound lane were closed for part of the morning as crews worked to clear the scene and investigate the crash.

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Veteran Assistance Program Announced for Iowa Colleges, Universities

(DES MOINES, Iowa) –   A new program will allow Iowa colleges and universities to become certified for their ability to educate and assist veterans on campus.

Gov. Terry E. Branstand announced the Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partner program on Tuesday.

The certification is meant to attract veterans leaving the service to Iowa and help academic institutions market their campuses as being veteran-friendly.

To become a CHAMP campus, schools must meet three of four criteria including having on-campus veteran resources, a mindfulness of service member transitions and financial considerations for future students.

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Former Cyclones Football Coach Clay Stapleton Dies

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Former Iowa State football coach, Clay Stapleton, has died. He was 93.

Iowa State Athletic Director, Jamie Pollard, tweeted the news that the former head coach and Athletics Director died on Thursday morning.

Stapleton coached the Cyclones from 1958 to 1967, and was famously known as the head coach of the "Dirty Thirty" team.

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