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Des Moines Weather
The high today will be 37 degrees. Windy conditions will make it feel cooler. The low tonight will be 23 degrees.
A.M. Headlines


Vehicle pursuit ends in crash and multiple fatalities.

On Jan. 11, 2021 at approximately 1:50 a.m., Urbandale Police received a report from the area of 3700 Patricia Drive. The caller said someone was seen going through her car. The caller went out and saw a car fleeing the area, occupied by 4 or 5 males. She was able to get the plate for the dispatcher. The plate was listed as stolen out of Urbandale. A Clive officer went into Urbandale to assist. The Urbandale and Clive officers found the vehicle eastbound on Douglas Ave. at 86th St and attempted a traffic stop.
   The car fled from the attempted stop, southbound on 86th St at a high rate of speed. They continued south on 86th St into Clive with speeds topping 100mph. As the vehicle crossed the railroad tracks at Swanson Blvd, the vehicle lost control and left the west side of the roadway. The car flipped several times, collided with a light pole, and launched across Walnut Creek, striking the south bank and coming to rest at the edge of the parking lot of the Cool Basil restaurant.
    Responding officers found multiple occupants ejected at the scene. Multiple officers performed CPR and utilized an AED on multiple victims in an attempt to save their lives, while awaiting help from medics.
     A total of five young males were found at the scene. At this time, three are deceased and two have been transported to area hospitals. Their conditions are unknown at this time. Their names are not being released pending notification of next of kin.
     The Iowa State Patrol Technical Accident Investigators were called to investigate the crash scene. Clive Police were assisted at the scene by Urbandale, Windsor Heights and West Des Moines Police, and Clive, Urbandale, Windsor Heights and West Des Moines Fire and Medics.

FROM KCCI: Beloved Waukee football coach dies due to complications brought on by COVID-19

WAUKEE, Iowa — A beloved Waukee youth football coach has died from complications from COVID-19. Kevin Slaybaugh was hospitalized and died on Jan. 6. He helped build the league after they split from West Des Moines and filled various roles in the organization over a 16-year span when his two sons played. But where Slaybaugh's friends say he really made an impact was in the minds the football helmets protected. "He could tell you every kid's name, what team they were on, who their coach was, what position they played," Kevin Holmes, a friend and fellow coach, told KCCI on Sunday. … READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Des Moines Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in connection with a shooting last April. Littleton Clark, 41, was sentenced Friday in the April 12 shooting that took place outside a Des Moines apartment complex. Police said Clark fired into a group of people and wounded another man twice in the torso. The victim survived but needed surgery after the shooting. Court records show that 41-year-old Littleton Clark pleaded guilty last month to assault and two weapons charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. In return, an attempted murder charge and two other charges were dropped. … READ MORE FROM WHO-TV 13

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Patrol: 14-year-old girl steals Coon Rapids police car, leads officials on 110-mph chase

PERRY, Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol arrested a 14-year-old girl after officials allege she stole a Coon Rapids police vehicle and led officers on a chase that exceeded 110 mph Sunday afternoon. Troopers and area sheriff’s deputies and police finally brought the chase to an end on Iowa Highway 141 near Perry, Iowa – more than 30 miles from where the squad car was taken. The chase began in Coon Rapids at about 3:30 p.m., said Sgt. Alex Dinkla, patrol spokesman. The teen faces charges of first-degree theft, theft of firearms, eluding and other traffic violations. No one was injured in the chase, but both the stolen Coon Rapids vehicle and a Perry police vehicle were damaged. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Best!
Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the •2020 CITYVIEW’s Best of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers said the best new restaurants in Des Moines were:
• Dirt Burger
• Teddy Maroon’s
• St. Kilda Surf & Turf
What do you think? See the results in all 250 categories from the original and most relevant readers’ poll in the area.
*NOTE: Best Of Des Moines 2021 winners will be released this February.
Read the results!

Concert keepsakes

Blood spit straight out of the mouth of KISS’ Gene Simmons is on display at the south-side home of Franco Tangari. The same goes for an eye-popping array of ticket stubs, concert reviews, celebrity autographs and more than 40 years’ worth of concert-going memorabilia. The neatly organized collection contains many rare items, but Tangari’s memories are his most prized possessions.


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Things To Do
Anyone who has dreamed of becoming a published poet may make his or her dream come true through the Iowa Poetry Association's (IPA) 2021 Lyrical Iowa Poetry Contest. Lyrical Iowa is IPA's annual anthology of poetry published since 1946 featuring more than 300 poems. The contest is open to anyone with an Iowa address. Before entering, be sure to read some of 2020's winning poems at www.iowapoetry.com/lyricaliowa.htm.
Contest open through Feb. 28 
Iowa Poetry Association - 2021 Lyrical Iowa Poetry Contest:

Ice on the roads may not be a pretty sight, but it can add beauty to Iowa branches. Photo by Tammy Pearson
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Poll of the Week

What SHOULD the speed limit be on U.S. interstates?
55 mph
65 mph
75 mph
85 mph
No speed limit

Results of last week's poll: If you had to move, which one of these bordering states would be your LAST choice?

Illinois 35%
Nebraska 25%
South Dakota 20%
Missouri 16%
Minnesota 4%

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