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MEMPHIS – What would an Iowa State football game be without some drama?

The Cyclones held off #20 Memphis 21-20 to win the Liberty Bowl.

Kyle Kempt threw for 314 yards and 2 TD’s while WR Allen Lazard had 10 receptions for 142 yards and a TD.  Lazard was named MVP.

ISU jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first Q when Kempt hit Hakeem Butler for a 52 yard TD.  Iowa State led 14-10 at the half.  Memphis took the lead early in the 3rd Q 17-14, but Iowa State regained it late in the 3rd after Lazard snagged a TD off a tipped pass in the back of the endzone.

The game came down to the final minutes, ISU looked like they were going to put it away but David Montgomery fumbled when going in to the endzone giving the Tigers life.  Replay showed Montgomery crossed the goal line with the ball before fumbling, but the call was not overturned.

The Iowa State defense was able to make 1 final stop and win the game.

ISU finishes the season 8-5.

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WICHITA, Kansas  —  A prank call to police led to a man’s death at a home in Wichita, Kansas — and a man in California has been arrested in connection with the crime.

It’s another example of swatting, or a prank in which people falsely report horrific crimes to draw large numbers of law enforcement or SWAT teams.

In Wichita, a 28-year-old man was shot and killed Thursday after police responded to a call about a shooting involving hostages. Family members identified the man as Andrew Thomas Finch, CNN affiliate KAKE reported.

The suspect is Tyler Barriss, 25, of Los Angeles, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Lopez said Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon after the Wichita Police Department issued a fugitive warrant. He could be in court as early as Tuesday.

Barriss was arrested in 2015 for calling in fake bomb threats to CNN affiliate KABC, Glendale Police Sergeant Victor Jackson told CNN.

In the Wichita prank call, the caller said someone had an argument with their mother; that the father was accidentally shot; and that a brother, a sister and the mother were held hostage, Wichita police Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said.

“We learned through that call that the father was deceased, shot in the head. So that’s the information we were working off of,” Livingston said. “Our officers came here preparing for a hostage situation. Several got in position. A male came to the front door, and one of our officers discharged his weapon.”

Police shot Finch after they say he moved his hands to his waistline, Livingston said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died. Livingston said Finch was not armed.

Three or four people from the home were taken to be interviewed. Nobody was found dead at the home.

Livingston called the shooting “tragic and senseless.”

“The irresponsible actions of a prankster put people’s lives at risk,” he said Friday. “The incident is a nightmare for everyone involved, including the family and our police department. Due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim. If the false police call had not been made, we would not have been there.”

Very simple to pull off

Swatting dates to at least the early 2000s, and the FBI first warned the public about it in 2008.

Celebrities are often targets of the prank. In 2013 a 12-year-old Southern California boy admitted to making swatting calls to the homes of actor Ashton Kutcher and singer Justin Bieber. But non-celebrities have been victims, too.

The dangerous scams are usually carried out in one of two ways, and both are incredibly simple.

One is called caller ID spoofing. The quick and free trick, using websites and apps, makes a call appear to the 911 operator as though it is coming from inside someone’s house.

A second swatting method sidesteps the traditional phone system altogether. Some swatters use a teletypewriter (TTY) relay — a phone system created for people who are deaf — to place 911 calls. The TTY system is appealing to swatters because the Federal Communications Commission requires relay services to keep TTY calls, and callers, confidential.

Even if relay operators believe a 911 call may be a hoax, they’re generally prohibited from intervening — calls must be relayed verbatim.

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  “This will be our first New Year’s Eve that we’re not open,” said Robbin McClelland, manager of Brenton Skating Plaza.

Brenton Skating Plaza is putting safety ahead of profits this holiday weekend, even though this is typically its busiest time of the year. McClelland said with frigid winter weather in the forecast, it’s better to be safe than sorry and keep the plaza closed until Tuesday.

“We do have a policy that if the temperatures are below zero, especially with the wind chill, that we close anyway,” said McClelland. “This was a little extreme, then when we looked out into the forecast and saw it for four days. We haven’t had that happen, I don’t believe in the history that we’ve been open.”

Despite the extreme temperatures, Brian Loose of Des Moines says he’s not going to let the cold weather keep him from enjoying himself this New Year’s Eve.

“Well, I’m lucky,” said Loose. “I live downtown, so I can walk several places. I don’t have to worry about being out too long, so that’s a benefit.”

Chad Kennelly lives in the suburbs in West Des Moines, but says neither distance nor weather are going to be obstacles to his New Year’s Eve plans.

“I’m coming downtown,” said Kennelly. “I’m actually going to take a Lyft or an Uber to get down here, because I obviously don’t drink or drive, so yeah, it’s not keeping me inside…I’d rather go out and have fun with my friends, and I can brave the cold for one night.”

Kyle Pritchard, general manager of Tonic on Court Avenue, says he understands it’s going to be cold as people ring in the New Year, so he’s going to do his best to accommodate, even after closing time.

“A hundred percent, a hundred percent,” said Pritchard. “I will be happy to let them wait for their Ubers or if they do take a cab, or just sober rides in general. Nobody wants them out there freezing, so yeah I’ll be happy to let them stand inside.”

Sergeant Nathan Ludwig, Public Information Officer for Iowa State Patrol, understands some people will be on the roads this weekend; he just wants them to take every precaution possible.

“We understand that people are out and about right now,” said Sgt. Ludwig. “It would be a good time to pack that winter survival kit, take time to make sure you’ve got plenty of washer fluid, and your wipers are good in your car and your tires are good and most of all just ask yourself that question: do I need to go out? Or, do I want to go out? So just take your time, is the biggest thing.”

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COLORADO  —  Police negotiator Sgt. Christine Brite remembers the exact day when her whole world changed.

It was September 2, 2016.

Brite, who for 14 years has been married to a detective with Colorado’s Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, was responding to a police radio call describing a suicidal man holed up with an AK-47 rifle in an RV outside his home in Parker, Colorado.

Christine, 39, and Detective Dan Brite, 41, were both members of the special weapons and tactics team, aka SWAT. Dan often responded to these kinds of calls. So Christine didn’t think much about it at the time. “Oftentimes we get called out together, being the negotiator and the operator,” she said.

Arriving on scene, Christine watched other police vehicles swarm in, securing the area because a hospital was nearby. Not far away, a middle school was locked down as it was about to let students out for the day.

Then she heard the words on the radio: “DB’s shot!”

Christine said she went into shock and started screaming, “Please don’t let this happen, don’t let it be Dan.” She rushed over to the hospital, where Dan had been taken within three minutes of being shot.

Inside, the hospital was in chaos. Outside, the armed suspect was behind the wheel of the RV, barreling toward the building. He fired at police and civilians before crashing into the side of the road near the hospital entrance. Finally the suspect was shot and killed by an officer from Parker Police Department.

Doctors told her Dan was nearly dead. A bullet took out 30% of his left lung, damaged his diaphragm and his stomach, and it took out his entire spleen.

He had, they said, a 1% chance of survival.

“It was the roughest night of my life,” Christine recalled. She thought about their two daughters, ages 10 and 19. She remembers seeing officers lining the hospital’s hallways until all hours of night.

Somehow, Dan hung on.

Sharing a love for community service

Christine doesn’t remember a time when her husband wasn’t a cop.

He was born in Oklahoma but moved to Colorado as a teen.

When they met, Christine, a Colorado native, was in the police academy. They met through mutual friends in 2001 when Dan was a rookie police officer. They were both drawn to law enforcement and shared a love of serving their community.

Dan took a criminal justice class in college, and after one ridealong, he knew he had to be in law enforcement. Christine’s dad served in the Vietnam War. She knew she wanted to go into law enforcement to protect innocent victims who aren’t deserving of the crimes committed against them.

For both of them, law enforcement was the perfect combination of helping the community, along with a big splash of adrenaline and days filled with the unexpected.

With both parents in law enforcement, juggling family life meant their shifts often didn’t match up. Dan and Christine got used to seeing each other just in passing, sometimes for just moments at a time.

Her nickname became “commander in chief at home,” but caring for their children was a shared responsibility. Dan became the cook of the family.

‘In the blink of an eye’

That night in the hospital, Christine waited while doctors treated her husband. She remembered thinking, this “doesn’t happen to us. And it happened to us. It felt unreal.”

She also remembers, “I had no doubts that night that he was going to survive, because he’s a survivor.”

Dan reflects that he “was very happy with where I was at and what I was doing and absolutely loved it and then in just a blink of an eye, it feels like you lose it all.”

‘We take care of each other’

Nearly 16 months after being critically shot and coming so close to death, Dan cannot walk on his own due to his injuries. Doctors are giving him a 3% chance of walking on his own again. He continues to suffer from a collapsed lung and lead poisoning and the bullet remains lodged in his body.

Dan credits his recovery to unwavering support from Christine and his daughters.

Now, he’s back on the job.

He knew he couldn’t stay at home and do nothing. Although he won’t be responding on scene anymore, he still helps support his SWAT team from the sheriff’s office. “I need to get back to that element as soon as possible, because I think that helped a lot, mentally. It also helped me push through the pain I was feeling.”

“We take care of each other,” Dan said.

Dan says there was a time after he was shot when he was trying to find other jobs outside law enforcement. He couldn’t find anything he loved and that fired him up. “This is the only profession my heart is set on doing.”

Serving his community makes his day fulfilling, “It’s just rewarding to go to work and help people out.”

He loves how his team picks on him and teases him, just like they did before he got shot. “If they would’ve started treating me different, and not joke around with me like that, I think that would’ve hurt more.”

“Laughter is good therapy,” he said with a hearty chuckle.

‘I know I’ll walk again’

Dan knows he has an uphill battle in front of him, but he’s determined to overcome those odds, too, saying, “I don’t ever hope I’ll walk again. I know I’ll walk again.”

With his wife’s help, Dan attaches his prosthetic legs and takes small steps down the hallway of the SWAT office and around the corner for a couple of minutes before sitting down in exhaustion, exclaiming, “My arms are smoked.”

He starts to talk, but pauses for what seems like an eternity in an unsuccessful attempt to hold back mixed-emotion tears. He speaks from his heart about how he relies on his wife for strength, moving forward.

“My wife: She’s the foundation of our family and what holds us all together,” he said. “She’s 10 times stronger than I would ever be.” With Dan’s resilience and determination and the help and support of Christine, it’s hard to imagine a stronger couple.

DES MOINES, Iowa — “A lot of people would call him The Notorious B.I.Gof Des Moines,” said local rapper Juliano Dock. “He was definitely the Biggie of Iowa.”

Dock says the comparison between Jay Foster and Biggie Smalls wasn’t just physical.

“It was more or less because of how he rapped and his delivery and the emotion he put behind the music,” said Dock.

Listening to some of Jay Foster’s music now is somewhat eerie; because much like the Notorious B.I.G., the late rapper’s lyrics talked about life after death:

On the song “How You Livin,” Foster rapped, “how you livin? how you livin, when the odds are against you, when you’re gone, that’s when they miss you…time waits for no man…”

While Jay’s music may have foreshadowed his death, when a heart attack took his life earlier this month, it was a shock to everyone; and the loss hit the community he was a part of hard.

Before his sudden death at the age of 24, Jay Foster left behind a wealth of music that will now be his legacy.

“I think he knew it was his time, but he sit there and got a lot of the work done that he needed to get done for the show and the album and everything, before he passed,” said Braylin Shade of Deomonte Entertainment. “He had it all done and ready to go.”

It had long been planned that Jay would headline a concert at Wooly’s on December 29 for the release of his new album.

And despite his death on December 3, just weeks before the event, the show will go on; and now the concert will be more of a tribute.

“I don`t necessarily want to put a sad emotion on this show,” said Dock. “This is a celebration of his legacy and what he left behind for us, so I feel like it`s going to be a lot of love in the building. It`s just gonna be a good night.”

WAUKEE, Iowa — The Waukee Fire Chief says due to the large amount of damage that was done to an apartment building construction site in that community over the weekend, it’s going to be difficult to determine an exact cause and origin of the fire. Chief Clint Robinson says right now the fire department is in the interview process with a lot of the subcontractors that had been working in the building, before it burned to the ground Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Chief Robinson is preaching fire prevention, saying that’s the key to avoiding a fire from destroying your property.

“When you’re talking about the mechanical systems of a home, preventative maintenance is the biggest thing that we talk about,” said Chief Robinson. “So, it’s having professionals look at your mechanical systems, your heating and cooling systems. We try and tell people limit the use of drop cords, making sure that combustibles are away from space heaters and things like that. If you have to use them, make sure you know how to use them.”



We have complete coverage of Iowa’s 27-20 win over Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl from Yankee Stadium.

First and second highlights, as well as emotional post-game interviews and celebration from the Hawkeyes.

John Sears reports from the Bronx.

Iowa State traveled to Memphis to win a bowl game, but as Michael Admire reports, the Cyclones will return with more than football memories.

JOHNSTON, Iowa — “I`m not sure how she translated personal care products to pads and tampons,” said Melissa Knutson.”And, actually she was calling them ‘pagina covers,’ and so we started this as, what our pagina covers? Why is she asking for…and then I realized what she was actually asking for, but that was…her child way of saying pads and tampons.”

Melissa is referring to where her seven year-old daughter, Brenlyn, got the idea to collect feminine hygiene products for women who couldn’t afford them.

It all started a couple of weeks ago, when Melissa learned about a need in the community.

“I`m a part of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy right now, and so we spent a day doing a poverty simulation and then we toured their donation sites at the Human Services site in West Des Moines,” said Melissa. “And, so they gave us a tour and were telling us what their needs were at the time and one of the big support items that they had were personal care items.”

Brenlyn heard about the need and wanted to do something to help.

“I was telling Brenlyn and her sisters about that and I walked in on her telling her grandma that what she wanted for Christmas was donations of pads and tampons,” said Melissa. “And, so I thought that was a pretty cool thing for a seven year-old to ask for, for Christmas.”

“My mom told me about at the homeless shelter, that people…would buy food, but not the stuff they actually needed,” said Brenlyn.

After Melissa and Brenlyn posted the idea on Facebook, donations and money started coming in.

And it’s not over yet. Collections will be received January 5, which is Brenlyn’s birthday.

If you would like to donate to Operation #PaginaCovers, click here.


Outside Yankee Stadium, John Sears previews Iowa’s Pinstripe Bowl game against Boston College. Both teams are 7-5.

The Hawks have a chance to end an ugly bowl losing streak, make history for Kirk Ferentz, and excite fans about next year.

The game kicks Wednesday at 4:15 P.M.