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FORT DODGE, Iowa – A Fort Dodge woman has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly intentionally striking another woman with her car.

The incident happened in the early morning hours of January 27th at the intersection of Central Ave. and 10th Street. Police and emergency crews were called to the location after receiving a report about a woman who had been hit by a car.

When emergency personnel arrived they found the victim, 34-year-old Sara Hoover, and transported her to the hospital.

Witnesses were able to give a good description of the vehicle that hit Hoover and it was located a short time later at 707 7th Ave. North. The driver of the car, 27-year-old Leah Cervene of Fort Dodge, was arrested for OWI after sobriety tests were completed.

Over the next few days, investigators were able to learn from witnesses that Cervene intentionally accelerated toward Hoover.

Cervene was arrested Wednesday night after being charged with attempted murder. Police say their investigation into the incident continues and more charges may be filed.


DES MOINES, Iowa — If downtown goers weren’t already aware of parking changes in the court avenue district.  Des Moines parking enforcement is already offering a friendly reminder.  While frustrating, that fifteen dollar ticket is seen by some as a positive.  “Des Moines is booming and just look around and see how many cranes are in the air,” said Scott Carlson, owner of Court Avenue Brewing Company in the Court Avenue District.

He said another positive sign for businesses came when the city increased metered parking hours 9am- 9pm and included Saturdays.  “We’ve already had a few people that say it is easier to park.”

Carlson says it helps more people enjoy the district now that the meters do not stop charging after 6 pm.   “That does keep the flow of the 40-50 spots on Court Avenue for people to come down and do more eating, drinking when they come down with their family,” said Carlson.

A price reduction in city-owned parking garages has provided more options.  Clearing metered spaces and it has been a hit with employees.  Carlson said, “Our staff is even enjoying the garage on 3rd and Court.  It’s a dollar an hour and used to be two dollars an hour and they can park there longer than two hours.”

Carlson admits there will be growing pains, like the 92 tickets issued Wednesday night between 6pm and 9pm, hours that were once free, but it is a problem in the name of progress.  “We are kind of ground zero for the new parking but the whole city is going that direction in the next nine months.  I’d rather have this growing pain than have a city that is not growing at all.”

Parking at meters and ramps will continue to be free on Sundays.  The same changes will begin in the east village in spring and in western gateway park over the summer.