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GREELEY, Colo. — What happened to a Colorado golfer last Monday can only be categorized as a freak accident – it involves a golf club, a driving range, and a 5-inch-long eye bolt.

Golfer Matt Gutierrez was looking forward to competing in the Greeley Country Club Pro-Am tournament last week.

While swinging his wedge club during a practice session, it caught the boundary rope in front of him and yanked the eye bolt out of the ground where it had been anchoring the rope.

The eye bolt flew at him as if launched from a slingshot and slammed into his left leg. It actually pierced his bone, according to KDVR.

“I didn’t even feel it go into my knee, surprisingly,” Gutierrez said. “I was actually more concerned about my club because it had a big yellow rope around it. I looked down, and that bolt’s sticking out of my knee.”

Gutierrez, with the eye bolt still in his leg, was taken by ambulance to the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.

“They unscrewed it and pulled at one time,” Gutierrez said.

After two hospital visits, and an operation to arrest a painful infection in the bone, Gutierrez is on the mend.

He admits this is a once-in-a-lifetime freak accident, but is concerned about what he calls “a potential hazard.”

The Greeley Country Club has since removed the boundary rope and, just to be safe, will not be reinstalling it.

Last year, Gutierrez made a hole-in-one, so he knows what it’s like to experience something others may never do in their lifetime. Gutierrez says he’s going to keep the bolt as a souvenir, and, when he heals, the country club has a free round of golf waiting for him.

DES MOINES, Iowa–  The Latino community says it’s seeing more hateful messages.

This is in the wake of the arrest of an accused illegal immigrant in the death of Mollie Tibbetts.

The frightful backlash is also appearing as robocalls in Central Iowa.

The Iowa Attorney General’s office is investigating that call from a white supremacist group.

The threats and racist rhetoric are raising alarms across Iowa’s Latino community.

In response, The League of United Latin Americans held a rally to unite the Latino community.

For some it was about more than that.

“It’s important for me to come here to support the family,” resident Victor Barojas said.

Support Mollie Tibbetts and her family.

Rally go’er Carl McPherson says, Tibbett’s death has sparked a message of hate and anti-immigration.

“Thats very dangerous precedent where hate groups and splinter groups start going after the entire population,” resident Carl McPherson said.

McPhersons right, hours before the rally a group of vandals’spray painted “deport illegals” on the Southeast side of Des Moines.

People who live nearby say they’re being targeted because of Rivera’s charges.

“Unsafe or its going to make a fight or its going to corrupt something they are trying to make something out of this,” resident Jackie Clark said.

By attending this rally Mcpherson is trying to redirect the conversation to include tolerance and diversity.

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa–  Jake Wilson went missing in April and Wednesday his family learned he isn’t coming home.

Tests have confirmed remains found near his La Porte City are Jake Wilson.

The family says its brought them closure but hasn’t made the grief any easier.

“It hurts I look at his picture and cry every day, I miss him,” Jake’s dad Michael Wilson said.

“At this time, we have been able to positively find them as Jake Wilson, there is further analysis still in progress,” La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher said.

Early August, kayakers found human remains a mile down Wolf Creek, instigators say that area was previously searched about 30 times.

“The conditions have always changed inside this creek where you saw a sand bar at one point, it’s no longer there is a lot of shifting in this creek,” Chief Brecher said.

The family wants more answers like cause of death.

Officials say they are working to answer that question.

“I am glad they are going to continue and to keep the eyes open but at this point we are going to lay jakes memory to rest,” Jake’s Grandpa Bruce Wilson said.

The family will cherish the last memories they have with Jake.

All while, Folks in La Porte City say Jake’s memory will live on.

The Wilson family will hold a memorial service for Jake at 11 on Saturday at the Candeo Church in Cedar Falls.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fresh off his victory in the Florida Republican gubernatorial primary, Rep. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that voters would “monkey this up” if they elected his African-American opponent, Andrew Gillum, to be governor, immediately drawing accusations of racism.

The remark provides a controversial beginning to what will be a closely watched general election for the Florida governorship, which pits DeSantis, who has closely aligned himself with President Donald Trump, against Gillum, a progressive backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Calling him “an articulate spokesman” for the far left, DeSantis said during an interview on Fox News when asked about his opponent Gillum, “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.”

Gillum would become the state’s first black governor if he were to win in November.

“It’s very clear that Mr. DeSantis is taking a page directly from the campaign manual of Donald Trump,” Gillum told Fox News’ Shepard Smith hours later.

“Was that racist or a figment of speech?” Smith asked, referring to DeSantis’ comment.

Gillum didn’t answer the specific question, instead responding, “I’m not going to get down in the gutter with DeSantis and Trump. There’s enough of that going on.”

But Democratic groups quickly accused DeSantis of using racist dog whistles, which DeSantis’ campaign denied.

“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement.

“On the first day of the general election, Ron DeSantis showed Floridians who he really is,” Democratic Governors Association Deputy Communications Director David Turner said. “Resorting to dog whistle politics within hours of winning the GOP nomination shows a desperate candidate who will stoop to new lows in order to court and give voice to fringe elements of society. Floridians want a leader who will bring them together; Ron DeSantis has shown that he would only divide Florida.”

A spokeswoman for Fox News reached out to CNN early Wednesday afternoon to distance the network from DeSantis’ remark, pointing to a statement made by anchor Sandra Smith on air in which she said, “We do not condone this language and wanted to make our viewers aware that he has since clarified his statement.”

Stephen Lawson, the communications director for the DeSantis campaign, said he was referring to Gillum’s policies in making the remark.

“Ron DeSantis was obviously talking about Florida not making the wrong decision to embrace the socialist policies that Andrew Gillum espouses. To characterize it as anything else is absurd,” Lawson said. “Florida’s economy has been on the move for the last eight years and the last thing we need is a far-left democrat trying to stop our success.”

Iowa hosts Northern Illinois, while South Dakota State visits Iowa State.

John Sears has a preview from Iowa City; Michael Admire from Ames.

Then a third story, Iowa’s next man in at running back: Ivory Kelly Martin.

AMES, Iowa  —  An Iowa State University football player and his neighbor are each facing criminal charges connected to a gun scare on campus last week.

Iowa State Police announced Tuesday that 18-year-old Dallas Taylor-Cortez is charged with 3rd Degree Harassment, a simple misdemeanor.  The charge stems from an incident that lead to a campus-wide alert being sent last week.

On the evening of Thursday, August 23rd ISU Police were called to the Frederiksen Court residence community on a report of armed individuals.  That triggered and “ISU Alert” to be sent out including a description of the suspects.  Police eventually found those suspects in the residence community and learned that the weapons that had been seen were BB guns.

Along with the charges against Taylor-Cortez, authorities are also charging 19-year old Tyciera Whitaker Wells with False Report to a Public Entity.  She is accused of lying to officers about where Taylor-Cortez and other suspects lived.

Police say their investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed.  The day after the gun scare Cyclone Head Football Coach Matt Campbell announced the suspension of Taylor-Cortez and three other freshmen players.  Campbell did not elaborate on the reason for the suspensions.

 

DES MOINES,  Iowa —  The Tibbetts family says it is turning the page after they laid their 20 – year – old daughter, Mollie, to rest over the weekend. They are calling others to focus on Mollie’s life, not the person who took it.

The man accused of killing the University of Iowa student was scheduled to be back in court this week but Cristhian Rivera has waived the hearing and hired new legal representation instead.

Rivera’s previous lawyer, Allan Richards, is out and attorneys Chad and Jennifer Frese are in. The husband and wife team work for separate law firms in Marshalltown. This is the first case they’ve worked on together but not the first time they have worked with a member of Rivera’s family.

Chad Frese tells Channel 13, the high – profile case is calling for hyper focused attention. According to one legal expert, a change in representation could come down to strategy.

“As a defense attorney, I’m always thinking about how to thread the needle ya know,” says James Benzoni. Benzoni is an immigration attorney in Des Moines. He says Rivera’s legal status adds to the public’s interest in the trial but is something he expects the judge and prosecutors will try to stay away from.

“I think the government, the state and the federal, want to be very careful to make sure that there is a fair trial and that it doesn’t come back to them that they were unfair for raising Mr. Rivera’s immigration status, whatever it is,” he says.

However, the suspect’s status could influence a fair jury selection. Benzoni says Governor Reynold’s comment about a broken immigration system following Rivera’s arrest, is proof of that.

“When a politician comments, it has a tendency to put their thumb on a the scale of justice and justice is supposed to be impartial.”

Rivera’s new lawyers have withdrawn all motions filed by Rivera’s previous representation.

BARCELONA, Spain – In August 1998, 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen disappeared from his summer camp tent; his body was found the next day. Now, an arrest in a case that has been major news in the Netherlands and that involved a massive DNA undertaking.

The Guardian reports that as the 20th anniversary of Nicky’s death approached, Dutch officials in May 2017 put out a request: that roughly 20,000 men in the Limburg area where Nicky was killed submit their DNA that October as part of a mass testing program.

More than 14,000 did, reports the BBC. Jos Brech was not among them: The NL Times reports he left in October to hike in France’s Vosges mountains, reportedly telling his family he’d submit his DNA upon his return.

Except he didn’t return, and his family reported him missing in April. But the DNA trail still led to the 55-year-old survivalist and former scout leader.

DNA that Brech’s relatives provided showed the killer—who left his DNA on Nicky’s pajamas—was related to one of the donors, which helped authorities zero in on Brech.

They were able to recover a sample of his DNA from his home and confirmed it was a match, which earned him a spot on Europol’s most wanted list last week.

The Guardian reports police received a tip from a Dutch national who had seen the police photos and was visiting a commune-like community on the outskirts of Castellterçol, Spain, some 30 miles north of Barcelona, that Brech was there.

He was arrested Sunday and will be extradited to the Netherlands. Brech’s name was known to police: He was stopped two days after the murder while in the area and was questioned, but police deemed him no more than a passerby.

(Cops say this serial rapist was also sunk by family ties.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: 14K Men Gave Up Their DNA, and It Led to One Who Didn’t

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