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BROOKLYN, Iowa– Spectators at BGM Highschool’s first football scrimmage in Brooklyn, didn’t just want to win, bringing Mollie Tibbetts home safe was also top of mind.

It wasn’t like any other Friday night football game, the mood at this BGM Highschool scrimmage was somber.

The crowd watching the team and number four Scott Tibbetts work to take home a victory.

“He is able to do something that makes him happy to get his mind off of it,” Mollie’s cousin Morgan Collum said.

Get his mind off reality, as Kay Knight worked to find his sister, Mollie.

“It’s the start of the school year it’s the first football game but, Mollie is not forgotten,” resident Kay Knight said.

Mollie graduated from BGM High in 2017, her former class is selling these bracelets.

“The color was her favorite color; the bible verse was her favorite bible verse.

The bracelet reads #stongertogether, it’s a testament to the community.

“It just brings us all together to support Mollie, her family, and her friends we are just one big family,” Knight said.

Mollie’s cousin Morgan Collum is thankful the community is keeping Mollie top of mind.

“I think Mollie is in the back of all of our minds and while we are able to sit here and cheer them on, she is still there as she should be,” Collum said.

Knight has sold more than 100 bracelets, they cost $2.00 and all proceeds go to Mollie’s family.

The reward for Mollies safe return home far exceeds $300,000.

IOWA  —  Leonard Boswell, a Vietnam veteran who represented Iowa in the US House of Representatives for 16 years, has passed away at the age of 84.

Boswell was found unresponsive at his home in Davis County early Friday morning.  He was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital.  Family and friends spent the day saying their final farewells before his passing.

Boswell was born in Harrison County, Missouri on January 10th, 1934.  His family moved to Iowa and he graduated from Lamoni High School in 1952.

In 1956 he was drafted into the United States Army, beginning a 20 year military career.  Boswell rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He served two tours of duty in Vietnam as an assault helicopter pilot.  Among his numerous military awards were two Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Bronze Stars.

Boswell began his political career in 1984 when he was elected to the Iowa Senate.  From 1993-1996 he served as President of the Iowa Senate.

In 1996 he was elected to Congress, defeating Republican Mike Mahaffey.  Boswell would be re-elected seven more times by voters in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District.  In 2012 he was defeated by fellow Congressman Tom Latham after re-districting eliminated one of Iowa’s congressional seats.

In 2011 an armed man broke into the Boswell family home in Davis City.  Boswell, then at the age of 77, physically confronted the intruder and held him at bay until one of Boswell’s grandsons chased the intruder off with a shotgun.

 

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced the approval of the first generic version of EpiPen.

The auto-injector pen delivers the drug epinephrine to patients experiencing a severe allergic reaction that, if untreated, could develop into the life-threatening condition anaphylaxis. The medication is delivered into a muscle as a single dose, like a shot, through an injector pen with a spring.

Allergies from food, bug bites, medications and latex can cause life-threatening reactions.

The newly approved generic is made by Teva Pharmaceuticals and offers an alternative for patients who, until now, have been able to use only the brand-name EpiPen made by Mylan. It is approved in a smaller dose for children, as well.

There two other brand products on the market for severe allergic reaction: Adrenaclick and Auvi-Q.

The newly approved option made by Teva is the only approved non-brand option and can be substituted only for Mylan’s EpiPen.

“Today’s approval of the first generic version of the most-widely prescribed epinephrine auto-injector in the U.S. is part of our longstanding commitment to advance access to lower cost, safe and effective generic alternatives once patents and other exclusivities no longer prevent approval,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement announcing the approval.

In recent years, Mylan came under fire for a price increase that put the product out of reach for many who needed to keep the drug on hand.

After losing their first game at the Little League World Series, the Grandview All-Stars from Des Moines are down, but not out.

Michael Admire has more.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa — A recent traffic stop by Des Moines Police Officers Kevin Tiese and Natalie Heinemann is currently under review after driver Montray Little and passenger Jared Clinton filed a complaint.

This incident has raised questions about what motorists should do during a traffic stop.

The Iowa State Patrol has an information sheet about what to do when you get pulled over by law enforcement and that’s what Attorney Robert Rehkemper said he follows when advising a client.

“Well you have to be polite first of all. Announce the movements that you’re going to be making, that’s always beneficial. Be responsive to their requests and maintain your composure the best that you can,” Rehkemper said.

Rehkemper said it’s also important to be still until the officer requests something from you and keep your hands visible.

“So if you were to just get out of your car when law enforcement stops you, they’re going to have a problem with that. So what you want to do is you wait, if they are asked to get out of the car, as the driver, you are required to exit the vehicle,” Rehkemper said.

In the traffic stop on July 15, the officer did not state the reason for the stop, asked Little and the passenger to get out of the car, handcuffed Little, searched them both, put Little in the squad car, and searched Little’s car.

“That young man did everything he should have done and was supposed to do and credit to him, maintained his composure, while his rights were being violated,” Rehkemper said.

Rehkemper said you are not obligated to allow police to search your vehicle and you have the right to say no.

“They had no consent to search you notice the officer at the end trying to say it smells a little bit like weed. There’s some questionable authority under Iowa law that would allow law enforcement or could allow law enforcement to search, but there was nothing discovered which makes you question, was there truly an odor or was that and excuse the officer was giving to try to root through the car?” Rehkemper said.

The passenger’s mom agrees they did everything they were supposed to do.

“They were so mature the whole time. I mean they were very respectful to these officers. Even at the end, they shook their hands and told them to be careful out there. They were so professional and so mannerable. I don’t understand how they were able to keep it together, but I was proud,” Laural Clinton said.

View the body camera video of this traffic stop here.

“I think it’s important to understand that the young men in the situation did everything right, they were compliant, they were respectful and they maintained their truth. But most importantly, they said something about it afterwards because if people don’t speak up about these situations nothing gets done about it. And if nothing gets done about it they continue,” Rehkemper said.

 

 

DES MOINES, Iowa — Laural Clinton, a Des Moines mother with three african-american sons remembers the July night vividly.  “I  cried and I felt like they wanted to set up my son to injure him.”  It is a situation Laural Clinton says she prepared all of her sons for, hoping they’d never need her advice.  Des Moines police dash and body cam video on July 15th shows her son Jared Clinton riding passenger with his friend Montray Little when the two were stopped by Des Moines police officer Kevin Thies and Natalie Heinemann.   Video shows Officer Thies telling Little, “I’m gonna be honest with you, it smells like marijuana in the car and I can see shake on the ground and your buddy is giving me the idea that maybe he’s got a gun.”  Later in the video, Little asked, “Officer can I ask you why?”  Thies responded, “Because I just told you. Step out of the car. If you don’t want to go to jail please listen. I told you that I’m a cop. Face the car when you step out, face the car when you step out, face the car when you step out. Don’t flex. I don’t know what you’re doing man.”

Laural says the men were never told why they were pulled over and believes the two were guilty until proven innocent.  Body cam video also shows Officer Heinemann having a conversation with Jared Clinton, asking him about his heavy breathing.  She said, “Why don’t you like being pulled over by police?”

Jared’s mother says situations like what is in the video can be a strong reason why her son does not like being pulled over.  She said, “I want to be able to tell my sons to trust the police. They are here to help but if this is the way they are going to engage with these young men we are going to have a problem and they aren’t going to trust you.”

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement claims officer Thies has a history of similar traffic stops. They claim Polk County booking records show that of Thies’ 282 arrests in 2017, 100% were black.  When looking at interference with official acts charges, twenty-six were black compared to five white.  All numbers Des Moines police strongly contest.  Sergeant Paul Parizek with the department says “These are horribly inaccurate. We are finding right now it is nowhere near one hundred percent.  They do a lot of good work but for an organization whose mission is supposed to be community improvement, this type of attack on us is the most irresponsible thing they could do.”

Police found no weapons, no drugs and after briefly detaining Montray, made them empty a bottle of liquor but let both go freely without any citation.  Laural said,”I think the chief needs to acknowledge that there is a problem on his police force. Until you acknowledge it, you can’t do anything.”

The incident is now under administrative review and police cannot comment on the video.  Parizek said, “If we had a case where somebody was intentionally, deliberately racial profiling, one, that would shock us and two, they wouldn’t last long in our organization.”

Thies and Heinemann stay on active duty while the administrative review is being conducted.  Iowa CCI members plan to meet with Des Moines City Council members on September 6, to discuss racial profiling within the community.

NORTH LOGAN, Utah – The former director of a Utah library was sentenced Tuesday for stealing $89,000 worth of library funds and spending it on the mobile app, “Game of War.”

Investigators said they discovered that Adam Winger, 38, had made hundreds of purchases for gift cards with North Logan City Library credit cards. These gift cards were, in turn, used to make purchases on the “Game of War” app.

Winger was the director of the North Logan City Library for about three years, officials said.

Winger was ordered to pay restitution, spend 30 days in jail, and do community service as part of his sentence.

KSTU reported in June that Winger agreed to pay $78,000 in restitution.

If he did not pay the debt by a date that was to be set by the court, Winger will have to repay the full $89,000.

Oskaloosa junior forward Cole Henry says dreams come true. Henry commits to the UNI Panthers.

Henry helped lead Oskaloosa to a 3A runner-up finish. The high-flying Henry averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds.

He should fit Ben Jacobson’s system nicely.

DES MOINES, Iowa–A wave helped sweep Dave Loebsack, a political science professor at Cornell College, into Congress in 2006 when he defeated 15-term incumbent, Republican Jim Leach.

Loebsack, a Democratic Second District Congressman, stopped short Monday of predicting another wave of success for his party this November, but he does sense a promising election.

“President Trump is so unique,” Loebsack said following his remarks to a crowd at the Iowa State Fair.

That uniqueness makes 2018 different than 2006 when George W Bush was still President, Loebsack said. And it likely makes it a little more difficult for him to predict that wave that optimistic Democrats crave for November.

In 2016, Trump dominated the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, by more than nine percentage points in the presidential race in 2016 in Iowa. Much of his success came in rural Iowa, an area where Loebsack said Democrats have neglected too often.

“This is something that, quite frankly, our party hasn’t talked enough about…rural America,” Loebsack said.

Loebsack is Iowa’s only Democratic member of Congress and wants his party’s candidates to focus on local issues, not just national themes that might play well in places like San Francisco and New York, Loebsack said.

He suggested they push for improvements for the middle class, a bipartisan farm bill in Congress and increased opportunities for renewable fuels.

 

David Bote has played 61 games for the Iowa Cubs this season. Sunday night at Wrigley Field, Bote delivered in a big way for the Chicago Cubs.

Bote hit an Ultimate Slam. That’s when a walk-off grand slam brings winning team back from 3 runs down.

And Bote hit his with two outs, and two strikes.

Video assist from WGN.