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BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa — Democrat Eric Giddens beat out Republican Walt Rogers in the Iowa Senate District 30 special election Tuesday.

According to the Black Hawk County Auditor, unofficial results showed that Giddens received 56.83 percent of the vote. Rogers received 42.05 percent, while Libertarian candidate Fred Perryman had 1.07 percent.

Giddens is a Cedar Falls School Board member and a program manager at the University of Northern Iowa.

When sworn in, Giddens plans to work on expanding access to affordable health care, improving water quality, investing more in K12 public schools, and helping to create jobs in the area he represents.

District 30 includes Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Hudson.

Gov. Kim Reynolds set a special election for District 30, after Democratic State Sen. Jeff Danielson resigned. Danielson, who was also a firefighter, made the surprise announcement in February. He said he is stepping down from the fire department due to safety concerns stemming from a policy to cross-train police officers to also fight fires.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police officers helped save several children from an apartment fire on Des Moines’ north side, including three who were tossed out of a third story window.

O’Sheana Harrison and her three kids were trapped inside during the fire.

Desperate to save her children’s lives, Harrison made the only choice she could and relied on Des Moines police officers to catch her kids from a third-story window.

“He was like, ‘you got to trust me,’ and I don’t trust anybody with my kids, but at that point in time, all I thought was I had to get them out, Harrison said.

Senior police officers Cole Johnson, Craig Vasquez, Casey Sanders and Tyler Kelley are all being thanked for their efforts.

Harrison says tossing her kids out of the window was the matter of life and death.

Harrison and her neighbors are now displaced. She is working on securing new housing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Summer Wood Apartments have no comment.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Jason Carter’s first-degree murder trial was on hold for the day Monday.

The judge agreed to continue the trial after Carter’s attorneys requested time to review new evidence in the case.

Some of the information has to do with the alibi of another man that Carter claims is responsible for his mother’s death.

Court is expected to continue Tuesday.

PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa — Severe flooding stranded dozens of dogs at an abandoned property in Pacific Junction, just southwest of Council Bluffs.

Amy Heinz, of AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport, says the water was about five feet deep during the rescue.

Heinz says it took eight hours to rescue 26 dogs by canoe. It got too dark out to rescue the other four.

The dogs in the worst condition were taken to a local vet. The others are being driven to Des Moines.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines community is standing together with Muslims after the worst mass murder ever in New Zealand. Authorities say a 28-year-old white supremacist from Australia killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch Friday.

Members of the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and atheist communities came together Sunday to speak against the hate at the First Christian Church in Des Moines.

The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa organized the event.

IOWA FALLS, Iowa — Sandbagging efforts are taking place in Iowa Falls to keep the city’s clean drinking water safe.

Iowa Falls crews are working to lay out sandbags to keep water out of a lift station.

Ice jams caused the Iowa River in that area to rise more than eight feet in just an hour. Officials say if those ice jams break, the water could rise drastically.

Officials say no homes are threatened at this time.

FREMONT COUNTY, Iowa — Severe flooding in Fremont County took the life of one man and injured two others.

Police say 55-year-old Aleido Rojas Galan, 50-year-old Santiago Morosta and 52-year-old Juan Luis Quennons were traveling eastbound on 250th Street in Riverfront when they drove around a barrier and into flood waters.

The three climbed out and tried to swim to safety. Police say Galan died in that incident. Morosta and Quennons are both being treated for injuries.

The three were traveling to from Norfolk to Florida to see family.

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — Three people are seriously hurt after a crash in Polk County.

The Polk County Sheriff says two cars collided head-on in the 4800 block of NE 94th Street around 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

Police say two men and one woman, all in their 20s, were taken to the hospital in serious condition.

Their names have not been released.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Three words: Mr. Bibbs Tenderloins.  “I came with my grandparents every Friday night,” said Jamie Zaboo.  Edward Barker added, “They are perfect, they’re perfect and crunchy and indescribable.”  Julie Fife said, “He pounds them here himself.”

It’s one of the reasons the news of owner John Essex’s death is catching so many like Edward Barker by surprise.  “The people, they are just helpful. It’s like a family,” he said.

Essex’s family tells Channel 13 the death is related to injuries he sustained in a December house fire that left John and his wife, Kathy, badly burned.  The death has now closed Mr. Bibbs for an undetermined time, but it is not just the food that will be missed. It will hit the community a lot and especially with the school kids.

Des Moines North High School is across the street from Mr. Bibbs.  The owners made sure to have affordable lunch prices for students on their break, making it an instant North High staple.  Fife said, “It was the $5 lunch.  That’s what they wanted, was to be able to get the kids to come over here that would otherwise drive off campus to go somewhere else.”

Barker also remembers John’s selflessness when he was having car battery trouble in the street near the restaurant.  “He came over and helped me while he was still working.  He didn’t have to. He didn’t know me from anyone,” said Barker.

To many who frequent it, Mr. Bibbs is more than a restaurant and John Essex was more than just an owner.  “It’s just sad you know.  You love these people that make a difference in your life and then they have to pass on.  It’s such tragedy,” Barker said.

Funeral arrangements have been set for John Essex.  The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at Iles Westover Chapel.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 18 at the funeral home.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The prosecution rested its case on Friday after watching and listening to hours of interrogations and interviews with the defendant, Jason Carter.

Marion County Attorney Ed Bull called two Iowa DCI Criminalists and law enforcement to the stand.

Criminalist Anna Young examined the finger prints on certain pieces of evidence in this case.

One of those pieces of evidence is the gun safe from the Carter home that has become a centerpiece in the case.

She said out of the 55 prints on the gun safe, 31 of them are Jason Carter’s.

At one point during the investigation, Jason denied knowing about the safe, “I’ve never touched the gun safe. I’ve never touched the ammunition ever. I didn’t even know he had gun safe until just recently.”

Criminalist Victor Murillo talked about the bullet fragments and bullets he found at the scene and during the investigation.

Bull asked Murillo, “Were you able to come to a conclusion as to how many rounds were fired in this case?” Murillo responded, “Yeah, so by looking at all of the bullet fragments, I determined that they were the result of two bullets that were fired.”

Murillo said in his findings the murder weapon could possibly be a .270 rifle, like the one that was missing from the Carter home when the guns were seized.

The jury also heard from Marion County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Brian Bigaouette, who showed previous interrogation and interview videos of Jason Carter.

In one of the clips, Jason talked about his finances.

“With the amount of grain I had left over, carried over to sell out, I was probably around $50,000. If I had to pay my note back that day, I would have been $50,000 short,” Jason said.

In another clip, Jason emotionally described the moment he found his mother dead on the kitchen floor.

“I took two or three more steps inside and she was laying there. And I knelt down and I grabbed her pant leg and shook it and said, ‘Mom.’ You know, hoping she would respond somehow,” Jason said.

In both video and audio clips that were heard in court on Friday, law enforcement and attorneys asked Jason similar questions on different days and his answer wasn’t always the same.

One thing that has remained the same throughout is after he found his mom dead, he called his sister, Jana Lain, and then called 911.

“I don’t know know who killed my mom or what happened to her. I am telling you the truth on that. I’ll tell it to you, like I said, forever,” Jason said.

Jason says sometime after finding his mother and making phone calls, he then put his second cell phone, that he texted his mistress on, in the fuse box under the hood of his truck.

Bigaouette testified that he was there on the day when photos were taken under the hood of Jason’s truck to see if a cell phone and a .270 rifle, believed to be the murder weapon, would fit there.

Bull asked Bigaouette, “Did it fit?” Bigaouette responded, “Yes.” Bull followed with, “Would the hood latch?” And Bigaouette replied, “Yes.” Bull then finished with, “Would the placement of that firearm prevent the vehicle from operating as designed?” Bigaouette answered, “I don’t believe so. The vehicle wasn’t started once the hood was closed, but it appeared there was no obstruction or it didn’t obstruct the engine in any way.”

After Bigaouette was dismissed, the prosecution rested and the judge dismissed the jury.

Outside the presence of the jury, defense attorneys and state attorneys discussed emails from one of the Iowa DCI investigators on the case with Judge Brad McCall.

The defense claims information in the emails is evidence of bias against Jason Carter.

They also talked about the defense’s motion to dismiss, to which McCall replied that the court will take the emails under advisement and Bull has the opportunity to respond by Monday.

The defense also asked for a directed verdict, which McCall denied.

Court is scheduled to reconvene at 9 a.m. at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse on Monday, starting with the defense’s case.