Category: Iowa

Iowa DCI Releases Name of Creston Shooting Victim

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said 44-year-old Christy Hribal died at the hospital after being shot in Creston last Wednesday.

In a news release, DCI said Creston Police Officers responded to 2304 N. Pine Street on June 19 to a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found Hribal suffering from a gunshot wound. Officials said Hribal was just visiting the home.

Soon after being found, Hribal was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital, where she later died.

Officers arrested 36-year-old Creston resident Charles Keeton at the scene and charged him with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, but no criminal charges have been filed for the death of Hribal.

The Iowa DCI said the investigation is ongoing.

Commonly Prescribed Drugs are Tied to Nearly 50% Higher Dementia Risk in Older Adults, Study Says

Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia.

A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday suggests that the link is strongest for certain classes of anticholinergic drugs — particularly antidepressants, bladder antimuscarinics, antipsychotics and antiepileptic drugs.

Researchers wrote in the study that “there was nearly a 50% increased odds of dementia” associated with a total anticholinergic exposure of more than 1,095 daily doses within a 10-year period, which is equivalent to an older adult taking a strong anticholinergic medication daily for at least three years, compared with no exposure.

“The study is important because it strengthens a growing body of evidence showing that strong anticholinergic drugs have long term associations with dementia risk,” said Carol Coupland, professor of medical statistics in primary care at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and first author of the study.

“It also highlights which types of anticholinergic drugs have the strongest associations. This is important information for physicians to know when considering whether to prescribe these drugs,” she said, adding “this is an observational study so no firm conclusions can be drawn about whether these anticholinergic drugs cause dementia.”

She said that people taking these medications are advised not to stop them without consulting with their doctor first, as that could be harmful.

The study involved analyzing data on 284,343 adults in the United Kingdom, aged 55 and older, between 2004 and 2016. The data came from QResearch, a large database of anonymized health records.

The researchers identified each adult’s anticholinergic exposure based on details of their prescriptions. The researchers found the most frequently prescribed anticholinergic drugs were antidepressants, drugs to treat vertigo, motion sickness or vomiting and bladder antimuscarinic drugs, such as to treat overactive bladder.

The researchers also took a close look at who was diagnosed with dementia and found that 58,769 of the patients had a dementia diagnosis.

The researchers found no significant increases in dementia risk associated with antihistamines, skeletal muscle relaxants, gastrointestinal antispasmodics, antiarrhythmics, or antimuscarinic bronchodilators, according to the data, but associations were found among other classes of anticholinergic drugs.

The researchers found that the odds of dementia increased from 1.06 among those with the lowest anticholinergic exposure to 1.49 among those with the highest exposure, compared with having no prescriptions for anticholinergic drugs.

The study had some limitations, including that some patients may not have taken their prescribed medication as directed, so anticholinergic exposure levels could have been misclassified. The researchers found only an association between anticholinergic drugs and dementia risk, not a causal relationship.

“However, if this association is causal, the population-attributable fractions indicate that around 10% of dementia diagnoses are attributable to anticholinergic drug exposure, which would equate, for example, to around 20,000 of the 209,600 new cases of dementia per year in the United Kingdom,” the researchers wrote in the study.

Since the study shows only an association, more research is needed to “clarify whether anticholinergic medications truly represent a reversible risk factor” for dementia, wrote experts Noll Campbell, Richard Holden and Dr. Malaz Boustani in an editorial that published alongside the new study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“Additionally, deprescribing trials can evaluate potential harms of stopping anticholinergic medications, such as worsening symptoms of depression, incontinence, or pain, as well as the potential unintended increase in acute health care utilization,” Campbell, Holden and Boustani wrote in the editorial.

“With little evidence of causation, the next steps for research on anticholinergic medications in older adults must improve knowledge of the effect of deprescribing interventions on cognitive outcomes and important safety outcomes such as symptom control, quality of life, and health care utilization,” they wrote. “We propose deprescribing research as a high priority.”

It has been well known that anticholinergic agents and confusion or memory issues are linked, but the new study investigated this association over a long period of time, said Dr. Douglas Scharre, director of the division of cognitive neurology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, who was not involved in the study.

He encouraged any patients who might have questions about this association to talk to their physicians.

“I spend a lot of my time in the memory disorder clinic seeing geriatric patients and taking people off medications, mostly ones that have anticholinergic properties, and many times there can be another drug out there that has less anticholinergic impact or is non-anticholinergic that may work,” Scharre said.

“Some of the medications that they list in the study may be quite critical and important and are well worth the person taking for their seizures or their psychosis, and so it’s a risk-benefit discussion,” he added. “So have a conversation with your doctor.”

Urbandale Fourth of July Celebration, July 2-4

The Urbandale 4th of July Committee is thrilled to announce the 2019 Urbandale 4th of July Celebration schedule. Our theme is Celebrating Red, White and U! Logo attached. Some NEW events to 2019 include a Beer Garden sponsored by Hy-Vee during the Abby Normal show on July 3rd, a Hotdog Eating Contest sponsored by Fareway on July 4th, a rock-climbing wall sponsored by the Army National Guard and a Charity Bags Tournament hosted by UCAN.

Activities include:

Tuesday, July 2

  • Midway & Carnival at Lions Park – 5:00p to 11:00p
  • Street Dance with DJ “Dreams Unlimited” at 71st Street & Aurora – 7:30p-10:30pm
  • Lions Club Bingo on the midway

Wednesday, July 3

Thursday, July 4

  • William Courtney 5K Run at Walker Johnston Park –7:30 AM
  • Coach Silvey Kid’s Mile Run & Coach Gary Page Tot Trot at Walker Johnston Park –8:10 &8:30 AM
  • Pancakes4Pantry 7:30 – 10am at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 3510 72nd St.
  • Parade starting at Oliver Smith Drive &70th St, North to Aurora, West to 82nd St. – 10:00 AM
  • 2019 ONLY – Olmsted School Open House Last Walk Through
  • Midway & Carnival at Lions Park – Noon to 11:00p
  • Lions Club Bingo on the Midway
  • NEW Free Kids Events @Centennial Shelter hosted by Urbandale Library 12-2pm
  • NEW Rock-Climbing Wall at Lions Park sponsored by Army National Guard 12-3pm
  • Lee Kane Annual Alumni Soccer Game at UHS Frerichs Field – Noon
  • Bob Dabrieo Memorial Cribbage Tournament at Urbandale Senior Citizen Recreation Center –1:00 PM registration at noon.
  • Kris Mandt Memorial Car Show at Urbandale High School Parking Lot 1:00, registration 9:00a to 1:00p Awards at 3:30p
    • Proceeds to Urbandale Food Pantry & Children’s Cancer Connection
  • The Declaration of Independence Reading @ Gazebo 1:00p
  • NEW Bags/Cornhole Tournament at Lions Park hosted by UCAN @ 2pm
  • NEW Hot Dog Eating Contest @ Lions Park @ 3pm
  • Urbandale Community Adult Band at Lions Park Gazebo – 4p-5p
  • Fireworks Display at Walker Johnston Park – 10:00p. Rain date Friday, July 5, same location and time.


Discounted Ride Tickets: Available now thru July 2nd. 25 Coupons for $20.00. Available at: Urbandale HyVee; Urbandale Medicap Pharmacy; Price Chopper on Merle Hay Road Des Moines and on 86th Street in Johnston.

Commemorative numbered Buttons are $5.00 which help pay for our great 4th of July Fireworks. Available through Lions Club at their Bingo Tent, the parade and Alumni Events. Lions Club members will be available the following dates and times at HyVee on 86th and Douglas: June 21- June 23th, June 28 – June 30th between 10a and 6p and at Fareway, 8450 Meredith Dr.: June 21 – June 22 and June 28 – June 29 from 10am – 6pm. Support the event and WIN PRIZES!!   Winning numbers will be posted on the 4th of July website, facebook page and Lions Park on July 5.

See for more information.

Johnston Senior Winners of Bill Riley Talent Search

Johnston Senior Winners of Bill Riley Talent Search

At Johnston Green Days 50th Anniversary Celebration on June 15, the Bill Riley Talent Search Senior winners were announced by the 1982 BRTS Champion High-Tenor Doug Cline of “The Buffalo Heads Quartet,” on left, and the “Queen of Green” Debra Heldt of Charter Bank, on right, both are from Johnston.

Third place winner Emma Tollari, 13, of Altoona & standing next to Doug, danced to ”Possibility” and won $60 from BRTS sponsor Charter Bank.

Second place winner Jenna Krause, 21, of Johnston & in the middle, performed her violin solo “Saint-Saens, Violin Concerto No. 3, Movement 1” and won $80 from Charter Bank.

First Place winner Abby Kate Boeschen, 17, of Johnston & standing next to Deb, will perform her Italian opera solo “Quel Giuardo IL Cavaliere” aria at the Iowa State Fair, and won $100 from Charter Bank.

Both Doug and Debra said this year’s group of 13 Seniors was the most talented group of Seniors they have admired in the past 16 years of Bill Riley Talent Search at Johnston Green Days, where the audience loves to admire and cheer on our youth! And, we thank Iowa sponsor Hy-Vee for their statewide support of BRTS, too.

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Johnston Sprout Winners

Johnston Sprout Winners

At Johnston Green Days 50th Anniversary Celebration on June 15, the Bill Riley Talent Search Sprout winners were announced by the “Queen of Green” Debra Heldt of Charter Bank, on left, and the 1982 BRTS Champion High-Tenor Doug Cline, on right, both of Johnston.

Third place winner Isabelle Ryan, 9, of Johnston to the right of Deb, sang “Castle On A Cloud” from Les Mis and won $30 from BRTS sponsor Charter Bank.

Second place winner Jalyssa Barnard, 10, of Des Moines in the middle, will advance to the Iowa State Fair and perform her vocal solo “My Immortal” in August, and won $40 from Charter Bank.

First Place winner Shelby Warrick, 12, of Johnston & standing next to Doug, was already qualified to perform her solo at the IA State Fair, danced to “Proud Mary” and won $50 from Charter Bank.

Both Doug and Debra said this year’s group of 12 Sprouts was the most talented group of Sprouts they have seen in the past 16 years of Bill Riley Talent Search at Johnston Green Days, where the audience loves to admire and cheer on our youth! And, we thank Iowa sponsor Hy-Vee for their statewide support of BRTS, too.

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Summer Rookie Training and Soap Box Derby Race

The Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby’s racing season has come to a close, but the racing isn’t done. 2019 Summer Rookie Training and Race

Did you miss the Spring Rookie Day in April? Here’s your second chance. The Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby Association is hosting a Summer Rookie Training and Race on July 27, at 9 a.m. at the Ewing Park Soap Box racetrack.*

This event is for children ages 7-18 and their parents to learn the basics of soap box derby racing and test out their driving skills on the racetrack in Ewing Park with the assistance of current racers and their families. Association cars and helmets will be available for kids to use during the event. This is the perfect opportunity to see what derby racing is all about.

After training, the Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby will be hosting a Rookie Race for the new rookie drivers to test their skills against each other. The Rookie Training and Race is a free event, and all are welcome to join.

The Rookie Training and Race is a great opportunity for new racers to prepare for the 2019 Fall racing season. The Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby will be hosting a Fall All-American race weekend on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Ewing Park Soap Box racetrack.

For additional information, visit the Greater Des Moines Soap Box Derby website at or contact the association at

*1701 E. McKinley Ave., Des Moines

Arrest Made After Softball Player Allegedly Assaults Umpire After Being Ejected

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police have released the name of a man arrested Sunday after allegedly assaulting an umpire at a softball game over a foul ball call.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lance Ulrich is facing a charge of assault with injury for the incident, according to Sgt. Paul Parizek.

The arrest is the result of an altercation at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex that was partially caught on camera. A spectator at the game sent Channel 13 a video she took of the incident.

Police say Ulrich was upset at the umpire over a foul ball call and used profanity to express his displeasure. The umpire ejected him from the game and police say Ulrich then pushed him to the ground. The umpire’s injuries were minor, according to police.

A player on the opposing team said there is no room on the field for that kind of behavior.

“I`m glad it de-escalated as quick as it did and we had people that didn`t want to get in and fight. There`s kids around, you can`t have anything like that,” said Jack Aagesen, a player in the game.

Officers were able to take Ulrich into custody without incident. He bonded out of the Polk County Jail shortly before 10:00 Sunday night.

Moms Make Memories with Kids on Summer Donut Tour

DES MOINES, Iowa — Summer is in full swing, and that might have you looking for something fun to do with the kids.

It’s a quiet June morning on a noisy University Avenue when a crew rolls up to the Donut King. “We say it`s time for donuts and they pop up,” said Mom Kate Steffen.

The nine kids and three moms are part of a summer Donut Tour. “We get to visit a donut place every week with a bunch of people we have fun with,” said Tyler Steffen.

They have a list of locations and a schedule to get them through the summer. The group even has shirts. “When I get an idea, I like to run with it, and I like to make the experience memorable for the kids,” said Kate.

The Donut King is the third stop on the tour. After enjoying their donuts, the kids give the breakfast treats a rating on a scale of one to five donuts. “A five is a very special doughnut,” said Mom Mindy Blanchard.

“Every place we go is the best place. The last place we go is going to be the winner,” she added.

Much like the sprinkles on top of the cake-like treats, the memories are the best part. “We only get 18 summers with our kids, and I just think it`s important to take advantage of every moment, so make it memorable,” said Kate.

The next stop on their tour is Dunkin Donuts in Altoona. They’ll wrap up the summer with a day trip to Pella to visit two bakeries.

10-Year-Old Uses Hobby to Raise Money for Fight Against ALS

URBANDALE, Iowa – One metro student is using summer break to give back to the community by raising money for the ALS Chapter of Iowa.

Ten-year-old Haley Carroll started sewing at the age of eight and said this summer she wanted to use her hobby to help donate money to help those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Her grandmother died from the disease four years before Haley was born.

“I know my grandma died from it, but I know other people also died from it, so I am helping other people not just my grandma. I also know I am helping the disease my grandma died from,” Haley Carroll said.

Haley Carroll picked scrunchies to make this summer. “It makes me feel good so that I know the money is going to a good cause.”

Haley’s father Ryan Carroll said, “This is a way that we can tell stories about her grandma. Even though she didn’t meet her, she will get to know her through stories and stuff like that. She can hopefully almost feel like she got to know her.”

Each scrunchie is $2. Haley donates $0.50 for every scrunchie sold. So far, Haley has sewn 200 scrunchies for the ALS chapter of Iowa.

ALS Association Iowa Chapter Executive Director Josh Nuss said after the 2014 ice bucket challenge went viral there has been more awareness for the disease and more people being diagnosed.

“Haley is probably the youngest one who is doing something like this and giving it back to our chapter,” Nuss said.

Nuss said the organization “Hope Loves Company” saw Haley’s project and ordered 24 scrunchies to put inside their care packages.

It takes Haley about three minutes to sew one scrunchie. She can get around 40 scrunchies done a day.

“I just like to sit down instead of watching TV and stuff,” Haley Carroll said.

Ryan Carroll said this more than just a summer project. Haley is learning how to give back to the community. “Anything you could do to help others is always good. It makes her feel good that she knows she is helping somebody that is going through a difficult situation.”

People can purchase a scrunchie by emailing Haley directly at, going on to the ALS Association Iowa Chapter Facebook Page and commenting on the post or calling the office directly at 515-369-2572.

Haley’s goal is to raise $200 by the end of summer. So far she has given the ALS Chapter of Iowa $62.

Clean Water Advocates Promote Water Health at Inaugural Iowa Water Festival

DES MOINES — Educators, scientists and other clean water advocates got together Sunday at the first Iowa Water Festival to bring awareness to the state’s water quality issues.

The event comes after a report by the Environmental Working Group said Iowa is one of the leading states with cancer diagnoses caused by nitrate pollution in drinking water.

A panel of speakers covered a variety of topics, but all expressed concerns for the state of Iowa’s water.

David Osterberg, a professor emeritus of public health at the University of Iowa, said this is largely due to Iowa being an agriculture state.

“We have very high levels of nitrogen-phosphorus in the water,” said Osterberg. “Nitrogen is necessary to make corn grow, but too much of it causes lots of pollution and that’s the pollutant in Iowa.”

Panelists talked about different possible solutions, but all called for a change in public policy.

“We need to elect people who claim to care about water and really show that they do,” Osterberg said. “Right now we have not had that for a number of years, we can’t just do lip service. This is a serious problem, we need to address it.”

Isabelle Brace, a member of the Iowa Strike Climate Group, said this is an issue all Iowans should care about.

“Clean water is one of the absolute most essential steps to a functioning ecosystem and a functioning environment,” she said.

Brace said it’s important to focus on clean water because it’s something that affects everyone. She’s not of voting age yet but agreed that policy change needs to happen.

“Voting for candidates who are pushing for water issues and are talking about these things is so important,” Brace said.

Channel 13 spoke to Des Moines Water Works earlier in June. Water Works said they have made efforts on reducing nitrates but are primarily focused on bigger threats right now, like removing toxins from water.

This was the first Iowa Water Festival, and organization leaders said they hope it won’t be the last.