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Police & Fire

The latest on local crime and public safety.
ATF Rules Out Arson in Fire at Historic Younkers Building

ATF Rules Out Arson in Fire at Historic Younkers Building

The finding rules out speculation that the massive fire that destroyed the 115-year-old Younkers building may have been linked to the death of developer Bob Knapp.
FIRE IN DOWNTOWN DES MOINES: 'Oh, My God! The Building's Collapsing! Oh, My God!'

FIRE IN DOWNTOWN DES MOINES: 'Oh, My God! The Building's Collapsing! Oh, My God!'

Top floor of building collapses as firefighters battle blaze.
State Department Issues Travel Alert for Sochi Olympics

State Department Issues Travel Alert for Sochi Olympics

Americans traveling to the Games this year should be vigilant of their surroundings, officials said.
100 Stories About Gun Violence Since Newtown

100 Stories About Gun Violence Since Newtown

We looked at stories from across America in the year since the shootings at Sandy Hook School to try to illustrate the scale of the problem.
Across the Country, Police Use Cell Phone Data to Snoop

Across the Country, Police Use Cell Phone Data to Snoop

'Cell tower dumps’ are causing Americans to ponder their basic rights of privacy.
FEMA Asks Medics to Enter Mass Shooting ‘Warm Zones’

FEMA Asks Medics to Enter Mass Shooting ‘Warm Zones’

FEMA issues new guidelines for first responders of mass attacks.
What You Need to Know About Marijuana ‘Dabbing’

What You Need to Know About Marijuana ‘Dabbing’

A look at ‘dabbing,’ a new trend in marijuana consumption.
‘The Knockout Game': Real Threat or Viral Legend?

‘The Knockout Game': Real Threat or Viral Legend?

Facebook feeds and cable networks are full of coverage of innocent people being sucker punched. But there’s not much evidence of this “game” sweeping the nation.
World’s 2nd Global Police Tweet-a-thon Is Here

World’s 2nd Global Police Tweet-a-thon Is Here

The force will be strong on Twitter for the 2nd Global Police Tweet-a-thon.
DOT Program Stops Officers from Distracted Driving

DOT Program Stops Officers from Distracted Driving

The Iowa Department of Transportation will launch a new program that would disable its enforcement officers' laptops at speeds of 15 miles per hour.
During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, Consider Residential Fire Sprinklers

During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, Consider Residential Fire Sprinklers

The ost of installing residential fire sprinklers averages $1.35 per square foot, according to a new Fire Protection Research Foundation report that reassesses costs.
Pancake Breakfast Part of Fire Prevention Week Activities

Pancake Breakfast Part of Fire Prevention Week Activities

Tours of the fire station and equipment demonstrations will be featured.
3 Women Arrested in Johnston Prostitution Sting

3 Women Arrested in Johnston Prostitution Sting

The following information was provided by the police. It does not indicate a conviction.
Police Respond to Gunshots Fired Outside Bar

Police Respond to Gunshots Fired Outside Bar

There were no injuries reported after shots fired in an after-hours fight at an area bar, but two vehicles were damaged.
Intruder Thought He Found Home, but Home Was Miles Away

Intruder Thought He Found Home, but Home Was Miles Away

A West Des Moines man’s dog barked and he awoke to an intruder standing at his bedroom door early Saturday morning. The man wasn’t where he thought he was.
18 Businesses Caught in Sting for Allegedly Serving Alcohol to Minors

18 Businesses Caught in Sting for Allegedly Serving Alcohol to Minors

Employees who sold alcohol to underaged patrons face fines of $735. The establishments also face sanctions of graduated severity for repeat offenses.
Man Shot After Leaving Concert Early Sunday Morning

Man Shot After Leaving Concert Early Sunday Morning

The victim told West Des Moines police he was walking to his car when he heard three gunshots. One of the bullets struck him in the arm.
Line Up a Designated Driver; More Police on the Road Through Labor Day and Beyond

Line Up a Designated Driver; More Police on the Road Through Labor Day and Beyond

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" effort aims to curb drunken driving and reduce highway fatalities.
Teen Who Allegedly Taped Friends Having Sex Could Face Pornography Charges

Teen Who Allegedly Taped Friends Having Sex Could Face Pornography Charges

Iowa law prohibits “sexting,” which a Department of Justice cyber-crime investigator has called “a major concern for the criminal justice system.”
What Happened After Woman ‘Bumped’ Car – Twice – in Parking Lot

What Happened After Woman ‘Bumped’ Car – Twice – in Parking Lot

A West Des Moines man was charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief after he reportedly kicked a woman’s car and deflated her tires.