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VIGIL FRIDAY: Gathering To Remember Murdered Man

A candlelight vigil will is being held Friday night for a Des Moines man shot to death last week.

Thirty-five-year-old Steven Harmon was found dead June 6th in a parking lot of an industrial area on East 17th Street.

Police haven’t made any arrests in the case.

The vigil will begin at 7:00 p.m. at 1207 East Bell Avenue.

Harmon’s funeral was held Monday in Denison.

SPEED CAMS: Polk County Mobile Units Start Monday

Metro drivers will find more company on the roads Monday, in the form of two automated traffic cameras.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says it will start using its mobile speed cameras on Monday.

The cameras are mounted in sheriff SUV’s similar to the one used by the city of Des Moines but can still clock speeders while the vehicle is being operated.

For the first 30-days the cameras will only issue warnings. After that, fines will start at $65 for drivers going 11 miles or more over the speed limit.

The cameras will focus on areas outside of city limits that see a lot of speeders, accidents and have dangerous intersections.

ATV CRASH: Man Killed In Des Moines

A Des Moines crash involving a four-wheeler killed one person Thursday night.

It happened around 9:00 p.m. in the intersection of East 26th and Lyon Street.

Police say the ATV was traveling east bound on Lyon Street and didn’t stop at the stop sign, it was hit by a southbound vehicle. The driver of the ATV, 29-year-old Daniel Halterman of Des Moines, was thrown about 20 feet and landed on a sidewalk. The ATV continued east bound where it collided with a north bound vehicle.

Halterman was taken to Methodist Hospital but died from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle the ATV initially hit, Chad Cox of Des Moines, is not believed to be at fault in the accident but is being cited for no insurance and driving with a suspended license.

It is illegal to drive four-wheelers on public streets.

AUSTRALIAN RULES: ‘Footy’ In Des Moines

Australian rules football is the national sport of Australia.  ‘Footy’ as its called, has made its way to Des Moines.  The Des Moines Roosters are the only Aussie Rules team in the entire state, and they’re pretty good.  The Roosters are the defending Division 4 national champs.

Aussie Rules looks a lot like rugby, but it’s not the same.  It has some of the same concepts, but not all.  There’s no throwing the ball in Aussie Rules, instead each pass has to be made by ‘handballing,’ which is essentially like a bump pass in volleyball.

Aussie Rules incorporates skills from all different sports, football, soccer, rugby, basketball, volleyball, and even basketball.


One person is under arrest and a lot of people are shaken up after Des Moines police chased a suspected drunk driver through a busy park Thursday afternoon.

Police tried to pull over 40-year-old Marvin Newsom by Water Works Park. But he didn’t stop, instead taking off, speeding through the park and missing some pedestrians by just a few feet.

Police were eventually able to pin Newson’s truck against a tree.

“Cops coming in over there in the circle and we were in the white car over there  and he almost crashed us and he came all the way over here and he started drifting and the officers were crashing him over there.  And they got out and the cops got him and they were hitting him with the metal thing,” says witness Zuriel Luna.

SHOOTING ARREST: Man Charged In Incident

Des Moines police say they arrested a man for firing gunshots outside a home early Thursday morning.

A homeowner called police to the 1400 block of Idaho Street just before 1:00 a.m. after she said she heard about six gunshots outside her house.

She told officers when she looked out the window, she saw two men run down the street and get into a vehicle. Minutes after the shooting, officers stopped a vehicle matching the description given to police.

The victim identified 25-year-old Michael Walker as one of the men who ran from the scene. He was arrested and charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and possession of a weapon as a felon.

BURGLARS BUSTED: Police Credit Neighbors

Des Moines police say they’ve arrested three burglary suspects, thanks to some alert neighbors. A neighbor spotted three people breaking into a home in the Ingersoll Park neighborhood and called police.

As officers arrived, the three suspects took off.  That’s when several other neighbors called police, reporting the three running through yards and looking suspicious…leading police right to two of them.

“That had a big impact here today of us keeping tabs on where these subjects were moving to.” says Officer Mike Delaney, “They did move a distance from the home but again, from several calls from neighbors we were able to kind of move along with them”