A new bill going through the Iowa Legislature would allow Emergency Medical Technicians to carry a firearm if they are a part of a police tactical team.
Senate File 2006, introduced by Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Council Bluffs, would allow emergency medical professionals to obtain a professional permit to carry weapons if they train with a tactical team, complete a firearm safety training course and are not disqualified from carrying weapons.
Tactical teams are often called upon for high-risk situations like shootings or serving search warrants to armed individuals. Emergency medical professionals who accompany these teams are there to administer immediate medical care to victims.
Currently under Iowa law, workers like police officers, security guards and bank messengers are allowed to obtain a professional permit, which allows them to carry a firearm while working.
The Burlington Fire Department is investigating an early morning house fire.
At 2:09 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to a reported house fire in the 2300 block of Gordon Street, the department said in a media release.
They found light smoke coming from the eaves of the two-story, wood-frame house and contained a small fire above the ceiling of the kitchen near a light fixture.
Damage to the structure is estimated at $10,000 and $5,000 to the content, according to the release.
Four people were home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. The Red Cross has been called for victim assistance.
The fire remains under investigation and is not considered suspicious.
The fire department was assisted by the West Burlington Fire Department, Burlington Police Department, and Alliant Energy.
KWQC-TV NBC 6 Davenport
A man who was accused of attempting to kill his wife and her uncle by setting a house on fire has been convicted by a jury.
Shane Allen Heins, 45, of Independence, was found guilty of first-degree arson and two counts of attempted murder.
Investigators say Heins set the fire on March 2, 2019, in Independence in an effort to kill his wife, Christina Heins, and her uncle, Nick Necker. Both were taken for treatment at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
The incident involved a verbal disagreement that escalated to breaking items and eventually setting multiple fires throughout the home. Christina Heins was able to escape through a window, and Necker required rescue from law enforcement.
Heins is facing up to 75 years in prison on the three counts. He will be sentenced at a later date.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal Division are investigating after a truck caught fire killing one man inside.
The Sheriff’s Office was called to a single-vehicle crash on Wednesday, January 12th just east of Knoxville. While responding to the call suspected improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered from the crash.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and has been identified as Del Sorey of Arnolds Park. The truck Sorey was driving caught fire and was destroyed. Sorey was the only one inside.
Search warrants related to the IED’s were served on Wednesday, January 15th at three addresses in Milford and Arnolds Park, Iowa, in Dickinson County.
The case remains under investigation.
WOI-TV ABC 5 Des Moines