Top 9 of Iowa: Police Locked and Loaded With AR-15s, Town Pumped for 2nd Hy-Vee, Carly Rae Jepson and Dance Marathon

An Iowa State University student will watch the Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers from the sidelines after winning a competitive Super Bowl turf internship.

Why nine? Because the Patch community includes nine sites in Iowa: AmesAnkenyCedar FallsIowa CityJohnston, Marion, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines.

9. Marion City Council approved the purchase of 25 semi-automatic assault rifles to upgrade the arsenal of the Marion Police Department, at a cost of approximately $50,000. The question is whether officers will have to pay their own way, or if the city will cover it. Media around the country are tuning in on this one.

8. An Iowa State University student will watch Super Bowl XLVII from the sidelines in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Kevin Hansen, a senior studying horticulture, won a competitive Super Bowl turf internship. The Boone native will help prepare the game and practice fields.

7. at her Waterloo home Tuesday after a long illness. She was a beloved in the Cedar Valley and nationally-recognized civil rights leader.

6. Traffic cameras have boomed in the Des Moines metro in recent years, but that could end this summer. , effective July 1.

5. Construction on a has officially started. This would be the second store in Ankeny, and if the 380 times the story has been shared on Facebook and the comments on the story are any indication, the community is pretty excited.

4. West Des Moines officials are considering adding six firefighters to fill a gap in service.The cost would be about $600,000, or about $100,000 per firefighter with salary and benefits considered.

3. One brave Johnston boy and his family are bringing their fight to the metro area with a fundraiser on Saturday. Aspiring Major League Baseball players and fans alike have a reason to be excited for this weekend's Pitcher Perfect event in Urbandale. Carson Cooper, 9, was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2011. After spending a month at Blank Children's Hospital for treatment, Carson was ready to help others.

2. The Waukee Hy-Vee store under construction is one of two new stores the company is building this year in the metro as part of its plans to spend a record $270 million in 2013 to build new stores and update existing supermarkets.

1. What can some University of Iowa students do with a Carly Rae Jepsen sample, a video camera, and a very orange tuxedo? Watch and find out. Hint, students used her song for a rap promo of the 2013 Dance Marathon fundraiser.

Past Tops:

Kurt B. January 28, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Re: the Marion police dept issue regarding the AR-15's. It seems two things about this are a little odd. One - with all the hype on the control of these weapons, seems like they would be able to get by with either fewer, or somethiung not quite so controversial. Two: $2000 a piece seems rather high. Is this a knee-jerk decision to arm themselves to the teeth all of a sudden, no matter what the cost ? Had they made this decision last year before the shortage, the cost would have been a lot less. And ..... aren't there some communities around the country that are collecting this type of weapon from citizens ? Maybe Marion could purchase some of the discarded weapons from other places.
maxine weimer January 28, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Kurt, that a good idea to purchase these weapons at a lessor cost from somewhere else. I live in Marion and the need is growing everyday for a more formidible police force. We may be a small town but the crime rate here is exploding. Ever since the flood a couple years ago, it has gotten pretty bad. Alot of people from the inner city of CR moved out here which brought alot of the trouble makers to this area. I have lived here for about 14 years and it is the worst it has ever been for break ins and shootings. So I am glad they are arming themselves with this type of weapon.
William Pontarelli January 28, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Arms Race pure and simple.
Stephen Schmidt January 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM
I'm going to be following up on this story so I'll know more later, but from what I know now: I think the 25 number is intended so each officer can have the rifle as part of their standard issue of weapons, usable only if needed but available to all officers. http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Plan-to-Arm-Marion-Police-Officers-with-AR-15s-Getting-Plenty-of-Attention-188409131.html "The chief said his department already has a number of AR-15 rifles, which is the civilian version of the military’s M-16. However, only special response officers routinely had access to such weapons. The idea is to put them in every Marion patrol car so the first office on the scene of an active shooter could respond." I'm not sure if this is purely motivated by recent public shootings, as they already had a few of the AR-15s, but from the Marion Police Chief's recent comments it seems to be part of his thinking, and also a thought of Marion officers. There also is an emphasis on the assault rifle being able to combine stopping power with accuracy.


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