Tran Walker Found Guilty of First Degree Murder, Sioux County Train Derailment

Aug 1, 2019

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Tran Walker has been found guilty of the stabbing deaths of his ex-girlfriend and a friend, according to the Sioux City Journal.

District Judge Tod Deck announced his verdict this afternoon in Woodbury County District Court after weighing the evidence for two months. 

Nineteen-year-old Walker of Sioux City was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the Jan. 28, 2018, stabbing deaths of 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan, and 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr., 18, both of Sioux City. Walker faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. An investigation is underway after train derailment last night in Sioux County.No one was hurt.

Police say an officer fired at another vehicle after it struck the officer's unmarked car during a traffic stop in Sioux City.

It happened on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe track between Hull and Dune, one mile west of Highway 75 around 8:30.

About 26 cars of the 83-car train derailed

Railroad officials say there were no hazardous chemicals on the rail cars.

All new Iowa school buses will require lap-shoulder seat belts.  The Iowa State Board of Education adopted new rules today for buses bought by school districts and state-accredited nonpublic schools. The administrative rules adopted are still subject to legislative review.  One additional stop arm per bus, handrails, exterior boarding lights and fire-resistant crash barriers between the front bus seats and the bus drivers would also be required on new school buses. 

And, the day after the second Democratic candidate debate the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden will be in Sioux City this afternoon. 

Jill Biden

Jill Biden will be on hand to officials open Biden’s campaign office.

And, Iowa’s tax-free weekend takes place tomorrow and Saturday. 

No sales tax or local option sales tax will be collected on sales of an article of clothing or footwear with a sale price of less of $100.