Monday Afternoon News, September 23
Iowa Red Cross Volunteers Assist With Colorado Flooding
DES MOINES, IA, – Volunteers from across Iowa continue to assist the recent victims of
devastating flooding in Colorado. Since last Monday, 21 Red Cross disaster workers from Iowa have deployed to Colorado. All are expected to spend up to two weeks providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort as people across Colorado begin to clean up and recover. Here’s a breakdown of where the volunteers are based: 10 live in central Iowa (Des Moines metro, Marshalltown, Ottumwa); five live in northwest Iowa (Sioux City, Spencer) and six live in eastern Iowa (Cedar Rapids, Waterloo.)
More than 850 Red Cross volunteers are deployed to the region where they have served more than 33,000 meals, handed out more than 46,000 relief items and provided as many as 4,700 health and mental health services. Sunday night, more than 200 people stayed in seven Red Cross shelters across Colorado. As people begin to return home, the Red Cross is distributing personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, lanterns, tents, sleeping bags, rakes, tarps, shovels, flashlights, gloves, coolers and insect repellant at Disaster Assistance Centers and from the 24 response trucks traveling throughout the
affected area. Access to some communities remains challenging, but as areas begin to
re-open, the Red Cross will be there to support a recovery effort that will take weeks and months.
NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in northern Iowa are investigating the death of a man who was being detained on suspicion of beating a woman.
The Worth County Sheriff's Department responded to a report Sunday night of a possible domestic assault at a home in Northwood. A deputy says he entered and saw a man severely beating a woman.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says additional deputies arrived to subdue the man. While the man was handcuffed, he became unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead.
The woman was airlifted to a hospital in Minnesota for stab wounds and blunt force injuries.
The Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an autopsy. The names of the man and woman have not been released. Authorities say they may have been involved in a personal relationship.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police say they've detained two people in connection with a robbery at a Des Moines pharmacy.
Des Moines police says the robbery happened Monday morning at Medicap Pharmacy after a man passed a note demanding drugs from a pharmacy worker. Police say the man left with several bottles of Oxycontin.
Officers later stopped an SUV after a witness reported a suspicious car and its license plate. Two people were taken into custody and are being interrogated.
Detectives say charges are pending. The names of the suspects have not been released.
Kosher Packing House Court Case
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge says defense lawyers working for imprisoned former kosher slaughterhouse manager Sholom Rubashkin violated a court rule by contacting jurors who convicted him of bank fraud in 2009.
U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ruled Monday that Des Moines attorney Guy Cook and Kansas City attorney James Wyrsch violated a rule that bars attorneys and their investigators from contacting jurors without court permission.
Reade says she will decide how to punish them at a future hearing.
Reade called Monday's hearing after jurors reported being contacted by private investigators working for Rubashkin as he prepares an appeal of his 27-year prison term.
In one case, Rubashkin's daughter made an emotional appeal at a juror's home.
An inquiry into the contacts revealed Cook's law firm also contacted jurors in December 2009.
Demolition Begins With University of Iowa Building
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Crews have begun tearing down a flood-damaged historic building at the University of Iowa.
KCRG-TV reports (http://bit.ly/18lbBya ) the demolition of Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City began Monday morning with a wrecking ball striking the building. Officials say the demolition will be completed by the end of the year.
The Hancher Auditorium originally opened in 1972 as part of the Hancher-Voxman-Clapp complex. It was damaged during flooding in 2008.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is helping replace the building with a nearby structure that's scheduled to open in 2015. The site of the old Hancher building will become green space.
Iowa Woman Found Guilty Of Young Girl's Death
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Rapids woman has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her ex-boyfriend's young daughter.
Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports (http://bit.ly/1fcigjK ) a Linn County jury returned the verdict Monday for Amy Parmer, who was also found guilty of child endangerment resulting in death.
Parmer was accused of causing the March 2010 death of 17-month-old Kamryn Schlitter. Investigators say the little girl suffered head injuries and had bruising on her neck, chin, underarms and chest.
Parmer's former boyfriend and Kamryn's father, Zyriah Schlitter, was convicted in the case last year. He was sentenced in February to 50 years in prison.
76 Year Old Man Convicted Of Child Porn
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A 76-year-old Iowa man has been convicted of enticing boys into sexual behavior so he could create child pornography.
A federal jury in Cedar Rapids also found Benton Stong guilty of four counts of possessing child pornography. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says (http://bit.ly/15lAo18 ) Stong was convicted last week, after a day of testimony and arguments.
Prosecutors say that in June and July last year, four boys, ages 10 through 12, spent time and stayed overnight at Stong's apartment in Oran, where he ran a computer repair business.
Fayette County sheriff's deputies searched Stong's home at the behest of some of the boys' parents. The deputies found child pornography, including videos of the boys.
State charges in the case were dismissed this past June when Stong was indicted in federal court.
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