Tuesday Afternoon News, April 30
Banks Warns Customers of Phishing Phone Scam
(Le Mars) -- Local bank officials are warning their customers and others of a phishing phone scam that has been detected within the area. Apparently, customers are receiving automatic telephone calls or voice messages informing them their debit card has been deactivated and in order to reactivate the card, customers are asked to touch the "1" button or call the number given. American Bank, Primebank, Great Southern, First National, Kingsley State Bank, and Northwest Iowa Credit Union have all reported that some of their customers have been contacted by the phishing scam today. Bank officials say they are not the ones making the calls, and are urging their customers not to offer any personal information to an automated system or to someone they do not know.
Le Mars Police Chief Stewart Dekkenga says unfortunately scams are becoming a common occurrence. Dekkenga echoes the sentiment of the banks and that is not to offer any personal information.
The Le Mars Police Chief suggest people to check with their own local bank if they have questions. Dekkenga says its frustrating that many times the local police can't do much to prevent the scam.
Dekkenga says in many times if a person makes the call, it could be costly in many ways.
Kelley Pick, Marketing Coordinator with American Bank says personal information has not been compromised and there is nothing wrong with the customers' debit cards. Bank officials say this is not a new scam, but the perpetrators have acquired a list or group of cell phone numbers from this area. Customers are asked if they are the victim of such phone calls to contact their bank immediately.
Sioux City Police Identify Shot Officer
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the officer shot during a traffic stop in Sioux City, as a search continues for the man suspected of shooting him.
Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young on Tuesday said Kevin McCormick was shot in the forehead after stopping a vehicle in an alley on the west side of town. He's expected to make a full recovery.
Police say McCormick, who joined the department last year, was still sitting in his cruiser during the Monday afternoon traffic stop when 22-year-old Jamal Dean got out of his vehicle and shot
eight rounds from a rifle. The bullets went through the cruiser's windshield, and one hit McCormick.
Officers from several agencies are searching throughout Sioux City for Dean. Young says he is armed and dangerous.
House Committee Approves Health Services Budget
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Iowa House have given committee-level approval to a budget for the Health and Human Services agency that would bar the use of Medicaid funds for abortion.
In a 14-11 vote split along party lines, the House appropriations committee approved the roughly $1.7 billion spending plan Tuesday. The House budget for state departments of Health and Human Services and Public Health offers less money that the version approved by the Democratic-majority Senate.
Medicaid covers abortions in Iowa in rare cases of rape, incest, fetal deformity and to protect a mother's life. The Iowa Department of Human Resources reported 22 abortions funded by Medicaid dollars in the last fiscal year.
The bill will now move to the full House for consideration.
Attorney Asks Texas Turkey Company To Compensate Mentally Handicapped Employees
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A government attorney is asking jurors to award damages to 32 mentally disabled workers who he says were subjected to around-the-clock discrimination by a Texas company
that profited from their work at an Iowa turkey plant.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney Robert Canino told jurors Tuesday the former workers for Henry's Turkey Service suffered "broken lives" because of conditions they endured while
living at a run-down bunkhouse and working at West Liberty Foods.
In closing arguments, he told jurors they should award compensatory and punitive damages to each worker.
The EEOC sued Henry's, based in Goldthwaite, Texas, over allegations the company discriminated against the men.
Company attorney David Scieszinski says any isolated problems weren't the company's fault.
Jurors have started deliberations. The federal court trial started last week in Davenport.
Ackley Is Without Water
ACKLEY, Iowa (AP) - A ruptured water main has forced officials in the central Iowa city of Ackley to shut off water service to the community while workers make repairs.
The Department of Natural Resources says in a news release Tuesday that an 8-inch line ruptured, prompting a halt of service in the Hardin County city of 1,500.
The DNR says the public school was closed and administrators of a nursing home were notified. Police officers plan to go door-to-door to notify residents.
Water is stored in a water tower and can be used in case of a fire.
After repairs are made, residents will be advised to boil water while the system is brought back online.