Friday Afternoon News, July 12
Woodbury County Supervisor Chairman At Odds With Sheriff
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors chairman doesn't think on-duty sheriff's deputies should be allowed to attend their children's sporting events.
Board chairman Larry Clausen said in a memo Thursday that the policy constitutes "a blatant misuse" of tax dollars.
But Sheriff Dave Drew said four sheriffs have let deputies attend family events during their one-hour lunches and can, as part of community policing, attend their kids' sporting events so long as the deputies leave if called away.
The sheriff and Clausen have been arguing about Drew's efforts to expand the department's reserve deputies program.
Farmers Finding Weeds Becoming Resistant To Popular Herbicides
(Le Mars) -- Due to the popularity and extended use of glyphosate herbicides, commonly known by its brand name of "Roundup" some farmers are finding weeds that are resistant to the once effective herbicide. Iowa State University extension crops specialist, Joel DeJong says many farmers are now turning to pre-emergence herbicides as a means to combat a possible weed problem.
DeJong says farmers have also taken the steps to reduce the rates of pre-emergence herbicides which has helped the problem.
DeJong says for many farmers the solution is taking a step back in order to move forward. He says farmers are looking at herbicides that they may have used perhaps ten years ago.
Iowa State University Extension along with many of the farm commodity organizations are trying to educate farmers on how best to manage weeds and the likelihood of weeds that built up a resistance to herbicides.
Supreme Court Stands By Early Ruling On "Too Attractive" Case
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is standing by its earlier ruling that a dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant because he found her too attractive and worried he would try to start an affair.
The court ruled Friday that bosses can fire employees they see as a threat to their marriages, even if the subordinates have not engaged in flirtatious behavior. The court says such firings are not unlawful sex discrimination because they are motivated by feelings, not gender.
It's the same outcome the court reached in December, when justices dismissed a lawsuit by Melissa Nelson against Fort Dodge dentist James Knight. After a barrage of criticism for the ruling,
Nelson's attorney asked for reconsideration and the all-male court took the rare step of withdrawing the opinion.
Intestinal Virus Spreads Across Iowa And Nebraska
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The number of confirmed cases of a rare food-borne illness in Iowa has more than doubled in just four days as state and federal public health agencies try to figure out where
it's coming from.
The Iowa Department of Public Health says the outbreak of cyclosporiasis (sy-kloh-spor-EYE'-uh-sis) has sickened 45 Iowans as of Friday. On Monday the department had identified 22 cases.
Iowa typically has just one or two cases a year, usually travelers.
State health department medical director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says it's looking like fresh vegetables may be the culprit but the investigation continues.
Consumers should wash fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of the illness, which causes diarrhea that lasts an average of 57 days.
Nebraska has reported 23 confirmed cases.
Gas Main Break
URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say they're evacuating people in a residential area of Urbandale following reports of a gas main break.
Urbandale police spokesman Officer Randy Peterson says the break in the Des Moines suburb was reported Friday morning. About a quarter mile is being evacuated between Douglas Parkway and Hickman Road.
Officers are going door-to-door to notify residents. A code red alarm has also sent automated phone messages to residents.
No injuries have been reported.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Des Moines police say officers fired seven shots and hit a suspect three times after responding to a home invasion over the July Fourth weekend.
Sgt. Jason Halifax told The Des Moines Register on Friday that 57-year-old Larry Hawkins died from a shot that struck him in the chest.
Police responded July 5 to a home invasion call.
Hawkins and another man, 52-year-old Michael Eugene Walker, are suspected of breaking into a home, beating the occupants and threatening them with guns. Police say Hawkins refused to
relinquish his weapon and pointed it at officers. Hawkins did not fire any shots at police.
Walker was taken into custody unharmed. He is charged with first-degree burglary, assault causing injury, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.
Body Found In Water
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have removed the body of a woman from the Mississippi River in Davenport.
Davenport police say the woman was pulled Friday morning 200 yards downstream from the Crescent Bridge.
The Quad-City Times reports a bicyclist reported seeing the body. Police have not disclosed whether they suspect foul play.
The woman's identity has not been released.