Saturday News, August 23
Water Boil Emergency For Brunsville
(Brunsville)--The city of Brunsville is under a water boil emergency. A water main in Brunsville was struck and the system was drained. Brunsville residence are notified to boil water before drinking or cooking. The emergency is in effect through the weekend. Any questions, call Rob Van Hagel at 712-533-6113.
I-S-U Reports Record Enrollment
(Des Moines)--Iowa State University has record-high enrollment of more than 34-thousand students for the fall semester, which starts next week. Annette Hacker, a spokeswoman for the university, says I-S-U officials have leased additional living space off-campus for over a thousand students because the residence halls are jam-packed, with some students living in the dens in the dorms.
Almost 12-thousand-500 students have signed up to live in the university's residence halls. The university is also allowing food trucks on campus.
The food trucks aren't just for students, though, as the food is available to whomever is on campus and can pay cash or credit. The University of Iowa's enrollment is expected to be among the largest in history, but officials say it won't set a record. Enrollment projections from the University of Northern Iowa are not available. Last fall over 12-thousand students were enrolled at U-N-I.
Iowa Woman Faces Felony Charges After Lieing About Daughter Having Cancer
ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in western Iowa say a woman faces felony charges after lying to people for months that her 5-year-old daughter has terminal cancer.
Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner says 30-year-old Leatha Slauson appears to have acted alone when she told residents in Atlantic that her daughter has a life-threatening illness.
Slauson was arrested Thursday night on a charge of felony child endangerment. A felony drug distribution charge was added later on suspicion that she gave the child cannabis oil. Court records do not list an attorney.
Officials say Slauson lied to the community for months about the girl's health. At some point, a bank account was set up in support of the family.
The Associated Press is not naming the girl because she may be the victim of a crime.
Marshalltown Man Charged With First Degree Murder
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) - A Marshalltown man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
The Marshalltown Police Department says the charge against Branden Collins was added following Jossilyn Starn's death Friday. Court records do not list an attorney.
Authorities say Collins was watching Jossilyn and two other children when the girl became unresponsive Wednesday and was taken to the hospital. The Polk County medical examiners' office says she died as a result of head injuries.
Collins was arrested Thursday on charges of child endangerment, marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession. He is scheduled to make an initial court appearance on the latest charges Saturday. He remains at the Marshall County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.