Let's hope this year's Iowa State Fair doesn't
serve violence on a stick. Des Moines Police
and community leaders met last week to discuss
the increased police presence at this year's
fair. Last year's debacle, which included two
assaults on police officers, 27 arrests outside
of the fair gates and two stabbings, left a
black eye on the beloved event. So the Iowa
State Patrol and Des Moines Police are stepping
it up to provide a safer environment for everyone.
More than 10 additional uniformed troopers will
patrol the fair at night and on weekends with
some undercover troopers on site, too. Des Moines
police will also increase their presence with
an additional seven to 10 officers per day.
These efforts will hopefully help curb the violence
so we can all focus on the fun and festivities.
There has to be a better place to hide things.
A Florida woman, Angela Lynn Palmer, 37, let
something slip out after she was arrested on
counterfeiting and trespassing charges. While
officers were escorting Palmer to the cell,
a crack pipe dropped from her vagina. But that
wasn't all. Soon after an orange cigar tube
also fell from her vagina. After a cavity search,
officers found a second tube lodged in there.
Inside the tubes were pieces of crack cocaine.
Along with her previous charges, Palmer was
charged with cocaine possession, possession
of a controlled substance, destroying evidence,
smuggling contraband into a detention facility
and possession of drug paraphernalia. No word
yet on the kitchen sink.
This drunk may have thought he was being responsible,
but that clearly wasn't the case. Louisiana
native Billy Joe Madden, 28, was arrested last
week after letting his 8-year-old son drive
his vehicle while he slept in the passenger
seat. According to officials, numerous witnesses
had reported a green truck driving erratically
on the interstate. When they stopped the vehicle,
police found the 8-year-old boy behind the wheel,
Madden intoxicated and sleeping in the passenger
seat and his 4-year-old daughter in the back
seat. Madden was charged with two counts of
child desertion, parent allowing a minor to
drive, open container and two counts of no child
restraint and no seat belt.
Even hunger has its limits. Last week Natasha
Hubbard, 36, was arrested in Los Angeles after
she tried to steal and "eat" a baby.
According to officials, a mother was pushing
her 4-month-old infant in a stroller when Hubbard
appeared out of nowhere and began unfastening
the stroller's safety restraints. Hubbard then
pulled the infant out of the seat, began violently
swinging the infant and slammed the child into
a nearby rail. The child's mother and aunt began
attacking Hubbard and got the baby away from
her. Hubbard fled the scene but was later located
by police and charged with aggravated assault.
When police asked her why she attacked the child,
she said she was trying to "break off the
baby's arm so she could eat it." Lock her
New Jersey Dunkin' Donuts customers were apparently
getting more than pastries with their order.
Last week, officials arrested Melissa Redmond,
29, after she was found to be using her break
time to solicit sex from customers. Following
a tip, officers set up surveillance on the donut
shop and watched as Redmond took numerous 10-
to 15-minute breaks during her night shift,
walking out to customers' cars and performing
sex acts in the parking lot. Redmond was arrested
and charged with numerous prostitution charges.
Talk about offering extra sugar. CV