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Good, Bad & The Ugly

Sept 22 , 2011
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The good

Vicki Comegys, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (GDMCVB) Vice President of Sales and Services, earned the 2011 Bruce Riley McDaniel Award for Individual Professionalism and Lifetime Achievement. Comegys received the honor, in part, for helping the GDMCVB secure more than 22,000 conventions and sporting events through her more than 20 years of service to the GDMCVB. Just in the last year, the GDMCVB booked 1,254 conventions/events for a total of nearly 350,000 room nights, contributing more than $90 million in economic impact from sales initiatives alone. Thanks for helping put the "great" in Greater Des Moines, Vicki.

Before anyone else can hunt deer in Iowa, hunters with disabilities get their chance during a special two-week hunting season that ends Oct. 1. Hunters with disabilities have a 37 percent hunting success rate, according to state deer biologist Tom Litchfield, almost the same as hunters during the regular deer hunting season. A special hunting license is needed and, depending on the disability, some are allowed to shoot from a vehicle and some can use whatever weapon they like, from bow and arrow to shotgun to muzzle-loader. Last year, more than 200 special hunting licenses were issued.

The bad

Vegetarians, beware of this guy. Last week, Pennsylvania resident Scott T. Shover, 53, was arrested after he opened several packages of raw meat and began eating it. According to officials, a Wal-Mart employee witnessed Shover take packages of raw beef stew meet and ground hamburger, open them and start chowing down. Stover then put the opened packages back on the shelf and walked out the door. An officer spotted Shover in the parking lot and took him into custody. Shover was charged with retail theft (his fifth retail theft charge).

At least this criminal provided a running commentary. A Des Moines man was mugged last week near the intersection of Kingman Boulevard and 42nd Street around 12:30 a.m. The victim told police that a car stopped near him, and two men got out of the vehicle. One of the suspects hit the victim in the face, saying, "Give me your stuff." The two suspects dug through the victims' pockets and kicked him four to five times. Before they left, one of the suspects told the victim, "You just got robbed" and then fled the scene. The suspects got away with a cell phone, a charger and headphones.

The ugly

Each of us could be considered a little messy, but we don't know how these people could live and raise children in this filth. Last week, a Kentucky couple — Amber and Shawn Cordle — were arrested after police discovered five children living in piles of feces. Police showed up at the apartment after a 9-1-1 call and discovered Shawn outside holding a boy with blisters on his hands and mouth. But what the officers found inside the home was even more horrible. Four more kids, ranging in ages from 17 months to 7, were living in filth surrounded by human and animal feces, trash and prescription drugs that covered the floors and furniture. It gets worse. Two special needs children were found upstairs confined to a locked room, where they slept in the same bed and were covered in both human and animal feces. All the children were taken to the hospital and treated for infections and blisters due to untreated diaper rash. The Cordles were charged with two counts of unlawful imprisonment, five counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and five counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a minor child. And they are truly shitty parents.

Feed your pets. Last week an Indonesia resident, Andre Lumboga, was found dead, eaten alive by his household pets. According to officials, Lumboga went on vacation and left seven dogs without food and water for two weeks. Officials found Lumboga's remains after his neighbor had complained of the smell. They believe the dogs were so hungry they attacked Lumboga upon his return and devoured him. Officers found his skull in the kitchen and parts of his body in the front yard as well as the bones of two other dogs. CV

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