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Good, Bad & The Ugly

Oct 13 , 2011
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The good

More than 291,000 Iowans voted with their feet in favor of the new Healthiest State Initiative by participating in recent Start Somewhere Walks held across Iowa.“In more than 2,300 group walks and thousands of individual walks, Iowans said ‘yes’ to starting our journey to becoming the healthiest state in the nation,” said Governor Terry Branstad, who announced the Healtiest State Initiative in August. Start Somewhere Walks were held in each of Iowa’s 99 counties. With less than one-tenth of the population, Iowa now holds the record for participation set by Canada in 2007.

The Des Moines Arts Festival was honored with 19 Pinnacle Awards, including the prestigious Bronze Grand Pinnacle, at the International Festival and Events Association’s Annual Convention this year. Each year, the IFEA recognizes outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world with the Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition. All entries are judged by recognized professionals in the areas of graphic design, promotions and public relations; broadcast, print and online media; and special event planning and management. “We are so excited to be able to showcase the Festival and Des Moines on an international stage,” Stephen King, Des Moines Arts Festival Executive Director said. “This success would not be possible without the tremendous sponsor, community and volunteer support we have in Des Moines.”

The bad

Next time you’re feeling frisky, find a dark place to park. Last week, Tim Adams, 54, and Rita Daniels, 71, were arrested after they were found having drunken sex inside a vehicle parked near the entrance to a family restaurant in Farmington, Mich. Witnesses called to complain, and when officers arrived, they found the windows of the Buick fogged over and the vehicle rocking. The officer interrupted to arrest them. The two were charged with indecent exposure and disorderly intoxication.

Women who love singing in the shower should not date Kentucky resident Daniel Boyd, 28. He was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend for singing in the shower. According to police, they were called to the residence on a domestic violence complaint. When they arrived, police learned that Bond was already angry at his girlfriend when she got into the shower. Once she began to play loud music and sing, he lost it. Bond lunged at his girlfriend, grabbed her by the throat, pulled her out of the shower and shoved her to the ground. He also smashed her cell phone and threatened to kill her. Bond was charged with fourth-degree assault and intimidating a witness.

The ugly

Tip to criminals: don’t call the police for help retrieving something that’s missing when it’s illegal. Last week, California resident Kraig Stockard, 54, was arrested after he called police and reported that his CDs were stolen from his barn. According to officials, the two suspects had stolen what they thought were blank discs and tried to burn music on them. But when they put the CDs in the computer, child pornography images appeared. The suspects called police and explained what happened. Officers confiscated the CDs and discovered more than 30 of them contained thousands of images and videos. Police searched Stockard’s home and confiscated three computers, three laptops and several external hard drives. Stockard was charged with possession of child pornography.

When a young child is feverish, he might have trouble sleeping. You can read him a story, sing him a song or rock him in your arms. Punching him in the head, kicking him in the stomach and kneeing him in the ribs probably won’t make the kid stop crying. Unfortunately that technique proved to be fatal for 4-year-old Evan Watkins, of Lakeland, Fla. His mother’s boyfriend, Marton Pal, 21, was babysitting him. When the ill child wouldn’t sleep, Pal allegedly beat the boy repeatedly “over a period of time,” he told police. Evan was taken to the hospital the next day with a 104-degree temperature and later died of a lacerated artery in the intestines, caused by a blow. An autopsy revealed Evan also had a fractured rib and about 20 bruises on his head. Pal was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. CV



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