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Good, Bad & The Ugly

Dec 8, 2011
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The good

This guy may be the last true cowboy in Iowa. Saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell, of Boxholm, is competing at his third Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The two previous times he left Las Vegas, he bettered his position in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. In 2009, he finished ninth, in 2010 he was the reserve champion, and this year he wants to leave wearing the gold buckle awarded to rodeo’s best. Sundell helped his quest significantly when he won the first round of saddle bronc riding. He is currently third in the world standings with $131,666. He added $17,885 with his win on Dec. 1. If he wins a gold buckle, it will be the first time since 1966 and just the second time in the history of the PRCA that an Iowan has earned a world title. We’ll tip our hats to that.

East High School, Iowa’s largest high school, improved its attendance by 3 percent in seven weeks to win the Central Region of the Get Schooled Foundation’s Fall Attendance Challenge. Sponsored by the Get Schooled Foundation, the friendly competition included nearly 80,000 students at 73 schools in 17 states between Oct. 3 and Nov. 18. Leading the pack in the Central Region, East High School’s 3 percent improvement bests the national average of a 2 percent annual gain in attendance. “I’m extremely proud of the staff and students for winning the Central Region of the Get Schooled Foundation’s Fall Attendance Challenge,” said Steven Johns, East High School Principal. “Participating in the challenge united the students and community around a common goal: get all students to school so they can succeed and graduate. This shows Des Moines that East students are on the move!” Three cheers for showing up!

The bad

It seems like more and more police officers are getting caught in the act. Nobody is above the law, not even former Colorado Sheriff Patrick Sullivan, who was once named the nation’s Sheriff of the Year. Last week, Sullivan, 68, was arrested in a sting operation after attempting to trade methamphetamine for sex with a man. Sullivan, known as a law enforcement legend, served as the county’s top lawman from 1984 until 2002 and was part of a Colorado meth task force in 2000. According to police, Sullivan had a history of bonding men out of local jails. Two informants told police that Sullivan was dealing meth but would only sell to those who would sleep with him. During the sting, officers found multiple bags of meth in Sullivan’s possession. He was arrested and charged with unlawful distribution, manufacturing and dispensing or sale of a controlled substance. If convicted, he could face up to six years in prison. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

The ugly

If you’re going to smoke crack, why not hide it in your crack? Florida resident Teresa Hart, 47, was arrested last week after being caught wearing stolen shoes and hiding two crack pipes in her buttocks. According to police, a man walked into a local athletics store and removed the security tags from four boxes of women’s shoes, then left the scene. Hart then entered the store, grabbed the shoes and fled the scene without paying. Security stopped Hart before she could get to her getaway vehicle, and the man waiting for her fled the scene. As officers were searching her, Hart admitted to having drug paraphernalia on her and then removed two crack pipes from her butt. She was charged with larceny/retail theft and drug equipment possession.

This lady apparently wasn’t in the holiday spirit. Connecticut resident Ruth Wagner, 55, was arrested last week after she tried to shoplift some Christmas ornaments. According to police, Wagner was at a local Christmas craft fair and saw an ornament she just had to have. A witness saw Wagner take the item and confronted her before she left. Wagner pulled the ornament out, stabbed the witness with it and fled the scene. The witness needed surgery to remove a piece of the ornament. Wagner was eventually picked up a short time later and charged with assault, robbery, reckless endangerment, larceny and breach of the peace. Merry Christmas! CV

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