One of Des Moines’ first malls was on the brink
of becoming a boarded-up eye sore until the
Iowa Barnstormers football team made a play
that saved the Southridge Mall. Project leaders
will start raising the $6 million needed to
transform the building’s west wing into an indoor
soccer facility with a completion goal of 2013.
“This is about youth sports. This is a facility
the state of Iowa needs, and we don’t have,”
said Jeff Lamberti of the Iowa Barnstormers.
“It’s going to serve youth throughout the state
of Iowa, and that’s what the Barnstormers are
all about.” Other changes include new entrances
and new store fronts, and DMACC has expressed
interest in opening a satellite school that
could house 2,000 students.
You know how in the movies, a terrible tragedy
can end in a divine miracle that leads to a
happy ending? Well, in Monique van der Vorst’s
case, Adam Sandler might as well start casting
for characters. Paralyzed at the age of 13 from
the hips down due to nerve damage, van der Vorst
went on to become a Paralympic medalist competing
in a wheelchair. While training for the upcoming
2012 Paralympics, her wheelchair collided with
a bicycle in the streets, which was being operating
by a sprint cyclist. Her treatment in the hospital
led to a full recovery. Now at the age of 27,
van der Vorst walked out of the hospital and
is currently training to compete in the 2016
Olympics as a cyclist. If she and the sprint
cyclist that hit her fall in love, this would
make a perfect Lifetime Channel movie.
The way some kids treat their parents is downright
horrible. Two Illinois siblings were arrested
after they beat their mom bloody because she
took away their beer. According to police, they
were called to the residence on a domestic disturbance.
Upon arrival, they found the mother bleeding
with a black eye. She told officers that her
children — Brittany Ferguson, 20, and Lindell
Ferguson, 18 — had beat her up after she threw
away several cans of beer because they were
not old enough to drink. Both teens fled the
scene but were picked up a few days later. Both
Brittany and Lindell were charged with multiple
counts of domestic battery.
Oh, what bittersweet irony. Marcin Kasprzak
told London courts he was bored with his relationship
and wanted to start anew, so he buried his fiancé
alive in a cardboard box that his friend Patryk
Borys helped him seal with tape and transport
to a secluded area in the woods. After Michelina
Lewendowska, 27, was buried, she began to scratch
at the box with the diamond engagement ring
Kasprzak had given her. The ring tore through
the tape, and she eventually was able to dig
her way to the surface. Diamonds really are
a girl’s best friend.
This woman should be ashamed. Indiana resident
Ashley Stapert, 21, was arrested last week after
sexually assaulting her friend’s 6-month-old
daughter. But that’s not even the worst part
— the child contracted genital warts from the
assault. According to police, an investigation
was launched after the little girl arrived at
the hospital and was diagnosed with the sexually
transmitted disease. Stapert eventually admitted
to fondling and performing a sexual act on the
infant after the mother told police that she
had let Stapert and her boyfriend stay at her
house and watch the baby. Stapert was arrested
and charged with multiple counts of child molestation.
Showing your relatives a lot of love around
the holidays is common, but not like this. Texas
native, Amanda Billiris, 23, was arrested last
week after relatives caught her having sex with
her 15-year-old nephew during a family Thanksgiving
celebration. Billiris was arrested and charged
with second-degree sexual assault of a child.
She apparently got all the stuffing she needed.