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Good, Bad & The Ugly

April 26, 2012
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The good

Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino and William C. Knapp were honored at the annual Central Iowa Shelter and Services “Heroes for Homeless” awards dinner in Des Moines on Wednesday, April 25 for their leadership and continued actions that serve the estimated 6,100 homeless living in central Iowa. We thank all three of these “Heroes for the Homeless.”

Last weekend, One Iowa celebrated the third anniversary of marriage equality in the state. The Anniversary Gala kicked off on April 21 with dinner and awards honoring pro-equality advocates who have shared their lives and their stories to improve social awareness of LGBT individuals. Zach Wahls, LGBT advocate who gave an emotional testimony at the Iowa Legislature last year opposing a marriage ban, was awarded the Courageous 6; The Sharon K. Malheiro Award was presented to former Sen. Jeff Angelo, founder of Iowa Republicans for Freedom, and Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines and longtime LGBT advocate. The Distinguished Service Award went to Troy Price, former One Iowa Executive Director. And, The John Karn Award was presented to Jon and Lisa Merkle.

The bad

A nearly two-week long, nationwide manhunt for accused sex offender James Julius Beaudrie ended last week with the fugitive’s arrest in Chicago, Ill. U.S. Marshals and task force officers located Beaudrie at an apartment complex and arrested him. Beaudrie is wanted by the Des Moines Police Department on eight counts of third-degree sexual abuse following a six-month investigation into allegations that he attempted to sexually assault at least one of his nine children.

Apparently this grandma used weed for more than her glaucoma. Last week, Oklahoma police arrested 73-year-old Darlene Mayes, who was considered a major drug supplier for Craig County. Officials discovered Mayes’ involvement after a four-month investigation for suspicion of trafficking marijuana. When officers raided her apartment, they discovered four pounds of marijuana and more than $270,000 in cash as well as a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver. Officials say Mayes had several dealers working under her, and she’s believed to be responsible for 40 percent of the Grand Lake area’s drug trade. Mayes was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Social security benefits just don’t pay the bills, apparently.

The ugly

We’ll call this “Crappy Moms: Florida edition.” Clearwater police arrested Lydia Chako, 39, last week after she allegedly tried to throw her 3-month-old child into the ocean, because she believed the child was possessed by demons. Officials were called to the building after Chako’s property manager knocked on the door, and she responded with disturbing comments about her child being covered in snakes and lizards and claiming that “demons” were trying to possess him. Neighbors then saw Chako leaving the scene and carrying the baby by his feet. Officers found Chako partially naked while standing on a sea wall, holding the child as if she were preparing to drop him in the ocean. After a short struggle, Chako was arrested and charged with child abuse.

Keeping with the “crappy moms” theme, Ormond Beach officials arrested Mallory Mims, 22, after she left her 5-year-old child unattended in the car with the windows rolled up for more than an hour while she applied for a job at a bar and stuck around for a few shots, too. When an employee asked Mims if that was her child in the car, she denied it and tried to leave, but the bartender took her keys. When officers arrived, Mims smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. Mims was arrested and charged with child neglect and leaving a child unattended in a vehicle for more than 15 minutes. CV

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