Home sales are up in the metro, according to
the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors.
In March 713 homes were sold, which is up 46
percent from February, The median sale price
of a home was $140,000, up almost $20,000 from
last month. The Association reports that 1,035
contracts were written in March, homes were
on the market for an average of 123 days and
there were 4,529 active listings. Those are
good signs of an improving economy, we hope.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority board
recently awarded financial assistance to 11
companies for job creation and expansion projects
that will help create 403 new jobs, retain 44
jobs and result in $389 million of new capital
investment to the state. Three of those recipients
were metro business: Pioneer Hi-Bred International
Inc. to expand its operations in Johnston, a
$23 million capital investment project expected
to create 100 jobs; The Toro Company for a new
distribution facility located in Ankeny, a $500,000
capital investment expected to create 26 new
jobs; and Weeks and Leo Company, Inc. to expand
its manufacturing capabilities and warehousing
in Clive, a $1.5 million capital investment
expected to create 18 new jobs. That’s not 200,000
jobs, but it’s a start.
It was a sad and embarrassing day for Des Moines
Police last Tuesday when they arrested one of
their own. Officer Brandon Singleton started
his morning out by allegedly smashing his police
cruiser into another vehicle and taking off,
later reporting the incident as a mere tire
service call. A department supervisor responded
and observed damages to the car not consistent
with the officer’s account of the incident.
The investigation determined Singleton had been
involved in a hit-and-run accident while also
allegedly in possession of methamphetamines
and marijuana, which the supervisor found in
the patrol car. He was arrested and charged
with hit-and-run, two possession charges and
paraphernalia. Singleton reportedly had similar
prior incidents with a patrol car and this time
around was immediately released from jail following
booking without having to post bond. The DMPD
declined to comment. Singleton is currently
on paid administrative leave.
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Florida resident
Barnard Cato, 29, was arrested last week after
he fled the scene revved up for a duce. According
to police, Cato struck a vehicle with his car
and then fled the scene on foot. Officers found
Cato a short time later at a nearby Wal-Mart.
His breath smelled like alcohol, and his eyes
were blood-shot and watery. When officers asked
why he fled the scene, Cato stated that he “had
the runs” and needed to get to a restroom immediately.
Cato was arrested and charged with driving under
the influence, hit-and-run and leaving the scene
of an accident causing injury.
Why would anyone do this? Tennessee native
Becky Burlison, 39, was arrested last week after
she admitted to jamming a hairbrush handle into
a 2-year-old’s rectum. According to officials,
Burlison was babysitting her friend’s daughter
when she victimized the baby with a hairbrush.
During a second insertion, the 4-inch brush
handle broke off. The child was rushed to the
hospital, and the handle was removed. While
being questioned by officials, Burlison stated
she was trying to relieve the child’s constipation
with the handle. Burlison was arrested and charged
with two counts of aggravated child rape and
felony child abuse.
Can you hear me now? Florida native Aldwin
Caceres, 18, was arrested last week after he
beat his mother up and burned her house. According
to officials, Caceres was arguing with his mother
over a cell phone. He reportedly grabbed his
mother and head-butted her twice. He then doused
two couches and his mother’s bed with gasoline
and set them on fire, which eventually destroyed
the house. Caceres was arrested and charged
with first-degree arson and domestic battery.