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Good, Bad & The Ugly

May 24, 2012
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The good

Four Iowa lawmakers have been chosen by the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) as the 2012 “Safe Community Partners,” a distinction that is given to legislators and/or community leaders who have shown an ongoing commitment to ending domestic violence. The criteria looked at when nominating and approving a legislator or community leader for this distinction include: leadership and support on legislation that would address domestic violence and make our communities a safer place; availability and responsiveness to ICADV’s membership not only during session but throughout the year; and an overall ongoing commitment to ending domestic violence. Congratulations and thank you to Sen. Herman Quirmbach of Boone and Story Counties, Sen. Pat Ward of Polk County, Rep. Vicki Lensing of Johnson County and Rep. Jeremy Taylor of Woodbury County.

The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra has successfully raised more than half of its $10 million fundraising goal with its recent 75th Anniversary Endowment Campaign launch — “Orchestrating the Future.” The campaign is poised to raise more on behalf of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and Academy in celebration of the Orchestra’s anniversary to assist with two capital projects, including the design and construction of a new state-of-the-art acoustical shell for the Orchestra’s performances at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines and renovations to the Symphony Academy’s performance and rehearsal spaces at The Temple for Performing Arts. Leadership gifts have already been received from Honorary Campaign Chairs Linda and Tom Koehn, from Dr. Stephen C. Smith and from Pioneer Hi-Bred. Only $7.5 million to go.

The bad

It’s always important to lead your kids by example. California resident Mayra Gonzalez, 32, was arrested last week after she had sex with her daughter’s 16-year-old boyfriend and became pregnant with his child. According to police, Gonzalez and the boy had a secret relationship for almost five months, which resulted in her pregnancy. The boy’s parents contacted police after learning of the relationship. Gonzalez admitted to police that she was in love with the boy. Gonzalez was arrested and charged with six felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 and two felony counts of oral copulation with a minor under 18.

The City of Des Moines decided to fire Officer Brandon Singleton after he falsely reported a hit-and-run collision in which he was the alleged culprit and was found with meth and weed in his squad car. Singleton was officially terminated last week on the following violations to administrative rules: standard of conduct, obedience to laws and orders, false reports, sleeping on duty, leaving area of assignment, loss or replacement of handguns, accident with a city vehicle and alcohol/drug abuse. Curious: Where did the missing DMPD-issue handgun end up?

The ugly

Sometimes jail just isn’t enough of a punishment. Oklahoma police arrested Jodi Rock, 19, last week after she burned the genitals of her 15-month-old baby boy. Deputies were called to a local hospital after the baby arrived at the emergency room with three serious burns to his genitals and bone fractures in both of his shoulders, wrists and forearm. Rock gave police several reasons on how the child became injured but then finally admitted to burning the baby with a hair-straightening iron by closing it on the baby’s genitals. Rock was arrested and charged with felony injury to a child.

Talk about a nicotine fit! Yolanda Stills, 43, was arrested last week in Jacksonville, Fla., after she stabbed her fiancé to death during an argument. According to police, officers arrived at the house and found Ricardo McMillian, 56, on the floor. He was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later. Stills, who was released from jail in January after violating a protective order, told police the two were arguing about cigarettes. Stills was arrested and charged with murder. CV

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