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Good, Bad & The Ugly

July 5, 2012
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The good

The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded nearly $50 million to 25 community-based organizations, and Des Moines’ own Spectrum Resources was one of them, receiving $4.5 million. Another approximate $1.5 million went to Siouxland Human Investment Partnership in Sioux City. The grants will fund education and training for formerly incarcerated youth in high-poverty, high-crime communities. The education will lead to high school diplomas and/or industry-recognized credentials with an emphasis on in-demand occupations in their communities. That’s a lot of money, so let’s hope it helps.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (GDMCVB) has been named as one of the 2012 Top Destination Award winners from Facilities and Destinations magazine. The planners of meetings, conventions and tradeshows have direct input on who receives this Award of Excellence. “This is a great honor for everyone involved in the hospitality industry in our area,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the GDMCVB. “The fact that meeting planners decide who receives this award further demonstrates the appreciation visitors have for our meeting venues, hotels, attractions and city overall.” Keep the visitors coming to town.

The bad

Someone should lock this mother in a room and see how she likes it. Jacole Prince, 29, was arrested last week after police discovered she had forced her 10-year-old daughter to live in a small closet. When officers arrived, neighbors informed them that Prince had left the building with her two daughters. Officers performed a forced entry into her apartment and followed a strong odor of human waste to a small utility closet. Inside, they found Prince’s daughter standing in a puddle of her own feces and urine. The girl was severely malnourished and weighed only 32 pounds. The girl told police she had never played in the outside world, hardly ate and went to the bathroom in the closet because she was rarely let out. Prince was arrested and charged with felonies for assault, child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Every summer, thousands of cats and dogs die because they’re left in baking hot vehicles. So far this summer, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s Animal Care and Control Officers responded to 10 calls in one day alone. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 160 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with the windows cracked open. With recent record high temperatures, it is even more imperative that pets are left at home. The ARL reminds people to act immediately if they see a distressed animal in an unattended car. To report an incident, call 283-4811 (in Des Moines). Residents outside of Des Moines can call their local law enforcement’s non-emergency phone number.

The ugly

Another week, another crazy person high on synthetic drugs. Texas officials arrested Michael Terron Daniel, 22, last week after he started eating a dog while high on K-2. According to police, witnesses reported a man “going crazy” and for the police to “please hurry.” Upon arrival, officers found Daniel sitting on the porch with a dead dog on his lap. The dog had signs of severe trauma, and Daniel had blood and dog fur on his hands. Witnesses told police that Daniel assaulted several people, then chased after them barking and growling. Daniel then grabbed the dog, beat it and eventually strangled it to death. Daniel allegedly bit into the dog, ripping pieces of the dog’s flesh away. After being arrested, Daniel told officers he was having a bad K-2 trip, and it was killing him. Daniel was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty.

This makes a case for sterilization in the U.S. Officials in Connecticut arrested Kellie Park, 20, last week after she sent her ex-boyfriend numerous videos showing her abusing their 10-month-old daughter. According to police, an investigation was launched after the child’s father reported the abuse and showed them the videos. In numerous videos, Park can be seen and heard yelling at the child, telling her “eat food off the floor,” throwing food at the child and shaking the baby while singing “Shake it Up.” Park also sent numerous text messages that threatened to harm the child stating: “I love abusing this kid,” and “I’ll beat her fucking face in.” Park was eventually arrested and charged with third-degree assault, cruelty to persons, risk of injury and threatening. CV

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