Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity and
representatives from John Deere dedicated the
home of a local single mother named Chandra,
at 2333 E. 9th St., last week. The sponsorship
is part of John Deere’s 175th Anniversary celebrations.
John Deere Des Moines Works, John Deere Financial
and John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group agreed
that the best way to celebrate this milestone
was to work together and give back to the community.
Company employees volunteered with GDM Habitat
for Humanity and build its 175th home in the
Des Moines area. Construction activities on
the home kicked off on Wednesday, May 2 and
will now culminate with Chandra purchasing the
home for a 20-year, no-interest mortgage in
mid-July. This home build provided volunteer
opportunities for nearly 300 John Deere employees.
Additional partners on the project included
the City of Des Moines and Van Wall Equipment.
The Central Iowa Chapter of the Association
of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recently
announced the selection of the 2012 Philanthropy
Day award winners. Among the nominees are: Fred
and Emily Weitz, of Des Moines, Larry and Kathi
Zimpleman, of Cumming, US Bank, The Principal
Charity Classic and Harrison Kruse, a youth
from Johnston. Awards recognize individuals
and organizations that have made significant
contributions to the quality of life in Central
Iowa through generous contributions. This group
of philanthropic community leaders will be recognized
on Friday, Nov. 16 at the 27th Annual Philanthropy
Day Luncheon held at the Des Moines Marriott.
Way to go, super mom! Oklahoma resident Myia
Natrice Cole, 30, was arrested last week after
she left her 11-month-old child in a car seat
in the middle of the street. According to police,
Cole reported the child missing around 9:30
p.m., and when officers arrived at the scene
to take a report, they found Cole and the child’s
father extremely intoxicated. A witness told
police she had picked Cole up earlier in the
evening and when officers returned to that location,
about a mile-and-a-half from Cole’s residence,
they discovered a car seat laying face down
in the road, with the child still inside. The
child was dehydrated but otherwise unharmed.
Cole was arrested and charged with child endangerment.
Another week and another crazy bath salts story.
Last week, New York resident Nicole Campbell,
34, was arrested after she went a “bath salt
rampage.” A neighbor called police after Campbell
was trespassing. Upon arrival, officers found
a half-naked Campbell in her backyard screaming
obscenities. Several windows were smashed out
and when officials tried to speak with Campbell,
she picked up a golf club and threatened them.
After fighting with officers, Campbell was eventually
taken into custody. Campbell was arrested and
charged with obstructing government administration,
resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, harassment
and endangering the welfare of a child.
This woman should be punished the same way
she treated her dog. Texas officials arrested
Herlinda Trigo, 44, last week after she tied
her dog to the bumper of her car and drove off,
eventually dragging the animal to death. A witness
called 911 to reported seeing the dog tied to
the back bumper of a truck. The witness pulled
up next to Trigo’s vehicle and tried to motion
that the dog was tied to the bumper, but Trigo
cussed at him and sped off. He also stated he
saw the dog’s neck snap and die. Officials located
Trigo later that evening, and she told police
she had tied the dog to her bumper by mistake
because it recently had a litter of puppies.
Trigo led police to where she dumped the dog’s
body, and it still had the rope around its neck
and signs of being dragged. Trigo was arrested
and charged with animal cruelty.
What a shitty situation. Utah officials arrested
Angela Winters Hardman, 38, last week after
she stole a $4,000 diamond ring and ate it,
hoping to cash it in later after she crapped
it out. According to police, Hardman entered
a Macy’s store and asked if she could try on
some jewelry. After the clerk handed her a $4,000
diamond ring, Hardman claimed she couldn’t get
it off and told the employee she needed some
lotion. When the employee turned to grab the
lotion, Hardman took the ring off and swallowed
it, and then handed a fake ring back to the
employee. The employee recognized the ring as
a fake and called security, but Hardman was
released after officials couldn’t find the ring
in her possession. Detectives took a look at
the security footage and questioned Hardman,
who eventually admitted to swallowing the ring.
She said she pawned the ring for $600 after
it came out the other end. Hardman was arrested
and charged with felony retail theft. CV