Operator: 911 . . .
Caller: Uh, two young men been
knocking at my door and they just
now walked into the patio and
stole some stuff I just purchased
at, uh, Menards yesterday.
O: Who are they?
C: I don't know. I've never seen
O: And when did they do this?
C: Just now. Just now. It was
two orange bags... with outdoor
lights. And they came in through
the patio door...
O: And you were home when this
C: Yeah, yeah.
O: And it just happened now? Which
way did they go?
C: Let's see. They went right
towards the neighbor's house.
O: Which way is that?
C: That would be east... uh, north.
O: And they went in the house?
C: No, they came into my house.
O: But did they go into the neighbor's
C: I don't know. I couldn't see.
O: So where were you when they
C: I was just coming through the
back door to look out. To see
what all this noise...
O: And what did they take?
C: They took three orange bags.
O: Did you see what they looked
like at all?
C: Yeah, one man had a stocking
hat on and the other one kind
of had, like a smaller...
O: Were they both white males?
O: And one had on a stocking cap?
C: Yeah and the other one had
a hat too but...
O: Do you know what kind of hat
the other one had on?
C: No, I don't. It was just a
O: Did you see any vehicles or
C: No, there were no vehicles.
They were on foot.
O: OK. We'll get somebody out
Officer's Report: Dispatched
reference a burglary that had
just taken place. I went to the
residence and spoke with homeowner,
Michael, who told me that she
saw two young, white males walk
up to her front porch and knock
on the door. She did not answer
the door, just peeked out the
blinds and saw the smaller of
the two sitting in the rocks by
the front of her house. Her dog
went and stood by the side door
that leads to the enclosed breezeway
that has a sliding door entrance
from the outside. She saw the
taller subject inside the breezeway
looking around. She knocked on
the window and he grabbed the
three orange Menards sacks off
the table and ran out. Then both
subjects ran toward the yard to
the west. Michael called Menards
to let them know what was taken
in case the subjects tried to
return the merchandise for cash.
The area was thoroughly searched
by several deputies, but we were
unable to locate the suspects.
The strategically placed iced
donut holes left on her desk that
were artfully arranged by her
co-workers into the shape of a
penis weren't quite enough for
Nita Warne to mount a credible
sexual harassment case that would
stand up to legal scrutiny. Employed
as a sandwich artist at a Subway/TCBY
in Atlantic, Warne was accustomed
to putting up with teenage part-timers
who often "engaged in jokes
and hijinks at work." But,
according to Warne, such juvenile
antics weren't limited to her
younger coworkers and descended
into what she claimed amounted
to sexual harassment.
As early as 1998, Warne alleged
that the shop's owners - Robert
and Kristin Thornton - created
a sexually charged work environment,
with Kristin showing Warne "a
calendar depicting partially nude
motorcycle women, which she intended
to give to her son," and
Robert telling Warne's daughter
that "her chest was not developed."
Later, Warne claimed to have found,
on separate occasions, two sexually
explicit drawings and meatballs
positioned into the shape of a
penis on her desk, and, when she
brought it to her employers' attention,
the Thornton's simply told her
to "lighten up." Then
came the supposed final straw
in November 2003, when she found
a note on her desk - "Nita:
Here's breakfast from your two
favorite employees" - accompanying
"doughnut holes which had
been arranged in the shape of
a penis, and which had icing or
mayonnaise on it to represent
semen." Shortly after the
incident, Warne quit and, six
months later, was granted a right-to-sue
letter by the Iowa Civil Rights
But the subsequent trial in Cass
County District Court found that
Warne was hard-pressed for substantive
evidence of a hostile work environment.
The district judge noted that,
in fact, the Thorntons responded
promptly to the donut stunt, dispensing
a written warning to the offending
employees and ordering they apologize
to Warne for their prank. The
defense also brought forward two
other female employees who contradicted
Warne's claims of a sexually charged
workplace and, pointed out that
Warne's motivation for quitting
was suspect: just two days after
she resigned she began working
at a local steakhouse where she
could earn far more money than
her Subway gig. As such, the district
dismissed Warne's sexual harassment
claims and the former sandwich
artist took her case to the Court
But that didn't stack up in
her favor, either. "Regarding
the jokes, innuendos and calendars,
the district court found Warne
had been a willing and voluntary
participant in these activities,"
appeals judge John Miller pointed
out. And because there was insufficient
proof to verify the sexually explicit
drawings or meatball penis, the
only hard evidence of purported
harassment was the doughnut hole
artwork and that alone "was
not continuous, severe or pervasive
enough to rise to a violation
of the Iowa Civil Rights Act,"
Miller continued. Not to mention,
there was additional evidence
that Warne was disgruntled at
her not being promoted to assistant
manager, and that snub, not sexual
harassment, may have spurred her
departure. So, despite the various
manifestations of genitalia that
graced her desk, the Court of
Appeals saw no reason to reinterpret
the district's ruling and affirmed
the lowers court's decision.
Sucks to be you
Name: Stewart Jenkins
Place of Incident: Des Moines
Posed for this picture because:
Stewart Jenkins got himself busted
with a simple salutation. Though
a common greeting that typically
requires no answer, Stewart asked
"What's up?" of a man
he encountered in an alley last
week and, when he didn't get the
reaction he intended, announced
that he'd show him what's up and
went inside to retrieve a handgun.
Turned out the unresponsive man
happened to be a plain-clothed
police officer, who not only had
a gun of his own but also the
power to search Jenkins's home
and discover 15 grams of crack
cocaine and $8,000. In addition
to drug charges, Jenkins was booked
on assault and fugitive-related
charges stemming from a Michigan
According to the Polk County
Treasurer's Office, the following
are among the $1.1 million in
outstanding 2005 property tax
payments due Sept. 30:
- The Metro Market owes $16,189
for property at 2001 High St.,
- Planned Parenthood of Greater
Iowa owes $19,374 for property
at 1171 Seventh St., Des Moines
- Willow Creek Golf Course owes
$27,711 for property at 140 Army
Post Road, West Des Moines
- Woodland Park Associates LC
owes $31,654 for property at 3408
Woodland Ave., West Des Moines
- High Land Co. LC owes $37,287
for property at 2019 Ingersoll
Ave., Des Moines
- DMA Enterprises owes $37,680
for property at 3300 101st St.,
On the Clock
Des Moines Police - Dec. 1
2:02 a.m. Robbery in the 4700
block of Merle Hay Road, involving
a clerk at the Super 8 Motel who
was counting down her drawer when
a fire alarm on the south side
of the building went off and she
left the drawer open as she went
to investigate. When she returned,
the door had locked behind her
but $450 in cash was missing from
3:47 a.m. Attempted burglary
in the 1800 block of Army Post
Road, involving an alarm sounding
at a bail bonds location, where
a front window had been "smashed
out with a large chunk of concrete."
Bicycle tracks were observed leading
away from the scene, but no items
were reported missing.
4:07 a.m. Assault in the 900
block of Oakridge Boulevard, involving
a mother reporting her son out
of control, leaving his brother
and sister outside in the cold
while he was left to care for
them. Upon the mother's return,
the juvenile suspect allegedly
became violent, pushing her through
a closet door and acting "aggressive
and uncooperative" with police,
who transported him to juvenile
7:30 a.m. Assault causing injury
at Hoover High School, involving
a juvenile female who "dropped
her books on the floor and started
to hit and pull [the] hair"
of another female student who
was allegedly talking negatively
about the aggressor's sister,
who had purportedly "bumped
into her while dancing" at
Club AM the preceding weekend,
sparking a fight at the nightclub.
Four juvenile females were charged
with disorderly conduct and referred
to the Juvenile Court Office for
their involvement in the fight.
8 a.m. Burglary in the 2700 block
of Kinsey, involving a female
witness observing a male suspect
removing property from her deceased
brother's garage. Upon arrest,
the man told police he had entered
through a broken window and intended
on selling the items to a scrap
(Alleged) Drunk Drivers
Name: Vaclav John Rozanek
Arrested: Nov. 28
Name: Clarence Eugene Johnson
Arrested: Nov. 28
Name: Tyler Joe Steele
Arrested: Dec. 1
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