Operator: 911 . . .
Caller: My roommate was robbed.
O: OK, where'd this happen at?
C: At our home. They left and
they took his ID and his cell
O: OK, is he there with you?
C: My roommate? Yeah.
O: Can you put him on the phone?
C: He's downstairs. Hang on one
second. [Second caller:] Hello?
O: OK, sir, can you tell me what
C: Uh, these two guys walk into
my house, and I thought it was
my roommates. I heard the fridge
open and stuff, so I come upstairs
and I have a gun pointed to my
head. They kept asking me something
about, "Where's the money?"
I have no idea what they were
looking for. They're asking me
about this guy and I'm going,
"I don't even know."
So they took my ID and said they'd
be back if anything happened.
So, I mean, I want to know if
you guys can do something. I mean,
I've got a girlfriend, my roommate's
got a kid.
O: OK, we understand that. How
many weapons did they have? One?
C: Just one. Just one gun. It
was a black pistol.
O: How long ago did this happen?
C: About two hours ago. I just
... They took my cell phone, and
I drove straight to my buddy's
work and, I just...
O: So they took your cell phone
and your ID? Anything else?
C: And they took some cash out
of my wallet. It was about 80
O: Did you know who these people
C: I have never seen them before
in my entire life. After a while
they finally started to believe
me. They went through my room.
They went through my two roommates'
rooms. They finally started to
believe that I didn't have whatever
they were looking for. And then
they checked my ID, and they said
"this is for safekeeping."
O: OK, did you see them leave
in a vehicle or anything?
C: No, I didn't want to follow
O: OK, that's fine... Are you
injured or anything like that?
C: No, they didn't touch me. I
mean, they pushed me around a
little bit to direct me where
to go, but... Is an officer on
the way right now? I mean, I don't
want them coming back.
O: Oh, absolutely. I'm not trying
to waste your time, I'm just trying
to get as much information as
possible... Is there anything
else you can tell me? Did they
say they were looking for something
C: They said they were looking
for the money and they said they
had the wrong guy when they left
and they took what little money
I had. They said like, "this
should cover my gas out here."
And they took my ID for safekeeping
and then they're text messaging
my girlfriend, saying like, "I
don't love you anymore,"
blah, blah, blah.
O: On your cell phone?
C: Yeah, I have a picture of her
on there and stuff and they probably
figured out which was my girlfriend...
O: OK. Alright, here's what we're
going to do. I'm going to let
you go. You've got some officers
on their way down, and it shouldn't
take them too long to get there.
They're not that far away. OK?
C: OK. Thanks.
After a California company stiffed
a Des Moines manufacturer, the
local business had to allege fraud
and haul the Golden State owners
into Polk County District Court
to get them to pony up for thousands
of promotional tote bags.
In October 2004, Sales Office
Accessories (SOA) based in Garden
Grove, Calif., ordered 5,000 bags
from Des Moines-based Advantage
Industries, and the parties agreed
to a deposit of $9,078 for the
product. Shortly after SOA cut
the check, Advantage e-mailed
a request for approval of the
artwork to SOA's Director Melody
Batesole, who gushed in her reply,
"WOW! That is great! Thank
you for showing the measurement.
Logo looks good. Please proceed
with order." Advantage did
just that, shipping the tote bags
to the West Coast on schedule
and once again contacting Batesole
to ensure her satisfaction. But
that reply lacked the ebullient
tone and exclamation points of
the previous approval. "Customer
is O.K. with them, but she pointed
out the icon is not the correct
size in proportion to the text,"
Batesole noted. "I did not
even notice in the proof picture
that you sent. My fault. The paper
proof is correct with the exception
of the overall size and position,
which was corrected, but somehow
the size of the icon was changed
and not the text size. Did I say
that right?" Advantage would
later argue she did not, but,
regardless of the source of the
error, the Des Moines company
negotiated a further agreement
with SOA, sending another 2,000
bags with the correct artistic
But then correspondence got a
lot less cordial. Though they
thought the issue was ironed out,
when Advantage went to deposit
the more than $9,000, they found
that SOA had put a stop payment
order on the check, and, having
had little luck in collecting,
filed suit in Polk County District
Court barely a month later. Alleging
breach of contract, fraud and
negligent misrepresentation, Advantage
charged that SOA submitted a "counterfeit
purchase order with totally false
information," withheld rightful
payment though Advantage fulfilled
all contractual responsibilities
and that its owners had abused
their corporate privilege to commit
fraud. However, the defendants
shot back that it was Advantage
that was misrepresenting the e-mail
interchange, arguing that they
"made clear that artwork
was approved with change to size
and position of logo" and
"even if the court would
grant acceptance of good under
the contract, defendant revoked
such acceptance because of the
non-conformity of goods to the
contractual terms and such non-conformity
substantially impaired the value
of goods to the defendant."
But despite their tough talk
of non-conformity and an offer
to confess judgment to the tune
of $4,584.28, Advantage got the
upper hand and the Des Moines
manufacturer dismissed its case
with prejudice this month.
Sucks to be you
Name: Richard Allen Millsap
Place of Incident: Des Moines
Posed for this picture because:
"Get up there like I told
you and sit down," Richard
Millsap admonished his two nephews
as they rode in the back of his
open-bed truck in September 2002.
But, perched precariously atop
a load of tree branches cleared
from a Des Moines home, the boys
- aged 10 and 9 at the time -
were tragically blown from the
vehicle, sustaining fatal blows
to the head as they fell to the
pavement of Southeast 14th Street.
Charged with child endangerment
and driving with a revoked license,
Millsap took his case all the
way to the Supreme Court, but
last week a Polk County judge
sentenced him to 20 years behind
bars for the premature deaths.
According to the City of West
Des Moines' the following individuals
have past-due parking ticket fines:
- Amy Stone of West Des Moines
owes $200 for tickets issued Sept.
28 and Oct. 7, respectively
- Amanda Sundeen of Des Moines
owes $120 for tickets issued June
7 and Oct. 5, respectively
- Anne Iverson of Pleasant Hill
owes $100 for a ticket issued
- Aniano Aguilar of West Des Moines
owes $100 for a ticket issued
- Alexander Dayway of West Des
Moines owes $50 for a ticket issued
- Dustin Vande Weerde of Orange
City owes $20 for a ticket issued
- Christopher Chiovaro of Des
Moines owes $20 for a ticket issued
- Jeffrey Lamb of Marshalltown
owes $20 for a ticket issued Oct.
- Andrew Gibson of DeSoto owes
$20 for a ticket issued Oct. 5
On the Clock
Des Moines Police - Nov. 17
6:30 a.m. Burglary in the 4000
block of East 27th Street, involving
a house ransacked and the theft
of a black handgun valued at $400.
6:40 a.m. Assault with injury
in the 1800 block of Hickman Road,
involving a male suspect who became
upset when a doctor at Broadlawns
Hospital refused to give him the
medication he wanted, and, rather
than leaving when asked, attacked
8 a.m. Burglary in the 800 block
of Payton Street, involving a
male victim who reported that
someone residing in his apartment
complex had made a master key
for his apartment and "enters
it to throw food around and trash
it." Victim also advised
that said burglar is involved
in a "crack ring from Drake
University" and "is
now preventing [him] from getting
cab rides in town." Although
"very insistent" in
making the report, police noted
that he "appeared to be under
the influence" and "had
difficulty being coherent"
as he spoke with officials at
a nearby Quik Trip.
6:30 p.m. Burglary in the 2100
block of High Street, involving
a side window broken in and the
theft of a TV valued at $200 and
the victim suspecting that the
perpetrator was an individual
recently evicted by the landlord.
7 p.m. Burglary in the 3000 block
of Southwest Ninth Street, involving
two large concrete blocks thrown
through the front door of a Conoco
8:05 p.m. Assault in the 600 block
of Polk Boulevard, involving a
male who reported that a female
roommate had punched him in the
face and left arm after yelling
at him for leaving her alone with
his dog, which has attacked her
in the past. He also reported
that the female had thrown a water
cooler at him and the dog as he
was asleep on the floor. In addition,
while making the report, the female
"became irate, began yelling
at [the reporting officer] for
giving her 'silent chuckles and
(Alleged) Drunk Drivers
Name: Roxana Clara Myers
Arrested: Nov. 14
Name: Gary Lee Anderson
Arrested: Nov. 14
Name: Tammy Sue Koehn
Arrested: Nov. 16
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