Operator: 911 . . .
Caller: I have a fire here. It's
on Northeast 48th Street. I just
woke up out of bed and the back
of my house was on fire.
O: Everybody out?
O: Is there anything close to
the house that could catch on
C: No. Just my car. But it's in
the back. The back of the house
is on fire.
O: Can you see flames?
C: Yeah. It's bad.
O: There's no one else in the
C: No. My roommate's gone, so
I don't know what's going on.
I just woke up, thankfully, in
O: Are there any other houses
close to yours that could catch
C: No, not right now. But they
better hurry. It looks like it
was my roommate's grill. He was
grilling out on the deck. The
siding's on fire right now. I'm
moving my car away from there.
O: OK, are you able to get to
it without getting close to the
C: Yeah, I'm fine. I just don't
want it to be anywhere close to
it right now.
O: We have the sheriff's office
heading that way too, so...
C: [To someone at the scene] I
don't know what happened. I just
woke up, thankfully. I don't know
what happened, Joe. You must have
left the grill on, dude.
O: Where's the grill at?
C: The grill's on the back patio.
I just woke up, thankfully, in
time. I smelled smoke and went
out in the street.
O: Where are the flames at now?
C: The back side of the house.
They're starting to get into a
tree now, though... [to someone
at the scene] Joe, come here,
buddy. It'll be fine. It's just
the back and side of the house.
It's fine, OK? I must have left
the grill on, dude, that's all
I can think of... I just woke
up, man, and I, I heard a beep
and went to the bathroom and there's
all this smoke and I just got
out of the house as fast as I
could and I saw that and I dialed
O: Is there a deputy out with
C: Yeah, he's right here with
O: OK, I'm going to cut you loose
Officer's Report: Dispatched
to Northeast 48th Street in reference
to a house that was on fire. As
I arrived, I could see flames
shooting into the air from the
rear of the residence, which was
the west side of the house. Fire
personnel responded and extinguished
the fire. However, the residence
just north of the house fire was
damaged from the heat of the fire.
The south side of the garage had
all its vinyl siding melted off
and the white plastic fence surrounding
the residence had approximately
25 panels damaged. The homeowner
of the house, Joseph, stated he
believes the fire was started
due to his charcoal grill being
placed next to the house before
it was fully extinguished. The
fire could also have been started
by the grill being left on the
wood deck and then left unattended.
Donald Arndt just wanted his
In May 2001, Arndt was arrested
on charges of public intoxication,
and when police searched his home,
they found one small baggie of
marijuana and a
"significant weapons collection."
Items in Arndt's diverse arsenal
were scattered throughout the
house, but most troubling was
the discovery of "guns and
ammunition, swords, a bayonet
and a crossbow" in the room
of his 8-year-old daughter. None
of the weapons were loaded, but
the cache was seized by authorities
and, along with disorderly conduct,
public intoxication and possession
of marijuana, Arndt was charged
with child endangerment.
Having accepted a plea agreement
with the state, Arndt's criminal
charges were resolved through
fines and deferred judgment, and
the child-endangerment charge
was dismissed pending proceedings
in juvenile court addressing his
daughter's care. So, the one snag
was the fate of the seized weapons.
According to Arndt's interpretation,
the court ordered that his collection
be "held" by the state
only until the juvenile proceedings
were completed. But, even after
the juvenile court
decided Arndt was free to recover
his weapons as long as they weren't
kept in the same home as his daughter,
the state wouldn't relinquish
them to Arndt. So three years
later, Arndt once again went before
the district court. This time,
the judge set the record straight,
ruling the state had followed
standard forfeiture procedure
and, based on Arndt's history
of drug abuse, he wasn't allowed
to be packing heat
anyway ("Arndt was seriously
mentally impaired due to methamphetamine
and cocaine use, which caused
him to become psychotic").
But while the district ruled that
Arndt was barred from possessing
any firearms or ammunition, a
higher court shot the district
down. On appeal, Arndt argued
that the district had clearly
stated that his property would
be returned and, by failing to
make good on that promise, the
state was violating his plea agreement.
The appeals court panel decided
he was right on target: "We
agree that Arndt's position that
the intent of the plea agreement
was that the weapons would be
held by the state for safekeeping
and were to be released to Arndt
following satisfactory disposition
of the juvenile court proceedings.
The record evidence supports this."
So, last week, the court of appeals
reversed the district's ruling,
triggering a release of the weapons
collection to its owner.
Landlord: Terri and Robert Munford
Address: 2444 E. Walnut
Violations: Holes and water damage
to the ceiling, exterior siding
in poor repair, fire detectors
needing replacement, improperly
installed door locks, broken steps
on an interior stairway
Action: The Munfords' 30-day extension
to make repairs expires this week.
Sucks to be you
Name: Jacqueline Trenise
Place of Incident: Des Moines
Posed for this picture because:
Accused of trying to cash in on
other's misfortune, Jacqueline
Goodman was arrested last week
for allegedly posing as a Hurricane
Katrina victim and taking $1,800
from the Central Iowa Chapter
of the American Red Cross. While
the 26-year-old allegedly took
on a false last name and claimed
to have fled New Orleans when
the catastrophe hit, it was quickly
determined that she was living
in Des Moines, not the Gulf, and
was arrested on charges of second-degree
theft and booked into Polk County
Jail on $9,750 bond.
The following landlords owe the
city for outstanding fees associated
with persistent rental code violations:
- Lamont Lovelady owes $11,192
for previous violations at 1100
Forest Ave. and 1342 11th St.,
due May 22 and July 22.
- Donald and Cindy Graves owe
$5,697 for previous violations
at 1315 Ascension St., due Aug.
- Michael Schumacher owes $3,180
for previous violations at 1536
30th St., due July 22.
- Edward Moss owes $1,638 for
previous violations at 1620 Franklin
Ave., due Aug. 11.
- Jon Murrell owes $1,040 for
previous violations at 1534 Woodland
Ave., due June 20, 2004.
On the Clock
Des Moines Police - Sept. 28
12:15 a.m. Assault with injury
in the 3900 block of East 23rd
Street involving a woman who needed
to cool off after an argument
with a boyfriend and, while walking
around her apartment building,
confronted by a suspect who told
her to meet her in the picnic
area behind the building, and
was subsequently assaulted by
three suspects who kicked her
multiple times until her boyfriend
interrupted them and they fled
2:45 a.m. Assault with serious
injury in the 100 block of Grand
Avenue involving a man jumped
by four or five males wearing
dark clothing near the downtown
5:09 a.m. Assault in the 3600
block of Bowdoin involving a man
carrying some items into his house
when a suspect he does not know
very well, but with whom he is
acquainted, "came out of
nowhere and punched him in the
mouth with a closed fist and took
off northbound on foot."
10 a.m. Assault in the 1900 block
of Carpenter involving a female
minor who had been sent to jail
the day before due to an altercation
at Oakridge and, the following
day was allegedly assaulted by
victim with a foot-long stick
while she was exiting a car at
Polk County Social Services.
12:25 p.m. Simple assault and
disorderly conduct at North High
School involving a male student
who "got belligerent and
agitated" when a teacher
told him three times to put his
cell phone away and, when the
teacher took it from him, "flipped
out... got verbally abusive towards
her, demanding his cell phone
back and, while cursing her, told
her he was going to get violent
and then he pushed her."
2:45 p.m. Undeclared firearm at
5800 Fleur involving Transportation
Security Administration discovering
an undeclared firearm in a bag
at the Des Moines International
Airport. The gun was unloaded,
but was not in a secure case or
lock box. Suspect was not wanted
and given the option to reschedule
his flight after securing the
firearm in his vehicle.
(Alleged) Drunk Drivers
Name: Julianne Michelle West
Arrested: Sept. 27
Name: Jason James Nash
Arrested: Sept. 28
Name: Timothy Shawn Hanrahan
Arrested: Sept. 28
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