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4/17/2013

The good

The 2013 Fight for Air Climb took place in downtown Des Moines last week to benefit the American Lung Association in Iowa, and 1,100 people climbed for the cause. Monica Newman and Steve Cannon took the “best overall” times for the respective individual female and male divisions, both finishing at just more than six minutes. Windsor Heights firefighters took home hot victories, too: Wearing full firefighter’s gear, David Langley took an overall third place for the men, with a time of just more than 15 minutes, and Julie Kabrich came in first for the women at a time of 22:28.

The Iowa Arts Council (IAC) recently approved nearly $110,000 in Project Grant funding that supports 26 individual and organizational arts projects serving Iowans in 16 communities. IAC’s Project Grant program invests in projects that positively impact the vitality of the arts in Iowa, demonstrate public value and support IAC’s funding priorities. Funding for the Project Grants program is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The next application opportunity for Iowa Arts Council Project Grant funding is May 1. More information is available at www.iowaartscouncil.org.

 

The bad

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This guy almost gives hard-working men and women in the construction industry a bad name. Polk County Sheriff’s detectives arrested 30-year old Joshua Auten, of Big Time Builders in Grimes, last week on a charge of second-degree theft after some of the materials one of his clients paid for were never delivered. A client had purchased building materials from Auten for a construction project, but when additional previously purchased materials were requested in order to complete the project were never delivered to the job site, the client became suspicious and called police, according to reports. The investigation revealed that materials purchased by the homeowner had been misappropriated. The Sheriff warns the public to research and get references when hiring an individual or business, “whether it is for a home improvement project, vehicle repair, yard work or other labor, a clear agreement is recommended in order to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.”

Deer hunters love to mount their prey. But to steal someone else’s? Apparently some people are offering a pretty penny for antlers these days, which was all the incentive three men from Michigan needed to drive their pick-up truck down to Iowa in search of those famous white-tailed bucks. Brandon Butkowski, 32, Justin Ogden, 32, and David Forsyth, 32, were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, trespass and unlawful possession of deer parts last week for allegedly stealing several deer heads and antlers from a DNR storage unit in Wayne County. A Wapello County Sheriff’s deputy found them near Ottumwa, and they were taken to the Wapello County Jail.

 

The ugly

The Des Moines Police Department has filed charges against an inmate and his wife for their attempts to have an employee of the 5th Judicial District Department of Corrections assaulted. Gabrielle and William Paulsen, of Truro, were both arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, which is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. While an inmate at the Fort Des Moines Correctional Facility, William Paulsen approached another inmate and offered to pay him money to assault his case worker. Gabrielle Paulsen has been released from the Polk County Jail on bond while her husband remains in custody.

Des Moines Police are investigating two acts of violence that occurred within blocks and hours of each other on Sunday, April 14, that may be related, or may be mere coincidence. It started with reports of shots fired at an apartment complex at 605 Forest Ave. around 1:30 a.m. The caller indicated a person inside the apartment had been shot. Police discovered a man inside the apartment shot and killed. While Crime Scene Investigators and Detectives were amid the homicide investigation, another report of shots fired came from 926 Oakridge Drive nearby at 11:43 a.m. Witnesses said a male victim was on the ground behind building No. 208. Police arrived to find a man in his early 20s had been shot. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The victims’ identities have not been released as of press time. CV

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