Des Moines radio station STAR 102.5 raised more than $163,000 during its 15th Annual Big Ken and Colleen’s Kids Radiothon. All proceeds will benefit families who receive care at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. STAR 102.5 interviewed several local Iowa children and families affected by sickness, disease and injury. “We know our stories are not easy to listen to. We know they can be emotionally draining. We know that it would be easy to turn off the radio, but…every single dollar raised helps so much. It truly makes life bearable,” said Kristina Turnis, mother of Christopher Turnis who was previously featured during the radiothon.
The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) became an official contestant in the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge last week, competing for a chance at more than $600,000 in grant funding, including a grand prize of $100,000. The Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aimed at getting more animals adopted or returned to their owners. The ARL participated in this same challenge in 2011, and new programs and adoption incentives were created to benefit both humans and animals in the community as a result. New processes and procedures were implemented and tested, bringing higher efficiency to shelter operations, according to ARL executive director Tom Colvin. As the ARL gears up for the 2013 challenge, new and improved programs and procedures are already in the works.
Des Moines police reported last week that the Masonic Cemetery and the Glendale Cemetery were both victims of multiple thefts. During the overnight hours of May 23-25, the cemeteries had numerous American flags and grave markers for military personnel stolen. The total value of these items is in excess of $2,300. Anyone with information regarding these thefts is asked to contact Detective Dave Smith of the Des Moines Police Department at 515-237-1466 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 515-223-1400. Calls to Polk County Crime Stoppers are anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these thefts.
The Salvation Army in Des Moines is helping where it can with disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma, but last week it released a statement warning Iowans of possible fundraising scams from a robo call mounting an emergency appeal for funds for tornado disaster relief there. The pitch included specific references to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. Anyone who does wish to donate should call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org, or by mail : The Salvation Army – Disaster Relief , P.O. Box 2536, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73102. Or text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through a mobile phone.
This woman seems to have watched too many WWE wrestling episodes. Carol Beveridge, 51, of Des Moines, was arrested last week after she allegedly beat her sister with a two-by-four. The sisters were apparently arguing over the ownership of a car when Beveridge arrived at the house where her 43-year-old sister was staying with “a crazed look in her eye,” according to police reports. She later told police that her actions were done in self defense, and she denied having the weapon. Police decided the victim’s injuries to her right arm, chest and both legs were conducive to being hit with a two-by-four and charged Beveridge with first-degree burglary causing intentional or reckless bodily injury.
When an infant was pulled from a sewer pipe in China last week, the mother stepped forward a couple days later claiming it was a freak accident. A two-day-old baby boy was rescued by firefighters who were called to an apartment complex after residents reported hearing the baby’s cries coming from the sewer pipes. Crew members removed a pipe section containing the baby on the floor below and rushed him to a hospital. His body suffered numerous bruises, but his condition is improving, and the mother has not been charged. The reportedly unwed mother said she gave birth to the baby in secret in the restroom when he accidently slipped down the “squat toilet,” according to Huffington Post. CV