Hope Ministries is hosting special events and activities for National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 11-17: Sunday, Nov. 11, Homeless Veterans Day and Annual Memorial Service; Monday, Nov. 12, Tours and Testimonies, Hope Family Center Open House; Tuesday, Nov. 13, Church Leaders Resource Event; Wednesday, Nov. 14, Bethel Mission Open House; Thursday, Nov. 15, Hope Prayer Team Event; Friday, Nov. 16, Door of Faith Open House; Saturday, Nov. 17, Turkey Pickin’, Make a Bed and Women for Hope Events. More details are available at www.hopeiowa.org, or by calling (515) 265-7272.
Gov. Terry Branstad is slated to present the 2012 Iowa Nonprofit Awards recognizing excellence in the nonprofit sector on Nov. 8 to seven individuals and nonprofit organizations in recognition of their outstanding work. Among several others throughout the state, local recipients include: The Iowa Pride Network/Safe School Certification Program, which will receive the Nonprofit Collaboration Award for its efforts implementing the Iowa Safe Schools Law; the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation of Des Moines will be granted the Philanthropic Impact Award for its work for community partnerships around key health issues; and a Nonprofit Board/Staff Leadership Award will be presented to Jodie Warth of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa in Des Moines.
Just when you think the Jesse James times were behind us, the small northern Iowa town of Maynard gets a dose of the old days. Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain and State Trooper Mark Domino were shot in the line of duty last week while pursuing suspects who had allegedly robbed Maynard Savings Bank. Domino was shot in the arm, treated and released, but Cain was shot in the neck, hand and thumb and was in a non-life threatening but critical condition, as of press time. The suspects ditched their getaway car near Frederika and fled into a quarry area reportedly armed with rifles. They were crawling and trying to escape the police north of Frederika when they were captured. Jeremiah Mumford, 24, of New Hampton, was charged with four counts of terrorism and six counts of attempted murder. William Clayton, 19, of Osage, was charged with four counts of terrorism and six counts aiding and abetting attempted murder.
There’s a reason the Bible talks so much about resisting temptation; sometimes it can lead to public humiliation (let alone certain damnation) — such is the case for 48 people who were arrested for participating in a local prostitution ring on Oct. 17-18. Law enforcement released the names of the alleged suspects last week. As of press time, the location of the sting was not released, but it must have been a really big bed.
If you’re going to have food delivered, here’s some advice: Give a tip. Video footage at Deer Ridge Apartments in Des Moines caught a Pizza Hut delivery driver peeing on a resident’s door last week after the customer failed to leave a tip. The employee was fired from Pizza Hut, located at 6120 Grand Ave., but he did call the victim and offer to clean the door, according to reports. Better to be pissed off than pissed on.
One Pennsylvania family’s day at the Pittsburgh Zoo came to a fatal end for a 3-year-old boy last week. The toddler was mauled to death by a pack of African painted dogs after falling 14 feet from a viewing rail into the exhibit. News reports said the boy’s mother was trying to help him get a better view of the wild animals when he slipped from her grasp. The dogs instantly began to maul the baby. Zoo officials tried firing darts to scare them away, but it was too late for the boy. CV