VICTIM’S FAMILY OUTRAGED WHEN SIOUX CITY TEEN RECEIVES PROBATION AFTER SEXUALLY ABUSING 3 YEAR OLD GIRL
EMOTIONS RAN HIGH AT THE SENTENCING OF A SIOUX CITY TEENAGER WHO WAS CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ABUSING A THREE YEAR OLD GIRL HE WAS BABYSITTING AT A RESIDENCE ON JUNE 30TH OF 2017.
18-YEAR-OLD AMARI DEAN WAS GIVEN A DEFERRED JUDGMENT AND FIVE YEARS PROBATION TO A CHARGE OF SECOND DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE BY JUDGE JEFFREY NEARY.
DEAN WAS A MINOR WHEN HE COMMITTED THE OFFENSE AND HAD PLEADED GUILTY IN THE CASE.
THE VERDICT DID NOT SIT WELL WITH AROUND TWO DOZEN FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF THE VICTIM, WHO BEGAN SHOUTING AT DEAN IN THE COURTROOM AFTER THE SENTENCE WAS ANNOUNCED.
THE FATHER OF THE THREE-YEAR-OLD VICTIM WAS AMONG THOSE IN THE COURTROOM:
THE GIRL’S FATHER SAYS HE FELT LIKE A VICTIM AT THE END OF THE HEARING:
SEVERAL WOODBURY COUNTY DEPUTIES AND SIOUX CITY POLICE OFFICERS WERE SUMMONED TO THE COURTHOUSE TO DEAL WITH THE DISTURBANCE.
WOODBURY COUNTY DEPUTY CLIFF MOODIE WAS IN THE COURT ROOM AND RESPONSIBLE FOR TAKING DEAN FROM JAIL TO THE COURT HEARING:
DEAN WAS SAFELY REMOVED FROM THE COURTROOM AND THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS WERE ESCORTED OUT OF THE COURTHOUSE BY OFFICERS AND DEPUTIES.
ARTSPLASH TO CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY
ArtSplash will celebrate a milestone event during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Erin Webber-Dreeszen of the Sioux City Art Center says the event will once again take place in Riverside Park on September 1st and 2nd with 94 artists participating:
There will be plenty of musical entertainment at the festival also:
There will also be plenty of kid’s activities and a special 25th anniversary t-shirt has been designed.
Admission for the event is just $5 dollars with children ages 11 and under admitted free.
MEN WITH BB GUNS LEAD TO ALERT ON ISU CAMPUS
Iowa State University police say they took one man into custody after a report of men with guns near an apartment complex last night. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.
I-S-U police issued an alert around 10 last night of two armed men near a building in Fredrickson Court, with one of them possibly having a rifle.
They issued another alert that there were four men and one had a handgun in his waist. They urged students to stay away as they searched the area. They issued an “all clear” alert around 11:30 and said they had one man in custody and multiple B-B guns were recovered.
Police have not issued an update on the person’s name or if any charges have been filed.
IOWA BOOSTS MEDICAID PAYOUT BY $344 MILLION IN NEW CONTRACTS
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials say they’re giving a $344 million raise to two companies that manage the state’s Medicaid program.
The state’s share is nearly $103 million, or a 7.5 percent increase. The federal government will cover the remainder.
The Iowa Department of Human Services, which oversees the health care program for 680,000 poor and disabled Iowans, said Friday the additional funding is “a manageable increase.”
Medicaid Director Michael Randol says the new contracts improve oversight of services provided by UnitedHealthcare and Amerigroup.
Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen calls the increased cost a gut punch to Iowa taxpayers.
Former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad privatized the program in 2016 and Gov. Kim Reynolds supports it despite questions about whether it is saving the promised millions of dollars and complaints that services have deteriorated.