Wednesday Afternoon News, Oct 2
Le Mars Resident Blames City For Lost Value On Home
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council heard from a resident Tuesday claiming the city's actions have reduced the value of his home, and he is seeking compensation. Terrance Frericks owns property located at 301 4th Street Southwest. Frericks says the home is now being occupied by his daughter and grandchildren. However, Frericks says the home is full of mold and mildew as a result of water that has been backed up due to earth construction from the city.
Frericks is asking the city to pay him for the property since, according to him it was the city's fault for the damage occurred since the earth work, and his home has lost its value.
Frericks says the city's expansion has hurt homeowners, like himself.
The city will investigate and discuss the situation further and will take it up at a future council meeting.
Unity Point Health Says Patient Records Have Been Jeopardized
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A health system that operates multiple hospitals and clinics in Iowa says someone had unauthorized access to the personal records of about 1,800 patients.
UnityPoint Health said in a news release Wednesday that the unidentified individual may have viewed names, insurance account numbers, as well as Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers.
Letters have been sent to affected patients about the security breach, which occurred between February and August. They will be offered a credit-monitoring service, and law enforcement is investigating the incident.
UnityPoint said the person who viewed the records was employed through a third-party and used other people's passwords to get into the electronic medical record system.
UnityPoint, previously called Iowa Health System, operates in both Iowa and Illinois.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals is upholding the conviction of an Iowa man who didn't tell a sexual partner he was HIV-positive.
The court said Wednesday that there's a factual basis to support Nicholas Rhoades' 2009 guilty plea to criminally transmitting HIV.
Rhoades had intercourse with a man he met online without disclosing his HIV status. His partner contacted police after learning Rhoades had HIV, but later tested negative.
Backed by the gay rights group Lambda Legal, Rhoades is seeking to overturn his conviction. He argued that his lawyer didn't explain that the charge required proof that he intentionally exposed his bodily fluid in a manner that could transmit HIV.
The court says the two had unprotected oral sex, which raised a risk, even if low, of transmitting the virus.
Iowa Ranks Third In Deer-Car Collisions
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - New data show Iowa remains among the top states for drivers' chances of striking a deer, but the likelihood has dropped.
State Farm Insurance said in rankings released Monday that Iowa ranks No. 3 behind West Virginia and Montana.
The Iowa chances have dropped to a 1-in-73 chance of a collision within the next year. That's down from the 1-in-67 odds last year.
Iowa Natural Resources Department spokesman Kevin Baskins says the reduction reflects a decline in the state deer population. The department says that in 2004, Iowa had an estimated 600,000 deer. That's dropped to an estimated 350,000.
State Farm's projections are based on licensed driver counts from the federal government and State Farm's claims data.
DOT Creating New Regulations For Traffic Cameras
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Transportation is proposing new rules restricting the placement of traffic cameras on state highways.
The department released it new proposal Wednesday.
It would require that before cameras are placed on state highways, officials must have explored and implemented other options for handling traffic issues and that the cameras can't be considered a long-term solution. Cameras could be used only in very limited situations on interstate highways.
Officials also could only place cameras in areas with a history of crashes or in school zones.
The department of transportation is accepting comment on its proposal and will hold a meeting about the matter Oct. 30 in Ankeny.
The Iowa Legislature considered restricting use of traffic cameras in the last session but lawmakers didn't take action.