Authorities make drug busts in Ottumwa; Board approves $40 million casino for rural Iowa; Officer helps deliver baby
Authorities make drug busts in Ottumwa
OTTUMWA (AP) — Police say three men have been arrested in Ottumwa after large drug raids.
The Ottumwa Courier reports that Brian Dean Rork of Ottumwa is charged with possession with intent to deliver more than five grams of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon, and failure to affix a drug tax stamp.
Authorities say a search of his home yielded marijuana plants and a laboratory for making DMT, a hallucinogenic drug.
Officers also arrested 24-year-old Jose Guadalupe Inocencio and 35-year-old Jorge Lugo-Gomez, who both live in Ottumwa. Police say a search of their home and a Tasty Burrito restaurant in Ottumwa led to the seizure of 61 pounds of marijuana, five pounds of methamphetamine and a large amount of synthetic cannibinoids.
Both men face drug charges.
Board approves $40 million casino for rural Iowa
BURLINGTON (AP) — The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted 3-2 today to grant a license for a $40 million casino development in rural central Iowa.
Supporters of the casino proposed in Jefferson, a town of 4,200 about 60 miles northwest of Des Moines, burst into applause when commission chairman Jeff Lamberti cast the deciding vote in favor of the license during a meeting in Burlington.
Lamberti said it was a “very, very difficult decision,” noting concerns that the gambling market in Iowa is saturated and the casino would drain business from Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in suburban Des Moines. But he said the economic benefit for a rural area that has struggled was a deciding factor.
The vote marks the first license granted for a new casino in Iowa since 2010, and could be the last for several years. Lamberti told reporters after the vote that the commission was considering a moratorium on new licenses, and would announce the details at a meeting next month.
The approval comes two months after the commission voted 4-1 to reject a proposed $164 million casino development in Cedar Rapids, the state’s second largest city. Commissioners said that casino would have taken too much business away from existing casinos in Riverside, Waterloo and elsewhere.
Wild Rose Entertainment, which owns casinos in Emmetsburg and Clinton, will build the Jefferson development at the intersection of Highway 30 and Highway 4. It would include 525 slot machines, table games, an events center and a 71-room hotel. Construction is set to begin in the next 30 days, with a goal of opening the casino in August 2015.
Officer helps deliver baby
OSKALOOSA (AP) — A police officer arrived just in time to help an Oskaloosa woman deliver her baby.
Des Moines television station KCCI says Amanda and Daniel Birch called 911 about 2:40 a.m. Friday after deciding that what she was feeling wasn’t false labor.
Officer Garrett Matson was the first to arrive — and just in time.
Matson says he gave Amanda Birch some encouragement, “and then I got to catch the baby as it came out.” He soon gave the baby to her mother.
Matson says he was relieved when the baby started crying, “and then I was really relieved when the paramedics arrived, because they had more medical equipment than I had.”
Little Opal Anne Birch weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces.