Sheriff’s office to heighten patrol during Thanksgiving
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the upcoming Step Wave Enforcement program for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Deputies will begin heightened enforcement Monday through Nov. 25, for intoxication, seat belt use, speed, suspended driving, narcotics searches and other traffic violations as well as assisting motorists.
Iowa man sentenced in federal heroin case
CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Marion man to over two years in prison for taking heroin to a friend who had overdosed on the drug and was being treated at a drug treatment center in Cedar Rapids.
Thirty-year-old James Sullivan was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He pleaded guilty in May to distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of a school.
Prosecutors say Sullivan’s friend had overdosed on heroin on Dec.7, 2011, and had to be hospitalized. Three days later, Sullivan went to a treatment facility and took two syringes of heroin to his friend.
Feds punish Cedar Rapids gun business
CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — An eastern Iowa gun business and its owner have been punished for illegally structuring business transactions in order to avoid federal financial reporting requirements.
Federal prosecutors say Michael Gabriel LLC, of Williamsburg, on Wednesday was given a year of probation, fined $20,000, and ordered to forfeit nearly $375,000.
Michael Gabriel, acting on behalf of Michael Gabriel LLC, admitted in a plea agreement that company personnel structured the transactions so no bank deposits over $10,000 were made between January 2007 and September 2010. Deposits in excess of $10,000 must be reported to federal authorities.
Widow won’t recover fire damages
IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says an insurance company does not have to cover the property damage suffered by a widow whose husband burnt down their house to commit suicide.
The court ruled Friday that Michelle Postell of Dixon doesn’t qualify for help under her longstanding fire insurance policy with American Family Insurance.
Postell’s estranged husband poured gasoline and lit the house on fire in 2009 to kill himself while the couple was separated.
Michelle Postell had paid the premiums on the fire insurance policy for 20 years, and planned to move back into the home she co-owned after her husband moved out.
The court says her husband intentionally caused a loss under the policy, and so she cannot recover even though she had nothing to do with the fire.
Pill system didn’t raise Iowa abortions
DES MOINES (AP) — A study says the number of abortions in Iowa hasn’t risen since Planned Parenthood began a remote-control abortion pill distribution method in 2008.
The Des Moines Register reports that a study released Thursday by the American Journal of Public Health examined the number of abortions in the two years before and after the telemedicine abortions began in Iowa. The system lets women visit clinics and take pills administered by doctors after video conferences.
Proponents say the system is safe, legal and extends abortion access to rural areas. Opponents say the system isn’t safe because doctors have little in-person oversight and because the women can suffer complications after leaving the clinics with some of the drugs necessary to complete the abortions at their homes.