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Braley-Backed Anti-Spoofing Legislation Clears Committee Hurdle PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:05

Congressman continues fight to prevent scams targeting Iowa seniors

Washington, D.C. – Continuing his fight to protect Iowa’s seniors from scam-artists, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today supported the bipartisan Anti-Spoofing Act, which unanimously passed during a vote of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

“Scam artists are constantly refining their tactics in order to prey upon seniors—and it’s imperative that we take quick action to keep our seniors safe and protected,” Braley said. “The pathetic frauds engaged in this activity deserve to be punished.” 

After reports of caller ID “spoofing” fraud in Iowa, Braley has fought to advance this bill, which would prohibit deceptive caller ID spoofing—a popular scam that defrauds unsuspecting seniors by displaying a name or entity on caller ID that appears to be trustworthy.

In 2009, the Truth in Caller ID Act was signed into law to prohibit caller ID spoofing when it is done to defraud or otherwise cause harm. The Anti-Spoofing Act improves, updates, and expands upon this existing law by broadening it to include text messaging and new internet-based telephone services as well as expanding the law to prevent spoofing from foreigners.

Braley has set up a Consumer Protection page on Congressman Braley’s website for constituents to read more about other deceptive and fraudulent practices and how consumers can protect themselves.

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Federal Court Sentenced Former Davenport Man on Possession of Child Pornography Charge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 07:31

DAVENPORT, IA - On July 28, 2014, Michael Anthony McDaniel, age 46, formerly of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 84 months imprisonment, after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. McDaniel was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. McDaniel will also be required to register as a sex offender.

In March 2011, a member of the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Dewitt, Iowa, Police Department accessed a shared folder and downloaded child pornography videos and images identified as belonging to McDaniel. On April 25, 2011, a search of McDaniel’s residence was conducted pursuant to a search warrant. Officers found and seized computer equipment and hard drives possessed by McDaniel. McDaniel admitted to possession of this computer equipment and to the knowledge that the involved hard drives contained sexually explicit images of minors. McDaniel downloaded images of child pornography found using a file sharing software and as part of a computer repair business. A forensic examination of the hard drives, seized by the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, found over 50 videos and 46 images of child pornography.

This case was investigated by the Iowa Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Dewitt, Iowa, Police Department, the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Iowa Supreme Court Requests for Further Review PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 07:26
he supreme court recently issued an order either granting or denying application for further review in the cases listed below.

FURTHER REVIEW VOTING RESULTS

July 16, 2014

DENIED:

NUMBER

COUNTY

CASE NAME


11–1859

Black Hawk

In re Det. of Swanson

12–0056

Polk

Rankins v. State

12–0574

Greene

State v. Royce

12–0826

Polk

Miller v. State

12–0977

Polk

State v. Lomax

12–1076

Polk

State v. Brouse

12–1153

Cerro Gordo

State v. Harrington

12–1355

Marion

Whitworth v. State

12–1396

Black Hawk

Claybon v. State

12–1423

Black Hawk

State v. Carey

12–1513

Jasper

Oberhart v. State

12–1556

Polk

State v. Yancey

12–1619

Dubuque

State v. Jentz

12–1635

Scott

Enderle v. State

12–1754

Polk

State v. Yancey

12–1778

Polk

Stutzman v. WDM OB/GYN

12–1834

Bremer

DeBower v. County of Bremer

12–1871

Polk

State v. Jones

12–1875

Black Hawk

State v. Carey

12–1908

Polk

State v. Dobbins

12–1951

Polk

Nucaro v. State

12–1972

Dubuque

Parker v. State

12–2014

Dubuque

Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v. Flexsteel Indus.

12–2133

Hancock

State v. Finch

12–2138

Black Hawk

State v. Wright

12–2145

Polk

The Printer, Inc. v. Benskin Bros., Inc.

12–2229

Winnebago

State v. Ellenbecker

12–2240

Polk

Martin v. State

12–2265

Scott

State v. Main

12–2272

Polk

State v. Trowbridge

12–2279

Polk

State v. Mims

12–2293

Wayne

Harden v. Porter

12–2327

Linn

Richmond v. State

13–0011

Woodbury

Adams v. State

13–0035

Mahaska

State v. Arterburn

13–0046

Benton

State v. Pappas

13–0057

Polk

Anderson v. State

13–0095

Mahaska

Sirovy v. State

13–0123

Scott

White v. State

13–0134

Polk

State v. Avila

13–0144

Clay

State v. Bergstrom

13–0154

Polk

Kilgore v. Appeal Bd.

13–0157

Hamilton

Johnson v. Ventling

13–0161

Wapello

In re Property Seized from McNeal

13–0177

Washington

State v. Hansen

13–0183

Sioux

State v. Valdez

13–0203

Polk

Beery v. State

13–0230

Webster

State v. Knight

13–0242

Black Hawk

State v. Truax

13–0245

Monroe

See v. State

13–0258

Polk

Federal Express v. Human Rights Comm’n

13–0268

Scott

State v. McAfee

13–0347

Muscatine

State v. Beck

13–0349

Lucas

State v. Sponsler

13–0366

Polk

Wal-Mart Stores v. Henle

13–0380

Black Hawk

State v. Kirkland

13–0387

Clinton

State v. Thomas

13–0388

Scott

State v. Earnest

13–0391

Black Hawk

State v. Brooks

13–0418

Linn

Hines v. State

13–0430

Iowa

Spaulding v. Schuerer

13–0453

Clinton

State v. Gipson

13–0463

Black Hawk

State v. Porter

13–0485

Des Moines

State v. Cross

13–0486

Des Moines

State v. Dukes

13–0491

Winneshiek

Westcott v. Malli

13–0515

Scott

State v. Hubert

13–0538

Polk

Marten Transp. v. Bowes

13–0539

Wayne

Hawkeye Land Co. v. Grand River Mut. Tel. Corp.

13–0569

Pottawattamie

Greenbriar Group v. Haines

13–0580

Scott

State v. Flowers

13–0587

Webster

State v. Price

13–0600

Black Hawk

State v. Bunker

13–0606

Polk

Brunkhorst v. IPERS

13–0624

Appanoose

State v. Crosson

13–0628

Linn

State v. May

13–0660

Muscatine

State v. Krambeck

13–0670

Polk

Howard v. State

13–0672

Buchanan

Basquin v. City of Fairbank

13–0681

Scott

State v. Baldon

13–0715

Woodbury

State v. Kurtz

13–0721

Polk

Wal-Mart Stores v. Henle

13–0747

Jackson

In re Estate of Kemp

13–0773

Woodbury

Theus v. State

13–0774

Winneshiek

In re Marriage of Franzen

13–0796

Polk

State v. Pearl

13–0829

Fayette

State v. MacTaggart

13–0855

Woodbury

Banley v. Deck

13–0904

Polk

State v. Freland

13–0911

Cerro Gordo

State v. Sickels

13–0912

Cerro Gordo

State v. Zimmerman

13–0915

Cerro Gordo

State v. De Hoyos

13–0940

Benton

Donnell v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co.

13–0952

Monona

B&F Jacobson v. Acuity

13–0977

Scott

State v. Fister

13–0995

Franklin

State v. Brown

13–1003

Osceola

In re Estate of Steensma

13–1048

Scott

State v. Hemple-Anderson

13–1049

Marshall

Ibrahim v. State

13–1010

Woodbury

Chisley v. State

13–1024

Polk

State v. Bunce

13–1051

Scott

State v. Marks

13–1060

Cerro Gordo

State v. Hermen

13–1127

Black Hawk

Estate of Haakenson v. Chicago Cent. & Pac. R.R.

13–1160

Polk

Des Moines Asphalt & Paving v. Gomez

13–1260

Scott

State v. Berryman

13–1266

Polk

Cargill Meat Solutions v. DeLeon

13–1383

Dallas

In re Marriage of Campbell

13–1416

Polk

Kollasch v. Hormel Foods

13–1458

Appanoose

State v. McDaniel

13–1464

Mahaska

State v. Gibens-Acosta

13–1476

Clinton

State v. Lane

13–1501

Crawford

Auen v. Auen

14–0116

Polk

In re T.C.

14–0117

Marshall

In re B.B., et al.

14–0255

Polk

In re D.Y., et al.

14–0388

Polk

In re S.M.

14–0498

Warren

In re K.M.

14–0699

Cherokee

In re G.B.

GRANTED:

NUMBER

COUNTY

CASE NAME


12–0729

Marion

State v. Dudley

12–1633

Cedar

State v. Brown

12–2264

Louisa

State v. Jaquez

13–0257

Polk

Jack v. Booth

13–0417

Bremer

Veatch v. City of Waverly

13–0665

Polk

Gits Mfg. v. Frank

13–0888

Allamakee

In re D.S.

13–1285

Woodbury

Rosauer Corp. v. Sapp Dev.

14–0288

Polk

In re J.C.

 
Cultural Center Renovations and Exhibits Completed for the Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 07:24

DES MOINES, IA (07/29/2014)(readMedia)-- The completed three-phase renovation of the Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center will debut at the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. Improvements to the building include new exhibit space, improved traffic flow, additional public restrooms and air conditioning.

For the first time in several years, the building's third floor will be open to the public. The fully renovated floor will host new exhibit space for the Fair's popular fine art and photography displays as well as daily programming on the new artists' demonstration stage. In recognition of the Photography Salon's 75th year, it will feature only black and white entries, including submissions in this year's theme class saluting Ansel Adams.

The three-phase building renovations also include a focus on improved accessibility with expanded walkways, new ADA compliant family restroom facilities, two working elevators and air conditioning. Additional improvements include enhancements to the courtyard, including a paved plaza and a new exhibit by the Greater Des Moines Public Arts Foundation.

The Cultural Center will showcase Bill Woolston's 1975 photo essay Iowa's Fair in the atrium as well as the state's largest art show with exhibits in the areas of fine arts, photography, creative arts, wood projects and doll house and miniature room. More than 2,500 exhibits will be on display.

Fairgoers can let their creative flags fly and try their hands at making art. Make and Take projects available in the Cultural Center include magnets, wire jewelry and name bracelets. Young fairgoers can also participate in fun hands-on activities at Art Attack in the Cultural Center courtyard.

Eleven days of live demonstrations and working exhibits also offer Fairgoers the opportunity to see art in action, with artists demonstrating such art forms as wheel thrown pottery, glass fusing, china painting and more.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. Discounted gate admission tickets are on sale now through our convenient print at home ticket option at iowastatefair.org. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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Governor Quinn Statement on Eid al-Fitr PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 13:07

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan:

"Today, Muslims across Illinois and the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the 'festival of the breaking of the fast,' which signifies a commitment to compassion, hope and generosity.

“I was honored to host a traditional 'Iftar' meal at the Executive Mansion for Illinois’ Muslim American community leaders on July 2, continuing a new tradition I was proud to start last year.

“Now, after the sacrifice and reflection of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr is a time for community. This is a day to focus on service to others and a time to act generously to those in need.

“To all of those breaking the fast, ‘Eid Mubarak!’”

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