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Treasurer Fitzgerald Is Gearing Up for the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt Fall Publication PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Thursday, 20 September 2012 07:52

DES MOINES, IA (09/19/2012)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald's Great Iowa Treasure Hunt fall publication is scheduled to be released soon. The upcoming list is the latest names of unclaimed property owners with undiscovered treasures.

"This fall we will be publishing the names of people who have had funds turned over to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt in the last year," Fitzgerald said. "If your name is not on this list, visit our website at www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com and search the entire Great Iowa Treasure Hunt list for your name anytime."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $149 million in unclaimed property to more than 374,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property's owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report and deliver unclaimed property to the State Treasurer's Office, where it is held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits, and safe deposit box contents.

Everyone is encouraged to keep watch for the upcoming publication. In the meantime, all Iowans are urged to visit www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com and check to see if they have unclaimed property. Individuals may also send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For those who prefer corresponding by mail, please write to: State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Please make sure to provide current name, previous names and addresses.

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DAVENPORT MAN GETS EARLY MORNING SURPRISE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Garringer   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:43

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Davenport man was reading the newspaper before starting work when he discovered he’d won a $10,000 prize in Wednesday’s Powerball® drawing.

Robert Johannsen, 43, was at E. J. Welch Company in Davenport, where he is the branch manager, when he checked his numbers against those printed in the newspaper.

“I was with my coworkers and I just did not believe it, so I had to come up here to make sure,” Johannsen said.

Johannsen claimed his prize Thursday at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids. He said the high jackpot is what drove him to purchase a ticket at Porter’s Convenient 66, 1512 Lincoln Way in Clinton.

“I haven’t told too many people,” Johannsen said. “But now I’m here, now I believe it!”

Johannsen said he’s planning to take some time to think about how to use his winnings.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” he said.

The winning numbers in the $110 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Wednesday were 24-33-36-48-56 and Powerball 6. Johannsen won a $10,000 prize by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Had he added the Power Play® to his ticket, Johannsen would have multiplied his win to $40,000.

There was no jackpot prize winner in Wednesday’s drawing. The estimated jackpot for this Wednesday’s drawing is $149 million.

Players can increase their prizes with the Power Play (except the jackpot). The cost is $1 per play. Players who chose the Power Play prior to Jan. 15 and matched four white balls and the Powerball won a $10,000 prize multiplied by the number that was chosen for the Power Play. In the new $2 Powerball game, players who choose the Power Play and match four white balls and the Powerball win a $40,000 prize.

Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at www.ialottery.com or through the winning numbers' hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Players may visit the Iowa Lottery at 2323 Grand Ave. in Des Moines or go to one of the lottery’s regional offices in Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, Mason City or Cedar Rapids to claim prizes.

Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $2.9 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.4 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.

 

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Two Davenport Men Sentenced After Federal Drug Conspiracy Convictions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:31
DAVENPORT, IA - On September 14, 2012, David Kent Minor, age 38, and Kadar Ameer Wall, age 37, both from Davenport, Iowa were sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Minor was sentenced to 140 months imprisonment and ordered to serve five years supervised release. Wall was sentenced to 96 months imprisonment and ordered to serve five years supervised release. Both were also ordered to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. Three other co-defendants, Charles Bateman,
Charles Harrington, Roscoe Lee, have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

From approximately October 2007 until June 2011, Alon Shorter, Dale Shorter, Roscoe Lee, Charles Bateman, Charles Harrington, David Minor and Kadar Wall conspired to distribute in excess of 2.8 kilograms of cocaine base. This investigation included two controlled purchases of crack cocaine directly from co-defendant, Dale Shorter. The investigation also included five controlled purchases of crack from Harrington and Bateman, who distributed crack cocaine provided by Dale and Alon Shorter. Minor and Wall also agreed to distribute crack cocaine for Dale and Alon Shorter at multiple locations in Davenport, including an apartment on Heatherton Drive.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Conference on human trafficking, cartels and abduction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Nassif, Jr.   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:24
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DES MOINES, IA (September 16, 2012)  Tony Nassif, President/founder of the PreventingAbuseFoundation will be in Iowa the week of September 17, 2012 and is  available to the media regarding the upcoming IowaPreventingAbuseConference in Des Moines Iowa next month.

Conference Success: The conferences provide valuable information that helped families and individuals to be part of the solution e.g. rescue of a little girl trapped by human trafficking, organizations and alliances formed from the conference and more.

Alarming:
Nearly 1,000,000 children reported missing in America, child pornography is the fastest growing on the Internet, Nearly 25,000,000 victimsof Human trafficking threatens nationalsecurity, Cartelsare infiltrating America.  But there is good news the conference will provide.

Speakers
include Noreen Gosch, Drew Collins father of missing Iowa child, law enforcement, a Cartelexpert,child protection organizations, legislative authorities, former madam, C.I.A. intel (former) now doing deep cover rescues. Ric Lumbard (restoration of victims), and more.

Subjects of the conference include human trafficking, child abduction/protection and theCartels.

Crossing the Political Divide: Nassif boasts that his conferences bring together people from across the political landscape.  He proclaims that the politics need to go out the door as we are focused on protecting women and children.

Nassif Background: Nassif has worked for over ten years and has produced many conferences throughout the country.  The theme of the conference is to motivate and educate the public to be a part of the solution and providing information protecing children, families and the nation.

Nassif is a prolific writer of public policy and has been interviewed on many media including The Gazette, KCRGtelevision, WMTtelevision, Family News in Focus and FOX news to mention a few.

 
Schilling Reiterates Call for Bipartisan Effort to Avoid “Deeply Destructive” Sequestration Cuts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrea Pivarunas   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:08
Washington, DC – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) issued the following statement responding to the report released by the Administration today on the expected impact of triggered sequestration cuts on defense and non-defense programs scheduled to begin on January 2, 2013.  Required by H.R. 5872, the Sequestration Transparency Act, this report was due to Congress last week.

“When meeting with Rock Island Arsenal leaders, our area’s defense manufacturers, and workers, all have repeatedly expressed to me their concern and uncertainty about how the looming sequestration cuts will impact them,” Schilling said. “The tragic events of this week have shown us that America must remain strong, capable, and free.  Today’s report provides few solid details, but reiterates the need for the President to join us in working to avoid the cuts his own report describes as ‘deeply destructive to national security.’

With Schilling’s support, the House of Representatives has passed several proposals to address the impending sequestration cuts.  The most recent is H.R. 6365, the National Security and Job Protection Act, which requires President Obama to submit to Congress by October 15, 2012 a plan for replacing his sequester with alternative savings.  The National Security and Job Protection Act passed the House on Thursday, September 13.

“Illinoisans sent me to represent them in Washington to change business as usual,” Schilling said. “I’m committed to achieving deficit reduction and working to stop spending money we don’t have, and I stand ready to work with the President and with the Senate on policies to avoid these devastating cuts to defense. ”

A study released in June by the National Association of Manufacturers indicates that across-the-board budget cuts to the Department of Defense scheduled to begin in January 2013 would cost approximately 1 million jobs at a time when the nation’s unemployment has remained at or above 8 percent for 43 consecutive months.  According to the NAM study, Illinois, with July's 8.9 percent unemployment rate, is among the top 10 states to be impacted by job losses, with more than 35,400 jobs on the line in the next two years alone.

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