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STANDOFF CASE: Michael Reed Trial Begins

The trial of a Des Moines man who held officers at bay for more than 30 hours began Wednesday in Polk County Court.

In April, police were called to Michael Reed’s home for a property dispute. Authorities say he was armed and thought to be suicidal.

At one point during the standoff he even allegedly shot at police officers. Police coaxed him out onto his porch and then shot him with a taser to get him into custody.

He is charged with two counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

Reed is a well-known Elvis impersonator.

UNCLAIMED TICKET: Investigators Closer To Solving $16M Mystery

The attorney general’s office says it’s getting closer to solving the mystery of why a multi-million dollar lottery ticket went unclaimed two years ago.

The $16-million ticket was sold in Des Moines in December 2010.

Just hours before it was set to expire in December 2011, a New York attorney showed up in Des Moines with the ticket, saying it belonged to a trust he represented.

When his clients refused to come forward, the ticket was voided and the winnings went back to the state.

Since then the attorney general’s office has been investigating and says a witness in Canada came forward with information that led to a couple in Houston.

Investigators hope information from the couple will finally explain why no one claimed the prize and if any laws were broken.

FOOTBALL FINANCES: No Charges For Mihalovich

A state audit will not lead to charges against a former Des Moines football coach.

According to the Des Moines Register, neither the Polk County Attorney nor the Iowa Attorney General’s Office will pursue charges against former Lincoln High School coach Tom Mihalovich.

Mihalovich was fired last October. After his firing an audit found questionable finances surrounding the football program.

The Attorney General’s Office says it won’t take up the matter because the case wasn’t referred to it by the county.

 

ANIMAL ABUSE: Police Say Man Left Dog To Die

A Des Moines man is facing charges after police say he abandoned his dog and left it to die.

Fifty-four-year-old Michael Foley was charged with animal abuse and abandonment on Monday.

Police say he abandoned his dog Saturday near Echo Valley Country Club. The dog’s microchip led officers to Foley and his wife.

Foley reportedly told his wife he took the dog to the vet and it was euthanized.

It turns out the dog did have an infection on its back and was later euthanized.

CAREER ADVICE: Goodwill Hosts Southridge Job Fair

Iowans hoping to land a new job attended a career fair Tuesday in Southridge Mall.

The fair was held at the new Goodwill Career Connection Center that opened in March.

It offers Iowans a variety of services including help with resumes and interview skills.

Twenty-five employers attended Monday’s three hour job fair.

“A lot of them are Southridge heavy employees because we really wanted to bring that spirit back to Southridge,” Justin Bogers said.

“We’ve revitalized this area with a new look, with new employers that are here so we’ve got to make sure we spotlight that and bring some love back to this area.”

The connection center and its services are open to the community from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

 

NEW JOB: Wandro Made Polk County Administrator

Polk County has officially hired former Iowa Department of Transportation administrator Mark Wandro as its new county administrator.

Wandro replaces David Jones who recently left employment as administrator to become the city manager for the city of Ankeny.

Before he worked at the DOT, Wandro also served as the Assistant Polk County Engineer for more than 10 years.

Wandro leaves a position as Executive Vice President of Snyder & Associates to take the job and will earn an annual salary of $185,000.

FAMILY TROUBLES: Home Lost Over $15K Tax Bill

A Des Moines family with a sick daughter is about to lose their home because they owe a few thousand dollars in back taxes.

Kelly Stoutenberg is scared.  His 12-year old daughter, Destiny, suffers from painful juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, affecting her back, wrists and other joints.

The fully paid $113,000 home on their quiet south side street was given to the Stoutenberg’s by a family member to help them deal with the $1500 monthly bills they have to pay for Destiny’s medicine.

They moved in in May but the home came with about $15,000 dollars in back taxes and fees.

Money the Stoutenberg’s weren’t able to pay.

The debt was bought By Adair Management of Omaha and a lien was placed on the house.

Now, the investment firm is starting the process of kicking the family out.

A three day eviction notice was left on their door.