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PLOW PUZZLE: City Ordinance Confusion

On Groundhog Day, many are hoping for an early spring but for now, we’re still dealing with winter. Some residents are also dealing with Des Moines’ new parking ordinance.

The City implemented a new policy where residents in five neighborhoods can only park on one side of the street after a snow storm. 

It’s supposed to help plow roads faster.

Neighborhoods include Drake, Drake Park, Carpenter, River Bend and Sherman Hill but people are confused.

With the recent snow storm, public works crews began plowing streets on Thursday, 31st.

Under the new system, if it’s an odd numbered date, like the 31st, you park on the odd house numbered side of the street.

And crews plow the even house numbered side of the street.

But here’s where it got tricky.

The day after the 31st was the first of February so that meant two odd numbered days in a row.

METRO MARVEL: Distributor Of The Year

METRO MARVEL: Distributor Of The Year

A Des Moines distributor has been recognized at an award ceremony in Las Vegas Friday.

Midwest Wheel Companies was announced as the Distributor of the Year by Trucks Parts & Service.

SIDEWALK SHOVELING: City Gives Extension

People in Des Moines are getting a break from the City when it comes to shoveling their sidewalks.

The sidewalk shoveling deadline has been extended until 7 a.m. Sunday. 

City officials usually begin ticketing property owners 48-hours after the snow stops. 

The extension is due to the windy conditions blowing snow around. 

 

WINTER PARTNERSHIP: Spreading The Warmth

WINTER PARTNERSHIP: Spreading The Warmth

Central Iowa Shelter & Services announced this week that they are working with Bell Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning to collect warm clothing and bedding for shelter residents.

“With the mild weather that Des Moines has been experiencing, it is easy to forget it is still winter,” said Tony Timm, executive direct of CISS. “Winter is when our shelter has the most need of donations. We are grateful for Bell Brothers’ support.”

SEX ABUSE: Former Daycare Provider Charged

A Des Moines man who neighbors say used to run an in-home daycare is now charged with sexual abuse that involves several minors.

In a police report obtained by Channel 13, Des Moines Police arrested 48-year old David Smith, who ran a daycare out of his home in the 3200 block of East 52nd street charging him with second degree sexual abuse.

The report alleges Smith inappropriately touched the victims under their clothing.

The alleged incidents occurred over a period of years. A complaint was filed last summer on June 2nd.

Neighbors say Smith and his wife, Lisa Rae, cared for children ranging in age from four to seven years old.

Smith is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 7th. A judge, meanwhile, has ordered Smith to stay away from the alleged victims and anyone under 18 years old.

 

BOYS BASKETBALL: Ankeny vs Roosevelt

Roosevelt traveled to Ankeny to take on the 9th ranked Hawks.

Ankeny came out swinging, and the Roughriders had the answer for awhile,but the Hawks weren’t going to be stopped, winning 55-36.

POLAR PLUNGE: Raising Money For Charity

The temperature may have been in the single digits, but for some people looking to raise money for charity it was perfect swimming weather.

Sleepy Hollow Sports Park held its annual Polar Plunge on Friday.

Participants paid $5 to take a dip in the freezing lake.

All of the money raised will be donated to the organization Freedom for Youth.

The non-profit helps find jobs for at-risk youth and refugees who are new to the Des Moines area.