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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Des Moines.

Friday
Oct242014

Former Hospital Employee Gets Three Years Probation for Fraud

(DAVENPORT, Iowa) -- A former information technology consultant at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been sentenced to three years of probation for fraud.

Jennifer Whitmore-Meier was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to three counts of mail fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

A statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office said from Feb. 2003 to Nov. 2011, while working at the facility, Whitmore-Meier, 37, bought at least 567 items using University funds without approval, and then sold the items on eBay for a total of over $122,000.


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Friday
Oct242014

Ankeny Fire Dept. to Host Community Flu Vaccine Clinics

(ANKENY, Iowa) -- The Ankeny Fire Department is bringing flu shots to local residents, with a couple of community flu vaccination clinics next week.

The Fire Department said it's working with the Polk County Health Department to host the two clinics at Ankeny Fire Station #1 on Ash Drive.

The first clinic takes place on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, and the second will be held Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


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Friday
Oct242014

Branstad Praises Board of Regents for Taking Steps Toward Tuition Freeze

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- The Iowa Board of Regents took the first step on Thursday in freezing tuition at Regent universities for the third consecutive year.

"We're pleased the Iowa Board of Regents continues working with us to give Iowa students access to affordable, high-quality education in Iowa," Gov. Terry Branstad said. He also noted his hope to provide in-state students with "fixed-price four-year degrees."

The state Board of Regents governs the three public universities across the state -- University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa.

The last time state tuition remained the same for three consecutive years was in the early 1970s.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Davenport Man Sentenced 8 Years for Drug Trafficking

(DAVENPORT, Iowa) -- A Davenport man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for drug trafficking.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 33-year-old Joshua Miller was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute at least 280 grams of cocaine base.

Officials said between Nov. 2011 and Oct. 2012, Miller distributed more than 280 grams of crack cocaine in the Davenport area.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Polk City Man Gets Prison Time for Child Pornography

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- A Polk City man received a five-year prison sentence Wednesday after authorities caught him with a child pornography collection.

Officials said Domenic "John" Pighetti, 70, starting amassing the illegal content in 2006 after reading about another individual arrested for collecting child pornography.

Pighetti continued his possession of explicit photos and videos until 2013, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He is ordered to pay a $17,500 fine and forfeited the computer equipment and media involved in the crime.


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