A former member of the Muscatine Police Department is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. That’s according to the Muscatine Journal. Forty-six-year-old Thomas Tovar was charged on July 26th with third-degree sexual assault, a class C felony. He is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her hotel room after a traffic stop. Tovar is out of the Muscatine County Jail on his own recognizance. He resigned from the police department following the allegations. Read more about this story in the Muscatine Journal or at muscatinejournal.com
As of the end of the 2013 fiscal year, the Muscatine County attorney's office has collected a total of $371,000 in delinquent court debt. The county general fund and the county attorney's office have received a total of $112,000 from these funds. The fine collection program cost Muscatine County $43,000 to operate for that time period. That's according to Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren. He says the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors authorized the creation of the fine collection position in his office.
Ostergren says the program started in July 2012. Iowa law provides that the county attorney may seek to collect court debt when the debt becomes delinquent. The county receives a portion of the funds collected.
Assistant varsity Coach Jennifer Gibbs is inviting everyone to the Muskie Kick-Off on Thursday night. Her volleyball team, along with all of the Muskie fall sports teams, will be introduced. You can chow down on a porkchop, then stay to watch the football team scrimmage. Gibbs said she is looking forward to a great season with an awesome bunch of girls, and is very proud of the team's progress over the summer. Muskie Volleyball has 24 girls on the freshman team, 15 sophomores and 17 girls will play on the Varsity team. The first game is next Tuesday, August 27th, against Davenport Central in Davenport.
Muscatine residents have caught glimpses of a Google car driving around town. It was either the dozens of cameras mounted all over the car or the big Google logo on the door that gave it away.
It was a mixed bag for state fairs as far as attendance was concerned this summer. Attendance at the Illinois State Fair was up this year, but nearly 50,000 fewer people attended the Iowa State Fair even though more than 1 million 47 thousand visitors attended the 11-day run. The Illinois State Fair drew 854,000 people, a nearly 3 percent increase from 2012.
Muscatine's own Flynn Collier is one of the local artists at the Woodland Gallery in the Muscatine Mall. He will be featured on KWQC News today at 4 with Fran Riley.
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds hold town hall meetings in eastern Iowa today. They were scheduled for a 10 o'clock meeting at Tipton Family Restaurant and a 12:30 session at Muscatine County Environmental Learning Center, 3300 Cedar Street.
The Muscatine Mall is considering reopening the movie theaters inside the mall. They would become second-run theaters, showing movies that are 2-3 months old but for a fraction of the price of a normal movie ticket. The Mall says nothing has been decided yet.
A new report issued by the Trust for America’s Health shows Iowa’s adult obesity rate remained stable in 2012. The statewide obesity rate of 30.4 percent remains 12th in the nation in which a ranking of 1 indicates the highest rate of obesity. Adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for Arkansas. Iowa is one of 13 states with adult obesity rates above 30 percent.