good bad ugly

April 21, 2011 |
The good


Just because you’re finally tearing up that shag carpet doesn’t mean you have to throw it away. Two Ford suppliers, Wellman Engineering Resins and Dana, have discovered a way to turn old nylon carpeting into EcoLon, a nylon resin that is ideal for use in vehicle components like valve covers. Wellman Engineering creates the material by grinding discarded carpet into fibers and applying a secretive process to recapture the nylon resin. The resin is then shipped to Dana, which casts it into valve covers for 3.0-liter and 5.0-liter Ford engines. Ford estimates that in 2010 their use of EcoLon has kept more than 4.1 million pounds of nylon carpeting out of landfills and eliminated the need to convert 430,000 gallons of oil into virgin plastic. The EcoLon covers are currently used on a wide variety of vehicles including the Ford Escape, Fusion, Mustang and F-150 models. Even so, shag carpet still has its place. Keep these guys away from the High Life Lounge.


Hope Ministries will serve and deliver meals this Easter Sunday to homeless, hungry, elderly, homebound and low-income families in Des Moines this Sunday, April 24. Others are welcome to attend a free on-site meal on Easter Sunday at the Hope Café, located at Bethel Mission, 1310 6th Ave. between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Hope Ministries also invites volunteers to donate food. To sign up to donate food, call 265-7272. Currently, the most-needed food items include prepared brownies and dinner rolls. Food donations can be dropped off at the Bethel Mission on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and volunteers for the event are also needed. In these tough times, it’s good to know people still care enough to lend a hand. Way to be, Hope Ministries.


The bad


Police responded to a call for a welfare check at an apartment at 3015 Woodland Ave. just before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 15. After forcing entry, they discovered the body of Des Moines woman Kathryn J. Mitchell, 52. Based on further investigation, detectives believe Mitchell may have been murdered. Police later confirmed that Mitchell died from injuries she received during an assault. They are treating it as a homicide and continue to canvass the area and interview family and acquaintances. Police urge anyone with information about this case to call 283-4869 or Polk County Crime Stoppers at 223-1400.


Another candidate for mother of the year, and surprise! She’s from Florida. Lisa Finely, 38, was arrested last week after she wrecked her car on the way to pick up her kids from daycare. Oh, did we mention she was heavily intoxicated? According to officials, Finley crashed her vehicle into a traffic sign, a mailbox and a row of bushes, which resulted in the car catching on fire. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered Finley, who could barely stand on her own. When officers asked her where she was going, Finely told them she was on her way to pick up her kids (both under age 4) at daycare. Finely was charged with driving under the influence (D.U.I) and three counts of D.U.I. causing property damage. At least she didn’t make it to the daycare.


The ugly


Next time you’re in a supermarket, watch your back. Truck driver Bobby Carter, 51, was arrested after he ejaculated on a woman as she was shopping in the cereal aisle in a Pennsylvania grocery store. Carter, a registered sex offender from Kentucky, came into Giant Food and asked for directions. After that, store cameras caught him wandering around the store with his hand down his pants. The victim told police that she was startled when she felt something hit her leg. She felt the back of her pants, which was wet, and turned around to see Carter quickly exiting the store. Investigators ran tests on the clothes, and determined the stains were from semen. Carter was picked up by Kentucky police and charged with fleeing, eluding police and being a fugitive from Pennsylvania. In addition, extradition proceedings have begun to bring Carter back to face charges of indecent assault and stalking.


Two railroad workers were killed near Red Oak Sunday morning after two trains collided around 7 a.m. A train carrying 130 loads of coal was traveling eastbound to Chicago when it rear-ended a 34-car maintenance train. The engineer and conductor of the coal train were killed, and 10 maintenance cars were tipped over, scattering the equipment everywhere. The tracks were closed for the next 24 hours or more, and other trains, including the Amtrak passenger train, had to be re-routed. CV