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Clark Kauffman

Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

Resident-care issues scuttle sale of Iowa nursing homes to East Coast developer

By: - June 4, 2022

The planned sale of a troubled Iowa nursing home chain to an East Coast developer has been scuttled partly due to quality-of-care issues. QHC Facilities, which owns eight skilled-nursing facilities and two assisted-living centers in Iowa, filed for bankruptcy in late December. The previous owner of the company, Jerry Voyna, died last year. His wife, Nancy, took […]

Doctor accuses medical board of trying to ‘lynch’ him by alleging incompetence

By: - June 3, 2022

A western Iowa physician accused of causing the death of a patient and of posing a “high risk” to the public has told a judge the state licensing board is out to “lynch” him based on a “phony” competency evaluation. Attorneys for Dr. Andrew Obamwonyi of Storm Lake have taken the Iowa Board of Medicine […]

Iowa teacher faces allegations tied to Costa Rica trip and student he kissed in 2014

By: - June 3, 2022

An Iowa high school teacher accused of inappropriate conduct with students on a trip to Costa Rica is now fighting allegations that he kissed an 18-year-old student in 2014. Chad Wieland of Oxford has filed a court petition seeking judicial review of an April decision by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. He alleges that […]

Auditor: Iowa Safe Schools misspent at least $12,000 in crime-victim funds

By: - June 1, 2022

At least $12,000 in federal grant money for Iowa Safe Schools has been misspent, according to the state auditor. The Iowa Auditor of State’s Office issued a special-audit report Wednesday indicating the office had identified $12,202 in improper disbursements – involving $7,775 tied to altered invoices and $4,427 for improper payroll costs – by the […]

JBS Swift Pork faces wrongful-death claim that cites new congressional report

By: - June 1, 2022

The family of an Iowa meatpacking plant employee who died from COVID-19 is suing JBS Swift Pork, alleging the company and other industry leaders ignored years of warnings about the threat a pandemic might pose to their workers. The federal lawsuit is brought by the family of Luciano Sican-Soloman, a 23-year employee of the JBS […]

Zoo owners, facing ‘financial ruin,’ argue for house arrest instead of jail or fines

By: - May 31, 2022

The owners of eastern Iowa’s shuttered Cricket Hollow Zoo are hoping to avoid jail time and a stiff financial penalty for contempt of court. Earlier this year, the Iowa Supreme Court rejected zoo owners Pamela and Thomas Sellner’s efforts to set aside a judge’s finding that they were in contempt for having refused a court […]

Eleven months after woman is found dead in a ‘puddle of blood,’ care facility is fined

By: - May 31, 2022

An Iowa nursing home where a resident was found dead in a pool of blood last summer after a series of falls has been fined $18,000 by the state. Reports from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals indicate that on June 11, 2021, a worker at the Exira Care Center in Audubon County found […]

Chiropractor with history of sex offenses faces new charges, lawsuit and licensing action

By: - May 31, 2022

A state-licensed chiropractor with a history of sex offenses has agreed to stop seeing patients due to new criminal charges alleging he assaulted a minor in his clinic. Court records indicate that in April, Bruce Lindberg of the Family Chiropractic Clinic in Ottumwa was charged by police with simple assault. Prosecutors allege he provided chiropractic […]

Alleged whistleblower sues Iowa nursing home for wrongful discharge

By: - May 30, 2022

An Iowa woman who alleges she was fired for blowing the whistle on poor resident care at a nursing home is suing the facility for wrongful discharge. Denise Brooks of Madison County is suing Windsor Manor, an Indianola nursing home, in Warren County District Court. The facility, which has a memory care unit and is […]

Small Iowa convenience store disputes feds’ claim of food-assistance fraud

By: - May 27, 2022

A small, eastern Iowa convenience store is going to court to fight allegations that suspicious transactions at the store are evidence of food-assistance fraud. Sam Foods, a 2,000-square foot store located in Davenport, was permanently barred in January from acting as a participating retailer in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. That decision, made […]

Iowa surgeon denies nurse’s claims of manipulated patient-outcome data

By: - May 26, 2022

A western Iowa surgeon is denying allegations that he provided substandard care for patients and manipulated patient-outcome data. Through his attorney, Dr. Giovanni Ciuffo issued a written statement this week that said the allegations, made in federal court on May 6 by a nurse with whom he once worked, are “outrageous and completely false.” He […]

Lawsuit challenges Iowa’s gender-balance requirement for judicial selection panel

By: - May 26, 2022

Two Iowans are suing the state over gender-based restrictions to serve on the State Judicial Nominating Commission. Rachel Raak Law of Correctionville, and Micah Broekemeier of Iowa City, are suing Robert Gast in his capacity as state court administrator for Iowa’s Judicial Branch. The lawsuit was filed earlier this week in the U.S. District Court […]