Justice

Sheriff: Criminal charges are warranted in puppy mill case

BY: - October 7, 2021

The Wayne County sheriff says he is considering filing criminal charges against dog breeder Daniel Gingerich for animal neglect. “We are definitely looking at filing some criminal charges,” Sheriff Keith Davis said Thursday. “After reading the (federal inspectors’) reports, I believe some charges are warranted and that we are able to do that.” Davis said […]

Iowa surgeon accuses ‘monopolistic’ Wolfe Clinic of antitrust violations

BY: - October 7, 2021

One of Iowa’s largest eye care providers is being sued by a physician and former shareholder for alleged antitrust violations and monopolistic business practices. Wolfe Clinic, also known as Wolfe Eye Clinic, and three of its individual owner-physicians, Dr. Jared Nielsen, Dr. Kyle Alliman, and Dr. David Saggau, are accused by a former colleague of […]

Musician claims he was fired for ‘conservative’ views on Black Lives Matter

BY: - October 6, 2021

A former member of the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra is suing the organization, claiming he was fired for expressing commonly held conservative beliefs about the Black Lives Matter movement. Yuri Grankin, who now lives in Boynton Beach, Fla., alleges in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that he was fired in July 2020 by the […]

Puppy mill operator misses court deadline for disclosing animals’ location

BY: - October 6, 2021

Newly disclosed federal court records indicate Wayne County dog breeder Daniel Gingerich, now facing state and federal sanctions, has yet to comply with a court order requiring him to disclose the location of all animals in his control. The records also indicate that federal officials have rebuffed Gingerich’s proposal to settle the matter outside of […]

FBI to investigate threats made against school board members, teachers

BY: - October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice has directed the FBI to meet with local governments and law enforcement to discuss strategies for dealing with increasing threats to teachers and school board members spurred by a conservative backlash against classroom discussions of race. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our […]

State hits puppy mill owner with $20k fine and license suspension

BY: - October 4, 2021

In a rare move, Iowa regulators are imposing a significant fine against a dog breeder that federal officials have called one of the nation’s biggest repeat violators. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is fining Wayne County breeder Daniel Gingerich $20,000 and suspending his Iowa license for 60 days, the department announced Monday. […]

COMMENTARY

Colleges must choose whether to let athletes wear school gear for paid promotions

BY: - October 4, 2021

Just days after the NCAA changed it rules in June 2021 to let college athletes seek endorsement deals, a college quarterback in the South announced a sponsorship deal with a beverage company. About the same time, another college football player, a wide receiver in the South, signed an endorsement deal with a national retailer. In […]

Physician assistant arrested four months after license was reinstated

BY: - October 1, 2021

A physician assistant whose license was reinstated in March following allegations of domestic abuse and sex with a patient was convicted Friday of new domestic abuse charges. Anthony G. Peters of Primghar pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of second-offense domestic abuse. He was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but seven days […]

Citing ‘shocking’ actions of Iowa dog breeder, judge issues restraining order

BY: - October 1, 2021

A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against an Iowa dog breeder described by regulators as one of the nation’s biggest repeat violators. U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose issued the order this week, just one day after the U.S. Department of Agriculture brought suit against Daniel Gingerich, formerly of Seymour, for numerous […]

Judge: Zoo owners must pay $70,000 or face 140 days in jail

BY: - September 30, 2021

The owners of Manchester’s Cricket Hollow Zoo have been ordered to pay $70,000 or serve five months in jail for violating court orders regarding the relocation of animals at their roadside attraction. The ruling this week in the contempt-of-court case against Pamela and Thomas Sellner comes three days after the Iowa Supreme Court declined to […]

Legal battle over zoo concludes, but questions about lack of enforcement linger

BY: - September 29, 2021

After years of litigation, the legal fight over the court-ordered shutdown of an eastern Iowa zoo appears to be at an end, but questions remain over Iowa’s enforcement of animal-protection laws. The Iowa Supreme Court this week refused to review an Iowa Court of Appeals decision that said the owners of Manchester’s Cricket Hollow Zoo […]

FBI data: Iowa saw record high murder rate in 2020

BY: - September 27, 2021

Iowa’s homicide rate hit a record high in 2020, according to a report Monday from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There were 111 homicide offenses in Iowa in 2020, according to annual FBI data. That’s a nearly 60% increase from 2019, when Iowa recorded 70 murders. It’s also the largest number of Iowa homicides since […]