Crime in South Central Iowa continued its decline in 2017, and that’s good news for residents and law enforcement – Pella Police Chief Robert Bokinsky says arrests have been down every year since 2013, with traffic accidents and tickets issued also lower compared to 2016. Borinsky feels the decline in arrests is the direct result of better investigations by their department and the work of the Marion County Attorney’s Office leading to more effective charges, convictions, and prison time for habitual offenders. Why traffic accidents are down is less clear; from 258 in 2016 to 188 in 2017 – Borinsky says additional studies will need to be done to see if this is a sustainable trend.
The discovery of bones from three different woolly mammoths in Mahaska County in 2010 came as quite a surprise to residents; now the event is being celebrated in a new children’s book titled “Mahaska Mammoth: Woolly Dreams” Woolly Dreams tells the story of Woolly, a little mammoth who dreams of becoming a brave explorer. The book was written by Laura DeCook, Linda Fox, and Mary Jane Sullivan—all are members of Friends of Mahaska County Conservation, the organization sponsoring the book. It was illustrated by Karen Phelps, a former naturalist and current Director of Benton County Conservation. Woolly Dreams is available for purchase online at Amazon and barnesandnoble.com; all proceeds will benefit Friends of Mahaska County Conservation.