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Local News 6.15.2017

A road worker was killed in Southern Iowa on Tuesday; The accident occurred Tuesday in northern Lucas County. The Iowa State Patrol says a motorist didn’t see 48-year-old Barbarella Moore, who was preparing to flag vehicles while another worker cut concrete.  Moore, a Waterloo native, was pronounced dead at the scene. The motorist was identified as 32-year-old Brady Rasmus, who lives in Chariton.

The African Children’s Choir will make a stop in Pella on Sunday, June 18 to perform at the Liberty Evangelical Free Church.  The choir is a part of the non-profit organization Music for Life, which helps provide education programs for children in impoverished areas in seven different African countries, including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.  The children within the choir only tour one year, and then fly back home to continue their education. This year’s touring choir will feature 19 children from Uganda. The money raised from the free-will offering concert will go to fund the education programs for the children. The concert will begin at 7 p.m on Sunday, June 18.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating one of its officers for social media postings deriding Islam and calling the religion an “evil ideology.”  Apparently a graphic on the Facebook page of Sgt. Dan Charleston said it included “verses from the Quran that inspire terrorists,” and that Sgt. Charleston accompanied the graphic with a comment: “No reasoning with this evil ideology.” The posting has been removed.  Charleston has twice run unsuccessfully for sheriff. He’s been a member of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years.

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