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shuts inpatient State Supreme Court
mental health unit strikes gay marriage ban
Shutdown temporary, outpatient "We're all God's children, and we're all citizens of this country."
unit will remain operational – PASTOR MAUREEN DOHERTY, CEDAR FALLS
BY ANELIA K. DIMITROVA tal health staff and other person-
nel who respond to calls on the
The Allen Hospital Inpatient 21-person unit in non-violent
Mental Health Unit closed crisis intervention.
down temporarily and trans- The decision to divert was
ferred patients to other hospitals made only after Allen Hospital
Friday following a March 5 tried to find a way to provide
investigation by the Iowa the required training while
Department of Inspections and keeping the unit open.
Appeals. But the daily demand for
Officials will not discuss the full-time mental health inpatient
nature of the investigation, services is incompatible with
other than to say it is related to the time and focus needed to
an alleged violation of a patient's complete the new training, hos-
rights. pital administrators said in the
"The findings from the press release.
investigation may not be "Special training is required
released for a period of 90 to keep patients and staff safe in
days," said David Werning, a situations that can turn disrup-
public information officer with tive or violent with little warn-
the Department of Inspections ing," spokesman Jim Waterbury
and Appeals. said in the statement.
In a press release, the hospi- The Allen unit provides half
tal said that the decision to the inpatient mental health ser-
divert patients to other facilities vices in Black Hawk County.
is necessary to assure compli- The unit's beds are always full
ance with the Department of and the hospital maintains a
Inspections and Appeals. waiting list of patients, families
The hospital said in the state- and health care providers seek-
ment that they will retrain men- ing care, administrators said in
Two charged in '08 About 70 supporters gathered at UNI's Maucker Union on Friday to celebrate the state Supreme
Court's decision that will open the door for same-sex couples to marry. Several speakers shared
ANELIA K. DIMITROVA PHOTOS
Cedar Falls burglary personal stories to spirited applause.
major Emily C.F. couples laud decision
Two men were Redemption, located at
arrested in connection
with a July 2008 bur-
522 1/2 E. 18th St. in
Cedar Falls, to investi-
gate a burglary.
as human rights victory
glary in Cedar Falls. couples BY ANELIA K. DIMITROVA AND JANELLE PENNY
Carl Duane Clausen After gaining access
Jr. was charged with to the business, bur- the same
glars took about $1,606 Brenda Fite lost her job as a software programmer on
burglary in the third rights
in cash. Police gathered Thursday.
degree on March 20. heterosexual
evidence at the scene On Friday, the Supreme Court of Iowa restored her
Six days later, Ryan couples do.
and interviewed wit- hope that like other married people, she can share in her
Jeffery Klenk was
CARL DUANE "They partner’s health benefits.
charged with burglary CLAUSEN JR. nesses.
"This wasn't an deserve Earlier in the day, in a landmark decision, the state’s
in the third degree,
extremely large investi- every right highest court announced its historic ruling, striking down
theft in the second
gation," said Cedar to be a ban on gay marriage.
degree and possession
Falls Police Capt. Jeff happy," she Iowa is the first Midwestern state and the third state of
of a controlled sub-
Sitzman. "We were just says. the union to afford same-sex couples the same rights as
waiting on evidence to opposite-sex ones. The decision will go into effect in 21
amine, all Class D felo-
days, but Brenda and her partner of 10 years, Jennifer
nies. charge them."
Waldron, a professor at the University of Northern Iowa,
Law enforcement Class D felonies are
have already started making plans to tie the knot.
officers executed a each punishable up to
“It’s just a day of jubilation and exhilaration,” Jennifer
search warrant at five years in prison and
Klenk's Rainbow Drive a fine of at least $750
Adds Brenda, “Who would have thought Iowa would
home in reference to RYAN JEFFERY but not more than
be one of the first states – fly over country, no one knows
the burglary and found $7,500. SEE VIDEO FOOTAGE ONLINE AT about us, we are not raging leftist liberals – so it’s proba-
methamphetamine, The department is
WWW.CEDARFALLSTIMES.COM. bly a big surprise to many people around the country that
police said. still investigating a string of
this even happened.”
In July 2008, officers were bank robberies in Cedar Falls
called to the Metro Area and Waterloo. See COURT, page A2
Cedar Falls Fire Rescue helps Hudson contain hazardous blaze
"I'm very pleased with the staff for the hours
they put in and how they were able to stop the
fire from growing as quickly as they did." save possessions
– CHAD SCHMIDT, HUDSON FIRE CHIEF in Iowa Street
BY STEPHANIE ABEL
Cedar Falls Fire Rescue assisted Hudson firefighters in Cedar Falls firefighters brought an
extinguishing a large blaze at Hudson's Nutri-Ject Systems April 1 house blaze under control in
Thursday afternoon. just 30 minutes.
"We got the request at 3:09 p.m. to assist," said Captain At 4:44 a.m. on April 1, the depart-
Rick Schmidt of the Cedar Falls Fire Department. "I live ment responded to 2415 Iowa Street
five miles west of Hudson and I could see it from my farm in Cedar Falls for a structure fire.
place." The first engine arrived at 4:48 a.m.,
Four Cedar Falls firefighters, including Schmidt, reporting fire through the roof. A
responded to the fire at the Municipal Pipe Tool company, general alarm brought in more fire-
which makes sewer line equipment. Due to hazardous fighters.
chemicals inside, firefighters took extra precautions con- The incident commander initiated
taining the blaze. an aggressive interior attack that led
"They needed an aerial operation above to keep it from to a quick knockdown of the main
spreading to a connecting building," said Schmidt. area of fire. The decision helped fire-
"Hudson did a great job from below, but because of the fighters salvage many of the occu-
danger of hazardous chemicals inside, this hampered them pant’s belongings. The fire was under
STEPHANIE ABEL PHOTO
from entering the structure and they needed our aerial control after about 30 minutes.
DNR officer Joe Sanfilippo investigates a Hudson fire that broke out Thursday afternoon at truck to fight the fire from above." The electrical fire originated in the
Nutri-Ject Systems. Due to hazardous chemicals inside the fire, Sanfilippo came to make sure attic, investigators concluded.
chemicals had not leaked into the groundwater. See FIRE, page A4