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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa–Thousands of supporters spent hours in the rain before President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Council Bluffs Tuesday night. Tents offered temporary relief from the downpour but supporters spent most of their time in a pouring rain that rarely stopped throughout the day.

Rhonda Baldwin, a Trump supporter from Council Bluffs, said the wait and the drenching were worth it. “I’m soaked!” she said.

She said she appreciates the President’s stance on illegal immigration and has confidence in him that he will continue to improve the economy. Asked why she was willing to wait in the rain when she could have just watched the rally on television, she responded, “Because he’s the President of the United States!”

Supporters, many covered in ponchos or trash bags to stay as dry as possible, were not allowed to take their umbrellas into the rally. Hundreds of discarded umbrellas were on the ground outside the entrance after supporters made their way inside.

 

DES MOINES, Iowa — It has been a summer Beaverdale resident Cassandra Hohl won’t soon forget.  “I walked over to the window and there was someone standing on top of the box that i put my cushions from my deck in,” said Cassandra.

In July, Cassandra noticed someone staring at her outside of her back window as she was changing for the night.  She said, “I panicked, I grabbed my phone and ran into the bathroom because it’s the only room in the house without a window.”

It left Cassandra feeling extremely uncomfortable in her own bedroom forcing her to spend three months on the couch.  “Just knowing if someone gets in I would have two ways to get out of the house.  In my bedroom there is just no way to get out,” said Cassandra.  So she decided to take that power back.  “I ordered some cameras and extra lighting and my house looks like a football field at night now,” Cassandra said.

Two months later in September her security system’s motion sensors went off but Cassandra’s reaction wasn’t one of panic.  “I’m done being scared. I’m angry,” said Cassandra.

This time her proactive measures caught the man on camera.  “He was standing out back by my stairs nearby where he was before and I saw it as it was happening.”

He left before police could arrive but Cassandra used the video to take to her neighborhood association on social media where it was viewed thousands of times.  “Four people I’ve never met, random people recognized him and gave me the same name,” said Cassandra.

Police arrested Ricardo Tyrone Scott a registered sex offender on trespassing and violating his sex offender registration.  Cassandra said, “His history, you have to take into account and the fact he made two trips to the home.  Without a doubt in our mind he was ramping himself up to do something else and she prevented herself from being a victim.”

Cassandra’s message to anyone afraid to take the measures she took to protect her home is simple.  She said, “Whether or not the surveillance cameras and security system ever end up serving the purpose they are supposed to, it is peace of mind. you cannot put a price on that.”

Cassandra credits the detective on the case for making her feel more secure in her home.  Ricardo Scott has an arraignment hearing set for November 5th at 8:30 am.