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INDIANOLA, Iowa– A Simpson College student reported a sexual assault on campus, but police are unable to start investigating.

“I live in the building next to it, I generally do not feel unsafe on this campus,” student Logan Ward said.

Wards lives in Simpson’s student housing. Right next door to Buxton Hall where another student reported being sexually assaulted by several men Sunday.

“Potential multiple people involved although we do not have an official report from the victim. Either to us or to the police,” Dean of Students Luke Behaunek said. “We do not know who the perpetrators are, we can’t identify that there is no longer a threat to campus.”

However, identifying that threat won’t be easy.

The student wasn’t sure how many suspects were involved, or which room it happened.

Plus, there are also no cameras at the dorm entrances.

“I am not sure cameras would have helped the situation, based off the facts as we know them,” Behaunek said.

Student Melanie Gillet thinks cameras could calm some of the uneasiness.

“I am still fighting for security cameras. I am in contact with the administration about it,” Gillet said. “It does make me feel a little uneasy when I am out an about at night.”

Simpson College is in contact with Indianola Police, but the police investigation is at a standstill because victim has opted to not file a police report.

“Our door is always open, if you’re a victim of crime and you don’t know what to do come to the police department you don’t have to make an official police report,” Sergeant Brian Sher said.

Students say the victim has already done enough.

“They are brave for coming forward and giving their truth, it’s a very sensitive thing,” Gillet said.

Simpson says security cameras could be installed in all exterior entrances as soon as Summer.

A reminder for students: always walk in groups at night, let someone know where you’re going, and carry safety and security supplies.

Sully H.W. Bush, the former service dog to late President George H.W. Bush, has started a new job with the US Navy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.

During a ceremony streamed live on Facebook Wednesday, the yellow Labrador was appointed to the rank of hospital corpsman second class.

“Your appointment as a petty officer in the United States Navy makes you heir to a long and proud tradition of naval leadership,” said a Navy spokesman at the Bethesda, Maryland, ceremony. The dog then was outfitted with a new “military uniform” — a vest representing the medical center’s dog team.

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Sully’s personalized oath of enlistment: “Do you affirm or pant as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy that you will support, comfort and cure warriors and their families, active duty and retired? That you embrace our staff and bear unconditional love and solace, especially on busy days? That you take this obligation freely, without any promise of treats or tummy rubs and that you will faithfully discharge the duties to provide joy, love and nurturing for our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and sailors and their families?”

Sully joins the medical center’s facility dog program. His duties will include reducing stress and increasing well-being among patients and staff.

The dog captured hearts last year after a photo went viral of Sully resting near President Bush’s casket at the US Capitol.

Named after Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, Sully was assigned to President Bush through a request on his behalf after the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

“When we received the request for President Bush, we knew we needed to find a dog that was super adaptable, because the President did a lot of traveling and got a lot of visitors,” Brad Hibbard, chief program officer at Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind/America’s VetDogs, told CNN last year.

“We immediately thought of Sully. We knew he was the right dog for the job, especially with Mr. Bush being older and in a wheelchair. He needed a dog that would also help him with daily tasks.”

Trained by America’s VetDogs — a non-profit organization that trains service dogs for disabled military veterans and first responders — to be a service dog, therapy dog and guide dog, Sully is capable of doing a number of tasks, from answering phones to turning lights on and off.

“Not only is he good at retrieving things, he helped the President by opening doors, knew when to get assistance from someone else, and knew when Bush needed comfort, so he would place his head on his lap,” Hibbard said.

The service dogs at Walter Reed in Bethesda collectively work over 200 hours per month and average 2,500 contacts, according to a spokesperson for for the facility.

INDIANOLA, Iowa — The contract between Indianola Schools and their teachers is set to expire at the end of this school year, and their new contract could look vastly different.

With new collective bargaining laws established by the legislature, school districts are now only required to collectively bargain starting salaries with the teachers union. Union representative Peter Clancy says that is leaving Indianola teachers with the questions instead of the answers.

“Questions on leave, different things related to evaluations, a lot of the other benefits, the things that provide the incentives to attract and retain high quality educators are what would be removed from the contract,” said Clancy.

The union says with the district setting the rules on these items, also called permissibles, it allows districts to reduce costs. The Indianola School District says it allows them to operate more effectively, like when trying to make up snow days.

“We have a limit on the amount of time teachers can work with students in a day in our master contract. So in order to lengthen the school day to make up some of that time so we don’t just tack on additional days at the end of the year, we have to go through a process and get permission from the association to look at doing that,” said Indianola Schools Superintendent Art Sathoff.

Any permissible left out of the contract would be established by the district in an employee handbook which could be changed at any time. The union feels that impacts the security teachers have.

“Teachers that have been working there for 20-30 years some of them, could lose their medical benefits, parts of their insurance, anything that has led them to a long career in Indianola,” said Clancy.

The school board’s initial contract proposal eliminates all the permissive language. Clancy says he dealt with a similar situation while he taught in Cedar Rapids.

“It was crushing, to me and to all my colleagues that said, you know, ‘this is really just a slap in the face to us as educators,’” said Clancy.

Meanwhile, the union’s initial proposal kept all the permissive language, and according to Sathoff, added some. He believes an agreeable deal can be reached.

“I’m not going to minimize how people are feeling. It’s a huge change. I understand why there could be concerns. I personally don’t believe it’s as binary as we’re hearing, where you will have permissive language, or you don’t value teachers and you’re going to ruin the school,” said Sathoff.

The next bargaining section is scheduled for March 6.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Emotions reached fever pitch Tuesday morning at the Iowa State Capitol.  “My intention is to pass this bill today, as is,” said Republican State Sen. Amy Sinclair.  A Senate study bill would remove the requirement school districts have to employ a school nurse.  “If passed, it would be detrimental to the health of Iowa children,” said Democrat Sen. Claire Celsi.

It received a passing grade from the education subcommittee with support from Sinclair and Republcan Sen. Jerry Behn.  The lone “no” vote came from Democrat Sen. Herman Quirmbach.  “Currently one of the fastest growing sections of spending in education is in administration, and I think this bill seeks to help that,” said Behn.

Celsi sat in on the meeting and says a district with no school nurse may save dollars but at what cost?  She said, “School nurses are very important in helping kids on chronic medications get their correct doses.”

Supporters believe it puts power back in the hands of the school districts on how they should spend their funding.  “This allows them to make the best decision possible for the children and families that they serve,” said Sinclair.

It would also lift a school district’s requirement to provide annual screenings such as dental, vision and blood lead levels, putting that responsibility on the parents.  Behn said, “The biggest factor in how a child does in school is involvement of the parents.  One of the things this bill requires is parents do the stuff they are supposed to do before the kid comes to school.”

The bill also proposes eliminating the requirement for a district certified librarian. This is leading opponents of the bill to question Iowa’s priorities on education.  Celsi said, “If we are really investing in our schools, why are we allowing school boards to potentially get rid of these things that are beneficial for our kids?”

The Senate study bill now goes to the full education committee for a vote.

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Catching child predators via social media is a growing trend nationwide, and a Johnston man is doing it here in the metro.

Colin McCarty travels around the metro trying to catch child predators by posing as a young girl on social media.

“Most of it comes from within my past. I have had elders or people that I have worked with or coaches that I have had in high school who have tried to groom me,” said McCarty.

McCarty makes the first connection through a mobile application called Whisper.

“I never make first contact. They`ll contact me and we will talk, and I will eventually tell them my age and that is kind of the barrier. Are they going to continue to talk to me knowing how old I am, or will they say nope and block me?” said McCarty.

McCarty captured a recent undercover sting on video. He met a 31-year-old man in Johnston. McCarty says the man thought he was meeting up with two teen girls.

McCarty isn’t a police officer, but he turned this video over to Johnston police who say they are investigating.

“I have caught two other guys here in Des Moines, the area of Des Moines. And the police seemed not to be too interested. I am not speaking against the police. They don`t make the law. They just enforce it, but according to them, it is very hard for them to prosecute something like this,” said McCarty.

That is because in Iowa, the crime of enticement has occurred when a person acts with the intent to commit an illegal sex act upon or sexual exploitation of a minor under the age of 16, and that can be hard to prove.

“In that video, I didn`t see anything that would indicate that this guy is breaking the law. The issues really come down to you are doing this with the best of intentions. You could be endangering your own safety,” said Des Moines defense attorney Nick Dial of Dial Law Office.

Dial says social media vigilantes should think twice about it.

“There are a lot of unknowns out there for people that don’t take on the vigilante role. If you think you found something illegal, you should call police,” said Dial.

But McCarty is on a mission. He says he has already turned over 15 cases to police. And though we don`t know if any of those cases resulted in prison time, he is satisfied with the publicity.

“It takes everything away from them; their job if they are a provider. Their wife will leave them. They are basically out on their butt after they get caught in my sting,” said McCarty.

Channel 13 reached out to Johnston police for comment but have not heard back.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — An Iowa diocese has released a list of 28 priests who have been accused of the sexual abuse of minors while serving the Catholic Church.

The diocese says the alleged abuse took place from 1948 to 1995.

The review board says more than 100 victims made allegations against the named priests.

Twenty-two of the priests named have passed away and just one of the six who is still alive lives in Iowa. The diocese says it wants to usher in a new era of transparency for the church.

“Our main focus in releasing this list now was to tell the victims that we truly believe them and that we take their word and want to do what we can to make sure those priests who abused them will be held accountable,” said Bishop R. Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City.

One of the names is being withheld because that priest has appealed to the Vatican.

Two view the full list and details of the 28 priests named, click here.

IOWA — The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) says travel is not advised on roadways in more than two-thirds of the state on Sunday.

“It’s more than a suggestion. It’s more than a recommendation. It’s a pretty firm statement,” Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig said. “So we want people to stay home.”

But still, some tried to take to the roads, leaving hundreds stranded.

“There were people in North Central Iowa who were stranded for hours because we couldn’t get to them. The plows were stuck, tow trucks got stuck,” Ludwig said.

Even state troopers got stuck trying to go out and rescue those out in their cars. The Iowa State Patrol says there were over 30 cars in the ditch near the 158th Avenue overpass on Interstate 35 near Huxley.

“I don’t want to be one of those,” Judy Paczko said.

That’s why Judy and her husband, Wally Paczko, were one of the numerous trucks and cars pulled off at the I-35 northbound rest stop in Cambridge.

“Boy, when we got up here, just past the last exit, it really picked up. It was really something,” Judy Packzo said.

Trying to get their daughter back to college at Iowa State, the couple says they are stuck with a tough decision to stay put, travel back south, or try to get to Ames.

“Well, if you had to be stuck at a rest stop, it wouldn’t be the worst place,” Wally Paczko said. “You got water, junk food, and bathrooms, but now it’s not looking too good.”

Another couple trying to get from Oklahoma City to St. Cloud, Minnesota in time for a new job orientation Monday morning say they have been stuck at the rest stop since 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

“We were on the one ramp and we started fishtailing and then we got it under control and then the wind almost rolled us over to two other cars that were on the side of the road,” Jennifer Whipple said. “Everywhere we were driving there were cars everywhere.”

With I-35 closed both directions north of Ames all the way past the Minnesota border, they say they have no choice but to try and find a hotel.

“It’s just not worth risking it right this minute,” Shawn Beavers said.

Side roads along the interstate are not available as well. Most are completely impassable with snow drifts as high as car side windows.

Iowan Bruce Barrows is also stranded in Albert Lea. He is spending his second night in a hotel trying to get back to Des Moines from Duluth, Minnesota.

“Right away it picked up and really it wasn’t about how much snow we had here in southern Minnesota, but it was the wind,” Barrows said. “I-35 quickly became one lane in both directions, so we decided we didn’t want to drive the last 150 miles going 20 mph and [risk] the chance of going into the ditch.”

Ludwig says it is days like this where the winter survival kit they have been preaching about since November really became important.

Remember to always look at your 511 app or go to 511ia.org for road conditions before travelling.

President Donald Trump announced on Sunday he will be delaying US tariffs on China and will be planning a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago to finalize the trade agreement.

“As a result of these … very productive talks, I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1. Assuming both sides make additional progress, we will be planning a Summit for President Xi and myself, at Mar-a-Lago, to conclude an agreement. A very good weekend for U.S. & China!” Trump posted in two tweets.

The President cited “substantial progress” on trade talks with China, pointing to “important structural issues including intellectual property protection, technology transfer, agriculture, services, currency, and many other issues.”

The President’s announcement comes as he prepares to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. Trump will be focused on getting a “demonstrable, verifiable” step toward denuclearizationfrom Kim, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, Trump tweeted about the important role China is playing ahead of the talks with Kim and wrote, “President Xi of China has been very helpful in his support of my meeting with Kim Jong Un. The last thing China wants are large scale nuclear weapons right next door. Sanctions placed on the border by China and Russia have been very helpful. Great relationship with Chairman Kim!”

In the Oval Office on Friday, Trump expressed similar optimism about trade negotiations with China, predicting there was a “very good chance” that the US and China would reach a trade agreement. Trump also suggested that if substantial progress was made, he “would be inclined” to allow up to a month longer for negotiations.

AMES, Iowa — It almost seems like you can’t have one without the other.

“We always pick some evening that it seems like it’s going to do nasty weather,” said Story County Supervisor Linda Murken.

When it is the Story County Democrats’ biggest fundraiser of the year, there’s also some sort of winter storm.

“I think in all the years I`ve come to the Story County Democratic Soup Supper, we’ve had one nice day,” said Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Iowa State representative for the 45th District.

But that didn’t stop Democrats from coming out to hear from three presidential candidates.

“It always attracts a big name, at least one. This time, three,” Wessel-Kroeschell said.

Sen. Kamala Harris, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper all had a chance to speak about some of the most pressing issues Iowans care about.

“I want to hear about water quality. I want to hear about air. I want to hear more specifics about the Green New Deal,” Murken said.

“Let’s speak the truth right now that climate change is providing a threat to who we are as human beings,” Harris said in front of a packed house at the Collegiate United Methodist Church.

“I also want to know about healthcare and their positions on health care,” Wessel-Kroeschell said, “and of course education is so important to my community. Environmental issues are always big here in Ames. Those are the top three, I think.”

“I believe that if we are going to be the smartest nation on earth then we need to start early by investing in universal pre-K education for all of our children,” Castro said.

J.D. Scholten, a former congressional district candidate, was also in attendance and says with all three speaking after one another, it will be interesting to see differences in crowd reaction.

“For me, there are so many issues that are the same, so what is it going to take for a 2020 candidate to stand out,” Scholten said. “It’s those little things and those intangibles and that leadership I think we are all looking for.”

“I’m a doer,” Hickenlooper said. “I think the one thing that is different about me than just about anyone else running, is I have a long consistent record of being able to bring people together.”

State Auditor Rob Sand was also one of the featured speakers at the event.

AMES, Iowa — It has been a tough Saturday night for officers in Algona, Fort Dodge and no doubt many other counties.

Officers have been sent to check out numerous reports of people stuck in ditches or somehow unable to move.

“The roads are not officially closed, but people are being warned,” said Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals. “We have a patrol car stuck now, and a deputy ran off the road a couple of hours ago.”

The DOT has pulled snowplows from Buena Vista, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, and Sac counties.

Officers on police radios are saying people who want to travel will be on their own, as patrol cars cannot reach stranded people.