The Des Moinse Register Page 2B Wed March 1 2006
INDIAN0LA County attorney fires assistant seeking office Warren County Attorney Gary Kendell has fired assistant county attorney Doug Eichholz, who has announced his bid for Kendell's position in the next election. Kendell announced the termination Tuesday, saying it was based on a conflict of interests and "other issues." Eichholz, who said about a month ago that he'd run against Kendell, hired a local criminal defense lawyer as his campaign manager. That attorney is representing clients in 10 pending cases in which Eichholz is the acting prosecutor. DES MOINES Transit authority names interim chief The Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority Tuesday named assistant general manager Sheri Kyras as interim general manager. Steve Spade, general manager of the authority since 1984, announced in February that he is taking similar job in Chapel Hill, N.C., a college town of about 50,000 people. Spade, 56, is paid $118,000 in Des Moines. He will earn about $106,000 in Chapel Hill. His last day is March 22. The board on Tuesday, however, voted to keep him on the payroll until June 30, and Spade will work as a consultant as needed. The extra pay will cost MTA about $25,000. Transit authority officials have launched a search for a new director, who could be hired within the next three months, Five robberies reported on Sunday, Monday After a lull in robberies in Des Moines in February, five were reported on Sunday and Monday. Three people and two businesses reported robberies. A Des Moines teenager was accosted by a group of teens in the 2100 block of Southeast Caulder Avenue about 9 p.m. Sunday. Police said the teens "swarmed" James Riddell of Des Moines and took his pants, wallet . and shoes. Two other people also were robbed, as was a Wendy's restaurant at 850 E. Euclid Ave. Hometown Cash Advance, 1335 E. University Ave., was robbed at gunpoint about 10 a.m. Monday. Supervisor announces he will seek re-election Polk County Supervisor Tom Hockensmith, a Democrat who represents northeast Des Moines and its surrounding suburbs, announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election later this year. Hockensmith, 49, has represented the county's 3rd District since 2003. He served as chairman of the board of supervisors in 2005. Hockensmith, a longtime union representative known for giving regular talks to community groups, cited his support of business growth in eastern Polk County as one of his top achievements. The Polk County primary election is scheduled for June 6. Thus far, Hockensmith has no announced opposition. Thieves drain cash from two motels Two Des Moines motels took a bath early Monday. At 12:10 a.m., a man approached the front desk of the Heartland Inn at 1901 Hackley Ave., and told the desk clerk there was a water leak on the third floor. The clerk left to investigate and upon returning found that $135 had been taken from the cash drawer. An hour later, a clerk at the Super 8 Motel, 4755 Merle Hay Road, was told that a room should be checked for a water leak When the clerk returned to the front desk, he found a drawer had been pried open and $500 missing. The rooms were fine. Des Moines police reported no arrests.