Dune collapse study expedited
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The National Park Service is preparing an expedited process to seek proposals from contractors to try to determine what caused a section of dune to collapse at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, burying a 6-year-old boy under 11 feet of sand.
Ranger Bruce Rowe said Tuesday a contractor could start a conductivity study as early as next week to begin searching for possible anomalies in the 43-acre sand dune called Mount Baldy. Ground-penetrating radar will then be used to try to determine the exact cause.
Rowe says the dune near Michigan City will remain closed for until park service officials are confident the area is safe following the July 12 collapse.
Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Ill., was discharged Friday from rehabilitative care at a Chicago children’s hospital.
Ex-agent indicted on mail fraud
MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — A former Marshalltown insurance agent has been indicted on federal mail fraud charges after being accused of defrauding customers for nearly a decade.
The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports that 65-year-old William Arthur Thiede was charged with five counts of mail fraud in the indictment handed down last week.
Authorities say Thiede took nearly $168,000 in payments people made on phony insurance policies from January 2002 until he left American Family Insurance in September 2010.
Thiede is a former president of the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce.
A Marshalltown phone listing for Thiede was disconnected Tuesday.