Nov 27, 2019 2:18 AM

Woman’s call to 911 for pizza was signal for domestic abuse

Posted Nov 27, 2019 2:18 AM

OREGON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman trying to get help for her mother during a domestic violence dispute called police pretending to order a pizza.

Oregon police arrested and charged 56-year-old Simon Lopez earlier this month after a woman called 911 to discretely report Lopez for domestic violence.

Dispatcher Tim Teneyck was connected to the call on Nov. 13 and at first, he thought the woman had dialed the emergency line by mistake but soon realized she was trying to get authorities to help her mother.

In the 911 recording, Teneyck can be heard following along with the woman’s plan until officers are dispatched to the house.

Lopez faces a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and remains in Lucas County jail on a $50,000 bond.

Police records show Lopez denies the allegations.

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Nov 27, 2019 2:18 AM
Iowa farmers to receive $767 million in trade aid payments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers are set to receive the most government payments to offset damage from the U.S.’s ongoing trade war with China.

The Des Moines Register reports Iowa farmers will receive $767 million in payments from President Donald Trump’s $16 billion trade assistance program this year. The Agriculture Department announced a second round of payments under the program earlier this month.

The USDA shows that the other states getting the most federal assistance in this year’s program are Illinois, at $707 million; Minnesota, at $519 million; Texas, at $497 million; Kansas, at $474 million; and Nebraska at $466 million.

Iowa Soybean Association board president Tim Bardole said the additional payments will help but won’t solve all the problems farmers are having this year.

"I don't know of any farmers who aren't short of money right now," said Bardole, who farms near Rippey, Iowa. "It's definitely helpful, but it's not a cure for the issues at hand."

The ongoing trade disputes have largely cut off U.S. farmers from the Chinese market, which has dramatically reduced exports especially for soybeans.

Last year, U.S. farmers received about $8.6 billion in assistance during the first year of the trade war as part of a $12 billion aid package.

Iowa farmers received $987.7 million in last year’s agriculture bailout, second only to Illinois growers, who received $1.1 billion.