Haven K. Rozevink
MANLY | The Iowa Department of Human Services and local law enforcement will not seek criminal charges against Manly day care owner Carrie Lohmann after a 7-month-old baby died while in her care.
After the Globe Gazette submitted a open records request to the DHS, the department provided a public disclosure summary concerning the December incident at 131 S. Grant St., Manly, that led to the death of Haven Rozevink.
Haven K. Rozevink
According to the summary, Rozevink was asleep in her car seat and had slipped down, causing the seat to tip forward and the straps to tighten around her neck and chin. The seat's bottom buckle was not fastened, the summary said.
The DHS concluded through its report that although Lohmann was "responsible for placing Haven at risk of harm," she would not face criminal charges, per the results of the Child Protective Assessment.
Matt Highland, public information officer for the DHS, clarified the investigation process via email Tuesday afternoon.
"The Child Protective Assessment encompasses the work conducted by the Social Worker 3 while investigating the allegations received at intake," Highland wrote. "During the course of the assessment, law enforcement — based on their own investigation — had determined not to file charges before the SW3 had completed their assessment."
Highland added law enforcement, not the DHS, takes the lead in filing criminal charges.
Manly Police Chief Aaron Pals previously told the Globe Gazette no foul play was suspected. He provided the Globe Gazette with a call record from the Worth County Sheriff's office, following a open records request from the newspaper.
The log shows a call was placed about 3:01 p.m. Dec. 28 for a baby not breathing. The call was made from a number at Lohmann's day care.
Less than an hour later, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation had been contacted and was headed to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa to investigate.
Chris Callaway, a Iowa DCI agent based in Mason City, declined to comment on the department's investigation Tuesday.
When asked about how quickly the DCI was called in to this incident, he said the department's response time differs from case to case.
"We're an assist agency," Callaway said. "So we respond when we're called in. Sometimes it's right away ... sometimes it's a long time."
VENTURA | In 2002, when Robert "Bob" Wolfram Sr. was re-elected as mayor of Ventura, he gave out 300 boxes of chocolate cookies as his way of saying thank you to the community he loved.
Giving back to the community was a big part of his character, according to friends and relatives.
Wolfram, 91, known throughout North Iowa as "Mr. Ventura," died Sunday at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
He was mayor from 1982 to 1993 and served on the City Council from 1996 to 1999. He then ran again for mayor in 2002 and served until he retired in 2009.
"Bob was Ventura's number one promoter and he thoroughly enjoyed being our mayor for many years," said Else Taylor, Ventura city administrator. "His long list of accomplishments and devotion for making this community a better place to live was his lifelong passion. He will be greatly missed," she said.
"Mr. Ventura — what a great guy," said Clear Lake Mayor Nelson Crabb. "He was always the gentleman politician. He liked to come over to Clear Lake City Hall and talk about what was going on.
"He was one of the people instrumental in the restoration of Clear Lake because he knew the value of the lake to all of North Iowa," Crabb said.
Clear Lake City Administrator Scott Flory also recalled Wolfram's visits to City Hall.
"He was instrumental in recognizing the benefit of 24/7/365 policing for Ventura and negotiating for police service between the communities," said Flory.
"He was always a gentleman — humble and kind — but all business when he needed to be. Whether you agreed with him or not, you always respected his love for his community," he said.
"He was a unique personality, a throwback to an earlier age. But he had an effective way of communicating with anyone he spoke to, regardless of their generation."
Those who knew him said Wolfram had a special place in his heart for people who couldn't even vote for him —the kids of the community. One of his special events was January wiener roasts for Ventura children.
One of his daughters, Robin Wolfram, said the compassion he had for other people, and particularly children, is one of his legacies.
"He secured an old school bus and used it to transport kids from Opportunity Village to church every Sunday," she said. "That's the kind of person he was."
But another side of him, she said, was his fundraising ability for Ventura and children's causes. "He would quietly — and sometimes not so quietly — go after donations," she said.
Another daughter, Wendy Wolfram-Joseph, said, "He is the man I compare others to, in terms of loyalty and integrity. He set the bar high for all of us."
Wolfram's son, Robert Jr., known as Bobby, once calculated the amount of time his dad devoted to being mayor — and it came about to about 29 cents an hour, according to Robin.
Wolfram was a sales representative for the Liggett & Myer tobacco company for more than 30 years. When he decided to retire in the mid-1980s, friends encouraged him to run for mayor.
"I gave it great thought and I said, hey, why not try it," Wolfram said in a 2010 interview with the Globe Gazette. "I didn't know much about government. I still don't," he said.
During his time in public office, Wolfram is credited with helping with the merger of the Clear Lake and Ventura police departments, establishing the city's first park on West Lake Street (later named in his honor), securing cable television service for the city, construction of the library/post office and construction of a new community center and weather safety room.
Wolfram's wife, Cynthia, died on Feb. 27. 2017, at age 81.
Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Ventura. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Mason City. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ward Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake.