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New Review in Death of Grinnell College Student


(Des Moines) The investigation into the death of Grinnell College student Tammy Zywicki is getting a new perspective.

 

A Philadelphia based organization made up largely of retired forensics and law enforcement officials plans to look into the death of Tammy Zywicki who was 21 when she died in August of 1992. She had been driving to Grinnell College when her car broke down in northern Illinois. Her body was found four days later near Joplin, Missouri.

 

No one has ever been charged in the case, there have been no arrests.

 

Iowa Radio Network

01/24/2015 


Iowa Workforce Development Responds to Deere & Co. Layoffs


(Des Moines) Iowa Workforce Development is beginning its rapid response program in the wake of hundreds of layoffs announced by Deere & Company.

 

IWD Spokesperson Kerry Koonce says first comes meetings with company to learn about severances packages…. “And then we coordinate worker meetings to meet with everyone at once and try  to gather all of their information so that they know what they’re doing for unemployment, we talk to them about training that is available.”

 

She says they’ll discuss re-training options and available services. She notes, Iowa’s unemployment rate is about 4.3 percent right now, one of the lowest rates in the nation. She says the manufacturing sector has made a decent comeback from the recession and has been steady.

 

Iowa Radio Network

01/24/2015


Sioux City brothers sentenced to federal prison for robbery


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Sioux City brothers have been sentenced to federal prison for the armed robbery of two drug dealers.

 

Officials say 23-year-old Jamal Dean was sentenced Thursday to life in prison after being found guilty of several convictions, including carjacking and two counts of robbery, among other convictions. His 25-year-old brother, Levon Dean Jr., was sentenced to more than 30 years.

 

According to a release, Jamal Dean was already serving a 25-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to attempted murder in the April 2013 shooting of a Sioux City police officer.

 

The release says the two traveled together from Nebraska to Iowa and conspired to rob local drug dealers on two occasions in April 2013. After each attack, the brothers returned to Nebraska.


Lottery worker pleads not guilty to fraud charges


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lottery worker has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges following accusations that he illegally played the lottery, won a multimillion-dollar jackpot in 2010 and asked others to help him claim it.

 

Eddie Raymond Tipton, 51, of Norwalk, Iowa, entered the plea deal Friday. Tipton was arrested and charged Jan. 15 on two counts of fraud.

 

Officials had been trying to identify the winner of the $14.3 million Hot Lotto ticket since a New York lawyer tried to claim the prize just before the one-year deadline in 2011. As director of information security at the Multi-State Lottery Association in Iowa, Tipton is not allowed to buy tickets or win prizes.

 

A message left for Tipton's attorney was not immediately returned.


Iowa Property Credit Claim now Available


(Atlantic) Cass County Treasurer, Tracey J. Marshall, would like to remind property owners that the Iowa Property Credit Claim is now available. 

 

Iowa residents 65-years of age or older as of December 31, 2014 or residents totally disabled and 18-years of age or older by December 31, 2014 are eligible to file a claim for Property Tax Credit if the total 2014 household income is less than $22,011. The deadline to file this application for Reduced Real Estate Tax must be filed with your County Treasurer’s Office by June 1, 2015.

 

Mobile home owners may be eligible to claim a reduced tax rate on Mobile Home Tax if your 2014 household income was less than $22,011 and you are 23-years of age or older as of December 31, 2014. The deadline to file this application for Reduced Mobile Home Rate must be filed with your County Treasurer’s Office by June 1, 2015 to receive reduced rate for both semi-annual tax payments.

 

Mandy Billings

01/23/2015

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Harlan Police Report


(Harlan) A Harlan man was arrested following a report of a large amount of copper stolen from Nishnabotna Valley REC.

 

The Harlan Police Department arrested 42-year-old Bradley Fink on January 16th as a result of the investigation. Fink was charged with Theft 3rd Degree. He was cited, given a court date, and released.

 

In other activity, assault charges were filed against 29-year-old Charlene Brown, of Harlan, and 29-year-old Eric Wilds, of Shelby, on January 14th for allegedly throwing chewing tobacco and kicking the car of a Westphalia woman.

 

Eric Allan Sorensen, 35, of Walnut, was arrested January 13th when officers were called to an unknown person knocking on a door. Sorensen was found in a running car at the rear of the residence. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and also on an active warrant for Theft 5th.

 

Jackie Thielen, 27, of Harlan, was arrested January 13th on an active Crawford County warrant and taken to the Shelby County Jail and then transported to Crawford County.

 

Elijah Williams, 19, of Harlan, was cited for minor in possession of alcohol following a traffic stop on January 18th. The driver, 20-year-old Ethan Williams, of Harlan, was cited for speed. Both subjects were cited and released.

 

Jeremiah Bowers, 22, of Harlan, was charged with driving while suspended following a traffic stop on January 20th. He was taken to the Shelby County Jail.

 

And, 35-year-old Nicholas Gaer, of Harlan, was taken into custody on January 21st on two active Shelby County warrants for Failure to Appear. He was transported to the Shelby County Jail.

 

 

Mandy Billings

01/23/2015


Harlan Man Cited in Hit and Run


(Harlan) A Harlan man was cited for leaving the scene of an accident.

 

The Harlan Police Department says Scott Debord was driving a 2013 Dodge southbound on 6th Street, which is one way northbound, and struck the front of a legally parked vehicle on the east side of 6th Street in the 1400 block. The parked vehicle was then pushed into the front of another legally parked vehicle.

 

Debord backed up and left the scene. Debord’s vehicle was located at his residence. He was cited for Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Violation of a one way Traffic Designation and Failure to Maintain Control.

 

Mandy Billings

01/23/2015


Legislative Forums in Clarinda and Shenandoah Saturday


(Des Moines) Individuals interested in saving Iowa’s mental health institutions are encouraged to attend one of the legislative forums being held in southwest Iowa tomorrow.

 

According to a Facebook page called Save Iowa’s Mental Health Institutes, a forum will be held at the Safety Center in Shenandoah at 8:00 a.m. and at the Lied Public Library in Clarinda at 10:00 a.m.

 

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has proposed the closure of two of the state's four mental health institutions, including one in Clarinda.

 

Amy Lorentzen McCoy, an Iowa Department of Human Services spokeswoman, said that Branstad didn't include funding for the Clarinda and Mount Pleasant facilities in his budget proposal. Money to the facilities will be cut off July 1.

 

The institutions have experienced a population decline for decades, with only 24 residents currently at Clarinda facility and 47 in Mount Pleasant.

 

McCoy says a 2009 taskforce previously recommended closure under Gov. Chet Culver, but the proposal was dropped. Branstad also discussed consolidating mental health services last month, but said there were no immediate plans to do so.

 

Facilities in Cherokee and Independence will remain open.

 

Mandy Billings

01/23/2015


Update on boy killed by family dogs in Page County


(College Springs) The Page County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the boy attacked and killed by the family dogs in College Springs Thursday afternoon.

 

Seven-year-old Malaki Mildward was mauled by the family’s two 6 month old dogs just before 5:00 p.m. He was transported to Clarinda Regional Health Center where was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m. The family is requesting privacy during their time of grieving.

 

01/23/2015


Acres Remain for Landowners wanting to improve Pheasant Habitat


(Atlantic) Time is running out for landowners in Iowa’s best pheasant counties to secure funding to restore pheasant habitat.

 

The Iowa Pheasant Recovery – State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement program is for Iowa landowners who want to restore top notch pheasant habitats to their property. Iowa received 50,000 acres split between the 46 primary pheasant counties and the 31 secondary pheasant counties. Bryan Hayes, with the DNR, says an estimated 20,000 acres remain in the 46 primary pheasant counties.

 

“We rely heavily on these Conservation Reserve Acres to provide our pheasant habitat out there. These additional 50,000 acres have the potential to boost the pheasant harvest by another 100,000 pheasants, so these acres are very important to the pheasants,” said Hayes. “We are experiencing a really mild winter this year and hopefully that continues; it’s really beneficial to the pheasants. These acres will provide not only that over wintering cover that they need, but also provide the critical nesting and brood rearing cover for the pheasants.”

 

Primary pheasant counties in southwest Iowa include Adair, Adams, Audubon, Carroll and Cass.

 

CRP rental rates are at an all-time high in Iowa. Landowners should contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Bureau private lands staff to discuss eligibility and cost share assistance. A map of DNR staff contacts and a fact sheet on the Iowa Pheasant Recovery program is available at www.iowadnr.gov/habitat .

 

Mandy Billings

01/23/2015


Audit says Ankeny college cashier took thousands of dollars


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State auditors say an Ankeny community college cafeteria cashier improperly voided nearly $26,000 in transactions over a period of 16 months and much of the money was deposited into her bank account.

 

State Auditor Mary Mosiman says in a report released Friday auditors found more than 600 improperly voided transactions by Dawn VanFleet, a former cashier at the Des Moines Area Community College.

 

The auditors say transactions occurred from January 2013 and May 2014 and found numerous corresponding cash deposits into VanFleet's bank account.

 

VanFleet, who is 45, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft in December and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 4.

 

The college has since changed its cash register procedures as recommended by the auditors that prohibit voided transactions and require refunds to be approved by a supervisor.


Indianola Man Arrested on Warrant for Harassment


(Creston) An Indianola man was arrested on a Union County warrant for 1st Degree Harassment. The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Christopher John Eckrich Thursday afternoon at the Law Enforcement Center. He was held in the Union County Jail awaiting an appearance before the Magistrate.

 

Mandy Billings

01/23/2015


Union County Woman arrested on warrant for failure to comply with pre-trial release


(Creston) Creston Police arrested an Afton woman Thursday morning on a Union County warrant.

 

Police say 36-year-old Marie Johnson was booked in with no bond for failing to comply with a pre-trial release on original charges of possession of Pseudoephedrine and possession of methamphetamine.

 

In separate incidents; 15-year-old Chance Brown, of Creston was referred to juvenile authorities on charges of possession of a prescription drug or device. He was released to the custody of his parents.

 

Police say 36-year-old Dustin James Seley, was arrested on a Union County Warrant for violation of a protective order. He was held awaiting a bond hearing.

 

And Kerry Starlin, reported that someone stole her purse from  her vehicle sometime between 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday while it was parked in the 200 block of West Adams Street.

 

Tom Robinson

January 23, 2015

a.m. news 


Des Moines officer resigns following peeping accusations


(Des Moines AP) Des Moines police officials say an officer has resigned following accusations he was peeping into a women's locker room at the department's gym.

 

A police spokesman said Tarry Pote resigned Thursday afternoon. Pote has been an officer with the department since 2002. He declined to comment to The Des Moines Register.

 

Interim Police chief Doug Harvey tells the newspaper that department officials are disappointed, upset and disturbed by Pote's alleged actions.

 

Detectives started an investigation after a dispatcher said last week she saw someone looking through a locker-room window while a female officer was changing inside.

 

Officials say the gym windows have since been altered so no one can see through them anymore.

 

January 23, 2015


Boys dies after being attacked by a dog


(College Springs) A Page County boy died after being attacked by the family’s dog Thursday afternoon.

 

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says deputies were notified at just before 5:00 p.m. that a seven-year-old boy had been attacked by a dog at 709 Glen Avenue in College Springs. It was reported the boy was not breathing.

 

When deputies arrived Emergency Personnel were administering CPR to the boy, who was transported to Clarinda Regional Health Center where he died.

Authorities have not released the boy’s name pending notification to family.

 

Tom Robinson

January 23, 2014

a.m. news 


Council Bluffs Police investigate robbery


(Council Bluffs) Council Bluffs Police are currently following leads that may be connected to an overnight robbery in the area of 9th Avenue and Ash Street in Council Bluffs.

 

Police say 20-year-old Jimmy Jackson was driving with the suspects at around 10:00 p.m. when they robbed him of his wallet and cellphone.

 

Police are asking the public to call (712) 328-4728 if they have information regarding this incident.

 

Tom Robinson

January 23, 2015

a.m news 


Atlantic man recognizing anniversary of Roe vs Wade Ruling


(Atlantic) An Atlantic man was making a stand for Pro-life along Highway 6 in Atlantic over the noon hour

 

Dr. Keith Leonard  was demonstarting on this anniversary of the ruling that women had a constitutional right to an abortion up to 24-weeks.

 

“On January 2, 1973, the Supreme Court said women had the right to kill their unborn children and that is basically all they said”, stated Leonard. “Since that time we have killed about 56-million children in the United States and we still kill almost 4,000 a day.”

 

 

“I believe abortion is wrong and I see no reason for it”, said Leonard. “The unborn child is a human being and the only thing that abortion does is to kill and unborn living human and I think it’s wrong”.

 

 Roe v. Wade prompted a national debate that continues today about issues including whether, and to what extent, abortion should be legal, who should decide the legality of abortion, and what the role should be of religious and moral views in the political circles.  

 

Proponents says abortion is a moral right which should be left to the sole discretion of the woman involved; morally, nothing other than her wish in the matter is to be considered.

 

Tom Robinson

January 22, 2015

1:00 p.m. 

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Democrats: Iowa school leaders want more education spending


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic lawmakers say more than 200 Iowa school superintendents oppose Gov. Terry Branstad's education spending plan.

 

House and Senate Democratic leaders released data Thursday from an online survey sent to officials in Iowa's 338 school districts. Only one of those who answered thought Branstad's proposed funding level was adequate.

 

Branstad's $3 billion school budget offers about $100 million in new school funding, though much of it is earmarked for specific programs. The budget includes about $35 million more in general support for K-12 public schools.

 

Democratic Sen. Herman Quirmbach, chairman of the Senate education committee, says Branstad's budget didn't include enough school funding. Democrats haven't released a counter proposal.

 

Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says superintendents consistently seek more funds each year. He declined to comment further on the survey.


Lawmakers hear from public on School Start Dates


(Des Moines) Lawmakers in the House were getting "an earful" from the public during a sub-committee hearing on a bill over the noon hour today.  House File 13 would eliminate the school start date waiver system and allow school boards to set their own fall starting dates.

 

Comments included, “We are opposed to this particular piece of legislation.”

 

“This decision is best left in the hands of school districts.”

 

“They need that summer for that full development.”

 

“We really believe that school boards are the best folks to make this decision.”

 

H-F 13 passing unanimously out of sub-committee and is now eligible for debate by the full Education Committee.

 

Iowa Radio Network

01/22/2015


Tabor Man Injured in Rollover Accident


(Glenwood) A Tabor man was injured in a rollover accident over the weekend.

 

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says Todd Guiser was driving a 1997 Chevy southbound on 221st Street, approaching Kesterson Road, at around 3:45 a.m. when he crossed the center line and lost control. The vehicle rolled several times into the east ditch.

 

Guiser was transported to Mercy Hospital by Glenwood Rescue.

 

Mandy Billings

01/22/2015


Man Attempting to Drive Himself to Hospital Passes Out


(Glenwood) An Omaha man attempting to drive himself to the hospital passed out, causing a single vehicle accident in Mills County.

 

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says a 2005 Ford was located in the west ditch on Deacon Road, south of 221st Street, just before 8:00 p.m. Saturday. No one was around the vehicle when emergency personnel arrived. As the vehicle was being towed out of the ditch, the driver, James Nausler, arrived on scene. He stated that he was injured with a chain saw on his hand and attempted to drive himself to the hospital when he passed out, which caused him to drive into the ditch and strike the tree.

 

Nausler said that they now live at a residence on Deacon and the accident happened at around 4:00 p.m. Nausler was transported by his spouse to an unknown hospital.

 

Mandy Billings

01/22/2015


Mills County Arrests


(Glenwood) A Glenwood man was arrested Monday on a warrant for Assault Causing Bodily Injury or Mental Illness. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Dylan Lee Conn was held on $1,000 bond.

 

In other activity, 44-year-old Aaron Michael Borelli, listed as homeless, was arrested Wednesday for Interference with Official Acts. He was held on $2,000 bond.

 

Earl Fletcher Edds, 37, of Glenwood, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for OWI 3rd. He was held on $5,000 bond.

 

Jessica Leslie Steele, 43, listed as homeless, was arrested Wednesday for Interference with Official Acts. She was held on $2,000 bond.

 

Lindsey Johanne Krause, 21, of Glenwood, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for Probation Violation. She was held on $10,000 bond.

 

Charles Welch Everett, 25, of Omaha, was arrested this (Thursday) morning for OWI 2nd and Open Container. He was held on $2,000 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

01/22/2015


Union County Sheriffs Report


(Creston) An Arispe man was arrested on a Union County warrant for 1st Offense Domestic Abuse Assault.

 

The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year-old Clay Allen Brammer at the Law Enforcement Center Wednesday night. He was held in the Union County Jail awaiting an appearance before the magistrate.

 

In other activity, Jerry Henrich, of Lorimor, reported Saturday that someone took a gate, a 1950’s Ford pull-type combine, Allis Chalmers WC Commander Tractor with side hay loader, one steel wheel, and a 3-point bucket from his property on Warbler Avenue near Thayer sometime within the past day. The estimated value of the items is $2,600.

 

Mandy Billings

01/22/2015


Atlantic City Council Commits Matching Funds for Corporate Hangar Project


(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council passed a formal resolution Wednesday to commit $190,000 in Matching Funds for the Corporate Hangar Project.

 

On January 6, Airport Commission members approached the Atlantic Personnel and Finance Committee about a City of Atlantic Internal Loan to help finance the proposed construction of an estimated $422,700 corporate airport hangar to house two corporate jets currently on site.

 

Earlier this month a commission member stated that the airport is in desperate need of all types of hangar space.  In 2007 the airport housed 17-airplanes, today there are 30 and all of the hangars are full.

 

“The reason for the increased activity is number one, we have the runway to accommodate large aircraft,  two, because of the airports competitive price on jet fuel, and three,  we have a great airport operator who does mechanic work and is known throughout the region for that”, stated Tim Tieg of Snyder and Associates, engineers for the project.  

 

Tieg says the loan would be paid back over 8-years with money from an assignable lease of $1,000 per month for each of the two corporate aircraft, along with $25,000 cash down for each of the planes.

 

The project includes the demolition of an outdated hangar and the construction of a new 75x80 square foot building. The owners of the aircraft will pay the monthly utility bills.

 

 

Tom Robinson

January 22, 2015

a.m. news 


Woman taken to hospital following Montgomery County Accident


(Villisca) A Villisca woman was taken to the hospital following a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in rural Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Deputies say 43-year-old Nichole King was transported by ambulance to the Montgomery County Memorial hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

Authorities say King was northbound on Highway 71 in a Nissan pickup when a medical condition caused her to lose control. The pickup went off the road, and struck a road sign. The truck continued through the 185th Street intersection into the Sciola Cemetery and hit two tombstones, before it crashed into the remains of an old church foundation.  King opened the driver’s side door and fell ten feet to the basement floor.

 

No citations were issued.

 

Tom Robinson

January 21, 2015

a.m. news 


Atlantic City Council approves site plan for Housing proposal


(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council Wednesday night approved the site plan for a proposed $3-$4 million dollar development of Southern Heights View Condominiums on the south edge of Atlantic.

 

Don Sonntag, of Sonntag Development LLC is proposing to build 28-Condominum units, 16 along 19th Street and 12 additional units near 22nd Street.

 

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan on December 16, 2014. The Personnel and Finance Committee reviewed the site plans and the proposal for tax increment financing on January 5, and recommended approval from the Council. However, the Council has not yet voted on the request for Tax Increment Financing.

 

Sonntag Development LLC is  seeking $360,000 in T.I.F. money to help with infrastructure improvements and other related costs for the project. He asks that $120,000 be paid at the time that the improvements are completed, $120,000 at the time of completion of the first foundations, (ten units), and the final $120,000 at the time of completion of the next five foundations, or (ten units).

 

A public hearing on the sale of Lot A to the developer has been scheduled for February 4.  

 

Tom Robinson

January 21, 2015

  

 

 

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Scholarships available through Cass County Health System


(Atlantic) Cass County Memorial Hospital Officials announced today that three scholarships are available to area students through the Cass County Health System and its affiliate organizations.

 

 Cass County Health System offers a $1,000 scholarship to southwest Iowa students pursuing a four-year degree in a health related career. Deadline to apply is April 1.

 

The Hospital Auxiliary provides two $1,000 Grant-in-Aid scholarships for students pursing a health career. Deadline to apply is March 31.

 

And the Cass County Memorial Hospital Foundation is offering two $5,000 Louie and Elsie Hansen Memorial scholarships for graduates of a Cass County high school who will be attending a medical or nursing school leading to an MD, RN, or LPN degree. Deadline is April 1, 2015.

 

Officials say applications are available on the Cass County Health System website, www.casshealth.org. Applications can be turned into the Human Resources Office or Cass County High School Guidance offices by the respective deadlines listed above.

 

For more information, contact Sara Nelson, Director of Public Relations, 712-243-7408.

 

Tom Robinson

January 21, 2015


Cass County Sheriff's Office Reports Several Arrests


(Atlantic) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a handful of arrests over the past week including an Atlantic man currently being held on $20,000 bond.

 

35-year-old Joshua James Mullen, of Atlantic, was placed under arrest Tuesday, January 13th on a District Court warrant for Violation of Probation. Mullen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $20,000 bond.

 

Also on Tuesday, 33-year-old Jacob Allen Cochran, of Red Oak, and 26-year-old Jodi Lynn Brookshire, of Atlantic were arrested. They were each released the following day on their own recognizance. Cochran was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia while Brookshire was charged with Driving While Barred.

 

41-year-old Jeremy Eugene Jameson, of Anita, turned himself in last Wednesday on a Pottawattamie County Warrant. Jameson was transferred to Pott County authorities later that day.

 

On January 15th, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year-old Nicholas Dean Anderson, of Atlantic on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Anderson was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on $1,00 bond.

 

Bennett Blake
1/21/14


Updated: Robert Reynolds Sentenced


(Oakland) An Oakland man was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder.

 

Robert Reynolds was found guilty of first degree murder on November 21st by a jury of nine women and three men for the shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, of rural Atlantic, on April 8th at his residence in Oakland.

 

Fourth District Judge Greg Steensland said in addition to life in prison, Reynolds will have to pay restitution in the amount of $150,000 to the estate of Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, as well as pay all court costs and attorney fees. Reynolds will have 30 days to appeal the sentence. He will not be eligible for bond on appeal.

 

“No matter what the circumstances of the case are, a judge to sentence somebody to prison for the rest of their life is Iowa’s version of the death penalty; if I sentence you to prison for the rest of your life, that means you will die in prison, that is no small matter,” said Judge Steensland. “The jury has said that is what you deserve and that is what this sentence will be.”

 

Prior to sentencing this afternoon, victim impact statements were read by Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey’s daughters Tracy Marshall and Bobbi Geery and her grandson Joshua Marshall. All three of them spoke about the trip to see Joshua Marshall before his deployment, a trip that Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey was expected to leave for the following day. They also described Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey as a very social person who had a lot of friends and would do anything for anyone.

 

“On that day you chose to take a daughter, a sister, a mother, aunt, grandma and friend from us… you stole mom’s life and left so many people with an emptiness in our hearts, you left us broken… my mom’s life mattered,” said Tracy Marshall.

 

Robert Reynolds had the opportunity to give a statement, but he declined.

 

Mandy Billings

01/21/2015

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Shelby County Supervisor's show support for increase in RUTF


(Harlan) The Shelby County Board of Supervisors approved the Iowa State County Engineer’s Association’s call for an increase in Road Use Tax Funding. The action by the board Tuesday indicates their support for the ongoing evaluation of creative, supplemental solutions to increasing the Road Use Tax.

 

“In reality the questioned shouldn’t be do you want to raise the gas tax, the question should be do you want good roads”, stated Shelby County Engineer Dan Ahart.

 

He says in 2014 Shelby County staff members conducted an inventory in search of how the current funding, whether it be local, state, federal or grants associated with the needs of the county.

 

“And the long and the short of it is, the system is eroding, and basically with the funding we have now we cannot maintain the roads the way it is, it is constantly eroding, and that is the roads and bridge system”. Ahart said.

 

The goal of a Road Use Tax increase is to offset the projected shortfall for the state’s most critical needs of over $215 million annually through an increase of the motor fuel tax revenues. Enable the DOT to provide primary highway funds to counties and cities in lieu of federal funds, providing increased efficiencies for state and local governments, and increase the permit fee for oversize/overweight vehicles.

 

Wednesday, January 21, is Transportation Day at the State House.

 

Tom Robinson

January 21, 2015

1:00 p.m. 


Oakland Man Sentenced to Life in Prison


(Council Bluffs) Robert Reynolds, of Oakland, appeared in court this afternoon for sentencing. Judge Greg Steensland sentenced Robert Reynolds to prison for the rest of his life.

 

Victim restitution has been set in the amount of $150,000 to the estate of Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey. Greg Steensland told Reynolds that this is Iowa's version of the death penalty which means he will die in prison. Reynolds was found guilty of 1st Degree Murder on November 21st by a jury of nine women and three men for the shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, of rural Atlantic, on April 8th at Reynolds' residence in Oakland.

 

Prior to the sentencing this afternoon, victim impact statements were read by Tracy Marshall and Bobbie Geary, the daughers of Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, as well as Joshua Marshall, Patricia Kindade-Dorsey's grandson. All of them painted a picture of how Dorsey had lots of friends, was very social, and would do anything for anyone. They told Reynolds that he stole their mom's life. 


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Officers don't find homicide suspect in Marshalltown house


MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say officers didn't find a homicide suspect in a house they'd surrounded in Marshalltown.

 

A SWAT team was sent Tuesday after police received a tip that 19-year-old Jose Morales was hiding in the house. Morales is suspected of shooting to death 20-year-old Dedrikk Fisher on Saturday.

 

Marshalltown Police Chief Michael Tupper says officers had obtained a warrant for their search of the house. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports that officers used a megaphone and fired several canisters of tear gas inside. Their subsequent search didn't turn up Morales.

 

January 21, 2015

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DNR Temporarily Closes OHV Park in Pottawattamie County


(Council Bluffs) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is temporarily closing the River Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Park in Pottawattamie County.

 

 The 360-acre park, located along the Missouri River, has a large number of cottonwood trees that are dying from repeated flood exposure over the last five years.

 

The dying and falling trees have become a safety concern for the general public who visit the area for off-highway vehicle recreation, the River Valley Trails Riders OHV Club, who maintains the park, and the DNR.

 

 An evaluation of the trees in the park has been completed, and the resulting forestry plan will be implemented, beginning with a public hearing, followed by removal and sale of identified trees.

 

The DNR is doing everything possible to have the OHV park open at the earliest date and provide the safest recreational riding conditions.

 

Mandy Billings

01/21/2015


Exira EHK High School Class entered in Follett Challenge


(Exira) The Exira-EHK high school science class is entered in a national contest called the Follett challenge and they are asking for your vote.

 

The Follett Challenge showcases and rewards educators who are aligning their curriculum and approach in order to teach the skills needed in the 21st Century and who are implementing a collaborative program with others in their school.

 

This is a national contest. Participants fill out an online application and produce a five-minute video on each schools program to be voted on by the public.

 

Exira/EHK Science teacher Lydia Wahlert says her science class is showcasing their earth day program.

 

“The students spend half their day learning about earth preservation and half the day performing community service," stated Wahlert. 

 

Wahlert says applicants must demonstrate how the program is preparing students for the demands of the 21st century and complete the entire online application, which includes a 3-5 minute video about the program.

 

The top ten winners receive  $8,000 dollars, three winners win $30,000 based on 80-percent written application and 20-percent from the online voting, and the grand prize winner receives $60,000.

 

The public can vote by logging onto Follettchallenge.com, exira-ehk.k12.ia.us, or on the schools facebook page Exira-EHK Update Information.

 

Tom Robinson

January 21, 2015

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Hit and Run under Investigation in Audubon


(Audubon) The Audubon Police Department is asking for assistance in regards to a hit and run accident.

 

The incident occurred Sunday evening on Broadway Street near Ace Hardware. An unknown dark navy blue vehicle struck a parked car causing over $5,000 damage. The police department is asking for any assistance in identifying any vehicle with this color that would have been parked in the area between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. Sunday.

 

If anyone has any information, or witnessed this incident, contact the Audubon Police Department at 712-563-2500.

 

Mandy Billings

01/21/2015


Ambassadors Celebrate 100 years of Kiwanis International


(Atlantic) Ambassadors visited the Kiwanis Club of Atlantic to celebrate 100 years of Kiwanis International. According to Steve Green, Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor, the club is dedicated to serving children and youth in the community through ongoing programs such as free bike helmets and safety classes to Atlantic 3rd graders, water safety for kindergarten classes, books for the Public Library and kindergartners, and teddy bears to the hospital and law enforcement. These are only a few of the programs, activities and events supported by the Kiwanis Club of Atlantic. 


Pictured: Janice Brown, Charlene Johnson, Jim Casson, Steve Green, Deb Schuler, Pete Tallman, Laura Bacon & Eric Gunderson. Christie Boysen, Jayme Farver, Sue Muri, Amy Coenen, Pat McCurdy, Diane Gipple, Arlene Drennan, Bill Saluk, Carol Seddon, Jolene Roecker, Tammy Waters, Dolly Bergmann, Betty Marcellus, Karla Akers, Lana Westphalen and Debbie Leistad. Ed Leistad, Jamey Parks, Ouida Wymer, Chip Hansen, Crystal Christensen, Keith Leonard,  B.J. Hart, Melanie Petty, Russ Joyce, Don Johnson, Dave Schwab, Carol Schuler, Lucas Mosier, Jeff Nelson and Chelsea Amundson.


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(Audubon) An Audubon man was arrested for 3rd Degree Burglary and Trespassing.

 

The Audubon Police Department arrested 28-year-old Jared Dewayne Joyce on Tuesday. He was transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was held to see a magistrate.

 

In other activity, 31-year-old Donovan Eugene Harris, of Boone, was arrested on January 8th for Violation of a No Contact Order. He appeared before a magistrate and was released on a promise to appear.

 

Joshua Lee Larsen, 33, of Audubon, was arrested January 18th for Driving with a Suspended License. He was released on a promise to appear.

 

Mandy Billings

01/21/2015


Audubon Council Addresses Budget at Work Session


(Audubon) City Clerk Joe Foran and the Audubon City Council addressed the 2016 City Budget during a work session held this week.

 

Foran explains the items they went over at Monday’s meeting.

 

“I kind of went over the revenue and the tax levy with the council. What we are dealing with is with the state rollbacks it lowers the percentage of taxation on a valuation. For right now residential is 55% of what their evaluation is.”

 

Foran says that lowers the city’s income from property taxes. At the same time, they have expenses that are rising.

 

“This year we have an additional $100,000 in principal payments in our debt service that is causing some issues too because according to the amortization schedule some of those have increased, some of those bond payments have increased.”

 

Foran says it’s a similar problem that other small towns in Iowa struggle with.

 

“If we can shift some costs to other funds, lower some expenses, that‘s what the city is looking at doing to make sure that we spend the taxpayers money as efficiently as possible.”

 

Monday’s meeting also brought a discussion with the county sheriff on law enforcement needs within the City of Audubon.

 

Bennett Blake
1/21/14

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Ernst delivers speech following Presidents State of the Union Address


(Washington D.C.) Wearing high-heeled camouflage shoes, Iowa’s newest U-S Senator delivered the Republican Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address last night.

 

But, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, of Red Oak told a national audience that she wasn’t going to deliver a direct rebuttal to the President’s speech in her four-minute national address.

 

“Rather than respond to a speech, I would like to talk about your priorities,” stated Ernst. “I would like to have a conversation about the new Republican Congress you just selected.”

 

She gave her response from the Senate Armed Services Committee room…where she and other Republican’s will work to support a policy tough on terrorism and one that makes sure our men and women in the military have the help they need.

In the address, Ernst told Americans that the “New Republican Congress is “back to work on your behalf”.

 

She renamed the bill authorizing the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline, the “Keystone Jobs Bill” and said the GOP will pass it even though the President has threatened a veto.

 

Iowa Radio Network

January 21, 2015

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Three arrested in Creston drug bust


(Creston) Creston Police arrested three people following a search of a Creston residence last week.

 

Authorities arrested Ian Thomas Morrison, Manuel Leandro Rivera, and Jason Michael Roberts  of 1100 North Spruce Street.

 

Morrison, 19, who had a Nebraska ID, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Rivera, 21, carding a Florida, ID, faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Roberts, 21, with an Illinois ID, was charged with possession of marijuana.

 

Creston Police Officers and Union County Sheriff’s Deputies searched the residence on January 16 and identified six male subjects and three female subjects.

 

Officers seized several containers of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, grinders, scales, packaging material, and U.S. Currency.

 

Additional charges are pending.

 

Tom Robinson

January 21, 2015

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Montgomery County Man jailed on Drug Charges


(Red Oak) Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Red Oak man on numerous drug charges Tuesday.

 

Authorities say 41-year-old Jeffrey Dean Etter was taken into custody at around 6:30 p.m. for third offense OWI drugged, possession of methamphetamine, providing false information, and failure to have a valid driver’s license.

 

Etter was transported to Montgomery County Corrections booked in and held on $5,000 cash bond.

 

Red Oak Police assisted with the arrest.

 

Tom Robinson

January 21, 2015

a.m. news 


Proposed bill would ban smoking on casino floors in Iowa


(Des Moines AP)  A bill has been introduced in the Iowa Legislature that would force casinos to comply with the state's smoking ban.

 

Casino floors in Iowa are now exempt from following a 2008 law that prohibits smoking in public places. A bill sponsored by Sen. Herman Quirmbach, of Ames, would eliminate that exemption.

 

Quirmbach said Tuesday there is broad public support for such a change. Democratic Rep. Lisa Heddens, of Ames, says she plans to introduce a similar bill with bipartisan support.

 

Rep. Guy Vander Linden, a Republican from Oskaloosa, says the bill may have some support, but it will face strong opposition from the casino industry.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Terry Branstad says the governor favors such a measure and would sign it into law.

 

January 21, 2015 


Des Moines police find 8-month-old girl near gun, ammunition


(Des Moines AP)  Des Moines police have arrested two people on charges of child endangerment after finding an 8-month-old girl in an apartment closet near a rifle and ammunition.

 

Authorities say 27-year-old Philip Barber and 22-year-old Kelsey Kenworthy were arrested Tuesday. Police reports say the two also showed signs of drug use.

 

Reports say officers initially responded to a report of screaming and crashing sounds coming from the home. Upon entering, reports say police searched the bedroom to find exposed, used syringes and the girl in a car seat in a closet next to a loaded semi-automatic rifle.

 

Police contacted family services, which then transported the girl to Broadlawns Medical Center for evaluation.

 

Barber and Kenworthy were placed on $2,000 bond each. Calls to attorneys went unanswered.

 

January 21, 2015 


Panel overturns firing of Des Moines police officer


(Des Moines AP) The Des Moines Civil Service Commission has overturned the firing of a police officer.

 

The panel voted Tuesday to reinstate 34-year-old Cody Grimes.

 

Police officials say Grimes had violated policies on conduct and obedience to laws. He'd pleaded guilty in May to criminal mischief after making a deal with prosecutors. He'd been charged with assaulting his former girlfriend on Dec. 27, 2013.

 

The commission acknowledged Grimes' misconduct but determined his termination was excessive. Grimes will return to work in the coming weeks, but won't receive back pay since his firing in June.

 

His attorney has declined to comment.

 

A police spokesman says Grimes will likely undergo some basic training before picking up patrol shifts.

 

January 21, 2015 


Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Page County


(Clarinda) A stolen vehicle was recovered in Page County over the weekend.

 

The Page county Sheriff’s Office was notified on Sunday by the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office of a stolen 2002 Chevy standard cab pickup with Missouri plates. Page County Deputies recovered the vehicle shortly thereafter in a trail area of Nodaway Valley Park just north of Clarinda. The vehicle was held for processing and turned over to the Nodaway County Sheriff for the processing.

 

In other activity, 23-year-old Thomas Jeffrey Engstrand, of Braddyville, for driving while barred. The arrest stems from a traffic stop on Highway 71 just north of Clarinda where Engstrand was operating a 2007 Chevy Colorado pickup. He was taken to the Page County Sheriff’s Office where he was unable to post the $2,000 bond and was booked into jail. Engstrand was also cited for depositing litter onto the highway.

 

Mandy Billings

01/20/2015


Villisca Man Cited for Leaving the Scene of an Accident


(Clarinda) Citations have been issued against a Villisca man following a single vehicle accident that occurred early Saturday morning.

 

At around 3:34 a.m., the Page County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle in the ditch north of Clarinda on Redwood Avenue. Deputies found a 2005 Chevy extended cab pickup on a bridge abutment/guardrail at the intersection of Redwood and 180th Street unoccupied. Deputies checked the area and nobody was found. A check of the license plate revealed the vehicle registered to 23-year-old Jordan Michael Barr, of Villisca.

 

Deputies made contact with the registered owner’s parents, who said that they had spoken with Jordan since the accident and he was not injured, but his whereabouts were unknown. Barr was issued citations for Failure to Maintain Control and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

 

Mandy Billings

01/20/2015


Cass County Attorneys Statement on Slauson Sentencing


(Atlantic) Cass County Attorney David Wiederstein has released a statement this afternoon regarding the sentencing of Leatha Slauson.

 

Wiederstein said, “The Court clearly set forth the rationale for the sentence and I am not going to comment any further on the Judge’s ruling.  The biggest form of punishment levied against Leatha this morning is further removing her from her status as a mother.  Atlantic and Cass County should not be ashamed with the overwhelming giving spirit it showed when the child was purportedly sick, and even more so the community-wide show of support to Riley since her mother’s criminal scheme was revealed.  The longer that Leatha is not able to stand in the shoes of a parent, the more justice will be served.”

 

 

Mandy Billings

01/20/2015


Proposed bill would ban smoking on casino floors in Iowa


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill has been introduced in the Iowa Legislature that would force casinos to comply with the state's smoking ban.

 

Casino floors in Iowa are now exempt from following a 2008 law that prohibits smoking in public places. A bill sponsored by Sen. Herman Quirmbach, of Ames, would eliminate that exemption.

 

Quirmbach said Tuesday there is broad public support for such a change. Democratic Rep. Lisa Heddens, of Ames, says she plans to introduce a similar bill with bipartisan support.

 

Rep. Guy Vander Linden, a Republican from Oskaloosa, says the bill may have some support, but it will face strong opposition from the casino industry.

 

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Terry Branstad says the governor favors such a measure and would sign it into law.


Multiple Injuries in Page County Accident


(Shenandoah) Several people were injured in a two vehicle accident in Page County Monday.

 

The Page County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred at around 4:58 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 59. The investigation showed that 18-year-old Isiah Michael Still, of Coin, was driving a 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass southbound on Highway 59 attempting to make a left turn onto Highway 2. 61-year-old Steven Craig Roby, of Red Oak, was driving a Ford F150 pickup northbound on Highway 59. Still said that he didn’t see the Roby vehicle when making the turn and drove into the path of Roby. Both vehicles collided, causing disabling damage to both vehicles.

 

Still was cited for no proof of Insurance, Failure to have a Valid Driver’s License, and Failure to Yield Upon a Left Turn. Several people from the vehicles were transported to the Shenandoah Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries.

 

The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, the Shenandoah Police Department, the Shenandoah Fire Department and the Shenandoah Ambulance Service.

 

Mandy Billings

01/20/2015


Iowa commission approves online voter registration system


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa commission has approved a rule that will allow people with a state driver's license or photo ID to register online to vote.

 

The Iowa Voter Registration Commission unanimously agreed Tuesday to allow a system that will let qualified voters register on a website. Information from the state Department of Transportation would be imported into voter registration forms that would automatically be forwarded to the state's voter database.

 

Voters currently fill out a paper application form to register. That system would remain available.

 

Voter rights groups have said the new system should provide equal access to people without a state driver's license or state-issued ID.

 

The committee's decision does not require legislative action. The Transportation Department is not expected to have the system ready until early 2016.


Oakland Man to be Sentenced Wednesday


(Oakland) An Oakland man convicted of murder will be sentenced Wednesday.

 

According to court records, a motion in arrest of judgment or for a new trial for Robert Reynolds was denied in its entirety. Reynolds will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m.

 

Reynolds was found guilty of 1st Degree Murder by a jury in November for fatally shooting 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey on April 8, 2014 following a verbal argument at his residence in Oakland.

 

Mandy Billings

01/20/2015


Exira/EHK approves small increase in drivers Education Fees


(Elk Horn) The Exira/EHK school board approved a slight increase in driver’s education fees at Monday’s meeting.  

 

“Our fees don’t cover our drivers’ Education expenses, so a motion was made last night to increase our fees,” stated Exira/EHK schools Superintendent Dean Schnoes.

 

The board increased the fees for students within the district from $225-to$250 and for students out of the district, from $325.00 to $350.00.

 

“A lot of those outsource companies charge $350 to start with and I am sure there is more to that too,” said Schnoes. “We are increasing our fees to help cover more of our costs for drivers’ education. The nice thing is gas prices are down, but who

knows if that will be the case when summer rolls around.”

 

The school board also discussed the early start date issue. Dean Schnoes says he is still in favor of local control.

 

Tom Robinson

January 20, 2015

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UPDATED Leatha Slauson Sentenced


(Atlantic) An Atlantic woman who lied about her daughter’s cancer was sentenced in Cass County Court this morning.

 

Judge Kathleen Kilnoski sentenced 30-year-old Leatha Slauson to 10-years on the two counts of child endangerment charges, five years on the charge of administering harmful substances, one year for unlawful possession of prescription drugs, and five years for theft 2nd. Counts 1 and 3 were to be served consecutively with the other sentences to be served concurrently. Judge Kilnoski suspended the sentence and placed Slauson on probation for five years. She was given credit for the 90 days she served in jail. She is not allowed to have contact with her children and she must continue her mental health treatment. Victim restitution will be determined at a later time.

 

Slauson pleaded guilty to those five charges in November. She was originally facing 20 charges. During her plea, Slauson admitted that she had given her 5-year-old daughter Riley cannabis oil and neupogen and did not have a prescription for either. She also admitted that she received money from fundraising events while claiming Riley had terminal cancer and had put that money in the bank.

 

Before sentencing, Slauson’s attorney Jay Mez told the court that Leatha had suffered tragic events in her childhood, including domestic abuse by her father and that she has suffered from psychological issues since her teens. Mez wanted the community to know that Leatha did not do what she did just for profit.

 

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One of Slauson’s doctors who evaluated her mental health also spoke this morning. Dr. Louis Rosell from Mt. Pleasant said Slauson showed extreme guilt which lead to suicidal ideation. The traumatic stress tests showed a history of traumatic upbringing. He said Slauson spoke about hearing voices in her head and experiencing hallucinations. She was later diagnosed with an unspecified psychotic disorder. Rosell stated that Slauson has responded will to treatment and is capable of being treated and supervised in the community.

 

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An emotional Slauson read a statement to the court this morning expressing her remorse for what she had done. She said she did it out of love, not for money.

 

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Slauson also mentioned that she had no free time or adult interaction and she finally felt the love she needed when the community came together to help them out. She wanted to give a huge apology to the community, her family and everyone who helped her family.

 

Judge Kilnoski told Slauson that she believes she knew what she was doing no matter what her mental condition was. She said this isn’t just about mental health, it’s about crime, and her actions affected the whole community.

 

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In the end, Judge Kilnoski said she believes that Leatha Slauson is not likely to repeat another incident like this and noted that she is making strides with her treatment. Kilnoski agreed with the doctors that a prison sentence would not be the appropriate sanction.

 

Click here to listen to statements by Jay Mez

 

Click here to listen to Leatha Slauson's statement

 

Click here to listen to the sentencing by Judge Kilnoski

 

 

Mandy Billings

01/20/2015

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Leatha Slauson Sentenced


(Atlantic) An Atlantic woman who lied about her daughter’s cancer was sentenced in Cass County Court this morning.

 

Leatha Slauson, 30, pleaded guilty in November to five out of the 20 charges, including two counts of child endangerment, one count of administering harmful substances, one count of unlawful possession of prescription drugs and an amended count of Theft 2nd. She was facing up to 21 years in prison.

 

Judge Kathleen Kilnoski suspended her sentence this morning and ordered her to serve five years of probation. She was given credit for the 90 days she served in jail. She is not allowed to have contact with her children and she must continue her mental health treatment.

 

Before sentencing, Slauson’s attorney Jay Mez told the court that Leatha had suffered tragic events in her childhood, including domestic abuse by her father. He said there is a lot of belief in the community that she did this to make a profit, but he said if that was true there wouldn’t be $16,000 left in the account, he said that money would be gone. Mez requested a deferred judgment on the charges, but Judge Kilnoski denied that request.

 

One of Slauson’s doctors who evaluated her mental health also spoke this morning. Dr. Louis Rosell from Mt. Pleasant said Slauson showed extreme guilt which lead to suicidal ideation. The traumatic stress tests showed a history of traumatic upbringing. Slauson spoke about hearing voices in her head and experiencing hallucinations. She was diagnosed with an unspecified psychotic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

 

An emotional Slauson read a statement to the court this morning expressing her remorse for what she had done. She said she just wants to get better. She stated that she really thought Riley was sick and she was not getting the answers she needed and so she took it into her own hands. She said she did all of this out of love and not for money. She also mentioned that she had no free time or adult interaction and she finally felt the love she needed when the community came together to help them out. She wanted to give a huge apology to the community, her family and everyone who helped her family.

 

Judge Kilnoski told Slauson that she believes she knew what she was doing no matter what her mental condition was. She told Slauson she knew what the rules were and how to be a good mother, but she wasn’t and she violated everyone’s trust. Kilnoski said the school nurse and staff are the true heroes in this whole situation and cannot fathom the pain and trauma that was inflicted on Riley with the treatments Slauson administered. She said it just does not make sense and it is a crime.

 

In the end, Judge Kilnoski said she believes that Leatha Slauson is not likely to repeat another incident like this and she is making strides with her treatment. However, she said Slauson does need to have a criminal record so the public knows what she did.

 

Slauson was sentenced to 10-years for the two child endangerment charges, which was to be served concurrently. The other charges totaled 11 years in prison. That sentence was suspended and she was given five years probation.

 

Victim Restitution will be determined at a later time.

 

Mandy Billings

01/20/2015

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Suspects Arrested During Return to the Scene of the Crime


(Sidney) Two people have been arrested on theft charges in Fremont County following an investigation by the Tabor Police Department.

 

A theft report was received from a business in Tabor during the early morning hours of January 19th. Evidence indicated the suspects may return to the area. In the early morning hours on Tuesday, authorities observed two suspects park behind a business in the 700 block of Main Street and load stolen items into a vehicle.

 

As a result, 44-year-old Jennifer Elizabeth Younts, of Tabor, and 26-year-old Zachary Clay Younts, of Council Bluffs, have been placed under arrest. Jennifer Younts faces a charge of 4th Degree Theft and was released on $1,000 bond. Zachary Younts is charged with 4th Degree Theft and 3rd Degree Burglary. He is being held in the Fremont County Jail on $6,000 bond.

 

The Tabor Police Department was assisted by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest.

 

Bennett Blake
Jan 20, 2015

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Western Iowa trial about to begin in slayings of two people


DELOIT, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for one of two men accused of killing two people and attempting to burn their bodies in western Iowa.

 

Twenty-six-year-old Michael Schenk is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson. Authorities say Schenk and 19-year-old Jayden Chapman, both of Denison, shot 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga at a trailer home in Deloit on March 10 and then set it on fire. Investigators say the two men likely were on the property to steal scrap metal.

 

Chapman's trial is scheduled to begin April 28 in another county. A judge has ruled that because of expected media coverage of Schenk's trial, it would be difficult to find an impartial jury for Chapman's trial in Crawford County.


Griswold Republican Representative Chimes in on Governor's budget proposal


(Des Moines) Iowa Lawmakers head back to the state house this morning after a long weekend.  Last week the Governor presented his budget to the General Assembly.

 

 “The Governor wants to spend another $145-$150 million dollars more and I have some grave concerns about spending more money than we take in,” stated Griswold Republican Representative Jack Drake. “I just know in my farming career that revenue’s didn’t come in as anticipated, but the expenses did. And getting in a hole is a lot easier than getting back out of it.”   

 

Branstad’s budget spends $7.3410 billion in fiscal year 2016, an increase of $346.7 million over 2015, or 4.95 percent. Drake says the Governor’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal spends more money than the Revenue Estimating Conference’s December ongoing revenue estimate of $7.1946 billion. He says the gap between ongoing revenue and the Governor’s budget is approximately $146.4 million.

 

Drake says 90-percent of Iowa’s budget goes to three school areas; School aid, ($2.9 billion), wages and benefits for state employees, ($2.1 billion), and Medicaid, ($1.6 billion).

 

Tom Robinson

January 20, 2015

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Man sought in Iowa shooting arrested in Missouri


(Chariton AP) A 45-year-old man suspected in the shooting of a woman in southern Iowa has been arrested in Missouri.

 

The Iowa Public Safety Department says Robert Graham was taken into custody on Monday night at Poosey State Park in northern Missouri. A jailer said Graham remained at Livingston County Jail on Tuesday morning.

 

Authorities say 33-year-old Gayle Darrah was shot Friday outside her home in Chariton. She was taken to a local hospital and then to a Des Moines hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

 

January 20, 2015


Gas station robberies cause Des Moines schools to lock down


(Des Moines AP) Police say a Des Moines woman robbed two gas stations after threatening she had a gun, which caused two schools in the area to briefly lock down.

 

Jennifer Joan Parker is charged with first-degree and second-degree robbery. Police say she told store clerks she was carrying a gun, though she didn't display one. Authorities say she fled in a vehicle after stealing the money on Monday.

A Des Moines school district spokesman says a high school and an elementary school were locked down after initial reports indicated Parker was driving in a vehicle toward one of them.

 

He tells the Des Moines Register the lockdowns were lifted within minutes after school officials learned Parker was driving in the opposite direction of the schools.

Parker is being held at the Polk County Jail. Online jail records didn't list an attorney for her.

 

January 20, 2015


Atlantic Parks and Rec Formally Approves Hiring of Assistant Director


(Atlantic) The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Board formally approved the hiring of Seth Staashelm as the Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation Monday night.

 

After thirty-applicants were screened, and the field narrowed down to five, the board selected Seth Staashelm to fill the position late December. Staashelm will begin the first week of February.

 

Atlantic Parks and Rec. Director Roger Herring introduced Seth to the board Monday night.

 

“He’s got great credentials with a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation, he has training in recreational therapy and he has lots of strengths in programming also, so he brings a lot of things to the table and we’re excited to have him,” said Herring.

 

Staashelm will begin duties sometime during the first week of February.

 

In other activity, Roger Herring said he is looking into purchasing a cell phone signal booster for the Parks and Rec. building because they cannot get reception inside of the building. The booster will cost around $260.

 

Meanwhile, Herring is working with Snyder & Associates on the site plan for the replacement of Kiddie Korral. Snyder & Associates is also working on completing the plans for the Bull Creek trail reconstruction.  The plans will be submitted to the Feds and once that is approved they hope to bit the project out in June.

 

Herring also noted that there is renewed interest by the local veterinarians on the Buck Creek Dog Park. Those discussions will continue and they hope to look into some sort of match-funding to help pay for the project.

 

New street signs have been ordered for Sunnyside Park. The new entryway signs and frames will be installed this spring. Sunnyside Park was closed for the winter on January 5th. However, the park is still open to anyone wanting to use it for lunch and any other recreational activities.

 

Mandy Billings

01/20/2015

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Leatha Slauson to be Sentenced today


(Atlantic) The Atlantic mother who lied about her daughter’s cancer will be sentenced at 10:00 this morning.

 

Leatha Slauson. 30, entered a guilty plea in November to five out of the 20 counts she was facing including: counts 1 and 3; child endangerment, count four; administering harmful substances, count 10; unlawful possession of a prescription drug or device, and an amended charge of count 20 from 1st degree theft to 2nd degree theft. Under this condition, all other charges were dismissed. 

 

In November When Judge Mark Eveloff asked Slauson about why she faces these charges, she admitted that she had given her 5-year-old daughter Riley cannabis oil and neupogen and did not have a prescription for either. She also admitted that she had received money from fundraising events while claiming Riley had terminal cancer and had put that money in the bank.

 

Slauson faces up to 21-years in prison.

 

 

Mandy Billings

01/20/2015


Iowa patrol official jokes about shooting of ESPN announcer


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa State Patrol supervisor is facing criticism for joking on Facebook that he wanted a sniper to shoot a prominent ESPN announcer in the head.

 

Lt. Kelly Hindman, district commander of Post 7 in Fort Dodge, wrote the post about Dan Dakich on Saturday during the Iowa-Ohio State men's basketball game.

 

Hindman and other Hawkeyes fans used social media to criticize Dakich's call of the game. Dakich called star player Aaron White "Andrew."

 

Hindman wrote that he wished "there was a sniper at Carver Hawkeye to shoot the color commentator in the head...cause he is driving me nuts. I'm about to watch the game Helen Keller style in a bit."

 

Former state Sen. Daryl Beall of Fort Dodge said he respects Hindman but the post was poor judgment.

 

01/19/2015


Joni Ernst to Deliver Republican Party Response to State of Union Address


(Des Moines) Republican Senator Joni Ernst will deliver her party’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address tomorrow night.

 

Republican National Committee Communications Director Sean Spicer says it won’t be one to miss.

 

“Joni Ernst is going to articulate the same thing she did in her campaign, which is a very positive alternative for the way forward; something that is focused on family, private enterprise, how we can grow solutions that are not government based,” said Spicer.

 

Last year’s official Republican response was delivered by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

 

Iowa Radio Network

01/19/2015


Agriculture profits rejuvenate Iowa and Nebraska farms


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture officials say an increase in corn and soybean profit is bringing young Iowans and Nebraskans back to the farm.

 

Charles Wiiest, market president of the Nebraska-based Arbor Bank, says young people are now more likely to start their own farm or join their family's farming business. Wiiest credits this influx to improved profitability in the agriculture industry in recent years.

 

Corn currently can bring in up to $4 per bushel and soybeans $10 per bushel. Wiiest says these numbers show significant profit growth from when he graduated college in the late 1990s.

 

Wiiest says expanding career opportunities in the agriculture industry has also attracted the younger generation. He says chemists and veterinarians are among new careers in high demand.

 

01/19/2015


Shelby County Bridge Out


(Irwin/Kirkman) Hollywood Bridge in Shelby County is currently out.

 

Shelby County Emergency Management said the bridge is located on 1400th Street over the West Nishnabotna River between Road M36 on the West and Orange Road to the east.

 

The bridge is closed with construction to last until September 2015. Residents in the area should expect considerable detours.

 

 

Mandy Billings

01/19/2015


Walnut Creek Station Questers Receives Walnut Communications Growing Communities Grant


(Walnut) On Monday, Bruce Heyne, General Manager of Walnut Communications presented a check to Carol Rosenbaum with the Walnut Creek Station Questers in the amount of $300.

 

The Walnut Creek Station Questers are part of an international group and the local group was established in 1977. Their mission is preserve history through preservation of historical buildings as well as the study of antiques. The building this grant will help to rejuvenate is located in the Layton Township Cemetery in Walnut and is a unique hexagon building, one of only four left in the state of Iowa. The original building was built to cover an unsightly well or cistern and it was later used on Memorial Day for the ladies to sit inside and collect money for the upkeep of the cemetery.

 

The monies will be used to restore this building, which is part of the older portion of the local cemetery in and eligible for the National Historical Register. Plans include placing the structure on concrete, replacing the roof with wood shingle, replacing the steeple, repair and replace and missing wood, and seal the building against elements.

 

Mandy Billings

01/19/2015


Iowa DCI Investigating Shooting in Chariton


(Chariton) Authorities are still attempting to locate a man wanted for attempted Murder.

 

A warrant for Attempted Murder has now been issued for 45-year-old Robert Eugene Graham.  The victim is 33-year-old Gayle Darrah of Chariton.  Darrah is still in critical condition at a local hospital.  Graham is still considered to be armed and dangerous.

 

At approximately 7:13 am on January 16, the Lucas County Dispatch Center received a 911call in reference to a female being shot outside a residence.  Chariton Police officers responded to 1701 Court Avenue, in Chariton.  Upon arriving at the residence, Chariton Police officers found a female lying in the driveway by a vehicle with a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and was then taken by air ambulance to a Des Moines hospital. 

 

At this time, this shooting appears to be an isolated incident and not a random act.  Investigators believe Graham is possibly driving a gray, 2014 Toyota Corolla with Illinois license plates V872014.

 

Anyone with information on Graham or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Chariton Police Department at 641-774-5083, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation--State Patrol Communications at 515-323-4360, or dial 911.  Please do not attempt to confront Graham.

 

 

Mandy Billings

01/19/2015


This is Hazardous Materials Week in Iowa


(Atlantic) This week has been designated by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as Hazardous Materials Week.

 

Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon says the goal is to provide Iowans a better understanding about hazardous materials, their proper use, storage, and disposal, and the emergency response actions that can help minimize unnecessary accidents and exposure.

 

“Those hazardous materials within the home are toxic, flammable, or corrosive and if you mix them they can become reactive and cause a danger,” stated Kennon.

 

He says examples include; house cleaners, paint thinners, pesticides, and medications.

 

“Keep chemicals out of the reach of children and do what you need to do to secure cabinets so children cannot get to them,” said Kennon.

 

The Cass County Landfill takes hazardous materials, but check with them first.

 

In the event there is an incident within the home call 9-1-1 and they will get the correct response.   

 

Tom Robinson

January 19, 2015

Noon newscast 


Atlantic Chamber Award Winners


(Atlantic) Several community awards were presented at the annual Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner Saturday evening.

 

The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to the Atlantic Business Professional Women. Holly Smith, representing the Chamber Board of Directors, presented the award and said the Atlantic Business Professional Women were recognized for their support for Chamber events all year long. Their faces are not only seen serving at Chamber events, but throughout the community. They bundle up during Christmas in Atlantic, with smiles on their faces, handing out hot cocoa and popcorn to Santa’s visitors. They are a quick phone call away to a network of good-hearted women who invest in our community day after day.

 

The Star Ambassador Award was presented to Pat McCurdy, Rich Perry and Dolly Bergmann.

 

The Ambassador of the Year award was presented to Sue Muri. Donnie and Arlene Drennan presented the award. Donnie said the Ambassador of the Year is recognized for her commitment and devotion to the program and the community. The 2014 recipient faithfully attends throughout the year, showing support for area businesses and fellow Ambassadors. Her joy and service to our community not only shine through at weekly Ambassadors visits, she also volunteers at many Chamber and community functions throughout the year representing the organization in a light of giving back as well.

 

The Committee Chairperson of the year award was presented to Liz Denny. Holly Smith presented the award and said AtlanticFest 2014 was one of the most challenging and successful years. Success at AtlanticFest was achieved by the committee and the great leadership that was present. The recipient of the 2014 Committee of the Year award is a true leader with excellent time management skills, attention to detail, ability to creatively solve problems, remaining calm and positive in all situations.

 

The Community Betterment Award was presented to the Atlantic City Street Department. Roger Herring presented the award and said this year’s recipient of the Community Betterment Award brings value to the community each and every day. The expertise and work ethic of this group are a reflection on the top notch folks here in the Atlantic area. They spend many long, cold hours during the winter months lighting up the streets of downtown Atlantic. This group is always willing to help prepare the city for Chamber events, whether it’s delivering sand for Crazy Days or placing street cones out for community events.

 

The Business of the Year Award was presented to Brown Shoe Fit. Chip Hansen with First Whitney Bank presented the award. Hansen said the Business of the Year Award recognizes a business in the Atlantic area for its leadership, positive social and economic impact, and significant community service efforts. Brown Shoe Fit Co.  made a visible contribution in the past year reflecting growth and achievement, entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, as well as, community and Chamber involvement. This business was a key player in rallying fellow merchants to participate in Small Business Saturday, a successful shop local campaign to kick off holiday shopping. The leadership of this business is represented in the Young Professionals group, by serving as President to grow and develop the Young Professional program here in Atlantic.

 

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Keith Swanson. Rich Perry presented the award and said every year the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce honors a strong, passionate community leader with the Distinguished Service Award. This is the highest award for services and contributions. The award is given in recognition of a career of outstanding, dedicated and extended service to the community.  

 

The Athena Award was presented to Rev. Lannette Plambeck. Pat Markham presented the award and said Plambeck has positively impacted the community and residents of Atlantic Area in many ways through many services since her arrival 6 years ago. She demonstrates her community leadership and actively pursues to enrich the lives of everyone in the community through many programs, such as, Celebrate Recovery Program, Solider Ministry, Ministry at the Heritage house, Ministerial Alliance and Micronesian Community Development.

 

This woman is a great mentor, leader and inspiration to the community. She shows sincere passion and humble aspirations time and again in her efforts to reach out to women and children in the community. Because of the nature of her work many of these stories go untold but has had a significant impact in creatively empowering women to reach their full potential, building up their self-confidence through encouragement, and giving them a voices in places where they felt they had no voice.

 

Rev. Lanette Plambeck is nearing completion of a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC focusing on church revitalization. She has completed a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and a Bachelor of Arts and Religious Studies and Political Science from Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa. She graduated from Denison High School and is a veteran of the US Army (Desert Storm). Her mission to serve has always been devoted to: the least, the lost, the lonely and the left behind. Although she is the pastor of the First United Methodist Church, her scope of ministry goes far and beyond the brick walls of 800 Poplar. Her vision for the church, community and world in not limited to the physical boundaries of a building, skin color, nationality or gender. Her passion is that we are all one world and there is merit in all that are and all that we do. She is a true leader and mentor not only for women but the entire community.

 

 

Mandy Billings

01/19/2015


Fuel Prices continue to fall


(Area) Gasoline prices in Iowa dropped another nickel this past week.

 

Cass County Engineer Charles Marker says the drop in fuel costs is allowing his department to shift money so to speak.

 

“Instead of having to buy diesel fuel or gasoline with our money we can buy other commodities and maybe give the public something that is longer lasting than just burning up gasoline or diesel,” explained Marker. “That money can be used to purchase more rock or asphalt to patch roads.”

 

Some economists estimate lower gas prices could save the average household as much as $750 annually. Increased consumer spending as a result of lower gas prices could add as much as a half-percentage point to economic growth in the next year.

 

According to AAA the current price of regular gasoline is $1.91 a gallon. That’s’ compared to $1.96 a week ago and $1.26 less than a year ago.

 

Diesel prices fell about .10 cents this past week from $2.82 to $2.72 and have fallen about $1.00 from a year ago.

 

Tom Robinson

January 19, 2015

11:00 a.m. newscast


One Person Injured in Atlantic Accident


(Atlantic) One person suffered minor injuries in a two vehicle accident in Atlantic Friday afternoon.

 

The Atlantic Police Department says Emily Claussen, of Anita, was driving eastbound on 8th Street, approaching Mulberry Street, and failed to stop at the stop sign. Claussen’s vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Nicole Martin, of Atlantic, who was driving southbound on Mulberry Street.

 

A passenger in Martin’s vehicle was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by personal vehicle for minor injuries. Claussen was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

 

In other activity, the Atlantic Police Department arrested 19-year-old Amanda Cooper, of Atlantic, on Friday for OWI 1st Offense. She was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

 

Mandy Billings

01/19/2015


Glenwood Police Report


(Glenwood) A Glenwood man was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. The Glenwood Police Department arrested 41-year-old Travis Batten today (Monday). He was held on $300 cash bond.

 

The Glenwood Police Department also arrested 20-year-old Jeffrey Reeve, of Glenwood, on Saturday for Violation of a No Contact Order. He was held on $300 cash bond.

 

And, 21-year-old Nicholas Stewart, of Pacific Junction, was arrested Saturday for OWI 1st Offense. He was held on $1,000 cash bond.

 

Mandy Billings

01/19/2015


Fremont County Arrests


(Sidney) A Shenandoah man was arrested for possession of an explosive device with intent and other charges last week.

 

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Craig Edward Wallace on January 12th. He was charged with possession of explosive device with intent, possession of a controlled substance precursor, unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon, and unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

 

In other activity, 28-year-old Katherine Elizabeth Lynn, of Shenandoah, was arrested on January 12th for possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized possession of an offensive weapon, and unlawful possession of prescription drug.

 

Justin Roy Loghry, 28, of Tabor, was arrested January 10th for OWI 2nd, failure to have a driver’s license, careless driving, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

 

Blake Harmon Higginbotham, 24, of Omaha, was arrested January 9th for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

 

James Dean Miller, 28, of Sidney, was arrested on January 8th for Probation Violation.

 

George Leo Fraissnet, 54, of Hamburg, was arrested January 13th for Probation Revocation.

 

Mandy Billings

01/19/2015


Updated: Clarinda Academy Escapees captured


(Clarinda) The Three females that escaped from the Clarinda Academy Sunday evening have been apprehended.

 

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says two white females and one black female, ages 14, 15, and 17, stole a gray 2012 Hyundai Sonata,  Iowa license plate 155-SMH and left the grounds in an unknown direction. The car belonged to an employee of the Clarinda Academy.

 

Two of the females are from Cedar Rapids, the other is from Texas.

 

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers released a statement at 6:57 a.m. stating the three had been captured.

 

Tom Robinson

January 19, 2015

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Des Moines man comes home to find burglar asleep in his bed


(Des Moines AP) Authorities say a Des Moines resident came home to find a burglar snoozing in his bed.

 

The Des Moines Register reports that when the resident got home Saturday evening he noticed the front door to his apartment had been kicked in. He soon confronted a man he found asleep in his bedroom, but the man ran away.

 

The resident told police that several items of clothing were missing, but he also reported that a computer and several pictures that didn't belong to him had been left in his apartment.

 

January 19, 2015 


Police searching for three Clarinda Academy Escapees


(Clarinda) Three females escaped from the Clarinda Academy Sunday evening.

 

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says two white females and one black female, ages 14, 15, and 17, stole a gray 2012 Hyundai Sonata,  Iowa license plate 155-SMH and left the grounds in an unknown direction. The car belongs to an employee of the Clarinda Academy.

 

Two of the females are from Cedar Rapids, the other is from Texas.

No other details are available at this time.

 

Tom Robinson

January 19, 2015

a.m. news 


Veterinarians monitor pig virus that killed millions in 2014


(Manning AP) Veterinarians are working hard to monitor a virus that killed millions of baby pigs in the United States last year.

 

The Sioux City Journal reports Iowa veterinarian Michelle Sprague is president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

 

Sprague says keeping track of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus means more paperwork for veterinarians and more testing.

 

The number of cases of the virus is down this winter, but it is still early.

Sprague says the industry is better prepared to respond to the virus than it was when the disease first showed up.

 

January 18, 2015


Council Bluffs Police investigate Armed Robbery


(Council Bluffs) Police continue to investigate an armed robbery at a Council Bluffs convenience store this morning.

 

Authorities say a white male entered Cal’s Food and Gas at around 7:30 a.m. and pointed a handgun at the clerk demanding money. The clerk complied and the suspect fled the store in an unknown direction with an undetermined amount of cash.

 

Council Bluffs Police Departments DCI Division is investigating the incident.

 

Tom Robinson

January 18, 2015

a.m. news 


Iowa Democrats Pick Health Care Firm CEO as New Chairwoman


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party has elected Andrea McGuire, of Des Moines, as the state party's new chairwoman.

The 58-year-old McGuire is president and CEO of a Des Moines health care company. She replaces outgoing state party chairman Scott Brennan, who did not seek re-election.

The state party's central committee also on Saturday elected Jim Mowrer as first vice chair, Jean Pardee as second vice chair, and Omar Padilla as third vice chair. Ken Sagar will continue to serve as state party treasurer, and Don Ruby as secretary.

McGuire, a married mother of seven, says she's looking forward to her new role and says "the next two years are going to be incredibly important for our party."

 

Brecklyn Carey

1/18/2014

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Group Buys Long-Troubled Sioux City Hotel for $2 million


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A locally-owned hotel group has bought the downtown Sioux City Hotel & Conference Center for $2 million and is pledging to refurbish the long-troubled downtown property.

New owners Sam Thakkar and Mike Desai tell the Sioux City Journal that their family has started a top-to-bottom refurbishment of the 193-room hotel.

The Sioux City Hotel & Conference Center sits next to the city-operated Sioux City Convention Center. City officials have said they need a top-flight hotel to land events at the convention center.

The hotel opened in 1974 as part of a downtown urban renewal project.

Desai says his family has more than 20 years' experience in the hospitality business, and owns and operates four other hotels in the metro area.

 
Brecklyn Carey
1/18/2015

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Trial for Woman Charged in Baby's Injury Continued to March


CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — A child endangerment trial for a Rockford woman accused of injuring her 5-month-old son has been moved to early March.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the trial of 23-year-old Stephanie Fatland had been scheduled to begin Jan. 27 in Floyd County District Court in Charles City. It will now begin on March 10.

Fatland is charged with three counts of felony child endangerment resulting in serious injury. She's pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say Fatland took her son to a hospital on July 20. Doctors found several retinal hemorrhages and a bulging soft spot on his skull. Court records say Fatland acknowledged shaking the baby on three occasions.

 

Brecklyn Carey

1/18/2015

 


Judge: Iowa Inmate's Suit Against Parole Board Can Continue


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has ruled that the lawsuit of an inmate serving a life sentence for stabbing and raping a woman can continue against the Iowa Board of Parole.

Blair Greiman sued after repeatedly being denied a chance a parole since becoming eligible in 2012. The 49-year-old Greiman says the parole board's denials are unconstitutional, pointing to a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says states must give inmates sentenced as juveniles to life for non-homicide crimes a meaningful opportunity for release.

The Des Moines Register reports that state attorneys asked for the lawsuit to be thrown out, arguing that the Supreme Court ruling doesn't apply to parole boards, only sentencing judges.

But on Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt said Greiman's lawsuit can proceed.

 
Brecklyn Carey
1/18/2015


Political future bright for Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The afterglow of Gov. Terry Branstad's sixth inauguration is still hanging in the air, but Iowa Republicans are already speculating about the political future for Branstad's faithful Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Reynolds, serving her second term as Branstad's second-in-command, is widely viewed as a likely candidate for governor in 2018, if Branstad steps aside. She's keeping quiet about her ambitions, but her political mentor is showing no such reticence.

Branstad would not say if he would run again, but he said it is more likely he would support Reynolds. He says she's "better prepared to be governor than anyone has ever been."

The 55-year-old Reynolds is one of the most high-profile lieutenant governors since Branstad himself held the role from 1979 to 1983.

 

Brecklyn Carey

1/18/2015

 


Red Oak Man Charged with Aggravated Misdemeanor


(Montgomery County) The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Red Oak man for an aggravated misdemeanor yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.

 

According to the press release from Montgomery County, a deputy on patrol saw 35-year-old Joseph Earl Smith driving southbound on Highway 71 at approximately 3:09pm. Recognizing Smith to be barred from driving, the officer followed Smith going westbound on 250th street until emergency lights were used to initiate a traffic stop near T Avenue. Smith was charged with Driving While Barred, which is an Aggravated Misdemeanor, taken into custody and booked into the Montgomery County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $2,000 bond.

 

Brecklyn Carey

1/18/2015

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Glenwood Man Charged with Criminal Mischief


(Montgomery County) Red Oak Police took a Glenwood man into custody yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.

 

Montgomery County Law Enforcement reports the defendant, Ronald Glen Ballinger III of Glenwood, was arrested by Red Oak Police in the 700 block of East Maple Street for Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree at approximately 9:19pm last night. Ballinger is currently being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $2,000 cash bond.

 

Brecklyn Carey

1/18/2015

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Red Oak Man Reports Theft


(Red Oak)  A Red Oak man told the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office that someone removed a container from his mailbox.

 

James Richard Grove told authorities that sometime on Wednesday, January 14, an unknown person(s) removed a container with a Turbo 350 Power glide transmission yoke inside of it.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at (712) 623-6500.

 

Tom Robinson

January 17, 2015

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Lawsuit trial over Iowa football injury set for 2016


(Clear Lake AP) A lawsuit filed by the mother of an injured Clear Lake football player against the Clear Lake Community School District won't go to trial until 2016.

 

A court scheduling order filed Thursday has the trial set for March 15, 2016. The trial is expected to last four to five days.

 

The lawsuit by Roxanne Hasfjord on behalf of her son, Austin, seeks unspecified damages for past and future medical expenses, pain, suffering and partial disability.

 

Court documents say the boy suffered a serious head injury on Sept. 18, 2012, while participating in a school-sponsored football game. The documents say his injury was worsened during subsequent practices and games during the rest of the 2012 season.

 

January 17, 2015


ISU student may have been killed in central Iowa police say


(Ames AP)  Officials say the Iowa State University student found dead in Iowa City last September may have been killed in a central Iowa hotel.

 

According to reports information from a search warrant made public Thursday says 20-year-old Tong Shao had stayed in a Nevada, Iowa hotel from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7 with her boyfriend, Xiandnan Li, the sole person of interest in the case.

 

Ames Police Officer Chad Lovig wrote in the report that he believes evidence of Shao's death might be found in the hotel room the couple last used and on hotel property.

 

Shao's body was found in the trunk of her car outside an Iowa City apartment building last year. On Jan. 8, the Johnson County medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.

 

January 17, 2015


Search continues for suspect in southern Iowa shooting


(Chariton AP)  Authorities say a suspect in a southern Iowa shooting is still at large.

 

Police and other officials are searching for the person believed to have shot a woman Friday morning outside her home in Chariton, Iowa.

 

The woman was taken to a local hospital and then transported to a Des Moines hospital. She remains in critical condition.

 

Authorities say the shooting appears to be an isolated incident, but the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

 

No further information is available at this time.

 

January 17, 2015


Clarinda Academy Escapees Captured


(Clarinda) The two escapees from the Clarinda Academy have been apprehended by the Clarinda Police Department.

 

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says two black males, ages 17 and 19, escaped  just before 3:00 p.m. Friday.

 

The two were captured just before 9:00 p.m. west of Clarinda at Highway 2 & O Avenue. 

 

Tom Robinson

January 17, 2015

a.m. news 


9-1-1 Outage Affecting Portions of Pottawattamie County has been restored


(Council Bluffs)  Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Officials say repairs have been completed and 911 services to Windstream customers in the Pottawattamie County communities of Minden, Shelby and Avoca has been restored.

 

Friday night Minden, Shelby and Avoca telephone prefix areas of Pottawattamie County experienced a phone outage that disrupted 9-1-1 service to those areas.

 

The service provider had to repair a cut fiber line. Citizens in those areas were asked to use a cell phone in case of an emergency.

 

The outage has been repaired and service restored.

 

Tom Robinson

January 16, 2015

a.m. news 

 


Montgomery County Man arrested for assault


(Red Oak) A Villisca man faces assault charges following an incident that occurred sometime around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night.

 

Authorities say 42-year-old Ronald Chester Kingery Jr. is charged with domestic abuse assault, (serious), child endangerment, and interference with official acts.

He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on no bond.

 

In other activity; 24-year-old Joshua Allen Beedle of Villisca was taken into custody in the 100 block of East 1st Street in Villisca Friday afternoon and charged with six-counts of forgery. Authorities transported Beedle to the Montgomery County Jail where he was held on $5,000 bond.

 

In addition; 18-year-old Morgan Elizabeth Schrader, of Stanton was arrested Thursday for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was taken to Montgomery County Corrections and booked in. Her bond was set at $1,000.00.

 

Tom Robinson

January 17, 2015

a.m. news 


Four Hurt in Cass County Crash


(Marnie) Four people were hurt in a four vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in Cass County Friday night.

 

The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at around 9:34 pm near the 50-mile marker on eastbound I-80.

 

The injured are identified as;  25-year-old Joseph Foster, 21-year-old Aleia Robinson, 20-year-old Yazmine Wright, all of Des Moines, and 27-year-old Greggie Moore, of Omaha.

 

Authorities say an eastbound 2015 Freightliner driven by 46-year-old Chasun Briley, of Hubbard, Ohio, rear ended a 2006 Chevy Malibu driven by 25-year-old Joseph Foster. The collision forced the Malibu to cross the median and end up in the westbound side of the road. The semi ended up in the south ditch. An unknown vehicle traveling westbound swerved to miss the Malibu and rear ended a 1999 Mercury Sable driven by 34-year-old Joann Scharlau.  

 

Walnut Rescue transported all four people to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.

 

Tom Robinson

January 17, 2015

a.m. news 

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