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2 men arrested on drug-related charges in Montgomery County, Wed. evening

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April 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports two men were arrested on two separate drug-related charges, Wednesday evening. At around 7:15-p.m., Deputies arrested 40-year old Michael Todd Brace, of Red Oak, for Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Methamphetamine – a Class B Felony, and a Drug Tax Stamp Violation – a Class D Felony. Brace was being held in the Montgomery County Jail, pending an appearance before the magistrate. And, just before 9-pm. Wednesday, Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 58-year old Terry Joe Halvin, of Red Oak, for OWI/drugged. Halvin was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.

Corning woman arrested for making false report to law enforcement

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April 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Two women were charged following a situation involving 911 calls, Wednesday evening. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports just before 7-p.m., authorities received a 911 call from 54-year old Roxann Marie Boyce, of Corning, about a suicidal female in Mt. Etna, 33-year old Lacey D. Schmidt, of Moscow, ID. The caller stated Schmidt was in possession of drug paraphernalia. At around 7:11-p.m., another 911 call from Boyce said Schmidt had a gun and was suicidal.

Deputies arriving on the scene were unable to locate a weapon. Schmidt was transported to the hospital in Corning to determine her mental stability, and was later released with no suicidal findings evident. She was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Boyce was arrested for making false statements to deputies, with regard to the fire arm.

House votes to boost state park funding by 43.5 percent

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April 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa House has approved a budget plan for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that would provide an extra two million dollars for operations and maintenance of state parks. Republican Representative Norlin Mommsen, of DeWitt, says without the boost, some state parks might have to close.

“So when it came to funding, we increased funding by 43.5 percent for our state parks,” Mommssen says, “because, I think, of the desperate need…it’s a high priority.” Mommssen says he often visits state parks, including Maquoketa Caves State Park which is near his home. “The park ranger has figured out the F10 with the basset hound hanging out the window is me, inspecting,” Mommssen says. “All last year, the urinal in the bathroom by the caves. I go to Bellevue and there’s a state park up there…and the one lodge there, the roof is so bad, it’s starting to leak through and it’ll get to the point where if we don’t fix it, we’ll tear it down.”

Democrats in the House say the parks do need upgrades, but they complained the extra money for the parks was coming at the expense of other state environmental programs.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., 4/26/18

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April 26th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:30 a.m. CDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police in western Iowa have arrested a man and charged him in the death of a toddler. Police say officers and fire personnel were sent to a Council Bluffs apartment last week for an unresponsive child. The 16-month-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene. The initial investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for 22-year-old Javon Jennings. Police say Jennings was arrested Wednesday and is being held on $250,000 bond.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has begun chipping away at the series of spending bills that will make up the next state budget. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 57-36 Wednesday to approve legislation to fund agriculture and natural resources. That followed a unanimous vote to pay for transportation services. The GOP-led Senate must also OK the bills. Preliminary votes could come as soon as Thursday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former employee at agriculture and industrial heavy equipment maker Vermeer Corp. in Pella, as well as three others, have been indicted on fraud charges. Federal prosecutors in Iowa say 54-year-old Scott Whitehead, 38-year-olld Natalia Sheps, 63-year-old Boris Vaysman, and 57-year-old Ana Hallon Gallego were all indicted Tuesday. Investigators say Whitehead was maintenance manager at Vermeer when he received kickbacks from two chemical companies over a five-year period.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his girlfriend at a Dubuque home last year has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that 26-year-old Fontae Beulow maintained his innocence in the death of 21-year-old Samantha Link at the sentencing hearing Wednesday. Buelow was found guilty in January of second-degree murder for the March 31, 2017, killing in Peosta.

2 people arrested on felony drug charges in Adams County

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April 25th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday, that two people, a man and a woman, have been arrested on felony drug charges. Matthew Sims and Crystal Oxenreider, both of Brooks, face felony charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) With the Intent to Deliver (Class D Felony, and Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana) With the Intent to Deliver (Class D Felony).

The pair were also charges with varying degrees of misdemeanors, including Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana), Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Sims was additionally charged with Interference with Official Acts.

The case remains under investigation.

Iowa House OKs some budget bills while broader deal unclear

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April 25th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has begun chipping away at the series of spending bills that will make up the next state budget. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 57-36 Wednesday to approve legislation to fund agriculture and natural resources. That followed a unanimous vote to pay for transportation services.

The GOP-led Senate must also OK the bills. Preliminary votes could come as soon as Thursday. Republicans have been negotiating behind closed doors to reach a broader agreement on a roughly $7.49 billion budget set to begin in July. They want the deal to include tax cuts.

The $380 million bill funding the Department of Transportation maintains overall staffing levels. The $129 million bill funding the agriculture and natural resources departments restores staffing levels to where they were before mid-year cuts.

Council Bluffs man charged in toddler’s death last week

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April 25th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police in western Iowa have arrested a man and charged him in the death of a toddler. Police say officers and fire personnel were sent to a Council Bluffs apartment last week for an unresponsive child. The child, a 16-month-old girl, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Javon Jennings

The initial investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for 22-year-old Javon Jennings, of Council Bluffs, charging him one count of child endangerment causing serious injury. Police say Jennings was arrested Wednesday and is being held on $250,000 bond.

Police say Jennings was the sole caretaker of the girl when she was fatally injured. Her injuries included a broken left leg. The cause of the girl’s death remains under investigation, and detectives are awaiting final autopsy results.

Atlantic Board of Education approves Non-Certified Staff agreement

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April 25th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education met during a brief session Wednesday evening and voted to approve a settlement with the Atlantic Employee Association, which represents the Non-Certified Staff (which includes Bus drivers, custodians, grounds maintenance, para-educators, secretaries and cafeteria personnel). Superintendent Steve Barber said the agreement (Which was tentatively reached March 13th) stipulates each eligible employee shall move a step on the salary schedule, and all employees shall receive 15-cents. Also, those employees serving as bus or event drivers, will receive a 50-cent per hour raise (from $10.50 to 11.00) for wait times during events.

All transportation staff would have the option to be paid bi-weekly, as well, if they choose. The total package amounts to $47,348.22, or an increase of 1.72%. Negotiations for the Certified Teaching Staff are currently underway. The Board held an exempt session following the regular meeting, for the purpose of negotiation strategy and/or related matters.

In other business, the Atlantic School Board approved a Driver’s Education Contract for the 2019 school year (effective 1/1/19), with White Knuckle Driving School in Atlantic. Local certified instructors will be used for the course. And, the Board approved a bid of $75,660 for a Middle School bleacher replacement from Academic Specialists LLC, doing business as Iowa Direct Equipment, of Cedar Falls.

The other bid, from a company in Minnesota, was considerable higher. Superintendent Steve Barber said there was no explanation why the bid from Carroll Seating Company, of Owatonna, MN. ($107, 973). He mentioned that a representative from, Iowa Direct came to the Middle School to examine the layout. The project was estimated to cost between $80,000 to $90,000.

The next, regular Atlantic School Board meeting will take place in the Middle School Media Center on May 9th, beginning at 5:30-p.m.

Trial pushed back for mother in drug-overdose death of girl

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April 25th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a mother accused in the overdose death of her daughter has been rescheduled. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that the trial of 34-year-old Misty Frazier will now start June 26. It had been set to begin on Tuesday.

Frazier is charged with child endangerment resulting in death and distributing a drug to a minor without a prescription. Prosecutors say an autopsy shows the girl died in October 2016 of an overdose of the antidepressant amitriptyline, commonly sold under the brand name Elavil.

Police say the child did not have a prescription for that medication.

2 charged w/Attempted Murder & other offenses in connection with NE/IA Pursuit

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April 25th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

A man and woman face charges of Attempted Murder in Fremont County, following a chase that began in Nebraska. Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports early this (Wednesday) morning, Tabor Police engaged in the pursuit of a Chevy Malibu, in Tabor. As the pursuit went south, out of Tabor on Highway 275 by the Fremont-Mills High School, shots were fired from vehicle in the direction of Police.

The Fremont County K9 unit  joined in the pursuit to assist Tabor, at around 170th Street on Highway 275. An estimated four-to five rounds were fired from inside the suspect vehicle toward the pursuing K9 Unit, hitting the vehicle three times. Both agencies continued south bound pursuing the vehicle at speeds over 100mph. The suspect vehicle continued southbound and entered the Sidney city limits at a high rate of speed.

Stanfill

Streich

Once Inside the city limits, deputies and officers slowed down through town and lost sight of the vehicle around Main and Clay Streets. The deputies continued to search finding the vehicle on the Highway 275 bypass southbound off of 290th Avenue. At that point the car continued southbound at speeds of up to 125-mph. Deputies stayed with the vehicle into hamburg city limits.

The vehicle continued southbound through Hamburg to the Missouri Line before ramping the into the river just south of Hamburg. At that point multiple agencies had responded to deputies call for assistance with shots fired. Those agencies included Mills Co. K9 Unit, Montgomery Co. K9, Cass Co. K9 Unit, Shelby Co. K9 Unit, Shenandoah K9 Unit, Red Oak Police, Iowa State Patrol, Glenwood Police, and Page Co. Sheriff.

During the search for the suspects Deputies located 28 year old William Stanfill of Bellevue NE and 37 year old Jaqueline Streich also of Bellevue. Once located both subjects gave up without further incident and were transported to Grape Community Hospital for injuries sustained from crashing into the river. Once they were released from the Hospital Deputies arrested both subjects and transported them to the Fremont County law enforcement center.

Both Stanfill and Streich are being held on $1-million dollars cash-only bond each, on charges that include two-counts of Attempted Murder of a Peace Officer, Felony Assault with a deadly weapon, Felon in possession of a Firearm, Felony Eluding, Reckless driving and numerous traffic violations. The same subjects were being sought by Bellevue Police for multiple drive by shootings in that area, and also for shooting at Law Enforcement.