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Stun guns on public university, community college campuses


April 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — A bill likely to win final approval in the Iowa legislature next week would let most students carry stun guns on the university campuses in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City as well as on community college property. Senator Amy Sinclair, a Republican from Allerton, says the reality is there’s an elevated risk of assault on college campuses. “Sexual assault, physical assault…we need to give young women and young men the opportunity to defend themselves from people who would wish them harm,” Sinclair says.

Representative Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley, says current Iowa law lets anyone above the age of 18 carry a stun gun, but some public colleges and universities have campus-wide bans on the devices. “Folks, what this boils down to is the simple fact that we’ve got people that are going out, living their life and they deserve the opportunity to be able to defend themselves,” Windschitl says.

Windschitl says stun guns are not lethal. “We are talking about devices that are meant to incapacitate somebody for a temporary amount of time, so that person that is being attacked can get away and go find the help that they need.” Nine senators and 37 members of the Iowa House opposed the bill.

Representative Mary Mascher, a Democrat from Iowa City, says a college campus — especially a football stadium — is not a place you’d want stun guns. “When you combine alcohol and sporting events, you could have a very dangerous situation,” Mascher says. “Right now the NCAA’s ‘best practices’ for the NCAA championship competitions instructs a prohibition of weapons of any kind at these events.”

Representative Chris Hall, a Democrat from Sioux City, opposed the bill, suggesting it is condescending to women. “We’re telling women they should feel empowered to carry a weapon,” Hall said. “Wouldn’t it be empowering, instead, to tell them they can trust the people around them on campus and have higher level of trust because those men have actually gone through some sort of training or education that gender violence is wrong?”

The proposal won approval in the Iowa Senate in mid-March. The House voted to add language that would prohibit anyone with a felony conviction from carrying a stun gun on a public college or university campus in Iowa. The Senate is expected to approve that caveat this coming week and send the bill to the governor for her review.

Ames man charged with animal torture after stabbing puppy


April 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — An Ames man is being held in the Story County Jail on a charge of animal torture. Twenty-year-old Rashdi D. Simba is accused of stabbing a German Shepherd puppy on April 14th and putting the puppy in a dumpster.

Police notified Ames Animal Control to assist in the investigation. The puppy was taken to a vet clinic for treatment and is now in the Ames Animal Shelter. Ames

Police said Simba admitted to stabbing the puppy and placing him in the dumpster. The bond for Simba was set at $6,500.

FEMA Disaster Survivors Assistance Teams Working in Pottawattamie County


April 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS – Today (Friday), personnel from FEMA’s Disaster Survivors Assistance Teams (DSAT) began work in flood affected areas of Pottawattamie County. The teams are assigned to go into flood impacted areas and make contact with those affected by the disaster. Team members will be able to validate whether residents are registered for FEMA assistance programs, check the status of their case, or assist them in registering for assistance with the agency.

Starting next Tuesday (April 23rd), residents will also be able to register for assistance at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), which will be located at the Council Bluffs Public Library. Dates and times of DRC operations can be found on the Emergency Management flood page at www.pottcounty-ia.gov.

Emergency Management Director Doug Reed says all FEMA DSAT personnel working in the county will have FEMA labeled clothing and government issued FEMA photo identification. As a reminder, impacted residents can register for federal assistance in the following ways:

  • Go online to www.disasterassistance.gov
  • Download the FEMA app on your smartphone (www.fema.gov/mobile-app)
  • Call 1-800-621-3362 for voice, 711 for video relay services, or 1-800-462-7585 for TTY service. Multilingual operators are available.
  • Visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). To find the nearest DRC, go online to www.fema.gov/DRC.

For more information, including DRC location and hours of operation next week in Council Bluffs, visit https://pottcounty-ia.gov/departments/emergency-management/flood-2019-march-12th-continuing/.

Guthrie County Sheriff’s report (for April 12-19)


April 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, Friday afternoon, released a report on arrests that occurred over the past week. From most recent to earliest:

April 19thJacob Way, of Guthrie Center, was booked into the Guthrie County Jail on a warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault with Injury or Mental Illness 1st Offense. Way is currently being held on without bond.

April 17thIan Kimmes, of Carroll, was detained following a traffic stop in Bagley. Kimmes has pending charges of Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  A body specimen was collected from Kimmes for the purposes of determining whether Kimmes was operating while under the influence of marijuana. Again, all charges are pending.

April 15th

  • Leslie Wiles, of Coon Rapids, was booked into the Guthrie County Jail to serve two days for an Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense conviction.
  • Terri Caraher, of Guthrie Center, was booked into the Guthrie County Jail to serve three days for a Probation Revocation. The original charge was Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense.
  • Jodie Rosenbeck, of Guthrie Center, was booked into the Guthrie County Jail to serve seven days for a Probation Revocation. The original charge was Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense.
  • Ronald Becker, of Carroll, was arrested on a warrant for Probation Violation. Becker was booked into the Guthrie County Jail and ordered to serve two days. After serving two days, Becker was released from custody.

April 14th

  • Jeffrey Frain, of Jamaica, was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense following a traffic stop in Yale. Frain was held on a $200 cash bond by the Guthrie County Magistrate. Frain later posted bond and was released.
  • Adrian Erwin, of Ames, was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense following a traffic stop in Guthrie Center. Erwin was released from custody on a promise to appear for future court proceedings.

April 12th James Humlicek, of Exira, was arrested on a bench warrant for Probation Violation. The original charge was Public Intoxication 2nd Offense. Humlicek was released from custody after an appearance before the Guthrie County Magistrate.

Plea deal reduces charges against ex-Waukee schools official


April 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — The former chief operating officer of the Waukee school district has resolved criminal misconduct in office allegations by pleading guilty to lesser charges. Dallas County on Friday dropped felony charges against former Waukee chief operating officer Eric Rose.

Instead, Rose pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges related to his personal use of a district snowblower and his solicitation of district vendors to make donations to his son’s hockey team. The dismissed charges related to allegations that he directed staff to falsify time cards of a maintenance worker who ran an errand for him.

Rose was granted a deferred judgment, which means the charges will be dismissed after he completes one year probation, and fined $630. His attorney, Grant Woodard, said his client is satisfied with the agreement and “looks forward to putting this all behind him.”

Rose was charged in December after a state audit of the school district described a culture of questionable spending and management decisions by administrators.

Man guilty of trying to take internet domain at gunpoint


April 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man who had his cousin try to hijack an Internet domain at gunpoint has been convicted in federal court. Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Rossi Lorathio Adams II was found guilty Thursday of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence.

Adams was the founder of social media company State Snaps, whose followers often used the slogan “Do It For State!” Adams tried for years to buy the domain doitforstate.com from a Cedar Rapids man, but the owner refused to sell.

Investigators say in 2017, Adams enlisted his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr., to break into the domain owner’s house and force him at gunpoint to transfer the domain to Adams.

Police say the man was shot in the leg as he and Hopkins struggled over the gun before the man wrestled the gun away and shot Hopkins several times. Hopkins was sentenced last year to 20 years in prison for the crime. Adams also faces up to 20 years when he’s sentenced at a later date.

Red Oak woman arrested on warrant


April 19th, 2019 by Jim Field

The Red Oak Police Department arrested a Red Oak woman on Friday morning on a valid warrant. At 10:09am Officers spotted 24-year-old Kaylie Louise Hudson of Red Oak driving a Ford Explorer in town. She was known to have a valid warrant and was stopped. She was taken into custody without incident on a valid Montgomery County Warrant for Violation of Probation. She also was unable to provide proof of insurance and was cited and the vehicle towed from the scene. Hudson was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $10,000 bond.

Feds seek 180 years for Iowa coach who exploited 400 boys

News, Sports

April 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking the equivalent of a life sentence for a former elite Iowa youth basketball coach who sexually abused and exploited 400 boys over a decade. In a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday, prosecutors asked a judge to sentence former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen to 180 years in prison. They said that sentence would reflect the harm he caused his “victims and the community” and “his level of dangerousness.” Sentencing is scheduled for May 2.

Stephen pleaded guilty last year to sexually exploiting minors and possessing and transporting child pornography. He acknowledged secretly recording players while they were naked, posed as a girl on social media to trick boys into sending him sexually explicit images, and recorded himself fondling boys while they slept. Stephen’s defense is asking for a 20-year sentence.

Pottawattamie County Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Offense


April 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum today (Friday) announced that on April 18, 2019, 59-year old Robert Joe Kinney, Sr., was sentenced in Council Bluffs United States District Court, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Kinney was sentenced to 140 months in prison to be followed by a term of supervised release of eight years.

Authorities say on three separate occasions between March 22, 2018 and June 6, 2018, Kinney sold methamphetamine to undercover law enforcement. This matter was investigated by Council Bluffs Police Department and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Iowa Launches ‘20 Artists, 20 Parks’ to Commemorate State Park Centennial

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 19th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES – In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks in 2020, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; and Iowa State University are bringing 20 artists to 20 state parks this summer. From April through August 2019, faculty and graduate student artists from three of Iowa State University’s colleges — Design, Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Liberal Arts and Sciences — will each be matched with a state park, creating artwork that reflects their time as artists-in-residence. Todd Coffelt, chief of the State Parks Bureau at the DNR, says “The 20 Artists, 20 Parks program highlights two important contributors to quality of life in Iowa — arts and the outdoors. By focusing on the unique natural and cultural aspects of our state parks, we are able to tell their story in a new and inspirational way.”

In southwest Iowa, works by Amy Harris will be featured at the Lake of Three Fires State Park, in Bedford, and works by Olivia Valentine will be found at Viking Lake State Park, in Stanton.

Paintings, sculpture, textiles and other art forms inspired by the park will be organized into an exhibit that will travel to at least three art venues in 2020. Additionally, each artist will return to his or her park to share a program about the artist-in-residence experience. Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer, who oversees both the Iowa Arts Council and the State Historical Society of Iowa, said “We can’t wait to see what these 20 Iowa artists create through this unique collaboration to mark the state parks’ centennial. The 20 Artists, 20 Parks program is such a creative and authentic way to celebrate our state’s art, history and natural beauty.”

Parks selected for the arts project represent diverse ecological, geological and cultural experiences that make Iowa unique. The 20 parks that are included in the new project are featured on the Iowa Culture mobile app, a free and interactive tool to discover arts, history and cultural destinations across Iowa. More information about how to visit the parks is on the app, which the public can download for free from Google Play and the App Store. Visitors can also find state park information on the DNR website.