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Iowa computer programmer gets 25 years for lottery scam


August 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a lottery computer programmer to up to 25 years in prison for rigging a computer program to enable him to pick winning numbers in several lottery games over six years. Eddie Tipton pleaded guilty earlier this summer to ongoing criminal conduct, and on Tuesday he received the prison sentence. Judge Brad McCall also ordered Tipton to repay more than $2 million that the scheme paid Tipton and others.

Tipton’s brother, Tommy Tipton, is serving a 75-day jail sentence on a theft charge. A friend of Eddie Tipton’s, Robert Rhodes, of Sugar Land, Texas, will be sentenced Aug. 25 on a computer crime charge.

Tipton worked for the Multi-State Lottery Association in Iowa. He fixed lottery games in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011.

Iowa submits final plan to stabilize health coverage costs


August 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state official says Iowa’s individual health insurance market under the Affordable Care Act will collapse if the federal government doesn’t approve a short-term proposal aimed at stabilizing premium costs.

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen told reporters Tuesday the state has communicated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to finalize a proposed stopgap measure. The state submitted its final proposal on the measure Monday.

About 72,000 Iowans have individual ACA-compliant health plans. Ommen estimates up to 22,000 of them will drop coverage in 2018 if no action is taken to offset growing premium costs. The last insurance carrier to offer individual plans expects additional premium increases.

The stopgap measure reallocates federal money to help individuals priced out of subsidies that currently help pay for coverage.

Ex-Iowa police officer charged in evidence-planting case


August 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines police officer who quit last year after being accused of planting drug evidence has been has been criminally charged in the case. The Des Moines Register reported Tuesday that 30-year-old Tyson Teut has been charged with felonious misconduct in office and perjury.

Teut resigned in December amid the allegations. Polk County Attorney John Sarcone says Teut turned himself in and was booked into Polk County Jail on Tuesday morning. Teut and another officer resigned in December, accused of planting evidence on New Year’s Day 2015 to implicate a then-21-year-old man in a drug case. The man was charged and convicted of possessing methamphetamine, but was later exonerated.

Authorities have not said how they learned that case was tainted.

Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent arrests and one accident


August 22nd, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent arrests and an accident.

On Monday, August 21st Deputies arrested 45-year-old Bret Phillip Samuelson of Randolph, IA for Driving While Barred. Samuelson was arrested at 10:20pm on 189th Street. He was taken to the Mills County Jail and held on $2,000 bond.

On Tuesday, August 22nd Mills County Deputies arrested 28-year-old Jonanthan Lee Million of Emerson on a warrant for Burglary 2nd Degree and Theft 2nd Degree. He was arrested at the Page County Jail at 10:50am and held on $5,000 bond.

Mills County Sheriff’s Officials also report an accident took place on Friday, August 18th at 3:24pm at the intersection of 221st Street and Barrus Road. A 2015 Dodge drive by 37-year-old Beth Shain of Glenwood was traveling northbound on 221st Street near Barrus Road and was hit broadside by a 2001 Dodge driven by 25-year-old Fredy Rodriguez-Soriano of Omaha.  Rodriguez-Soriano failed to stop at a posted stop sign while traveling westbound on Barrus Road, causing the accident.  Tow juvenile passengers were injured in the accident and were transported to UNMC by Silver City Rescue.

Rodriguez-Soriano was cited after the accident for No Valid Driver’s License, Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, and Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

No further details on the accident are known at this time.

Grassley says new law should improve access to affordable hearing aids


August 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Senator Chuck Grassley says Americans with mild to moderate hearing loss should be able to buy reliable, over-the-counter hearing aids. Grassley was the lead Republican co-sponsor of a bill President Trump has signed that will establish federal standards for hearing aids sold in retail stores. “About 48 million American experience age-related hearing loss, yet only a small share of them have the benefit of hearing aids,” Grassley says. “That’s mostly because hearing aids are very, very expensive.”

Medicare and private insurance plans rarely cover the cost of hearing aids. The new law requires the Food and Drug Administration to establish safety standards for amplification devices. Grassley says it means consumers will be able to buy hearing aids without a prescription and without a medical exam. “Consumers are interested in new hearing aid products to improve their quality of life at an affordable price,” Grassley says. “The more products available, the more consumers will be able to find something they can afford.” Grassley says fewer than one in six Americans who NEED hearing aids buy them, because they’re too expensive.

“The measure will help fill a very pressing need,” he says. “Consumer Reports” recently surveyed its readers and found those who needed hearing aids put off buying them for a couple of years because of the cost. Those who did buy hearing aids spent an average of 27-hundred dollars on the devices. However, 16 percent of the magazine’s readers said they spent more than five-thousand dollars on prescription hearing aids. Grassley says with more competition from over-the-counter sales, hearing aid costs will hopefully go down.

(Radio Iowa)

25 years later, authorities press for help in Zywicki case


August 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

LaSalle, Ill. (AP) — A quarter century since Iowa college student Tammy Zywicki was abducted in Illinois and found slain in Missouri, authorities again are asking for the public’s help in trying to finally solve the case.

Illinois State Police and the FBI issued the appeal Tuesday, a day before the 25th anniversary of 21-year-old Zywicki’s disappearance. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to any suspects.

Tammy Zywicki

Authorities say Zywicki was driving from her New Jersey home to Iowa’s Grinnell College for her senior year when she was last seen alive near her disabled 1985 Pontiac T1000 along Interstate 80 near LaSalle in central Illinois. Her stabbed body was found more than a week later wrapped in a blanket in southwestern Missouri east of Joplin.

Iowa widow hopes to get family’s health insurance extended


August 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) — The wife of an Iowa police officer killed during a 2013 standoff is calling for changes to local and state laws to ensure children can continue receiving health insurance after a parent dies. The Messenger reports that Amanda Buenting recently discovered that her husband Jamie Buenting’s insurance through the city will no longer cover her family.

Jamie Buenting died from a gunshot wound while serving as an officer with the Rockwell City Police Department. The Buentings have two children, ages 11 and 13. Mayor Phil Heinlen says Blue Cross/Blue Shield will provide coverage for the dependents of a city worker killed on duty for three years.

Amanda Buenting says she plans to take the issue to the state to get coverage until her children are age 26.

Numerous arrests in Adair County last week


August 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday), released a report on numerous, recent arrests. The report said 21-year old Austin Kyler Albert Van Aernam, of Atlantic, was arrested Aug. 15th on Interstate 80, for Interference with official acts. His arrest followed a traffic stop for speeding 108 miles per hour on a “Crotch rocket.” Deputy Josh McLaren initiated the traffic stop near mile marker 70 of I-80 eastbound at around 11:50-p.m.  After McLaren spoke with Van Aernam, the deputy walked back to his cruiser to run a records check, the motorcycle sped-off. It was located a short time later at Highway 25 and 180th Street, north of Greenfield. Van Aernam was later released on a $300 bond.

Officials say 25-year old Marcus Anthony Terrell, of Albia, was arrested Aug. 16th in Greenfield, for Violation of a No Contact Order issued out of Guthrie County. The incident allegedly took place numerous times while Terrell continues to be held at the Adair County Jail on previous charges. The call log at the jail shows several calls being made to a person in Fontanelle, or via third party contact. Terrell remains held in the Adair County Jail without bond.

Authorities report also, 20-year old Fernando Ramon Vargas, of Omaha, was arrested Aug. 14th in Adair County, by the Iowa State Patrol. Vargas was held in the Adair County Jail on a $5,000 bond on a Pottawattamie County warrant for Violation of Probation. He was released the following day.

A man from Adair was arrested Aug. 13th by deputies in Adair. Authorities say 45-year old Donald Glenwood Imhoff was arrested following a traffic stop. He was charged with Driving While Barred and brought to the Adair County Jail, where he was later released on a $2,000 bond.

A man from Exira was arrested Aug. 14th at the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, on an Adair County warrant for Probation Violation. 27-year old Joseph Dean White was released from custody Aug. 17th on a $1,000 cash bond or surety.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports also, Greenfield Police arrested 23-year old Kaitlin Sue Findley, of St. Charles, Aug. 15th, for allegedly Violating a temporary restraining order by being found in the same vehicle the protected party was in. She was later released on a $300 bond. 57-year old Edward Charles Carl, of Greenfield, was arrested Aug. 15th, for Assault with injury, following an alleged incident of assault involving his wife. Carl was later released on a $1,000 bond.

On Aug. 18th, 46-year old Andre Lamont Sewell, of Stuart (formerly of Creston), was arrested on an Adair County warrant for Harassment in the 1st degree. He was later released on a $2,000 bond or surety.

Alleged robber of two banks arrested


August 22nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A central Iowa man has been arrested in connection with two west central Iowa bank robberies. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reports 38-year old Shawn Michael Antisdel, of West Des Moines, was arrested Monday by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office following a bank robbery in Redfield.

Shawn Antisdel

Antisdel was also a suspect in July 21st robbery of the Casey bank. Following his arrest, Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office officials met with Antisdel and secured a confession from him with regards to his involvement with the Casey bank robbery.  Antisdel will be charged in the coming days and more information will follow.

Dekko Foundation and SCICF help jumpstart Creston High School Auditorium upgrade project


August 22nd, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Creston Community School District is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,000 Constructing or Remodeling a Building grant from the Dekko Foundation and a $15,000 grant from the South Central Iowa Community Foundation. Grant funds will help support the upgrade of the Creston Community High School auditorium. Aspects of the upgrade project include new energy-efficient LED stage lights, a new sound system and microphones, new stage curtains, LCD projector and motorized screen, and full-length practice mirrors.

An upgraded auditorium will not only benefit the students and school district, but also the community. In addition to the numerous high school events and activities, the Creston Community High school auditorium has held dance recitals, community theatre productions, holiday concerts, education conferences, political events, and much more.

Laura Granger, speech and drama director at CCHS, has spearheaded this auditorium upgrade project, but she hasn’t done it alone. With the grant-writing help of parent Pam Hoffman and the mentoring of longtime-arts advocate Jan Knock, this project has started to come to fruition. And thanks to the CCHS class of 2016 for donating the money toward a new light board and the generous people of the Dekko Foundation and the South Central Iowa Community Foundation, the goal of updating the auditorium is within sights.

Auditorium upgrades are an expensive project and CCSD still needs to procure at least $58,000 to complete the almost $142,000 project.

The school administration recognizes the need for this project, but due to the overwhelming costs, the auditorium upgrade project has stayed at the bottom of the “To-Do List”, until now. One way community members can help is by attending the Drive 4 UR School event on Saturday, Sept. 16. It will start at 11:30 a.m. or immediately following the Balloon Days parade at Creston Automotive on 401 W. Adams St. If you would like more information or if you or your company would like to donate money toward the auditorium project, please contact Laura Granger by email at lgranger@crestonschools.org.