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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/2/2015

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July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Former coach denies allegations he choked 7-year-old boy

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July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

TREYNOR, Iowa (AP) – An assistant high school basketball coach has denied that he choked a 7-year-old boy at the man’s residence in western Iowa. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Michael Doner is charged with assault causing injury. The 40-year-old is due back in court on July 9th. Doner’s attorney, Chad Primmer, told the newspaper that Doner “denies the allegations and looks forward to his day in court.”

Authorities say the boy was choked on May 21 at Doner’s home in Treynor. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says that when authorities interviewed the boy, marks were found on his neck. Doner has told athletic officials at St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs that he would not be part of the school’s boys basketball coaching staff this coming season.

OK man arrested for assault in Creston

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July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Oklahoma was arrested Wednesday on an assault charge, in Creston. The Creston P-D says 42-year old Gustavo Parra-Bello, of Hugo, OK, was arrested at around 4:20-p.m. at the Union County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) for Simple Assault. The man was later released on a citation to appear in court.

Also arrested Wednesday in Creston, was 40-year old Jason Michael Spelts (whose address is unknown). Spelts was arrested at the Union County LEC at around 4:20-p.m., for Public Intoxication, and also released on a citation to appear later in court.

And early this (Thursday) morning, 37-year old Delbert Thomas Davis, of Clearfield, was arrested in Creston on a charge of Driving While Suspended. He was subsequently released on $300 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/2/2015

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July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Electronic court filing now available in all 99 counties

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July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa court system reached a milestone Wednesday as all 99 counties now have electronic filing. Court communications officer, Steve Davis, says it’s a monumental achievement for the courts. “The biggest part of this is access to justice,” Davis says, “now people can access the courts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which they weren’t able to do before.” Davis says a variety of people need access to court records.

Attorneys are large users with their cases, but there’s also a lot of Iowans who represent themselves in court. Small claims cases and cases like those where they might be able to work in the evening and file documents in the evening where previously they would have had to take time off of work and go to the courthouse,” Davis says. The electronic filing system makes it easier for everyone working on a case.

“It makes all the files available the parties at the same time — that’s one big convenience. Because, previously if someone else had the case file and someone else wanted to see a document in it, they’d have to wait. Now multiple people can view the same file at the same time,” according to Davis. The electronic system also cuts down on courtroom clutter.

“It removes a lot of the stacks of files and papers on that are on clerks’ desks that needed to be filed manually. Now they are filed electronically so they are not taking up as much space in the courtroom,” he says. The first electronic documents were filed in Plymouth County five years ago, and the system was then expanded to cover every county.

“It was tweaked and refined and the bugs were worked out,” Davis explains. “It’s a totally unique system to Iowa, it’s not an off-the-shelf program that we just took and implemented. The I-T department developed it and worked slowly so it works well for everyone.” The Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) includes more than six million documents filed by nearly 88-thousand users.

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New Atlantic Public Library Director introduced to CC

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July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, was introduced to Natalie Struecker, the new Director of the Atlantic Public Library.

Natalie Struecker (from her Linked-In page)

Natalie Struecker (from her Linked-In page)

Struecker worked at the Rock Island, IL, Public Library, before coming to Atlantic, but she’s a native of Des Moines. She attended ISU and later received a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Struecker has a background in programming and technology and has worked in libraries over the course of the past 18-years.

Iowan takes plea deal on charges he supplied beer to teen

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July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 21-year-old man has made a plea deal on charges that he had provided alcohol to an underage youth who later was involved in a collision that killed two teenage girls. The Sioux City Journal reports that Matthias Stork, of Breda, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15. He’s pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of selling, giving or supplying alcohol to a minor.

Prosecutors reduced the charges from felonies in exchange for Stork’s pleas. The deal also calls for a jail sentence of 360 days, with all but 45 days suspended, and two years of probation. Prosecutors say Stork supplied beer to Trevor Feauto in August. The 18-year-old Feauto, of Clarksville, has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide.

Fugitive out of MO. arrested in Grant

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July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man wanted on warrants out of Missouri for being e Fugitive from Justice, was arrested late Wednesday night, in Montgomery County. Authorities say 41-year old Scott Roy Michaels, of Grant, was arrested at around 10:20-p.m. in the 1100 block of U Avenue, in Grant. Michaels was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail, while awaiting extradition to Missouri.

Heeding Francis, Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure ’16 field

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July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders in Iowa will call for candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis, and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion.

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines says the vocal pivot to be made Thursday will mark the first time a U.S. Catholic bishop has publicly asked those seeking the White House to heed the admonitions of Francis’ first encyclical. In it, the pope called for a “bold, sweeping revolution” to correct what he sees as a “structurally perverse” economic system that has turned the Earth into an “immense pile of filth.”

Says Pates: “The goal of the pope is to raise the questions with all the candidates.”

 

Western IA soldier who died in CO to be buried Monday

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July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A soldier from western Iowa who died last month while on duty in Colorado, will be laid to rest Monday, in Pottawattamie County, according to the Daily NonPareil.

Sgt. Matthew D. Reynolds

Sgt. Matthew D. Reynolds

Officials with the Army at Ft. Carson, in Colorado Springs, said in a Press Release “Sgt. Matthew D. Reynolds died on post at Fort Carson on June 22. The incident is under investigation. According to a GoFundMe.com campaign set up by a friend, Reynolds’ death occurred during a training exercise, but Fort Carson officials declined to comment further beyond their original statement.

Reynolds was a 29-year old Carter Lake native, who joined the Army in July of 2008. He was deployed to Iraq from October of 2009 to June of 2010, and also served in Afghanistan, from August of 2013 through April of 2014. His service took him to Germany as well. Reynolds arrived at Fort Carson in August of 2014.

He leaves behind his wife, Tina, a Council Bluffs native, and their children Dominic, Nickolai and Cammy Jo. A visitation is planned from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home, with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Reynolds’ funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with military rites and burial at Garner Township Cemetery.

A luncheon at Mabrey Park, 17th and Willow streets in Carter Lake, will follow the service.