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Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 5th 2013

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February 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in a fatal crash. Lenley Schofield Jr. pleaded guilty yesterday to vehicular homicide and operating while intoxicated. The plea agreement includes an 11-year prison sentence.

WAUKON, Iowa (AP) — County officials in northeast Iowa have approved a temporary moratorium on frac sand mining. Supervisors in Allamakee County voted unanimously on the moratorium for at least 18 months. The move gives a planning and zoning commission time to study the potential ill effects of the practice.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former elementary student in the small western Iowa community of Anita has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the school’s principal and superintendent knew a former teacher abused girls and failed to report it. The girl and her mother, who are not named, claim she also was abused.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican lawmakers want to require a three-fifths majority vote for any state tax increase. Legislation discussed yesterday by a subcommittee in the state House would change the Iowa Constitution to require a three-fifths majority to approve any tax hike or new tax.

Pott. County woman sentenced to 10-years in prison on meth charges

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says a Pottawattamie County woman was sentenced last Friday to 10-years in prison for her role in a methamphetamine distribution ring in western Iowa.  51-year old Susan Lea Combs was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute meth. Judge Ronald Longstaff also imposed a five-year period of supervised release on Combs following her incarceration.

Combs’ co-defendant, 52-year old David Dwayne Mendez, from of Polk County, was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, as well as a four year period of supervised release. Combs and Mendez entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on September 6th, 2012. At the time of their respective pleas of guilty, each admitted that they agreed to sell methamphetamine that was obtained from a source in South Omaha, Nebraska, to individuals in Iowa, particularly in the Council Bluffs and Des Moines areas.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Mid-Iowa Narcotics Task Force, and the Polk County Attorney’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Former Anita elementary student sues CAM district over alleged sexual abuse

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former elementary student in the small western Iowa community of Anita has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the school’s principal and superintendent knew a former teacher abused girls and failed to report it. The girl and her mother, who are not named, claim she also was abused. The girl was a student until 2011 at Anita Elementary, one of the schools in the consolidated CAM School District. Last October, 66-year-old former teacher William Foulkes pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor. He received a suspended prison sentence and probation.

The lawsuit filed Monday claims Principal Larry Hunt and Superintendent Steve Pelzer knew about Foulkes’ behavior but allowed him to resign in 2010. Foulkes wasn’t charged until last March. School district attorney Rick Franck,of Denison, said he hadn’t seen the lawsuit Monday afternoon, and therefore couldn’t comment until he reviewed it. Pelzer, Hunt, and Foulkes did not return calls seeking comment.

Western IA Resident Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A United States Senior District Court Judge on Friday, sentenced a Pottawattamie County resident to 10-years in prison on methamphetamine-related charges. 50-year old Michael James Vore received the sentenced for possession with intent to distribute meth. Judge Robert Pratt also imposed a period of eight years of supervised release following Vore’s incarceration.

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says in September of 2012, Vore was found guilty by a jury of possession with intent to distribute meth. The evidence at his trial showed that the Iowa State Patrol was conducting an investigation into the possession and transportation of stolen commercial utility trailers in May of 2011. As part of their investigation, members of the Patrol conducted a traffic stop on Vore as he was pulling a suspected stolen trailer behind his pick-up truck. While searching the pick-up truck that Vore was driving, troopers located approximately fifty grams of pure methamphetamine, along with a large stack of United States Currency, a digital scale and notes consistent with the sale of a controlled substance.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Severe Weather Awareness Week — March 25-29, 2013

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service have declared the week of March 25th through March 29th,  2013 Severe Weather Awareness Week.   Severe Weather Awareness Week is an annual event to remind Iowans that severe weather is part of living in our state and that understanding the risks and how to respond to them can save lives.

During Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service will promote severe weather safety by issuing informative Public Information Statements.  More information and activities for Severe Weather Awareness Week will be posted as the week approaches.

The highlight of the week will be the Statewide Tornado Drill on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  The Iowa test will occur at the same date and time as the Nebraska test.

He’s no cable guy…..

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A report about a prowler led to the arrest Sunday night of a Lenox man.

Alleged cable thief James Teague, of Lenox. (Lenox P-D photo)

According to the Lenox Police Department, officers received a call from a resident in the 400 block of West Michigan Street at around 7-p.m., with regard to a man who allegedly entered their property and disconnected the cable connection to their TV. Following an investigation into the incident, 59-year old James Teague, of Lenox, was arrested on a charge of trespassing. Teague was transported to the Taylor County Jail.

TV and tools taken during Page County theft

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A resident in rural Page County is missing their flat screen TV and some tools, following a burglary which occurred sometime between Jan. 29th and Feb. 3rd.  The incident happened at a residence located at 2481 P Avenue in Page County. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Page County Sheriff’s Office at 712-542-5193.

In other news, the Page County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Sunday night, of 22-year old Jasmine Wilcoxsen, of Coin. The woman was taken into custody on a Page County warrant. Additional details concerning the basis for the warrant are not currently available from the online database. Wilcoxsen was being held in the Page County Jail on $300 cash bond Monday morning.

And on Saturday, 24-year old Amy Samuels, of Shenandoah, was arrested in Page County for OWI/1st Offense. Samuels was taken into custody following a traffic stop at around 12:30-a.m., for failure to obey a traffic control device, at the intersection of West Sheridan Avenue and Iowa Street. She was brought to the Page County Jail and later posted a $1,000 bond before being released.

Stanton man injured during Saturday morning accident

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County report one person was flown by helicopter to an Omaha trauma center following a single-vehicle accident Saturday morning, about three-miles east of Essex. 40-year old Jacob Wookey, of Stanton, was injured when the full-size pickup he was driving through a bean field drove over a terrace, jarring him in his seat. The accident happened at around 10:50-a.m., off of H Avenue, between 170th and 160th Streets.

Wookey was flown from the scene by Mercy One to Creighton Hospital. A report on his condition is not available. Damage to his 2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup was estimated at $100. Essex Fire and Rescue assisted the Page County Sheriff’s Department at the scene.

Local veterinarian wins Guy Powell Award

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A veterinarian from Audubon County is the latest winner of the Guy Powell Award. Officials with the Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation(MP-EDC) say Dr. Daryl Olsen, of Audubon County, received the Guy Powell Award for his contributions to the community and organizations he supports. The award was presented during the organization’s annual dinner and meeting on January 24th, in Panora.

Dr. Daryl Olsen (Left) receives the Guy Powell Award from MP-EDC Treasurer Brett Irlmeier (right). (MP-EDC Photo)

The Guy Powell Award was established in honor of the late Guy Powell of Greenfield, who served as president of the Midwest Partnership EDC board of directors and was an active volunteer in several other community organizations. It is intended to recognize excellence in leadership and passion for economic development in the Midwest Partnership EDC region, taking into account vision, leadership, courage, and impact.

Dr. Daryl Olsen was nominated by several individuals for his active involvement with Audubon County. He has held numerous offices over the years for local churches and community improvement organizations. Dr. Olsen is a partner of one of Audubon County’s most successful and growing businesses, Audubon-Manning Veterinary Clinic (AMVC). Officials say he continues to spearhead community improvements projects and shows exceptional support for Audubon’s schools. The family of Guy Powell was also present at the dinner to assist in honoring Dr. Olsen.

This is the fourth year the award has recognized the economic development contributions of an individual in the Midwest Partnership EDC region. Last year’s winner was Gail Steward, from Adair County. Midwest Partnership EDC is the non-profit, collaborative economic development organization formed to strengthen the economic vitality of the communities of Adair, Audubon, Greene, and Guthrie counties in west central Iowa.

Car stolen over the weekend in Lenox

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February 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Lenox Police Department say they are investigating the theft of a vehicle that occurred over the weekend.

This is a vehicle similar to the one reported stolen.

Police Chief Jon Huggins says the four-door 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was reported missing from the 700 block of E Temple street. The theft occurred sometime between the hours of 7-p.m. Sunday to 7:45-a.m. today (Monday).

The vehicle has Iowa license plate number 497-TRH. Anyone having information concerning this vehicle is urged to contact the Lenox Police Department.