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Former Madison County attorney law license suspended

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March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended the law license of the former Madison County Attorney for 18 months for violating attorney rules of ethical conduct including having sex with a client and then assaulting her when the relationship deteriorated. It was significantly more lenient than an attorney disciplinary board’s recommendation of a four-year suspension.

Court documents filed Friday say 57-year old Anthony Zane Blessum engaged in a sexual relationship with a client in 2011 and was convicted of repeatedly striking her in 2013. He also was found to have improperly handled client funds. Blessum was the Madison County attorney from 1986 to 1997. He recently has practiced law in his own office in Des Moines.

(Podcast) KJAN News, /2015

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March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Creston man arrested for Probation Violation

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March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a resident of the community was arrested Thursday morning on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. 30-year old Nick Wilkinson, of Creston, was being held in the Union County Jail while awaiting a bond hearing.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 3/27/2015

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March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Lawsuit filed over Woodbury County jail death in 2013

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March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against the Woodbury County sheriff and other officials, saying their failure to treat a jail inmate for substances abuse withdrawal led to his death more than two years ago. The federal lawsuit was filed by Tony Josta, of Homer, Nebraska, representing the estate of his son, Anthony Josta. The lawsuit says 35-year-old Anthony Josta “was subjected to defendants’ deliberate indifference to his medical needs.”  Anthony Josta was found dead in his cell on March 26, 2013, three days after his arrest on a warrant for contempt of court.

Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew told the Sioux City Journal that he welcomes the chance to offer sworn testimony in defense of the jail’s procedures and explain the conditions and decisions officers face daily.

Red Oak man jailed on burglary & theft charges is in more trouble

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March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man serving time in the Montgomery County Jail for prior burglary and theft charges, was arrested again late Thursday morning on three additional charges of Burglary in the 3rd Degree. The latest charges against 35-year old Kim Jack Douglas Trost stem from incidents of burglary March 19th at The Greenhouse in Red Oak and the Burlington Northern-Sante Fe (BNSF) Railroad, and theft of a vehicle from the BNSF on March 11th.

US Supreme Court denies appeal in Iowan’s robbery conviction

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March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a southwest Iowa man’s appeal of his conviction for robbery, carjacking, obstructing justice and witness tampering. The court notified 49-year-old Tiran Casteel Thursday it would not hear his case.  Casteel, of Coin, (Iowa), is serving 27 years in prison for the 2008 robbery of Darlene Eitzen at her rural Page County farm.

Prosecutors say Eitzen was held at gunpoint while Casteel and his son, Devan, robbed her of a rare coin collection her late husband left her. While awaiting trial Casteel attempted to have Eitzen killed prompting obstructing justice and witness tampering charges.

Casteel’s conviction was upheld by a federal appeals court in 2013. He’s at a federal prison in Kansas. His son, Devan, is imprisoned in Texas, scheduled to be released in 2021.

Omaha metro area getting closer to population of 1 million

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March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area is edging closer to having a population of 1 million after eclipsing 900,000 people for the first time last year. The World-Herald reports that U.S. Census Bureau data places the metro area’s population at an estimated 904,421 people. The Omaha metro area includes Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Washington and Saunders counties in Nebraska; and Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison counties in Iowa.

David Drozd of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Center for Public Affairs Research and chamber of commerce officials say there are benefits to hitting the one million mark. According to them, some larger businesses and high-end retailers will only consider locating to cities with more than a million residents.

According to Drozd, Omaha, which is the 60th-largest metro in the United States, should reach 1 million by 2023.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., March 27th 2015

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March 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa youth softball coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old friend of his daughter has been convicted of four counts of sexual abuse. The Omaha World-Herald reports that 47-year-old John Osborn of Council Bluffs was found guilty yesterday of third-degree sexual abuse in a non-jury trial. He faces up to 40 years in prison at his May 1st sentencing hearing.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a 20-year-old Denison man accused of slaying two elderly people and trying to burn their bodies has been moved to Sioux City. A judge on Wednesday announced that the trial of Jayden Chapman will take place April 28th in Woodbury County District Court. The Sioux City Journal reports he’s charged with first-degree murder and second-degree arson in the murders of 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A public session held in Fort Dodge on Wednesday affirmed that the future of Oleson Park Zoo remains unclear. The Messenger reports that it was revealed at a meeting with residents, city officials and Friends of the Oleson Park Zoo representatives that there is no plan to upgrade the zoo or an estimate how much such a plan may cost.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Led by Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey, Baylor enters its matchup in the women’s NCAA Tournament against Iowa as confident as ever. Baylor will next face the third-seeded Hawkeyes in Oklahoma City Friday night.

 

Green Hills AEA to move from Harlan to Avoca

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March 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Green Hills AEA will move its Harlan Regional Center to a building donated last year to the AHST Community School District. The Daily NonPareil reports moving the center about 11.5 miles south to Avoca will allow Green Hills to expand its footprint in the area and secure a new partnership with one of the school districts making up its service territory.

A subsidiary of Nishnabotna Valley REC of Harlan donated a 10,000 square-foot building to the Avoca-based school district last August. AHST – which also serves Walnut secondary students through whole-grade sharing and is proposing a district reorganization this fall to become AHSTW – uses part of the building for an alternative high school. The district said it wanted to use the remaining space for economic development or to create a regional hub for education efforts.

The agency’s Board of Directors approved the lease for the new center during a meeting Monday evening in Red Oak. The current lease expires at the end of June. Moving to Avoca from Harlan will add a little expense – $24,000 annually versus $19,800 annually in rent – but will nearly double the AEA’s footprint to 7,000 square feet.

The AEA will also need to make about $40,000 in renovations to the facility, with AHST covering about $10,000. The Avoca lease will be for seven years. Sharing the space with the alternative high school will also offer enough space to host events, which was not possible with the 4,000-square-foot space in Harlan.

The AEA also operates regional centers in Atlantic, Creston, Glenwood, Osceola and Red Oak, as well as its Peterson Regional Center in Council Bluffs and its main facility, the Halverson Center, between Council Bluffs and Treynor.