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Argument escalates into assault in Atlantic

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June 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An argument that escalated into an assault Saturday evening in Atlantic resulted in the arrest of three people. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says authities responded to the 600 block of Elm Street at around 7:40-p.m., and following an investigation, arrested 44-year old Richard Dean Fineran, of Atlantic, on a charge of Disorderly Conduct, while 34-year old Adam Ramirez and 32-year old Ericka Sanchez, both from Texas, were arrested for Interference with Official Acts and Disorderly Conduct. All three suspects pled not guilty to the charges, and were released from custody on Sunday.  

Also arrested in Atlantic on Saturday, was 30-year old Brandon Eugene King, of Grove, OK. King was taken into custody on a warrant out of Oklahoma. He was being held in the Cass County Jail pending extradition. That same day, 33-year old Moises Hernandez, of Clarion, was arrested on a charge of Reckless Driving. Hernandez was taken to the Cass County Jail where pled guilty and was released on Sunday.

Cass Supervisors to meet one-hour early, Wednesday

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June 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet one-hour earlier than usual, Wednesday morning. 

During their 8-a.m. session at the Courthouse in Atlantic, the Board is scheduled to act on: A request from the Cass County Historical Museum for additional funding; A request from the Veterans Affairs Commission to set the V-A Administrator’s wages for Fiscal Year 2014; Approving miscellaneous employment change requests for end of probationary employment and wage adjustments for F.Y. 2014; End of Fiscal Year expense appropriations following a review and amendment; and, if ready, discuss and approve entry into a 28-E agreement for Mental Health Regionalization. 

The Board is also expected to receive a report from the Family Crisis Support Network, and other, departmental reports from the Engineer, County Attorney and General Relief/Mental Health Coordinator.

Exira man pleads guilty to charges connected to stabbing incident

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June 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An Exira man arrested in April in connection with a knifing incident outside of a business in the community, plead guilty Monday to charges associated with the crime. 21-year old Jesse Lee Brubaker was facing two Class C felony charges of Willful Injury, associated with an assault that resulted in two persons being cut with a knife. Online court records indicate Brubaker instead reached a plea agreement that reduced the Willful Injury charges to a Class D felony, and included a charge of OWI/1st Offense.

Brubaker was sentenced to a total of 10-years in prison, the term for which will be served at the Iowa Medical & Classification Center, in Oakdale. He’s also required to pay a fine of $750 plus related court costs. Brubaker was given credit for time already served associated with the OWI charge for an offense that took place in January.   

Had he been found guilty of two Class C felony charges of Willful Injury, Brubaker could have been sentenced to 10-years in prison on each count, and would have been subject to fines of up to $10,000 for each count. The two Class D-felonies are punishable by a maximum of 5-years in prison on each count, and fines of up to $7,500 for each offense.

Iowa health insurer to seek smaller rate hikes

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June 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Months after customers blasted the company for skyrocketing rates, Iowa’s dominant health insurer says it will limit premium increases in 2014 to less than six percent for individual and small business policyholders. 

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced Tuesday it won’t raise premiums to cover increases for medical or administrative costs in 2014. Instead, it will only raise rates to offset new fees and taxes required of insurance carriers under the Affordable Care Act. The decision impacts 330,000 individuals who purchase health insurance from Wellmark, or who get insurance through small businesses with less than 50 employees. 

It comes after an increase of more than 12 percent went into effect for Wellmark customers April 1. The hike prompted customers to express frustration online and at a public hearing.

Atlantic man arrested for possession of a drug believed to be heroin

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June 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Monday of 62-year old Thomas Harrelson, of Atlantic. Harrelson was taken into custody for allegedly possessing a controlled substance believed to be heroin. Harrelson was booked into the Cass County Jail.

And, 33-year old Abigail Lennon, of Atlantic, was arrested Monday on a Cass County warrant charging her with Failure to Appear. Lennon was also booked into the jail and held pending a court appearance.

8AM Newscast 06-18-2013

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June 18th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Bad bills being passed in Harlan

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June 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department is warning all businesses in the city about counterfeit bills being passed in the area. The PD confirmed the Shelby County State Bank received two counterfeit $20 bills on Monday. The bills had the same serial number. Authorities are urging businesses to check larger bills as they are concerned there may be more in the area.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. News June 18, 2013

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June 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

Inmate assaults medical services personnel

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June 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An inmate at the Montgomery County Jail faces assault charges following an incident at the jail late Monday afternoon. Sheriff’s officials say the incident happened as Red Oak Rescue personnel who treated the inmate for a possible medical issue, began to leave the facility. The unidentified inmate allegedly assaulted a paramedic. The inmate was charged with assault on a firefighter/paramedic. Bond for the offense was set at $1,000.

AZ man arrested on alcohol & drug charges in Montgomery County

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June 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report the arrest early this (Tuesday) morning of an Arizona man on alcohol and drug charges. 37-year old Charles L. Harding III, of Yuma, AZ,  was arrested at around 2-a.m. on a charge of OWI/1st offense, and Possession of Controlled Substance/Marijuana. Harding was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $1,000 cash bond.