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Cosmetology school seeks state lawsuit dismissal

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November 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The owner of cosmetology schools in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska is asking a judge to dismiss a consumer fraud lawsuit filed by the Iowa attorney general’s office. State attorneys filed a petition Aug. 28 alleging Cynthia Becher, owner of a company that operates La’ James International Colleges violated Iowa’s Consumer Fraud Act.

Miller alleges the schools failed to adequately staff classrooms and required students to perform janitorial duties, among other allegations. On Oct. 23 Becher’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss saying the claims are based on vague allegations not facts. Miller’s office plans to respond in a court filing next week.

La’ James has Iowa schools in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Fort Dodge, Iowa City Johnston. Additional locations are in East Moline, Illinois, and Fremont, Nebraska.

1 suspect in custody another still sought in Aububon County

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November 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A pursuit that began late Saturday night and ended near a river in Audubon County early this (Sunday) morning, lead to the arrest of one person, while authorities were still searching for another. Details are still sketchy, but we do know the Cass County K-9 team of Kyle Quist and his partner “Vader” were involved in a search for one of the suspects off of Highway 71. Residents in the area were warned to lock their vehicles and report in suspicious persons on their property.

Dep. Kyle Quist administers 1st Aid to his partner "Vader" (Photo Courtesy Quist/I-80 K9)

Dep. Kyle Quist administers 1st Aid to his partner “Vader” (Photo Courtesy Quist/I-80 K9)

“Vader” suffered a laceration to his paw during the search, and was treated by his partner, who credited the Cass County Attorney’s Office with purchasing Med Kits for the animals. We hope to have more details later today from the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office.

New Des Moines Register poll: Ernst 51, Braley 44

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November 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” released Saturday night shows Republican Joni Ernst has a seven percent lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race. Ernst broke the news to supporters at a rally in Cedar Rapids.

She has been talking about “momentum” the past few days as she’s campaigned around the state. Democrats quickly called the new Iowa Poll results an “outlier” as no other public polls released this past week have given Ernst that much of an edge. The Democrats have stressed their get-out-the-vote effort to encourage unlikely voters to cast a ballot early and Braley himself made the pitch to the crowd gathered for a rally in Des Moines Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday morning Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke by phone with a group of “Progressive Change Network” activists who volunteered to make calls for Braley, Saturday. Reid suggested Iowa’s senate race is the lynch pin to keeping the senate in Democratic control.

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack spoke at Braley’s rally in Des Moines on Saturday and Vilsack repeatedly used the word “critical” to describe the stakes. In 2013, Vilsack decided to remain as U.S. Ag Secretary rather than run for the seat Democrat Tom Harkin has held for 30 years. Harkin and Vilsack will campaign with Braley Sunday. Ernst will make three campaign stops with Governor Terry Branstad and other Republican candidates today (Sunday).

The Iowa Poll showed Branstad holding a 24-point lead over Democratic challenger Jack Hatch.

Hunter from Ames injured in fall from tree stand

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Ames man was hospitalized Saturday, after falling from a tree stand while hunting. The Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources says 39-year old Michael Ylonen fell approximately 25 feet while climbing into a stand in the Skunk River Greenbelt south of Story City, shortly after 5 p.m.

Ylonen’s safety harness was on, but had not been attached yet. Despite suffering serious injuries to his upper body from the fall, he was able to walk to Interstate 35 and call for help. Ylonen was transported by ambulance to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Nov. 2nd 2014

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November 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is rallying Iowa Democrats to get out the vote in the state’s competitive U.S. Senate race, calling Democrat Bruce Braley “the only choice” for the future. Clinton appeared yesterday at a downtown Des Moines rally for Braley, who is locked in a tight race against Republican Joni Ernst. Clinton was also scheduled to attend a Braley event in Waterloo later on Saturday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are investigating the death of a 5-year-old girl. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that officers found the girl dead October 7th inside a downtown apartment littered with illegal drugs. Police are waiting for the toxicology reports to determine the girl’s cause of death.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an Evansdale man was hit with a stun gun and arrested following a fire at his home. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that firefighters were called to the house for a fire Thursday night. Authorities say the 33-year-old owner was agitated and couldn’t be calmed at the scene, and police eventually used a stun gun to subdue him. No one was injured in the blaze.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Two construction workers are in the hospital after being hurt in a fall from a lift at a Cedar Falls construction site. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that the men fell over 12 feet Friday afternoon inside a building under construction.

Atlantic woman injured during I-80 accident in Adair County

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November 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Atlantic was injured during an accident Saturday night on Interstate 80, west of Casey. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 21-year old Jera Bans was driving a 1994 Honda Accord that was rear-ended by a 2012 Kenworth Semi, as both were headed west in the right lane. The driver of the semi, 58-year old Williphord Daugherty, of Emerson, was not injured during the crash, that happened at little after 7-p.m.

Bans was transported by private vehicle to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. Adair Rescue personnel assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

Dallas County teen injured Saturday while setting traps

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DALLAS CENTER – A Dallas Center teenager was injured Saturday while setting traps and squirrel hunting when the gun he was carrying discharged into his leg.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports 14-year old Benjamin Beavers was transported by ambulance to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines where he was being treated for a non-life threatening injury. The incident happened shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday southwest of Dallas Center when the gun discharged as Beavers was coming out of a ditch.

Iowa judge agrees to move man’s murder trial

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November 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) – A judge has agreed to move the first-degree murder trial of a Georgia man charged in the death of his former roommate in Iowa. The Sioux City Journal says John Green’s trial will be moved from Sac City to Fort Dodge in Webster County. The trial is set for Dec. 8.

Green’s public defender had argued that pretrial publicity would make it impossible for Green to receive a fair trial in Sac County. Green is accused of killing 58-year-old Mark Koster, of Sac City. Koster’s skeletal remains were found buried in the basement of his house in 2012.

Police say Green briefly lived with Koster in 2009. Relatives say they last saw Koster that year. He was reported missing in 2010. Green was arrested in Florida in March.

Bond proposal for building, jail before voters

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November 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – A compromise proposal to build an $11.8 million administration building near downtown Adel and a $16.3 million jail complex on the eastern edge of the city will be decided by voters on Tuesday. The Des Moines Register reports that under the proposal, the administration building would be constructed on a roughly four-acre stretch of land just west of the Raccoon River. The county would have to tear down residential buildings and two businesses.

Officials held four public meetings in October on the new proposal, and have assured the public that the popular Raccoon River Valley Trail near proposed construction would not be affected. In August 2013, voters in Clive, Waukee and West Des Moines largely supported the bond proposal, but fierce opposition in Adel saw the measure defeated.

Person attempting to flee from arrest killed on I-80 Sat. morning

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November 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A person who was in custody following a traffic stop was killed Saturday morning when they attempted to flee. The Iowa State Patrol says the incident occurred just after 5-a.m. along I-80 in central Iowa’s Jasper County.

Officials say a State Trooper was conducting an inventory of a van whose driver, 24-year old Enrique Perez, of West Des Moines, was pulled over for suspected Operating a motor vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI). While on the shoulder of I-80 about three-miles west of Newton, an individual in custody ran onto the traveled portion of the road and was struck by a passing vehicle. The impact flung the subject into the median, where they died.

The victims’ name was not immediately released, pending notification of family. The subject was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for autopsy.