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4 arrests in Creston last Friday

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Dept. reports a total of five arrests since Friday, with four people taken into custody on separate charges, on Friday. 25-year old Nathan Vicker, of Creston, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Vicker was being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $2,000 bond.

17-year old’s Tommie O’Neall, and Donavon Houghmaster, both of Creston, were referred from the Union County Law Enforcement Center to Juvenile Authorities, Friday, on charges of Criminal Mischief in the 1st degree. O’Neal was later released to the custody of her mother. Houghmaster was released to the custody of Juvenile Authorities.

And, 30-year old Joshua Coulter, of Bridgewater, was arrested Friday in Creston, for Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, Trespass, and Public Intoxication. He was later released from the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond.

On Saturday, Creston Police arrested 36-year old Richard Brammer, of Creston, for OWI/2nd offense. Brammer was later released on $2,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/6/2016

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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World Pork Expo opens Wednesday with almost 900 exhibit spaces from 50 countries

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Almost 50 nations will be represented at the World Pork Expo which opens this week at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Sheila Warrick is general manager for the 28th annual event, which she says will be much larger this year. “We’re actually up to almost 900 exhibit spaces this year all throughout the fairgrounds,” Warrick says. “We’re completely sold out in the Varied Industries Building, in the Agriculture Building, we’re around the Swine Barn and throughout a lot of outdoor space this year. You’ll definitely almost need two days to get through everything.”

The three-day expo features a series of seminars and workshops, including some which might not be associated with raising hogs. “We added a topic this year on cyber security,” Warrick says. “People might not think that’s applicable to a pork operation, but it is. As everything goes to more of a database management and you’re putting all of your operations online, that information is obviously important to producers so it doesn’t get lost or interrupted.”

Last year, 23-thousand visitors attended the expo, which opens on Wednesday.  www.worldpork.org

(Radio Iowa)

CCMH Board to hold Special Meeting Mon. morning

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting today at 7:30. The agenda says the Board will enter into a Closed Session per Iowa Code [21.5 (1)(i)]. When they emerge from the Closed Session, the Board may take action on the matter before them.

While it’s not clear what the subject of the closed session may be, over the weekend, it was learned that an attorney retained on behalf of Cass County Health System CEO Todd Hudspeth, Thursday, had entered a written Alford Plea for Hudspeth, with regard to Hudspeth’s felony Forgery charge in Buena Vista County.

Legal experts say an Alford Plea is a guilty plea by a defendant who proclaims he is innocent of the crime, and admits that the prosecution has enough evidence to prove that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It is entered when the accused, together with his attorney, has made the calculated decision to plead guilty because the evidence against him is so strong that it will likely lead to conviction. Typically, it results in a guilty plea of a lesser crime

A jury trial was set to begin in Hudspeth’s case on July 12th, but with his plea, a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) will now take place August 1st, during what’s called a “Plea taking.”

Pickup-vs-bicycle accident in Council Bluffs

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A bicyclist was injured early this (Monday) morning in Council Bluffs, when he was hit by a pickup truck. Council Bluffs Police say 48-year old Mark Holeton, of Council Bluffs, was transported by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The accident happened at around 12:21-a.m., at the intersection of S. 3rd and 16th Avenues. Officials say 26-year old Nicholas Erisman, of Council Bluffs, was driving a 1997 Dodge Dakota northbound on Harry Langdon (S. 3rd Ave.), and as he turned west onto 16th Avenue, he struck Holeton, who was stopped facing east on 16th. Erisman was cited for Improper Turning Movements.

Man killed when motorcycle crash propels him over barrier

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a man has died in the crash of his motorcycle on Interstate 480 in Omaha as he headed toward Iowa. Officers and medics were dispatched around 6:10 p.m. Sunday after the crash was reported near the 8th Street underpass.

Omaha police say the man lost control of his motorcycle after striking a concrete barrier. The impact propelled him over the barrier and onto the ground below. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Omaha police identified him as 29-year-old Mark Adams, who lived in the Omaha suburb of La Vista.

PRIMARY ELECTION PREVIEW: U.S. Senate Primary features four Democrats

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for Iowa’s Primary Elections. There’s just one statewide primary — for Democratic voters. Four candidates are competing in the Iowa Democratic Party’s Primary for the chance to face Republican Senator Chuck Grassley. Patty Judge of Albia is a former Iowa lieutenant governor and state ag secretary. She entered the race after Grassley’s pivotal role in filling a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court became a flash point. “Washington isn’t working very well,” Judge says, “and Chuck Grassley just isn’t getting the job done.”

Forty-nine-year-old Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, a state senator, says he provides the “best contrast” against the 82-year-old Grassley. “Iowans are desperately looking for new leaders who can do the job,” Hogg says, “and I’ve done the job for 14 years in the Iowa Legislature.” The Des Moines Register’s recent “Iowa Poll” found Judge leading the race with 42 percent support. Hogg was in second with 25 percent.

Fifteen percent of likely Democratic voters were undecided. The other two candidates in this race ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2010. Bob Krause got six percent in the “Iowa Poll” and Tom Fiegen got five percent. Krause, who is from Fairfield, says the middle class is being “hollowed out” and it’s time for federal action. “I’ve talked that issue ’til it’s blue in the face,” Krause says, “because that’s what I think it’s going to take to win in November.”

Fiegen says he visited each of Iowa’s 99 counties last year and is halfway through visiting each again this year. “I am hearing the pain of Iowans,” Fiegen says, “and for the all the promises of the politicians in DC and Des Moines, that pain is not getting better.” Fiegen is a bankruptcy lawyer from Clarence.

Six years ago about 73-thousand voters cast ballots in the Democratic Primary to pick a foe for Senator Grassley. Turn-out was far greater on the Republican side six years ago. Terry Branstad was seeking a return to the governorship in 2010 and nearly 230-thousand voters participated in the Republican Primary featuring Branstad, Bob Vander Plaats and Rob Roberts.

(Radio Iowa)

PRIMARY ELECTION PREVIEW: Incumbent King faces a Primary Tuesday

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

There are Primary Elections in three of Iowa’s four congressional districts tomorrow (Tuesday) and one of those races features an incumbent congressman. Steve King, the Republican congressman for Iowa’s fourth district, faces Republican challenger Rick Bertrand, a state senator from Sioux City. Bertrand says King is an ineffective congressman because he “doesn’t work well with people within his own party.” “Likeability is a key in business and it’s a key to being a good legislator,” Bertrand says.

King offers this rebuttal. “Time after time after time I’ve been effective,” King said. “I’ll continue to be effective and just because he wants the seat doesn’t mean that I’m not.” King and Bertrand debated Friday night in a forum co-sponsored by K-S-C-J Radio, K-T-I-V T-V and The Sioux City Journal.

(Radio Iowa)

PRIMARY ELECTION PREVIEW: Three Democrats seeking third congressional district seat

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) Primary will determine which of three candidates will be the Iowa Democratic Party’s nominee in the third congressional district.  Freshman Republican Congressman David Young is seeking reelection in the third district and the Democrats who’ve lined up to challenge him are Desmund Adams, Mike Sherzan and Jim Mowrer. Mowrer ran against Republican Congressman Steve King in 2014, moved to Des Moines afterwards and is running for congress again, but in the third district.

“We cannot let the party of David Young and Donald Trump carry out their extreme agenda that is completely out of touch with Iowans,” Mowrer says. Sherzan is a retired businessman from West Des Moines who says Young ran as a moderate in 2014, but Young’s voting record in congress has been conservative. “He, time and time again, has done nothing but take orders from the senior officials in the Republican Party,” Sherzan says. “He doesn’t stand out as a leader.”

Adams, the other candidate in the third district race, accuses Young of “flip-flopping” on a ban against discrimination of federal contractors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. “I think that we need leadership in this district that best represents a broad coalition of individuals,” Adams says. Adams, who is from Clive, was a high-school drop-out who is now a lawyer.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, June 6th 2016

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June 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says the newly approved state oversight of Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program will make it one the most transparent in the country, but health advocates remain skeptical. The Iowa Department of Human Services is required under new legislation to submit quarterly and annual reports. The reports detail how three private insurance companies are running the state’s roughly $4.2 billion health care program for poor and disabled residents.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City architect is asking for city officials for support in seeking state tax credits to build a 14-story workforce housing highrise downtown. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that Kevin Monson, president of Neumann Monson Architects, has provided the city with new plans for the mixed-use building that would include 72 workforce housing units. Monson said the residential units will cater to young professionals.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Dubuque Police Department is seeking the public’s help in developing a policy to govern the use of police body cameras. Last year, the department received a $61,000 federal grant and donations to outfit all city police officers with body cameras over a two-year period. The Telegraph-Herald reports that police are asking the public to review and comment on a draft policy to guide officers on the use, retention and release of body camera footage.

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a Pomeroy man accused of killing a North Dakota man is set to begin Monday. The Fort Dodge Messenger says 48-year-old Freddy Crisp is charged with first-degree murder for the November shooting death of 41-year-old Dale Currie Potter, of Devils Lake, North Dakota. Deputies found Potter dead at a Pomeroy house on Nov. 10. Agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested Crisp eight days later.