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8AM Newscast 07-31-2012

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July 31st, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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7AM Newscast 07-31-2012

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July 31st, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Red Oak teen arrested on drug charges

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Tuesday) morning in Montgomery County resulted in the arrest of a teen on drug charges. Sheriff’s officials say 17-year old Kaylie Hudson, of Red Oak, was pulled over at around 2:20-a.m. The teen was taken into custody on a charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, after items were located in her vehicle. The teen was also processed at the Montgomery County Jail on a juvenile pick up order. Hudson was subsequently transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Council Bluffs, where she will be held pending further court action.

Company involved in bad check case had “F” rating

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July 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The company that wrote thousands of bad checks to buy gold and other valuables at antique shows on the Iowa border and nationwide has had an “F” rating for years with the Better Business Bureau. Treasure Hunters Roadshow held a four-day event in Nebraska City, Nebraska, earlier this month, drawing flocks of people from both sides of the Missouri River who sold heirlooms — and got rubber checks in return. Jim Hegarty, president and CEO of the region’s Better Business Bureau, says this Roadshow company is bad news. “Unfortunately, they’ve been all over the United States and we’ve received complaints from everywhere about this company,” Hegerty says. In three years, the bureau has recorded more than 200 complaints about the company, all focusing on insufficient funds. Hegarty says the Roadshow had been cooperating with the bureau, until recently.

“There was a while where the company was actually responding to BBB disputes by claiming that replacement checks were being issued,” he says, “but as of last week, the company has ceased responding to these complaints, which is not good news.” The Treasure Hunters Roadshow, owned by THR and Associates of Springfield, Illinois, was in Nebraska City from July 3rd through the 7th, buying jewlery and coins and writing checks to customers. Reports show the company cut 94 checks totaling more than $37,000 at the event south of Omaha. Many of the checks bounced. Amounts ranged from just a few bucks to $19,000. If you’re going to take part in this sort of on-the-spot sales event, he says you’d be wise to do a little research first.

“It is really important if you’re considering selling gold or silver or valuables of any kind — or doing business with any company for any reason — to take time and check them out with the BBB before doing so.” To file a complaint in this case, contact the Nebraska office of the Better Business Bureau or the Otoe County Attorney’s office. Hegarty’s office serves Nebraska, South Dakota and southwest Iowa and has more than 65-hundred member companies in the region. Learn more at the website: iowa.bbb.org

(Radio Iowa)

Karli Jo Brown sent back to prison

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July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak woman who was released from prison less than two-weeks ago, after her sentence for motor vehicle homicide by reckless driving was reconsidered, will end-up serving the remainder of her original prison sentence. According to Omaha Television station KETV, 4th District Court Judge James Heckerman, Monday, revoked 20-year old Karli Jo Brown’s 5-year probation, after she was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault just three-days after being released from prison. Heckerman was the justice who granted Brown’s request to reconsider her sentence, and suspended the two, concurrent 10-year sentences  she was given in November 2011, for her role in an accident that occurred one year earlier. The crash happened while Brown tried to pass two vehicles going uphill in a no-passing zone.

The accident claimed the lives of 4-year old Alex and 5-year old Maliki Todd, from Cumberland. Their mother Nina McNeese, was seriously injured. Investigators said Brown — who lived in Essex at the time — was traveling at approximately 74-miles per hour, and texting her then boyfriend within minutes, or seconds of the accident that happened near Red Oak on Highway 48.

Brown served eight-months of her sentence before asking the judge to reconsider. On July 21st, Red Oak Police responded to a domestic assault call at an apartment occupied by Brown’s husband, Zachary Cox. The couple was arrested after officers found red marks on his face, and scratches on his neck. Both persons said they had been assaulted by the other, but Brown showed no visible marks. Brown had been held in the Montgomery County Jail since her arrest following the domestic incident, on $20,000 bond.

KETV says in revoking Brown’s probation and ordering her to serve her original sentence, Judge Heckerman told the woman she used poor judgment in confronting her husband that weekend, just like she did the day she drove the car that killed the two preschoolers.

Iowa crops decline in long, hot summer

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July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The condition of Iowa’s crops continues to decline as the drought persists. Even with some rain last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says 46 percent of the corn crop is now in poor or very poor condition. Last week, it was 40 percent.  The USDA says in Monday’s report that 34 percent of Iowa’s soybeans are in poor to very poor condition. Last week, it was 30 percent.
 
Thunderstorms hit on Wednesday and over the weekend, with a statewide average of .70 inches. But Audubon hasn’t had any measurable rain in 36 days. In Atlantic, the last measurable rain was on June 28th, when we received just two one-hundredths (.02) of an inch.

The high temperature for the week was 107 degrees in Donnellson, Fairfield and Keokuk.  Iowa State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says July could be the third hottest and fifth driest July among 140 years of state records.

Drive-by shooting arrests – more information released

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July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Des Moines Police Department has released more information about an incident which led to the arrest of three individuals this (Monday) morning, in Pottawattamie County. Officials say at around 12:50-a.m., Des Moines Police Officers responded to shots fired in the area of 1300 block of East 29th Street.  During the investigation of the incident, officers recovered several rounds of 9- mm ammunition and observed damage from the shots being fired, including a bullet hole to the front of the residence at 1306 East 29th Street and one shot which shattered a vehicle window.   Officers on scene obtained a vehicle description of the suspect vehicle involved in the incident and put the description information out to other law enforcement agencies.

The suspect vehicle was observed by Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Bartholomew, who followed the car and ran the license plates. The plates came back as those belonging to a White Dodge van. The vehicle was stopped by Pottawattamie County Deputies near the Shelby exit at around 2:15-a.m.  The individuals inside the vehicle were transported back to the Des Moines Police Department for questioning.

After interviewing with Crimes Against Persons Detectives, 26-year old Shera Goodwin, along with 24-year olds Ivory Goodwin and Kendra Akins, were charged with Intimidation With a Weapon. The Goodwins are from Omaha, while Akins is from Bellevue, NE. After conducting interviews with the suspects involved in the incident, it was determined the residence at 1306 East 29th Street was not the intended target of the shooter and is not believed to be involved in any way with the suspects.

Grassley to hold town hall meetings around the area

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July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley has announced he will hold several town hall-style meetings around the listening area during the month of August. The meetings will take place in Atlantic, Villisca, Bedford, Clarinda, Percival, Glenwood, Logan, Harlan, Audubon and Carroll. Iowa’s senior Senator says the meetings are an opportunity for him to meet with the public and hear their comments, as well as respond to their questions. He’s held similar meetings with Iowans in each of the state’s 99 counties since he was first elected to serve in the U-S Senate, in 1980.

Grassley’s schedule is as follows:

Aug. 20th (unless otherwise noted, these are Town Hall meetings)…

Atlantic, from 8:15-to 9:15-a.m., at the Cass County Community Center

Villisca High School, to speak with students from 10:15-to 11-15-a.m., in the High School Library.

Taylor County Farm Bureau meeting room in Bedford, from 2-to3-pm.

Page County Courthouse meeting room, 3rd floor, 3:45-to 4:45-pm.

Tue., Aug. 21st...

Sapp Brothers Travel Center/Apple Barrel Restaurant in Percival, 7:30-to8:30-a.m.

Glenwood Senior Center, 10:15-to11:15-a.m.

Logan Community Center, 2-to 3-pm.

Harlan Community Library, 4-to 5-p.m.

Audubon County Economic Development meeting room, 5:45-to 6:45-pm

Wed., Aug. 22nd

Carroll County Courthouse, meeting room, 7:45-to8:45-a.m.

Atlantic man Sentenced to 80 Months for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine

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July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was sentenced Friday to serve a little more than 6 1/2 years in prison for conspiring to distribute Methamphetamine in and around Cass County. The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says Chief District Court Judge James E. Gritzner ordered 29-year old  Christopher Michael Jespersen to serve a four-year term of supervised release following incarceration.

On March 8th, 2012, Jespersen pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, a controlled substance. The conviction was the result of a lengthy investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in and around Atlantic. At the time of his guilty plea,
Jespersen admitted that from May 2010, until July 2010, he agreed to distribute methamphetamine obtained from an Omaha, Nebraska, source to customers in the Atlantic area.

The investigation was conducted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Lewis man arrested on assault charge

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July 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a Lewis man was arrested last Thursday (July 26th), on a charge of Simple Assault. 24-year old Jesse Cavin Meier was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released later that day.