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Kansas man arrested Saturday afternoon on OWI & DWS charges in Montgomery County


August 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a Dodge City, Kansas, man was arrested Saturday afternoon on alcohol and other charges, following a traffic stop at the intersection of High Street and Highway 71, in Villisca. 30-year old Francisco Jav Figueroa-Ramirez was taken into custody at around 2:40-p.m., on charges he was Operating a motor vehicle While Intoxicated (OWI), having an Open Container, and Driving While Suspended (DWS). Figueroa-Ramirez was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $2,000 cash bond.

Creston man arrested Saturday morning on drug & alcohol charges;Massena man arrested for DUI


August 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Adams County say a Union County man was arrested early Saturday morning on drug and alcohol charges. 36-year old Andy Gist, from Creston, was taken into custody at around 2:45-a.m., on charges that include Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Possession of drug paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. He was also cited for speeding, and failure to have a license. Gist was later released on $2,585 bond. And, 55-year old Larry Biehn, of Massena, was arrested Friday night in Adams County, on a charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). He was later released on $1,000 bond.

Drug arrests follows traffic stop in Adams County Sunday


August 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say three people were arrested early Sunday morning on drug charges following a traffic stop on Highway 148. 48-year old Mark Mitchell, 21-year old Dale Anson and 47-year old Tammy Forsee, all from Corning, face Possession of Narcotics with the Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Affix a Tax Stamp charges, after the vehicle they were in was pulled over on Highway 148 at around 12:30-a.m. Sheriff’s deputies along with the Adams County K-9 unit recovered a large amount of marijuana from the vehicle. A search warrant was obtained for a residence on 9th Street in Corning, during which more drug related items were found. An additional charges of Child Endangerment has also been filed against the trio. The suspects were being held in the Adams County Jail without bond.

Wanted Des Moines Man Arrested after Search in Shelby Co.


August 4th, 2012 by admin

A Des Moines man wanted in Story County was arrested after first escaping from authorities in Shelby County.

On Friday afternoon, the Iowa Department of Probation and Parole attempted to serve an arrest warrant to 43-year-old James Ray Sparks of Des Moines at a residence in the 400 block of Mulberry Road in Shelby County.  Sparks fled the residence through the back door when officers arrived.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the escape and responded to the scene to help search a cornfield and bean field near the residence.  Authorities later received help from K-9 units in Cass and Pottawatamie County and from a private aircraft from the Harlan Airport.

After searching for several hours the search was called off and the suspect was not located.

Later that same evening at about 9:30, Sparks was located in in the 400 block of Mulberry Road in Shelby County and taken into custody by the Sheriff Mark Hervey.

Sparks was transported the Shelby County Jail where he is awaiting extradition to Story County for violation of probation charges.

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August 4th, 2012 by admin

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Saturday Morning Iowa Headlines


August 4th, 2012 by admin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The director of the Iowa Department of Human Services has denied a petition by some Republicans who want the state to stop using public money to pay for abortions in cases of rape and incest. Forty-one House GOP members filed the petition last month seeking to end Medicaid payments for such abortions, contending the state program violates state law. Iowa DHS Director Chuck Palmer announced the decision yesterday.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Workers have cleaned up after a truck spilled some animal entrails and parts on a Sioux City street. The spill occurred about 9:45 a.m. Thursday on the east side of the northwest Iowa City.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – A federal fugitive has been arrested after a brief standoff with officers in northern Iowa’s Mason City. Twenty-five-year-old Levi Andersen was taken into custody on Thursday evening. Officers had been tipped that Andersen was at the residence in central Mason City, and they went there and made his arrest about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A 29-year-old man already serving time for sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl has pleaded guilty in another child sex abuse case. Daryl Bentley made his plea on Thursday in Linn County District Court to the lesser charge of lascivious acts with a child. He’d been charged with sexual abuse of a 9-year-old girl between 2008 and 2009. In March 2010 Bentley was sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing the 4-year-old girl.

Iowa Evening News Headlines – Fri., Aug. 3rd 2012


August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — An FBI spokeswoman says authorities returned to a lake in Evansdale to check on leads related to the search for two cousins who have been missing for three weeks. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that FBI agents went to Meyers Lake today but that there were “no positive results.” Ten-year-old Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, whose ninth birthday was Tuesday, disappeared July 13th while riding their bikes in Evansdale.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The value of an acre of Nebraska cropland rose more than any other state over the last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says cropland in Nebraska climbed nearly 36 percent to $4,480 an acre. Second was North Dakota, which was up nearly 30 percent. Iowa cropland rose nearly 24 percent to $7,300 an acre and farm real estate rose nearly 23 percent to $7,000 an acre.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge man has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in a shooting of a man who died months later under his family’s care in Florida. Twenty-six-year-old Derrick McElroy entered a written plea of not guilty yesterday in Iowa’s Webster County District Court. McElroy was charged last month in the May 2011 shooting death of 19-year-old Brandyn Preston.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Junior will go for his fourth straight win at Iowa Speedway in tomorrow night’s U.S. Cellular 250. He enters the race in Newton, Iowa 13 points behind Nationwide Series leader Elliott Sadler.

DHS denies petition to ban payment for abortions


August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The director of the Iowa Department of Human Services has denied a petition by some Republicans who want the state to stop using public money to pay for abortions in cases of rape and incest or fetal abnormalities. Forty-one House GOP members filed the petition last month seeking to end Medicaid payments for such abortions, contending the state program violates state law. DHS Director Chuck Palmer in a letter Friday to Rep. Dawn Pettengill, of Mount Auburn, says banning the payments would violate federal funding requirements and would jeopardize all federal Medicaid funding Iowa receives, which is about $2.1 billion. Palmer says legislative language didn’t give a clear mandate to change the program’s practice of paying for such abortions, which are legal under federal law.

Farm Leasing Meeting Scheduled for August 16

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August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The profitability of crop production has been good these past years. With this profitability, more pasture and woodlands have been tilled. As a result, there is a potential for increased soil erosion. Estimating the cost of soil erosion to the landowner will be one topic at the Farm Leasing Arrangements meeting in Atlantic. Cass County Extension will be sponsoring the Farm Leasing Arrangements meeting on August 16 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cass County Community Center. The Cass County Community Center is at 805 West 10th Street.

Another timely topic is the 2012 Farm Bill. Both the Senate and House Committees of Agriculture have proposed bills that eliminate direct payments. According to Tim Eggers, Iowa State University Extension Field Agricultural Economist, “The elimination will drop farm revenues by about $20 per acre. It is the equivalent of a three-bushel decrease in this year’s crop.” Eggers added, “While not a large decrease, it is still a fundamental change in Farm Bill programs.” Besides the cost of soil erosion and loss of direct payments, Eggers will discuss land values, cash rental rates, and flexible leases. Considerations relevant to current drought impact will also be discussed.

The Farm Leasing Arrangements meeting costs $15 per person, which includes the 100-page Farm Leasing Arrangements booklet. Pre-registration is required by August 14. To pre-register, call the Cass County Extension office at 712-243-1132.

(ISU Extension Press Release)

Iowa DOT offering land for sale in Harlan


August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation is offering land for sale in Harlan. The 5,930 square foot tract of land is located on the south side of Iowa 44 and west side of Southwest Avenue.  Bids are due by 1-p.m. Sept. 12th, 2012. The appraised value of the land is $8,100. Term of the sale is cash only.  

Bid forms may be obtained by contacting Mary Pepper, Office of Right of Way – property management, Iowa DOT, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010, phone 515-239-1300.  

The Iowa DOT acquires real estate for highway improvement projects statewide. Any excess property or property improvements may be disposed of during or after the project development process. For more information on Iowa DOT property management, including sales, visit www.iowadot.gov/propmanage/index.html.