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Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, June 5th, 2016

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June 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:00 a.m. CDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City casino open fewer than two years is seeking approval to expand its main floor to include high-stakes gambling. The Sioux City Journal reports that the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is planning a $5 million, nearly 8,000-square-foot addition to its downtown casino. In addition to a high-stakes gambling area, the expansion would include a wine bar and a private lounge.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport officials are looking to install surveillance cameras around the city’s cemetery as part of an effort to curb vandalism there. Davenport Alderman Ray Ambrose told the Quad-City Times that would-be vandals might have second thoughts if they knew they were being watched. Vandals in recent days knocked six tombstones off their bases and broke one, resulting in an estimated $1,600 in damage.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Marshalltown officials have learned that asbestos will have to be removed from five properties in the city. The removal will temporarily halt planned demolition and clearance of the properties. The Times-Republican reports that the City Council had already approved on Tuesday the demolition and clearance bids on the properties when it learned of the asbestos.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man accused of a fatal hit-and-run in western Iowa is set to stand trial later this summer. The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports that 44-year-old Tracy Peniska has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatality accident and obstructing prosecution. His trial has been set for Aug. 9. Police say Peniska was driving his car March 9 on the Interstate 480 bridge in Council Bluffs when he hit a pedestrian, 29-year-old Brett Jensen.

2 vehicle accident s. of Elk Horn Saturday evening

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June 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

At least two people were injured during a collision that took place about 2 1/2 miles south of Elk Horn, Saturday evening. The crash was reported to have occurred on Highway 173 at the intersection of 400th Street, at around 5:37-p.m.  Elk Horn Rescue, as well as Medivac Ambulance crews from Atlantic and Harlan were called to the scene. Dispatch reports indicated four persons were involved in the accident, with airbags having been deployed, but as of the latest dispatch, only two were injured. The injured were transported to CCMH in Atlantic.

Additional information is not currently available.

Sioux City downtown casino seeks approval for expansion

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June 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux City casino open fewer than two years is seeking approval to expand its main floor to include high-stakes gambling. The Sioux City Journal reports the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is planning a $5 million, nearly 8,000-square-foot addition to its downtown casino. In addition to a high-stakes gambling area, the expansion would include a wine bar and a private lounge. The new gambling area will include 50 new slot machines and two blackjack tables.

Casino general manager Todd Moyer says that since the casino opened in August 2014, visitors have requested more gambling and drinking options. The Sioux City Council is scheduled to discuss the expansion at a meeting Monday. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended approval.

CCHS CEO Hudspeth enters Alford Plea in his forgery case

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June 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An attorney retained on behalf of Cass County Health System CEO Todd Hudspeth, Thursday, entered a written Alford Plea for Hudspeth, on his felony charge in Buena Vista County, of Forgery. 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.”

CCHS CEO Todd Hudspeth

CCHS CEO Todd Hudspeth

Last month, Hudspeth had entered a written plea of Not Guilty to the Forgery charge filed against him in Buena Vista County Court. Storm Lake Police had earlier arrested Hudspeth after he allegedly presented a $10,000 check with a forged signature at Storm Lake MetaBank. Hudspeth has said the check was deposited into a checking account to pay for his son’s college expenses. Hudspeth later acknowledged he had made a poor decision in endorsing a disbursement check that included his name, and that of his ex-wife. Hudspeth admitted that he took “A foolish shortcut to expedite” the process of transferring funds for his son’s expenses.

Hudspeth faces a similar felony charge in Cass County, filed in May. That charge was based on the Forgery case filed by the Storm Lake Police Department. Hudspeth entered a written plea of Not Guilty in his Cass County case.  A waiver for his preliminary hearing was submitted May 24th .

Iowa trial set in Nebraska man’s hit-and-run case

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June 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man accused of a fatal hit-and-run in western Iowa is set to stand trial later this summer. The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports 44-year-old Tracy Peniska has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatality accident and obstructing prosecution. His trial has been set for Aug. 9th. If convicted, Peniska could face up to seven years in prison.

Police say Peniska was driving his car March 9 on the Interstate 480 bridge in Council Bluffs when he hit a pedestrian, 29-year-old Brett Jensen. Police say Peniska reported his car stolen to Omaha police later that night, but eventually told police he had made up the stolen-car story.

Peniska is free on $5,000 bail.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. Local News, 6/4/16

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June 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The latest area news from KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson.

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(Update) 2 from Crawford County injured in Atlantic crash

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June 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two people from Crawford County were injured during a single-vehicle accident early this (Saturday) morning, on Atlantic’s east side. Atlantic Police Sgt. Cody Eckles told KJAN news 24-year old Megan Teneyck stated a rear tire blew out on her 2010 Dodge Avenger, as the vehicle was traveling eastbound on 7th Street (Highway 6), at around 12:02-a.m.  The car went out of control and skidded for about 19-feet before hitting a brick pillar on the grounds of the Atlantic Catholic Cemetery, on the south side of the road.

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(click on individual images – it will open another page from which you can click again to enlarge the picture) – Ric Hanson/photos.

crash1 crash2Eckles said Teneyck and her unidentified male passenger complained of injuries. The male was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital and later flown by LifeNet helicopter to another facility. Dispatch reports at the time said he had suffered head injuries and was in-and-out of consciousness.

Damage from the crash amounted to $13,000. No citations were issued.

Man & woman injured Saturday morning during a crash in Atlantic

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June 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a single-vehicle accident early this (Saturday) morning, on Atlantic’s east side. Atlantic Police Sgt. Cody Eckles told KJAN news the female driver stated a rear tire blew out as the vehicle was traveling eastbound on 7th Street (Highway 6), at around 12:20-a.m.  The car went out of control and skidded for about 19-feet before hitting a brick pillar on the grounds of the Atlantic Catholic Cemetery, on the south side of the road.

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(click on individual images – it will open another page from which you can click again to enlarge the picture) – Ric Hanson/photos.

crash1 crash2Eckles said the driver and a male passenger were injured, but the extent of their injuries was not immediately known. LifeNet helicopter was called-in to transport the male victim from the Cass County Memorial Hospital to another facility. Dispatch reports at the time said he had suffered head injuries and was in-and-out of consciousness.

No names have been released.

Lifeguards rescue 9-yr old girl at the Stuart Aquatic Center

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June 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A nine-year old female was listed in critical condition Friday at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, following what was described as a likely medical emergency in the pool at the Stuart Aquatic Center. According to the Stuart Police Department, officers and Stuart Rescue personnel responded to the center at around 2:40-p.m, after they received word about an unresponsive juvenile female.

When emergency services arrived they were directed to an unconscious female child who was with lifeguards at the pool. Lifeguards were performing CPR at the time of the emergency services arrival. Stuart Police and Stuart Rescue immediately began providing medical care to the child. The child was stabilized and transported by ambulance to the Stuart landing pad located on SW 7th St, and later transported by Mercy One to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

As of the most recent report, authorities said it is believed that the child suffered a medical emergency while in the pool, however an investigation will continue into the incident. Witnesses and staff at the Aquatics Center said that lifeguards immediately noticed that there was a problem with the child while she was swimming in the pool and jumped in to save her. 

Due to privacy concerns, HIPPA and the age of the child, no further information will be released regarding the identity or medical history of the child.

Accident in Creston Friday afternoon

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June 4th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following a collision on the southeast side of Creston, Friday afternoon. Authorities say a car driven by 16-year old Timmy Kohl, of Creston, was traveling north on S. Cherry Street at around 1-p.m., and stopped at the intersection with Highway 34. Kohl saw a pickup with its right turning signal flashing as it was heading towards him eastbound on Highway 34, so he proceeded into the intersection.

The driver of the pickup, 28-year old Teresa Murphy, of Bedford, told investigators she had been signaling a lane change from the inside to outside lane previous to the intersection, and did not signal for an intent to turn. Murphy tried to avoid the collision, but her 2015 Ford struck the 1998 Chevy Lumina on the driver’s side, causing $11,000 damage.

Authorities cited Kohl for Failure to Yield from a Stop Sign.