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Adel woman sentenced to 20 months in embezzlement

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who embezzled more than $518,000 has been sentenced to 20 months in prison on federal mail and tax fraud charges. Stacey Lynne Gross of Adel was also ordered to pay back the amount she stole from Data Business Equipment, Inc., which employed her as its Des Moines office manager. Federal prosecutors said Friday Gross wrote more than 190 checks for her personal benefit, including to pay for her credit card, mortgage and furniture, jewelry and other items. Prosecutors say the 38-year-old falsified the company’s books to cover up her theft, making it appear that a vendor received checks that used to pay her personal debts. Gross pleaded guilty in November. Company president Waldo Geiger issued a statement thanking investigators and noting insurance covered much of the theft.

Page County thefts remain under investigation

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County are investigating two incidents of theft which were reported to have occurred earlier this month. On Feb. 2nd, Brian Holmes, of rural Shenandoah informed the Sheriff’s Department someone had taken about 30 batteries for vehicles and farm equipment from a pallett in a tree line road ditch on his property. The pallet was visible from the road. The batteries were valued at $180.

And, on Feb. 10th, Doug Ohnmacht, of Essex, reported to the Sheriff’s Department, someone removed four extension cords from a property on J Avenue in rural Essex. Ohnmacht was also missing a grain bin unload auger motor, which was removed from another location in rural Essex. The items were valued at a combined $300.

Arrests reported in connection with SW IA thefts

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports two people have been arrested in connection with recent incidents of theft, while other cases remain under investigation. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says 30-year old Sara Jeanine York, of Shenandoah, and 35-year old Christopher Lee Jones, of Essex, were charged with Burglary, theft from a building, trespassing and conspiracy, in connection with a break-in and theft at Mount Arbor Nurseries, in Shenandoah on Feb. 11th.

The nurseries’ Craig Holmes reported to authorities Feb. 12th, that someone had pulled a door open and crawled through it. Footprints in the snow led to a hopper that fed into a belt conveyor, which feeds into the side of the building. Four, heavy-duty electrical cords were cut out of electrical boxes on an elevated cat walk. The cords were valued at $500.

York and Jones were also charged with burglary and theft from a building, stemming from an investigation into the Feb. 8th theft of a surveillance camera from a rural property on 190th Street, in Shenandoah.  The Sheriff’s Office used pictures from other cameras along with other information in conducting their investigation, which resulted in the execution of a search warrant at 407 1/2 West Lowell Avenue in Shenandoah.

Additional charges are possible against the pair. Jones, who was also wanted on an outstanding warrant, was being held in the Page County Jail on $12,600 bond. York’s bond was set as $5,600.

Harlan woman charged w/supplying booze to persons under age

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An anonymous tip to authorities in Shelby County earlier this week led to a  Harlan woman being charged with supplying alcohol to persons under the legal age. The Harlan Police Department reports 43-year old Kimberly Musich allegedly supplied booze to 20-year old Jesse Seyler, and 16-year old Shantel Ayers, both of Harlan. Seyler and Ayers were charged with Minor in Possession. All three of the individuals were cited for the offenses and released.

And, assault charges were filed last week against a Harlan man. The Harlan P-D says 53-year old Michael Garrison allegedly assaulted Garth Brammann, a custodian at an apartment complex on Durant Street. Garrison also faces a charge of criminal mischief.

Officials report also: 24-year old Joshua Koziol, of Harlan, was arrested February 9th on charges that include possession of a simulated controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also wanted for a parole violation in Nebraska. Koziol was taken into custody following a traffic stop in Harlan. And, the staff at the Elm Crest Retirement Home reported to police a 24-inch flat screen tv was stolen. The tv had been placed outside of a resident’s room, while work on the floor was being conducted. The theft remains under investigation.

CCHS to hold educational program in Atlantic

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic have announced CCMH Women’s Health Services is hosting an educational evening, Hints for a Happy, Healthy Heart, on Thursday, February 23, 2012.  The 5:30 pm event will include: an educational program presented by Dr. Amy Arouni; stories featuring area women who have successfully restored their heart health after cardiac disease; refreshments, and tours of the CCMH Cardiac Rehab Center.  The event will be held in the CCMH atrium, and is open to the public; there is no charge and no pre-registration is necessary.  Dr. Arouni is a board-certified cardiologist with The Creighton Cardiac Center and Creighton Medical Associates.  She cares for patients in the CCMH Outpatient Clinic several times each month.  CCMH Women’s Health Services provides ongoing programming related to women’s health issues and education.  For more information, contact Barb at 712-243-3250, x3450.

Lawmakers pressed to issue birth and death certificates for stillborns

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(by O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

A southwest Iowa woman made a direct appeal to state lawmakers yesterday (Thursday) on behalf of other women whose babies have been stillborn. Mandy Ford of Clarinda supports legislation that would allow authorities to issue a birth certificate for stillborn babies. Under current law, a death certificate is issued. “No parent wants to hold the death certificate for their child, but that is the requirement in the law and that is what we must do,” Ford said. “But our other hand remains empty because we do not have a death certificate for our child.” On Thursday, Ford testified before a three-member House subcommittee, talking about the stillbirth of her third child last year.

“We will always have empty arms,” Ford said. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, about two-hundred stillbirths are reported in Iowa each year. Thirty-two other states offer both a birth certificate and a death certificate to the parents of babies who are stillborn. State law calls it a miscarriage if the pregnancy lasted less than 20 weeks. The state representative who’s been named the bill’s manager in the House says he wants to make sure the proposal is fine-tuned and narrowly-focused so it doesn’t lead to a more wide-ranging debate about abortion.

8AM Newscast 02-17-2012

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3 vehicle accident reported in Atlantic

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a chain-reaction collision involving three vehicles Thursday afternoon, in Atlantic. According to the Atlantic Police Department, a vehicle driven by Rusia Salapa was stopped at the stop light located at 7th and Olive Streets. A vehicle driven by Laura Boggs was slowing down to stop behind Salapa’s vehicle, when Boggs’ car was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Austin Eblin. All three drivers are from Atlantic.

Officials say the impact caused Boggs vehicle to be shoved forward into the rear of Salapa’s vehicle. The accident, which occurred at around 3:30-p.m. Thursday, caused an estimated  $5,200 damage altogether. The Police Department says Eblin was cited for following to close.

Sioux City insurance man accused of fraud, forgery

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February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 40-year-old Sioux City man has been charged with fraud, forgery and selling insurance without a license.  The Sioux City Journal reports Douglas Inlay was arrested Tuesday. Court records show he’s bonded out of jail. Inlay faces two charges of ongoing criminal conduct, five counts of selling insurance without a license, two charges of fraudulent submission to an insurer, one count of fraudulent practice and one count of forgery.

Inlay is accused of selling policies and filing claims through his company, Agency One Insurance, from Nov. 8, 2010, to June 7. The state had revoked his insurance license on Nov. 2, 2010.  Inlay and his attorney have declined to comment.

7AM Newscast 02-17-2012

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