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(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, Wed. 10/29/2014

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October 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Grassley hoping IRS corrects “silly actions,” return money to NW Iowa restaurant owner

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October 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s looking into the federal government’s use of civil forfeiture laws after learning how the IRS seized the bank account of a restaurant owner in northwest Iowa. The Republican served on the IRS Restructuring Commission, which sought to end the agency’s “harassment” of small businesses back in 1998. “Well, here we are 15 years later and we’re still messing around with the same problems,” Grassley says.

In May 2013, the IRS seized almost $33,000 from Carole Hinders, who has operated Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Food in Arnolds Park for 38 years. The restaurant only accepts cash and the IRS used civil forfeiture to seize Hinders’ bank account, claiming by making small deposits, she was evading a federal law that requires banks to report cash deposits greater than $10,000. Officials with the IRS have responded to Grassley’s inquiry about the matter.

“They say that they’re going to reconsider their policy and maybe make some changes,” Grassley says. The Washington, DC-based Institute for Justice is helping Hinders with her case. The law firm reports federal law enforcement agencies — using civil forfeiture — can take cash, cars and other property without charging the property owner with a crime. Grassley says the IRS plays a role in fighting money laundering and other criminal activity, but it should treat business owners fairly.

“Maybe the IRS is smart enough to correct their own silly actions that they’re taking, but whatever the case is, we’ve got to be on top of the IRS once again,” Grassley says. The 67-year-old Hinders, who describes her last year as “Hell,” has borrowed money and used credit cards to pay bills and keep her restaurant in business. The New York Times recently featured a story about Hinders’ plight on its front page.

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2 arrests in Creston, Tuesday

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October 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports two arrests, Tuesday. 63-year old Donald Barnes, of Creston, was arrested at around 9:15-a.m. for Harassment in the 3rd degree. And, 36-year old Bobbie Jo Wilson, of Creston, was arrested at around 1:30-p.m. at the Union County Law Enforcement Center, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both were released on a promise to appear later, in court.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, Wed. 10/29/2014

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October 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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ERNST INCHING AHEAD IN IOWA SENATE RACE, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS

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October 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst is inching ahead among likely voters in the U.S. Senate race and now has 49 percent to 45 percent for U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Five percent remain undecided. This compares to results of an October 23 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing Sen. Ernst at 48 percent and Rep. Braley at 46 percent.

Today’s (Wednesday’s) results show independent voters backing Ernst 50 – 41 percent. Republicans back Ernst 90 – 4 percent. Democrats go to Braley 94 – 4 percent. The reverse gender gap in this race continues as women back the Democratic man 50 – 42 percent, while men back the Republican woman 56 – 39 percent. Braley leads 57 – 36 percent among those who already have voted.

Just six days before Election Day, 91 percent of Iowa likely voters who name a Senate candidate say their mind is made up, while 9 percent say they might change their mind. Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, says “As Election Day nears, State Sen. Joni Ernst is closing in on Iowa’s open U.S. Senate seat. Her lead over U.S. Rep. Brue Braley inches up to 49 – 45 percent, giving her the momentum with less than a week left in the campaign. Nothing is for sure, but one would certainly rather be in her shoes this morning than Braley’s. One piece of good news for the Democrat is that he has a 21-point lead among those who already have voted.”

Young makes final pitch during swing through southern Iowa

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October 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa 3rd District Republican congressional candidate David Young, is hitting the road with a final pitch on why people should elect him to the U-S House of Representatives. The seat, which was left open in this election cycle by Tom Latham, is also sought by Young’s Democrat opponent, Staci Appel.

On Thursday, he’ll hold a meet and greet in Red Oak over the noon hour, followed by similar events in Farragut from 2-until 3-p.m. at the Freedom Corner (601 Hartford Ave.), and in Glenwood from 4-until 5-p.m. Thursday, at the Glenwood State Bank (32 N. Walnut St.).

All of the events are open to the public.

Iowa home health care company records probed

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October 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Company officials say federal agents are investigating records seized from Iowa Home Care offices in West Des Moines, Clive and Fort Dodge. Agents from the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were seen carrying boxes of records from the West Des Moines office on Tuesday afternoon.

Pete Deegan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Northern Iowa would not comment other than to say the agents were conducting official business. The company says it “looks forward to cooperating fully with state and federal authorities regarding any questions related to our record-keeping practices.”

Iowa Home Care offers home health care services in 36 Iowa counties, most of which are in central, north central and south central Iowa.

Atlantic City Council to hold special session this evening

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October 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Atlantic will hold a special session this evening, at City Hall. During the 5:15-p.m. meeting, the Council will hold discussion with regard to their goals for the City and Vision for the next five-years. There will also be an opportunity for a public forum.

Red Oak Police investigate vandalism

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October 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak are investigating an incident of vandalism in the City’s Legion Park. Employees with the Parks and Rec Department notified police late Tuesday evening, that four park tables had been damaged by vandals. The incident happened sometime Monday or Tuesday. The damage was estimated at $450.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Red Oak Police at 712-623-6500.

Day 1 of Metzker-Madsen Trial: Foster Mom says he didn’t know right from wrong

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October 29th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A teen accused of killing his 5-year-old Atlantic foster brother last year would throw things and hit inanimate objects during temper tantrums. The Omaha World-Herald says 18-yearold Cody Metzker-Madsen‘s foster mother said in a 2011 email, that he didn’t understand the difference between right and wrong when he was playing and that he didn’t comprehend that if he copied the wrestling moves he saw on TV, that it could hurt him or someone else. Even so, 53-year old Julie Coolman, of rural Logan, said she didn’t believe Cody was a threat to her family. She said he was never aggressive toward them.

The testimony came Tuesday during the first day of Metzker-Madsen’s first-degree murder trial in the death of Dominic Elkins. The teen has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Metzker-Madsen, who was 17 at the time, killed Dominic as the two were playing outside Aug. 31, 2013.

Dominic’s body was found in a wooded ravine. An autopsy determined that he died from blunt-force head injuries and drowning. Dominic’s mother earlier this month sued the Coolmans, accusing them of negligence in her son’s death.The lawsuit filed by Dominic’s mother accuses Don and Julie Coolman of failing to properly care for and supervise Dominic and Metzker-Madsen; failing to protect Dominic from harm or unreasonable risk of injury; failing to respond quickly to the incident and Dominic’s injury; and leaving the boys in the care of a juvenile female.

Julie and Don Coolman were away from home at the time of the attack alleged by authorities, leaving the two boys under the supervision of one of the Coolman’s twin daughters; the girl was 12 at the time.

Metzker-Madsen’s attorney is using an insanity defense. Public defender Michael Williams contends that his client suffers from “certain mental health disorders.” Earlier this year, a psychologist and a psychiatrist who examined Metzker-Madsen testified that he showed symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome. The psychiatrist, Dr. Arnold Andersen, said in a hearing in April that Metzker-Madsen’s mother used methamphetamine while pregnant with him.