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Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Dec. 13th 2012

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December 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will soon begin implementing its new testing requirements for people seeking to be licensed to teach in the state. The Gazette reports a legislative panel on Tuesday cleared the way for the state Department of Education to begin implementing on January 2nd new rules for teacher preparedness tests.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A second jury has failed to return a verdict in a lawsuit filed against Madison County Sheriff Craig Busch by a former dispatcher alleging sexual harassment. Kathryn Frank originally filed a lawsuit in 2005 against the county, then-sheriff Paul Welsh, and Busch, who was a deputy. The county settled the case, paying Frank $60,000. After Busch became sheriff in 2009, Frank claims he retaliated against her. But in this suit jurors were dismissed Monday after they could not reach a verdict.

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is seeking more than $300,000 from the state after a county judge ruled he was wrongfully imprisoned for more than five years for a sexual assault he didn’t commit. David DeSimone of Clinton filed a claim yesterday with the State Appeal Board.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they’ve captured a man in Indiana who escaped from a county jail in northeast Iowa. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday that Timothy Reynolds was captured in Lafayette, Indiana. Reynolds escaped from the Delaware County Jail in Manchester, Iowa on November 18th.

Mills County Resident Sentenced to 86 Months for Possession of Child Pornography

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December 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 33-year old Everett David Moles, a resident of Mills County, was sentenced to 86 months imprisonment on Wednesday, for possession of child pornography. United States District Judge John Jarvey  also ordered Moles to serve a twenty year term of supervised release following incarceration.

On August 31st, 2012, Moles pled guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography after an extensive investigation into his receiving images and videos of child pornography on his cellular phone. At the time of his guilty plea, Moles admitted that from September of 2009 and continuing through May of 2011, he had images on his cellular telephone that depicted minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The investigation was conducted by the Mills County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, Mills County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Second jury in sheriff lawsuit can’t reach verdict

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December 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A second jury has failed to return a verdict in a lawsuit filed against Madison County Sheriff Craig Busch by a former dispatcher alleging sexual harassment. Kathryn Frank originally filed a lawsuit in 2005 against the county, then-sheriff Paul Welsh, and Busch, who was a deputy. She alleged Busch made offensive sexual remarks and groped her. The county settled the case, paying Frank $60,000.

After Busch became sheriff in 2009, Frank claims he retaliated against her. She filed a civil rights complaint in August 2009 and later that month was fired. She sued claiming civil rights violations. A jury trial last December ended in mistrial when jurors deadlocked. A second trial early this month has ended with the same result. Jurors were dismissed Monday unable to reach a verdict.

Iowa teachers will soon have to pass prep program tests

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December 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Starting next year, graduates of Iowa’s teacher preparation programs will have to pass exams with a minimum score to get a license to teach. The requirement is part of the education reform package that passed the 2012 Iowa legislature. Prospective teachers will take one exam on the subject they hope to teach and another to see if they have the skills to teach a classroom of kids.

Jason Glass, director of the Iowa Department of Education, says students will only have to score better than at least 25 percent of those who take the test. “Clearly this is a minimum standard and one that all teachers in Iowa can and should be able to pass before they are entrusted with educating our children,” Glass says.

Iowa is one of the last states to require testing of new teachers, but the move has critics, like current college students who say the exams are being sprung on them. Senator Wally Horn, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, says he’s received over 200 emails on the topic. “They’re seniors in college and haven’t prepared for that and that’s a problem,” Horn says. Horn says they’re also concerned about the cost of the exams, which is in the range of two-hundred dollars.

Glass says a delay is not the right option. “Every year that we would delay enforcement or enactment of the law would be another year that we potentially put unqualified people into teaching roles in the state,” Glass says. “Our priority has to lie with the students, the children in our schools.”

This new requirement for prospective teachers got the go-ahead yesterday from a legislative committee that reviews state agency rules and procedures. It means this spring’s college graduates in Iowa will have to take the exams to get a teaching license.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass Supervisors approve 1st reading of Amended TIF District Ordinance

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December 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors Wednesday morning approved the first of two readings of an Amended Ordinance that pertains to the Amaizing Energy TIF District. The action followed the first of two public hearings on the matter, with the second hearing and second reading to take place during the Supervisor’s meeting on Dec. 19th.

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman points out the parcels in the Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal/TIF District.

Prior to the public hearing, Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman said the Board, on May 23rd 2007, enacted Ordinance 28, which provides for the Division of Taxes levied on taxable property in the Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal Area. He said the amendment proposes that certain property included in the definition of an “Urban Renewal Area” in the ordinance, be deleted from that definition. (A full description of the parcels and sections are available at the Auditor’s office)

After the public hearing was closed and the matter discussed that the Board, upon hearing no objections to the amendment after first reading, voted to approve it.

Lenox man gets 6 months in prison for sexual assault

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December 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Lenox Police Chief Jon Huggins reports a Lenox man was sentenced to six-months in prison after entering a plea of guilty last week, to an aggravated misdemeanor charge of Assault with the Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse.  As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, a charge of Indecent Contact with a child, was dismissed against 39-year old Fredy Ramirez. The charge was filed August 30th by the Lenox Police Department as a result of a complaint stating Ramirez had lured a 12-year old female into his home with the intent to sexually abuse her.

Ramirez had been sentenced to pay a fine of $650 plus surcharges, but the fine was suspended. He was also sentenced to 360 days in the Taylor County Jail, but 181 days of that was suspended. In addition Ramirez: Was placed on probation with the Iowa Department of Probation for 2 years; Must pay $25 per day jail fees; Enroll in and complete a sex offender treatment program;  Must register as a sexual offender, and he must not have contact with the victim or her family. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim, as well as attorney’s costs.

9AM Newscast 12-12-2012

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December 12th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Another Pot bust on I-80 in Cass County

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December 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Tuesday by an Iowa State Patrol Trooper on I-80 in Cass County resulted in the confiscation of 210-pounds of high grade marijuana. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office told KJAN News 54-year-old Charles Scott Hunstable and 34-year-old Jorge Armando-Morfin, both of Modesto, CA were being held in the Cass County Jail on charges which include Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Marijuana, prohibited acts, a drug tax stamp violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Their bonds was set at $20,000.  The pot reportedly has a street value of around $1-million.

The Iowa State Patrol says a Chevy RV was stopped at around 3:50-p.m., about half-way between the Wiota and Anita Exits, for having an equipment violation. After the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity, probable cause resulted in a search of the vehicle, and the discovery of the pot.

Last week, two separate traffic stops on Interstate 80 in Cass County resulted in three drug-related arrests, and at least 17-pounds of high-grade marijuana being seized.

8AM Newscast 12-12-2012

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December 12th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Cased closed in Atlantic stabbing incident

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December 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Atlantic said Tuesday they are no longer searching for a suspect in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred Monday night at 4th and Pine Streets. According to Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green, 27-year old Raymond Cassidy, of Atlantic, suffered a single stab wound to the abdomen during the incident, which happened at around 7:40-p.m.

Cassidy was brought to the Cass County Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, for further treatment. Green could not confirm the man inflicted the wound upon himself, due to HIPPA rules, but he did say the incident is no longer under investigation.