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October 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Red Oak woman arrested on MO. Warrant

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October 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak woman was arrested Monday afternoon on a warrant out of Missouri for Possession with the Intent to Deliver. Red Oak Police say 25-year old Katie Rose Carnes was taken into custody at around 1:30-p.m. Carnes was being held on $25,000 bond in the Montgomery County Jail while awaiting an initial appearance, and extradition to Missouri.

And, a Red Oak woman was arrested Monday evening on 5th degree theft and trespassing charges. 58-year-old Cindy Jo Cassidy was was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $600 bond.

College certification added to the Home Base Iowa program for veterans

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October 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad announced another component of the “Home Base Iowa” program Monday, which allows Iowa colleges and universities become certified to educate veterans in an effort to lure them to the state. Branstad says the schools must follow certain requirements to become a Certified Higher Academic Military Partner or CHAMP. “It will provide a series of on-campus veterans resources, demonstrate an understanding of the transitions that service members need to go through with practical solutions to help them make the change from military life to academic life, and demonstrate an awareness of the financial challenges that transitioning active service members may be experiencing,” Branstad explains.

Three schools, Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids have already become certified for the program. The governor says many more schools have expressed interest and are hoping to become certified.

General Altman

General Altman

Iowa National Guard General Steve Altman says the addition of the certification program for colleges adds to what is already a good program. “I’d like to thank all the institutes of higher education for their efforts in making it really seamless for service members to bring their military transcripts to the state and get the maximum credit for it, allowing them to expedite their transition from schooling and getting degrees, to entering the workplace so much faster,” Altman says. He says CHAMP will get the attention of military members who are leaving the service.

“I believe that the education pillar will be a great boon for all of our service members and it will make Iowa the state of choice as they transition,” Altman says. Homebase Iowa program manager, Kathy Anderson, talks about the things the CHAMP program provides to former service members. “Early registration, all types of things, taking a look at their record to make sure their academic credit transfers,” Anderson says. “All of those things can be really important and really critical for that transition for the military member.” The governor says 495 veterans have been hired since Home Base Iowa was enacted in July. Anderson was asked if those are service members who would have returned to Iowa anyway. Anderson says she doesn’t have the exact breakdown of how many are Iowans, as she says employers don’t keep track of that.

“We are having veterans, transitioning military members, who could have considered going anywhere. And they’re seeing what we have to offer in Iowa now through so many of the facets of the Home Base Iowa Act,” according to Anderson. “But, now with the businesses making a committed effort to hire veterans — with five-thousand pledges to hire veterans. I would argue that we may be capturing Iowan’s back as well, but I would argue that that is a fantastic thing and that is something that we would certainly want.”

(Radio Iowa)

Trial begins today in the death of an Atlantic boy

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October 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The first-degree murder trial for a Harrison County teenager accused of killing his foster brother from Atlantic is set to begin today. The Daily NonPareil reports Michael Williams of Sioux City, attorney for 18-year old Cody Metzker-Madsen, filed documents in September indicating he will use an insanity defense during the trial. Williams said Metzker-Madsen’s ability to help with his defense was “compromised by certain mental health disorders,” according to court documents.

Last year over Labor Day weekend, authorities found Metzker-Madsen’s foster brother, 5-year-old Dominic Elkins, deceased in a wooded ravine. Metzker-Madsen,  who was 17 at the time, said the two were “playing bricks” on Aug. 31, 2013, outside their rural home north of Logan, according to court documents. An autopsy determined the boy died as a result of blunt-force head injuries and drowning.

During a competency hearing in April, psychiatrist Dr. Arnold Andersen said Metzker-Madsen exhibited symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome. His mother, according to Andersen, used methamphetamine while pregnant with Cody. Psychologist John Bayless said at the hearing that Metzker-Madsen had mental problems, but that did not mean he could not understand the seriousness of the matter or could not participate in his own defense. Both described Metzker-Madsen as unemotional about his situation.

Metzker-Madsen’s foster family has said he was developmentally similar to a 5-year-old. Don and Julie Coolman were both boys’ foster parents. Fourth District Judge Kathleen Kilnoski ruled Metzker-Madsen was competent to stand trial. In May, she denied a motion by the defense to try Metzker-Madsen in juvenile court. Metzker-Madsen waived his right to a jury trial, which means a judge will make the final ruling. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and is being held at the Harrison County Jail in Logan.

In Iowa, a first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court banned automatic life sentences for juveniles. Metzker-Madsen was a minor when the alleged incident occurred. However, the Iowa Supreme Court followed that ruling with one that requires judges to consider whether teens can be rehabilitated.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Oct. 28 2014

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October 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CALAMUS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old has been killed after his vehicle collided with a semitrailer in eastern Iowa. The crash happened Monday afternoon on Highway 30 near Calamus. A car traveling east on the highway collided with the semitrailer, which was traveling west. The driver of the smaller vehicle, Connor A. Robinson, of Oceanside, California, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semitrailer, 57-year-old Anthony M. Zappa, of Forest Lake, Minnesota, was not hurt.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Dubuque say a plugged sanitary sewer pipe caused a sanitary sewer manhole to overflow untreated wastewater into the city’s storm sewer system. The state Department of Natural Resources says the city’s public works department was notified of the sewer back up Monday afternoon. Crews removed the blockage a short time later.

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says a 17-year-old facing vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of two teenagers will be prosecuted as an adult. District Associate Judge Adria Kester says the 17-year-old does not have reasonable prospects of rehabilitation if he remains in juvenile court. The 17-year-old is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in Sac County Juvenile Court.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — James Taylor will appear at a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in Des Moines on Saturday. The singer-songwriter will perform at a rally headlined by former President Bill Clinton at the Brenton Skating Plaza. Taylor is famous for hits like “Fire and Rain” and “Shower the People.” Taylor is giving a concert at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Saturday night.

Judge: 17-year-old will be prosecuted as an adult

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October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says a 17-year-old facing vehicular homicide charges in the deaths of two teenagers will be prosecuted as an adult. District Associate Judge Adria Kester says the 17-year-old does not have reasonable prospects of rehabilitation if he remains in juvenile court.

The Sioux City Journal reports the 17-year-old is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide in Sac County Juvenile Court. Court records do not yet indicate any filings in district court. Sac County Attorney Ben Smith will have several weeks to file additional information. The 17-year-old was driving a pickup that collided in August with a car driven by 16-year-old Bailey Jacobsen. She and her passenger, 16-year-old Lindsey Quirk, were killed.

Authorities say the 17-year-old’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for minors driving.

Long walks held to raise awareness of military suicides

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October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

At least a couple of events were held in Iowa over the weekend to raise awareness about a troubling trend among military members. U.S Army veteran John Lame and Iowa National Guardsman Chad Madison organized a 25-mile long “Road March” between Newton and Altoona that took place on Saturday. Lame says the effort is based on a program in Minnesota called “The Next Objective” held each October 23rd.

“The 23 represents the 23 veterans each day last year who committed suicide,” Lame says. There were several 23-mile walks held across the country to raise awareness about the matter. Lame is hoping to make the walk from Newton to Altoona an annual event. He says they increased the walk from 23 to 25 miles to make it a bit closer to a marathon, which is just over 26 miles.

“The 25 also represents a 25 mile road march, which I had to do when I was in the service,” Lame said. While making the march on Saturday, Lame and the other participants collected donations for programs addressing suicide in the military. A similar event called the 23-mile Ruck Up for Life, involving more than 200 participants, was also held on Saturday between Council Bluffs and Omaha.

(Radio Iowa)

Slauson’s trial may be moved out of Atlantic

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October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The attorney for an Atlantic woman accused of faking her daughter’s cancer has filed a motion for a change of venue in her trial. Online court documents show Jay Mez, attorney for 30-year old Leatha K. Slauson, filed the motion with the court, on Friday. He asserts her Nov. 12th trial should be moved due to extensive media coverage, gossip, rumors and speculation by residents in Cass County that would make selecting a fair and impartial jury impossible.

Leatha Kaye Slauson (Cass Co. Sheriff's Office photo)

Leatha Kaye Slauson (Cass Co. Sheriff’s Office photo)

In presenting his motion, he entered into exhibit stories that aired from various media outlets, press releases that were distributed, and trial information alleging that Slauson obtained donations and other services by deception, from the community.

Earlier this month, Mez said Slauson was competent to stand trial, but unable to tell right from wrong. Online court records show Mez indicated on Oct. 1st his defense of 30-year old Leatha K. Slauson would be one of “Diminished Responsibility.”

Authorities say Slauson lied about her daughter having cancer, inserted a feeding tube into the 5-year-old girl and gave her drugs and cannabis oils. Slauson has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts, including assault, child endangerment and theft by deception. Her trial is set for next month.

Sidney man arrested on sex abuse charge in Cass County

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October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Fremont County man was arrested last week in Cass County on a sex abuse charge. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year old Michael Monroe Welch, of Sidney, was arrested Thursday on a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Sexual Abuse in the 3rd Degree. Welch was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later the following day on $10,000 bond.

And on Sunday, deputies in Cass County arrested 27-year old Jerry Thomas Chapman, of Atlantic, on a charge of Public Intoxication. Chapman was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty and was released later that day.

Carroll man arrested in Audubon County on drug charges

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October 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports a traffic stop early Saturday morning resulted in one person being taken into custody on drug charges. 20-year old Andy Brandon Clark, of Carroll, was arrested at around 2:30-a.m. on a Possession of Marijuana charge, after the vehicle he was in was stopped on Highway 71, in Audubon. Clark was subsequently released on a Recognizance Bond, and is scheduled to appear before a magistrate on Thursday.

And, 24-year old Scott Nathaniel Belew, of Audubon, was arrested Thursday evening on an outstanding warrant for Probation Violation. Belew later posted bond and was released.