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Amount of marijuana from Colorado seized in Iowa on the rise

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January 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The director of Iowa’s Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division says Iowa law enforcement officers are seizing increasing amounts of marijuana originating from Colorado. Steve DeJoode says even before Colorado relaxed its marijuana laws late last year, the amount of marijuana seized in Iowa tripled over a three year period. “In 2010, the number of interdiction stops in Iowa regarding marijuana, 10-percent of those originated out of Colorado. In 2011, it increased to 25-percent and in 2012, 36-percent of the marijuana interdictions in Iowa originated out of Colorado,” DeJoode says. “So, each year, we’re increasing at least 10-percent.”

DeJoode notes Interstates 80 and 35 provide primary routes to marijuana markets and when it’s seized in Iowa, the costs fall on Iowa. “Whether or not that interdiction load of illicit drugs is destined for Iowa or not, they still have impacts on Iowa law enforcement, jail systems and the judicial system as well,” DeJoode says.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic woman cited after car hit Subway restaurant

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January 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An accident in Atlantic Monday afternoon caused about $2,000 damage to the Subway store on East 7th Street, and resulted in a local woman being cited for failure to have insurance. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 31-year old Chalee Burtle, of Atlantic, was cited after the vehicle she was driving hit the store at 1705 E. 7th Street at around 3:20-p.m., while Burtle was attempting to park. Her car sustained $2,500 damage. No injuries were reported.

Atlantic Stabbing victim arrested Monday

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January 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man who was the victim of a stabbing early Sunday morning outside of a local bar, was arrested Monday on a Cass County warrant. The Atlantic Police Department says 26-year old Christopher Anthony Jason Castillo was taken into custody on a warrant issued in December, for Failure to Appear for his arraignment on an original charge of Domestic Abuse Assault causing bodily injury. Castillo was being held in the Cass County Jail on $5,000 bond.

 

More info. released on Sunday pursuit in Pott. & Shelby Counties

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January 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker today (Tuesday), released more information about a wild pursuit we first told you about Sunday morning, on KJAN. The incident began at around 3:30-a.m., after a Pott. County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over a white Toyota pickup on Highway 59 in Avoca, for an equipment violation.

Danker says the 27-year old female driver of the pickup was being questioned by the deputy, when a passenger, identified as 20-year old Kolten Kenneth Kobold, of Harlan, slid into the driver’s seat and the pickup sped-off. As the chase went down interstate 80, the deputy noticed items including cash, a white powdery substance and a baggie were being tossed out of the truck, but Danker said later that authorities were not able to find evidence of the substance along the interstate. The pursuit entered the Shelby area on gravel roads before turning into a corn field. The truck with the deputy in chase, eventually wound-up back on I-80.

Danker says the pickup was traveling in the wrong direction for a short time before switching back across the median and going in the other direction. The truck then left the interstate again. The pursuit continued north through Shelby and ended at around 450th Street and County Road M-16, where another deputy performed a PIT Maneuver. His action caused the pickup to spin into a ditch.

Kobold was taken into custody at around 4-a.m. He faces numerous charges, including being a Fugitive from Justice, Eluding, Reckless Driving and several traffic offenses. Kobold was later released from custody posting a $7,000 bond. The female driver did not have a driver’s license, but no charges were filed against her.

Guthrie County man arrested for wire theft

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January 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County say a Guthrie County man was arrested Monday night on a charge of 2nd degree theft, associated with the theft on January 1st of two spools of wire from rural Audubon County. 44-year old Ryan Vernon Doty, of Coon Rapids, was taken into custody at around 9-p.m with the assistance of deputies from Carroll County, who also assisted in the investigation.

Officials say Doty allegedly stole the wire from the 1500 block of Swift Avenue. The spools were valued at more than $2,500. Doty was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released, after posting a $5,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

9AM Newscast 01-22-2013

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January 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Training class in Atlantic teaches officers how to catch impaired persons

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January 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Don’t be alarmed if you see numerous law enforcement vehicles parked near the fire station in Atlantic over the next couple of days. Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Bartholomew told KJAN News about 20 officers are being taught  Advanced Roadside Impairment Detection Enforcement, or ARIDE (A-Ride). The program was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with input from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and other agencies.

The two-day course is designed to train multiple officers from around the area, the latest techniques in the proper conducting of Field Sobriety Tests for driver impairment. That includes the more advanced techniques on how to observe and test not only for alcohol impairment, but for narcotics as well. Bartholomew says when officers graduate from the Law Enforcement Academy, they have already been trained in standard Field Sobriety testing.

The advanced course provides them with any legal updates, and practical experience that allows them to become more proficient at conducting the tests. The whole purpose is to get impaired drivers off the road. The deputy says there will be 10 volunteers between the ages of 21 and 55, who meet specific weight criteria, who will be arriving at the fire station during the day. The volunteers will have consumed alcohol, and will be the subjects of Field Sobriety testing by the officers involved in the advanced course. Bartholomew says the officers will be evaluated on their performance and how well their case would stand-up in court based on that performance.

The volunteers will consume alcohol and be transported to the station and back home under strictly controlled conditions. They will also be provided with snacks during the process, and a meal afterward, for their efforts. Bartholomew says the officers who successfully complete the course receive national certification, and as such, will be included in their record that can follow them to any state and not require them to take any additional certification courses.

8AM Newscast 01-22-2013

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January 22nd, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Nebraskan’s body found at Iowa casino

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January 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities are investigating the death of a Nebraska man whose body was found at a casino parking garage in Council Bluffs.   The Daily Nonpareil reports the body of the 54-year-old Omaha man was found a little after 9:30 p.m. Sunday on the ground level of the parking garage of Harrah’s Casino & Hotel. Police Sgt. David Dawson says the man is believed to have jumped from the fifth floor of the garage around 6:30 p.m.

Dawson says a note was found in the man’s vehicle and that “it doesn’t appear that anything is suspicious” about the man’s death.

Cass Co. Extenstion offers IA DOT laws and regs info. this Friday

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Extension Service and other state/local partners, invite area farmers and the public to attend an informational presentation this Friday, Jan. 25th, from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), on Laws and Regulations that affect your farming operation. Janelle Kracht, District Field Manager for Iowa Corn, says  “The laws and regulations change all the time. It is important to share up to date information and this is directly from the DOT, so farmers can ask questions.”

The free presentation takes place 2-PM Friday, at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic (805 W. 10th Street). A question and answer period will follow the presentation for any farmers who have questions related to specific rules and regulations. Presenting partners for the event include the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, the Iowa Soybean Association, Cass County ISU Extension, and the local Cass County Corn and Soybean Association.

There is no cost to attend, no preregistration required and the meeting is open to the public. Questions in advance of the event should be directed to Janelle Kracht at 515-229-9980.