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Bluffs man set to stand trial in connection w/a fatal crash

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man accused of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is set to stand trial in February, in connection with a double fatal accident. The Omaha World-Herald reports 31-year old Damian Morgan, of Council Bluffs, appeared in court Monday on two counts of motor vehicle homicide.

He’s accused of operating his vehicle while under the influence of methamphetamine and alcohol when he turned in front of oncoming traffic on Nov. 4th and struck a van. Morgan’s front-seat passenger, 47-year old Wendy Hastie, of Council Bluffs, died at the scene. His rear-seat passenger, 50-year old Tammi Murray, of Council Bluffs, was critically injured and later died at the hospital.

Morgan is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 5th, with his jury trial set for Feb. 24th.

Lottery to end Monopoly Millionaires’ game December 26th

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

You soon won’t be able to pass go or collect one million dollars from the Iowa Lottery’s Monopoly Millionaires’s Club game. The Iowa Lottery and other states who got together to offer the game have decided to stop selling the game on December 26th. The Iowa Lottery Board discussed the issue at their meeting last week, and spokesperson Mary Neubauer says the decision was made Monday.

“We’ve talked about it over the last week or so, sales in this game just didn’t live up to the projections,” Neubauer says. The game cost five dollars and had multiple tiers that let players win through a weekly lotto drawing, through a separate drawing triggered only when the game’s top prize is won, and on a nationally televised game show.  “And we really thought that the game was doing something that players have repeatedly told us that they wanted to see — and that’s a game that spreads the winnings around more,” Neubauer says. “You know maybe rather than just giving one person a giant jackpot in some game, they said ‘give us a game that spreads the winnings around.’ So that was the concept behind this game, but it just never seemed to get legs after its debut in October. And sales continued below expectations, below projections.”

Neubauer says there are still a lot of questions, such as what will happen with the game show. “I know that the initial tapings of the T-V game show will go forward as scheduled, so those game show trip winners who are already scheduled to travel next month to Las Vegas will attend as planned,” according to Neubauer. Neubauer says they are still trying to determine what the poor showing of the game will cost the Iowa Lottery. Iowa Lottery figures show around 409-thousand dollars worth of the Monopoly Millionaires’s Club tickets were sold in October and November.

(Radio Iowa)

Legislative panel recommends transportation help for Iowa schools

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A legislative committee is recommending that the 2015 Iowa legislature consider changes that would help schools deal with transportation costs, a particular problem in rural Iowa where many districts have long bus routes for students. A group of legislators met for four hours on Monday to discuss the details of how state aid to public schools is distributed and agreed lawmakers should find some way to address the budget difficulties in property-poor school districts, although the group did not make a specific recommendation.

Representative Ron Jorgensen, a Republican from Sioux City, is chairman of the House Education Committee. “We all know the importance education plays in providing individuals and society with a higher standard of living,” Jorgenson says. “Having an education population will help increase wages and spur economic development.” Senator Herman Quirmbach, a Democrat from Ames, is chairman of the Education Committee in the Iowa Senate.

“If our students in Iowa don’t get education that makes them competitive economically and in other ways with students raised in other states, then we are not being equitable to our own students,” Quirmbach says. Quirmbach and Joregensen served on the legislative panel that met Monday to discuss preschool-through-12th grade education funding issues.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Dec. 16 2014

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December 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing to end the state’s often-criticized Republican straw poll, but other GOP leaders say the event may still go on next year. The poll is traditionally held in Ames the summer before a contested presidential caucus. Branstad said Monday that it could diminish the state’s kickoff caucuses. Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kauffman said he expects the board that governs the party to vote next month on whether to hold a straw poll in August.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials have suspended a multi-state lottery game aimed at giving out $1million prizes because of low ticket sales. Terry Rich, president of the North American Lottery Group, says officials decided to suspend future ticket sales of the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game, just two months after it launched in 23 states. Tickets will be suspended shortly before its last weekly drawing on Dec. 26. Rich says the game did not meet ticket sales expectations, but he did not elaborate.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials for a Dubuque museum say they’ve received 16 baby turtles that were confiscated at an airport in Alaska. The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confiscated the turtles at an airport in Anchorage, Alaska. They arrived at the museum on Wednesday. More than 200 turtles were recovered at the airport after being packed inside boots in luggage.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Marshalltown officials say a school employee has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student. The Marshalltown Community School District says it contacted the Marshalltown Police Department on Monday with concerns over an alleged inappropriate relationship between a school district employee and an 18-year-old student. No charges have been filed.

Atlantic Parks and Rec Board to interview finalists for Asst. Director’s job

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December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will gather Wednesday and Thursday evening of this week at the Parks & Rec Building at Sunnyside Park, to begin interviews of five finalists for the Assistant Parks and Rec Director’s position. Current Director Roger Herring’s five-year contract with the City expires in May, 2016.

Parks Dir. Roger Herring talks to the Board about the Asst. Director finalists.

Parks Dir. Roger Herring talks to the Board about the Asst. Director finalists.

In September, Herring asked the Board to start looking for someone to succeed him. He said the assistant would learn the Operations aspect of the department, which would allow Herring to work on other, important aspects of the job, such as grant-writing.

During Monday evening’s meeting. Herring told the Board a screening committee whittled-down 30 applicants for the position to eight finalists, but he thought that was still too many, so he asked them to pair down their selections again, and they came up with six. One of the candidates however withdrew their name from contention.

Herring said the applicants were all highly qualified and experienced. The Board received binders containing information on all five finalists. They also handed Herring a list of prepared questions, which will be pared down to eliminate duplicates.

There are three interviews scheduled for Wednesday, with the remaining two candidates to be interviewed Thursday evening. Afterward, the Board will discuss the candidates, make reference calls if necessary, conduct further background checks and then meet no later than next week to select their choice for the position.

Missing Special Needs woman is found safe

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December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs said Monday (today), a Special Needs woman who jumped out the window of a facility at 2065 Nash Boulevard late last month has been located and is safe.

Kyla Jones

Kyla Jones

21-year old Kyla Jones contacted a family member by phone and made arrangements to meet with them. Family members and an Officer with the Council Bluffs Police Department met with Jones and confirmed that she was alright.

Jones had left the area in an unknown direction after she leaped from the building at around  8:50-p.m., Nov. 26th.

Branstad seeks to end Iowa GOP Straw Poll

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December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing to end the state’s often-criticized Republican straw poll, but other GOP leaders say the event may still go on next year. The poll is traditionally held in Ames the summer before a contested presidential caucus. Branstad said Monday that it could diminish the state’s kickoff caucuses.

First held in 1979, the Iowa Straw poll has grown from a county GOP fundraiser stop to a large event. The poll draws a small percentage of caucus attendees. It’s one early test of campaign organization. Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kauffman said he expects the board that governs the party to vote next month on whether to hold a straw poll in August.

Kaufmann said he thinks there’s interest in continuing the tradition.

Wind Advisory in effect until 4-a.m. Tuesday

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December 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS COUNTIES…
352 PM CST MON DEC 15 2014

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CST TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CST TUESDAY.

* TIMING…STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP THROUGH THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE OVERNIGHT.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…THE STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DIFFICULT DRIVING
CONDITIONS AND MAY BLOW AROUND UNSECURED OBJECTS SUCH AS GARBAGE
CANS AND LAWN FURNITURE. IN ADDITION…ANY FALLING SNOW WOULD BE
BLOWING SNOW CAUSING SLICK SPOTS ON ROADS AND REDUCED
VISIBILITIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS BETWEEN 30 TO
39 MPH OR GUSTS BETWEEN 45 TO 57 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS
STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE
VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

Teen pleads not guilty

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December 15th, 2014 by admin

17-year-old Trevor Ray Feauto of Clarksville has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal car crash in August. Court records show an attorney for Feauto filed the written plea on Monday in Sac County District Court. Feauto faces two counts of homicide by vehicle-operating under the influence and two counts of homicide by vehicle-reckless driving. The Sioux City Journal reports that a trial date has not yet been set.

Feauto was the driver of a pickup which collided with a car driven by 16-year-old Bailey Jacobsen. She and her passenger, 16-year-old Lindsey Quirk, were both killed in the crash. Authorities say Feauto’s blood alcohol level was .133% at the time of the crash which is above the legal limit for minors driving. – See more at: http://www.1380kcim.com/Teen-pleads-not-guilty-to-vehicular-homicide-charg/20524237#sthash.zb1Zfs9P.dpuf

17-year-old Trevor Ray Feauto of Clarksville has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal car crash in August. Court records show an attorney for Feauto filed the written plea on Monday in Sac County District Court. Feauto faces two counts of homicide by vehicle-operating under the influence and two counts of homicide by vehicle-reckless driving. The Sioux City Journal reports that a trial date has not yet been set.

Feauto was the driver of a pickup which collided with a car driven by 16-year-old Bailey Jacobsen. She and her passenger, 16-year-old Lindsey Quirk, were both killed in the crash. Authorities say Feauto’s blood alcohol level was .133% at the time of the crash which is above the legal limit for minors driving.  – See more at: http://www.1380kcim.com/Teen-pleads-not-guilty-to-vehicular-homicide-charg/20524237#sthash.nTzM6XJw.dpuf17-year-old Trevor Ray Feauto of Clarksville has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal car crash in August. Court records show an attorney for Feauto filed the written plea on Monday in Sac County District Court. Feauto faces two counts of homicide by vehicle-operating under the influence and two counts of homicide by vehicle-reckless driving.. A trial date has not yet been set.

17-year-old Trevor Ray Feauto of Clarksville has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal car crash in August. Court records show an attorney for Feauto filed the written plea on Monday in Sac County District Court. Feauto faces two counts of homicide by vehicle-operating under the influence and two counts of homicide by vehicle-reckless driving. A trial date has not yet been set.

Feauto was the driver of a pickup which collided with a car driven by 16-year-old Bailey Jacobsen. She and her passenger, 16-year-old Lindsey Quirk, were both killed in the crash. Authorities say Feauto’s blood alcohol level was .133% at the time of the crash which is above the legal limit for minors driving.

 

17-year-old Trevor Ray Feauto of Clarksville has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal car crash in August. Court records show an attorney for Feauto filed the written plea on Monday in Sac County District Court. Feauto faces two counts of homicide by vehicle-operating under the influence and two counts of homicide by vehicle-reckless driving. The Sioux City Journal reports that a trial date has not yet been set.

Feauto was the driver of a pickup which collided with a car driven by 16-year-old Bailey Jacobsen. She and her passenger, 16-year-old Lindsey Quirk, were both killed in the crash. Authorities say Feauto’s blood alcohol level was .133% at the time of the crash which is above the legal limit for minors driving.  – See more at: http://www.1380kcim.com/Teen-pleads-not-guilty-to-vehicular-homicide-charg/20524237#sthash.nTzM6XJw.dpuf

17-year-old Trevor Ray Feauto of Clarksville has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal car crash in August. Court records show an attorney for Feauto filed the written plea on Monday in Sac County District Court. Feauto faces two counts of homicide by vehicle-operating under the influence and two counts of homicide by vehicle-reckless driving. The Sioux City Journal reports that a trial date has not yet been set.

Feauto was the driver of a pickup which collided with a car driven by 16-year-old Bailey Jacobsen. She and her passenger, 16-year-old Lindsey Quirk, were both killed in the crash. Authorities say Feauto’s blood alcohol level was .133% at the time of the crash which is above the legal limit for minors driving.  – See more at: http://www.1380kcim.com/Teen-pleads-not-guilty-to-vehicular-homicide-charg/20524237#sthash.nTzM6XJw.dpuf

(AP)

 

3 arrests in Atlantic

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December 15th, 2014 by admin

The Atlantic Police Department reports three residents were arrested recently. Last Saturday (Dec. 13th), 22-year old Michael McConnell, of Atlantic, was arrested for Assault Causing Bodily Injury; Disorderly Conduct; and Public Intoxication. McConnell was booked into the Cass County Jail. That same day, 64-year old Dean Adams, of Atlantic, was arrested for Public Intoxication. Adams was booked into the Cass County Jail.

And, on Friday (Dec. 12th), 37-year old Richard D. Smith, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault. Smith was also booked into the Cass County Jail.