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Iowa woman pleads not guilty in baby’s death

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September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City woman accused in the death of her infant son has pleaded not guilty to child neglect and child endangerment resulting in death. Rebekah Williams-McCarthy, 24, entered the pleas Friday in Woodbury County District Court, the Sioux City Journal reported. Williams-McCarthy was formally charged Sept. 12. The charges stem from the April 29 death of her 2-month-old son, Leonard Williams. She is also charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent person in connection with her two other children.

Woodbury County Attorney Patrick Jennings said an autopsy showed the baby died of malnutrition and dehydration. A bond review hearing for Williams-McCarthy has been set for 10 a.m. Monday.

Earlier court documents filed in the case say Williams-McCarthy failed to take the baby to doctor appointments and did not pick up vouchers for baby formula. The apartment in which she lived with her children was not safe for them, the documents said. Leonard’s father, Michael Williams, 26, has pleaded not guilty to neglect of a dependent person in connection to the death. He carried the baby into a hospital before the child was pronounced dead.

He is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 14.

Journal aims to stoke interest in Midwest history

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September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When a group of historians gathered last spring in Omaha to discuss the revival of teaching Middle America’s history, among their plans had been to start an online Midwest history journal. Instead, this week they saw the University of Nebraska Press send out the inaugural print editions of the Middle West Review, an academic journal devoted to the history of the Midwest and Plains.

The 180-page issue features eight peer-reviewed articles, 18 book reviews and an interview with a 94-year-old former University of Wisconsin-Madison history professor it deemed “the last prairie historian.”

University of Iowa graduate student Paul Mokrzycki, the journal’s editor-in-chief, says it will help preserve the region’s history and provide a place for historians to publish their work, helping them get college tenure, grant funding and book deals.

Bluffs man arrested after high-speed central IA chase Friday

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September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Pottawattamie County was arrested Friday afternoon, following a 50-mile chase during which speeds topped 120-miles per hour. KCCI-TV reports 31-year old Ace Ivan James Leonard, of Council Bluffs, was defiant even after authorities took him into custody in West Des Moines. Leonard stopped the Scion he was driving on Interstate 80 near the Jordan Creek Parkway, only after it ran over stop-sticks, which punctured the tires, and after officers used a pit maneuver to knock the car onto the shoulder. State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright said Leonard was barred from driving and had warrants out for his arrest, which is why they believe he refused to stop.

The chase began near Ames on Interstate 35 at around 11:40-a.m., Friday. The pursuit continued southbound on I-35 and entered Des Moines from the east mix-master and onto Interstate 235 just before noon. Leonard and law enforcement vehicles in pursuit of him traveled south near the downtown area and then continued west into West Des Moines and onto Interstate 80. The chase finally ended at around 12:10-p.m. Sgt. Bright said at one point speeds during the chase reached nearly 130 mph, with Leonard driving erratically, including onto the shoulders of the road, and weaving in-and-out of traffic.

As officers were leading the handcuffed man to their squad car, Leonard was seen struggling with them.

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Altercation with Police results in two arrests in Red Oak

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September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An altercation between two men and Police officers in Red Oak has resulted in arrests, but no reports of injuries. According to Red Oak Police, 19-year-old Shae Daniel Lewis and 22-year-old Justin Lewis Marsden, both of Red Oak, were taken into custody shortly after 11-p.m., on charges of Assault on a Peace Officer and Interference with official Acts.

Red Oak Police officers were sent to a home in the 1200 block of East Summit Street at around 11:05 p.m., following a report of person’s underage drinking alcohol. When they arrived one of the subjects identified as Daniel Lewis, allegedly became uncooperative and belligerent with Officers.

At one point Lewis allegedly placed his hands around an Officers throat. Another man, identified as Justin Marsden, allegedly grabbed the same Officer, resulting in a second physical altercation. After a brief struggle both Lewis and Marsden were brought into submission when Police deployed a Taser.

Lewis and Marsden were taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where they were being held on $1,000 cash bond each. And, as a result of the original investigation 18-year-old Cheyenne Musland, of Red Oak was cited and released on the charge of possessing alcohol while underage.

Braddyville man arrested in Montgomery County had a long list of traffic offenses

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September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest at around 10:40-p.m. on Friday, of Page County man who had a long list of moving violations. Authorities say 44-year old John David Stone, of Braddyville, was arrested for Driving While Revoked, with 27 withdrawals in effect. Stone was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and later released on $1,000 cash bond.

Iowa to mail 374,000 checks to buying club victims

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September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa has started mailing out 374,000 refund checks to residents who were tricked into signing up for buying club memberships, Attorney General Tom Miller said Friday. Miller said he wants people to know the refund checks are legitimate, and not a scam. He said the green checks are labeled a “State of Iowa Warrant” and signed by the director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.

Miller released the statement Friday after some recipients contacted state agencies seeking to verify that the payments were legitimate. He said he applauds their skepticism, adding that the state is not collecting personal information or sending emails or making calls related to the refunds. It’s expected to take the state’s settlement administrator two months to mail out all the checks. Consumers were notified by a mailing in July that the refunds would be coming.

The refunds are going to residents who paid for memberships with Vertrue Incorporated and two other buying clubs over the last 25 years, as part of a $40 million legal settlement. Most of the refunds will range from $6 to $40, but some will be $1,000 or more.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Sept. 20 2014

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September 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids police on Friday arrested a man on suspicion of shooting into a vehicle with two people inside. Eighteen-year-old Brandon Don Gordon of Marion, faces several charges including attempted murder and two counts of going armed with intent. Gordon is accused of firing multiple shots into a vehicle outside a gas station. Eighteen-year-old Kirsten Lee Meyer of Cedar Rapids was shot at least once and was taken to a local hospital. A second person in the car was not injured.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A third person has been arrested and charged with arson in a string of house fires in Sioux City. Eighteen-year-old Javen Mobley was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with arson and burglary connected to a fire on September 1st, the Sioux City Journal reports.

TOLEDO, Iowa (AP) — A December trial has been scheduled for an Iowa man charged with the murder of his wife in Tama. The Tama County trial for 39-year-old Dustin Jefferson, originally was set to begin on April 20th. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports he’s charged with the slaying of Kerry O’Clair-Jefferson on September 25th, 2013.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh searches for its first 4-0 start since 2000 when the Panthers host Iowa on Saturday. Iowa blew an early 11-point lead in a loss to Iowa State last week. The Hawkeyes are averaging a modest 21 points a game, 102nd in the country.

Stuart Police warn of door-to-door scam

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September 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Stuart Police Department posted a note on their social media page Friday afternoon warning residents of the community about a utility payment scam. Authorities there have been reports of someone going door to door claiming to be a Stuart City Worker collecting late utility payments. The city of Stuart does not send workers to your door to collect payments.

Officials say if you find yourself in that type of situation to immediately contact the Stuart P-D at 515-523-1896 or the Stuart City Hall at 515-523-1280. They need you to try and get the description of the person and any vehicles he/she may be in/with.