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Iowa wrongful imprisonment case ends in mistrial

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December 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of two black men wrongly convicted in the 1977 murder of a retired white police officer who sought millions of dollars from the city of Council Bluffs and two officers they claim framed them for the crime.  On Friday, Judge Robert Pratt declared a mistrial after determining a jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision.

Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee, both of Omaha, Neb., filed the lawsuit, saying they deserved payment for spending 25 years in prison.  Harrington sought more than $60 million and McGhee more than $50 million, alleging retired officers Dan Larsen and Lyle Brown coerced witnesses into lying and hid evidence.

Both men were sentenced in 1978 to life in prison, but were freed in 2003.

Arrest in Harlan follows fight with Police

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December 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Shelby County man who is well known to law enforcement officials, was arrested Thursday night after trying to elude a Harlan Police Officer and then engaging in a scuffle with him. According to the Harlan Police Department, an H-PD officer on routine patrol saw 24-year old Kurtis Kobold, of Kirkman, at a business in the 600 block of Durant Street. When the officer, who knew Kobold had an active warrant out for his arrest, approached the man, he and Kolbold exchanged words.

Kobold took off on foot, with officer in pursuit. About the time the officer tackled Kobold, two Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to office assistance. During the fight, officials say a loaded .38-calibur revolver that had allegedly been on Kobold’s person, was located by the Police Officer and eventually secured.The officer was later treated for minor injuries he suffered during the fight.

Kobold was taken into custody and brought to the Shelby County Jail, where he was being held on $100,000 bond. Authorities says he faces numerous charges, including: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Assault on a Peace Officer; Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver; Interference with Official Acts, and Carrying Weapons.

Branstad backs state-federal insurance partnership

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December 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has informed the federal government that Iowa will create a state-federal partnership exchange to help Iowans buy health insurance, a requirement of the federal health care law. Branstad sent the letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday. That was the deadline for states to declare whether they will pursue a state-based exchange, accept a federal takeover or seek some kind of combined approach.

Branstad cited the cost of a state-based exchange as a key factor in his decision to reject that option. He says the state-federal model will allow Iowa to keep some control over its health care system and minimize costs.

2 arrests in Mills County

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December 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office said Friday (today) two people were arrested late this week on separate charges. 22-year old John Michael Murphy, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 1:25-a.m. (Friday) near the intersection of Highways 34 and 415th Street. Murphy was charged with OWI/2nd offense. His bond was set at $2,000. And, Thursday night, 65-year old Otis Alvin Turner, of Pacific Junction, was arrested on a charge of OWI/1st offense. Turner was being held in the Mills County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Authorities report also, a Glenwood man reported an incident of 3rd degree burglary. The incident was brought to the attention of Sheriff’s officials at around 2-p.m. Wednesday. It happened somewhere along Deacon Road, in Glenwood.

Accident causes $4k damage in Atlantic, but no injuries

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December 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports an accident Thursday evening at 7th Street and Hospital Drive caused about $4,000 damage to the vehicles involved, but there were no injuries. Officials say a vehicle driven by Tyler Nelson, of Atlantic, was traveling west on 7th Street (or, Highway 6), at around 5:10-p.m., and approaching Hospital Drive.

At the same time, a vehicle driven by Lee Parrish , of Atlantic, was traveling east on 7th Street and attempting to turn left into the Atlantic Shopping Plaza drive, when the arrow turned from green to yellow. Parrish proceeded to turn, when his vehicle was hit by Nelson’s vehicle. Parrish was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control device.

Officials seek penalties from a western IA man was not licensed to perform massages

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December 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy has taken action against a Harlan man. Officials said Friday (today), David North of Harlan, advertised his Shiatsu massage therapy practice in the Atlantic News Telegraph when he was not licensed to perform that therapy under Iowa Code. The IBMT seeks to impose a civil penalty upon North amounting to $1,000 per offense, per day up to a maximum of $10,000, based on the allegations.

The Board says the Practice of “Massage Therapy” includes the performance for compensation, of massage, myotherapy, massotherapy, bodywork, bodywork therapy, or therapeutic massage, which comes in several forms.

The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy says North has the right to have a hearing held on the matter within 30-days of its notice to impose a fine. The order was issued December 4th.

8AM Newscast 12-14-2012

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December 14th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Contest to determine cover photo for Iowa Travel Guide

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December 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A contest is underway to select a photo for the cover of next year’s Iowa Travel Guide. The annual publication from the Iowa Tourism Office is distributed to thousands of people around the state, country and world.

Iowa Travel Guide 2012

Iowa Tourism Office spokesperson Jessica O’Riley says last year Iowans were presented with three possible cover photos and voted on their favorite. The 2012 cover ended up featuring the High Trestle Trail near Madrid. She says this year, they’re taking it a step further and allowing people to submit their photos for possible inclusion in the travel guide. The contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers.

O’Riley suggests submissions should capture the “spirit of Iowa.” That might involve a scenic landscape, a large crowd gathered at a tourist spot or a family picture somewhere in Iowa. “I certainly would not want to limit anybody…anything people see as they cross Iowa,” O’Riley said. Contest rules and submission forms are posted on the Travel Iowa Facebook page. The deadline for submissions is next Friday, December 21.

Finalists for the Iowa Travel Guide cover will be selected and then voting, via Facebook, will take place between January 23 and February 1. The cover design with the most votes will be declared the winner on February 4. Photos that don’t make the cover could be used inside the travel guide or on the Iowa Tourism’s website or Facebook page.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Dec. 14th 2012

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December 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A huge crowd of well-wishers joined the friends, relatives and family at a memorial service yesterday for one of two Iowa cousins whose remains were found by hunters last week. More than 1,000 people turned out to honor Elizabeth Collins, who was 8 when she and her 10-year-old cousin, Lyric Cook, vanished after setting off on their bicycles last July.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Workers at a Des Moines recycling plant recovered thousands of dollars wrapped in old newspapers that were nearly shredded. KCCI-TV reports workers at International Paper’s Des Moines Recycling Center found the money Wednesday stuffed into an envelope that was wrapped inside newspapers.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An 85-year-old Dubuque woman is proving it’s never too late to learn. Lois Houselog accepted her high school diploma at a ceremony Wednesday night after she completed a general education development course known as the GED. The audience gave Houselog a standing ovation after a school official praised her dedication and perseverance.

ROME, Ga. (AP) — Michael Josifovski hit a 26-yarder in overtime to give Marian, Indiana a 30-27 victory over Morningside of Iowa in the NAIA championship game last night. Quarterback Joel Nixon was 22 of 39 for 228 yards and two touchdowns for Morningside, and Fred Jones ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns in Rome, Georgia.