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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Iowan gets 20-60 months for Nebraska thefts

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) – A 53-year-old Iowa man has been imprisoned for stealing dozens of brass vases from an eastern Nebraska cemetery. The Fremont Tribune says Gary Hostetter, of Carter Lake, Iowa, on Monday was given 20 to 60 months. He had pleaded no contest to a theft charge. Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass has said Hostetter admitted taking 45 vases from Memorial Cemetery in Fremont earlier this year.

Dodge County Jail records say Hostetter remained in custody on Tuesday.

Bluffs man arrested for DWB in Red Oak

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of Driving While Barred. 27-year old Corey Michael Ware, of Council Bluffs, was arrested following a traffic stop at around 9:50-a.m., in Red Oak. Ware was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 bond.

Red Oak man arrested on assault charge

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a local man was arrested Tuesday evening on assault and other charges. 39-year old Gary Matthew Stephens, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 5:35-p.m. in Red Oak, on charges of Domestic Abuse Assault and Interference with Official Acts.

Stolen pickup pursuit in Fremont County

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Nebraska was arrested Tuesday afternoon, following a pursuit in Fremont County. According the sheriff’s department, 25-year old Jessica Ann Hall, of Omaha, faces charges that include Possession of Stolen Property, Felony eluding, and several traffic violations. She was being held in the Fremont County Jail on bond in excess of $10,000. Charges are also pending in Nebraska.

Authorities say the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office was informed a 2008 white, Dodge pickup truck had been stolen from the Fareway Parking lot in Nebraska City, NE. A deputy observed the vehicle traveling north on Interstate 29, and when he pulled up behind pickup, the vehicle sped-up. The deputy activated his emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to get the driver…later identified as Hall…to stop.

Instead, the pickup increased to speeds in excess of 100-miles per hour. Both the pickup and the deputies’ cruiser left the interstate at the Bartlett exit and headed east on Wausbonsie Avenue, toward Tabor. About one-half mile west of town, stop sticks were deployed by Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope.

The pickup ran over the stop sticks, which punctured both front tires of the vehicle. The pursuit continued through Tabor and finally ended about a mile east of town, when both front tires on the pickup went flat, making it undriveable. Hall pulled over and was subsequently taken into custody without further incident.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Aug. 27th 2014

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Speakers at an administrative hearing say they’re frustrated at the difficulty in obtaining a marijuana extract despite Iowa’s new law. Sally Gaer, of West Des Moines, and Kim Novy, of Altoona, said during a state Department of Public Health hearing that they have epileptic children who would benefit from the extract. Health official Deborah Thompson says officials hope to issue registration cards by the end of the year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former chief judge for the state agency that hears unemployment cases says he was fired because he stood up to his boss, who asserted her bias toward employers and against unemployed workers. Joe Walsh oversaw 15 unemployment appeals judges from 2010 until his dismissal in 2013. He told the Senate Government Oversight Committee that Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert pushed him to develop tip sheets to help businesses avoid paying unemployment. She was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republicans are accusing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch of using his legislative position to halt a bill that could have impacted his development business. Hatch’s development company has built projects using these tax credits. Hatch’s campaign called the accusations false, but declined to answer specific questions. The bill cited by Republicans was referred to a subcommittee chaired by Hatch in 2013. The panel never met, meaning the bill did not advance.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque police arrested a man after spending hours coaxing him down from a roof. Police arrested 49-year-old Donald A. Puccio on Monday afternoon after a standoff that lasted four hours. Puccio was charged with two counts of violating a no-contact order and two counts of interference with official acts.

Supreme Court to hold hearing on allowing grads to practice right away

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court is holding a public hearing this morning (Wednesday) on change that would make it easier for the graduates of two state law schools to practice in the state. Court communications officer, Steve Davis, says a Blue Ribbon Committee from the Iowa State Bar Association recommended the change. “Currently after they graduate from Drake University Law school the University of Iowa College of law, they are required to successfully complete the Iowa Bar examination. Under this recommendation, they would no longer have to do that,” Davis explains.

Today’s hearing will include testimony from 24 people. Davis says there will be a variety of speakers — from law school deans, district court judges to the Iowa Attorney General — who will make comments. The court has already taken written comments on the issue. “There’s actually 152 written comments made, so the court’s going to have a lot of information to make the decision,” Davis says. The justices will make a decision after today’s hearing.

Davis says the judges will get together and discuss the issue, but there’s not a timeline for making a decision. Today’s hearing begins at nine a-m and will be streamed live on the court system’s website. Davis says the written comments and the proposal itself are all posted online at: www.iowacourts.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Bats becoming a problem for home owners

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Many Iowans are finding unwelcome visitors in their houses, and it’s not out-of-town relatives arriving early for the Labor Day weekend. Mark Langan, at the Humane Society office in Omaha/Council Bluffs, explains. “We’ve had over 100 calls for bats in people’s houses this week,” Langan says. “Every year, about this time, our calls increase.” Typically, the furry winged creatures start making surprise appearances in our homes in late summer and early fall.

Langan says, “We see an increase of bats going in people’s houses, primarily due to the fact that it cools off at night and the bats are trying to find a warm place to go.” If there’s a bat in your house, open the doors and windows and it may just fly right out. Otherwise, call in an expert from animal control. Langan says there could also be a health concern as bats can carry rabies.

“We advise people if they suspect there may’ve been an exposure with the bats, especially if they wake up in the morning and there’s a bat in the room, to isolate that bat in that room,” Langan says. “Put a towel at the base of the door to keep the bat secured. Close all the windows.” All Iowa homeowners would be wise to take a walk around their house, looking for possible entry points.

Langan says, “We advise people to check the caulking on their house because, especially in the older houses, if there’s gaps that form, all the bat needs is a hole about the size of a dime to get from the outside to the inside of the house.” A report from the Iowa Department of Public Health in 2012 on rabies in wildlife, livestock and pets found: 17 reports of rabid bats, along with 9 cases in skunks, 4 in cows and 1 in a cat.

(Radio Iowa)

Public hearing on new cannabis oil law

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Advocates of a new state law that allows Iowans with severe epilepsy to use cannabis oil as a treatment say they’re not sure the cards issued by the State of Iowa will let them buy the product in other states or will even protect them from prosecution. Raymond Lakers is an Iowan who has multiple sclerosis. He moved to Colorado Springs so he could legally buy marijuana there, but he doubts the Iowa children who suffer from a rare form of epilepsy will be able to get cannabis oil there.

“Every Iowan right now that wants to obtain any form of medical marijuana in the state Iowa, they are criminals — even these children — and it breaks my heart,” he said. Iowa Department of Public Health officials held a public hearing Tuesday morning, on the rules they’ve drafted to administer the new law. Deborah Thompson, the department’s policy adviser, says her agency will review applications and the D-O-T will issue the cards that show the person has permission to possess cannabis oil. The goal is to have the system up and running by the end of the year.

“With any new program that becomes implemented, it is a lengthy process with a lot of moving parts,” she said. “But we do respect the fact that people wants this very quickly and we’re doing the best we can.” Some people who participated in the hearing spoke in favor of expanding the law so marijuana could be used as treatment for other diseases. Linda Gale of Sioux City joined the hearing over a video conferencing system.

“I’m glad they made the first step, but there’s many other people that suffer that should not have to suffer like they do,” she said. Gale has Crone’s Disease and she would like to use marijuana rather than prescription narcotics to control her nausea and other symptoms.

(Radio Iowa)

Escaped Iowa inmate found in Sioux City Target

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August 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped during a Sioux City work release has been found at a nearby Target. An Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman tells the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1tIoY5l ) that 22-year-old Melvin William Spencer III was taken back into custody Tuesday night.

Authorities say Spencer escaped custody Sunday by not returning to a residential treatment facility from a weekend furlough. He is serving a seven-year sentence for intimidation with a dangerous weapon and carrying weapons. He began his sentence in 2012 and was transferred to work release in June.

The spokesman says it wasn’t clear what Spencer was doing at the store. He says parole officials will review whether to revoke Spencer’s work release. It’s unclear if additional charges have been filed.