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Slauson pleads guilty to 5 out of 20 charges

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November 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman who lied about her daughter having cancer and solicited funds for her treatment, has pleaded guilty to 5 out of 20 counts against her, including four felonies and one serious misdemeanor charge. 30-year old Leatha Kaye Slauson faces up to 21-years in jail when she is sentenced on Dec. 22nd in Cass County District Court.

Leatha Kaye Slauson (Cass Co. Sheriff's Office photo)

Leatha Kaye Slauson (Cass Co. Sheriff’s Office photo)

In her plea bargain, Slauson agreed to plead guilty to Class D felony charges that include two counts of Child Endangerment/Bodily Injury, with regard to the administering of Cannabis Oil and Neupogen to her daughter Riley, as well as a count of Administering Harmful Substances. She also plead guilty to a Serious Misdemeanor charge of Unlawful Possession of a prescription drug/Neupogen, and a reduced felony charge of Theft in the second degree, also a Class D- felony. She was originally charged with Theft in the 1st degree, a Class C felony.

Slauson will be released from custody and allowed to live with her mother in Hampton, Iowa. She is not allowed to have contact with her children or her husband, and must complete a mental health evaluation prior to her sentencing. Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner answered a question many people have with regard to the money.

He said at least $13,000 of the money Slauson garnered from various fund raising activities for her daughter’s supposed cancer treatment has been frozen at a local bank. Another nearly $13,000 was spent by Slauson. The remaining funds are not officially accounted for, but she will likely be required to make restitution. But when and how much she must repay has yet to be determined.

Slauson attorney Jay Mez said overall, he’s pleased with the agreement.

Slauson Pleads Guilty to 5 out of 20 Counts, Faces Potential 21 Years in Prison

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November 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

At a hearing Monday (11/17) morning at the Cass County Courthouse Leatha Slauson pleaded guilty to 5 out of 20 counts including 4 felonies, and 1 serious misdemeanor.  Slauson will face the potential of 21 years in prison at a sentencing that will take place on December 22nd at 9am.

Details Released on Accident in Atlantic Friday

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November 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Atlantic Police Department has released details about an accident that occurred at 9th and Poplar Streets in Atlantic  last Friday, November 14th.  Officials say a vehicle driven by Jesse Simmons of Atlantic was traveling southbound in the 900 block of Poplar Street entering the intersection at 9th Street, when it was struck by a vehicle driven by Marilyn Mundorf ,of Atlantic.  Mundorf had stopped at the stop sign in the 100 block of West 9th Street facing eastbound, and proceeded to enter the intersection, when she hit Simmons’ pickup, causing it to roll on it’s top.

Mundorf was cited for failure to stop or yield at an intersection. Her vehicle sustained $4,500 damage.  Simmons was cited for Driving Under Suspension and No Liability Insurance. His vehicle sustained $8,200 damage.

Rollover Accident Saturday Near Elk Horn

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November 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

A single vehicle rollover accident with injuries occurred Saturday, November 15th south of Elk Horn.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene on Highway 173 near the 400 Block south of Elk Horn at 12:20pm. Officers discovered 17-year-old Zachary Thompson of Elk Horn had lost control of the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer he was driving southbound and went into the east ditch and rolled onto the roof and came to rest.

Elk Horn Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and transported Thompson to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic where he was then transported to Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for further treatment.

The roadway was ice and snow covered at the time of the accident and no further details are known at the time of this report.

Narcotics Investigation Leads to 3 Arrests in Westphalia

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November 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

3 suspects are in custody following a narcotics investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  Officials say a search warrant was executed at the residence of 35-year-old Benjamin Allmon, in Westphalia today (Monday, November 17th).  The Cass County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit assisted with the investigation at 409 Weber Street in Westphalia.

Three suspects were arrested at the residence and face various charges.  Allmon was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Possession with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine), Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, and Prohibited Acts. 28-year-old Amanda Hourani, of Defiance, was charged with Gathering where Controlled Substances are used, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine). 48-year-old Darius Jacobs of Omaha, Nebraska, was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine), and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp.

All three suspects are currently being held in the Shelby County Jail. Allmon and Jacobs were being held on $100,000 bond, while Hourani’s bond was set at $2,000.

Book comes out today on Highway 20’s long history in Iowa

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November 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A book is being released today (Monday) detailing the long history of a long road, U-S Highway 20, which cuts across Iowa and the nation. Author Michael Till grew up along the historic roadway in the northeast Iowa town of Independence, where it was Main Street, and says he always found Highway 20 fascinating.  “I knew as a small child that it went from coast to coast, from Boston to Newport, Oregon,” Till says, “but I hadn’t really given it a great deal of thought in terms of traveling it until I got a bit older.”

The road was completed 88 years ago and runs across 301 miles of Iowa, from Sioux City to Dubuque. As Till began exploring the many miles of highway, he started collecting postcards that featured landmarks along the route. “Now I have a collection of over 3,000 postcards going all the way from Boston to Newport,” he says. “Highway 20 is 3,365 miles long so that would come to approximately one postcard every mile.”

His latest book is tailored for the Iowa market as it’s called “Along Iowa’s Historic Highway 20,” though he’s also written books about Highway 20 in Massachusetts, New York and Ohio. Till will make stops in several Iowa cities on his book tour starting December 1st, including in: Waterloo, Independence, Webster City, Ackley and Williams. The book can be ordered through Arcadia Publishing, Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

(Radio Iowa)

2 arrests in Creston, Friday

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November 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two Creston residents were arrested Friday on separate charges. The Creston P-D says 15-year old Mauricio Andres Trejos Castaneda was referred to Juvenile Authorities, after he was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana. The teen was then released to his step-father. And, 20-year old Patrick Riley Liams was arrested at around 10:15-p.m., for Public Intoxication. He was later released from the Union County Jail on his own recognizance.

The Creston P-D is also investigating three reports of theft. Last Thursday, a Creston man reported his wallet was stolen, and his credit cards were used for an unknown amount. The loss was estimated at $30. On Friday, a Creston man reported his 2001 MCKD Mac-Lander Trailer was stolen sometime between Oct. 14th and Nov. 14th. The loss was estimated at $2,500.

And on Sunday, a Creston woman reported to police someone entered her residence sometime between 1:20-p.m. and 7-p.m. on that date. She was missing a Google laptop computer, Nexus 7 tablet, and $100 cash. The loss was estimated at $650.

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Surgeon with Ebola died, Nebraska hospital says

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November 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska hospital says an Ebola patient being treated in its biocontainment unit has died. Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release Monday that Dr. Martin Salia died as a result of the disease.

Salia contracted Ebola while working as a surgeon in Sierra Leone. He arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.

Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa. Salia was a citizen of Sierra Leone.

2014 Atlantic Police Reserves “Family Dream Christmas”

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November 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department’s Reserves are once again sponsoring a “Family Dream Christmas.” On December 20th, 2014 the Atlantic Police Reserves will be sponsoring the 7th annual Family Dream Christmas program. The program is for Cass County Residents only. During the program, we will furnish the officers and transportation to take the selected families shopping here within Atlantic. Families will be taken shopping in Atlantic to purchase items that they are in need of as well as to purchase gifts for the children from their parents, and for the parents from the children.

A-PD photo

A-PD photo

On December 21st, 2014 the Atlantic Police Department will be holding the 14th annual Shop with a Cop Program. This program is for children of Cass County. During the program, officers will take children shopping in our local Wal-Mart store. Children will be assisted in finding items that they are in need of such as; coats, hats, gloves, boots, as well as other clothing. Children will also be able to pick out some items that may be on their wish list for the year.

The Police Reserves will be accepting cash donations to help support these two programs from now through the 17th of December. Donations can be dropped off at the Atlantic Police Department. Officials are asking for primarily cash donations this year.

Applications for families wishing to participate in the Family Dreams Christmas Program can be picked up at the Atlantic Police Department. Applications can be picked up starting November 13th and must be turned back in by December 10th by 4:00 PM to be considered. After all applications have been received, they will be reviewed and the chosen families will be contacted. There is no set limit on the number of families chosen; it will correspond to the amount of donations received. The Reserves will try to help as many families as possible.food baskets

The Atlantic Police and Reserve Departments would like to thank everyone in the past that has helped and would also like to thank those of whom are anticipating on helping with our wonderful programs. For questions or inquiries call the Atlantic Police Department at (712) 243-3512.

Facts
***In 2013, the Family Dreams program sponsored 10 full families***
***Additionally helped 2 other families with toys and assistance***
***In 2013 Shop with a Cop sponsored 25 children***
***Spent just over $12,000 on the two programs, all which was Donated by the public and local businesses***