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Young people questioned after political yard sign yanked out of yard in Villisca


May 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No charges were filed following a case of apparent criminal trespassing and mischief Friday night, in Villisca. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report at around 9:05-p.m., about an incident which occurred at 111 west High Street, in Villisca, whereby it was determined that a pickup occupied by two young men had stopped in front of the residence.

One of the males got out of the pickup and entered the yard, grabbed a “Stephens for Sheriff” sign, yanked it out of the ground and threw it onto the grass. That same person returned to the pickup, which then took off. The Sheriff’s Department says the residents saw the act of Criminal Mischief take place, and managed to locate the suspects.

Officials say the resident spoke with the unidentified parties allegedly involved in the incident, and told them to stay off their property. Those same individuals were then observed by the resident leaving Villisca. The political advertisement did not appear to have been significantly damaged, and the residents declined to press charges.

Judge tosses class-action suit over jail searches


May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of up to 3,000 individuals who were strip-searched following their arrest on misdemeanor charges in Woodbury County in 2006 and 2007. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett ruled Wednesday the claims, filed in 2010, were barred by the state’s two-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. Sioux City residents who were arrested on serious misdemeanor charges such as drunken driving filed the lawsuit alleging the strip searches violated their privacy rights and were humiliating. They allege the jail’s unwritten policy from 1980 until it was discarded in 2007 was to conduct strip searches, including visual body cavity inspection, of all pretrial detainees.

NE Native Sentenced for Failing to Register as a Convicted Sex Offender in IA


May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man was sentenced Thursday in U-S District Court to 3-years in prison for failing to register with the sex offender registry in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. District Court Judge Ronald Longstaff also ordered 42-year old Randall Jo Haggart to serve a three-year term of supervised release following incarceration.

On March 27th, 2012, Haggart entered a guilty plea to failing to register with the sex offender registry in Iowa. Haggart has been required to register as a sex offender since 2003. From December, 2010, up to and including July 6, 2011, Haggart resided in Council Bluffs, without registering with the sex offender registry in Pottawattamie County.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Pott. Co. Resident Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth


May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the southern District of Iowa reports a Council Bluffs man was sentenced Thursday to 16-years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetmine. Senior District Court Judge Ronald Longstaff also ordered 30-year old Felipe Hernandez to serve a five year term of supervised release following incarceration. Hernandez plead guilty on February 2nd, to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the amount of 500 grams or more.

During June and July of 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, Police Department, working the South West Iowa Narcotics Task Force, investigated a group of individuals for selling methamphetamine in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Hernandez, and the seizure of three kilograms of methamphetamine, two loaded handguns, and cash.

The investigation was conducted by the Omaha, Nebraska, Police Department, the SWIN Task Force, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Arrests reported this week in Cass County


May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested a couple of people this week. On Tuesday, 28-year old William Daniel Mendez, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Mendez was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was being held on $10,000 cash bond. 

On Thursday, 40-year old Daniel Dale Laws, of Atlantic, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear for a Child Support Hearing. Laws was taken to the Cass County Jail, and he was released on his own recognizance later that day.

And, officials say an Anita man arrested May 19th following a domestic incident during which a shot was fired, remains in the Cass County Jail. 39-year old Michael Wayne Luke, of Anita, faces charges that include Intimidation with a Weapon, and Aggravated Misdemeanor charges of Reckless Use of a Firearm and Domestic Assault 2nd Offense. He was being held in the jail on $12,500 bond.

No injuries after rollover accident in Cass County, Friday


May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported following a rollover accident early this (Friday) morning, southeast of Marne. Officials say the accident happened on Marne Road near the intersection with 580th Street, at around 6:45-a.m.   A 1991 Ford Bronco owned and driven by 20-year old Lucas Kristen Nelson, of Marne, was traveling north when it went onto the grassy median area as Nelson attempted to avoid a deer. The SUV went across and into the south ditch, before rolling onto its top. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $3500.

Another warning issues about spreading emerald ash borer through firewood


May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

As you make out your list of things to take on your holiday camping trip, don’t put down “firewood.” The U-S-D-A is trying to warn people of the danger of spreading the emerald ash borer. Sharon Lucik oversees the emerald ash borer program and says the destructive pest hides in firewood and hitchhikes to new territory. “When people inadvertently move infested firewood from one place to another, they are spreading the beetle,” Lucik says. “What we’re trying to get people to do, is instead of transporting firewood, we want them to buy firewood at their destination. When they get to their campground, when they get to their destination, buy it then.”

The agency has declared this “Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week.” Lucik admits loading up a few logs to take along for the campfire is a habit that’s tough to break.
“We’ve been traveling with firewood for so many years, it’s almost an innate right to take firewood with you when you go camping,” Lucik says. The emerald ash borer was first discovered in North America in Michigan in 2002. “And since that time, it has been detected in 15 states,” according to Lucik. She says Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois all have infestations.

The larvae of the beetle was discovered on an island in the Mississippi River off Allamakee County in May of 2010. “Even though we have been surveying for the pest in Iowa, we have not found any other sightings of it. So to date, the state only has the one county that is known to have an emerald ash borer infestation,” Lucik says. She says the pest moves very slowly and the best way to stop it from spreading is to not help it along by moving infested firewood. Officials estimate Iowa has some 88 million ash trees. Many cities have already identified the ash trees and some have cut them down as a preventative measure to keep the ash borer from spreading.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Cong. Steve King gears up for re-election battle


May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King opened a campaign headquarters in Ames this week — the city where his Democratic opponent, Christie Vilsack, moved last year to launch her run in Iowa’s new fourth congressional district.

Congressman Steve King

King says he has a solid base of support in conservative northwest Iowa, so he’s been focused on introducing himself to people in the 20 counties that are part of the new district that he’s never represented before.  “And the communities that are new and those who present the greatest challenges are Fort Dodge, Mason City and Ames,” King says, “in ascending order.”

King’s visit to Mason City this week featured a confrontation with someone who called King a “professional liar.” “No,” King said, adding: “You’re done.” The man was escorted from the room by police. Democrats also blasted King for comments he made this week in Pocahontas. King suggested the best immigrants to the country are those who are like “bird dogs” with an “aggressive…frisky” demeanor. While the new fourth district is not as heavily Republican as King’s current congressional district, it still has a sizable Republican voter registration edge with about 40-thousand more Republicans than Democrats. And some areas like Story County where Democrats have held an advantage in the past have seen margins narrow.

Cory Adams is chairman of Story County Republicans. “The Democrats only have…less than 600 voters over us and we’re going to do our best to find 601 Republicans,” Adams says. King in the past has relied on a core of volunteers to run his reelection campaigns and his son has served as campaign chairman.

Christy Vilsack

This year — with the well-financed challenge from former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack — King has raised more money and hired two of Governor Branstad’s aides to work on his campaign.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

5th Annual Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Field Day to Focus on Soil Stewardship

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The 5th Annual Western Iowa No-till (WIN) Demonstration Field Day, scheduled for June 12th at the Carstens 1880 Farmstead south of Shelby, Iowa, will address a wide variety of topics for anyone interested in learning more about soil stewardship practices on the highly erodible soils of western Iowa. The day starts at 8 AM when registration and vendor displays open. A wide variety of local agribusinesses will be on hand to visit with producers in the morning and demonstrate their services/equipment.

The field day begins at 9 AM with presentation topics including planter settings for heavy residue areas, use of cover crops to improve soil structure, a marketing update and weather outlook. Keynote speaker Paul Jasa will address the crowd over the lunch hour to discuss techniques for success in long term no-till systems for a corn/bean rotation, as well as continuous corn on corn. Lunch will be provided free of charge to all in attendance, including steak sandwiches grilled by the Harrison County Cattlemen.  

Anyone with an interest in soil stewardship, whether looking for basic management ideas or a long-time no-till producer, is encouraged to attend the daylong educational event.  In addition to the educational sessions at the 2012 WIN Field Day, there will be plenty of time for farmers to visit informational displays, vendor exhibits and network with other producers. 4 hours of CCA Credits will also be available at no cost for Certified Crop Advisors needing additional continuing education units this year. 

There is no charge to attend the event, but pre-registration is requested by June 7th to ensure a lunch will be available.  Registration can be completed by e-mailing csgorham@iastate.edu or by calling the Harrison County Extension Office at 888-644-2105. Registrations may also be faxed to 712-644-2100 or mailed to: ISU Extension Harrison County, 304 East 7th St., Logan, IA 51546. Registration forms and more information are available at many local ISU Extension and NRCS offices, or can be found online at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass

The field day is brought to you by NRCS, ISU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in Harrison, Pottawattamie, Cass and Shelby Counties, along with many local supporting agribusinesses.

Car hits woman before hitting a bank in Avoca


May 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Walnut was injured early Thursday afternoon when she was hit by a car that crashed into a bank in Avoca. Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Sgt. Dwayne Riche told KJAN News the incident happened at around 1:15-p.m., in front of the U-S Bank, in Avoca. He said the driver of a 1997 Buick LeSabre, 85-year old Dennis Allgood, of Omaha, was pulling into a parking stall in front of the bank, when his foot slipped-off the brake and onto the gas pedal.The car jumped the curb and struck a pedestrian.

Sarah Nelson, age 32, of Walnut, was hit and knocked over by the car, which continued across the sidewalk and hit the front of the bank, causing an estimated $100 damage. Nelson was transported by Avoca Rescue to Myrtue Memoral Hospital in Harlan, for treatment of back pain, left arm and right leg injuries. Sgt. Riche said the woman’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Allgood was cited by authorities for Failure to Maintain Control. His vehicle sustained an estimated $5,000 damage.