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Driving while suspended arrest in Montgomery County


June 18th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Villisca man early Saturday for driving while suspended.  At approximately 2:30am Saturday deputies arrested 49-year-old Shawn Allen Graham of Villisca for Driving While Suspended.  He was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on bond.

Red Oak man arrested on Theft charge, Friday


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a local man was arrested Friday afternoon on a Theft charge. 43-year old Chris Allen Taylor, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 3:50-p.m. on a charge of Theft in the 5th degree. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $300 cash bond.

Mother uses safe haven law, gives infant to Iowa hospital


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say they have used Iowa’s safe haven law to take custody of a newborn baby whose mother turned over care of the girl to a hospital. The Department of Human Services announced Friday the infant was given to an Iowa hospital June 7 and then released to the custody of the state agency.

It’s the 26th time the law has been used to turn over care of an infant since it was approved following a 2001 case, in which a teenage mother in eastern Iowa killed her home-delivered newborn. The state didn’t specify the city where the baby was given to the hospital. Iowa law allows parents to hand over custody of babies up to 14 days old without fear of prosecution.

Inmate fails to return to Ft. Dsm Work Release Facility


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man who failed to return to the Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility (WRF), has been placed on escape status. 27-year old Deron Michael Humes II was placed on escape status Friday (today), after he failed to return to the WRF from his place of employment.

Humes was placed on Work Release status May 10th, 2016. He had been serving a 10-year sentence out of Polk County for Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon and was transferred to Work Release under the authority of the Iowa Board of Parole. Humes

Humes is an African American male, 6-feet 2-inches tall, weighing 226 pounds. He was tattoos on his left hand, left forearm and left hand finger. Anyone with information on his location should contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office or Des Moines Police Department

Deer hits SUV in Pott. County, injures driver


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A deer ran into the side of an SUV Friday afternoon, causing substantial damage and injuries to the driver of the vehicle. The Iowa State Patrol says 65-year old Jack Allen Garrett, of Groton, CT, was traveling south on Interstate 29 at around 3:25-p.m., when a deer ran onto the road and hit the left front side of the 2015 Subaru Forester.

The impact caused damage to the left front, hood, windshield, interior, as well as the driver’s side front and rear doors. The extent of Garrett’s injuries were not disclosed in the report.

The Patrol was aided at the scene by deputies with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, and Crescent Rescue.

Van versus Semi accident near Corning Thursday


June 17th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office released details Friday about an accident that happened Thursday evening near Corning.  At 5:15pm Thursday a 911 call was taken at Adams County Dispatch about a van vs semi accident with one person being ejected from the vehicle.

From the Adams County Sheriff's Office Facebook page

From the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

Deputies arriving on scene determined that a van driven by Liberty Armstrong of Corning was sitting at the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 148 and Highway 34 facing south.  A semi tractor trailer driven by Raymond Slama of Wyoming was traveling westbound on Highway 34 when Armstrong attempted to cross the highway failing to see the approaching semi.  The two vehicles collided spinning the van 180 degrees and Armstrong was ejected from the van.  Armstrong was then taken by helicopter to Des Moines and treated for what were determined to be minor injuries.  Slama was uninjured in the accident.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.  The Adams County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Adams County Fire and Rescue and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.  The Office wants to thank all of the witnesses that stayed at the scene and assisted the injured and gave their statements.

State investigating Fire Service Training Bureau


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a state organization that trains and certifies Iowa firefighters due to allegations involving the certification process. The Department of Public Safety on Friday announced the investigation of the Fire Service Training Bureau, located at Iowa State University in Ames. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s inquiry will examine the scoring and certification process for those who took classes from the bureau.

Authorities also say Randal Novak, who had served as bureau chief since 2001, was placed on paid administrative leave on April 25 and retired June 2. John McPhee, the certification and accreditation coordinator was placed on paid administrative leave April 25. He has worked for the bureau since 1998. Kyle Gorsh, a state fire marshal special agent, will serve as interim bureau chief.

The announcement came one day after The Associated Press made inquiries on the matter. Novak said Thursday his retirement had nothing to do with any problems in the bureau.

King opposes letting “DREAMERS” into U.S. military


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Republican-led House has narrowly rejected a proposal to ban so-called “DREAMERS” from enlisting in the military. President Obama issued an executive order deferring all deportations for young adults who were brought into the country illegally when they were children. Republican Congressman Steve King argues those young people do not belong in the military.

“They broke the law to come into America, then they lied to get into the military and then they took an oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States,” King said during remarks on the House floor. “So I’d say: Which of those three times were they really honorable?'” King and other Republicans accuse the president of trying to get “backdoor amnesty” for these so-called “DREAMERS” who enlist in the military.

“I think there’s something missing from this debate,” King says. “It’s an assumption that if we have someone in the military, that somehow they’re legal. The president can’t legalize people that unlawfully present in America…He just asserts that executively and we have to go to court, then, to reverse it and get the courts to change that.”

The ban King supported lost by one vote in the U.S. House. Critics of the ban say the military needs the “best and brightest” and those who have known no other home than America should be able to serve. Two years ago the U.S. military began enlisting undocumented immigrants with special medical or language skills. If they wind up serving in a combat zone, they are granted U.S. citizenship.

(Radio Iowa)

Supreme Court upholds ruling in Storm Lake boating accident

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that the D-N-R can’t be sued for a boating accident on Storm Lake. The accident happened on Memorial Day weekend in 2010 as Jamie Laass of South Sioux City, Nebraska and her four kids were riding in a speedboat driven by her boyfriend Harry Foote. Foote was doing around 30-miles-an-hour in the boat when it hit a submerged dredge pipe and flipped over. Laass’ 10-year-old son David died in the accident.

Laass filed a lawsuit against the D-N-R. The D-N-R lawsuit was dismissed by the district court based on several issues including what’s called the public duty doctrine. It says the government has the duty to inform the public at large about safety issues, but is not liable to individuals.

The Iowa Supreme Court upheld that district court ruling. Court records say a lawsuit against the city, county and lake improvement association in the case was settled for one-point-two million dollars.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowans warned about charity scams in wake of Orlando killings


June 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

After Sunday’s mass shootings in Orlando, Florida, many Iowans are being inspired to contribute to various funds to bring relief and awareness, but they also need to beware. Jim Hegarty, head of the Better Business Bureau in Omaha-Council Bluffs, is warning Iowans to stay watchful for con artists.

Hegarty says, “Offshore scammers are already setting up fictitious sites, they’re sending bogus emails and often, when we see a tragedy like this, we’ll see click-bait used to download malware into people’s systems.” He says steer clear of online videos that claim to have new information on the shootings and if you do want to give money, stick with organizations you’ve dealt with before.

“Make your contributions to well-known, established charities,” he says, “and it would be best if you initiate the gift yourself, call the charity.” The Better Business Bureau maintains a website that’s devoted to helping people sort out legitimate charitable organizations from those that are questionable.

“Give-dot-org provides people with charitable accountability information on charities that operate all over the country,” Hegarty says. “Look at the charity. Check out their review and make sure they’re meeting the charitable accountability standards you’d want them to meet before supporting them.” He says to be very careful as a host of “Go Fund Me” efforts are showing up on social media in the past week and they aren’t likely all reputable.

(Radio Iowa)