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Task force submits report for improving the court system

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March 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A task force put together to explore ways to improve and cut costs in Iowa’s legal system has submitted its final report. Iowa Supreme Court assistant counsel, Timothy Eckley, says one of the recommendations is to create a two tiered system.”For a tiered system, you would draw a line at a certain dollar threshold value — say 50-thousand dollars — and cases below the 50-thousand dollar limit might have some streamlined processes built into the litigation process,” Eckley explains. “Whereas cases over the amount -whatever the amount may be — more complex cases could have different procedures in place that would be more suitable to that kind of case.” Another recommendation is to set up courts to handle only business cases.

“The idea is, if you have a judge or panel of judges that are experienced in that kind of law, or dedicated to that kind of case, they can move those cases along more efficiently,” Eckley says. Other recommendations include assigning one judge to one case throughout the process, using more video and teleconferencing to cut costs, and limiting the amount paid to expert witnesses. Eckley says some of the ideas have been tried in Iowa on a pilot basis, and all were taken from other court systems as the panel looked at many possibilities for improving the system. The next step is in the hands of the Supreme Court.

“The court will review the report and make some determinations as to whether there are recommendations in the report that are able to be implemented, whether there are sections of the report that recommend there be more study in a particular area or not,” according to Eckley. He says there’s no timeline set for moving ahead with any of the recommendations at this time, and some of the proposals could be implemented by the courts without any changes from the legislature.
“It depends, some things might be able to be done with court rule, some things might require legislation,” Eckley says.

The Civil Justice Reform Task Force included a 14-member steering committee appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court, and 71 other members representing business, law, labor, medicine, industry and consumer groups. The task force’s report is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at: www.iowacourts.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Anita man arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor

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March 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports 65-year old William Glenn Foulkes, of Anita, was arrested Thursday on a felony warrant for one-count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor by a School Employee, and 49-Aggravated Misdemeanor counts of Sexual Exploitation. Foulkes was booked into the Cass County Jail, posted a $50,000 bond, and was released. Additional details are currently not available.

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Iowa News Headlines: Friday, March 16 2012

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March 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two Iowa felons were sentenced to federal prison this week for separate weapons charges. Fifty-eight-year-old Charles Petro, of Winfield, was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Meanwhile, 43-year-old Darwin Zoch, of Storm Lake, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Both were convicted of being felons in possession of firearms and ammunition.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Board of Regents will meet next week in Iowa City to consider building designs on four major University of Iowa projects. The panel will also discuss proposed academic cuts at the University of Northern Iowa.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 45-year-old man had to be taken to the hospital early this morning after he was hurt in a garage fire near a Cedar Rapids apartment complex. Two vehicles in the garage were destroyed and two others parked outside were damaged.

PELLA, Iowa (AP) – Organizers of the Tulip Time festival in Pella are worrying about the mild late-winter weather. The annual celebration runs from May 3rd until the 5th, but all three tulip varieties have already broken from the ground. It usually takes six weeks from the time tulips break through the ground until they’re at their peak.

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Dense Fog Advisory issued for Cass & area Counties

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March 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-ADAMS-TAYLOR-COUNTIES
 650 AM CDT FRI MAR 16 2012
 
 …DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING.  WIDESPREAD FOG WITH VISIBILITIES OF A QUARTER MILE  OR LESS HAS DEVELOPED OVER WESTERN IOWA. CONDITIONS SHOULD BEGIN  TO IMPROVE BY 900 AM OR 1000 AM HOWEVER WITH VISIBILITIES OF AT  LEAST SEVERAL MILES BY THAT TIME. 

FOG WILL SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES AND PRODUCE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS EARLY THIS MORNING.

Special Weather Statement: Dense Fog across western IA

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March 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

540 AM CDT FRI MAR 16 2012

Counties:  EMMET-PALO ALTO-POCAHONTAS-SAC-CALHOUN-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-CASS-ADAMS-TAYLOR-  

DENSE FOG OVER PARTS OF WESTERN IOWA THIS MORNING:

FOG HAS DEVELOPED OVER MUCH OF WESTERN IOWA THIS MORNING AND IS
EXPECTED TO PERSIST THROUGH AT LEAST 900 AM. THE FOG WILL BE DENSE IN SPOTS AS WELL WITH VISIBILITIES DOWN TO A QUARTER MILE OR LESS. MOTORISTS SHOULD ALLOW FOR EXTRA TRAVEL TIME EARLY THIS MORNING AND DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY WITH INCREASED DISTANCE BETWEEN VEHICLES.

Dense Fog Advisory until 11-a.m for parts of SW Iowa

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March 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MONTGOMERY-PAGE.  524 AM CDT FRI MAR 16 2012
 
 …DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM CDT THIS MORNING
 
 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS ISSUED A DENSE  FOG ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM CDT THIS MORNING.  EXPECT VISIBILITIES AS LOW AS ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS IN MANY ACROSS ACROSS EASTERN NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA. BE PREPARED FOR RAPID FLUCTUATIONS IN VISIBILITY IF
TRAVELING THIS MORNING AND ALLOW FOR EXTRA FOLLOWING ROOM IN BETWEEN VEHICLES. A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING…SLOW DOWN…USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS…AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

Three arrests in Harlan

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March 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department Thursday issued a report on recent arrests. Officials say on March 8th, 49-year old Dale Noll, of Harlan, was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication, after officers were informed Noll had walked away from Myrtue Medical Center. He was located, taken into custody and brought to the Shelby County Jail. Noll later pled guilty to the offense and was fined $200 plus court costs.

On March 7th, 19-year old Corey Williams, of Harlan, was cited for hitting fixtures on a highway, after allegedly striking a utility pole on 7th Street in Harlan. The pole was subsequently replaced by a Harlan Municipal Utilities’ crew.

And, on March 6th, 23-year old Theodore Behrens, of Harlan, was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant for Violation of a No Contact or Protective Order. Behrens was being held in the Shelby County Jail.

Red Oak woman arrested Thursday on a moving violation

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March 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak woman was arrested Thursday evening on a moving violation. According to Red Oak Police, 20-year old Randi Lynn Vanleuven was charged with Driving Under Suspension. She was issued a citation and released on her own recognizance.