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Harlan Police report, 12/24/15

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December 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department today (Thursday), released a report on recent arrests. Officials say on Dec. 18th, officers with the Harlan P-D arrested 29-year old Erik Romero, of Harlan, following a traffic stop. Romero was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with driving while barred. And, on Dec. 17th, Harlan Police arrested 53-year old Dale Noll, of Harlan, at his residence. Noll was taken into custody on an active Shelby County warrant for violation of probation.

Harlan Police also investigated accidents that took place on Dec. 3rd and 21st, neither of which resulted in injury. Drivers involved in the separate collisions included: Betty Specht, of Westphalia & Jeremy Walker, of Harlan; Faye Jacobsen, of Harlan, & Jamie Lee, of Avoca. Damage from the crashes amounted to $4,500 altogether. Only one of the drivers was cited: Betty Specht, of Westphalia, was cited following the Dec. 3rd crash at Chatburn Ave and College Place, for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

Sunnyside Park gates closed for the season

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December 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The gates to Sunnyside Park in Atlantic have closed for the season. Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department Director Roger Herring said the gates were closed as of 4-p.m. today (Thursday), and will remain closed through the Winter, due to slippery and snow-packed roads. Herring advises you to plan an alternate route around the park if you are traveling in the area.

Iowa police: Officer fired gun while practicing ‘quick draw’

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December 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say an officer accidentally fired his gun while practicing his “quick draw.” A police report says Officer Brady Pratt “unknowingly” had his finger on the trigger when he drew his gun from his holster, and he fired a round Wednesday inside an office at the Des Moines airport. The bullet hit a ceiling tile above a door before it landed in a ceiling tile in the hallway. No one was hurt.

The 23-year-old officer reported the incident to his supervisor. Sgt. Paul Parizek, a spokesman for the department, says the incident will be reviewed and discipline is possible. The Des Moines Register reports Pratt joined the department in 2013.

Iowa State Patrol mum on use of force that injured suspect

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December 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A trooper used force at the end of a pursuit that left an unarmed suspect injured, but the Iowa State Patrol is withholding the video and other details. The trooper responded to a June 21 pursuit of Shanne Arre, who fled when police tried to stop him for speeding in northwest Iowa’s Plymouth County.

Arre wrecked his car, fled on foot and was arrested. He’s scheduled to face trial Jan. 12 for operating while intoxicated and eluding. The Iowa State Patrol released an unsigned “use of force” report in response to an Associated Press request. The report says a trooper used force after Arre showed “passive resistance.”

The report categorized the force as a “rifle drawn,” saying it was effective and left Arre with a visible injury. The patrol refused to elaborate.

 

Weather officials: Snow expected through this evening in parts of Nebraska, Iowa

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December 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several inches of snow are expected in parts of Nebraska and Iowa on Christmas Eve. The National Weather Service says snow will fall this (Thursday) afternoon in eastern Nebraska and western and central Iowa. Up to 6 inches is expected in Lincoln and Omaha as well as neighboring Council Bluffs. Additional snow is expected Friday in parts of northwest Nebraska.

Officials warn drivers that freezing rain will create slippery roads and worsen travel visibility. The weather is a stark contrast to other parts of the country. In the South, spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather have been linked to at least seven deaths. From Alabama to New York, much of the country had unusually warm temperatures in the 70s on Christmas Eve.

Only a few days remain to make donations for the 2015 tax year

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December 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

It may be the “season of giving,” but the days left in December are dwindling and Iowans who need to make charitable contributions before the new year arrives to help their tax picture need to get moving. I-R-S spokesman Christopher Miller says if you plan to make a year-end gift to charity, several important tax laws have changed in recent years. First, you need proof you made the donation.

“Get a written record of the transaction,” Miller says.Logo_of_the_Internal_Revenue_Service.svg “That can be a cancelled check, a bank or credit card statement, or a letter or reciept from the organization. That receipt or bank record allows you to prove the donation if a question ever does arise with the IRS.” Many Iowans will make an effort during December to sort through some of the things that have collected in their houses and closets during the past year, from linens to electronics to furniture.

“If you’re making a donation of clothing or items from around the house, which a lot of us do,” Miller says, “that needs to be in good used condition or better in order to qualify for a deduction.” Donors need written acknowledgement from the charity for all gifts worth $250 or more. It must include, among other things, a description of the items contributed. Some Iowans will decide they have an extra vehicle in the garage or perhaps a watercraft in storage that they just don’t use or need anymore.

“Special rules apply for donating a car or a boat,” Miller says. “You’re generally going to be limited in the deduction for how much that item sells for. The organizations that accept cars or boats are aware of these new rules and they’ll be ready to give you this information.” For payroll deductions, the taxpayer needs to keep a pay stub, a Form W-2 wage statement or other proof from the employer showing the total amount withheld for charity, along with the pledge card showing the charity’s name.

Contributions are deductible in the year they’re made, so, donations charged to a credit card before the end of 2015 count for 2015, even if the credit card bill isn’t paid until 2016. Also, checks count for 2015 as long as they are mailed in 2015. Only taxpayers who itemize their deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A can claim deductions for charitable contributions. That deduction is not available to Iowans who choose the standard deduction, including anyone who uses the short form, like Form 1040-A or 1040-E-Z.

Find more tips at www.irs.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Council Bluffs family shelter gets makeover

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December 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Council Bluffs emergency family shelter has been given a makeover to provide additional learning opportunities and activities to engage children and teenagers. The Daily Nonpareil reports that a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to dedicate the children’s library at MICAH House, which includes a new hand-painted mural. The shelter’s executive director, Jaymes Sime, said the mural was painted by Allison Dethlefs during the summer.

One room at the shelter is now an educational room featuring a miniature bank, engineering lab, hospital and grocery store where children can play and learn how such facilities function. A third room has been transformed into a Teen Center outfitted with computers, where teenagers can relax, do homework, watch movies and play games.

Cass County Sheriff’s report 12/24/15

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December 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports three, recent arrests. On Monday, deputies arrested 26-year old Marshall Brandon Fischer, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Fischer was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.  That same day, deputies arrested 26-year old Mykel Allen Thoren, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear and an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Theft 5th Degree. Thoren was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

And on Tuesday, Cass County deputies arrested 42-year old John Stratton Eichelberger, of Atlantic, after he turned himself in at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Simple Assault. Eichelberger was subsequently released on $300 bond.

Updated accident report: Cass County

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December 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our report Monday morning, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Thursday) said a 12-year old female was injured during a rollover accident last weekend, southwest of Atlantic. The accident occurred at around 12:05-a.m. Sunday, at the curve on 582nd and White Pole Road (the AT&T curve) near Lewis. A 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by 39-year old Alejandrina Lopez, of Atlantic, went out of control due to the slippery road surface. The van entered the north ditch and tipped over onto its passenger side. The juvenile female in the vehicle was transported to CCMH via Medivac.

Court: Top Iowa insurer must pay claims for life-saving drug

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December 24th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An appeals court says Iowa’s largest health insurer improperly refused to pay claims for expensive life-saving drugs for patients with a rare blood disease. The court ruled Tuesday that Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield searched for reasons to deny millions of dollars in claims for drugs used to treat hemophilia, an inherited condition in which patients suffer excessive bleeding.

The medicine at issue, so-called factor drugs, is injected by patients at home so they don’t bleed to death. The ruling means a judge will calculate how much Wellmark owes Iowa City pharmacist Michael Stein. Wellmark is pledging an appeal.

Stein, a provider in Wellmark’s network, dispensed the drugs to 24 patients around the country. He sued Wellmark after the company refused to reimburse him for $7 million in claims.