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Creston woman arrested on drug charges, Tuesday night

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October 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston arrested a woman on drug charges, Tuesday night. 18-year old Jazzmyn Casteel, of Creston, was arrested just after 10-p.m. following a traffic stop. She faces charges that include OWI 1st, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Casteel was later released from the Union County Jail on a $1000 bond.

And, at around 3:50-p.m., Tuesday, 27-year old Terry Hankins-Lund, of Osceola, was arrested at 901 N. Elm Street in Creston, for Public Intoxication. Hankins-Lund was being held in the Union County Jail on a $300 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 10/19/2016

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October 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Traffic stop on I-29 nets 69 bags of Ecstasy & arrest of a KS man

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October 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop on Interstate 29 early this (Wednesday) morning in Fremont County resulted in the arrest of a man from Kansas, after 69 bags of Ecstasy were found hidden in the trunk of the car. Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports a K9 unit stopped a vehicle occupied by 20-year old Graham Hosking, of Lawrence, KS.

Graham Hosking (Booking photo)

Graham Hosking (Booking photo)

Hosking was subsequently charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver (“MDMA” -Methylenedioxymethamphetamine). He was being held in the Fremont County Law Enforcement Center while awaiting an initial appearance before the magistrate.

A female juvenile was also arrested at the scene, for Possession of Marijuana. Her name was not released.

Preview of tonight’s Grassley-Judge debate in Sioux City

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October 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and Patty Judge, his Democratic challenger, will share a stage in Sioux City tonight (Wednesday) for the first of their two face-to-face debates. Grassley says he wants to “keep it on the policies” rather than the presidential personalities. “I don’t want them to keep my opponent talking all about what might be wrong with Hillary Clinton and I don’t want ’em to be asking me what might be wrong with our candidate, Mr. Trump,” Grassley says. “I want to be talking about the issues.”

Grassley says export policies, national security and U.S. economic growth are on his preferred issues list. “I’m not going to tell the moderator what they can talk about and there’s going to be some questions about the presidential race and the presidential candidates. I’m not saying I expect it to be totally what I want, but since we’re running for the senate and not for president, it seems to me it ought to be about the issues.”

Judge says Grassley’s campaign has focused primarily on three main issues. “Eating ice cream, mowing the lawn and doing push ups,” Judge says. Judge says steps that would improve the U.S. economy can’t be accomplished because of the “gridlock” in congress caused by Republicans like Grassley. “It must be very hard to quit playing politics and address problems when you are supporting Donald Trump and make no mistake about it,” Judge said, “Chuck Grassley thinks just like Donald Trump.”

Judge’s father died Tuesday morning. Her campaign issued a news release yesterday afternoon, saying Judge will attend tonight’s (Wednesday’s) debate. It starts at 7 p.m. and will air on K-T-I-V T-V in Sioux City. It will be simulcast on K-W-W-L in Waterloo, K-T-T-C in Rochester, Minnesota which is seen in northern Iowa and W-G-E-M in Quincy, Illinois which is seen in southeast Iowa.

If you want to watch online, go to www.radioiowa.com to find a link to the livestream of the event. The Grassley-Judge debate will conclude just before tonight’s (Wednesday’s) presidential debate begins.

(Radio Iowa)

Pipeline an issue in Iowa’s fourth congressional district race

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October 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republican Congressman Steve King says he’s hearing from landowners who’re complaining the government’s “eminent domain” authority has been used to seize their private property for the Bakken oil pipeline that’s being built through his district. “I absolutely do have concerns about the use and abuse of eminent domain,” King says. “And I have a complete disagreement with the Supreme Court decision from about 2005, the Kelo decision, which concluded private property could be taken for private use.”

King is not opposed to construction of the pipeline, but King suggests Iowa officials should have decided whether the pipeline was “a public utility” before granting developers permission to seize property for the project. “When they make a mistake in the court and essentially rewrite our constitution…we run into problems like this,” King says. King’s Democratic opponent is Kim Weaver of Sheldon.

“I am not in favor of the pipeline at all,” Weaver says. The first time Weaver drove by a construction site where land was being cleared for the project, she stopped to take a picture. “As a lifelong Iowan, as the great-granddaughter of people who homsteaded in South Dakota and my dad told me the pipeline is actually going through a corner of the old family farm, I’m adamantly opposed,” Weaver says.

The underground pipeline will ship crude oil from North Dakota, through South Dakota and diagonally through 18 Iowa counties enroute to a refinery in Illinois. Company officials notified the Iowa Utilities Board that nearly 60 percent of the pipeline work in Iowa had been completed by October 9th. Federal authorities have joined local officials to investigate a recent arson fire that destroyed about two million dollars worth of pipeline equipment positioned in Jasper County.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak woman arrested Tues. night on credit card fraud charges

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October 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies, Tuesday, arrested a Red Oak woman on a valid warrant for three counts of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card. 23-year old Ashley Dawn Eden was taken into custody at around 8-p.m. and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where she was booked-in, and later bonded out.

Red Oak woman arrested on drug charge; Red Oak man arrested on drug & theft charges

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October 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police report a man and a woman were arrested on drug charges Tuesday evening. 37-year old Becky Jo Hegarty, of Red Oak, was arrested in the 400 block of E. Prospect Street, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hegarty was taken into custody at around 6:35-p.m. and subsequently released on a citation with a date to appear later, in court. And, at about the same time, 54-year old James Scott Malmquist, of Red Oak, was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at 411 E. Prospect Street.

Malmquist was charged with Theft in the 5th Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Pills. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Oct. 19th 2016

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October 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa crime lab analyst fired after posting a rant against black people on Facebook has to pay back $3,800 in unemployment benefits. An administrative law judge has ruled that former Division of Criminal Investigation criminalist Amy Pollpeter was fired for work-related misconduct and therefore was ineligible to collect unemployment insurance.

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Corrections officials say a convicted murderer who had been imprisoned for more than 43 years has died at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. Officials announced Tuesday that 74-year-old Elbert James Hinkle was found Monday unresponsive on a restroom floor. Crews attempted CPR and rush Hinkle to a Fort Madison hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Hinkle was serving a life sentence for 1st degree murder from Polk County. His sentence began in February 1973.

KEOSAUQUA, Iowa (AP) — A Van Buren County attorney is set to stand trial over accusations of sexual harassment, intoxication and retaliation against employees. The Hawk Eye reports that Abraham Watkins’ civil trial is scheduled to begin Thursday. The Van Buren County Board of Supervisors filed a petition in district court in Keosauqua (Kee-oh-SAH’-kwuh) last month requesting that Watkins be removed from office. The trial is set to begin Thursday.

NASHUA, Iowa (AP) — An appeals court has overturned the life sentence given to a Charles City man suspected of killing a retired Clarksville grocer but convicted of weapon-related charges. The court ordered Friday that Randy Patrie be resentenced. He was suspected in the 2012 death of Carl “Ken” Gallmeyer, found dead in a rural Nashua home. Investigators found Gallmeyer’s guns and other items in Patrie’s home. Prosecutors charged Patrie with weapons crimes. He was sentenced to life because of his prior convictions.

2 Bluffs residents hurt in Tue. afternoon crash

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October 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol reports two people were injured during an accident Tuesday afternoon in Pottawattamie County. Authorities say 23-year old Dalton Jones and 38-year old Jordan Sollazo, both of Council Bluffs, were transported by Crescent Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. Both were wearing their seat belts.

The accident happened at around 4:30-p.m. on Old Lincoln Highway, north of Council Bluffs. ISP patch Officials say a 2012 Honda Pilot driven by Sollazo was nearly stopped heading northbound and intending to turn west into a private drive, when the Honda was struck from behind by a northbound 1997 Saturn, driven by 23-year old Tammi Pickett, of Council Bluffs.

The State Patrol was assisted at the scene by deputies with the Pott. County Sheriff’s Office and Crescent Rescue.

Cass County Auditor’s Office issues statement about election integrity

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October 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Auditor’s Office, Tuesday, released a statement with regard to concerns some may have over “Election rigging.” The statement said “Iowa’s county auditors, Republican, Democratic, and Independent, are proud of their reputation for fair and honest elections. They follow the many provisions of Iowa election law that:
• ensure full bipartisan involvement in the testing of voting equipment and the operation of polling places.
• secure voting systems against cyber threats and ballot tampering.
• protect the right of all eligible citizens to vote.”

The Auditor’s Office says “If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of voting in Iowa, contact your county auditor via http://www.iowaauditors.org/.” Monday afternoon, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (The Commissioner of Elections), said he and Iowa’s 99 county auditors take the “integrity” of voting seriously and Pate said “It is not helpful” to have Donald Trump tweeting that there is “large scale voter fraud” happening in America.

Earlier in the day, Monday, Governor Branstad said he has confidence in Iowa’s election system, but Branstad warned there may be some cheating, plus Branstad says people believe the election is “rigged” because of the way the national media is covering the candidates. Pate responded by saying “We have the checks and balances. We work on a bipartisan basis and our office as well as the county offices are open to anyone who sees any potential problem to make sure the integrity is maintained.”