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8AM Newscast 03-29-2012

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March 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Iowa (early) News Headlines: March 29, 2012

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March 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he’ll eat some of the so-called “pink slime” meat to demonstrate that it’s safe and nutritious. Branstad joined his predecessor in Iowa’s statehouse, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, for a Des Moines press conference yesterday to fight “misinformation” about the food products. Besides the meat tasting, Branstad will join other governors to tour Beef Products Incorporated plants in South Sioux City, Nebraska today.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — West Des Moines based grocery chain Hy-Vee says some customers were unhappy with the grocery chain’s decision this week not to sell ground beef with the ingredient known as pink slime. So the company now plans to offer beef with and without the ingredient. A Hy-Vee spokeswoman made the announcement yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cable television provider Mediacom says customers in 17 counties in central and Southern Iowa whose televisions are not yet digital ready have been given a two-week extension before analog reception is fully eliminated. The company says the upgrade to all-digital channels will be completed by April 10th.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A former Fort Dodge police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met at a bar has been given probation. Forty-six-year-old Galen Hindt had pleaded guilty to extortion. Judge Michael Moon gave Hindt three years of probation on Tuesday. The alleged sexual assault happened in April 2011 before Hindt resigned from the police force.

Cass & Montgomery County Primary elections set

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The deadline to file papers for the June 5th Primary has passed. Persons interested in filing for County Offices had until the end of the business Wednesday to file with their County Auditors. In Cass County, as previously mentioned, incumbents Duane McFadden, Charles Rieken and Frank Waters have filed for re-election to the Board of Supervisors, Dale Sunderman filed for re-election to his County Auditor’s post, and Darby McLaren filed for re-election as Sheriff. All five men are Republican, and none will be opposed in the Primary. Also on the ballot in Cass County, are various candidates for the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives.

Among them, are Republicans:  Tom Latham, U-S Representative – District 3; Jake Chapman & Matthew T. Mardesen, State Senate – District 10; Clel Baudler, State Representative – District 20, and Jack Drake, State Representative – District 21. Democrats having filed for the June 5th Primary include: Leonard Boswell, U-S Representative – District 3; Greg Nepstad, State Representative – District 20, & John Rose, State Representative – District 21.

In Montgomery County: Republican Ted Schoonover has filed for County Auditor; Incumbent Republican Joe Sampson faces a challenge from fellow Republican Chris Stephens, for the job of Sheriff;  Republican Bryant Amos has filed for Supervisor – District 3; and Republican Donna Robinson has filed for a Supervisor seat in District 5.

SW IA and MO men Sentenced For Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports two men, one from southwest Iowa, the other from northwest Missouri, were sentenced Tuesday in U-S District Court, to a total of nearly 21-years in prison for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. 54-year old Edward Eugene Gray, Sr., of Coin, Iowa, and 47-year old Wilbur Leo Long, III, of Elmo, Missouri, were sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey.

United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt said Gray, Sr. was sentenced to 150 months (12 1/2-years) imprisonment, and Wilbur Leo Long, III, was sentenced to a term of 100 months (8-years, three months) imprisonment. Both men were also sentenced to five years supervised release following their incarceration.

Klinefeldt says from approximately January of 2005 until November of 2010, Gray, Sr. & Long were involved in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Southwest Iowa and Northwest Missouri areas with co-conspirators: 56-year old Orvis Lee Wagaman, of College Springs, Iowa; 34-year old Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., of Clarinda, Iowa; 23-year old Levi Edward Gray, of Clarinda, and others.

Gray, Jr. was sentenced on February 21st, 2012, to 15-years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and 5-years for possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense, for a total sentence of 240 months imprisonment. Levi Gray was also sentenced on that date to a term of 48 months in prison, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Co-defendant Orvis Lee Wagaman, is scheduled to be sentenced on May 22nd, 2012.

The case against the men was investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office (MO), Buchanan County Drug Strike Force (MO), NITRO Task Force (MO), Tri County Task Force (Adams, Ringgold, and Taylor Counties), Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ringgold and Taylor County Attorneys’ Offices. It was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

IA DCI identifies Clarinda shooting subjects

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Wednesday evening released the names of the Police Officer and a man he shot during an incident early this (Wednesday) morning.  Officials say at approximately 3:19 AM, Clarinda Police Department Officer Justin Ridnour, went to 110 North 16th Street in Clarinda.  He was responding to a 911 call received from a female in the residence.  The caller, Alisha Michaelson, indicated there was a man with a hammer outside her window.

Upon arriving at the residence Officer Ridnour observed 40 year old Jason Cieslak using a hammer to break the window of a first floor apartment, and Ms. Michaelson inside the apartment.  Officer Ridnour approached and engaged in a conversation with Cieslak.  This dialogue continued as the confrontation traveled down the block.  Officer Ridnour repeatedly commanded Cieslak to drop the weapon (hammer). These commands were ignored. Eventually, Cieslak advanced on Officer Ridnour with the raised hammer.  Officer Ridnour then fired his duty weapon once to stop the threat, striking Cieslak.  Cieslak was immediately transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center for treatment.  He remains hospitalized in stable condition.

An arrest warrant for Jason Lee Cieslak has been filed. After his release from the hospital, Cieslak will be arrested and charged with First Degree Burglary, a class “B” felony. Additional charges are pending the results of the investigation.

Arrest Warrant and Criminal Complaint

Clarinda Police Officer Justin Ridnour was not injured in the incident.  He has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.  Officer Ridnour is a two year veteran of the Clarinda Police Department. The Clarinda Police Department, Page County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, and Iowa State Patrol continue to investigate the incident.

2 NE residents injured in Fremont County crash, Wednesday afternoon

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Nebraska City, NE residents were injured this (Wednesday) afternoon when the vehicle they were in went out of control for reasons unknown, entered a ditch and rolled over multiple times, in Fremont County. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of the 2002 Cadillac DeVille, 78-year old Elizabeth L. Davis, and her passenger, 62-year old Christina Weber, were transported by Sidney rescue to St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City, following the crash that occurred on westbound Highway 2. The accident happened just after 2-p.m. Both women were wearing their seat belts. The accident remains under investigation.

Pott. County man sentenced to 2-years in jail for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said today (Wednesday), 29-year old Merle Leon Ivey, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced Tuesday to 2-years in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. District Court Judge John Jarvey also ordered also ordered Ivey to serve a three year term of supervised release following incarceration. Ivey pled guilty to a charge of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm on November 3rd, 2011. In doing so, he agreed to forfeit to the United States the firearm he possessed.

On April 18th, 2011, a .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol was recovered from Ivey by Council Bluffs police, as they were investigating a child neglect call in the area of 25th Street and 3rd Avenue. Ivey had been convicted of a felony offense in Nebraska in 2005.

The investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs Police Department, the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Shelby, IA man sentenced to 100+ years for rapes in NE & Iowa

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A man serving a prison sentence of more than 100 years for rapes in Omaha, Neb., has been sentenced for similar crimes in Iowa. An Iowa judge has handed down a 35-year prison sentence for Todd Mills, of Shelby. Already serving 110 to 140 years for raping two women in Omaha, Mills was charged with similar cases in Pottawattamie County dating back to 2008.

The 46-year-old Mills will serve about 50 years in Nebraska before he’s eligible for parole. If released in Nebraska, he’ll spend at least 35 years in an Iowa prison. The Pottawattamie County prosecutor says completing the cases in Iowa gave victims a voice. Mills pleaded guilty last week to three counts of second-degree sexual abuse for the Iowa cases.

Cass County Fire Departments to benefit from $228-k grant

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March 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Volunteer Fire Department is one of three departments from around the State of Iowa to have been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant. Senator Tom Harkin announced today (Wednesday) a total of $391,512 in grants is being awarded from the program, through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Atlantic’s share of the grant money amounts to $228,475.

Cass County Assistant Emergency Management and E-911 Coordinator Rob Koppert told KJAN News, the funds will be shared among all the fire departments in the County, because the Cass County Fireman’s Association worked with him to compile all the information necessary to apply for the grant. The Atlantic Fire Department will serve as the flow-through agency, which is why it was named the grant recipient. The total project cost is a little over $240,000. The county’s share of those funds is 5-percent,  or about $12,000, with the feds picking up the rest.

Koppert says the funds will be used for radio infrastructure, such as new radios for 35 fire trucks among the various departments within the County, new radios for six fire department ambulances, a little more than 100 pagers, plus installation of remote receivers for the County Fire frequency or moving that frequency to the repeater to enable improved communications. Most of the radios and receives are necessary due to the Federal narrow-banding requirement, which means the bandwidth of transmissions is changed from 25-kilohertz to 12.5-kilohertz. The result, says Koppert, is an impact on the audio quality and coverage.

Koppert says the next step in the process is to determine the specifications for the radios they need, and put it out to the various vendors who handle that type of equipment, for bid. The equipment will be paid for with the grant money. Koppert says many, extensive hours were spent not only by himself, but the various County departments, in putting together all the information needed on the grant application, that would make Cass County stand-out among the competition for funds.

He says he received information about three-weeks ago a grant may be in the works for the County, but there were no official announcements, until word came down today from Senator Harkin’s Office. He says he is “Extremely ecstatic. This is the most fantastic news that (he’s) received in many, many years.” He says “This is the best thing that can happen for Cass County and the fire departments (within the County). Each fire department is going to benefit from this.”

Harkin, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds the Department of Homeland Security, says the funds shared by the three departments will go toward operations and safety. The other grants were awarded to the communities of Garwin, and Independence.