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March 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Glenwood woman arrested on weapons charge; another on 12 counts of Dependent Adult Abuse


March 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report seven recent arrests. Among them was 25-year old Marie Ann Cadena, of Glenwood, who was arrested Tuesday night for Going Armed with Intent. Cadena was being held in the Mills County Jail on $5,000 bond. Also on Tuesday, 35-year old Tonya Nicole Fustos, of Glenwood, was arrested on a Pottawattamie County warrant for Ongoing Criminal Conduct, and 12 counts of Dependent Adult Abuse/Exploitation. Her bond was set at $50,000.

On Wednesday, 32-year old Herman Clarence Lewis, of Glenwood, was arrested on a warrant for Forgery. His bond was set at $5,000. Also taken into custody Wednesday, was 22-year old Tyler Allen Dittus, of Carson, for Violation of Probation. His bond was set at $2,600.

In other Mills County Sheriff’s News, 32-year old Larry Steven Hutchings, of Emerson, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000. 32-year old Eric Michael Dial, of Hastings, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for Operating a vehicle without the owners consent. Bond was set at $2,000.

And, on Monday, deputies in Mills County arrested 55-year old Teena Marie Hiers, of Pacific Junction, for Driving Under Suspension. Her bond was set at $300.

Red Oak man arrested on Carroll County warrant


March 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Wednesday, arrested a man wanted on an active warrant out of Carroll County. 34-year old Jesse Donald Trost, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 4-p.m. for Contempt of Court. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 bond.

Bond set at $1-million each for 2 men charged in Bluffs murder & attempted murder


March 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

If either of the two suspects in the fatal shooting of a Council Bluffs man want out of jail, they are going to have to come up with more than $1 million each. According to the Daily NonPareil, a judge on Tuesday set 22-year old Wesley Correa-Carmenaty’s bond at $1.05-million, and on Wednesday, bond for 19-year old Ben Lein was set at $1.061-million. Lein was arrested Tuesday, in connection with the fatal shooting Monday night, of 22-year old Anthony Walker. Both suspects are from Council Bluffs.

Correa-Carmenaty was arrested late Monday night for the same incident. Both men were charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and first-degree robbery. Lein also faces escape from custody and violation of probation charges, in Pottawattamie and Dallas Counties.

The charges stem from an incident that took place around 6:30 p.m. Monday at an apartment on the 100 block of Glen Avenue. Council Bluffs police officers were called to the apartment after residents said they heard shots fired. Upon arrival at the apartment, officers found Walker dead at the scene. Police officers also discovered that 32-year-old Patrick Schutz, of Council Bluffs, was shot in the upper arm. Schultz received treatment at CHI Health Mercy Hospital, and his injury is non-life threatening.

In court on Tuesday, Correa-Carmenaty denied participation in the shooting. According to his arrest affidavit, Correa-Carmenaty told investigators after the shooting that he was holding a fake gun inside the apartment. Shortly before Correa-Carmenaty was apprehended at 6:44 p.m., he allegedly threw two guns out the window of a black Chevy Impala. One of the guns was determined to be a Hi-Point .40-caliber handgun and the other was a BB gun.

The next court appearance for both men will be their preliminary hearings on March 18th. In Iowa, first-degree murder is a Class A felony with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Attempted murder and first

House passes ban on sale & donation of fetal tissue from abortions


March 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Republicans in the Iowa House have passed a bill that would create a state ban on both the sale AND donation of fetal tissue from abortions for use in medical research. Representative Matt Windschitl is a Republican from Missouri Valley. “This is about making sure that our children and the children in the state of Iowa are not being used as guinea pigs in research,” Windschitl says.

It is against FEDERAL law to profit from the sale of fetal tissue, but this past summer’s release of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials in other states discussing the harvesting of fetal body parts created a political fire storm. Representative Sandy Salmon, a Republican from Janesville, says those videos were “heart-rending and horrifying.” “Life-saving medical research cannot and should not require the willful destruction of human lives and the buying and selling of their dismembered body parts for it to go forward,” Salmon says.

Representative Joel Fry, a Republican from Osceola, says a state ban on fetal body part sales would be a “pro-active” move. “This bill comes to us because of many constituents across the state who are interested in having this conversation and making sure that we, in the state of Iowa, aren’t participating or practicing in fetal body part trafficking.” Critics say the bill would hinder research at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.

Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, a Democrat from Ames, says research using cells from fetal tissue holds great promise for curing tragic diseases. “House File 2329 puts politics above good science and medicine,” Wessel-Kroeschell says. Wessel-Kroeschell says Republicans know the bill will not be considered by Democrats who control the debate agenda in the Iowa Senate. “This bill is dead in the senate. It’s going nowhere,” Wessel-Kroeschell says. “This is a political move in the House.” House Republicans argued fetal tissue from stillborn children and miscarriages could still be used in research if the bill becomes law.

Representative Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton was the only Republican in the House who voted against the bill. One Democrat in the House was absent yesterday (Wednesday) but all the other Democrats voted against the ban.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., March 10th, 2016


March 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Senator Charles Grassley continues to stand firm in refusing to hold hearings on any Supreme Court nominee President Barack Obama may recommend. Grassley declined Wednesday in a call with reporters to discuss whether nomination of Iowan Jane Kelly, a judge he recommended for the federal appeals court, would affect his refusal to hold hearings.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that will keep most juvenile delinquency records confidential in Iowa. Branstad signed the legislation Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol, following overwhelming support in the Republican-majority House and the Democratic-controlled Senate. It also has the support of several advocacy groups. The measure is part of Branstad’s efforts to address criminal justice reform in Iowa.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man walking on an interstate bridge linking Iowa and Nebraska has been killed. Officers were dispatched around 2:20 a.m. Wednesday to the Interstate 480 span that runs between Council Bluffs and Omaha. The man’s body was found in the far-left lane of westbound I-480.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Polk County inmate who spent over three years in jail before he admitted to killing a woman has been sentenced to prison. The Des Moines Register reports that 45-year-old Lavelle McKinley was sentenced Wednesday to 75 years in prison for the strangling death of 47-year-old Cynthia Rouse.

I-480 hit-and-run victim is identified as a Council Bluffs man


March 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs late Wednesday night released the identity of a man whose body was found on Interstate 480 early Wednesday morning. Authorities say he was 29-year old Brett Randall Jensen, of Council Bluffs. The accident remains under investigation.

Earlier, police had reports Council Bluffs Police and Fire personnel were called to the Interstate 480 bridge at around 2:18-a.m. Wednesday, for a report of an adult male who was on the road, unconscious and not breathing. Upon their arrival, officers located the man (later identified as Jensen), laying in the far left hand lane of westbound I-480 traffic.

Based upon an initial investigation, authorities say it appears he was a victim of a hit-and-run. Anyone with information about the incident, should contact the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at 712-328-4948, or Crime Stoppers at 712-328-STOP.

More filings for the Cass County Primary Election


March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two more candidates for office in Cass County have filed their certified nomination paper in advance of the March 30th deadline for the June Primary election. Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman said late Wednesday evening, that Barry Moore, from Griswold, will run as a Republican for the District 4 seat on the Cass County Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday, Steve Baier, who is also a Republican from Griswold, filed his nomination papers for the seat being vacated by Chuck Rieken at the end of the year.

And, Republican Frank Waters, of Cumberland, who represents District 5 on the Cass County Board of Supervisors, filed papers for re-election to his seat, Wednesday. He currently is unopposed for that seat.

Other who have submitted their nomination papers since the filing period opened on Monday, include for the District 1 seat on the Cass County Board of Supervisors: Republicans Dale Retallic and David Jones, both of Atlantic. Filing papers for their re-election was Sheriff Darby McLaren and County Auditor Dale Sunderman, both of whom are Republicans from Atlantic.

Atlantic School Board approves Certified budget and school calendar


March 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education held a public hearing Wednesday evening with regard the District’s proposed 2016-17 School Calendar and the 2016-17 Certified Budget. During the calendar portion of the hearing, K-5 Teacher/Librarian Janice Dickerson commented that she was fine with the way it is, but that she would like to have had the Board and Administration communicate more with the Teachers before springing the calendar onto the agenda for action.

She said in the past, options were placed in the teacher’s lounge to review, but in the last two years “It’s become a secret, where we don’t know what is going to happen.” She said it used to openly posted for any staff member to look at. “These things,” she said, “are what makes the moral of our buildings go down. When you don’t value the opinion of your staff and the experience that they bring, too looking at what’s best for students…”

Dickerson said last year, when they taught up to Dec. 23rd, “It did not make for the best education of our students.” The proposed calendar for the upcoming year has the first day of classes starting August 23rd, 2016, with the last day of classes for all students (except seniors) being May 25th, 2017. Seniors’ last day will be May 17, 2017.

With regard to the proposed Certified budget, which amounts to just over $26-million, no one spoke in opposition to the budget or its nearly 60-cent increase in property tax valuation, but Board member Ali Bruckner questioned Business Manager Mary Beth Fast about what was included in the Student Support Services line-item, which went from $472,032 in 2015 to $1.1-million in the proposed FY 2016-17 budget, and Student Transportation, which increased from $560,000 in the re-estimated FY 2016 budget to $1.35 million in the 2017 budget year. She wanted to see a detailed, less confusing explanation of those services.

Board member Jenny Williams agreed. Mary Beth Fast said not approving the budget, would mean re-publishing it and holding another public hearing, and financially impact the district in that it wouldn’t receive the funding it anticipates. With the new budget, the proposed tax rate is $15.83 per $1,000 taxable valuation.

The Board Wednesday night also approved 2016 Summer Capital Projects recommendations by Superintendent Dr. Amstein, the bulk of which includes $385,000 for Bus purchases, $180,000 for Phase 2 of the High School Heat Pump replacement project, $125,00 each for the annual payment with regard to High School laptop computers, and playground equipment at Washington Elementary. Those, and other, smaller projects amount to an expenditure of nearly $1.1-million.

Sunnyside Park gates set to open Thursday

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 9th, 2016 by Jim Field

Atlantic Parks and Recreation announced on Wednesday that the Sunnyside Park gates will be open Thursday, March 10th by 7:00am.  The department is asking visitors to use great caution as you drive through the park due to gravel and debris on the streets.  Drivers also need to be on the lookout for walkers, joggers, disc golfers, and children playing in the park.

The restrooms in the parks will not be open until a later date due to the risk of freezing temperatures at night and frozen pipes.  The Kiddie Korral shelter at Sunnyside Park is not available for use due to some additional construction yet to be completed.  The tennis courts are open and ready to be used by the public for tennis only.

The department asks you to enjoy and respect the parks and their property as they are for everyone to enjoy.