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(Podcast) KJAN News, 5/4/2015

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May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Creston man arrested for assaulting a police officer

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May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports a man was arrested late Friday night for assaulting a police officer. 21-year old Patrick Liams, of Creston, was taken into custody at around 11:45-p.m. and charged with Aggravated Assault, 3 counts of Assault on a Peace Officer with injury, Attempting to Disarm a Peace Office of a Dangerous Weapon, and Public Intoxication in the 3rd Degree. Liams was being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $5,000 bond.

18-year old Keegan Williams, of Creston, was arrested Saturday evening at the Union County Law Enforcement Center in Creston. Police say Williams faces Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell, charges. He was later released on $5,000 bond.

And, 59-year old Debra Feldhacker, of Creston, was arrested Friday night at the Union County Jail, on a charge of OWI/1st Offense. She was later released on $1,000 bond.

Creston Police say they also received a report from officials at Wal-Mart in Creston, with regard to a theft. Store management said an unknown female stole numerous items of girls clothing, a doll and a magazine. The theft, which happened at around 5-p.m. Saturday, resulted in a loss of about $157.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 5/4/2015

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May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Bluffs woman stabs man trying to choke her Sun. evening

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May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man who was allegedly making threats against two women in Council Bluffs, was stabbed Sunday evening, after breaking into the home of one of the women and allegedly trying to strangle her. Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Dave Dawson reports the suspect, 39-year old David Leroy McKee, drove away from the scene of the crime in his pickup truck, but was stopped by police and found to be bleeding. He was transported to CHI Creighton in critical condition, suffering from several stab wounds.

Dawson says the at around 5:45-p.m. Sunday, Pottawattamie County Communications Center received a call from 55-year old Linda Minard, of Council Bluffs. The woman wanted to make a police report for threats made against her and 58-year old Roberta Franke-McKee, also of Council Bluffs. Uniformed officers had not yet arrived at Minard’s residence located at 3557 2nd Avenue, when a 9-1-1- call was received at 5:50-p.m. , about an assault in progress and a possible stabbing.

When police arrived, they learned David McKee had fled in his 2002 Dodge Dakotqa pickup. The Bluffs Police Department’s Criminal Investigation determined David McKee made several calls to Minard’s cell phone throughout the day, with the last to Roberta Franke-McKee, when David McKee allegedly threatened to kill her. Mckee arrived at Minard’s residence a short time later, where he broke out the rear window and entered through the kitchen area.

During a physical confrontation with both women, McKee used his hands in an alleged attempted to strangle Roberta Franke-McKee, who grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the man. Roberta was injured during the incident, but did not require medical attention. Minard was not hurt during the confrontation. The incident remains under investigation.

Missouri man arrested in Adams County, Sun. evening

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May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Rock Port, MO., was arrested Sunday evening in Adams County, following a traffic stop. The Sheriff’s Department reports 21-year old Hayden Lee Wood was taken into custody at around 7:30-p.m., for Possession of Marijuana. He was arrested after deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle Wood was driving following a traffic stop on Highway 34 and Dogwood Avenue. Wood was being held in the Adams County Jail on $1,000 bond.

2 arrests in Red Oak, Sunday including a man from Atlantic

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May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police report two people were arrested on separate charges, Sunday. Officers arrested 33-year old Tyler Anthony Bond, of Red Oak, at around 10:25-p.m. in the vicinity of Broadway and West Hammond Streets. Bond was charged with Public Intoxication and held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

And, at around 6:30-p.m. Kristopher James Koon, of Atlantic, turned himself-in to Red Oak Police. Koon was wanted on a Montgomery County warrant for 5th Degree Theft, and on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County for Violation of Probation. Koon was being held on $2,300 bond in the Montgomery County Jail, while awaiting extradition to Pott. County.

Another week starts at statehouse for legislators wrangling over budget

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May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Legislators remain at odds over the main function of the Iowa General Assembly — coming up with a state spending plan. For example, the two parties have been wrangling since January over how much state aid to forward to Iowa’s public schools for the school year that begins in August. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs says Republicans are “unwilling to compromise.”

“It’s kind of messy for them,” Gronstal says. “Their leadership says: ‘We’ve drawn a line in the concrete…not the sand. We’ve drawn a line in the concrete and we’re not going to go over that.'” House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, a Republican from Hiawatha, says Republicans in the House are sticking with their original proposal which would forward an additional one-and-a-quarter percent in general state support to public school districts.

“The members of the House Republican Caucuses, 57 of us, have had extensive conversations with Iowans about balancing on-going revenue with on-going expenses,” Paulsen says, “and that’s exactly what they have asked us to do and that’s what they expect us to do.”

The latest report from the Legislative Services Agency indicates the state collected four-point-six percent more in taxes last month when compared to April of last year. Paulsen and his Republican colleagues in the House want to develop a budget plan that’s less than what Republican Governor Terry Branstad and Democrats in the Senate have proposed. Paulsen has said the ultimate goal is to return that money to Iowans in the form of a tax cut.

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Council Bluffs mayor says juries will “expect” to see video from police body cams

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May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The mayors of three of Iowa’s largest cities say they’re searching for the money to buy body cameras for police officers. Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh says “We actually started to investigate that well over two years ago, prior to the most recent instances that have happened throughout the country. We think juries will come to expect that type of evidence in a trial, so we think it’s probably the wave of the future.”

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie says cameras in Des Moines Police patrol cars have “gone a long ways” in helping prove cases in court and equipping Des Moines cops with body cameras is being given “strong consideration.”  “Which would be helpful in conversation between the officer, substantiate what was said, how it was reacted to by the offender or the accused offender and could help make the case one way or the other,” Cownie says. “and protect both public safety and the individual.”

The mayors made their comments during a joint appearance this weekend on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program. Iowa City plans to have its police equipped with body cameras before this fall. A few departments in Iowa have been using body cameras. A main expense is not the camera itself, but finding a way to store all the video that’s recorded.

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Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., May 4th 2015

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May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At the center of the unresolved Iowa budget is a simple disagreement on how to count the money. On one side are Senate Democrats and Governor Terry Branstad, who support using some surplus budget dollars to balance the books. On the other side are House Republicans, who say the state should not spend more than the projected revenue for the fiscal year.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) —As another legislative session winds down with only a limited chance of action on a proposal to keep alcohol offenders out of jail with twice-daily sobriety testing, Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew is discouraged. “This should be a bipartisan issue,” Drew tells the Sioux City Journal.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Public health has been defined by the World Health Organization as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society.” The Press-Citizen reports starting in the fall of 2016, undergraduates at the University of Iowa will have the option of emphasizing either the art or science component as the UI College of Public Health begins two new bachelors’ programs.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Since the 2008 floods, Iowa City has purchased and leveled more than 90 homes, but and now the city hopes to expand the effort after last year’s flooding. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the city wants to secure more $1 million in state and federal money to buy nine flood-prone properties along the Iowa River.

Atlantic woman suffers burns trying to put out a fire, Sunday

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May 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A woman living in an apartment on West 6th Street in Atlantic suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns to her hand and leg while trying to put out a fire this (Sunday) morning. Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees told KJAN News said they received word at around 9:45-a.m. there was a fire in an upstairs apartment at 304 W. 6th. IMG_20150503_100825709_HDR

Upon arrival, crews found the victim, 42-year old Angela Jo Hillhouse, and a lot of smoke in the apartment, but the fire was out. During an investigation, McNees observed several candles burning in the apartment, and Hillhouse told officials a candle started the blaze, but the exact cause remains under investigation. For now, the cause is listed as accidental.

Hillhouse was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, for treatment. Her 8-year old son was not injured. The apartment sustained some light smoke and carpet damage. The building houses four apartments, but none of those residences were damaged. The fire department ventilated the apartment and left the scene at around 10:25-a.m.