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NE man gets 10-years in prison for sex trafficking


July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man was sentenced today (Friday) to serve 10-years in prison for sex trafficking. U-S Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt reports 25-year old Adrien Jamaal Cole, of Omaha, was sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge Robert Pratt to 120 months in prison for sex trafficking, to be followed by 10 years of Supervised Release.

On March 5th, 2014, Cole pled guilty to the charge which was the result of an investigation conducted by law enforcement into the use of minors as prostitutes in and around the Omaha Metropolitan area. Authorities say Cole had recruited teenage girls to serve as prostitutes and transported them to various locations in Omaha, and Council Bluffs, to engage in sexual activities with paying customers.

The investigation was conducted by the Omaha, Nebraska, Police Department, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Essex resident sentenced to 60 months in prison


July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports a Page County man was sentenced to prison today (Friday).  60-year old Danny Joel Hummel, of Essex, was sentenced by United States Senior District Court Judge Robert Pratt to 5-years in prison and ten years of Supervised Release following the period of imprisonment, on the charge of Using a Computer to Transport Obscene Material.

On July 11, 2014, Hummel pled guilty to the charge, which was the result of his obtaining images in December of 2013 from an off-site electronic data storage location. At the time of the offense, Hummel was under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for the Southern District of Iowa after having been sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography in a prior case.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Probation Office for the Southern
District of Iowa and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Cyber Crimes Unit. The case
was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

National park tourism in Iowa creates $11.4 million in economic benefit

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 200,000 visitors to Iowa’s national parks in 2013 spent $11.4 million and supported 172 jobs in the state.NPS Patricia Trapp, acting director of NPS’s Midwest Region, which includes Iowa and 12 more states, said “The national parks of Iowa attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year from across the country and around the world. Whether it’s a day trip of a long family vacation, they come for a great experience — and they end up spending a little money along the way, too.” Iowa’s national parks are Effigy Mounds National Monument and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

According to the national report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent), food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), and admissions and fees (10.3 percent). Souvenirs and other expenses accounted for the remaining 10 percent. Nationally, the largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs).

To learn more about Iowa’s national parks and how the National Park Service works with communities in the state to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/iowa.

Survivors gather to remember 1989 Iowa plane crash


July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It has been 25 years since the passengers on United Flight 232 braced themselves for impact and prepared to die. Back in 1989, the jetliner carrying nearly 300 people from Denver to Chicago lost all hydraulic power after the rear engine exploded. It crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa, cartwheeling down the runway in flames and breaking apart in a cornfield.

Through the efforts of the flight crew and emergency teams on the ground, 184 of the 296 passengers aboard the DC-10 survived. The flight is considered one of the most remarkable life-saving efforts in aviation history.

This weekend, survivors and others connected to the crash will gather to remember the dead and the heroics of the accident at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation in Sioux City.

Authorities: Western IA Man threatened neighbors with gun


July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ODEBOLT, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa man has been accused of threatening neighbors with a gun. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday that 23-year-old Dustin Pope discharged a 9mm handgun at least twice into the air during a July 12 incident in Odebolt.

Deputies responding to a report of gun shots determined some sort of domestic dispute had occurred, but additional information was not available. Pope is accused of pointing the handgun at neighbors as they came out to help. Pope was arrested and sent to the county jail. He faces multiple charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

A second person was arrested at the scene, after he allegedly refused orders by authorities to leave.

S.W. IA teen injured in W.Central MO. crash


July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A teenager from southwest Iowa was injured late Thursday night during a crash in west central Missouri. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports 16-year old Chance Cade, from Clarinda, was hurt when the 2006 Kia Sorrento he was driving went out of control and rolled several times just before midnight. The accident happened in Caldwell County, Missouri.

Officials say the SUV Cade was driving was east bound on Missouri Highway 116, about a mile west of Braymer, when he met an unknown westbound vehicle that had drifted into his lane. The teen tried to avoid contact with the other vehicle, and in the process his car left the road. Cade over-corrected, causing the vehicle to go into a skid before it left the road and entered a ditch before rolling over and coming to rest on its wheels. The other vehicle didn’t stop.

Chance Cade suffered serious injuries when he was ejected from the vehicle. A passenger in the car, 20-year-old Garland J. Nelson of Braymer, was also injured, and indicated he would seek medical attention on his own.

Iowa rejects juvenile mandatory minimum sentences


July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A divided Iowa Supreme Court says juvenile offenders must be resentenced if they were convicted in the state as adults and awarded mandatory minimum sentences. State officials say the ruling means more than 100 people face resentencing for crimes including robbery, murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse.

In deciding the appeal of Andre Jerome Lyle Jr. on Friday, the court said required minimum sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional because they amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Lyle was 17 years old in 2010 when he was convicted of robbery and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Three justices disagreed with the Iowa ruling. It follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that all no-parole juvenile lifers must be considered for parole.

State releases audit of Hawkeye Express

News, Sports

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state audit has recommended procedural changes for the Hawkeye Express, a train that takes Iowa football fans to Kinnick Stadium. The audit, which was released on Friday, came on the heels of the university’s firing of an athletics department accountant in November.

An audit performed by the university last year reported that revenue from ticket sales in 2011 unexpectedly dropped by an estimated $66,000. That’s despite an increase in ridership for the Hawkeye Express, which allows fans to park and ride roughly four miles to the stadium. State auditor Mary Mosiman found just over $74,000 in undeposited collections stretching across three games.

The state report recommends that school officials strengthen internal controls, reconcile ticket sales with deposits and improve cash handling procedures.

Wrong plates results in impounded van


July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The driver of a van equipped with improper plates was cited early this (Friday) morning in Lenox, after police observed the plates had expired in 2006, and did not match the vehicle. According to the Lenox Police Department, officers saw the van at around 1:15-a.m. at Brooks and 120th street.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as 55-year old Steven Nutt, of Creston, was cited for operation without registration, false use of registration, failure to have a valid drivers license and failure to have insurance. The van was subsequently impounded.

Blast reported at northwest Iowa ethanol plant

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ARTHUR, Iowa (AP) – No injuries have been reported after an explosion at an ethanol plant in northwest Iowa. The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.

The plant will remain out of operation until the explosion is investigated and damage is repaired. Reint says it’s unclear how long that will take. The plant employs about 50 people and operates 24 hours a day.

A company website says Wichita, Kansas-based Flint Hills Resources bought the plant in September 2013. The plant began operating in 2008 and produces 110 million gallons of ethanol a year.