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Audubon P-D reports 3 arrests

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Police Department today (Wednesday) released a report on recent arrests. On Tuesday, 28-year old Jared Dewayne Joyce of Audubon, was arrested for Attempted Burglary-Third Degree and Trespassing. Joyce was transported to the Audubon County Jail where he was held to see a magistrate.

And on Sunday, police in Audubon arrested 31-year old Donovan Eugene Harris of Boone, for Violation of a No Contact Order. Harris appeared before a magistrate and was released on promise to appear. That same day, 33-year old Joshua Lee Larsen, of Audubon, was arrested for Driving With A Suspended License. Larsen was then released on promise to appear.

Ernst not ready to vote on whether US strikes against ISIL should continue

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Senator Joni Ernst says she’ll “have to give more consideration” to the president’s request that congress approve continued military action against Islamic State militants in the Middle East. “I want to make sure that he is using that authority appropriately in responding to those threats,” Ernst said. Obama made the request for a vote in congress to back the air campaign against the Islamic State last night (Tuesday), during his “State of the Union” address.

Ernst, the first female combat veteran in the U.S. Senate, delivered the Republican response to Obama’s “State of the Union” speech last night and talked in general about terrorist threats. This morning, during a conference call with Iowa reporters, Ernst was asked whether she would vote to authorize the use of U.S. military force against the Islamic State. “I would have to put more consideration into that,” Ernst told reporters. “…I think that if there is an imminent threat out there that certainly congress would rally around the president. I don’t doubt that.”

In early September there were calls back then for congress to vote on whether the U.S. should strike against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria and Ernst, who was a candidate at the time, said Obama hadn’t presented congress and the American people with enough information about the operation. Ernst said four months ago that if she became a senator, she’d review the intelligence reports that members of congress receive and determine whether the U.S. has a “clear objective” in the region.

The president is also asking the new congress to resist passing legislation that would impose additional sanctions against Iran. Ernst says she wants Iran to understand that their nuclear ambitions “are not welcome” and she argues new sanctions would send that message. “I am of the school of thought we need to show Iran that we are serious about this,” Ernst says. “And I would like to see additional pressure coming from congress saying: ‘You know what, Iran? We have delayed, delayed, delayed and we need you to come to plate and we need you to follow up.'” Last week British Prime Minister David Cameron called on U.S. senators to put a halt their talk about additional sanctions against Iraq, but the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is holding a hearing today (Wednesday) on the issue.

Ernst says she understands negotiations have reached a critical stage, but she says Iran needs to understand there will be “very serious consequences” if they don’t reach a deal soon. “There are others that are of a different school of thought…They just really want to handle this with kid gloves, I understand that and I understand we need to negotiate in good faith,” Ernst says. “But at the same time, we need to let Iran know that their nuclear ambitions are not welcome.”

A bill drafted for Ernst and other senators to consider would reimpose sanctions that were suspended during negotiations if a deal isn’t reached by July 6th and, each month after that, more sanctions would be added.

(Radio Iowa)

Branstad wants care companies to help run Medicaid program

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration says he wants to hire a privately managed care company or set of companies to help run Iowa’s Medicaid program. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says more coordinated care would better serve patients and lower costs. The Des Moines Register reports the system could be implemented by the start of 2016.

Branstad’s office projects the state would save more than $50 million in the first six months of the program. Additional information is not available about how those savings would be reached. Rep. Dave Heaton, a Republican from Mount Pleasant, is co-chairman of the main legislative committee overseeing health care programs. He says Branstad has the authority to make the change without a vote in the Legislature.

More than 560,000 Iowans are covered under Medicaid.

Small Iowa towns can get state help to tear down, renovate vacant buildings

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Small Iowa towns that would benefit from tearing down or sprucing up vacant buildings can get help from the state. Communities with a population of five-thousand or fewer residents can apply for a derelict building grant application through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Scott Flagg is coordinating the project. “The program works with communities that are either looking to deconstruct, remove the building selectively or renovate the building,” Flagg says. “Just recently, we had a project in Glidden that renovated an old building and turned it into a health and wellness center for the local citizens there.”

Flagg says there’s usually at least a dozen Iowa communities that apply to split the funding every year. “We had 13 last year and usually we get around 40 applications submitted each round,” Flagg says. “The committee is able to fund between 13 and 20 projects depending on how much money we have available.”

The deadline to apply is February 27. A committee will select the projects for funding from the Iowa D-N-R, Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations, Iowa Recycling Association, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Keep Iowa Beautiful. Learn more by visiting www.iowadnr.gov and putting “derelict” in the search window.

(Radio Iowa)

3 men arrested on drug charges following a raid in Creston

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A drug bust last Friday in Creston resulted in the arrest of three men with out-of-state ID’s and others temporarily detained. According to authorities in Union County, Creston Police and Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at around 11:30-p.m. Friday (Jan. 16th) at 1100 N. Spruce, in Creston. Upon entry into the home, officers secured and identified six male subjects and three females.

The search warrant resulted in numerous drug-related items being seized into evidence, including: several containers of marijuana; drug paraphernalia; grinders; scales; packing materials, and U-S currency. Three men were arrested: 19-year old Ian Thomas Morrison, of Creston – who possessed a Nebraska ID; 21-year old Manuel Leandro Rivera, of Creston – who had a Florida ID; and, 21-year old Jason Michael Roberts, of Creston – who had an Illinois ID.

All three men faces a Possession with the Intent to Deliver, charge. Rivera also faces a Drug Paraphernalia Possession charge, while Roberts was also charged with Possession of Marijuana. Additional charges are pending.

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2 arrests overnight in Montgomery County

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Tuesday night on separate charges, in Montgomery County. The Sheriff’s Office reports 41-year old Jeffrey Dean Eller, of Red Oak, was arrested by deputies assisted by Red Oak Police, at around 6:30-p.m.  Eller faces charges that include OWI-drugged/3rd offense, Possession of Methamphetamine, Providing False Information, and Failure to have a Valid Driver’s License. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond.

And, officers with the Red Oak Police Dept. arrested 31-year old Natasha Suzanne Loftesness, of Red Oak, at around 5:15-p.m., Tuesday. Loftesness was charged with Theft in the 5th Degree. She was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Miscalculation means some school districts will get more money, some will owe

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A miscalculation by the Iowa Department of Revenue will result in more money for infrastructure projects for several southwest Iowa school districts. The Daily NonPareil reports the mistake was traced back to a faulty computer program that could not handle as much sales tax revenue as was collected last summer. Victoria Daniels, the public information officer for the department, said the miscalculations happened in November when a final reconciliation of payments for the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education program, which distributes one cent of state sales taxes on a per-pupil basis to Iowa public schools.

According to Daniels, this year saw an unusually large payment because of strong sales tax growth in the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2014. She said the computer used to determine the final distribution was not programmed to handle a situation where the actual per student payment exceeded the estimated payment. The results was that most school districts received the wrong amount. Every district in the state was affected by the miscalculation, although the dollar amounts varied dramatically.

Daniels said the miscalculations total to $9,138,855 to be redistributed among the state’s districts, with 234 losing money and 112 receiving funds. Among the districts in southwest Iowa which will be receiving additional funds in the near future, are Underwood, Riverside, Treynor, Tri-Center, Walnut and AHST. Other southwest Iowa districts, including Atlantic, Clarinda, Elk Horn-Kimballton, Glenwood, Griswold and Harlan…to name but a few…will owe a balance to the state. Daniels said those debts will be collected by reducing future monthly payments.

Oakland man faces sentencing today in the shooting death of Atlantic woman

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A judge in Pottawattamie County has denied motions from lawyers for 63-year old Robert A. Reynolds that could have granted him a new trial. The Oakland man was found guilty of 1st Degree Murder late last November in the shooting death at his home, of 64-year old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, from Atlantic. The Daily NonPareil reports that on Tuesday morning, Fourth District Court Judge Greg Steensland denied the motions filed on Jan. 15th, by Reynolds’ defense attorneys, that had questioned the admissibility of a voice recording entered as evidence during Reynolds’ trial, questioned statements by Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber at trial and questioned the jury selection process.

Steensland denied all motions. Sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday), at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse.

Page County Sheriff’s Office weekend report (issued 1/20/15)

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January 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, issued a report on incidents and accidents they covered from over the weekend. Sheriff Lyle Palmer says on Saturday, (Jan 17) at approximately 3:34 AM, the Page County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a vehicle in the ditch north of Clarinda,  on Redwood Avenue. Deputies found a 2005 Chevy extended cab pickup on a bridge abutment / guardrail at the intersection of Redwood and 180th street unoccupied. Deputies checked the area and nobody was found in the area. A check of the license plate revealed the vehicle registered to 23-year old Jordan Michael Barr, of Villisca. Deputies made contact with the registered owner’s parents, who said that they had spoken with Jordan since the accident and he was not injured, but his whereabouts was unknown at the time. Barr was issued citations for Failure to maintain control and Leaving the scene of an accident.

On Sunday., January 18th, the Nodaway County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office notified the Page County Sheriff’s Office of a stolen 2002 Chevy Standard cab pickup with Missouri plates. Page County Deputies recovered the vehicle shortly thereafter in a trail area of Nodaway Valley Park just north of Clarinda. The vehicle was held for processing and turned over to the Nodaway County Sheriff for the processing.

That same day, at approximately 2:15 PM, deputies from the Page County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year old Thomas Jeffrey Engstrand, of Braddyville, for driving while barred. The arrest stems from a traffic stop on Highway 71 just north of Clarinda, where Engstrand was operating a 2007 Chevy Colorado pickup. Engstrand was taken to the Page County Sheriff’s Office where he was unable to post the $2000 bond, and was booked into jail. Engstrand was also cited for Depositing litter onto the highway.