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Motion filed in Osborn Pott. County sex abuse case

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Defense attorneys for a Pottawattamie County man who was found guilty late last March on four counts of third-degree sexual abuse, have filed a motion for an acquittal or new trial. 47-year old John Osborn was found guilty by Fourth District Court Judge Richard Davidson on March 26th, with regard to sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl last summer. The Daily NonPareil reports Davidson will make a ruling on the motion for a new trial, on May 8th. Depending on the decision, sentencing in the case is also scheduled during that hearing.

Judge Davidson found that the state had proved Osborn and the girl engaged in sex acts on the night of July 16 into July 17, 2014. At trial it was revealed that Osborn and the girl had exchanged text messages and phone calls sexual in nature prior to the July night in question. Both the state and defense used a computer program to retrieve the messages, as Osborn and the girl had deleted the messages on their phones.

The 14-year-old testified that the sexual encounter occurred sometime that night in around 11 p.m. to midnight, while Osborn’s daughter slept in the family’s living room. In his verdict, Davidson said a “window of opportunity” for the acts opened from 11:05 to 11:35 p.m. At trial, Osborn told the court he went to bed at 11 p.m. and didn’t get up until the next morning. Osborn’s daughter testified that she was awake throughout the night until about 3 a.m.

In his motion, defense lawyers said new evidence had come to light. Text messages from Osborn’s daughter to a friend on the night in question were presented at trial, but Judge Davidson noted there was a window of time where the daughter could’ve fallen asleep. The attorney for Osborn noted that the daughter got a new iPhone on July 21st and the family thought all messages had transferred over. After the verdict against Osborn, the family used the computer program to check if any messages were missing and found additional messages from the daughter to the friend on the night of July 16th. The messages were sent numerous times from 10:47-p.m. through 11:31-p.m. , proving, according to the attorney, that the daughter could not have been asleep during the time frame in question.

The motion also questions the testimony of the 14-year-old girl, saying her timeline of events “varies throughout her testimony.” In the state’s resistance to the motion, Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Shelly Sedlak noted the prosecution “does not have to prove a specific time for the sex acts in any case.”

We Dig Dirt: Connecting Infants & Toddlers to Nature

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Parents and child care providers are invited to explore the wonder of nature and the benefits it offers infants and toddlers. The “We Dig Dirt” workshop will be held on Thursday, June 4th,from 6:30- to 9:30- p.m., at the Ann Wickman Child Development Center in Atlantic. The location has developed an outside nature area specifically for young children, including infants and toddlers. Funding is being provided by Boost 4 Families Early Childhood Iowa.ISU Extension

Participants will discover effective ways to facilitate meaningful infant and toddler learning experiences inspired by nature and gain positive solutions for addressing some of the challenges of working with very young children outdoors. Many practical ideas will be shared for helping infants and toddlers grow up with a sense of wonder.

Certified instructor, Sandra McKinnon, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Specialist, will lead the workshop. Three clock hours for child care providers are available. Visit the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry at https://ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/trainingregistry/ to sign up. If you are a parent, register directly with the Montgomery County Extension Office.

Registration and payment is required by May 22. For more information, contact the Montgomery County Extension Office in Red Oak at 712-623-2592.

Healthy U Features Podiatry Overview

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Residents of Cass County and the area is invited to attend the next “Healthy U” program on April 30th. The lunch program will be held at noon in the Cass County Memorial Hospital’s Conference Room #2. The topic for April is “Foot & Ankle Surgeons: An Overview of Podiatry Services.” Dr. Roger Drown (D.P.M.) will present an overview of the care that podiatrists provide. He will cover common foot problems, treatments, and procedures.

Dr. Roger Down, DPM.

Dr. Roger Down, DPM.

Dr. Drown says “Understanding how a podiatrist can help is the first step to getting you back on your feet and doing the things you love – without pain and worry.” Healthy U is a free educational series that focuses on a different health topic each month. Attendees receive a healthy sack lunch in addition to an educational program presented by medical professionals. Future topics include dementia, joint health, and diabetes.

For more information, or to make a reservation for the April 30th Healthy U, call 712-243-7479.

Help available for victims of sexual assault in Cass County

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. As part of the national awareness initiative, Cass County Health System wants to help spread the message that local help is available for any victims of sexual assault. Darci Young, RN is a Forensic Nurse Examiner. She has completed both sexual assault training and a clinical program in forensic examinations. Young is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to perform forensic exams.

Darci Young, FNE for CCHS

Darci Young, FNE for CCHS

If someone is a victim of sexual assault in Cass County, it is important that they come to the Emergency Department at Cass County Memorial Hospital within 72 hours of the assault for an exam. The exams are done at zero cost to the victim. The State of Iowa’s Sexual Abuse Examination Payment Program pays for the cost of the forensic exam to ensure that all evidence is collected correctly, but it also pays for the cost to “assure the well-being of the victim.” It should also be noted, that the state program pays for any sexual assault examination whether or not the victim reports the crime to law enforcement.

In addition to performing exams, Darci Young will help the victim find resources such as counseling, support groups, and confidential shelters. She typically works with The Phoenix House, a domestic violence shelter and sexual abuse program.

2 arrests in Glenwood, Tuesday

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood report two people were arrested, Tuesday. 40-year old Ricardorey Salas, of Glenwood, was arrested for Driving While revoked. His bond was set at $1000. And, 21-year old Logan Lingle, of Glenwood, was arrested on a Page County warrant for Theft 5th degree and Interference with  Official acts. His bond was set at $300.

2 injured during Harrison County crash, Tuesday

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people were hurt when two vehicles collided Tuesday night, in Harrison County. The Iowa State Patrol says 24-year old Arianna Thacker and 34-year old Roseann McCarty, both of Logan, were transported by Missouri Valley Rescue to the hospital in Missouri Valley, after McCarty’s 2014 Sonic rear-ended a 2009 Chevy Impala driven by Thacker. Both women were wearing their seat belts.

The accident happened at around 8:15-p.m. on Interstate 29 northbound, near the 75 mile marker. Following the collision, the Impala ended-up in the east ditch, while the other vehicle came to rest on the east shoulder of the Interstate.

The State Patrol was assisted at the scene by deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri Valley Rescue.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 4/22/2015

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Earth Day 2015

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Today is the 45th Anniversary of “Earth Day,” a day set aside each year to perform acts to clean-up our environment by picking up trash in parks, along roadsides and elsewhere, plant trees, and participate in various programs for recycling and conservation. In some areas, citizens will sign petitions to governments, calling for stronger or immediate action to stop global warming and to reverse environmental destruction.

Here in Atlantic, Earth Day will be marked by clean-up of the Schildberg Recreation Area. Jolene Smith, Secretary of the Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors, says the activities begin this afternoon.

Anyone who wants help clean-up the park, should show-up in the west parking beginning at 2-p.m., wearing old clothes, old shoes and gloves. The Parks and Rec Dept. will furnish the trash bags and trailer to throw full bags in, for disposal. Various local civic organizations and local students will be participating in the effort. The clean-up effort will run as long as volunteers are willing to stay, or until around 8-p.m. You can show up anytime throughout the afternoon. You don’t have to be there at 2-p.m.

Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring said they removed a lot of trash from the area last year. For more information about Earth Day, go to www.earthday.org.

2 cars totaled in Red Oak crash

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April 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two vehicles that collided Tuesday afternoon in Red Oak were totaled, but no injuries were reported. Red Oak Police say a 1996 Chevy Lumina driven by 16-year old Sabrina Robb, of Red Oak, was struck at the intersection of 8th Street and Highway 34 at around 4:15-p.m., after Robb stopped, but then proceeded into, the intersection, heading south on 8th Street.

Her vehicle was hit by a 1999 Ford Contour, driven by 45-year old Glen Meyer, of Red Oak, who was traveling east on Highway 34. Damage from the crash amounted to $17,000. Red Oak Police cited Robb for Failure to Obey a Stop or Yield Sign.