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Iowa woman gets life in prison for torture case


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa woman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in connection to the torture of her mentally disabled stepson. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports 47-year-old Rebecca Beyer received the sentence Thursday at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse.

Authorities said Beyer abused the man, now 21, in February 2013. She was convicted in May of first-degree kidnapping and willful injury causing serious injury. The man testified that Beyer burned him and locked him inside a garage. He said he was attached to a wall with a dog leash.

The man’s father faces charges in the case, and his trial is scheduled to start in August. The man’s stepbrother pleaded guilty earlier this year to an accessory charge as part of a plea deal.

Iowa man arrested in death of woman found on road


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of a woman found in the middle of a rural road.

Shaun Hogan

Shaun Hogan

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says 36-year-old Shaun Michael Hogan was taken into custody Thursday in connection with the death of 29-year-old Crystal Marie Gaffney, also of Waterloo. He is being held without bond at the county jail.

The state medical examiner’s office says Gaffney died from head trauma. She was found Wednesday morning near Walker. The sheriff’s office says Gaffney is the mother of three girls who were the subject of a Wednesday night Amber Alert. They were found safe. Hogan and Gaffney are the parents of a young child, but additional information was not released.

Hogan will make an initial court appearance Friday.

2014 Shelby County Fair Results

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sunday July 6th
Dog Show:
Champion Confirmation: Shaylee Yates; Reserve confirmation: Shiloh Carroll;
Champion Grooming: Dean Robinson; Reserve Grooming: Sammi Wahling
Champion Pre-Novice A: Sammi Wahling; Champion Pre-Novice B: Cassidy Robinson
Reserve Pre- Novice B: Lucy Borkowski; Champion Novice: Dean Robinson
Reserve Novice: Shiloh Carroll; Champion Grad Novice: Dean Robinson
Costume Class Champion: Shaylee Yates; Reserve Costume Class: Dean Robinson
Junior Showman: Dean Robinson; Junior Reserve Showman: Sammi Whaling
Intermediate Showman: Mary Carroll; Intermediate reserve showman: Cassidy Robinson
Overall Showman: Shaylee yates; Reserve: Mary Carroll.

Tuesday July 8th
Iowa State Fair Static exhibits:
Ag and Natural Resources – Nick Wageman, Jacob Blum, Jessica Buman, Emily Taggs & Reed Boardman.

Personal Development – Chantel Schmidt, Jacob Bartley, Jessica Buman, Kara Rueschenberg &
Kaylee Rivera.

Family Consumer Sciences – Chandler Mores, Kristen Ferry, Emily Pattee, Chantel Schmidt, Chandler Mores, Lydia Madsen, Chelsea Assman, Chantel Schmidt, Jessica Buman, Mackenzie Goshorn

Creative Arts – Cole Lingle, Emily Lefeber, Jacob Bartley, Emily Lefeber, Emma Barnes, Will Carroll,
Mary Carroll, Marea Ferry, Chelsea Assman, Kaylee Rivera

Communications—Posters: Kaylee Rivera & Cassidy Robinson.

Wednesday, July 9
Fair Booths
Champion: Northeast Sodbusters; Reserve Champion: Portsmouth Super Production

Best of Iowa
Junior Champions: Emily Taggs and Abigail Jacobsen; Junior Reserve Champions: Madison Rivera
Intermediate Champion: Emma Barnes; Intermediate Reserve Champion: Gabe Madson

Thursday, July 10
Cat and Small Pet Show
Champion Short hair: Lydia Madsen, “Jade”; Reserve Champion Short hair: Emily Taggs, “Max”.
Champion Long hair: Kennedy Jackson; Reserve Champion Long hair: Rachel Nelson
Overall Champion Cat: Lydia Madsen; Reserve Overall Champion Cat: Kennedy Jackson

Junior Showmanship: Emily Taggs; Reserve Junior Showmanship: Mitchell Rueschenberg
Senior Showmanship: Rachel Nelson; Reserve Sr. Showmanship: Lydia Madsen
Overall showmanship: Rachel Nelson; Reserve Overall showmanship: Mitchell Rueschenberg

Overall Champion Small Pet: Reanna Obrecht, Guinea Pig
Reserve Overalll Chammpion small pet: Kaylee Rivera: Hamster (Emmie)

Poultry Show
Champion duck: Laura Pauley; Champion duck pair: Laura Pauley
Champion Bantam: Cassidy Robinson; Reserve Champion Bantam: Ev Carroll

Champion Chicken: Kaylee Rivera; Reserve Champion Chicken: Megan Reetz

Commercial champion: Dean Robinson; Commercial Reserve: Collin Borkowski

Champion Broiler Trio: Carley McConnell; Reserve champion broiler trio: Kelsey Schaben
Champion single Broiler: Kelsey Schaben; Reserve champion single broiler: Carley McConnell

Sr: Collin Borkowski; Intermediate: Cassidy Robinson; Junior: Dean Robinson
Overall showmanship: Cassidy Robinson

Breeding Beef Show
Champion Prospect calf heifer: Taylor Andersen; Reserve: Brody Sorensen

Champion Prospect calf steer or bull: Dylan Stein; Reserve: Darren Stein

Cow Calf Show
Champion commercial cow and calf: Aaron Allen; Reserve: Teresa Arkfeld

Breeding Heifer Show
Champion AOB Heifer: Aaron Allen; Reserve: Trever Schulz

Champion Shorthorn Heifer: Allyssa Obrecht; Reserve: Wyatt Obrecht

Champion commercial Heifer: Taylor Andersen; Reserve: Dylan Stein

Overall Champion Breeding Heifer: Allyssa Obrecht; Reserve: Wyatt Obrecht

Dairy Show
Champion Dairy Heifer: Cassie Rasmussen
Showmanship – Junior: Wyatt Obrecht; Intermediate: Allyssa Obrecht; Senior: Dylan Stein
Overall: Allyssa Obrecht

Dairy showman: Cassie Rasmussen

Storm siren testing to take place in Earling, Westphalia & Kirkman


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Shelby County Emergency Management Director Bob Seivert reports residents in all but three Shelby County Towns (Earling, Westphalia, Kirkman) will be hearing Storm Sirens on Monday or Tuesday July 14th and 15th.  Seivert says technicians will be working on software necessary to activate each communities sirens. which will involve some actual siren activation, maybe several times, through out this time period.Shelby Co EMA

The intent is to send out Code Red messages to communities prior to activation and use local radio media to keep residents from becoming concerned, especially if the weather is not ideal. Officials will not know any particular time period for each community activation, due to the nature of the repairs and testing being conducted.

Seivert says every effort will be made to keep the public informed. If the area happens to be under an actual Warning,  the testing will be postponed.

SW IA man arrested for Trespassing


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report a Tabor man was arrested Wednesday. 28-year old Kain Taylor Endicott was arrested at around 3:35-p.m. at a location on Pleasant Street, in Tabor. He’s been charged with Trespassing. Bond was set at $300.

Authorities need help in ID’ing body found in MO. River


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Mills County, IOWA – The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Mills County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in identifying a male body pulled from the Missouri River on July 1, 2014.

The unidentified male body was located in the area of Lincoln’s Landing campground near the Plattsmouth Bridge in southern Mills County, Iowa.

The body was found with blue denim “Chaps” shorts, size 38, white/grey Under Armour boxer briefs, size large, a brown belt and black Ocean Pacific shoes, size medium 9-10.

The body has a Playboy bunny tattoo on the upper left part of the chest, a monochromatic tattoo of two unclothed Asian women with a dragon in the background located on the upper left arm and a tribal tattoo on the right shin.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos at (712) 527-4337 or DCI Special Agent Phillip Kennedy at (712) 322-1585.

Appel reports more than $725,000 for House race


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democrat Staci Appel says she has more than $725,000 in the bank for her run in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. Appel’s campaign reported Thursday that the former state lawmaker raised more than $425,000 during the 2nd quarter of the year, which ended June 30. In total, she has more than $725,000 on hand for her bid to replace retiring Republican congressman Tom Latham.

Appel ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She will face Republican David Young, a former chief of staff for Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, in the general election. Young’s spokesman said Thursday that the campaign did not yet have any financial figures to release. Reports are due Tuesday to the Federal Election Commission.

The 3rd District covers much of southwest Iowa, stretching from Des Moines to Council Bluffs.

Iowa faces an aging and more diverse population with increasingly higher need for financial aid


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) have released the “Condition of Higher Education in Iowa 2014” report. The report provides policymakers with an overview of Iowa’s population in relation to college readiness, persistence, affordability, educational attainment and the future employability of the citizens of Iowa.

Karen Misjak, executive director of Iowa College Aid, said “As we work towards increasing Iowa’s overall educational attainment, the data in this report highlights where we are as a state and the challenges we will need to overcome in the process.” Misjak says “The report is a great resource for policymakers and those working towards increasing college preparation, access and persistence and completion rates in Iowa.”

Among other things, the report illustrates that:

· With an aging population, increasing the state’s educational attainment will require more adults to pursue post-secondary education.

· Iowans with bachelor’s degrees earn approximately 60 percent more than individuals with only a high school diploma and 110 percent more than those with less than a high school diploma.

· Less than 36 percent of Iowa’s working-age population holds an associate’s degree or higher, yet it is projected that 62 percent of all jobs in the state will require post-secondary education by 2018.

· Iowa counties with a high percent of their populations holding an associate’s degree or higher tend to have higher median earnings.

· Iowa students in the college pipeline are projected to be fewer in number and more racially and ethnically diverse.

· Increasingly, Iowans applying for financial aid for college have higher need.

· The median income of most state financial aid program recipients is well below that of the state as a whole.

· Increases in college costs have outpaced increases in household income and appropriations for state financial aid programs.

The full report can be accessed from Iowa College Aid’s Higher Education Data Center, https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/content/higher-education-data-center.

Frederickson Fund donates to fishing clinic and fish fund


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently supported The Friends of Lake Anita with a $400 donation to be used for their annual fishing clinic held, in June. The fund also supported their Walleye Fund with a $250 donation.Fishing Clinic 8 of 8

Fund spokesperson Melanie Petty said fishing was a big part of Trevor’s life and the Fund enjoys supporting things that families can do together. Petty says also, that the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund is gearing up for its 6th Annual TFred Memorial Golf Tournament to be held on August 9th.

All funds raised are donated back out to the community. Contact Melanie Petty if you are interested in participating this year. You can follow the fund through local media and FB.

SE IA woman arrested Wed. in Atlantic


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department report a woman from southeast Iowa was arrested Wednesday. 21-year old Katelyn Myers, of Ottumwa, was taken into custody on a charge of Driving While Revoked for OWI Test Refusal. Myers was booked into the Cass County Jail.

(9-a.m. News)