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IA SUPCO says Pott. County man can challenge murder conviction

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March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled a Pottawattamie County man who was convicted of murder when he as a teen can challenge his life sentence as cruel and unusual punishment. Jefferey Ragland was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole for his involvement in a 1982 fight in the parking lot of a Council Bluffs store. During the fight, Ragland’s friend Timothy Sieff, struck Mathew Gill in the head with a tire iron and killed him. Ragland tried several appeals which were all rejected. His last appeal said giving him a life sentence was illegal as it was cruel and unusual punishment because he was only 17-years-old at the time of the crime. The district court and Iowa Court of Appeals rejected the cruel and unusual punishment appeal, saying it was a rehash of previous appeals made by Ragland in the case. The Iowa Supreme Court however ruled that the circumstances have changed with court rulings on the cruel and unusual punishment issue, and Ragland should be allowed to pursue that claim in district court. The High Court said however, the cruel and unusual punishment claim is the only avenue of appeal that can be considered in Ragland’s case.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

I-80 WB re-opened after rollover accident

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March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered apparently minor injuries during a rollover accident this morning on Interstate 80, in Cass County. According to dispatch reports from the Cass County Communications Center, a vehicle rolled into the median off of I-80 westbound, about a mile west of the Marne exit (Mile marker 52). The accident happened at around 8:35-a.m.

State Patrol Troopers on the scene reported the subject suffered from rib and shoulder pain. Atlantic and MarneFire and Rescue were responded to the scene.  The accident resulted in I-80 westbound being blocked for a little more than an hour.

No other details are currently available.

Cass Supervisors appoint VA Commissioner

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March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Friday) voted to appoint Cathy Downey, of Atlantic, to fill a vacancy on the County Veterans Affairs Commission. Downey will hold the position to fill the vacancy, for the remainder of a vacancy term created by the resignation on March 21st of VA Commissioner Jerald Putnam, of Griswold. Putnam had served on the Commission for more than 12-years. Downey will serve on the Commission at least until the term ends on June 20th, 2013.

The Board also voted to remove from the Local Emergency Planning Council James C. Wyman, of Griswold, and Chuck Kinen, who passed away last year. They voted to appoint to the LEPC, Kurt Reason (Marne Fire Dept.), along with Supervisors Gaylord Schelling and Mark Wedemeyer.

In other business, the Cass County Supervisors tabled action on a revision to the County’s cellular phone policy, pending further discussion with the various County Department heads, who have not yet had a chance to review the current proposed policy.

1 injured during I-80 rollover in Cass County today

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March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered apparently minor injuries during a rollover accident this morning on Interstate 80, in Cass County. According to dispatch reports from the Cass County Communications Center, a vehicle rolled into the median off of I-80 westbound, about a mile west of the Marne exit (Mile marker 52). The accident happened at around 8:35-a.m.

State Patrol Troopers on the scene reported the subject suffered from rib and shoulder pain. Atlantic and MarneFire and Rescue were responded to the scene.  The accident resulted in I-80 westbound being blocked for a little more than an hour.

No other details are currently available.

Updated info: Atlantic woman accused of taking pic of nude nursing home resident

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March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic woman accused of taking a picture of a nude nursing home resident earlier this month, is free on bond while awaiting a court date. 35-year old Amanda Sedina, an employee of the Salem Lutheran Nursing Home in Elk Horn, faces a serious misdemeanor charge of Invasion of Privacy-Nudity. Shelby County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rod McMurphy says Sedina allegedly took an inappropriate picture of a bathing 78-year old female resident. He says after fellow employee received a text message from Sedina with a picture of the woman attached to it, the employee notified Salem Administrators, who called the Sheriff’s Office. 

The incident was reported to authorities on March 22nd.  Sedina was arrested March 23rd, and was released Monday on $1,000 bond. A date for her preliminary hearing has not yet been set.  McMurphy could not comment on Sedina’s motive for taking the alleged picture. He says the case is extremely unusual for Shelby County. He says it’s not something they run across very often, and “It’s beyond despicable.”

8AM Newscast 03-30-2012

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March 30th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Mapleton woman faces prison time in dog dumping case

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March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) – A 49-year-old Iowa woman on probation for dumping 23 dead or dying dogs in a Nebraska cornfield in 2008 has admitted violating probation by living with 13 dogs.  A judge told Denise Withee, of Mapleton, Iowa, on Thursday that she’ll be resentenced on April 26 and that she could face prison time. Court records say Withee originally was sentenced in September 2009 to four years of probation and was ordered not to own, possess or reside with any animal for five years. The 13 dogs were found by Iowa authorities in January in the home Withee shares with her mother. Withee will remain in Hall County Jail in Nebraska until her sentencing.

7AM Newscast 03-30-2012

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March 30th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Storms drop large hail over parts of Cass County Thursday night

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March 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Severe storms that popped-up in southeastern Nebraska Thursday evening didn’t take long to affect the atmosphere in southwest Iowa. Storm warnings for parts of the listening area were issued at around 6:40-p.m.  Motorists began pulling under bridge overpasses along Interstate 29 near Council Bluffs, as the area was hit by heavy rain and hail. At about that same time, the National Weather Service in Valley, NE, issued a Tornado Watch for four counties in  the southwest corner of the state.

Storms continued to build and move eastward, until they began to form and move northeast into Cass County just after 7-p.m.  At around 7:25-p.m., a Severe Thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of Cass and Audubon Counties. The storms moved through Griswold and Atlantic, dumping heavy rain. Here at the KJAN studios, we received a total of .88″ of an inch of rain, with most of that having fallen between 7-and 9-pm.

Pea-sized hail was observed just a  few miles south and northeast of Atlantic as the storms passed through, but further off to the southwest, near Griswold, quarter-sized hail was reported at 8:10-p.m. by a trained weather service spotter.  About 15-minutes earlier, another spotter reported golf ball-sized hail reported 4-miles northeast of Griswold .

Other reports of hail included  quarter-sized hail one-mile north of Braddyville in Page County at around 8:40-p.m.   There were no  immediate reports of damage. Just when it appeared the storms had died down near 9-p.m. and were moving out of the listening area, the National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for those counties mainly south of Interstate 80 until 2-a.m., but most of the storms weakened significantly prior to the watch having expired.

Storm report 3-29-12 8:58-p.m.

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March 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Rainfall in Atlantic= .8”   Some reports of pea-sized hail south and northeast of Atlantic as the storms passed through. Quarter-sized hail reported 3 miles south of Griswold at 8:10-p.m.*;  Golf ball-sized hail reported 4-miles NE of Griswold at 7:54-p.m.*; quarter-sized hail reported 1-mile north of Braddyville in Page County at 8:42-p.m.*.  (* indicates report from trained National Weather Service Spotter

Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 2-a.m. for Cass, Adair, Adams, Madison, Union, Taylor and Ringgold Counties in SW IA.