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Teens cited in Harlan for alcohol/tobacco violations

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January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports four teens were arrested recently in connection with tobacco or alcohol-related violations. On January 19th, 17-year old Conrad Heilig, of Shelby, and 16-year old Derek Anderson, of Harlan, were cited for being minor’s in possession of tobacco, after officers investigated a suspicious vehicle at J-J Jensen Park.  The next day, 17-year old’s Evan Schaben, of Harlan, and Joseph Koke, of Woodbine, were cited for being minor’s in possession of alcohol, after officers patrolling the parking lot of the Harlan High School during a basketball game, observed the teens in a vehicle, with several empty beer cans nearby.

And, 16-year old Ryan Hedglin, of Shelby, was arrested January 24th, after officers were dispatched to the Fareway Food Store for a person who had allegedly taken a carton of cigarettes without paying for them. Hedglin was charged with 5th degree theft, and cited for being a minor in possession of tobacco.

All of the teens were cited for the alleged offense and released.

Drug arrest reported in Atlantic

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January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Thursday on drug charges. The Atlantic Police Department reports 51-year old Ricky Dean Anderson was taken into custody on a warrant for a Controlled Substance Violation, and on a felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Anderson was being held in the Cass County Jail, pending a court appearance.

SW IA Authorities searching for arson/burglary suspect

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January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety said today (Friday), investigators with the State Fire Marshal Division and the Mills County Sheriff’s Office are looking for 30-year old Jason Anthony Vasquez.

Arson/burglary suspect Jason Vasquez

  Vasquez is wanted on an arrest warrant for 2nd Degree Arson and 2nd Degree Burglary, after an incident that occurred on February 12th, 2011 at approximately 7:06 AM.

On February 12, 2011, a manufactured home located at 516 Indian Avenue in Hastings, Iowa was broken into, and its contents intentionally set on fire.  The investigation revealed that two subjects, brothers 32-year old Domingo Ace Vasquez, and Jason Vasquez, were involved in an argument with family members in Council Bluffs in the early morning hours of February 12, 2011.  The brothers then returned to the home in Hastings where those family members were storing personal belongings, and ignited the personal items.

Warrants for the arrest of both Domingo and Jason Vasquez were issued in Mills County on Thursday, January 19, 2012.  On Friday, January 20, 2012, Domingo Ace Vasquez was arrested by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.  He is now in custody at the Mills County Jail, facing charges of 2nd Degree Arson and 2nd Degree Burglary.

Jason Vasquez remains at large and is believed to be in the Council Bluffs/Omaha area.  Anyone with information on Jason Vasquez’s whereabouts should immediately contact 911.

Iowa high court to review open records case, re: Atlantic Strip Search

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January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the details of disciplinary cases against public employees should be available to citizens who ask.  The court on Thursday said it would review an October decision from the Iowa Court of Appeals, which ruled 2-1 that the Atlantic Community School District did not have to release the level of discipline taken against high school employees responsible for improperly strip-searching several teenage girls.   The court ruled that discipline cases were exempt from the state’s public records law except in the case of firings, dismissing a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa.  The group had argued the public’s need to know how an assistant principal and a guidance counselor were punished outweighed their privacy interests.

Atlantic School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein told KJAN News today (Friday), that if the Iowa Supreme Court determines the matter needs to be determined at that level, he would “Certainly defer to the wisdom of the State Supreme Court to make that decision.” Amstein says “Other than that, all of arguments have already been made,” and right now they’ll just have to “Wait and see. I think that it’s an important case, but I think the district still stands on the orginal merits of that case, and we believe that employee discipline records are confidential.”

In August 2009, several girls were strip-searched in a locker room at the school after a classmate reported the theft of $100 from her purse. No money was found.  The district later issued a statement, saying, “After the investigation of all the facts involving the searches of several girls at the Atlantic High School several years ago, the Atlantic Community School District has determined that the searches violated the school’s policy and state law regarding school searches. The school district acknowledges that the involved girls did nothing wrong.” The district also paid $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the families of three girls who were subject to the strip search.

8AM Newscast 01-27-2012

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January 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Pott. Co. Sheriff’s Deputy & his K-9 score another drug bust

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January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Miller and his K-9 partner “Francisco” have scored another drug bust. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Dwayne Riche told KJAN news this (Friday) morning, that Deputy Miller stopped a 2011 Ford Escape for excessive speeding on eastbound I-80 at mile marker 8 near Council Bluffs, at around 2:40-p.m. Thursday.

The deputy asked for but was denied permission to search the SUV, but the driver allowed Miller to conduct a perimeter search of the vehicle with his k-9. When “Francisco” alerted to the presence of illegal substances in the hatchback area of the SUV, Miller conducted a “Probable Cause” search that area of the vehicle and discovered 22-pounds of marijuana in 3 bags. 41-year old John Rolle, of River Pines, CA, was taken into custody on charges of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts, and for a violation of the Drug Tax Stamp. The man was booked into the Pott. County Jail.

At the beginning of the month, Miller and “Francisco” recovered 45-pounds of marijuana from a vehicle Miller stopped on I-80 just three miles from where Thursday’s arrest took place. Two men, one from California, the other from Minnesota, were arrested on similar charges.

7AM Newscast 01-27-2012

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January 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Flags ordered flown at half-staff for Iowa Marine

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January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags flown at half-staff to honor a Marine with Iowa roots who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Master Sgt. Travis Riddick died on Jan. 21. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday at Centerville High School. Branstad has ordered all U.S. and state flags flown at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning at 5 p.m. today (Friday) until 8 a.m. Monday in honor of the 40-year-old Riddick, who is formerly from Centerville. Branstad also encourages individuals, businesses, schools and city and county offices across Iowa to lower their flags to half-staff during those hours as a sign of respect.

Study says biking has $365 million impact on state

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January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A study by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition has determined that the economic and health benefits of cycling amount to nearly 365-million dollars of direct or indirect impact on the state. Coalition executive director, Mark Wyatt, says the direct impact involves a lot of things. “It’s people spending money on bicycle gear and equipment, and it’s people taking trips and enjoying unique trails, or having the opportunity for hotel stays, and things like that that really add up in dollars very quickly,” Wyatt says. He says the impact is bigger than they expected. “That’s a million dollars per day that’s spent on bicycling…averaged out over the year,” Wyatt says. The study estimates that bicycling saves the state 73-point-nine-million dollars in healthcare costs for those who cycle recreational, and it shows another 13-thousand-266 dollars in health care costs saved by those who commute to work. Wyatt says the impact of the states bike trails could be even bigger.

“I think there’s a huge opportunity for tourism, and one of the things that this study didn’t address was out-of-state tourism dollars coming into the state,” Wyatt explains. The survey was released on the heels of the annual Iowa Bicycle Summit, which is Saturday in Des Moines.  Wyatt says the summit has been an education session the past eight years, but this year they’ve expanded it to a consumer expo. “People can come and look at bike gear and talk to people who’re running bike trail events, and all sorts of trends and what’s great about bicycling,” Wyatt says. There are some 50 vendors who will be at the summit. The event runs from 8:30 a-m until 4:30 p-m at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines. You can find out more at: www.iowabicyclecoalition.org.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Illegal hunter in trouble again in Page County

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer said Thursday, a Clarinda man cited last month for trespassing while hunting near Hepburn, and arrested five days later for illegally possessing a firearm, is in trouble again. The Sheriff says 29-year old Donald Ernest Runyon was arrested at around 2-p.m. Thursday, on a warrant charging him with two counts of Failure to appear on the original charge of Dominion / Control of Firearm / Offensive weapons by a person convicted of Domestic Abuse Assault. Runyon appeared before the magistrate, posted a $5,000 bond, and was released from custody.

The Iowa DNR had cited Runyon on December 17, 2011, for trespassing while hunting near Hepburn. He pleaded guilty January 4th and paid nearly $400 in fines and court costs. Five days later, he was arrested after officials realized he should not have had a gun in the first place. Runyon was once convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, which prohibits him from possessing firearms. A violation is a Class D felony. He was later released on a $5,000 cash bond.