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OWI arrest and an accident in Atlantic

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January 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department report one arrest and an accident occurred last Friday.  19-year old Amanda Cooper, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for OWI 1st Offense. Cooper was booked into the Cass County Jail.

And, an accident Friday afternoon at 8th and Mulberry Streets resulted in one-person being sent to the hospital, and about $3,500 damage. Officials say vehicles driven by Emily Claussen, of Anita and Nicole Martin, of Atlantic, collided at around 3:45-p.m.  The accident happened when Claussen — who was traveling east on 8th Street -failed to stop at the stop sign and hit Martin’s vehicle, which was traveling south on Mulberry. A passenger in Martin’s vehicle suffered minor injuries and was transported to CCMH by private vehicle. Claussen was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Shenandoah man arrested on explosives & drug charges

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January 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports a Shenandoah man was arrested last week on an explosives and drug charges. 42-year old Craig Edward Wallace was arrested Jan. 12th for: Possession of an Explosive Device with Intent; Possession of a Controlled Substance/Precursor; Unauthorized Possession of an Offensive Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs.

Also arrested on Jan. 12th, was 28-year old Katherine Elizabeth Lynn, of Shenandoah. She faces charges that include Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unauthorized Possession of an Offensive Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug.

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Dozens of events scheduled in Iowa to celebrate School Choice Week

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January 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More than 80 rallies and other events are planned in Iowa as part of National School Choice Week, which starts next Sunday. Andrew Campanella is president of the countrywide effort, which focuses on giving parents the ability to make important educational decisions for their children.  “School choice is simply the process of empowering parents to choose the best schools for their kids,” Campanella says. “Parents should be able to choose from traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and have the freedom to home-school their kids.”

He applauds Iowa as a “national leader” in providing options to parents. “The state has open enrollment in traditional public schools and that allows parents to choose schools that may be in different school districts,” Campanella says. “There is a private school choice program allowing parents to receive tuition assistance if they cannot afford a private school for their child. There is a statewide online academy, there are magnet schools and there are charter schools.”

Home-schooling is yet another option in Iowa. Campanella says he’s very impressed by the state’s efforts. “I look at Iowa as a great example of what a rural state should be doing in terms of providing parents with a good number of educational options for their kids.” At least 87 events are planned across Iowa during the last week of this month as part of School Choice Week, including a rally in Des Moines that Governor Branstad is scheduled to attend.

Campanella says, “Other events will include rallies at schools, open houses so parents can learn more about their education options for next school year, round table discussions, movie screenings, so many different types of events.” More than 10,000 events are planned nationwide during the week, January 25-31. Learn more at the website: www.schoolchoiceweek.com.

(Radio Iowa)

Creston man arrested on drug charge Mon. morning

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January 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Union County was arrested this (Monday) morning in Red Oak, on a drug charge. Police say 38-year old Jeremy Gordon King, of Creston, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 cash bond.

(Update) Clarinda Academy escapees captured

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January 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Three females who escaped Sunday night from the Clarinda Academy have been captured. Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says the girls, ages 14, 15, & 17, left the academy at around 6:45-p.m. Sunday, and allegedly stole an Academy employee’s car. The teens included two white females and one black female. Two are from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The third female is from Texas.

According to Brothers, the juveniles were recaptured late Sunday night near West Branch, following a high speed chase, during which a tire on the stolen vehicle blew out. The escapees were transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora.

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Council Bluffs convenience store robbed Mon. morning

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January 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs say a convenience store was robbed early this (Monday) morning. Sgt. Rob. Radford says at around 1:20-a.m., a white male subject entered the Kwik Shop store at 3632 Avenue G in Council Bluffs, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect, who wore a black hoodie and black pants, left the business and was last seen riding a bicycle eastbound on Avenue G.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Council Bluffs P-D at 712-328-4728.

Slauson sentencing set for Tuesday

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January 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County woman convicted on numerous charges associated with faking her 5-year old daughter’s cancer is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday (Jan. 20th) at 10-a.m.  30-year old Leatha Kaye Slauson’s sentencing was continued until January 20th while a court-ordered pre-sentence investigation was being completed, and other statements are gathered, such as a court-ordered mental health evaluation and victim impact statements.

Slauson has admitted to giving her daughter Cannabis Oil and Neupogen without a prescription. She also admitted she raised money for her daughter’s supposed cancer treatment, under false pretenses. In her plea bargain, Slauson agreed to plead guilty to Class D felony charges that include two counts of Child Endangerment/Bodily Injury, with regard to the administering of Cannabis Oil and Neupogen to her daughter Riley, as well as a count of Administering Harmful Substances.

She also plead guilty to a Serious Misdemeanor charge of Unlawful Possession of a prescription drug/Neupogen, and a reduced felony charge of Theft in the second degree, also a Class D- felony. She was originally charged with Theft in the 1st degree, a Class C felony.

Fate of health co-ops questioned after collapse of provider in Iowa

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January 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s insurance commissioner says it’s too early to make predictions about the fate of health co-ops set up under the Affordable Care Act, but thousands of Iowans are scrambling to find a new insurer after one of those co-ops essentially collapsed last month. Nick Gerhart was recently assigned management of the nonprofit insurance provider CoOportunity. The leaders of CoOportunity initially thought they would enroll about 12,000 people in Iowa and Nebraska, but they got about ten times that, according to Gerhart.

David Fairchild and Clara Peterson own a small cleaning business in Iowa. The couple had health insurance via CoOportunity Health before the co-op faltered.

David Fairchild and Clara Peterson own a small cleaning business in Iowa. The couple had health insurance via CoOportunity Health before the co-op faltered.

“Ours was the second largest (health co-op) in the country, so you’ve got to look at it that way.” Gerhart says. “If the second largest can’t make it, how viable are the other ones? I don’t know. But at the end of the day they didn’t have enough capital to support 120,000 members.” CoOportunity hit a kind of perfect storm, according to Peter Damiano, director of the University of Iowa’s public policy center. First, the co-op had to pay a lot more medical bills than those in charge expected.

“CoOportunity Health’s pool of people was larger than expected and was sicker than expected,” Damiano says. “So their risk became much greater than the funds that were available.” The reason the co-op’s customers were sicker has a lot to do with what the insurance market looked like in Iowa before Obamacare.

The largest insurer by far in the state was and still is Wellmark. But Wellmark decided not to offer any plans on Iowa’s health exchange, leaving just CoOportunity and one other insurer – Coventry – offering plans on the exchange throughout the state. Gerhart says, the co-op thought it was going to get more federal money, but learned on December 16 that financing wasn’t being extended. Gerhart says even though CoOportunity is not officially dead yet, customers should switch insurers.

David Fairchild and his wife, Clara Peterson, own a small cleaning business in Ames. David has chronic leukemia but treats it with expensive medicine. Last year, the couple saved hundreds of dollars switching from the insurer Wellmark to a plan run by CoOportunity Health. For the first time in a long time, Fairchild said, they felt like they had room to breathe. “Basically it covered our office visits; covered exams, it covered all but $40 of the medicine every four weeks. It was just marvelous. It probably was too good to be true,” Fairchild said.

Fairchild and his wife have already applied through healthcare.gov to switch to Coventry. In a written statement, Dr. Martin Hickey, chairman of the board of the National Alliance of State Health Co-Ops, said, “The news about CoOportunity Health is not a statement on the health insurance co-op program or the co-op concept. It’s a reflection on the fact that all insurers – not just co-ops – are operating in unique markets with unique business plans and varying state regulations. The circumstances for CoOportunity Health in Iowa are not the same as those in the 23 other states in which co-ops are currently operating.”

(Radio Iowa/Iowa Public Radio)