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Man sentenced to 50 years for killing father after theft


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A judge has sentenced a Council Bluffs man to 50 years in prison for killing his father. The Daily Nonpareil reports Sean Schendel was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree theft, unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and obstruction of justice.

Schendel admitted killing Robert Schendel in August 2015 after his father realized his son had stolen $100 from him. During an altercation, Schendel shot his father with a handgun. He then transferred $15,000 from his father’s bank account to his own and drove his father’s minivan to Colorado, where he was arrested in Sterling. Prosecutors say he went to Colorado to buy marijuana from a dispensary to celebrate his 21st birthday.

County Attorney Matt Wilber called it, “A very sad deal.”

Insurance Commissioner files charges accusing false Medicare supplement information


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart has filed charges against two agencies which allegedly sent out mailings to Iowans that misrepresented the terms of insurance plans meant to supplement Medicare. Insurance Division spokesman, Chance McElhaney, says the charges with filed against Cynthia Fitzgerald of the Robert J. Stillwell Agency in Pennsylvania and Senior Direct, Incorporated of Texas.

“As Iowans are making these choices, they need to have the right set of facts in front of them, and so when we see something like this that is misleading to Iowans, we work to put an end to it as soon as possible,” McElhaney. Fitzgerald and the Robert J. Stillwell Agency face four charges and Senior Direct faces three. He says the two contacted thousands of Iowans. “The mailings from Fitzgerald had over 30-thousand mailings to Iowans and the target leads of the division Senior Direct had also a lot of other mailings that went out containing misleading language,” McElhaney says.

The two will get a chance to answer the allegations of the Insurance Division. He says they both will have a hearing. Those hearings are set for December. McElhanney says some Iowans raised concerns about the mailings, and that is exactly what they advise people in their insurance fraud education.”We tell people to ask questions when you get unsolicited emails or phone calls. Ask questions, make sure the information is accurate. If something doesn’t seem right, please let us know,” McElhaney says. “We really encourage Iowans contact the Senior Health Insurance Information Program — SHIIP as it is better known — contact them if you have questions, if you aren’t sure if this is correct.”

He says SHIIP is a good resource for these types of questions. He say you can contact SHIIP to get free and unbiased information about Medicare and Medicare Supplements. McElhaney says Medicare supplement insurance is an important tool for managing health care costs. “It can be a big difference financially for seniors if they either don’t choose a Medicare supplement, or they chose the wrong one,” according to McElhaney.

If you have questions you can go to the Iowa Insurance Division website (www.iid.state.ia.us), or call SHIIP at 800-351-4664. Or visit the SHIIP website at: www.therightcalliowa.gov.

Local Residents Honored for Volunteer Work


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Health System (CCHS) report local residents Connie Weichman and Dick Hensley recently accepted an award on behalf of Cass County communities for 15 years of local participation with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). Hensley also received an individual award for 10 years of volunteer work with the program. SHIIP Director Kris Gross presented the awards. 15yrhensleywiechmanngross_cass

SHIIP offers confidential, one-on-one counseling throughout Iowa from trained volunteers to help seniors make informed decisions about Medicare and other health coverage options.

SHIIP appointments are available now during the open enrollment period. To make an appointment with a SHIIP counselor, call Carole Schuler at 243-7545.

Creston woman arrested on drug charges, Monday


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Union County woman was arrested on drug charges, Monday morning. Creston Police say 31-year old Patricia McFail, of Creston, was arrested at 800 W. Taylor Street on charges of Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. McFail was later released from the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond.

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October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Fewer than half of Iowans in workforce have college degrees, technical certificate


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A task force will meet later this week in Des Moines to discuss how to encourage more Iowans to go to college or get additional training. Fewer than half of Iowa adults have a college degree or some sort of technical certification beyond a high school diploma.  Beth Townsend is director of Iowa Workforce Development agency. “The main issue identified by Iowa’s employers today is finding enough qualified and skilled workers who are ready and able to work,” Townsend says, “many of which, as we’ve identified, require education and training beyond high school.”

Iowa’s governor recently set the goal of  having 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce getting technical training or going to college after high school. Townsend says educators as well as  business and labor leaders have agreed to serve on the task force. “The Future Ready Iowa Alliance initiative is something that we firmly believe is necessary in order to develop the workforce we are going to need in the next 10 years,” Townsend says.

The group will address particular concerns about how minorities, disabled Iowans and former prisoners are able to get the training they need to secure jobs in the future. The “Future Ready Iowa Alliance” will meet for the first time this Friday. The governor has asked this task force to come up with a “strategic plan” by October 31st of NEXT year.

(Radio Iowa)

Milling work to begin on Atlantic streets and alleys this week


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic City Administrator John Lund reports Henningsen Construction plans to start milling streets tomorrow (Wednesday), as part of the City’s 2016 Street and Alley Improvement Project. Lund says the best case scenario would be to start paving 10th Street close to November 1st. Once crews get 10th done, Lund says they may leave for a few days to go do work in Anita job and let PCS (Precision Concrete Service, Inc., of Atlantic) stay ahead of them. After that they would come back and do the alleys/parking lots.

Earlier this year, the Atlantic City Council passed a Resolution “Authorizing bids for the 2016 Street and Alley Improvements.” The projects were finalized for the Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Improvement plan. Slightly more than 1.085-million dollars for the projects is being financed by the 2016 bond. $500,-thousand dollars is being used from the Local Option Sales Tax Capital Improvement Streets fund to pay for the remaining projects.

Those projects include:

  • 10th St. from Sunnyside Lane to the Hospital Drive (3″ Hot Melt Asphalt [HMA] Overlay).
  • Olive St. from 7th to 10th (3″ HMA)
  • Maple St. overlay from 9th to 10th
  • Birch St. overlay from 2nd to 3rd
  • Walnut/Elm alley from 4th to 5th
  • 3rd to 4th St. alley (Chestnut to Poplar)

The Alley’s include those from:

  • 4th to 5th Sts. (between Walnut & Elm)
  • 3rd to 4th Sts. (between Oak & Hazel)
  • 8th to 9th Sts. (between Chestnut & Walnut)
  • 2nd to 3rd Sts.(Between Maple & Linn)
  • 8th to 9th Sts. (Between Maple & Linn, and Poplar to Locust)
  • 7th and 8th Sts. (Between Poplar & Locust)
  • Alley by Gade Insurance
  • All alleys and downtown parking lots.

Fatal ATV accident in Fremont County


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County say a teenager from Hamburg has died in an ATV accident. The 14-year old male died when the ATV he was riding crashed into a soybean field at around 6:30-p.m., Monday, about three-miles east of Hamburg.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by Shenandoah EMS, Hamburg, Sidney, and Riverton Rescue units, as well as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Additional information is currently not available.

Car-vs.-pedestrian accident in Council Bluffs, Monday


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs Police say an adult female was transported to Creighton CHI in Omaha, after being struck by a car Monday night. Authorities said the woman, who was not carrying any identification and is listed as a “Jane Doe,” was struck by a 2008 Acura as she was walking east on 9th Avenue.

The driver of the car, 54-year old Tamara Chamberland, of Blue Springs, MO.,  said she noticed the pedestrian walking in the roadway, but was unable to take evasive action in time to avoid striking her. Chamberland was not injured in the crash.Bluffs Badge

Preliminary investigation indicates that neither speed nor driver impairment appear to be factors in the accident. The Council Bluffs Police Department traffic unit is conducting an investigation into the incident. Any witnesses are asked to call 712-328-4948. Additional information requests should be directed to the traffic unit.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tuesday, Oct. 25th 2015


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rockwell Collins, which makes systems for airplanes, is buying rival B/E Aerospace for $6.4 billion. The deal still needs approval by shareholders of both companies and by regulators. Rockwell sells electronics systems used in airliners and business jets, while B/E makes aircraft cabin interiors including seating.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Hampton man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports 61-year-old Ronald Rand was sentenced Monday to the life term after a jury in August found him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 51-year-old Michelle Key, of Waterloo. She died on a couch in Rand’s living room after being shot in the neck with a sawed-off shotgun. Prosecutors argued Rand killed Key because she laughed as she admitted cheating on him.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Vinton woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge connected to the fatal accidental shooting of a 14-year-old girl. The woman was sentenced after pleading guilty in May to providing a firearm to a prohibited person. Investigators found she provided a rifle to her 16-year-old son, who she knew used marijuana. Authorities say a teen other than the woman’s son was handling the gun when it fired, hitting Emma Redlinger. She died four days later.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge won’t dismiss a lawsuit filed by a retired University of Iowa administrator over private meetings that Board of Regents members held with the man they later hired as the UI’s president. The judge ruled Monday the lawsuit filed in June by former administrator Gerhild Krapf should proceed, though he noted he wasn’t evaluating the suit’s merits. The regents sought to dismiss the suit, which argued regents violated the law by holding private meetings with Bruce Harreld before his hiring.