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Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., March 22nd 2015

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March 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — There are some Democrats in Iowa who aren’t all that “Ready for Hillary.” So far, there’s little evidence they’re ready for Martin O’Malley, either. The former Maryland governor says, “I think it’s because they haven’t met me yet.” O’Malley spent this past weekend campaigning in Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Polk County women are suing the city of Des Moines over its use of automated traffic cameras. The Des Moines Register reports that Sarah Brooks and Michelle Bullock are seeking class action status for their lawsuit, filed against the city and Gatso USA, which runs the traffic cameras. The lawsuit says the city’s use of the cameras violates their fundamental right to travel granted in the U.S. and Iowa constitutions.

LAKE MILLS, Iowa (AP) — The Lake Mills School Board is expected to soon pick a new superintendent. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the board could make a decision on the district’s next superintendent by early next week.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a former Council Bluffs high school math teacher accused of sexually abusing two students has been delayed. The 29-year-old Daugherty was arrested in January following reports that he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl who was his student. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports he was arrested again in February after a second student reported abuse. Daugherty resigned from his teaching position at Thomas Jefferson High School on February 3rd.

Carroll man charged w/vehicular homicide in connection w/Nov. 2014 crash

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Carroll County faces a Felony, Vehicular Homicide by OWI charge, in connection with a Nov. 2014 accident just north of Coon Rapids, that took the life of a passenger in his vehicle. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant Friday for 32-year old Jason Michael Watson, of Carroll. The man was taken into custody and was being held in the Carroll County Jail on $75,000 bond.
A complaint filed in Carroll County District Court alleges Watson did unlawfully and unintentionally cause the death of 43-year old Evon Eastman, of Moorhead, MN, by operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or drugs or a combination of such substances, and while having an alcohol concentration of .08 or more.
Officials say Watson was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer southbound on Velvet Avenue at around 7:30-p.m. on Nov. 5th, 2014, when he lost control of the SUV, causing it to roll several times. Eastman was ejected as the vehicle rolled over. She died from her injuries at the hospital in Carroll.  Watson suffered significant injuries in the crash and was later transported from Carroll by helicopter to a hospital in Des Moines.

Additional Arrest Made in Hot Lotto Ticket Investigation

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), along with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office have filed additional charges in the Hot Lotto Ticket Investigation. 46-year old Robert Clark Rhodes II, of Sugar Land, Texas, has been charged with two, Class-D Felony counts of Fraud.

Iowa authorities received assistance from Texas Lottery Enforcement officials in the arrest of Rhodes in Texas last night, March 20, 2015. He is currently being held in the Fort Bend County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond and is awaiting extradition proceedings to bring him back to Iowa.

This investigation is on-going by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office with cooperation from the Iowa Lottery.

Some lawn care dos & don’t s on this first full day of Spring

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Today’s (Saturday) the first full day of spring and many Iowans are getting the itch to launch into their yard work, sprucing up their lawns and starting to plant flowers, trees and other vegetation. Even though Iowa has already had a lot of unseasonably warm days in recent weeks, horticulturist and arborist John Fech says to hold off on doing any fertilizing of your grass.  “Some of the lawn services have started with that but they tend to have different products than the average homeowner uses,” Fech says, “so, probably wait another three weeks or so.”

Fech says now would be a good time to rake up last season’s dead leaves, aerate the lawn and inspect trees and shrubs.  “Pruning your fruit trees,” he says. “Take out all the crossing limbs and limbs that have broken through the winter.” Look over the shrubs, too, and use sharp shears. “The shrubs that don’t bloom much at all and the ones that bloom in the summer, those are the ones that need a good thinning out, not a haircut, but a thinning out where you take the oldest stems out and let light to the center of the shrub,” he says.

Since much of the region had very dry weather heading into winter, dormant plants could likely use a drink. Fech suggests prioritizing and picking out the plants that are most important to you, roses or shrubs, and use a soaker hose to get them primed for the spring ahead.

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(Podcast) KJAN News, 03/21/2015

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Traffic stop in Red Oak results in an arrest Sat. morning

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop this (Saturday) morning in Red Oak, resulted in the arrest of a man from northwest Iowa. Red Oak Police say 32-year old Chad Curtis McGonagle, of Ruthven, was pulled over at around 2:45-a.m. at the intersection of West Walnut and North Broadway Streets. During an investigation, McGonagle was found to allegedly be under the influence of a controlled substance.

He’s been charged with OWI-Drugged/1st offense, and was being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $1,000 cash bond. Red Oak Police were assisted at the scene by officers with the Shenandoah Police Department.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 3/21/2015

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Fundraiser for Atlantic man/Vietnam war-era Vet fighting lung cancer

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A fundraiser is being held for an Atlantic man diagnosed with lung cancer. 65-year old Ron Shipley, of Atlantic, was diagnosed with lung cancer in Oct. 2014.

Ron Shipley

Ron Shipley

A former Marine who served during the Vietnam War teaching machine gunners at a base located in the U-S. He’s been a resident of Atlantic since 1990. Shipley is currently at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, where he has undergone resection of the lower lobe of his left lung.

In light of a recent local, cancer-related scam, and the public’s skittishness at contributing to persons they may be unfamiliar with,  family friend Sherry Toelle  said she has a written statement from the physician caring for Shipley, confirming the diagnosis and prognosis.

Ron Shipley and his wife Betty are both retired and are drawing Social Security benefits. He worked at Abild’s from 1992-1993, then at Service Master from 1994 to 2000 where he was an area supervisor. In 1995, he went to work at Mahle’s as a plant cleaning supervisor for five years before being employed in the maintenance department at WalMart from 2004-2006. He has suffered from knee problems which have limited his ability to work.

1966 photo of Shipley

1966 photo of Shipley

While eligible for Medicare, Shipley’s finances do not extend to being able to pay for a Medicare Supplement so he is, therefore, responsible for at least 20% of his cancer treatment costs. Toelle says for anyone who has personally dealt with cancer or has friends/relatives who have had cancer, they know what a financial burden even 2-percent can be.

Learning about his cancer diagnosis, friends decided to try to raise funds for Ron. A special bank account—the Ron Shipley Medical Fund—has been set up at the Great Western Bank at 1407 E. 7th Street in Atlantic. Donors can send checks or take cash to that location for deposit in the benefit account which will be used solely to defray Ron’s medical and incidental expenses. Donation canisters have also been placed throughout Atlantic—at HyVee, Fareway, all three Casey’s, Cappels, Deter Motors, and the Atlantic Animal Health Clinic, to name a few.

The fundraising effort is being sponsored by Friends of Ron Shipley. For more information, contact Sherry at 243-4861 or Kathy Kerns at 243-1109.

2 people arrested on drug & child endangerment charges in Fremont County

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Friday in Fremont County led to the arrest of two people on drug charges. Sheriff’s officials say 38-year old Michael Beltran and 31-year old Lacey Smalley were taken into custody. Beltran and Smalley both face charges that include Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Endangerment. Beltran was also charged with Driving While Suspended.

Beltran was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $7,600 bond, while Smalley was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $4,300 bond.

Daughtery sex abuse trial delayed in Council Bluffs

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The trial of former Council Bluffs teacher Jeffrey Daugherty won’t begin as previously scheduled on Tuesday. According to the The Daily NonPareil, a judge will hear a motion Monday to consolidate the cases based on two students’ allegations. A new trial date has not yet been set. The 29-year old Daugherty is accused of two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, five counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee and one count each of sexual exploitation of a minor and lascivious conduct with a minor.

The charges stem from an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old female student while he was a math teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School. Daugherty has pleaded not guilty, according to Pottawattamie County court records. He resigned his teaching position on Feb. 3rd. Police arrested Daugherty on Jan. 8th.

An arrest affidavit notes the alleged relationship lasted about two months. The alleged victim reportedly said she was failing a class and went to Daugherty for help. Daugherty and the girl allegedly began talking, texting and communicating via social media site Twitter about explicit acts and also exchanged multiple topless photos, according to court records.

The victim told police Daugherty kissed her one evening after school, while two other instances included the teacher touching the victim’s private areas. At least one of the encounters happened after school in a classroom. Daugherty denies the charges.

In late January, a second former student came forward. The now 18-year-old female – who was 17 at the time of the alleged acts – told police that she exposed herself to Daugherty after being asked to do so. On multiple occasions, Daugherty allegedly asked the girl to perform sex acts on him, and she complied. An arrest affidavit notes the victim told police she was not forced to engage in sex acts with the teacher.

That matter is set to go to trial on May 12th.