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Bluffs Police ask for help in ID’ing 2 women in stolen CC case

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March 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are asking for your help in identifying two women who are persons of interest in a stolen credit card case. If you know who these suspects are, call Detective Andrews at 712-326-2511 or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers at 712-328-7867.fraud 2 fraud1

Underwood Middle School Teacher arrested on sex abuse/exploitation charges

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March 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An investigation that began on Dec. 5th, 2014 into alleged inappropriate conduct by an Underwood Middle School teacher has resulted in an arrest. The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office said Monday (Today), 45-year old Barret B. Glasnapp turned himself-in on Monday (March 2nd). Glasnapp faces felony charges that include 4 counts of sexual abuse in the 3rd Degree, 1 count of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee, and, five aggravated misdemeanor counts of  Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee.

Authorities say Glasnapp’s interaction began in 2011 when the student was 14, after her 8th grade year, and continued until October, 2014, when the girl was 16. According to an affidavit, an investigator assigned to follow-up on an alleged sexual assault at the Underwood Middle School in December, found that Glasnapp had resigned from his post in November.

Police: Iowan faked pregnancy for money in adoption scam

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March 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested an Ankeny woman accused of faking pregnancy to trick an Iowa couple into giving her money. The Ankeny Police Department says 29-year-old Tracy Leann Bess-Thacker was charged Friday with fourth-degree theft after prospective adoptive parents from Dewitt, Iowa, claim she accepted $200 from them when she wasn’t pregnant.

According to a news release, Bess had signed onto Life Long Adoptions, an agency that connects birth mothers with potential parents. Detectives say Bess wasn’t pregnant during this scam, but that she used information from a prior pregnancy to con people into offering her financial support. Police say Bess previously used a similar scam in multiple states, including Nebraska.

Senate panel OKs bill that would add fine arts to Iowa Core

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March 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that would add fine arts to Iowa’s mandated education curriculum for K-12 students, though lawmakers expressed concern about its potential costs. An education subcommittee approved the bill Monday. It now heads to a full committee, where it would need approval by Friday to survive a procedural legislative deadline.

The bill would add music, theater, visual art and other fine arts to the Iowa Core, the state’s mandated academic standards. Sen. Herman Quirmbach, who sponsored the bill, says it would properly recognize fine arts. He questioned an analysis by the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency, which determined it could cost a school district up to $100,000 to implement the bill.

Lawmakers say they need more financial analysis to pass the bill out of committee.

Wells Fargo debit card scam circulates via text message

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March 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

If you received a text message today on your electronic device saying your “Check/Card-is SUSPENDED! Please respond,” DO NOT RESPOND OR ACCESS THE WEBSITE THE TEXT THE MESSAGE REFERENCES!

This is the message many people have received via text. DO NOT click on or access the fake website.

This is the message many people have received via text. DO NOT click on or access the fake website.

It is an attempt by scammers to gain access to your personal information. Numerous individuals in Atlantic have received the text, including KJAN News Director Ric Hanson, County officials and law enforcement personnel. The Atlantic Police Department has confirmed with officials at Wells, the message is an attempt to scam those who receive it. Even persons who do not have an account with Wells Fargo, have been receiving the text message.

The text message gives a web site address to respond to that appears to be from Wells Fargo, but it IS NOT.  Again, do not respond to this text message or access the website given. If you have any questions about your account, call Wells Fargo directly or stop by your local branch.

2 from C. Bluffs arrested on drug charges in Cass County

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March 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two Pottawattamie County residents were arrested Saturday on drug charges, following a traffic stop. 21-year old William Dunlap, Jr.,  of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody on charges of OWI 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Driving Under Suspension. And 20-year old Robyn Lynn Spitler, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Both were taken to the Cass County Jail. Spitler was released the following day on $1000 bond; Dunlap was released later the following day on his own recognizance.

The Sheriff’s Office says also, no injuries were reported following a single-vehicle accident late last Thursday morning. The accident happened on 750th Street at Independence Road, at around 10:50-a.m.. Officials say a 2001 Ford Ranger driven by 18-year old Tyler Allen Steele, of Anita, was northbound on 750th Street when Steele lost control of the pickup on the icy road. The vehicle entered the west ditch, and hit support wires for a power pole. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at $5,000; damage to the support wires is estimated at $500. No citations were issued.

Iowa Tourism Office looking for state’s best pie: 8 restaurants vie for ultimate pie champion title

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March 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Starting today (Monday), fans of Travel Iowa on Facebook can cast their vote to determine the best pie in Iowa. Through Thursday, March 5, two pies will face off head-to-head in the “Tasty Eight” round. The slices receiving the most votes in each matchup will move on to the Final Four round, which starts Tuesday, March 10. The top two pies from those competitions will face off in the championship round to determine the best pie in Iowa. The winning slice will be announced on Saturday, March 14 – or Pi Day, mathematically speaking.

Although there will only be one ultimate pie champion, everyone who votes also wins. The winning restaurant will provide a special offer to each participant.pie  Competing pies and restaurants include:
· Triple Fruit Pie, Picket Fence Café, Guttenberg
· Peanut Butter Pie, The Sanctuary, Shenandoah
· Coconut Cream Pie, Coffee Cup Café, Sully
· Sour Cream Raisin Pie, Country Junction, Dyersville
· Chocolate Cream Pie, Cronk’s Café, Denison
· Cherry Pie, Crouse Café, Indianola
· Lemon Meringue Pie, O’Farrell Sisters, Okoboji
· Rhubarb Custard with Streusel Topping, Ox Yoke Inn, Amana

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.75 billion in expenditures, employs 65,400 people statewide and generates $353.9 million in state taxes.

Iowa lawmakers to introduce bill to make gun permits secret

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March 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two Iowa lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would change state law and keep confidential the identities of those who own permits to carry firearms. The Des Moines Register reports that the proposal is aimed at preventing the release of any information that could link a person to his or her gun permit, including names, addresses and dates of birth. Current Iowa law allows public access to such permit records.

Sen. Steve Sodders, a State Center Democrat, says it’s unnecessary for people to know if others have guns in their homes. He says the public would still have access to general statistics, like the number of firearms purchased each month. Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley, says lawmakers are still working out the legislation’s details.

Adams County woman arrested on Union County warrant; hit & run accident in Afton

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March 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Union County report an Adams County woman was arrested Friday, on a warrant. The Sheriff’s Office says 48-year old Carolyn R. Cook, of Prescott, was arrested on a Union County warrant for theft in the fourth degree. Cook was booked into the jail and later released on $1000 bond.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office also reports a hit-and-run, property damage accident happened Saturday afternoon, in Afton. Authorities say a 2014 Lincoln Navigator was legally parked on Kansas Street and was backing out of a parking stall at around 3:15-p.m., when an eastbound pickup truck made contact with the left rear side of the SUV. The pickup left the scene.

Damage to the SUV, driven by 61-year old Judy Hoakison, of Creston, was estimated at $2,000. Hoakison was not injured during the accident.

3 arrests in Atlantic

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March 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports three, recent arrests. On Sunday, 49-year old Tracy Auerbach, of Chariton, was arrested on an OWI/1st offense charge. Auerbach was booked into the Cass County Jail.

On Saturday, officers with the A-PD arrested 28-year old Christopher Castillo, of Atlantic, on a Cass County warrant for Violation of Probation. And, 26-year old Jeremy Blagdon, of Atlantic, was arrested Saturday for Disorderly Conduct, and Assault on a Police Officer. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.