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Glenwood resident sentenced for theft of Social Security funds

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November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa woman has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing Social Security benefits that the agency mistakenly paid to a dead person for 11 years. 61-year old Marlene Moore of Glenwood will also serve six months of home confinement after her release under the sentence issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge John Jarvey.

Prosecutors say the Social Security Administration was never notified that a beneficiary died in 2001, and kept sending monthly checks of roughly $1,300 until 2012.  Moore had access to the unidentified beneficiary’s bank account and used the money to pay for personal expenses. In all, she took nearly $165,000 from the account. She pleaded guilty in July to theft.

Prosecutors say Moore used the money to live beyond her means, buying a second house and cars.

Shelby County school project receives Vision IA award

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November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Vision Iowa Board this morning awarded grants to four community attraction projects around the state including one in Shelby County. The Harlan Community School District was awarded $200,000 for the renovation project to Merrill Field. Superintendent Justin Wagner along with other school officials and Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox and Shelby County Supervisor Steve Kenkel received word from the Vision Iowa Board around 10am in Des Moines. Wagner says the project means a lot not only to the school but the Harlan Community.

Wagner says “The overall project is to bring the current complex ADA compliance, to replace existing structures that have been there since the 1970’s. We have been frugal with how we have used the complex but it is a very high frequency used complex. Not for the school district but more importantly we have 80 activities in the community.”

The total renovation project for the Merrill Field Complex is estimated at $1.528 million and before the CAT grant today, the Harlan Community Education Foundation had raised $1.337 million. Now that the estimated cost has been raised, Wagner says work will start in the spring.

Wagner says “We’re hoping to have the project start March 1st. We are hoping to get some out of season costs to save some money. Specifications are being written and we knew we needed those whether we were move ahead or not. So we are hoping by March 1st that we start the renovation project as a whole.”

Other communities receiving grant money from Vision Iowa were the City of Manchester, Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science in Davenport and the Des Moines Performing Arts.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Atlantic woman arrested for ID Theft

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November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Tuesday of 38-year old Patricia Mundorf. The Atlantic woman was booked into the Cass County Jail on two counts of Identity Theft.

Atlantic man sentenced to more than 3.5-years in prison

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November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 3.5-years in prison for possessing a stolen firearm. U-S District Court Judge John Jarvey handed down the 46-month term for 42-year old  Gregory Allen Jennings,  and ordered Jennings to serve three years of supervised release when he completes his imprisonment.

On November 12th (2013), Jennings pled guilty to knowingly possessing a stolen firearm. The charge was the result of an investigation into firearms which were stolen from a vehicle in Atlantic, Iowa, in January of 2013. The investigation revealed that Jennings had received the firearm shortly after it was stolen, and was attempting to sell the firearm when it was located by law enforcement.

The investigation was conducted by the Atlantic, Iowa, Police Department, and the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the case was prosecuted by the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa

Appel calls on Latham to back minimum wage hike

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November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Democrat Staci Appel — a candidate in Iowa’s third congressional district — says it’s time to raise the nation’s minimum wage.  “I think working families have gone without an increase in the minimum wage since 2009,” Appel says. “And, you know, 71 percent of Americans favor increasing the minimum wage.”

The national minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin is pushing his fellow senators to vote to raise the minimum wage to 10-dollars-and-10 cents. Appel says Congressman Tom Latham — the Republican Appel hopes to face next November — should join Harkin’s effort. “I think that he should join me in supporting it for the American people and the people of Iowa,” Appel says.

Appel served one term in the state senate and in 2007 she voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $7.25 an hour, which at the time was higher than the national minimum wage. “My record of supporting raising the minimum wage is extremely important and I believe it was a clear choice of what to do at that time,” Appel says, “and I wish that we had been forward and raised it even further.”

Appel supports the concept of tying the minimum wage to a yearly inflation factor, like the annual “cost of living” adjustment for Social Security payments. A spokesman for Latham’s congressional campaign was not available for comment this morning (Wednesday).

In 2007 Latham voted to raise the federal minimum wage to its current level, $7.25 an hour. Critics say raising the minimum wage harms entry level and part-time workers, especially teenagers, as businesses will cut back hours or lay off workers. President Obama has called for raising the national minimum wage to nine dollars an hour. Earlier this summer, workers at fast food restaurants in a few U.S. cities staged protests, calling for a minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour. Twenty-one states — where about half the U.S. population lives — have passed laws raising state minimum wage rates above the nation’s. Appel faces Gabriel De La Cerda in next June’s Democratic Primary in the fourth congressional district.

(Radio Iowa)

Shenandoah man arrested for OWI/3rd offense

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November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s office reports a Shenandoah man was arrested this past weekend for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. 44-year old Matthew Dean Hughes was taken into custody for OWI/3rd offense at around 6:50-p.m. Saturday, following a traffic stop on Highway 34. Hughes was brought to the Mills County Jail and held on $6,000 bond.

 

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SW IA Iowa store owner loses jobless pay case over preachiness

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November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

TABOR, Iowa (AP) – A businessman who laced lectures to an employee with biblical references has been ordered to pay her unemployment benefits.  The Des Moines Register says a state judge has ruled against Tyler Stille, owner of Tabor Market & Deli in southwest Iowa.

Sherri Chafin says she quit in January 2012 after he preached to her about the wisdom of King Solomon and questioned her lifestyle. She filed for unemployment pay.  Stille says his employees all knew before they were hired that faith is an integral part of his business.

Administrative Law Judge Julie Elder sided with Chafin, finding that Stille’s conduct was, at best, “inappropriate, unacceptable and unprofessional” and had created an intolerable work environment.

Cut in SNAP benefits is expected to put more strain on food pantries

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November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One of the region’s largest food banks is bracing for higher demand after federal benefits were cut earlier this month to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Susan Ogborn, president of the Food Bank for the Heartland, says some 420-thousand Iowans receive SNAP benefits which have been trimmed back to 2009 levels.  “When people can’t stretch their food stamps and their personal budgets out across the entire month, they use pantries as support,” Ogborn says.

SNAP benefits were increased by 13-percent about four years ago due to the recession. That extension was only temporary and now SNAP cash cards are being cut by about 11-dollars a month, per person.  “What we believe is, they will use pantries more quickly and more often now as they notice the changes in their food stamp benefits.”

Statewide, the federal government is now sending about 43-million fewer dollars to Iowa for food assistance. Ogborn expects a serious strain on food banks. “That will be on top of the fact that October was our largest distribution month ever,” Ogborn says. “We are starting from a very high level of need and unfortunately, it looks as though it will be going higher.”

The Omaha-based Food Bank for the Heartland helps stock the shelves at 285 pantries, shelters and soup kitchens in Nebraska and western Iowa. In Iowa, about 13-percent of the population receives SNAP benefits.

(Radio Iowa)