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Senator Ernst still reviewing Senate version of Health care bill

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June 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, says she is still reviewing the Senate health care bill that was unveiled Thursday. She was asked at an event today (Friday) what she would say to Iowans who are afraid they would lose their Medicaid coverage under the bill. “I would say we’re still going through this bill, we’ll have some lengthy discussions, but I wouldn’t say we are losing it. We do need to go through the bill — but we want to make sure Iowans are protected,” Ernst says.

She says Medicaid will be part of the discussion when they return to work on Monday. “I think we are thoroughly vetting the bill and we will continue to move through that process. We will have a lot of time committed to speaking just about the health care bill. It’s up to leadership when they call that up for a vote ,”ERnst says. “But, we will continue to hear from our constituents, and we are already.” Ernst says she can’t yet specifically say what parts of the bill she would support or oppose.

“It was just released yesterday, so we have 142 pages to go through. And just as we did with the A-H-C-A that came over from the House, I want to make sure that I have time to go through it, talk to my staff, talk to folks around Iowa and understand what the impacts of the bill are,” Ernst says. Ernst says the senators who put the bill together understand the issues facing Iowa.

“They are very aware of Iowa’s situation,” according to Reynolds, “but again we have to talk through this. Now that we have the draft — and again it is just draft text — to make sure it is workable for Iowa.” Ernst made her comments during an event at the Iowa State Capitol on another issue.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs man arrested Friday morning after foot pursuit

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June 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A foot pursuit that was part of a search for a man wanted on warrants, caused injuries to the suspect and a Council Bluffs Police Officer. The incident leading to the arrest of 37-year old James David Yopp, Jr., began at around 11-a.m., Friday. Bluffs Police say officers went to a residence in the 2500 block of Avenue in an attempt to locate Yopp Jr., of Council Bluffs, who was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants for Domestic Abuse and Violation of a No Contact Order.

As the officers approached, Yopp ran from the area. After searching the neighborhood for approximately an hour, Yopp was located hiding in the 2500 block of Avenue H. He was taken into custody and booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail.

During the initial foot chase with Yopp, a CBPD officer sustained a knee injury; the officer was treated and released from a local hospital. A full recovery is expected.

Yopp

Iowa man charged with attempted murder after 2 stabbed

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June 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a northwestern Iowa man has been charged with attempted murder and other counts after police say he stabbed two people. Spirit Lake police told the Sioux City Journal on Friday that 29-year-old Nicholas Thompson, of Spirit Lake, had been charged. Police were called at 5 p.m. Thursday to a home for a report of that a person had been stabbed.

Police say two people were injured. Their names have not been released. One person was taken to a local hospital and later flow to a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hospital. The other person declined medical treatment.

Thompson, who remains in the Dickinson County Jail, has been charged with attempted murder and going armed with intent.

Griswold man arrested Thursday on warrant

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June 23rd, 2017 by Chris Parks

On Thursday the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 38-year-old Phillip William Church of Griswold on a Cass County Sheriff’s Office warrant for Lascivious Acts with A Child (A Class C Felony). Church was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

2 fender benders reported in Creston

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June 23rd, 2017 by Chris Parks

The Creston Police Department reports a couple of minor accidents on Friday morning.

At 8:12am officers were called to an accident at the intersection of North Cherry Street and Townline Street.  A 2013 Chevy Silverado driven by 42-year-old Heather Senora Beck of Lenox was eastbound on Townline Street and went through a stop sign and hit a 2014 Chevy Cruze driven by 63-year-old Terrance Lee Borrall of Shannon City. Borrall complained of some pain and possible injury while Beck was uninjured. Beck was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.  Damage was estimated at $5,000 to each vehicle.

A little more than an hour later at 9:50am Creston Police were called to an accident at Sumner Avenue and Highway 34. A 2000 Chrysler Sebring driven by 25-year-old  Robert Dean Surrell of Corning was Eastbound on Highway 34 and according to witnesses ran a red light. Surrell struck a 2016 Buick Encore driven by 89-year-old Ethyl Jean Mikkelsen of Creston that was traveling south on Sumner through the green light at the intersection with Highway 34. Mikkelsen received minor injuries and Surrell was uninjured. Surrell was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device along with Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Liability and No Valid Drivers License. Damage to the Buick was estimated at $6,500 and damage to the Chrysler was estimated at $3,000.

Group of Iowa educators ready to discuss issues at NEA annual meeting

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June 23rd, 2017 by Chris Parks

The National Education Association is holding its annual meeting and representative assembly June 25th through July 2nd in Boston. Tammy Wawro, President of the Iowa State Education Association, told KJAN News that a large group will represent the State of Iowa at the meeting.

Wawro said one of the big takeaways from the event is being able to hear from other educators across the country about what is working well for them and what issues they are facing. Wawro said one of the big topics of discussion will be the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Another big point of emphasis will be the large influx of new educators that will be entering the workforce in the next few years and how to prepare them for success.

Wawro said the Iowa State Education Association is working to make sure Iowa educators feel supported and respected. Even though a lot of the discussion at the NEA assembly will be talking about problems educators are facing, Wawro says there are a lot of positives the State of Iowa can share.

You can find out more about the National Education Association at www.nea.org or the Iowa State Education Association at www.isea.org. You can also follow the ISEA on Facebook or Twitter.

Court says verdict in Iowa lottery rigging case was flawed

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June 23rd, 2017 by Chris Parks

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a lottery security expert charged with attempting to claim a $16.5 million Iowa jackpot that he rigged.

Friday’s ruling ordering a retrial for Eddie Tipton in the 2010 Hot Lotto jackpot is a victory for his defense but might have little practical impact.

Iowa prosecutors already agreed this month to vacate the conviction under a plea agreement, which requires Tipton to plead guilty to ongoing criminal conduct for his efforts to claim rigged jackpots in several states.

Tipton signed the plea deal but has yet to plead guilty in Iowa. He faces up to 25 years.

The court ruled Friday that the statute of limitations expired on one of two counts in the first Iowa case, and the verdict on the other was flawed.

Arrest made in June 12th Underwood bank robbery

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June 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the FBI report an arrest was made Tuesday, in connection with the June 12th robbery of a bank in Pottawattamie County. Authorities said Thursday, 31-year old Davon Leander Williams was arrested Tuesday night, for his alleged role in the robbery of the Underwood branch of the US Bank.

Officials say they believe Williams and at least one other person who was armed, entered the bank and robbed it, taking an undisclosed amount of cash. A vehicle the suspects allegedly used in the robbery, had reportedly been carjacked at gunpoint, from a woman in Omaha a few hours prior to the robbery.

Court says verdict in Iowa lottery rigging case was flawed

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June 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a lottery security expert charged with attempting to claim a $16.5 million Iowa jackpot that he rigged. Friday’s ruling ordering a retrial for Eddie Tipton in the 2010 Hot Lotto jackpot is a victory for his defense but might have little practical impact.

Iowa prosecutors already agreed this month to vacate the conviction under a plea agreement, which requires Tipton to plead guilty to ongoing criminal conduct for his efforts to claim rigged jackpots in several states. Tipton signed the plea deal but has yet to plead guilty in Iowa. He faces up to 25 years.

The court ruled Friday that the statute of limitations expired on one of two counts in the first Iowa case, and the verdict on the other was flawed.

IA SUPCO affirms District Court ruling in Pott. County serious assault case

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June 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has nullified an Oct. 2016 Appeals Court ruling in the case of a Pottawattamie County man convicted of willful injury and criminal trespass, after the Appeals Court reversed the District Court’s verdict, based on an error in a speedy trial ruling.The Supreme Court (With two justices dissenting), affirmed the District Court ruling in the case of Christopher Clay McNeal, of Council Bluffs.

McNeal was initially charged with attempt to commit murder, first-degree burglary, willful injury, and two assaults, following an investigation into an incident that took place Feb. 22nd, 2015, at an auto repair shop in Council Bluffs. He was ultimately convicted of assault with intent to inflict serious injury on his victim, Matthew Browning, by striking him with a hammer. He was also convicted of criminal trespass and willful injury causing serious injury. He was sentenced to a total of 10-years in prison.

In short, the Appeals Court reviewed McNeal’s claim that the State failed to meet its burden to bring him to trial within ninety days for the correction of legal error, and ordered the case be dismissed. The Iowa Supreme Court, in over-ruling the Appeals Court, found the District Court was within reason to schedule McNeal’s trial when it did, and its discretion was not abused.

(For more detailed information: http://www.iowacourts.gov/About_the_Courts/Supreme_Court/Supreme_Court_Opinions/Recent_Opinions/20170623/15-1606.pdf)