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Iowa man accused of using cattle prod to discipline children

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December 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SWAN, Iowa (AP) — A man has been accused of using a cattle prod to discipline two children in south-central Iowa. Court records say 36-year-old Travis Coker, of rural Swan in Marion County, pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of felony child endangerment causing injury. The records don’t show a trial date. Criminal complaints say the girls reported that Coker used the prod to shock them as a “form of discipline.”

Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt says the 11- and 13-year-old girls weren’t doing their chores fast enough on the family farm, so Coker decided to use the prod — a hand-held rod that delivers an electric shock to control livestock. The court records also say Coker and his wife corroborated the girls’ statements.

Red Oak man arrested on eluding and other charges

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December 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Deputies in Montgomery County report a man was arrested on a trio of charges a little after 1-a.m. today (Friday). 48-year old Mark Douglas Berggren, of Red Oak, was pulled over near the intersection of 215th Street and K Avenue in Montgomery County. He faces charges that include Eluding, Driving While Revoked and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Berggren was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held an $2,000 bond.

Dog shot in rural Imogene

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December 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports that at around 11:45-p.m. Thursday, Deputies were called to a residence near the intersection of 130th Street and 380th Avenue, for a report of dog that had been shot. Upon arrival, deputies were advised by the home owner that he let his dogs outside around 11:05-p.m., and heard several gunshots outside his residence a short time later. The homeowner advised he found blood near the front door of his residence and after a search of the surrounding area, he discovered his dog with a fatal gunshot wound in a field near his residence.

Deputies discovered several spent firearm casings near the scene.Deputies are looking to speak to the owner of a dark green Ford Ranger, extended cab pickup, with side steps and large tires, that was possibly seen in the area at the time of the shooting. Anyone with information, please contact the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 712-374-2424.

Senate’s GOP Leader says getting rid of state income tax should be ultimate goal

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December 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Republican leader in the Iowa Senate says legislators should make eliminating the state income tax a “big picture goal.” In the meantime, Bill Dix says lawmakers should CUT taxes AND cut state spending next year. “As a state, we need to challenge ourselves in how much it costs to run state government,” Dix says.

Kansas lawmakers dramatically cut state income taxes in 2012 and 2013, but Dix says that experiment failed because officials in Kansas did not make deep enough cuts in that state’s budget.  “We have to redouble our efforts to really reanalyze what our priorities are and how we use your money and what impact that has on the overall economy and growth,” Dix says.

Seven U.S. states do not have an income tax and Dix says the economy in neighboring South Dakota is booming because there’s no income tax in South Dakota. “The other 11 Midwestern states have all seen a loss in the last decade of wealth, real wealth, in their states,” Dix says.

Dix made his comments during a forum sponsored by the Iowa Chamber Alliance, a group that represents the state’s largest chambers of commerce. Critics of eliminating the state income tax altogether say Iowans will wind up paying more in other taxes.

Texas residents do not pay an income tax, but face steep property taxes, for example. Washington state residents don’t have an income tax, but that state’s gas tax is highest in the country.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, 12/8/17

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December 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teenager testified that his mother forced him and his two sisters to sleep on their bedroom floor in their own waste for months and that she refused to feed one sister in the days before she starved to death. The Des Moines Register reports that the 16-year-old told the Polk County jury on Wednesday that his sister Natalie had become too weak to get up to eat, but their mother told her she wouldn’t help her. Nicole Finn is charged with murder, kidnapping and child endangerment.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa City men have been charged in a violent home invasion in which two men were beaten and a woman sexually assaulted. Television station KGAN reports that 25-year-old Sullivan Smith-Berry and 28-year-old Earl Riley each have been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree sexual abuse. Police say the armed men broke into an Iowa City apartment on Nov. 3 and beat two other men inside. Police say the sister of one of the victims was also sexually assaulted.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids police have made an arrest in a shooting last week that injured a woman. Police say 42-year-old Marc Anthony Campbell shot his 28-year-old wife on Dec. 2 while they were in a Cedar Rapids apartment. She is expected to recover. Police say Campbell was found suffering from a traumatic, self-inflicted stab wound. He was hospitalized until Wednesday, when he was released and taken to the Linn County Jail. He’s been charged with attempted murder, willful injury and a weapons count.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport woman faces felony charges after police say she helped bilk more than $35,000 out of the grandparent of a prison inmate by pretending to be an employee of a law firm representing the inmate. The Quad-City Times reports that 30-year-old Audrey Slyter was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft, ongoing criminal activity and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Iowa teen says mom refused to help sister before she starved

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December 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teenager testified at his mother’s murder trial that she forced him and his two sisters to sleep on their bedroom floor in their own waste for months and that she refused to feed one sister in the days before she starved to death.

The Des Moines Register reports that the 16-year-old told the Polk County jury on Wednesday that his sister Natalie had become too weak to get up to eat, but their mother told her she wouldn’t help her.

Nicole Finn was charged with murder, kidnapping and child endangerment after Natalie Finn died in October 2016 at the age of 16. She’s also accused of abusing the son who testified and her younger daughter. Investigators say they were severely malnourished and living in squalor in the family’s West Des Moines home.

Rural Clarinda man arrested Wed. morning

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December 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A man from rural Clarinda was arrested Wednesday morning, following a traffic stop just north of College Springs. The license plates on the vehicle were registered to a  Ford F-150 that was registered to a person who died earlier this year. The driver, 46-year old David Allen Holste, was cited for improper use of registration and arrested for Driving while License is barred.

Holste was transported to the Page County Jail and held on a $2,000 bond.

Worker Benefits Meeting for Former Employees of Ferrara Candy Company

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December 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The U.S. Department of Labor has certified former employees of Ferrara Candy Company in Creston for reemployment services under the Trade Act of 2015. This certification covers workers who are laid off due to lack of work on or after Oc.19, 2016, through Nov. 24, 2019.

Multiple informational meetings have been scheduled to assist former employees of the reemployment services available after eligibility has been determined.

Worker Information Meeting Details:
When: Wednesday, Dec. 13
Where: Ferrara Candy Company, 500 Industrial Parkway, Creston, IA  50801
Time: 7-9 a.m., 10 a.m.-Noon, 3-5 p.m., 11 p.m.-1 a.m.

Reemployment services may include classroom training, on-the-job training, job relocation, and for workers 50 years of age or older, a wage subsidy. These services may be available to eligible individuals, as is appropriate, by working with IowaWORKS representatives on the development of reemployment plans. Local IowaWORKS representatives will also be in attendance at this meeting.

For additional questions or information, contact Nina Gotta at 515-281-9007.

Worker Benefits Meeting for Former Employees of Plastic Professions/Owner Revolution

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December 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The U.S. Department of Labor has certified former employees of Plastic Professions/Owner Revolution in Atlantic for reemployment services under the Trade Act of 2015. This certification covers workers who are laid off due to lack of work on or after May 31, 2016, through Nov. 17, 2019.

Multiple informational meetings are scheduled to assist former employees of the reemployment services available after eligibility has been determined.

Worker Information Meeting Details:
When: Monday, Dec. 11
Where: Iowa Western Community College, 705 Walnut Street, Atlantic, IA  50021
Times: 9-11 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Reemployment services may include classroom training, on-the-job training, job relocation, and for workers 50 years of age or older, a wage subsidy. These services may be available to eligible individuals, as is appropriate, by working with IowaWORKS representatives on the development of reemployment plans. Local IowaWORKS representatives will also be in attendance at this meeting.

For additional questions or information, contact Nina Gotta at 515-281-9007.

Eastern IA man wanted on Federal warrant arrested in Guthrie County

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December 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An eastern Iowa man wanted by the U.S. Marshall’s Service on an outstanding Federal warrant, was arrested Wednesday evening in Guthrie County after a traffic stop and short foot pursuit. According to the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office, at around 5:30-p.m., a Guthrie County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 100th block of S. 12th St. Place, in Guthrie Center.

Hoffman

During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy determined the driver of the vehicle, 53-year old Tony Hoffman, of Cedar Rapids, was wanted by the U.S. Marshall’s Service. During the traffic stop, Hoffman attempted to flee the deputy on foot. After a short foot chase, Hoffman was apprehended after the deputy deployed his Taser (an electronic immobilization device).

Hoffman was booked in on charges of Interference with Official Acts, Escape from Custody and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The United States Marshall’s Service has placed a detainer on Tony Hoffman, and he will be transferred to their custody at some point in the near future.

The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Panora EMS, the Panora Police Department, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement.