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Pott. County Sheriff’s report (2/16/17)

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February 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports several, recent arrests. Among them, early this (Thursday) morning, was 29-year old Cory Robert Kyle, of Hancock, who was arrested at around 1:40-a.m. in Hancock, following a traffic stop. Kyle was taken into custody for Driving While Barred, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (A bag with a digital scale, spoon, knife, marijuana bong, and a marijuana pipe).

At around midnight, Wednesday, 20-year old Daja Mone Folds, of Milwaukee, WI., was arrested in Pottawattamie County after she was pulled over for having defective tail lights on her car. When the Sheriff’s Deputy ran the vehicles’ license plate, it came back as stolen out of Council Bluffs. Folds explained the vehicle was reported stolen, but she had just received it back, and forgot to call in. A records check verified her statement, but also revealed Folds had a valid warrant out of Mason City for Violation of Probation on Larceny charges. The woman was placed under arrest and taken to the Pott. County Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office reports also, 28-year old James Christopher Fischer, of Walnut, was arrested Wednesday night following a traffic stop for speeding, in Walnut. A records check indicated Fischer was wanted on a warrant for Violating a Protective Order. He was taken into custody on the warrant, and cited for Open Container.

And, 49-year old Derrick Lee Dornburgh, of Omaha, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Treynor, for Driving While Revoked.

IA Collective Bargaining bill: The latest

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February 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa union and school leaders are rushing to complete and sign contracts before collective bargaining legislation surging through the Statehouse becomes state law. The legislation’s mirror versions went from House and Senate committee hearings to floor debate in a week. Lengthy debate and amendments have slowed their advance, but passage and the governor’s signature seem certain.

Iowa teachers union president Tammy Wawro told The Des Moines Register that more than 140 districts settled contracts in the past week and seven of 40 districts with multiyear contracts extended them. The Des Moines school board is scheduled to vote in a special meeting Thursday on a temporary agreement before the legislation is signed into law.

The legislation would prohibit unions from bargaining over certain items, such as seniority, insurance, grievances, layoff procedures and additional pay.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 2/16/2017

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February 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, Thursday, 2/16/2017

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Creston man arrested a drug charge

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February 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports the arrest Wednesday night on a Possession of Controlled Substance/1st offense, charge. 18-year old Isaiah Foster, of Creston, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center at around 10-p.m. His bond was set at $1,000.

And, a Creston resident reported Monday evening, that sometime during the day, someone broke a window on his garage located in the 800 block of W. Adams Street. Damage from the incident amounted to about $100.

(7-a.m. News)

Ernst’s Regional Directors To Hold Traveling Office Hours Across 99 Counties

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February 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) regional directors will hold traveling office hours throughout the month of March in all 99 counties in Iowa. Representatives from Senator Ernst’s office will be available in counties throughout the state to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like Social Security, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues, and other federal programs. Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours.

If you are unable to attend the traveling office hours and are seeking assistance with federal agencies,  visit Ernst.Senate.Gov to contact one of her offices or submit a casework request.

Locally, Ernst’s traveling office hours include:

  • Adair County: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM, Adair County Courthouse Jury Room 400 Public Square, Greenfield.
  • Adams County: Thursday March 9, 2017 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Corning Public Library 603 9th Street, Corning.
  • Audubon County: Tuesday March 21, 2017 10:00 AM -11:00 AM Audubon Public Library 401 North Park Place, Audubon.
  • Cass County: Thursday, March 9, 2017 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Atlantic Public Library Meeting Room A 507 Poplar Street, Atlantic.
  • Guthrie County: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Guthrie County Courthouse Public Meeting Room 200 N 5th Street, Guthrie Center.
  • Montgomery County: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Montgomery County Extension Office Suite 2 400 Bridge Street, Red Oak.
  • Pottawattamie County: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Avoca Public Library 213 North Elm Street, Avoca.

A complete list of all upcoming dates can be found at http://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/traveling-office-hours

Atlantic City Council news (2/16): hearings and “Shred Day”

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February 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, set March 1st at 5:30-p.m., as the date and time for Public Hearings on two matters. The first is with regard to a General Obligation Equipment Acquisition Loan Agreement and to borrow not more than $360,000 for the purchase of equipment for the Street Department. The second hearing pertains to the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 City of Atlantic Budget.

The final budget must be submitted to the State of Iowa by March 15th. The proposed budget amounts to just under $12.5-million, which is a decrease over the FY 2017 budget of 14.78%, or more than $1.847-million.  It calls for a property tax increase of 1.48-percent.

In other business, the Council heard from Library Director Natalie Struecker, who mentioned a “Shred Day” will be held April 15th from 1-until 3-p.m., at the Library, where citizens may bring their documents and have them securely disposed of through the use of a mobile shredder that will be available in the parking lot. You can drive up and drop-off up to three containers of paper or documents to be shredded.

2 arrested in Montgomery County on separate charges

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February 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Two recent, separate traffic stops in Montgomery County resulted in arrests. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports at around 1:10-a.m. today (Thursday), 24-year old Michael Christopher Jensen, of Schaumberg, IL., was arrested north of Villisca at Highways 71 and 34, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jensen was cited for the offense and then released at the scene.

And, just before 10-p.m. Wednesday, Montgomery County Deputies conducted a traffic stop just west of Elliott, that resulted in 27-year old Eduardo Monrreal-Robles, of Elliott, being taken into custody for Driving with a Suspended License with 13 withdrawals in effect. Monrreal-Robles  was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $435 bond.

Bluffs man arrested in Red Oak on FTA warrant

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February 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Red Police early this (Thursday) morning, arrested a Pottawattamie County man on a Pott. County warrant for Failure to Appear in court on an original OWI/2nd offense, charge. 25-year old Devon Keith Hale, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at around 1-a.m. in the 2400 block of N. Broadway Street, in Red Oak. Hale was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

Critics say two sections in GOP bill would be ‘death knell’ for public sector unions

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February 16th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The governor and Republicans in the state legislature want to end automatic payroll deductions for the DUES paid to public sector unions. The collective bargaining bill being debated in the Iowa House and Senate this week would make THAT change AND require government workers to vote regularly on whether they want to have a union in their workplace. Republican Governor Terry Branstad says the vote to establish the Iowa State Education Association as the union for Iowa teachers happened in the 1970s.

“Is it really fair that the teachers of today are stuck with a bargaining unit that was agreed upon in the ’70s, before they were even born?” Branstad says. “It seems to me this is an antiquated law that needs to be updated and the people that are actually employed today ought to have some voice in it.” Critics say these two moves could be the “death knell” for unions that represent government workers in Iowa. Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo who was a union worker at John Deere, says Republicans are trying to “stack the deck.”

“You want to get rid of the labor unions because you know how difficult it would be to collect those dues individually, but I’ve got news for you,” Dotzler said. “I’ve got a feeling that this is going to really incite members of the labor union and they’re going to sign up through the union and have that sent automatic.” Republicans say tax dollars shouldn’t be used through the payroll process to funnel dues to unions.

Florida legislators had a similar debate in 2011 about union dues. According to Politifact, analysts in THAT state concluded there were “positive, but insignificant” savings by ending the state payroll deduction for union dues. According to the Iowa Legislative Services Agency, requiring regular VOTES about whether a union should represent government workers would have “an unknown fiscal impact.”

(Radio Iowa)