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More vandalism reported in Creston

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January 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston have received two more reports of vandalism at local businesses. Late Tuesday night, Per Mar Security reported a commercial burglar alarm activation at Quik Pawn, located at 101 east Taylor Street. Officers investigating advised a brick had been thrown through the front door. No entry appeared to have been gained. Damage was estimated at $800. And late Monday night, a security company reported a burglar alarm was activated at the Creston Check-N-Go at 509 west Taylor Street. A brick was thrown through the window, but again, no entry was gained. Damage was estimated at $800.

Two other Creston businesses were damaged recently as well, via similar means. One incident took place last Friday night, the other sometime overnight Dec. 28th-29th.

In other news, Creston Police say 36-year old Jason A. Ford, of Creston, was arrested Tuesday, on a Ringgold County warrant for Probation Violation. He was subsequently released to the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office. And, 27-year old Logan Davis, of Creston, was arrested Tuesday on a Decatur County warrant for Failure to Appear – Child Support related. Davis was later released on $2,000 bond.

 

 

 

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 1/14/2015

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January 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Iowa’s chief justice to address Legislature in annual speech

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January 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s chief justice is expected to address the Legislature in the annual “state of the judiciary” address. Chief Justice Mark Cady of the Iowa Supreme Court is scheduled to speak Wednesday morning before a joint session at the Capitol.

Gov. Terry Branstad’s proposed budget shows the judicial branch is requesting more than $182 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That’s an increase of more than $8 million over the current year. In past speeches, Cady has emphasized the importance of securing the money. He has said it helps the state’s court system improve efficiency and attract the best employees.

Building with a Future Focus: Iowa’s Residential Revolution

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January 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s been a steadily changing trend in Iowa – and more often, there’s a focus on the future and quality of life in residential construction and renovations. According to Siobhan Spain, program director for the Best Development Awards, at 1000 Friends of Iowa, the state has one of the largest housing stocks in need of attention in the nation. The group now is honoring those communities and residents addressing the issue with an eye on social, economic and environmental sustainability.

“These ‘smart growth’ principles that we acknowledge in the winners this year really understand the connection between residential and the community,” she said. “And they really inspire the community that they can really make a change for the better.”

Among the winners of this year’s Best Development Awards is Madison Flats in Des Moines, an apartment building on a formerly contaminated site that’s hoped to spark further development in that neighborhood.

Other awards for commercial, civic and mixed-use developments went to projects in Slater, Stanton, West Union and Woodbine. Spain noted that this was the first year of recognizing stormwater management, which can be key in flood mitigation. “That went to the Green Alley program up in Dubuque,” she said. “So, that’s exciting and that’s really great to be able to acknowledge wonderful projects that are happening in Iowa that focus on flood management and wastewater.”

Spain said Dubuque’s 12-phase, 20-year project retrofits alley infrastructure within the Bee Branch Watershed with what is known as “pervious” pavement. It allows stormwater to soak into the ground, reducing runoff by up to 80 percent. Award information is online at new.1000friendsofiowa.org.

(Iowa News Service)

Villisca woman arrested twice in one day

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January 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Villisca woman who was arrested early Tuesday morning for a drug-related OWI, was arrested again late Tuesday afternoon, on a charge of Theft in the 4th Degree. Red Oak Police say 21-year old Amanda Lee Smith was taken into custody just before 5-p.m. at 106 W. CoolBaugh Street. Smith was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Fatal C.Bluffs fire on Jan. 2nd caused by electrical issues

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January 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A fire at a home in Council Bluffs on Jan. 2nd that claimed the life of a woman who lived in the basement, was caused by an  electrical problem. The Omaha World-Herald says investigators have determined that an electrical malfunction started near the bed next to an exterior wall. 49-year old Dorothy Ceballos, of Council Bluffs, who was unable to escape the fire in the basement, died from injuries she suffered in the home located at 1302 Seventh Avenue. Fire officials say Ceballos died from smoke inhalation.

Authorities say the area where the fire started was full of electronic equipment, including radio and stereo equipment, all plugged into one outlet via a power strip. It’s unclear though, which particular piece of equipment malfunctioned to cause the fire. Several devices melted together. Investigators called the blaze accidental.

Ceballos was not related to the homeowner, Mary Brown, and did not live at the residence. The woman was an acquaintance of one of Brown’s family members who was not at the house at the time of the fire. Brown and a relative escaped the fire uninjured. A 71-year-old man in the house was treated and released at a Council Bluffs hospital.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Jan. 14th 2015

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January 14th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa woman has been convicted of charges she pretended to be a nurse to obtain prescription drugs to sell. Police say 30-year-old Kayleen Leedahl, of Royal, pleaded guilty to three counts of felony obtaining or attempting to obtain a prescription drug by deceit. Court documents say she will also pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of the same charge. Police and court documents state Leedahl posed as a nurse over a nearly four month period in 2013.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has been arrested after allegedly bringing two teenage girls to Chicago from Iowa and forcing them into prostitution. Prosecutors say 18-year-old Ferid Mahalbasic, of Waterloo, is charged with involuntary sexual servitude of a minor and involuntary servitude. Prosecutors say Mahalbasic convinced the girls, age 17 and 18, to post ads online promising sexual acts in exchange for money.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to provide greater access to fast broadband service in towns and cities across the country by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to remove legal barriers to competition by Internet service providers. It also wants to help local communities improve their service with government loans and grants. The modest proposals do not require congressional approval and are part of a series of measures President Barack Obama is rolling out before his State of the Union address next week. Obama will be in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday to detail his broadband plans.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Workforce Development administrative law judge has filed a lawsuit against the state, former IWD Director Teresa Wahlert and other administrators alleging retaliation and defamation. Susan Ackerman was one of several judges to criticize Wahlert’s management at a legislative government oversight committee hearing last year. It is the third lawsuit from former IWD employees naming Wahlert, who retired suddenly on Friday.

Special election set for Feb 10th to fill S.W. IA House seat

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January 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Gov. E. Terry Branstad today (Tuesday) signed a proclamation directing a special election to be held on Feb. 10, 2015, for Iowa House District 23, following the resignation of Mark Costello who won a special election for the Iowa State Senate. Costello replaced U.S. Senator Joni Ernst in the Iowa State Senate.

House District 23 is comprised of Fremont, Mills and a portion of Montgomery County. The district
includes the communities of Glenwood, Hamburg, Malvern, Pacific Junction Red Oak, Sidney and Tabor.

A full district map can be found here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/DOCS/DistrictMaps/2013/House/House%20District%2023.pdf

 

Omaha police dismantle large Mexican drug cartel

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January 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say they have broken up a branch of a Mexican drug cartel dealing methamphetamine in the Omaha area. Police announced Tuesday the arrests of 20 people associated with the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico following an 18-month investigation.

The Omaha Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency deployed investigators who received tips that a woman in charge of a sizeable methamphetamine ring was operating near Omaha. The investigation led officials to the source of the supply in California and the discovery of Nebraska and Iowa customers, who bought the methamphetamine and resold it in smaller amounts.

Authorities say they gathered about 12.5 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $35,000. Most are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, an offense that could mean 20 years to life in prison.

Iowa woman admits to posing as nurse to obtain, sell drugs

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January 13th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa woman has been convicted of charges she pretended to be a nurse to obtain prescription drugs to sell. Police say 30-year-old Kayleen Leedahl, of Royal, pleaded guilty to three counts of felony obtaining or attempting to obtain a prescription drug by deceit. Court documents say she will also pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of the same charge.

Police and court documents state Leedahl posed as a nurse over a nearly four month period in 2013. The Sioux City Journal reports Leedahl will be sentenced to 10 years in prison as part of her plea agreement. A sentencing hearing has been set for March 30.