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Groups expected to announce suit against Iowa abortion law

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May 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two organizations are expected to announce a lawsuit challenging a new Iowa law that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Iowa affiliates for Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday they’ll make a joint announcement Tuesday afternoon. They declined to provide more information.

The law, set to go into effect on July 1, bans most abortions in Iowa once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That’s around six weeks of pregnancy, making it the strictest abortion regulation in the country.

The groups warned shortly before Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the law on May 4 that they would challenge its constitutionality. Reynolds and GOP lawmakers with majorities in the Legislature also indicated they expected the law to face litigation.

Poor People’s Campaign launches days of protests around US

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May 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Activists converged on state capitals around the U.S. on Monday to begin six weeks of non-violent protests calling for new programs to help the millions of Americans who live in poverty, an overhaul of voting rights laws and other social change.

Officers cited 10 protesters at the Iowa Capitol who gathered in and around the staff offices of Gov. Kim Reynolds when they refused to leave the building at the close of business hours.

The campaign cast the protests as a “reignition” of the Poor People’s Campaign, the 1968 movement started by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others to challenge racism, poverty and militarism. According to the campaign, protesters will spend the next 40 days engaged in nonviolent action, including the mobilization of voters and holding teach-ins.

The first teach-in is scheduled for Tuesday in Washington. It is to feature Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund and a part of the 1968 campaign.

Man from Casey arrested on warrants

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May 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Adair County Sheriff Jeff Vandewater reports 28-year old Adam James Magill, of Casey, was arrested May 7th in Guthrie County, on two Adair County warrants. The warrants charge Magill with Violation of Probation. His cash or surety bond was set at $4,000.

23-year old Ashley Nicole Kelly, of Des Moines, was arrested May 9th at the Polk County Jail on an Adair County warrant for Failure to serve Jail time. She was brought back to Adair County to serve the remainder of her court-ordered sentence.

And, 37-year old Michael B. Crall, of Orient, was issued a citation for OWI/2nd offense, May 11th, in connection with an accident that took place at around 9:35-p.m. April 5th, where a Chevy Impala struck a bridge. A deputy found Crall out of the vehicle, resting against the side of the bridge. The report said Crall appeared to have bloodshot, watery eyes, was unsteady on his feet, and smelled of alcohol. There were also several open containers inside the vehicle, and Crall told the Deputy he had consumed 15 beers.

He also appeared to have been injured, but consented to taking a preliminary breath test (PBT) prior to being transported to the hospital. The results of the PBT were above .08. Crall was transported to the Adair County hospital by his parents, and at the hospital, consented to giving a urine sample. The sample was sent to the State DCI lab, and came back with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .188, or a little more than twice the legal limit for intoxication.

Atlantic CPC to discuss firing large fireworks/distance from property

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May 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Community Protection Committee will meet 5:30-p.m. Tuesday, in the City Council’s Chambers, at City Hall. On their agenda, is discussion and a recommendation to the Council, with regard to shooting-off large fireworks displays and the minimum distance from properties.

The CPC will also discuss and recommend to the Council, their suggestions with regard to Adoption of the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code, and a recommendation to deal with Yard Waste Site issues.

The meeting will conclude with any other business to come before the Committee.

4 drug-related arrests in Mills County

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May 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report two separate drug-related arrests involving four people. At around 1:50-a.m. today (Monday), 30-year old Zachary Clay Younts, of Red Oak, was arrested following a traffic stop by the Mills County K9 Unit near 370th Street and Highway 34. During a search of his vehicle, approximately 15 ounces of liquid methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia were found. Younts was arrested for Possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, Possession of a Controlled Substance (PCS), Possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying weapons and Driving under suspension. His passenger, 24-year old Amanda Lee Ann Solt, of Red Oak, was arrested for PCS, unlawful possession of prescription pills, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Younts and Solt were transported to the Mills County Jail without incident.

And, at around 1-a.m. Saturday, 20-year old Zachary Vaughn Case, of Council Bluffs, was arrested following a traffic stop by the Mills County K9 Unit on Interstate 29 at mile marker 30. Inside the vehicle, authorities found about 32-grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Case was arrested for PCS with the intent to deliver, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and on a Sarpy County, NE. warrant for being a Fugitive from Justice. A male juvenile in the vehicle was arrested for Possession of Drug paraphernalia and transported to the Mills County Jail before being released to a parent.

Highway 25 south of I-80 in Adair County to close May 29th for bridge work

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May 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

CRESTON, Iowa – May 14, 2018 – A project to replace two bridges on Iowa 25 south of Interstate 80 (exit 86) in Adair County will require closing the roadway to traffic beginning Tuesday morning May 29, until late November 2018, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office.

The first bridge being replaced is over the Middle River, 1.2 miles south of I-80. The second bridge being replaced is over North Turkey Creek, 4.6 miles south of I-80.

During this closure, traffic will be detoured around the work zone using Iowa 92, Adair County Road P-28, and I-80.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As always, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

Shift manager gets probation for stealing bank deposits

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May 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque convenience store shift manager who stole more than $15,500 from bank deposit bags has been given two to five years of probation. The Telegraph Herald reports that 33-year-old Jennifer Villarreal last week also was given a deferred judgment at her sentencing. Under a deferred judgment, Villarreal’s conviction can be removed from court records if she successfully completes the terms of her probation. She also was ordered to pay restitution to Casey’s General Store. She’d pleaded guilty to theft.

Court documents say Casey’s corporate office staff discovered that deposits from Sept. 17, Sept. 27 and Oct. 6 last year were never made. The documents say surveillance video shows Villarreal leaving the store with the bank bags on Sept. 18, Sept. 28 and Oct. 7.

Iowa baby struck by softball may have suffered brain damage

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May 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Doctors say an infant may have suffered brain damage when struck by an overthrown softball at her father’s game in northeastern Iowa. Mayo Clinic physicians in Rochester, Minnesota, have been balancing various medications as they treat 8-week-old McKenna Hovenga, whose skull was fractured. She was struck while in the arms of her mother, Kassy, on May 2 in Shell Rock, some 95 miles (150 kilometers) northeast of Des Moines.

A post on the Healing for McKenna Facebook page says doctors have pinpointed her seizures to two areas of the brain that appear to have been damaged, areas related to motor skills and development. The extent of any damage remains unclear. Another post says Kassy was allowed to hold McKenna on Mother’s Day for the first time in 10 days.

Work begins on $2.2M church steeple restoration in Iowa

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May 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Work is beginning on a $2.2 million restoration of the former St. Mary Catholic Church’s steeple in Dubuque. The Telegraph Herald reports that Steeple Square officials began the project this month by setting up extensive scaffolding around the steeple. The project includes restoring the steeple roof and exterior, installing new interior ladder systems and revamping the clock and old bell system.
John Schmidt is the vice president of the Steeple Square Board of Directors, which has taken over the church complex. He says the project is part of a larger revitalization effort of the neighborhood surrounding the former church.

Duane Hagerty is the CEO of Heritage Works, an agency aiding restoration efforts. He says that private donations primarily fund the project. The restoration is expected to be completed in October.

2 weekend arrests in Glenwood

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May 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested over the weekend, in Glenwood. Police say 35-year old Kristopher German, of Glenwood, was arrested Saturday, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $300. And on Sunday, 29-year old Ashley Ring, of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI/1st offense. Her bond was set at $1,000.