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Prominent firm to defend ‘Bachelor’ star in Iowa crash case

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April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Former ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules has hired a high-profile law firm to defend him after he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that killed another Iowa farmer. Alfredo Parrish and two colleagues from Parrish’s Des Moines firm informed the court Thursday they are representing the reality TV star. The firm plans to issue a statement later Thursday, which would be the first word from Soules’ defense since the crash Monday night in northern Iowa.

Authorities say Soules’ truck rear-ended a tractor driven by 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher on a road near Aurora, causing Mosher’s death. They say Soules called 911 to report the accident and seek help for Mosher before leaving the scene in another vehicle. Soules was arrested at his Arlington home hours later.

Lewis man arrested for allegedly assaulting a Deputy & other charges

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April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured during an attempt to arrest a man Wednesday evening. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Ryan Johnson suffered minor injuries when he attempted to subdue 41-year old Jeremy Ronald Peterson, of Lewis. Dispatch reports had indicated Peterson was attempting to break into a home in Lewis and may have been intoxicated or under the influence. Deputy Johnson deployed his Taser before arresting Peterson for felony Assault on a Peace Officer, Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, and Interference with Official Acts CAUSING BODILY INJURY. The latter charges are serious misdemeanors. Peterson remained in the Cass County Jail today (Thursday), on $5,000 bond.

And, on Tuesday, Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 59-year old Raymond Richard Frost,  of Altoona, on an Atlantic Police Department warrant for Harassment in the 1st Degree. Frost was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $7,000 bond.

Griswold woman cited for “Disorderly House”

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April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County say a rural Cass County woman was cited for “Disorderly House,” following a disturbance Wednesday morning. Deputies were dispatched to a home southwest of Griswold a little after 6:30-a.m. following a complaint. Before they arrived on the scene, the incident turned into a “disturbance.” 48-year old Katherine Eden, of Griswold, was cited for the offense.

Authorities said also, a traffic stop Wednesday morning on vehicle whose registered owner had an arrest warrant, resulted in 23-year old Destiny Fredette, of Council Bluffs being taken into custody for Making a False Report. Bond was set at $600.

And, a man from Tennessee was arrested Wednesday night following a traffic stop in Pottawattamie County. A back seat passenger in the vehicle, 25-year old Andrew James Carr, of Cowan, TN., was arrested for carrying/concealing an automatic handgun.

Documentary to focus on unplanned pregnancies in Iowa 100 years ago

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April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Filming starts this weekend in Iowa on a documentary that tackles the topic of how society viewed unplanned pregnancies a century ago. Filmmaker Colleen Bradford Krantz, of Des Moines, says the documentary will be called, “Unintended 1900: Unlocking Myrtle’s Century-Old Secret.” “The main story I’m anchoring the documentary with is the story of a girl in 1913 in Hopkinton, Iowa,” Bradford Krantz says. “I’d heard her story probably three years ago when I was filming ‘West By Orphan Train’ and it stayed on my mind and I finally decided I’d better do some research and see if there was a film there.”

The director says she’ll be using a large cast of Iowa actors and they’ll shoot both in northeast and north-central Iowa. Bradford Krantz says, “We’ll be filming this coming weekend in Hopkinton and also in Webster City and a couple of other locations where we could find the right settings to recreate that time period.”

One of those locations will be the former Hamilton County Courthouse in Webster City as it has many features that’ll allow it to stand in for the Floyd County Courthouse in Charles City, which burned down decades ago. “This girl from eastern Iowa had died after her parents arranged an abortion, which would have been illegal at the time,” Bradford Krantz says. “The surgery ended up causing her death. The doctor was charged with murder and I was trying to recreate some scenes from the criminal trial.”

She hopes to finish filming by the end of this summer and may have the documentary ready for the screen by year’s end. Bradford Krantz also wrote and co-produced the documentary “Train to Nowhere” about the deaths of 11 undocumented immigrants in Denison in October of 2002.

(Radio Iowa)

Medical marijuana advocates say Iowa program too limited

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April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Legislature approved a medical marijuana oil program in the final hours of the session, but advocates remain skeptical the expansion of an existing program will have a large impact. The Republican-controlled chambers approved a bill that would allow the oil to treat nine conditions, including cancer and multiple sclerosis. The expansion builds off an existing program for epilepsy patients.

Some medical marijuana advocates say a cap on the strength of the oil used is arbitrary and limits the benefit. Rep. Jared Klein, the bill’s manager, says lawmakers may consider broadening the program in future sessions if medical professionals advise it.

The program would continue to prohibit smoking, vaporizing or eating food containing marijuana. Despite questions raised about the program, some argue that small steps are better than none.

Uncle accused of chaining boy to weight pleads not guilty

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April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) – An eastern Iowa man accused of padlocking a weighted chain around his 14-year-old nephew’s waist has pleaded not guilty. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports Jeffrey Merfeld and the boy’s parents are charged with child endangerment causing injury. Merfeld’s plea was submitted Tuesday.

Court records don’t show whether Michael and Cynthia Kobusch have submitted pleas. All three defendants live in Peosta. Court documents say Cynthia Kobusch told an investigator that she had been searching for a way to attach a GPS to her son – a frequent runaway – and had asked her brother to “make a chain” and fashion it so the boy couldn’t cut it off.

Special Griswold School Board meeting Friday afternoon

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April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School Board will hold a Special Meeting Friday afternoon in the Central Office at the Middle School/High School Building. During their 4-p.m. session, the School Board will act on Personnel matters and, approval of:

A Reduction in Force; Cash in Lieu of Insurance; Changes to the Professional Salary Range; Placing limits on the number of paid coaches; approval also, of Master Contract agreements with the Griswold Educational Association (Certified staff) and Non-Certified Personnel, as well as contract renewals for Certified staff, non-certified coaches/sponsors, administration, Quasi-Administration, and Support Staff.

The final action item is the setting of Contract Issue and Return dates.

Cass County Board of Supervisors to meet Friday morning

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April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold their regular weekly meeting 8:30-a.m. Friday, in their Boardroom at the courthouse in Atlantic. On their agenda is a Public Hearing on an amendment to the Flood Plain Management Ordinance, followed by action on approving the Ordinance after the final reading.

The Board will also act on approving a Resolution to enter into a RISE (Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy) agreement with the Iowa Dept. of Transportation (in an amount not to exceed $2,119, 978 or, 50-percent of the eligible items – which is the smaller amount). They’ll also act on approving the “Fifth amendment to the Cooperative Reimbursement Agreement” (with regard to the Child Support Recovery Office), for changes to confidentiality and privacy sections, and incorporating the Program Budget for State Fiscal Year 2018.

In other business, the Cass County Supervisors will act on approving a Resolution to increase the number of assistant County Attorneys to two, from May 1st through June 30th (with the number to be set back to one, on July 1st), and approve the appointment of an additional Assistant County Attorney.

The final action item on their agenda, is a Permit for display of fireworks for an unincorporated area – per Iowa Code – pertaining to the Lewis Celebration Committee.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/27/2017

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April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Creston Police report (4/27)

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April 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report an Illinois man was arrested late Wednesday night at the Union County Law Enforcement Center. 19-year old Antonio Walker, of Evanston, IL, was arrested on a charge of OWI/1st offense. Walker was later released from the Union County Jail on a $1000 bond.

And, authorities in Creston say late Monday night, the Mayflower School on E. Townline, Road reported an incident of Vandalism to their property. Police say someone damaged nine stepping stones and boards in the Ball Pit. The damage was estimated at $50.