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Ernst wants border secure, but doesn’t want government shutdown

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December 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — President Donald Trump has been going back and forth with Democratic leaders about including money in the budget to build a wall to stop illegal immigration — and says he would be proud to shut down the government to get it. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, says she doesn’t want to see that happen. “Well, I disagree. I would not be proud to shut down the government. I think we all in Congress strive to not shut down the government. I think that would be detrimental to our federal agencies and the various activities that they support,” Ernst says.

Ernst is a Republican from Red Oak and says while it doesn’t appear either side wants to back down, she is hopeful. “I am always an optimist and I hope that we can find a way forward working between the House and the Senate to find a plan that will work — that will work for Republicans and Democrats,” Ernst says. “I do think we need to secure our border, I do support the president in those efforts.”  Ernst says it will not be easy to get done. She says it will take some time and they will push through and hopefully will not see a government shutdown.

Ernst made her comments during a conference call with reporters

Adams County Sheriff’s report (12/14)

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December 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports three recent arrests. At around 12:45-a.m. Thursday, Adams County Deputies observed a vehicle stuck in a field near the intersection of Highway 25 and 250th Street. Upon further investigation, Amanda Blakley-Luddington, of Indianola, was placed under arrest for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense. At around 11:15-p.m. Thursday, Adams County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 34 and Redwood Avenue. During the course of the traffic stop, K9 “Baxo” was deployed and alerted to the odor of narcotics. Upon further investigation, Abraham Schweers, of Lenox, was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Offense (methamphetamine), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

And, at around 2:50-p.m. Tuesday, Adams County Deputies arrested Bryan Garcia, of Lenox, for Probation Violation.

Bluffs woman arrested for attempted murder

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December 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Council Bluffs was arrested on an Attempted Murder charge Thursday evening, following a report of shots fired at 2833 Avenue A, at around 6:10-p.m. 38-year old Jessica Ann Elvins was taken into custody for the incident that resulted in her victim, 56-year old Tammy L. Smart, also of Council Bluffs, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Smart was transported to the UNMC in Omaha, where she was able to identify Elvins as the suspect, before she was placed on life supports for having a bullet to her brain.

Attempted Murder suspect Jessica Ann Elvins

At the residence, officers located and detained Elvins, who was inside an upstairs bedroom of the home. She was taken to the detective bureau for questioning. Three persons, who were also inside the home were interviewed by detectives and released. After all the statements were taken, Elvins was placed under arrest for Attempted Murder and booked into Pottawattamie County Corrections.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Dec. 14th 2018

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December 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:35 a.m. CST

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Cedar Falls man awaiting trial on criminal charges fled a northeastern Iowa courthouse after his bail was raised to $500,000. The Courier reports that 30-year-old Rajih Donley appeared in a Black Hawk County courtroom Monday for a hearing regarding charges accusing him of shooting and injuring a Waterloo man in May 2017. Authorities say after being told his bail would be raised, he fled down a stairwell and has not been found.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa court officials say current members of a state commission that recommends appointees for the Iowa Supreme Court to the governor can remain until July. That means three members of the commission will not have to leave on Jan. 1 as a Republican attorney had claimed and can participate in choosing nominees for a current court vacancy.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State budget experts say revenue projections for the current fiscal year are running slightly ahead of their October predictions but the growth for the 2020 budget is expected to be considerably slower. The three-member Revenue Estimating Conference says Thursday state income is up about 4.7 percent from the previous year but the group anticipates only a 1.7 percent increase in revenue for next year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The 1995 disappearance of Iowa news anchor Jodi Huisentruit will be featured on an episode of CBS’ “48 Hours” airing this weekend. The Des Moines Register reports that the episode, titled “FindJodi,” will air at 9 p.m. Central time Saturday. Huisentruit was 27 when she went missing on her way to work June 27, 1995, at station KIMT in Mason City. Investigators have never found Huisentruit, who was declared legally dead in 2001.

Bomb threats in parts of IA part of a nationwide Bitcoin scam

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December 13th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

UPDATE 3:25-p.m.: The Atlantic Police Department has issued a warning to local businesses in the area. There is currently an email scam going around the state of Iowa. The email is titled “We Can Make A Deal” and includes a message with a bomb threat. They state you must send $20,000 in Bitcoin or an explosive will detonate in your business. If you receive an email like this, know it is a scam but please feel free to call the Atlantic Police Department at 712-243-3512.

Authorities in central Iowa are investigating a rash of bomb scares at area businesses as part of a nation-wide series of threats. The e-mailed threats have been reported at several Des Moines businesses, according to KCCI, including a jewelry store, the Blank Park Zoo, a law firm and other, unrelated companies. The threats started at around 12:20-p.m. The last known threat occurred at around 1:30-p.m.

Businesses in Waterloo and Cedar Falls were also reporting the e-mail threats, which authorities say have been happened since late November all across the country, in 15 different states. The persons responsible claim to want payment in the form of Bitcoin digital currency to stop the “bomb” from going off.

If your business receives such a threat by e-mail, notify your local police department through their Non-Emergency number.

CBS news show to feature disappearance of Iowa news anchor

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December 13th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The 1995 disappearance of Iowa news anchor Jodi Huisentruit will be featured on an episode of CBS’ “48 Hours” airing this weekend. The Des Moines Register reports that the episode, titled “FindJodi,” will air at 9 p.m. Central time Saturday. Jim Axelrod is a senior national correspondent for CBS News who reported the episode. He says the show will “certainly provide some new information” on the case.

Jodi Huisentruit (file photo)

Huisentruit was 27 when she went missing on her way to work June 27, 1995, at station KIMT in Mason City. Investigators have never found Huisentruit, who was declared legally dead in 2001. No one has been charged in her disappearance. Axelrod says Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley told him he believes investigators are close to a break in the case.

Iowa school district pays $603,000 to IRS for late filings

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December 13th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa school district has paid $603,000 in penalties and interest to the IRS after failing to file several payroll reports on time. An audit released Thursday says the IRS denied a waiver sought by the Marshalltown Community School District that would have excused its failure to file monthly and quarterly payroll reports on time from late 2016 until early 2018. The district has paid the IRS but is appealing.

A report issued by State Auditor Mary Mosiman blamed the district’s former payroll specialist for failing to file required reports to the IRS, Iowa Workforce Development, the Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement System and the Iowa Department of Revenue. In addition to the $603,000 to the IRS, the district has accrued an additional $13,000 in penalties to the other agencies.

Bank robbers are caught near Le Mars after fleeing in U-Haul truck

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December 13th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

(UPDATE: Police have identified the suspects as 32-year-old Phillip White and 35-year-old Karen Merrick, both of Sioux City.)

(Radio Iowa) — Le Mars police say a branch of Iowa State Bank was robbed in that northwest Iowa community on Wednesday afternoon. Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte says two suspects, a man and woman, fled the scene in a U-Haul truck, which was intercepted soon after the hold-up.  “A Plymouth County deputy located the suspect vehicle a short time later and tried to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle and the vehicle did fail to stop,” Vande Vegte says. “A pursuit of that vehicle did continue into Plymouth County.”

Law enforcement officers from several departments worked together to bring the fleeing truck to a halt. “Stop sticks were successfully deployed causing all four tires on the U-Haul truck to deflate,” Vande Vegte says. “The vehicle was forced off the roadway and the pursuit ended with no injuries.” The Chief was not able to confirm whether a weapon was used during the hold-up, but he says a weapon was mentioned in the robbery. An undisclosed amount of money was seized from the vehicle.

Pott. County Sheriff’s report, 12/13/18

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December 13th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports, that on Wednesday, 47-year old Jimmy Wayne Metzger, of Crescent, was at the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities knew Metzger had a warrant for probation violation. The felony warrant was confirmed through Pottawattamie County Communications. Metzger was placed under arrest and booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail. And, at around 7:15-p.m., Wednesday, a Pott. County Deputy was on location at a residence in the 13,000 block of Berryhill Avenue, in Council Bluffs, in reference to a call from the homeowner, who thought someone had been in the porch area of her residence. The deputy cleared the residence, and located 30-year old Tim B. Koenig, of Lincoln, NE., inside the home. Koenig was subsequently arrested for Burglary in the third degree.

Bluffs man arrested in Mills County

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December 13th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Mills County report 20-year old Jacobi Christion Mauer, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at around 11:35-p.m., Wednesday. Mauer was taken into custody at 195th Street and Lambert Avenue, for  Driving While License Revoked and violation of Motor Vehicle Financial liability. He was also arrested on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County, for OWI/1st offense. Bond for Mauer was set at $3,000 altogether.