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Thieves swipe Christmas gifts for young girl from doorstep

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December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who do a lot of holiday shopping online are being reminded to take steps to help ensure they receive their packages. Mindy Oberreuter of Cedar Rapids told KCRG-TV she fell victim this week to a “Grinch stealing Christmas” as someone took gifts right off her doorstep. “I get a phone call at work from my neighbor that he saw two people in a van steal our packages that were just delivered,” Oberreuter said.

The neighbor reported shortly after a UPS driver placed the packages on Oberreuter’s porch, two people ran up and took them. Oberreuter called police, but the boxes were long gone. They were filled with gifts for her daughter, Evey. “I was really annoyed at first, but shocked definitely in shock that someone would steal someone’s Christmas presents,” Oberreuter said.

UPS media relations manager Dan Cardillo claims package theft is rare, but consumers have options if they’re concerned. “If they’re at work during the day they can have packages delivered to where they work or they can choose to have things sent to a relative or a neighbor who is home during the day,” Cardillo said.

Mindy said she hopes her experience will open eyes that this can happen — something she learned the hard way. “But it’s something that you really shouldn’t have to learn, people should know better than to steal some little girl’s presents,” Oberreuter said.

Amazon did give a refund to Oberreuter and she ordered the gifts again, but changed the shipping address to her workplace. The packages should arrive in time for Christmas.

KCRG/Radio Iowa)

Slauson sentencing delayed

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December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The sentencing date has been extended for a Cass County woman convicted on numerous charges associated with faking her 5-year old daughter’s cancer. According to online court records, 30-year old Leatha Kaye Slauson’s sentencing which had been scheduled to take place Dec. 22nd, will not take place now until January 20th.

Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner said the delay is due in-part to a witness or a witness’ report being unavailable in-time for the original sentencing date. Feistner says the witness is a professional, possibly selected to offer testimony as to Slauson’s current mental capacity to understand the proceedings.

Slauson’s attorney Jay Mez requested the continuance on Dec. 12th. Fourth District Court Judge Kathleen Kilnoski granted the request on Wednesday (Dec. 17th). The 20th was chosen as the sentencing date, since the 19th is a State holiday.

Slauson faces up to 21-years in jail when she is sentenced at 10-a.m. on Jan. 20th in Cass County District Court. Feistner said he’s not sure how much time, if any, she’ll actually be required to serve. He said the Dept. of Corrections Pre-Sentence Investigation [or, PSI], will likely have a lot of bearing on what the outcome will be.

The woman admitted last month that had given her daughter Cannabis Oil and Neupogen without a prescription. She also admitted she raised money for her daughter’s supposed cancer treatment, under false pretenses.

In her plea bargain, Slauson agreed to plead guilty to Class D felony charges that include two counts of Child Endangerment/Bodily Injury, with regard to the administering of Cannabis Oil and Neupogen to her daughter Riley, as well as a count of Administering Harmful Substances. She also plead guilty to a Serious Misdemeanor charge of Unlawful Possession of a prescription drug/Neupogen, and a reduced felony charge of Theft in the second degree, also a Class D- felony. She was originally charged with Theft in the 1st degree, a Class C felony.

Slauson was released from custody and is currently living with her mother in Hampton, Iowa.

Candy stolen from Creston public transportation company

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December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston are investigating an incident of vandalism and theft. Officials with the Southern Iowa Trolley at 215 east Montgomery Street in Creston, reported early this (Thursday) morning, that someone had broken into the building by breaking the glass on the front door. Inside, the burglars stole candy bars with a combined value of $10. Damage to the door was estimated at $200. The incident occurred sometime between 4-p.m. Wednesday and 5-a.m., today (Thursday).

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December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Final reminders of Iowa casino remain temporarily

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December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The final remnants of Sioux City’s former riverboat casino will remain in the river for up to a year. The Sioux City Journal reports two large moorings in the Missouri River are all that is left at the former site of the gambling boat. The reddish-orange moorings protrude about 15 feet above the surface near the shoreline.

The Argosy riverboat casino closed in July after the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered it to cease operations because it wasn’t partnered with a state-licensed local nonprofit group as required by Iowa law. An Illinois marine business bought the riverboat and other assets, which it plans to sell.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman says the business has until December 2015 to remove the moorings.

Carson man arrested on drug charge Wed. night

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December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a traffic stop at around 9:30-p.m., Wednesday in Villisca, resulted in the arrest of 18-year Kai Jacob Ballinger-Knoke, of Carson. Ballinger-Knoke was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and then released from the scene on a citation.

One-half hour earlier, 58-year old Stanley Mark Armstrong, of Villisca, was cited for Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol. The incident happened in the 700 block of south 7th Avenue, in Villisca.

A “big project” to be announced in Iowa on Friday

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December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The state’s economic development director says two announcements are coming soon about a “big project” for Iowa. Iowa Economic Development Authority director Debi Durham says the groundwork for the deal she expects to be announced this Friday was laid a year ago during a trade trip she and the governor made to Europe. “And there was one that we worked on in New York a year ago that’s a really large announcement,” Durham says. “…The deal’s done, it’s just a matter of whether the board of directors wants it announced.”

Durham made her comments during a public hearing in the governor’s office this week. Neither Governor Branstad or Durham are revealing which companies will be making these expansions, but Durham says they show trade missions do yield results.  “It takes a long time to close a deal, as you know,” Durham told the governor this week, “but I tell you what, we win a lot more than we lose.”

This afternoon (Thursday) Durham and other officials from the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress will release the results of an 18-month-long study of Iowa’s economic development efforts.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Dec. 18 2014

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December 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Three Iowa food pantries are among 75 across the country that will receive $20,000 grants from Walmart to help pay for renovations and new equipment. The Iowa organizations receiving the grants are the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel, Food at First in Ames and Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a man charged with killing his parents with a machete on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement in Iowa. Jurors returned the verdict yesterday on two counts of second-degree murder against 26-year-old Gordon Lasley Junior.

MAPLETON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in western Iowa say a man faces gun charges after another man was found with a gunshot wound. The Monona County Sheriff’s Office says 22-year-old Joshua Beam was arrested Tuesday night in Mapleton after authorities found a man with a gunshot wound to the head. The wounded man, 22-year-old Eric Franco, was taken to a local health center with non-life-threatening injuries.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The national junior college defensive player of the year from 2013 highlights the latest list of football recruits signed by Iowa State. Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads announced three signings on Wednesday, including defensive lineman Demond Tucker. The 285-pound Mississippi native was named the NJCAA defensive player of the year two years ago for Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He had 9.5 sacks last season.

Atlantic Police Officer honored for his service to the community

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December 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones, Wednesday, presented Police Sgt. Paul Wood with an award for 10-years of protecting and serving the citizens of the community. Woods’ wife and children were in the audience for the presentation that took place during a meeting of the Atlantic City Council.

Mayor Dave Jones (Left) congratulates Police Sgt. Paul Wood on his 10-years of service to the community.

Mayor Dave Jones (Left) congratulates Police Sgt. Paul Wood on his 10-years of service to the community.

In other business, the Atlantic City Council  approved a 28-E agreement between the Atlantic Fire Department and the City of Marne. Only minor changes in wording were needed for the contract, which is in-place for five-years. The Council also approved a Resolution amending the City’s Code of Ordinances, with regard to the City’s Personnel Manual.

Mayor Dave Jones said “In a nut shell, if someone in a department gets sick is has used up their sick leave, other people in the department can voluntarily [donate their sick leave time] to the person that has the need.” Jones said “It’s a good deal for our employees to help their fellow employees out in their time of need.”

The Atlantic City Council also passed the second reading of an amended ordinance pertaining to the Mowing of Properties.” Upon a motion, the rules were suspended, and third and final reading of the Ordinance was held. Afterward, the Council unanimously approved the Ordinance, which requires “Any property in the City of Atlantic, whether vacated or non-vacated….to be mowed when the vegetation reaches a height of more than 12 inches by the first and the fifteenth day of the month in May, June, July, August, September, and October.” If the property owner fails to comply, the City, or its agents, may mow any property, by the aforementioned dates, and charge $75-per hour to do so. In addition, a surcharge of $100 will be charged to the property owner.

Prior to adjourning for the evening, the Mayor and Council wished the citizens of Atlantic a “Merry Christmas,” and “Happy New Year.”