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Fremont County drug investigation results in 2 arrests

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April 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports two people were arrested early this (Friday) morning as the result of an investigation into drug activity, in Farragut. 22-year old Shelby Conn, of Tabor, and 31-year old Jason Crouse, of Shenandoah, were both arrested for Delivery of Methamphetamine.

They were taken into custody at the intersection of Highway 2 and Manti Road, following an incident in Farragut. Both Crouse and Conn were transported to the Sheriffs Office and were being held on $50,000 cash only bonds.

The Fremont County Sheriffs Office was assisted during the arrest, by the Iowa State Patrol.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 4/22/2016

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April 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Theft & vandalism in Creston

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April 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Creston Police arrested a man on a Theft charge, Thursday evening. 41-year old Dennis Smith, of Creston, was taken into custody on a charge of Theft in the 5th Degree. He was released later from the Union County Jail, on $300 bond.

And, a Creston woman reported to police Thursday night, someone slashed a tire on her vehicle while it was parked outside her residence in the 600 block of N. Oak Street. The loss was estimate at $100.

Slain officer (A Walnut native) honored by Omaha Police Foundation

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April 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An officer killed in the line of duty has been honored by the Omaha Police Foundation with its highest award. The foundation named Kerrie Orozco as its Officer of the Year at a ceremony Thursday. She’s the first officer to be given the honor posthumously.Kerrie

Police say Marcus Wheeler fatally shot Orozco on May 20, 2015, when he opened fire on officers trying to arrest him. Wheeler was killed when another officer returned fire. Orozco, a native of Walnut, IA, was one day away from going on maternity leave to care for the daughter she had delivered prematurely three months earlier.

Orozco’s mother, Ellen Holtz, and grandmother accepted the honor for her daughter. Holtz said, “Thank you so much for remembering Kerrie.”

Bluffs man arrested for indecent exposure

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April 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs late Thursday night, arrested a man for indecent exposure. Authorities say a little after 11-p.m.,  officers were called to 615 Damon St in reference to an attempted abduction. The victim reported walking in the area of S. Main St and W. Broadway when she was approached by a Hispanic male driving a blue SUV and asked for directions to a grocery store.

As the victim stepped towards the car, she observed the suspect to be nude from the waist down. The suspect reached for the victim as she ran away. Officers later located the suspect still driving around the area and placed him under arrest. The man was identified as 19-year old Pablo Escalante-Cabriales, of Council Bluffs.

Pablo Escalante-Cabriales.

Pablo Escalante-Cabriales.

Senator Ernst continues asking for answers in Sarah Root death

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April 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, says she will continue to push for answers in the death of an Iowa woman.  Twenty-one-year-old Sarah Root of Council Bluffs died after police say her car was rear-ended by a car driven by 19-year-old Eswin Mejia. Police say Mejia was in the country illegally, drunk driving and street racing.  Ernst says they want to know why Immigration’s and Customs Enforcement didn’t detain Mejia and he is believed to have fled the country.

“We have not heard back yet from ICE and we have contacted the agency and I have request a phone call from director (Sarah) Saldaña of Ice. She had appeared before our committee a number of weeks ago,” Ernst says.  Ernst and fellow Senator Charles Grassley have been pushing ICE for answers. “We are going to push and make sure that this fugitive is brought to justice. We have to do that, not only for the Root family, but we have to do it and force the issue to make sure that ICE  is protecting our American citizens, they need to know that this is an issue,” according to Ernst.

Root’s mother Michelle testified before the U-S House Judiciary Committee this week as they also investigate the case.  Ernst says it is important that ICE has the proper procedures in place. “Not just in this case, but there are other cases as well where we need to make sure ICE is following through,” Ernst says.

She says the president must rethink his policies and seriously reconsider them so that tragedies like this one are not replicated elsewhere.

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Rep Tom Moore: end of legislative session not yet in sight

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April 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa House approved its last two budget bills this Thursday, but a final agreement and the end of session is still a ways off. The House amended and passed Senate File 2323 to approve more than $1 billion for primary, secondary, and post-secondary education along with Senate File 2023 to allocate $378 million for the the Iowa Department of Transportation Thursday evening.

Key components of the education budget bill include a $3 million increase in funds for Iowa’s community colleges after receiving no increase in 2015, and a $6.3 million increase for Iowa’s Regent Universities. The bill allocates a 0.6 percent increase for the University of Iowa, 1.2 percent increase for Iowa State University, and a 2.9 percent increase for the University of Northern Iowa.

Rep. Tom Moore (R-Griswold)

Rep. Tom Moore (R-Griswold)

The bill also gives a $213,958 increase for the Iowa School of the Deaf and an $89,205 increase for the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School. In his weekly newsletter,  Representative Tom Moore, a Republican from Griswold, said  “With only $4.9 million in new money for education, it is no secret this is a tight budget year. As Vice Chair of the Education Budget Subcommittee, I believe the House did a commendable job of funding top priorities and I was proud to support it.”

The $378 million approved for transportation is made up of $2.3 million from the State Aviation Fund, $50.4 million from the Road Use Tax Fund, and $325.3 million from the Primary Road Fund. The main point of contention in this bill was over appropriations for the “highways” section of the transportation budget. The Senate bill approves an increase of roughly $10.4 million — more than a four percent increase — while the House bill approves a $1.9 million increase in highways.

Moore says “With our current budget only allowing for a 2.25 percent increase in Supplemental State Aid for K-12 education and many other priorities facing cuts this year, it seems unfair and illogical to approve such a large increase for part of the transportation budget.” The education and transportation budget bills will go back to the Senate for approval. It is likely both bills will end up in conference committees, along with several of the other budget bills the House passed this week.

Until both chambers come to a finalized agreement on all facets of the state’s FY 2017 budget, the 2016 session still continues.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, April 22nd 2016

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April 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:38 a.m. CDT

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Room and board costs will increase at Iowa’s three public universities. The Iowa Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to approve the price hikes that will go into effect next school year. Under the new plan, the most popular room and meal plans will now cost $9,301 at the University of Iowa, $8,356 at Iowa State University and $8,629 at the University of Northern Iowa.

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — Officials says residents in Oskaloosa and Beacon no longer need to boil their water after testing found the water was safe to drink. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources lifted the boil advisory Thursday. Officials asked residents to boil their water Tuesday after a pump failure caused two water towers at the Oskaloosa treatment plant to empty. The low pressure created the possibility for bacteria to enter the water system.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a man’s request for a new trial after he was convicted of a hate crime in the beating of a black man at a Dubuque bar. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade on Wednesday denied 40-year-old Randy Metcalf’s motion seeking acquittal and a new trial. Jurors in federal court found Metcalf guilty of committing a hate crime in March. Prosecutors said the beating was racially motivated.

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — A psychiatrist says a man accused of killing a woman at a Coralville mall may have had a disorder that causes “explosive outbursts.” William Logan, a Kansas City-based forensic psychiatrist, testified Thursday in Story County court. Kozak is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Andrea Farrington. Prosecutors say Farrington was shot three times while working in the Coral Ridge Mall.

Domestic Abuse arrest in Red Oak

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April 21st, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department announced the arrest Thursday of 35-year-old Kale Garrett Hardman of Red Oak for Domestic Abuse Assault.  Hardman was arrested after being found walking westbound on Senate Street from 8th Street in Red Oak at 3:50pm Thursday.  He was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on no bond.

Griswold and Lenox School Boards to meet Monday

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April 21st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Griswold and Lenox Community School Districts’ Boards of Education will meet in a special, joint session Monday evening. The purpose of the meeting is to explore whether the districts have a mutual interest in sharing the duties of a Superintendent. The meeting takes place at 7-p.m. in the Lenox Public Library at 600 S. Locust Street, in Lenox. The session will be informational only. No action is expected at this time.

Earlier this week, a proposed three-way sharing arrangement between the South Page, Sidney and Griswold School Districts, was shelved, because the Sidney School Board failed to take action on the matter.