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Iowa rejects juvenile mandatory minimum sentences

News

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A divided Iowa Supreme Court says juvenile offenders must be resentenced if they were convicted in the state as adults and awarded mandatory minimum sentences. State officials say the ruling means more than 100 people face resentencing for crimes including robbery, murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse.

In deciding the appeal of Andre Jerome Lyle Jr. on Friday, the court said required minimum sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional because they amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Lyle was 17 years old in 2010 when he was convicted of robbery and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Three justices disagreed with the Iowa ruling. It follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that all no-parole juvenile lifers must be considered for parole.

State releases audit of Hawkeye Express

News, Sports

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state audit has recommended procedural changes for the Hawkeye Express, a train that takes Iowa football fans to Kinnick Stadium. The audit, which was released on Friday, came on the heels of the university’s firing of an athletics department accountant in November.

An audit performed by the university last year reported that revenue from ticket sales in 2011 unexpectedly dropped by an estimated $66,000. That’s despite an increase in ridership for the Hawkeye Express, which allows fans to park and ride roughly four miles to the stadium. State auditor Mary Mosiman found just over $74,000 in undeposited collections stretching across three games.

The state report recommends that school officials strengthen internal controls, reconcile ticket sales with deposits and improve cash handling procedures.

Wrong plates results in impounded van

News

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The driver of a van equipped with improper plates was cited early this (Friday) morning in Lenox, after police observed the plates had expired in 2006, and did not match the vehicle. According to the Lenox Police Department, officers saw the van at around 1:15-a.m. at Brooks and 120th street.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as 55-year old Steven Nutt, of Creston, was cited for operation without registration, false use of registration, failure to have a valid drivers license and failure to have insurance. The van was subsequently impounded.

Blast reported at northwest Iowa ethanol plant

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ARTHUR, Iowa (AP) – No injuries have been reported after an explosion at an ethanol plant in northwest Iowa. The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.

The plant will remain out of operation until the explosion is investigated and damage is repaired. Reint says it’s unclear how long that will take. The plant employs about 50 people and operates 24 hours a day.

A company website says Wichita, Kansas-based Flint Hills Resources bought the plant in September 2013. The plant began operating in 2008 and produces 110 million gallons of ethanol a year.

7AM Newscast 07-18-2014

News, Podcasts

July 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Audubon County Fair Queen crowned

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(corrects earlier post)

The Audubon County Fair continues through Monday at the fairgrounds in Audubon. Thursday night marked the crowning of the 2014 Fair Queen, the title of which went to Cassie Irlmeier, daughter of Kenneth and Sandra Irlmeier, of Elk Horn. She received her crown from 2013 Queen Jan Asberry. Cassie is a Medic with the Iowa National Guard. She plans to study Criminology at UNI this fall.

First Runner-up for the Fair Queen title was Mary Wede, daughter of Mark and Sue Wede, of Audubon.  Mary plans to study Early Childhood Development at DMACC this fall. And, the second Runner-up was Sarah Mosinski, daughter of Donald and Jennifer Mosinski, of Audubon. Sarah plans to pursue an education in either teaching or cosmetology.

Today’s Schedule at the Fair:

8:30 AM Future 4-H’er Sheep/Goat Show
9:00 AM 4-H/FFA Sheep & Goat Show
9:00 AM Judging Open Class Static & Antiques Entries
9:00 AM 4-H/FFA Horse Show
1:30 PM Knowledge Bowl-Show Barn
2:30 PM Livestock Judging Contest Sign up
3:00 PM Livestock Judging Contest 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Open Class Rabbit Check in 4:30 PM Future 4-H’er Rabbit Show
5:00 PM 4-H/FFA & Open Rabbit Show
6:00 PM 4-H/FFA Youth Volleyball Tourney Registration – Pavillion
6:30 PM 4-H/FFA Youth Volleyball Tourney – Pavillion
7:00 PM Farm Bureau Cook Off Contest Judging

Black bear presence confirmed in northeast Iowa

News

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

WADENA, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that tracks and fecal matter left near some northeast Iowa beehives came from a black bear. A beekeeper south of Wadena, near the Clayton-Fayette county line, reported that his beehives had been torn up. The fecal matter, or scat, was found within 25 feet of the hives. A neighboring landowner reported tracks and reported seeing a female with two cubs.

The department is trying to confirm the sighting of the cubs, because they would be the first wild cubs documented in Iowa in more than 140 years. The department says black bears have not lived wild in the state since the 1800s.

Royalty crowned at the Pott. County Fair

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Royalty at the 2014 Potttawattamie County Fair were crowned Thursday evening, at the fairgrounds in Avoca. Officials say 17-year old Kyra Martens, of Oakland, won the title “2014 Pottawattamie County Fair Queen.” The teen, who will be a senior this fall at Riverside High School, is the daughter of Mark and Mischa Martins.

Runner-up for the Fair Queen title was Delaney Carroll, of Avoca. Jessica Wise, of Avoca, received the title of “2014 Miss Congeniality.”

Also at the Pott. County Fair, Thursday, Olivia Kock was honored with the title of “Junior Fair Queen.” She was competing against Lydia Wede, of Treynor.

Red Oak man arrested on drug-related warrant

News

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Thursday night,  arrested a man wanted on a warrant for Failure to Appear on a Possession of a Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, charge. 24-year old Kiley Brian Caron, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 11-p.m. and held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 cash bond.

Nebraska GOP chairman, SW Iowa town at odds

News

July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party and officials in Red Oak, Iowa, each say the other should pay to tear down an abandoned and deteriorating church in the southwestern Iowa community. The Omaha World-Herald reports that a company headed by Nebraska GOP Chairman J.L. Spray purchased a tax lien for the 124-year-old church near downtown Red Oak in 2012 and now owns the building.

The city says the building is dangerous and wants Spray to pay to have it demolished. But Spray, a Lincoln attorney, says information provided during the tax sale made it appear that the building was in better shape than it was. He says after failed attempts to work out a compromise that it’s now the city’s responsibility to cover the cost of demolition.