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Red Oak pair arrested for bringing drugs into a jail

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July 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested Saturday following an investigation into contraband at a jail facility. According to the Page County Sheriff’s Office, an employee of the jail and Sheriff’s Office interrupted an attempt to introduce contraband into the facility. 30-year old Jason Latham, of Red Oak, an inmate at the jail, was charged with felony Possession of contraband. He remains in the jail on the drug charge, and original charges of Burglary in the 3rd degree and Theft in the 1st degree. Bond was set at $15,000.

A warrant was subsequently issued for 37-year old Rachel Hadden, of Red Oak, who was later arrested by Red Oak Police on a felony charge of Furnishing a controlled substance to an inmate. Hadden was being held in the Page County Jail on $5,000 bond.

4 alcohol-related arrests in Cass County

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July 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports four people have been arrested on alcohol-related charges. 44-year old Rhonda Annette Loghry, of Atlantic, was arrested today (Monday), on a charge of OWI 3rd Offense and Driving Under Suspension. Loghry was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was being held on $6000 bond.

Two people were arrested Saturday, on OWI charges. 34-year old Joseph Allen Hoegh, of Atlantic, and 51-year old Douglas Kent Borkowski, of Elliott, were both arrested on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Both men were brought to the Cass County Jail and released later that same day on their own recognizance.

And on July 4th, 44-year old Jeffrey Lyn Neighbors, of Anita, was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication. Neighbors was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled guilty before the magistrate and was released the following day.

New health co-op announces plan details

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July 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new health care cooperative says it will offer Iowans two insurance plans that rely on a specific hospital network. CoOportunity Health says Monday that they have partnered with the University of Iowa Health Alliance to create the plans. The plans will be available to state residents shopping on the new online insurance exchanges, as well as those seeking insurance through other channels.

The Alliance includes over 50 hospitals and more than 160 clinics across the state. CoOportunity will market these two plans in more than 75 percent of the state’s counties. CoOportunity Health is a nonprofit established with federal loan money to provide health care in Iowa and Nebraska. CoOportunity CEO David Lyons says the cooperative will also offer other plans with wider coverage options.

Former Iowa Sen. Staci Appel to run for Congress

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July 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former state Sen. Staci Appel is running for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District seat. The Des Moines Register reports Appel, a Democrat from Ackworth, filed papers last week with the Federal Election Commission. The filing is a shift from April, when Appel said she wasn’t running for the job and cited family obligations.  Appel served in the state Senate for a single term but lost in 2010. Her husband, Brent Appel, sits on the Iowa Supreme Court.

The 3rd Congressional District stretches from Des Moines to Council Bluffs. It is currently represented by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Latham.

Western Iowa man dies in ATV accident

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July 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DELOIT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 70-year-old western Iowa man has died in an all-terrain vehicle accident. The Sioux City Journal reports a Crawford County sheriff’s deputy found Daniel Teckenburg on Saturday evening near his home in Deloit. Teckenburg was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The sheriff’s office says the ATV apparently rolled on top of Teckenburg while he was spraying weeds.

Intestinal illness found in 9 Iowa counties, including Mills

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July 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An intestinal illness that causes diarrhea lasting an average of nearly two months has been identified in nine Iowa counties, including Mills, in southwest Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health says it has identified 22 cases of cyclospora infections. People are infected by eating food or drinking water contaminated with infected human feces. Illness is caused by a parasite. Watery diarrhea, severe tiredness, and nausea are common symptoms and usually begin within a week. Most of those now ill began to notice symptoms in June.

Linn County has the most cases with 10. Others are reported in Benton, Des Moines, Fayette, Mills, O’Brien, Polk, Van Buren, and Webster counties. Other Midwest states also have cases including Nebraska. Health officials recommend washing fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly although no specific source has been identified yet.

Lineville man sentenced in connection with fatal Aud. Co. crash

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July 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A judge in Audubon County has sentenced a southern Iowa man to 25-years in prison for his role in a 2011 crash that claimed the life of a Hamlin teen. Judge James Richardson handed down the sentence late this (Monday) morning against 57-year old Kendall L. Ware, of Lineville, despite a request from Ware’s attorney for a new trial, because, he said “No reasonable jury could have determined based on the evidence presented, that (Ware) was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence,” and that his “Being under the influence caused the death,” of 17-year old Kristopher George Crawley, and seriously injured Jason Rattenborg, of Audubon.  He also said the court did not submit to the jury the defense’ instructions based on foundation.

This past May, a jury found Ware guilty of Vehicular Homicide/OWI, and Serious Injury by Vehicle. The judge today (Monday) denied the request for a new trial. Ware had faced up to 30-years in prison on two combined felony charges, and fines amounting to $7,500, but the Judge ordered Ware to serve 25-years on the first charge and 5-years for the second, with the sentences to be served concurrently, or, at the same time. The Judge also ordered Ware to pay $150,000 to Crawley’s family, and to pay Rattenborg’s medical and personal loss costs. He must also pay a $1,500 fine associated with the second charge. Ware’s license was revoked for 6-years. He will be required to live at the Iowa Classification Center in Oakdale for the duration of his sentence.

Ware was the driver of a pickup that collided with an SUV occupied by Crawley and Rattenborg. The accident happened during the late night hours of October 19th, 2011 on Highway 71, north of Brayton. Ware’s passenger, Mark Anthony Piearson, of Leon, was also injured. Ware had a blood-alcohol content of .205, following the crash, or more than 2½ times the legal limit. During the months following an investigation into the crash, Ware fled the area. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service, in North Dakota.

In a statement to the family of the victims, Ware issued a tearful, choked-up apology, and asked for their forgiveness, and said he has lived with the nightmare of his actions ever since the crash happened. The mother of George Crawley also issued a statement, saying her life has been forever changed as well, and that forgiveness was not something that would happen any time soon. She also said she had been dealing with depression since the loss of her son.

Crawley’s father showed a picture of his son to Ware. He told him Ware stole his son from him, and the man he could have become. Rattenborg’s mother also spoke, and said both she and Jason were devastated by the incident. She said he wants the memory of that night to go away, and wishes he could have died too, with his best friend.

Former Harlan teacher’s license revoked permanently

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July 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A former Harlan Community High School teacher has seen his teaching license permanently revoked. According to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, Lee G. Nelson voluntarily surrendered his license following a complaint filed against him. Nelson taught at Harlan Community for 35 years, retired in 2002 but has since filled in roles at the school district.

Recently, Nelson was hired by the Harlan Community school board as a mentor for the music program with the new band director for the high school Chaz Neuvirth. Nelson resigned from that position in April of this year. The Harlan Community School District has been legally told not to comment on the situation. Nelson had an opportunity to contest the allegations made in the complaint, but waived his rights.

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners accepted Nelson’s resignation of his teaching license and permanently revoked it on June 21st.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Weekend arrests in Atlantic

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July 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest of numerous individuals over the weekend. On Sunday, officers arrested 25-year old Kayla Ashburn, of Atlantic, on a Cass County warrant for Theft in the 5th degree…34-year old Summer Ewing, of Atlantic, for OWI/1st offense…and 55-year old Eric Torkelson, of West Des Moines, for OWI/2nd offense.

On Saturday, 25-year old Chance Young, of Atlantic, was arrested for Domestic Abuse Assault and Child Endangerment. And, on Friday, officers with the Atlantic P-D arrested 37-year old Samantha Clark, of Atlantic, for Domestic Abuse/Simple Assault, and 54-year old Gail Christensen, of Omaha, for Public Intoxication.

Each of those persons were booked into the Cass County jail and held, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

(9-a.m. News)

Greenfield man faces assault charge

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July 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man from Adair County faces charges in Taylor County, following an incident which occurred Sunday afternoon.

Levi Huffman

Levi Huffman

According to Lenox Police, officers were dispatched to East Temple Street at around 4:40-p.m. in response to an assault.

Following investigation into the incident, 20-year old Levi A. Huffman, of Greenfield, was arrested for simple assault/domestic. He was transported to the Taylor County Sheriffs Office for processing, and was being held without bond pending an appearance before the magistrate.