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Experts question pregnancy ban in Iowa shaken baby case


August 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — Legal experts are questioning an Iowa judge’s decision to prohibit a woman convicted of child endangerment from becoming pregnant again while on probation. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that women’s and civil rights experts say the pregnancy ban isn’t constitutional.

District Court Judge James Drew issued the order for 21-year-old Stephanie Fatland of Mason City during a sentencing hearing in Floyd County District Court. Authorities say Fatland admitted to shaking her 5-month-old son when he would not stop crying.

Rita Bettis, legal director of the ACLU of Iowa, says reproductive freedoms and the freedom to procreate are constitutional rights. Drake University Law Professor Robert Rigg says the ruling may reflect the court’s desire to protect any additional children, but there are other legal ways to do so.

AtlanticFest raffle tickets on sale


August 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce says you can “Win BIG with the AtlanticFest 50/50 Raffle.” The raffle prize is guaranteed to be at least $500! Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are on sale now at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce located at 102 Chestnut Street, or can be purchased the day of AtlanticFest at the Chamber booth in the City Park. Tickets are $1 or you can purchase 6 tickets for only $5.

The drawing will be held at 3:45 pm at the AtlanticFest main stage, and you do not need to be present to win. AtlanticFest is brought to you by First Whitney Bank & Trust. 50/50 raffle sponsors include: Airworks; Atlantic Home Realty; Atlantic Tire & Wheel; Boulders Inn & Suites; China Buffett; Counsel Office & Document; Downtowner Cafe & Catering; Family Table Restaurant; Granny’s Kettle Korn; Dolly Bergmann & Longaberger; and, Subway.atlanticfestlogo

AtlanticFest will be Saturday August 8th, with something for everyone. For more information about the AtlanticFest 50/50 Raffle, or any AtlanticFest information visit www.atlanticiowa.com or call the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at (712)243-3017.

1 arrested, 1 wanted in connection w/Bluffs burglary


August 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One man was arrested while another was being sought in connection with an incident early this (Sunday) morning, in Council Bluffs. Authorities say at around 2:30-a.m., two men  entered the Platinum Playhouse at 807 S. 21st St., after the bar was closed. The men came to the bar to confront and assault the promoter of concert that took place earlier, at the bar.

The unidentified victim suffered minor injuries and refused any medical treatment. Officials say some musical equipment was damaged during the assault. The two men were identified as Aaron Jones and his brother, Dezjarron Jones.

Aaron Jones was located at his residence, arrested for 2nd degree burglary, and transported to the Pottawattamie County jail. Dezjarron Jones was not located and is wanted on at least one warrant for 2nd degree Burglary.

1 seriously hurt in Harrison County crash


August 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person was seriously injured during a crash Saturday afternoon, in Harrison County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 67-year old Jessie Hill, of Sioux Falls, SD, was trapped in a 1996 Dodge van and had to be extricated by mechanical means. He suffered moderate injuries and was transported by helicopter following the crash, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The accident happened on Interstate 29 southbound at around 3-p.m., about a mile north of the Little Sioux exit.

Authorities say Hill was a passenger in the van driven by 65-year old Jennie Brown, of Sioux Falls. The pair were traveling south at about the 96-mile marker, at the same time a 2014 Ford F-550 tow truck driven by 30-year old Jacob M. Stewart, of Sioux Falls, SD, was traveling south, en route to assist a motorist whose vehicle had broken down.

Stewart activated his truck’s emergency lights and signaled to pull in front of the broken down vehicle. When a non-contact vehicle directly behind him started to slow down, Brown slammed on the brakes in order to avoid running into the back of the non-contact vehicle. Brown’s van veered toward the inside lane and ran into the back of Stewart’s truck. Neither Brown nor Stewart were hurt in the crash.

After rough budget, is Iowa Capitol getting more combative?


August 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa elected officials pride themselves on working in a politically divided government that still gets things done. But after a combative budget process, capped with several vetoes by Gov. Terry Branstad, some are questioning how well the system is working. Simply put, is Iowa politics becoming more like Washington?

Branstad has spent weeks defending his decision to veto several budget compromises negotiated by the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-majority House. The governor says he’s not concerned about his relationships with lawmakers or ability to get legislation passed in the future.

Branstad says officials dealt with worse situations during the farm crisis of the 1980s. But Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says relations between Branstad and lawmakers are near “an all-time low.”

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Aug. 2nd 2015


August 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s annual sales tax holiday set to coincide with back-to-school shopping also brings Nebraskans looking for bargains across the Missouri River. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that Iowa’s sales tax holiday this year is being held August 7th through 8th. Nebraska doesn’t have a sales tax holiday, although the idea has been discussed from time to time by Nebraska lawmakers.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Public school officials in northern Iowa say a shortage of special education teachers have left districts struggling to fill those teaching positions. The Globe Gazette reports that enrollment numbers last school year show the Clear Lake school district had 136 students receiving special education services, while Mason City had 508.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A Coralville man has been arrested and charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a pizza restaurant he managed. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that 32-year-old Samuel Rainey is charged with first-degree theft. Police say Rainey was a night manager at Domino’s Pizza, where he was responsible for making night deposits.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Police are looking for a Black Hawk County man who failed to return to a work release facility. Authorities say Nicholas Toles was transferred to work release after his parole on a robbery conviction was revoked last month. The Iowa Department of Corrections says in a written release that Toles was absence from the facility on Friday.

Iowa sales tax holiday set for next weekend


August 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s annual sales tax holiday set to coincide with back-to-school shopping also brings Nebraskans looking for bargains across the Missouri River. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that Iowa’s sales tax holiday this year is being held Aug. 7-8. Nebraska doesn’t have a sales tax holiday, although the idea has been kicked around from time to time by Nebraska lawmakers.

The Iowa holiday allows shoppers to buy select clothing and footwear priced at less than $100 without paying sales tax or local option taxes. The two days are usually among the best of the year for Iowa retailers. Although the sales tax holiday falls during the back-to-school shopping season, the tax exemption applies to merchandise for adults, too.

(Update) Monona County motorcycle crash


August 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story that posted Friday afternoon, officials say it was an Omaha man who died and whose wife was critically injured, during a motorcycle crash in Monona County. The Sioux City Journal reports that 81-year-old Willard Crowl was killed and 78-year-old Sonya Crowl was injured in the Thursday morning crash near Onawa on Interstate 29.

The Iowa State Patrol says the motorcycle was northbound when it began to drift into the right lane, then switched back to the left lane and crashed into the median. Investigators say Willard Crowl died at the scene. Sonya Crowl was taken to an Onawa hospital, then transported to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

It is not known who was driving the motorcycle at the time. The investigation into the crash continues.

Ames police warning of phone scam targeting ISU students


August 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Police in Ames are warning of a phone scam targeting Iowa State University students. The Des Moines Register reports that multiple Iowa State students have received calls demanding money. Police say the callers threaten to take a student’s diploma, issue an arrest warrant or cause problems with a visa. Often, the callers mask their phone numbers through caller ID, posing as police departments.

Police are asking on-campus residents who have given money to the callers or who think they have received a call from a scammer to contact ISU Police. Off-campus students are asked to report incidents to the Ames Police Department. All are urged to contact the Federal Trade Commission through the commission’s website.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/1/2015

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August 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.