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8AM Newscast 01-31-2014

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January 31st, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Debate over letting 12 & 13 year olds handle pistols & revolvers

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A bill that would let 12- and 13-year-olds handle pistols and revolvers as well as the ammunition — if they’re being supervised by an adult — has cleared its first hurdle in the Iowa House. Representative Dan Muhlbauer, a Democrat from Manilla, says it’s a bill that promotes education and training. “Showing these people — these young kids, the proper way to handle a gun (and) the concerns that go along with it,” Muhlbauer says. Representative Greg Heartsill, a Republican from Columbia, says he nearly put his own eye out with a pellet gun when he was a youngster because he didn’t have proper training.

“I am a gun owner. I have lots of children that have experience with handling fire arms. We teach them fire arm safety,” Heartsill says. “I would argue that my kids are more prepared when encountering a gun situation than I was a child and didn’t have that kind of training.” Critics of the plan voiced their objections during a House subcommittee hearing on Thursday.

Eight-year-old Luther Johnson of Des Moines told legislators he started a group called “Kids Against Violence” after his older brother was shot with a pellet gun last summer. “I don’t like seeing people getting hurt,” Johnson said. “…I’m scared at 12 years old they might hurt someone really bad.” Kathleen Adams, a psychiatric nurse at a Des Moines hospital, says kids with raging hormones and brains that are still developing don’t always make good decisions. “If we teach you about guns and we say it’s o.k. for you to have a gun and you’re 12, then your respect for that gun, I’m afraid, goes down or you’re tempted to show off to your friends,” Adams says. “…I cannot imagine how we would think that 12 year olds ought to have access to (a) gun.”

Rick Miller, a former art teacher in Newton, told lawmakers 12- and 13-year-olds aren’t “mentally ready” to handle and fire a pistol or revolver. “And so I’m here to say, ‘This is too young,’” Miller said. “This is blurring the line between childhood and adulthood.” Rita Carter, a lobbyist for the United Methodist Church, says in today’s world, this proposal doesn’t make sense. “I can’t see a reason for more access to guns for children in Iowa,” Carter said. Others spoke of incidents in which children maimed or killed others with a handgun. Representative Clel Baudler, a Republican from Greenfield, responded. “You can’t legislate stupidity,” Baudler says. “When I hear some of these stories, that’s what it is — stupidity in raising kids. Sorry to have to say that, but that’s the truth.”

Under current state law, Iowans between the ages of 14 and 21 can handle pistols and revolvers if they’re under the direct supervision of an adult. The bill that would lower the legal pistol-handling age to 12 has cleared a House subcommittee. State laws for “long guns” used for hunting are different, as 11 year olds can take hunter training courses and, when they turn 12, they can start hunting with an adult.

(Radio Iowa)

5 arrested in Bluffs prostitution sting

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An official with the Council Bluffs Police Department says five people were arrested Wednesday following a prostitution sting set up at an area hotel. Sgt. Bob Christensen told the Daily NonPareil agents with the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force and other agencies arrested 18-year Aleigha C. Horn, of Waterloo, 23-year old Chrystal L. Cocklin, 24-year old Shanta R. Wood,  55-year old Samuel D. Weiss, and 29-year old Raynette L. Heidt, all of Omaha, on suspicion of prostitution.The arrests occurred from just before 3-p.m. until about 10:30-p.m., Wednesday.

Christensen said the task force arranges meetings with customers and prostitutes on a number of various websites. It conducts the stings around four to six times per year, sometimes more when big events are held in the area.

The arrested all face an aggravated misdemeanor charge of prostitution. Of the women, Heidt and Cocklin have prior arrests for prostitution, according to the Omaha Police Department.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., 1/31/14

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January 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Republican county election official is pushing Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz to investigate how three legitimate voters incorrectly appeared on a list of felons ineligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election. Cerro Gordo County Auditor Ken Kline says one person who was never convicted of a felony and two ex-felons whose voting rights had been restored were denied votes.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Cedar Rapids man fatally shot his wife and mother-in-law before turning the gun on himself. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says the bodies of 73-year-old Linda Huber, 41-year-old Ingrid Huber Livingston and 47-year-old Robert Livingston were found yesterday morning. The couple has two minor children, but they were not hurt.

ARLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the names of five people whose bodies were retrieved from a northeast Iowa house completely destroyed by an early morning fire. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said yesterday that the people found in the rumble of the January 24th fire near Arlington were 84-year-old Gil Stachar; 30-year-old James McCain; 27-year-old Amanda Lynn Smith-Miller; 4-year-old Delacisey Seales; and 1-year-old Isabella Miller.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A truck crash along Interstate 35 in northern Iowa caused a load of oranges to tumble over the side of a bridge and onto railroad tracks below. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened yesterday morning in Clear Lake when the driver lost control of his truck in icy conditions.

AZ man sentenced in Pott. Co. for possession of child porn

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports an Arizona man was sentenced Tuesday to prison, on Child Pornography charges. 47-year old Shawn Michael Carrico, of Phoenix, AZ, was sentenced in Council Bluffs by United States District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner to 120 months (10-years) in prison followed by five years of supervised release for possession of child pornography.

On February 17th, 2012, Carrico was stopped by the Iowa State Patrol as he traveled on Interstate 29 through Harrison County. The Iowa State Patrol determined that there was an arrest warrant for Carrico from Arizona which led to a subsequent search of his items. In his possession a computer was found that appeared to have several suspicious files on it. When examined later by computer forensic experts, the computer contained images of child pornography. On October 3rd, 2013, Carrico entered a guilty plea to possession of child pornography.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa State Patrol, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, Cyber Crime Unit. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Warren Cultural Center Receives Rural Arts Grant

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield has received a Rural Arts Development grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will help support the WCC’s Premier Performance Series, which features a variety of nationally touring acts appearing on the stage of the restored 1896 opera house in Greenfield.

The $5,000 grant will help underwrite the cost of three performances, including soul singer Jane L. Powell, who performed January 18th at the WCC. In addition to her public performance, Powell held a workshop for young singers, which was made available at no cost to area high schools. Other performances are the men’s a cappella group Shy of a Dozen, with jazz singer Ria Olson on March 29, and Frank Ferrante’s “An Evening with Groucho” performance on April 26.

The Iowa Arts Council (IAC) awarded $74,506 in Project Grants and Rural Arts Development Grants funding to support 14 arts projects serving Iowans in 10 communities across the state. The WCC was one of three projects to receive a Rural Arts Development grant.

Rural Arts Development Grants support arts projects that positively impact the quality of life in rural Iowa, demonstrate public value, and support IAC funding priorities. Eligible applicants must be located in select Iowa counties and include nonprofit organizations incorporated in Iowa that have federal tax-exempt status; schools; local, county, state and federal government agencies; and tribal councils. Funding for both programs come from the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2013-14 Premier Performance series is made  possible through sponsorships by the following local businesses: 1st National Bank, Adair County Abstract Co., Adair County Health System, Adair County Farm Bureau Alliance, Alliant Energy,  Farm Bureau Financial Services – Connie Hohertz agent, Havens Accounting, Hight Law Office, Marion E. James Law Office, Jensen Law Office, Olesen Law Office, Pro Team Insurance/West Bend, Southwestern Community College, Stalker Chevrolet, Robert A. Weiland O.D., and Union State Bank.

2 CAM students charged in theft of vehicle

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports that two male CAM High School students have been charged in Juvenile Court with Theft 2nd Degree (D Felony) in the theft of a vehicle from the CAM High School parking lot on Tuesday, January 28th. The names of the juveniles were not released.

Earlier this week, Sheriff’s officials said that at around 9:12-p.m. Tuesday, they received word a 1998 Ford Escort was stolen from the parking lot of the CAM High School, in Anita. The car, owned by April Annette McAfee, of Anita, was recovered Wednesday morning in a ditch near 640th and Fayette Road in Cass County.

Requiring sellers to disclose if meth has been made on the property

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A northeast Iowa couple’s surprise discovery after buying a home is the inspiration for a bill sponsored by Senate President Pam Jochum. “After they had purchased it, they found out that it had been a meth home and they had to spend thousands of dollars to decontaminated that home so they could live in it,” Jochum says. “And until they decontaminated it, they weren’t going to be able to live in it because of public health concerns.” Jochum’s bill would require property owners to disclose to potential buyers if the dangerous drug had been cooked there.

A three-member subcommittee reviewed the legislation this morning (Thursday), but temporarily tabled it after questions and concerns were raised. Senator Bill Anderson, a Republican from Pierson, says it appears the meth-making disclosure would apply to every structure on a property, not just a house. “If it’s a barn, clearly no one’s going to live in that barn,” Anderson says. “I mean, would this require me to disclose?” Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm, a Democrat from Cresco, used to be a licensed realtor.

“First and foremost, I think we’re all of us sitting at the table, we want to make consumers are protected,” Wilhelm says. “….But I haven’t dealt with this issue for many years…I just thought the place just had to be torn down, so I need to have some answers about is there a clean-up process that we can do and who determines if it’s livable or not livable.” Realtors suggest there’s already a requirement on disclosure statements requiring sellers to reveal if there are environmental hazards on the property and that would apply to places where meth’s been made. Jennifer Kingland is a lobbyist for the Iowa Association of Realtors.

“Obviously we want to make sure that people are moving into homes that are safe. That is not our intention for registering opposed to this bill,” Kingland says. “But, you know, really, you are condemning that property to a stigmatized type of perception publicly.” Kingland says realtors would prefer legislators focus on ensuring there’s a way for property owners to get some sort of state certification that a property where meth was made has been cleaned up and is livable.

“For the property owners that surround it, it’s really for the benefit of them, too, that you solve the problem when it’s discovered,” Kingland says. Senator Liz Mathis, a Democrat from Robins who leads the three-member panel reviewing the disclosure requirement, plans to press forward with the bill.  “I think realtors are very concerned about this. I think sellers are very concerned about this and banks are because it does add a stigma to the home. But, at the same time, what about the buyer?” Mathis says. “How do we protect the consumer from something that they knew nothing about?”

About half of all states require some sort of disclosure if there’s been a meth lab in a home. Some states require written notices. Some require no disclosure if the site has been properly cleaned and treated and some allow disclosures to be undone is the site has been decontaminated.

(Radio Iowa)

Pott. Co. S/O extends office hours for weapons permits

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January 30th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office say the S/O will feature extended hours on Wednesdays, beginning February 5th.  It’s hoped the change will help facilitate the issuance of weapons permits for those who cannot make it to the Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours .On Wednesdays the Office doors will be locked at 5-pm. Anyone in the building prior to 5-pm will still receive their permit.

Here’s the schedule for normal business hours and when weapons permits will be issued:

BUSINESS OFFICE HOURS:

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Weapon permits issued between 8:30am to 4:00pm

Wednesday: 8:00am to 5:30pm
Weapon permits issued between 8:30 to 5:00pm

Thursday & Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Weapon permits issued between 8:30am to 4:00pm