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Union County man arrested Friday morning in Montgomery Co.

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from Union County was arrested this (Friday) morning, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say 35-year old Shane Allen Dewees, of Kent, was arrested for Driving While Suspended, with seven withdrawals in effect. He was also charged with providing False Identification information. Dewees was taken into custody at around 3:23-a.m. near mile-marker 51, on Highway 34. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Red Oak man arrested on a drug charge Thu. night

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Red Oak Thursday night resulted in the arrest of a passenger in the vehicle. Red Oak Police say 28-year old Lovelle Joseph Ward, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 10-p.m., for Possession of drug Paraphernalia, after a K-9 detected the odor of narcotics coming from inside the vehicle. Ward was later released from the scene on a citation. The paraphernalia was seized into evidence.

State audit finds issues with Walnut’s documentation

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A report released Tuesday by the state auditor’s office made a series of recommendations for the city of Walnut after finding some issues in how the city documented its spending. The Daily NonPareil says State Auditor Mary Mosiman’s procedures report reviewed the city’s internal controls from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, including the city council’s meeting minutes, financial reports, funds, debts and more.

One issue discovered was the Capital Projects, Housing Rehabilitation Fund, which had a deficit balance of $2,399 as of June 30, 2014. The report recommended the city should investigate alternatives to eliminate the deficit balance. City Clerk Terri Abel told the paper said the fund was a housing program the city once had in effect, and it had spent a bit more than anticipated. She said it was a simple matter of bookkeeping..transferring the deficit to another account.

Another issue was documentation not readily available to support one of 30 disbursements tested in the amount of $69, but the documentation was later obtained, the report stated. That includes handling cash, investments, receipts, disbursements, payroll and more. The report, however, that separation is difficult to establish due to a limited number of employees.

Emu’s pretty fast…

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A routine patrol by a Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Deputy culminated in a pursuit, but the subject of the chase got away. The Omaha World-Herald reports the subject in question, was an emu…a large, flightless bird.  Sgt. Chris Weber was patrolling southwest of Crescent Thursday morning when he stumbled across the bird.

Weber said he and fellow deputies followed the creature into a rock quarry and waited for its owner to arrive from Honey Creek. But he said the emu, believed to have been on the lam for a couple of days, pushed further into the hills, where the authorities could not follow.

When last seen, the emu was being chased by its owner.

Pott. County man pleads guilty to felony neglect charge

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man who had been facing kidnapping charges in connection with the abuse of his developmentally delayed adult son has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and been sentenced to 10 years in prison. According to the Omaha World-Herald, 43-year old James W. Beyer, of Council Bluffs, pleaded guilty Thursday to a Felony neglect of a dependent person charge on Thursday, and was sentenced by 4th District Court Judge Gregory Steensland.

Beyer was accused of abusing his 21-year-old son in early 2013. As part of the plea agreement, charges connected with the fraudulent cashing of the son’s Social Security checks also were dropped, said Kevin VanderSchel of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Two others also were prosecuted in the case: Beyer’s wife, Rebecca, and her son, Ryan Smith.

Rebecca Beyer was convicted of first-degree kidnapping and other charges last July and died of cancer last month while serving a life sentence in prison. Smith pleaded guilty last May to a misdemeanor accessory charge and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

House committee OKs bill on state mental health facilities

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A House committee has approved a bill that would keep two state mental health facilities open longer. The Appropriations Committee unanimously supported the bill Thursday. It would require the Department of Human Services to submit a transition plan to a new commission, which would have to give its approval before the facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant could close.

The plan would include long-term care details for patients at the facilities. The House committee added language requiring DHS to submit the plan within 60 days of the bill becoming law. Governor Terry Branstad backs closing the facilities, saying they’re outdated. The facilities are scheduled to close within months. Some employees have already lost their jobs. The Senate approved the bill in March. It next heads to the full House.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, April 3rd 2015

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April 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A House committee has approved a bill that would keep two state mental health facilities open longer. The Appropriations Committee unanimously supported the bill yesterday. It would require the Department of Human Services to submit a transition plan to a new commission, which would have to give its approval before the facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant could close.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former U.S. Representative Bruce Braley has left Iowa to join a law firm in Denver. Leventhal and Puga announced yesterday that Braley has moved to Colorado to work for the firm. Braley, who served four terms as a Democrat in Congress, lost a bid for Senate to Republican Joni Ernst in November. Levanthal and Puga plan to soon open an office in Iowa.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Police say a shooting in Waterloo has left a young child wounded. The Waterloo Police Department responded to reports of the shooting a little before 2 p.m. yesterday. The 4-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen. He was transported to Allen Hospital in Waterloo, where he underwent surgery. The identity of the boy wasn’t immediately available.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man has been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl in 2012 at a trailer park. The Quad-City Times reports 25-year-old Thomas E. Jenkins, a registered sex offender, was sentenced Thursday and ordered to serve at least 35 years before becoming eligible for parole.

IEDA awards $20 million in Workforce Housing Tax Credits, Reaches cap for FY15

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April 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today (Thursday), announced that it has awarded approximately $20 million in Workforce Housing tax credits, reaching the cap for FY15. The IEDA opened the application for the Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program (WHTC), established by House File 2448, on February 1, 2015. The program makes state tax incentives available to developers building or rehabilitating housing in Iowa. Included among the FY2015 Funded Projects was the Linden Place Apartments in Council Bluffs, which received $509,030 in tax credits.

To be eligible for the program, projects must meet one of four criteria: Housing development located on a grayfield or brownfield site; Repair or rehabilitation of dilapidated housing stock; Upper story housing development; New construction in a greenfield (a community with demonstrated workforce housing needs).

With the funding available in FY15, IEDA was able to award 37 projects around the state. The tax credits are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible projects. Additional tax credits are expected to be available in FY16. Applications may continue to be submitted through Iowagrants.gov.

IEDA will continue to review applications in the order in which they are received. Applications already in the queue will be placed on a waiting list that will be revisited once additional tax credits become available.

Special City Election in Griswold May 5th

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April 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor and Election Commissioner Dale Sunderman reports a Special City Election will be held in the City of Griswold on May 5th. Voters will decide whether or not the Mayor’s term will change from four-years, to two-years.

The polling precinct will be the Griswold Community Building, 601 2nd Street. Questions regarding the reason for the public measure may be directed to the City of Griswold.

(A SAMPLE of the ballot can be found below):

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Bullying prevention among bills still alive in Legislature

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April 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Key issues like bullying prevention and broadband Internet expansion remain alive in the Legislature as a procedural deadline looms, but other measure are likely dead. Lawmakers from the Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-majority House lamented the bills that failed to advance Thursday.

For Democrats those bills included efforts to provide more leave benefits to parents of adopted children and to increase the minimum wage. Republicans sought changes to bargaining rules for teacher unions and tried to require women to get ultrasounds before having abortions.

Under legislative rules, Friday is the deadline for many bills to get full approval from one chamber and committee-level approval in the other chamber. Lawmakers were set to complete their work for the week Thursday, and most will not report back to the Capitol until Monday.