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August 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


Council Bluffs convenience store robbed Tue. morning


August 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store. The incident happened at around 1:20-a.m. today (Tuesday), at a Kwik Shop located at 3632 Ave G. The man  pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded the money out of the register. He also demanded cigarettes from the clerk.

The suspect then fled the store on foot to the north with the cigarettes and an undetermined amount of money. He was last seen entering a light colored sedan parked about a block away. The vehicle proceeded to head west to the interstate. No injuries were reported.    

The suspect was described as a younger black male in his 20s, approximately 6’0’’ tall weighing around 180 pounds. He was wearing black shirt with writing on it, blue jeans and black bandana over his face.

Red Oak teen arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


August 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Monday, arrested a 14-year old male for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The unnamed teen was taken into custody in the 600 block of W. Coolbaugh Street and transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where he was cited, and then released to a parent.

Fitzgerald to formally press for short-term state borrowing


August 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is asking the governor to reconsider the idea of a short-term borrowing plan for state government. Fitzgerald says it makes sense to borrow now, in preparation for a couple of “problem months” in the first half of 2018 when the state may not have enough cash in reserve to pay its bills on time.

“It’ll be borrowing in September, paying it off before the end of the year, so it doesn’t add to the state debt and, if we borrow early by what’s known as arbitrage, we can make money on the money we don’t use to pay for borrowing,” Fitzgerald says, “so it doesn’t cost us anything. It just ensures the state can pay its bills on time. That’s all it does.”

Farmers often take out short-term “cash flow” loans, as they don’t have enough cash on hand to buy seed and fertilizer at the beginning of the year, but are able to repay the debt at year’s end when the crop is sold. Fitzgerald says the state has done this kind of maneuver before the months of March and April can pose a problem. The state is waiting for Iowans to submit their income tax payments in March and April, while at the same time continuing to make school aid payments, send out tax refunds and cut paychecks for state workers.

“This year we ran short. We squeaked by,” Fitzgerald says. “Next year it’ll be harder because we won’t have as much reserves to rely on.”  In June, Republican Governor Kim Reynolds rejected Fitzgerald’s initial call back for a short-term borrowing plan. Fitzgerald, who’s a Democrat, plans to send Reynolds a formal proposal this month, hoping for a different result by September. “We need every penny we can get right now,” Fitzgerald says. “We have a tough year ahead of us.”

The state’s cash reserve has dwindled, plus part of what remains will be used to cover a shortfall in the previous year’s budget when the books on the fiscal year that ended June 30th are closed in September.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., 8/1/17


August 1st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:50 a.m. CDT

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — The North Liberty Police Department is inviting residents who own surveillance cameras to sign up on a list so investigators know where to look if a crime happens in their area. KWWL-TV reports the department is asking residents and business owners who want to join the effort to fill out a form. With that information in hand, Lt. Tyson Landsgard says police can ask to see video if a crime occurs near the home or business. Having a list should help police find surveillance video more quickly.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Three men have been sentenced to multi-year prison terms after their conviction on charges of illegally distributing anabolic steroids. A judge Friday sentenced Jeffrey B. Lackas, Stanley Szeto and Daniel Cruz-Bonilla after their conviction of conspiracy to distribute the drugs. U.S. Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel says the men were part of an organization that from 2011 to 2015 used the internet to distribute steroids and human-growth hormones through the country.

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have rescued three people from a sinking houseboat on the Mississippi River at Clinton. The Clinton Herald reports that rescue boats were dispatched around 9:35 p.m. Sunday to the houseboat, which was stuck on a wing dam and sinking. Authorities say two adults, a child and two dogs were taken to safety, without injuries.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A decade after a deadly freeway bridge collapse in Minneapolis, a study has found that thousands of Iowa’s bridges are deemed structurally deficient. The Des Moines Register reports that a study the American Road & Transportation Builders Association released in February found that nearly 5,000 of the state’s more than 24,000 bridges are rated as structurally deficient. That means one of the bridge’s key elements is in poor or worse condition.

Council Bluffs Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine


July 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

U-S Attorney Kevin Vanderschel said Monday, that on Friday of last week, 27-year old Francisco Javier Ledesma Santa Cruz, from Council Bluffs, was sentenced by a United States District Court Judge to 42 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Ledesma Santa Cruz will serve one year of supervised release following his imprisonment.

On February 24, 2017, Ledesma Santa Cruz pleaded guilty and admitted he aided and abetted the possession of over one kilogram of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in Council Bluffs during August of 2016. Co-defendant Ramon Cisneros Aguilera was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment in April of 2017. The charge was the result of a drug trafficking investigation conducted by law enforcement in both Sioux City and Council Bluffs.

The Southwest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, Sioux City Police Department, Council Bluffs Police Department, Omaha Police Department in Nebraska, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, and United States Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Audubon County man arrested for OWI last week


July 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest at around 12:30-a.m. Friday, of 31-year old Shawn Leroy Schmidt. The Kimballton man was taken into custody for OWI/2nd offense, following a traffic stop on Littlefield Drive, near Heron Avenue.

In addition to the OWI charge, Schmidt was cited for No Insurance, and Failure to Yield ½ Roadway. He was transported to the Audubon County Jail and later posted bond.  A preliminary hearing in his case was set for August 7th.

Gov. Reynolds announces new cyber training partnership for students


July 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new cyber training partnership between the SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security) Institute and the State of Iowa on Monday (today). High school juniors, seniors, community college and college students are encouraged to participate in CyberStart, an online game of discovery, and compete against students in six other states for $650,000 in scholarships.

CyberStart was developed to teach students basic cyber security skills and identify the next generation of the cyber workforce. Registration is open now through Friday, August 4, 2017. Students who register will receive a mini version CyberStart and have the opportunity to solve eight challenges. Students who complete at least four challenges will be invited to participate in the full version of CyberStart, with hundreds of challenges and a chance to win scholarships sponsored by the SANS Institute.

Students do not need prior cyber security knowledge to participate. To register, visit https://us.joincyberstart.com/reg-account.

Three Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Steroids


July 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA -Three people were sentenced to anywhere from two- to a little more than four years in prison last Friday in U-S District Court in Council Bluffs, for their role in the distribution of muscle building drugs. 31-year old Jeffrey B. Lackas, of Bettendorf, 39-year old Stanley Szeto, of Iowa City, and 30-year old Daniel Cruz-Bonilla, of Fontana, CA., were sentenced for conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.

Lackas, Szeto, and Cruz-Bonilla were members of a drug trafficking organization responsible for the distribution of anabolic steroids and human-growth hormones throughout the country. Between July of 2011, and March of 2015, the organization operated under the internet name of “Brinkkmann Pharma,” and the defendants distributed anabolic steroids and human- growth hormones obtained from a source in China.

Lackas was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Szeto was sentenced to 25 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and imposed a $6,000 fine. Cruz-Bonilla was sentenced to 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Each defendant was ordered to pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

The Omaha Police Department in Nebraska, Douglas County Nebraska Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotic Enforcement, Nebraska State Patrol, Iowa City Police Department, United States Border Patrol, United States Postal Inspection Service, and Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

3 arrested on drug & other charges in Ringgold County


July 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office says three people were arrested over the weekend on drug and other charges. Saturday evening, Deputy Landon White arrested Joshua Kenichi Burgess for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Burgess was also cited for speeding following a traffic stop on Highway 25, south of Clearfield. During the investigation, K9 “Heky” was deployed, and alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of 1.8-grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Yesterday (Sunday), Brandon Scott Baran, and Chenell Renee Martinez were arrested at around 1:45-p.m., following an investigation into a reported suspicious vehicle at the park in Benton (IA). Upon arriving and making contact with one of the individuals, Deputy White learned they were listed as a missing person from Colorado. The vehicle was also listed as possibly stolen from Colorado.

While the information was being confirmed, the K9 Heky was deployed and alerted to narcotics in the vehicle. Once the information concerning the missing person and stolen vehicle was confirmed, Baran and Martinez were placed under arrest.

The investigation led to finding several items identified as stolen property, including: credit cards; Driver’s license ID cards; a laptop computer; and many more items. Authorities say the string of thefts appears to have spanned at least three states, including Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa. Baran and Martinez faces charges that include: Possession of Meth with the intent to deliver (5 grams); Possession of stolen property (motor vehicle); Possession of stolen property worth more than $1,000 but less than $5,000; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Burglary tools; Possession of prescription drugs not prescribed for the suspects, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Drugs, including marijuana and methamphetamine were seized, along with dozens of marijuana and meth pipes. The investigation continues, as the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office makes contact with other agencies and confirms seized property as stolen from other jurisdictions.