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Creston man arrested on a warrant

News

April 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office said Friday, that a Creston man was arrested Thursday afternoon in Polk County, on a Union County warrant. 53-year old Kirby Jay Konkler was taken into custody for revocation of pre-trial release.  Konkler was being held in the Polk County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Western Iowa woman sentenced for fatally stabbing ex-boyfriend

News

April 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs woman convicted of fatally stabbing her former boyfriend has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. The Daily Nonpareil reports a judge Friday sentenced 47-year-old Jodie Sherman in the July 2014 death of 52-year-old Douglas Richt. Sherman must also pay $150,000 in restitution.

She was found guilty of second-degree murder in February after being accused of stabbing Richt in the throat during an argument. Richt died while being taken to a hospital. Sherman’s attorneys argued that she’s not guilty by reason of insanity. The judge rejected the insanity defense but dropped the charge down from first-degree murder.

Single-vehicle accident in Pott. County, Friday

News

April 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man from Minnesota was transported to a hospital in Council Bluffs, following a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 40-year old Scott D. Kerling, of Northfield, MN, was traveling east on Interstate 80 near Underwood, at around 2-p.m., when his 2015 Ford F-350 pickup left the road and entered the east ditch.

The pickup ended-up in a ravine before it came to rest. Kerling was transported by Underwood Rescue to Mercy Hospital. The Patrol says a medical condition may have caused the accident. Pott. County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted at the scene.

Delay in regent’s $5M gift to Iowa football raises questions

News, Sports

April 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa powerbroker Bruce Rastetter has long used his $5 million pledge to Hawkeye football to build his image as a successful businessman and philanthropist. But years after his 2008 commitment was touted as the largest gift to Iowa athletics, Rastetter has given less than a third of that amount. Another donor who promised $5 million that day has completed his pledge. The football complex they were supporting has been built.

Rastetter is now president of the school’s governing body. His handling of the donation contradicts public statements claiming he’s given $5 million, which he’s used to deflect criticism that his policies hurt the university. And it raises questions about whether the delay was part of the pressure he put on former university president Sally Mason, who resigned last year.

Hudspeth issues a statement with regard to banking matter

News

April 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Late Friday morning officials with the Cass County Health System (CCHS) released a statement with regard to CCHS CEO Todd Hudspeth. Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees President Ned Brown commented on what he said was a recent charge against CEO Todd Hudspeth related to a personal banking matter.

Early this (Friday) afternoon, Hudspeth issued a statement regarding the matter. In it he said “In January of this year I received a disbursement from an investment account that was created years ago by my ex-wife and I to save for my son’s college tuition.  The disbursement check was made out to both of us, and was to be deposited into a checking account to pay my son’s college expenses.  It was very close to the tuition due date so I wanted to get the check deposited as soon as possible.  In my haste I made a poor decision and endorsed the check with both my ex-wife’s name and my own to deposit the funds into the checking account.  I then wrote a check and paid my son’s tuition. I simply wasn’t thinking and it was a ill-advised thing to Both my ex-wife and I knew where the money was supposed to go and that it would be used for college expenses for our son, which it was.  I was just trying to get the college funds in my son’s account as quickly as possible and took a foolish shortcut to expedite that process.”

Hudspeth said also ” My attorney has advised me to not provide any additional statements as long as this is an active investigation.”

Bluffs man cited after unusual bank incident

News

April 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs cited a man following an investigation into an incident at a bank this (Friday) morning.  At 11:30-a.m., the Communications Center was contacted by an employee of American National Bank, located at 201 Bennett Avenue. The employee stated that a man was at the counter, repeatedly asking for money, but he didn’t have an account with them. The employee stated that the man was acting erratically, but had not displayed any type of weapon.

As Officers were responding to the call, the 911 Center received a holdup alarm from the bank. The responding Officers established a perimeter around the bank and regained contact with the employee inside. The employee stated that the man was still at the front counter asking for money, but still had not displayed any type of weapon. Officers then made entry into the bank lobby and detained the man without incident.
While the man was being detained and searched for weapons, a folding knife with a blade in excess of 3” and a glass pipe used for smoking illegal narcotics was located in his pants’ pocket. The man was identified as 33-year old Andrew Hasbrouck, of Council Bluffs.

After interviewing the bank employees and witnesses, it was learned that Hasbrouck had never demanded any money from them or threatened anyone with a weapon or violence if they didn’t give him money. Detectives interviewed Hasbrouck at the Police Station, and determined that he was not a threat to himself or others.

Hasbrouck was issued a criminal citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and a criminal citation for Carrying Weapons (the folding knife in his pocket). He was released after receiving the citations.

Clarinda man arrested for Sex Offender Registry violation

News

April 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Red Oak Police Department reports a Clarinda man was arrested today (Friday), for Failing to Comply with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry. 54-year old Jack Ray Steinspring was already being held in the Montgomery County Jail on other charges, and will be held on $5,000 bond for Page County.

On Monday, KJAN News told you that Steinspring, who was originally arrested Sunday, had been convicted in Feb. 1996 for Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, for an incident or incidents in Pottawattamie County involving a female under the age of 13. He was also convicted in Dec. 1980 in Nebraska, for 1st Degree Sexual Abuse.

He was wanted for Failure to Comply with the State Sex Offender Registry, a Class-D Felony. Steinspring has had multiple violations of the Registry since he was required to register, in 2007.

Red Oak woman arrested on more theft charges

News

April 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Montgomery County woman faces more theft charges following her arrest today (Friday). 39-year old Janet Lynn Tarbox, of Red Oak, was arrested at her residence, on six Theft charges, including one count of Theft in the 3rd degree, two counts of Theft in the 4th Degree, and three counts of Theft in the 5th Degree. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation into alleged incidents of Theft from her employer, who was not identified.

Tarbox was previously arrested on multiple Theft charges related to the same investigation. More charges are expected to be filed as the investigation continues.

CCHS issues statement about CEO Todd Hudspeth

News

April 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Health System (CCHS) today (Friday), released a statement with regard to CCHS CEO Todd Hudspeth. Cass County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees President Ned Brown commented on a recent charge against CEO Todd Hudspeth related to a personal banking matter.

CCHS CEO Todd Hudspeth

CCHS CEO Todd Hudspeth

Brown said “Todd has informed the board about his actions that led to this situation.  We appreciate his ownership of his actions and will continue to monitor the situation as facts become available.  Todd continues to serve as CEO of Cass County Health System.”

Additional details about the charge are not available, and CCHS officials say no further comment will be made about the situation at this time.  Hudspeth, who began his position with the Cass County Health System in January, 2014, replaced CEO Pat Markham, who retired.

Monarch population shows signs of recovery, Iowa milkweeds may be helping

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 15th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The population of monarch butterflies that overwintered in Mexico is said to be more than three times larger than what was seen last year. It’s exceptional news for conservationists in Iowa and elsewhere who are trying to restore the monarch population which has dropped 80-percent in the past 20 years. Sue Blodgett, who chairs the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University, gives some of the credit to Iowans who are planting milkweeds by the thousands.

Monarch“I think that’s probably helping,” Blodgett says. “Of course, there’s other factors, too, the lack of any drought where the monarch have to migrate through, there’s several factors that contribute, but certainly, the efforts we are making here in Iowa are part of that picture.” The orange-and-black insects are a key factor in providing pollination services to agriculture that are estimated to be worth three-billion dollars a year. Blodgett says they’re an important insect.

“It’s iconic and it also is a really good indicator of habitat,” Blodgett says, “and not just habitat for the monarch but habitat for other pollinators, birds and other wildlife that we value.” The World Wildlife Fund reports that this winter’s survey found adult butterflies covered about ten acres of forest in Mexico. During the last three winters, overwintering butterflies occupied three or fewer acres. Blodgett says the goal is to see a sustained monarch population of about 15 acres, or 225-million butterflies through domestic and international efforts.

“In the past, there’s been some big storms or frosts or freezes that have gone through Mexico that have devastated the population,” Blodgett says. “Because of that migration, there’s a lot of weather factors involved that can influence that population.” One way Iowans can help in their back yards or on larger pieces of property is by planting milkweed, which monarch caterpillars love.

“Right now, we have nine different species of milkweeds planted at all of our Iowa State University research and demonstration farms around the state,” Blodgett says, “to show people what they look like and to also see how they persist, how they grow and to look at how the larvae develop on those.” The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was established last year to enhance monarch reproduction and survival in Iowa through collaborative and coordinated efforts of farmers, private citizens and their organizations.

Learn more at: http://monarch.ent.iastate.edu

(Radio Iowa)