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Man arrested Sat. morning for Friday assault in Red Oak

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June 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested a man on an assault charge early this (Saturday) morning. 28-year old Demarcus Jermar King, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 12:30-a.m. in the 300 block of E. Corning Street, in reference to an incident of assault that allegedly took place Friday. King was also charged with Driving While Suspended. He was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Red Oak Police said also, 21-year old Jacob William Avery, of Imogene, was arrested Friday night in the 200 block of S. 2nd Street, in Red Oak. Avery was charged with Public Intoxication. His bond was also set at $300.

Red Oak teen cited following rollover accident Fri. afternoon

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June 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a teenage driver was cited for violating a restricted license, following a rollover accident Friday afternoon. 15-year old Nicholas Sebastian Turnbull, of Red Oak, was also cited for operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Turnbull was driving a 2005 Dodge Stratus registered to Camielle Silence, of Shenandoah. He was traveling eastbound in the 2000 block of 170th Street at around 3:50-p.m., when he lost control of the car. The vehicle slid into the south ditch and rolled onto its top. No injuries were reported.

Drunk driver blamed in deadly crash on I-35

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June 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police say a drunk driver is to blame for a deadly crash in central Iowa Friday morning. A Boone man is facing charges that include vehicular homicide and third-offense O-W-I following the crash on Interstate 35. Police say 45-year-old William Phipps was driving a pickup that slammed into the back of a car in the southbound lanes of I-35 near Ankeny at 6:20 a.m.

A passenger in the car, 30-year-old Alexander Koc,h of Ankeny, died at the scene while the driver of the car was injured. Police say Phipps ran from the scene but was captured by officers about a half mile away. Because of his record, Phipps was barred from driving.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., 6/11/16

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June 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The Cedar Falls Fraternal Order of Eagles is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for vandalizing the Blackhawk County Freedom Rock Memorial. The 175-member, non-profit group says Friday that it would donate the money for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. The rock, located at Veterans Park in Cedar Falls, was spray painted during Memorial Day weekend.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Marriott hotel in Bettendorf will get another chance to defend itself against a lawsuit filed by a hotel guest who was awarded $1.2 million by a jury after she slipped on an icy sidewalk in January 2010 and broke her ankle. The lawsuit was filed by Brenda Alcala, a software consultant from Texas who was on a business trip to Bettendorf.

JACKSON, Neb. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy is the third to die after a single-vehicle crash in Nebraska. Jose Lara, of Council Bluffs, died Thursday afternoon. The driver, Christopher Cox, says he swerved to avoid hitting a deer when the car ended up in a creek near Jackson, Nebraska. He’s charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide and driving without a license. Two passengers, Connie Fauzae and Espionza Lara, died at the scene.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State Patrol sergeant has been charged with repeatedly stealing prescription pills that were being stored as evidence. Michael Haugen is charged with falsifying a public document and third-degree theft. Investigators say he stole 150 pills from a patrol evidence room, affecting up to six criminal cases.

NW IA man dies after an accident on a closed Guthrie County road

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June 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man from northwest Iowa died at a hospital in Des Moines Friday, following an accident that same day, in Guthrie County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 69-year old Robert Core, of Lake City, died at after being flown by LifeNet helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. The man, who was not wearing a seat belt, had been alert and conscious, when rescuers arrived on the scene.

The accident happened at around 3:17-p.m., as Core was traveling north on Frontier Road, which was closed for resurfacing. His 2003 Buick LeSabre struck a pile of gravel on the road located in the northbound lane, just south of Highway 44, causing the car to go out of control and into the southbound ditch, where it came to rest facing northwest.

(Updated 12:45-a.m.)

Third person dies after Nebraska car crash

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June 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

JACKSON, Neb. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy from Iowa is the third to die after a single-vehicle crash in Nebraska. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office says Jose Lara, of Council Bluffs, died from his injuries Thursday evening at a hospital.

Deputies were called Thursday morning to a crash on U.S. Highway 20 near Jackson, Nebraska. The vehicle went over an embankment and into a creek. The driver, 45-year-old Christopher Cox, told police that he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. He has been charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of driving without a license. Authorities say additional charges against Cox may be filed.

Two passengers, 57-year-old Connie Fauzae and 9-year-old Esperanza Lara, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Branstad ‘open’ to major tax changes in 2017

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June 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad says he is “open” to making changes in the state’s income taxes next year. “But I haven’t formalized any plans yet,” Branstad says. “I want to visit with legislators to see what is ‘the art of the possible.'” Branstad says he MIGHT support ending a controversial tax break that makes Iowa’s income tax RATES look higher than they actually are. Two decades ago, Branstad UNSUCCESSFULLY proposed getting rid of that tax credit. It gives Iowans the ability to subtract what they paid in FEDERAL income taxes from their state tax bill.

“That was back when Iowans for Tax Relief really led the charge to keep that,” Branstad says. “The circumstances may have changed somewhat.” The lobbying group’s influence in the statehouse has faded in the past several years and the founder of Iowans for Tax Relief died last fall. Another group called the Iowa Taxpayers Association released a study last month, making proposals to simplify the state’s income taxes — and getting rid of what’s called “federal deductability” tax break was at the top of the list. Branstad says Iowa is one of the “few states” that offer that deduction and it’s “an impediment” when trying to lure business to relocate or expand in Iowa.

“They look at what is the high marginal rate and they don’t take into consideration the federal deductability, so our effective rate is much lower than that marginal rate, so that hurts the perception of Iowa,” Branstad says, “Now, a lot of Iowans understand that because they are familiar with the Iowa tax, but a lot of companies from the outside, just looking at it, don’t realize that.” While Branstad says this is a problem, he’s not yet ready to call for eliminating this tax break until he’s sure a majority of legislators would vote to take that step.

“I’m not one to tilt at windmills,” Branstad says. “I want to do things that can be accomplished and sometimes it takes more than one year to accomplish significant things.”Branstad made his comments during taping of the “Iowa Press” program which will air tonight (Friday) on Iowa Public Television.

(Radio Iowa)

3 plead guilty to charges from 2011 Iowa robbery, killing

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June 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Three men have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges stemming from a 2011 robbery and shooting that killed a Sioux City, Iowa, man. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Courtland Clark of Flowery Branch, Georgia, 35-year-old Robert Beaver of Sioux City and 26-year-old Devery Hibbler of Dumas, Arkansas, were convicted Friday of interference with commerce by robbery based on their guilty pleas. Clark and Hibbler also pleaded guilty to using a firearm during a crime of violence causing death.

Prosecutors say the men entered marijuana dealer Tony Canfield’s home May 1, 2011, armed with a handgun to steal marijuana and cash. Prosecutors say Beaver beat and held Canfield’s wife while Clark and Hibbler struggled with Canfield, who was shot by Hibbler as he attempted to flee. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.

IA Lt. Gov. to make stops in western Iowa next week

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June 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will be making stops in the KJAN listening area this coming week. On Tuesday, Reynolds will be in Guthrie Center beginning at 10:30-a.m. for a tour of Guthrie Center Main Street. At noon, she’s slated to be in Adair, to try the “2016 Best Burger in Iowa,” at the Chuckwagon Restaurant.

Afterward, the Lt. Governor travels to Winterset for a visit to Angel Wings and Country Things, at 2-p.m., Tuesday. And, on Thursday, she’ll be in Onawa, where she will meet with officials at the Western Iowa Power Cooperative. The meeting takes place at 1:15-p.m.

Mills County arrest report (6/10)

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June 10th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office today (Friday) reports two arrests. 42-year old Jerry Lee Dawson, of Hastings, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Criminal Trespass. His bond was set at $1,600. And, 61-year old Craig Lee Hancock, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a warrant for probation violation. His bond was set at $15,000. Both men were taken into custody, Friday.