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Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., July 19th 2014

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July 19th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court says juvenile offenders must be resentenced if they were convicted in the state as adults and awarded mandatory minimum sentences. State officials say yesterday’s ruling means more than 100 people face resentencing for crimes including robbery, murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse. The court ruled that required minimum sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed in Illinois against the former boyfriend of an Iowa woman whose body was found in a Minnesota field. Timothy McVay is accused in the death of 29-year-old Carrie Olson. She was reported missing after failing to show up at her Davenport job last December. McVay was arrested yesterday after a joint investigation by police in Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The city assessor for Mason City has been accused of assault following a disturbance at a home. Police say 38-year-old Danielle Naumann was arrested yesterday morning and faces a charge of serious domestic assault. Naumann has been the city assessor since November 2012.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A conservation official says a recreation trail between Council Bluffs and Neola could be ready by 2017. Mark Shoemaker, executive director of Pottawattamie County’s conservation board, says design work will begin this year and construction for the trail will start next year. The trail will eventually stretch 16 miles.

Iowa Supreme Court issues stay for Argosy casino

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July 19th, 2014 by Chris Parks

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has potentially given the Argosy riverboat casino in Sioux City more time to stay open. The high court on Friday granted an emergency stay of a district court order requiring the casino to close July 22. Groups in support of the closure have until Monday to file a resistance.

The Sioux City Journal reports the stay will be in effect while the state Supreme Court considers whether to hear Argosy’s appeal of the district court’s order to close. It’s unclear how much more time the stay gives the casino.  Karen Bailey, a spokeswoman for Argosy parent Penn National Gaming Co., says she’s pleased.

In April, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission ordered the riverboat casino to close because it doesn’t meet state gaming license requirements.

Official discusses western Iowa recreation trail

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July 19th, 2014 by Chris Parks

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A conservation official says a recreation trail between Council Bluffs and nearby Neola could be ready by 2017. Mark Shoemaker, executive director of Pottawattamie County’s conservation board, says design work will begin this year and construction will start next year for a trail between Council Bluffs and Weston. The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports that work will expand to Underwood in 2016 and Neola in 2017, which is a stretch of 16 miles.

A $1.1 million grant from the Iowa West Foundation was recently announced for the design and construction of the 10-foot-wide concrete trail that would be parallel to a county road. It will require a match that county officials are already trying to fill.

NE man gets 10-years in prison for sex trafficking

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man was sentenced today (Friday) to serve 10-years in prison for sex trafficking. U-S Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt reports 25-year old Adrien Jamaal Cole, of Omaha, was sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge Robert Pratt to 120 months in prison for sex trafficking, to be followed by 10 years of Supervised Release.

On March 5th, 2014, Cole pled guilty to the charge which was the result of an investigation conducted by law enforcement into the use of minors as prostitutes in and around the Omaha Metropolitan area. Authorities say Cole had recruited teenage girls to serve as prostitutes and transported them to various locations in Omaha, and Council Bluffs, to engage in sexual activities with paying customers.

The investigation was conducted by the Omaha, Nebraska, Police Department, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Essex resident sentenced to 60 months in prison

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports a Page County man was sentenced to prison today (Friday).  60-year old Danny Joel Hummel, of Essex, was sentenced by United States Senior District Court Judge Robert Pratt to 5-years in prison and ten years of Supervised Release following the period of imprisonment, on the charge of Using a Computer to Transport Obscene Material.

On July 11, 2014, Hummel pled guilty to the charge, which was the result of his obtaining images in December of 2013 from an off-site electronic data storage location. At the time of the offense, Hummel was under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for the Southern District of Iowa after having been sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography in a prior case.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Probation Office for the Southern
District of Iowa and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Cyber Crimes Unit. The case
was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

National park tourism in Iowa creates $11.4 million in economic benefit

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 200,000 visitors to Iowa’s national parks in 2013 spent $11.4 million and supported 172 jobs in the state.NPS Patricia Trapp, acting director of NPS’s Midwest Region, which includes Iowa and 12 more states, said “The national parks of Iowa attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year from across the country and around the world. Whether it’s a day trip of a long family vacation, they come for a great experience — and they end up spending a little money along the way, too.” Iowa’s national parks are Effigy Mounds National Monument and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.

According to the national report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent), food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), and admissions and fees (10.3 percent). Souvenirs and other expenses accounted for the remaining 10 percent. Nationally, the largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs).

To learn more about Iowa’s national parks and how the National Park Service works with communities in the state to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/iowa.

Survivors gather to remember 1989 Iowa plane crash

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It has been 25 years since the passengers on United Flight 232 braced themselves for impact and prepared to die. Back in 1989, the jetliner carrying nearly 300 people from Denver to Chicago lost all hydraulic power after the rear engine exploded. It crash-landed in Sioux City, Iowa, cartwheeling down the runway in flames and breaking apart in a cornfield.

Through the efforts of the flight crew and emergency teams on the ground, 184 of the 296 passengers aboard the DC-10 survived. The flight is considered one of the most remarkable life-saving efforts in aviation history.

This weekend, survivors and others connected to the crash will gather to remember the dead and the heroics of the accident at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation in Sioux City.

Authorities: Western IA Man threatened neighbors with gun

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ODEBOLT, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa man has been accused of threatening neighbors with a gun. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday that 23-year-old Dustin Pope discharged a 9mm handgun at least twice into the air during a July 12 incident in Odebolt.

Deputies responding to a report of gun shots determined some sort of domestic dispute had occurred, but additional information was not available. Pope is accused of pointing the handgun at neighbors as they came out to help. Pope was arrested and sent to the county jail. He faces multiple charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.

A second person was arrested at the scene, after he allegedly refused orders by authorities to leave.

S.W. IA teen injured in W.Central MO. crash

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A teenager from southwest Iowa was injured late Thursday night during a crash in west central Missouri. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports 16-year old Chance Cade, from Clarinda, was hurt when the 2006 Kia Sorrento he was driving went out of control and rolled several times just before midnight. The accident happened in Caldwell County, Missouri.

Officials say the SUV Cade was driving was east bound on Missouri Highway 116, about a mile west of Braymer, when he met an unknown westbound vehicle that had drifted into his lane. The teen tried to avoid contact with the other vehicle, and in the process his car left the road. Cade over-corrected, causing the vehicle to go into a skid before it left the road and entered a ditch before rolling over and coming to rest on its wheels. The other vehicle didn’t stop.

Chance Cade suffered serious injuries when he was ejected from the vehicle. A passenger in the car, 20-year-old Garland J. Nelson of Braymer, was also injured, and indicated he would seek medical attention on his own.

Iowa rejects juvenile mandatory minimum sentences

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July 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A divided Iowa Supreme Court says juvenile offenders must be resentenced if they were convicted in the state as adults and awarded mandatory minimum sentences. State officials say the ruling means more than 100 people face resentencing for crimes including robbery, murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse.

In deciding the appeal of Andre Jerome Lyle Jr. on Friday, the court said required minimum sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional because they amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Lyle was 17 years old in 2010 when he was convicted of robbery and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Three justices disagreed with the Iowa ruling. It follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that all no-parole juvenile lifers must be considered for parole.