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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 7/8/15

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July 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top veterinary official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture says more money, surveillance and farm security is needed to fight off a possible return of bird flu this fall. David Swayne, director of a USDA poultry research laboratory, told the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee that no new cases have been detected in three weeks. But he says the government has increased surveillance of wild birds to detect any return of the virus, and is working with farms to improve biosecurity.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says there was no way to ensure schools would have abided by a call to not use one-time money for ongoing expenses, leading him to veto that part of a budget bill. Branstad also says he doesn’t think Democrats will get enough Republican support to call a special session to vote again on the budget. The Legislature recently sought $135 million in a spending bill that included nearly $56 million for K-12 education. Branstad cut that in a veto, arguing he opposes one-time spending for ongoing expenses.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa prison officials have removed a dozen inmates from a lockdown unit in Fort Madison where a prisoner escaped his cell over the weekend. They’re still investigating how Justin Kestner got out of the prison Sunday. He made it to Illinois before being caught.

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The brother of a man who died after being transferred from a Clarinda mental hospital closed by the state is blaming his death on the move to a private center. Tim Hanson says his brother Robert got superior treatment at the facility in Clarinda and became severely dehydrated and died after he was moved to a nursing home in Perry last month.

Branstad: Parts of spending bill for K-12 wasn’t enforceable

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says there was no way to ensure schools would have abided by a call to not use one-time money for ongoing expenses, leading him to veto that part of a budget bill. Branstad also told reporters Tuesday he doesn’t think Democrats will get enough Republican support to call a special session to vote again on the budget.

The Legislature recently sought $135 million in a spending bill that included nearly $56 million for K-12 education. Branstad cut that in a veto, arguing he opposes one-time spending for ongoing expenses.

Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, says language in the bill specified the money would go to one-time expenses, but Branstad says that wouldn’t have been enforceable.

Democratic leaders called Monday and Tuesday for a special session.

Mills County Sheriff’s report (7/7)

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday), reports four arrests. On July 3rd, 30-year old Bradley Allen Fink, of Malvern, was arrested on a warrant for Theft 1st and Conspiracy Commit Non Forcible Felony. His bond was set at $15,000.00

On July 4th, 36-year old Aaron Michael Greene, of Rock Port, MO., was arrested for Theft 2nd and Felony Eluding. His bond was set at $8,000.00

And on Monday, 34-year old Nathan Kyle Hale, of Hannibal, MO., was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $1,000.00

Harlan Police report (7/7)

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Harlan Police Department released a report on arrests today (Tuesday). The incidents date back to June 19th. In the report, it was noted that on June 20th, officers were called to several locations where items had been taken from garages and gas cans were taken. There were also several reports of gas being siphoned from vehicles. As a result of the investigation, 37-year old Jeffrey Simpson, of, Harlan, was taken into custody and charged with four counts of Burglary 3rd degree and two counts of theft 5th.

On June 23rd, 14-year old Masen Schmitz, of Harlan, was arrested when officers were called to Taylor Quick Pik for an apparent shoplifting. Officers were able to view surveillance tapes from the store and identify Schmitz allegedly taking several E-cigarette items. Schmitz was charged with theft 5th, which will be referred to Juvenile Court, and with minor in possession of tobacco products.

On June 24th, 36-year old Frank Dunn, of Villisca, was arrested on an active Pottawattamie County warrant for criminal mischief 4th degree. Dunn was taken to the Shelby County Jail.

And on June 27th, 35-year old Dicey Trotter, of Atlantic, was arrested following a traffic stop. Trotter was cited for excessive speed and driving under suspension, given a court date and released.

CCHS celebrates Partners in Philanthropy

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

On Thursday June 18, 2015, the CCHS Foundation celebrated with their partners in philanthropy.

Kent Gade

Kent Gade

Kent Gade, President, opened the program with a sincere thank you to all donors. “Because of you, we have provided over $1.3 million dollars’ worth of new equipment, services and education to the Health System so we can better serve our communities.”

Chief Executive Officer Todd Hudspeth remarked on past purchases including a surgical table, the Healing Garden, equipment for Physical Therapy, Cardiac Rehab and Outpatient Clinics, and fetal monitors – all purchased with funds from the CCHS Foundation. “Also this year, because of a thoughtful and generous bequest from James E. and Gertrude B. Hunt we were able to purchase the needed equipment for our in-house orthopedist, Dr. Edward Fisher,” Todd shared. “This gift had great forethought and meaning from a couple who understood the importance of giving back to their community.”

(CCHS Press Release)

Brother blames state’s move of patient for his death

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The brother of a man who died after being transferred from a Clarinda mental hospital closed by the state is blaming his death on the move to a private center. The Des Moines Register reports 65-year-old Robert Hanson Jr. died July 1 at a Des Moines Hospital. He’d been among fewer than 20 patients in the Clarinda hospital’s geriatric program when Gov. Terry Branstad closed the center and another mental hospital in Mount Pleasant.

Hanson, who suffered brain damage in the 1980s, was moved to a Perry nursing home June 8. His brother, Tim Hanson, says he became severely dehydrated and was transferred to a Des Moines hospital, where he died. Tim Hanson says the Clarinda nurses offered superior treatment.

Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the governor offered condolences.

Atlantic man arrested on Meth charge; Anita woman arrested on drug & other charges

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on July 2nd, of an Atlantic man on drug charges. 25-year old Alexander Paul Dvorak, was taken into custody on charges that include Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Dvorak was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $10,000 bond.

On June 29th, as the result of a report of the theft of a vehicle and some personal items from a rural Anita residence, deputies with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year old Sarah Jo Porter, of Anita, on charges of Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft 2nd Degree, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Porter was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $7,500 bond.

On June 27th, deputies in Cass County arrested 28-year old Rebecca Ann Edwards, of Puxico, MO, on charges of Assault on a Peace Office, Public Intoxication, and Interference with Official Acts. Edwards was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on her own recognizance.

On June 26th, 20-year old Wyatt Lee Sargent, of Council Bluffs, was arrested by deputies in Cass County on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Sargent was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

And on July 3rd, Donald Leo Loury III turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office on two outstanding Cass County warrants for Violation of a No Contact Order and Failure to Appear. Loury was booked and released on $825 bond.

Pott. County Sheriff warns about asphalt scam

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents about persons allegedly involved in “Asphalt Scams” in Pottawattamie County. Sheriff Jeff Danker says an Asphalt Scam is when an individual approaches a resident and claims to be working in the area doing road re-surfacing. They tell the victim they have left over asphalt and that they can pave a driveway or whatever surface for a substantially reduced rate. The person will generally want the money up front and when or if the work is complete.

Danker says the victim is left with a shallow covering of asphalt that is so thin it will not last under the weight of a normal vehicle. He warns, if you are approached by anyone trying to sell you goods or services for a rate too good to be true, it is generally a scam and you should check the company out prior to entering into any type of agreement or providing any type of payment to them.

In addition, you should report the activity to your local law enforcement agency immediately.

Underwood man arrested Monday evening after shooting incident

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person is in custody in Pottawattamie County following a shooting incident Monday evening, in Underwood. The Sheriff’s Department says Deputies were dispatched to 110 2nd Avenue in Underwood at around 7:15-p.m., in reference to a male subject with a gun.
During their investigation, it was determined that 50-year old Michael S. Weiss, of  Underwood, and 37-year old Carlos Villalobus, of Council Bluffs, had been in a verbal disturbance over storage of property. During the incident, Weiss allegedly produced a handgun and fired three shots.  Villalobus was not hit by any of the rounds.
Weiss was arrested on charges that include Intimidation with a dangerous weapon, Assault while displaying a weapon, Reckless use of a Firearm (without injury), and Felon in possession of firearm. He was transported to Pottawattamie County Jail.
The Iowa State Patrol and Division of Criminal Investigation assisted in handling and investigating the incident.

IA Senate looks to call for Special Legislative session

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July 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Leaders of the Iowa Senate have announced plans to issue a formal letter to each of the State’s 50 Senators, calling for a special session of the Iowa Legislature. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, said today (Tuesday) “Governor Branstad’s surprising vetoes of one-time funding for K-12 schools, community colleges and state universities continues to make no sense to a majority of Iowans.”

Gronstal added “The Governor’s vetoes are especially egregious in light of the fact that the Legislature worked in a bipartisan fashion to avoid using one-time money to fund ongoing needs and the Legislature’s overall spending level was actually below the Governor’s. In the end, it is schoolchildren, college students and Iowans needing mental health treatment who will suffer because of the Governor’s actions. I believe there will be bipartisan support for overriding the worst of Governor Branstad’s vetoes.”

Legislators may call a special session if two-thirds of the Senators and two-thirds of the Representatives agree in writing to participate in a special session.