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Atlantic man arrested on Polk County warrant

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department report the arrest on Tuesday of 18-year old Skylar Breeling, of Atlantic. Breeling was taken into custody on a Polk County warrant for felony Possession with the Intent to Deliver/Marijuana. The warrant was issued August 2nd, and was based on his failure to complete a PreSentence Investigation interview. Breeling was booked into the Cass County Jail and held without bond.

The A-PD reports also, a large group of keys has been turned into the Atlantic Police Department. If they are yours, you may call or stop by the P-D to identify and claim them.

Burglary & theft reported at Villisca pool

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County are investigating an incident of burglary which occurred at the Villisca Swimming Pool. Officials say the burglary happened sometime between 9-p.m. Tuesday and 7:30-a.m. today (Wednesday). The Sheriff’s Department says about $140 in candy was taken, and the buildings’ locks sustained $57 in damage. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

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Red Oak man arrested on burglary & drug charges

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report one person was arrested following an attempted burglary, Wednesday morning. Officials say 29-year-old Kirby David Stoneking, of Red Oak, was arrested on attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools, interference with official acts, possession of marijuana and entering contraband into a jail facility, charges. Stoneking was taken into custody after police were called to the 500 block of East Reed Street for a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival, officers observed a man allegedly attempting to break into a business. Police say the man fled on foot behind the business after officers activated their emergency lights. Officers then chased the suspect on foot and several times ordered him to stop. They caught up with Stoneking in the 400 block of North 5th Street, and took him into custody.

As they were booking him into the Montgomery County Jail, officers discovered Stoneking had allegedly concealed a plastic bag containing marijuana. The man was being held in the jail on $5,000 cash bond.

Dallas County voters reject jail bond issue; Greene Co. voters approve gambling

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – Dallas County voters have said no to a Board of Supervisors’ plan for a new county administration building and jail. A $16.9 million bond referendum was rejected by about 68 percent of voters on Tuesday.  The money would have helped the county pay the $22 million total price for the proposed 91,000-square-foot building on county-owned land in east Adel.

In other special elections Tuesday, more than 73 percent of Indianola voters rejected a proposal to move from a mayor-council form to a manager-council-at-large form of government. And in Greene County, more than 75 percent of voters approved a proposal to allow gambling. Developers want to build a $35 million casino and entertainment complex near Jefferson.

Floppy will be governor’s guest at state fair

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Floppy is going to be Gov. Terry Branstad’s companion at the Iowa State Fair. The governor’s office announced Tuesday the beagle puppet made famous by his 30-year-run on Des Moines TV station WHO will go on display in Branstad’s state fair booth in the Varied Industries Building. The fair begins Thursday. The puppet starred on “The Floppy Show” and came to life through the ventriloquism of Duane Ellett.

After Ellett died in 1987, his family donated Floppy and other puppets to the State Historical Society. Floppy was displayed from 1994 until earlier this year, when the puppet was removed to the outrage of his fans. After the fair, Floppy will be sent to Omaha, Neb., for repairs at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, then returned the State Historical Museum.

Panel lets proposed “telemedicine” abortion ban proceed

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A legislative committee’s tie vote on Tuesday means rules that would ban so-called “tele-med” abortions in Iowa can move forward. The Board of Medicine has proposed rules that would no longer allow doctors in Iowa to dispense abortion-inducing pills via a video-conferencing system. Dr. Robert Shaw is chairman of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s board of directors. Shaw says the Board of Medicine reviewed the practice in 2010 and decided it could continue, but since then Republican Governor Terry Branstad has replaced all 10 members of the board. “This is a terrifying example of politics dictating health care,” Shaw says. Kelly Larsen, a nurse who works at a clinic that encourages women with unplanned pregnancies to consider options other than abortion, is among those who signed a petition asking the Board of Medicine to take the action.

“I believe that this proposed rule is a necessity due to the risks that are imposed to the women if any side-effects were to happen,” Larsen says. Larsen says she’s fielded “multiple calls from multiple women” suffering side-effects after having a medication abortion. Shaw — the leader of the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland board of directors — counters that none of the more than three-thousand women who’ve had medication abortions prescribed via video-link have filed complaints about the procedure.

“I cannot remain quiet about the medical inaccuracies being presented,” Shaw says. Sue Thayer was the manager of a Planned Parenthood center in Storm Lake when what she calls “web-cam” abortions were first introduced. “I had very serious concerns about that, the procedure,” Thayer says. “…I still have those same concerns today.” Erin Davison-Rippey, a policy analyst for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, suggests the Board of Medicine is going beyond its authority since bills that would have banned the practice were proposed in the legislature in 2011 and again in 2013, but never became law.

“The legislature has had some opportunities to weigh in on this and has not,” she says. Mary Purtle, an opponent of abortion, says she is “upset” by the concept of tele-med abortions. “It’s more of tele-death,” Purtle said. “…It’s taking the life of a healthy baby in a presumably healthy mother.” The legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee has the authority to delay the rule banning tele-med abortions, but a bid to do that failed on a tie vote Tuesday afternoon. The same arguments for and against the tele-med abortion ban will be made August 28th at a public hearing in Des Moines about the rule. After that, the Board of Medicine will again review the matter at one of its meetings and the rule could go into effect sometime around October 23rd, although legal action would likely follow to delay implementation.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Aug. 7th 2013

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August 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lucky ticketholders who win jackpots such as the current $425 million Powerball pot aren’t the only ones who score big. The retailers who sell the tickets that win big money share in the customer’s good fortune. Casey’s General Store in Bondurant, Iowa, is known as the place that sold a $202.1 million Powerball jackpot ticket in September. Assistant Manager Debra Fetters says she’s asked, “Does lightning strike twice here?”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines police officer who was pinned by a truck last month has left a Minnesota hospital. Lt. Joe Gonzalez has left the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is resting with family at an undisclosed location.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — The second trial for a southeast Iowa man charged with killing his pregnant wife has been postponed. The re-trial for Seth Techel was to begin Monday but has been delayed indefinitely due to a medical problem. Techel is charged with murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy in connection with the death of his wife, Lisa Techel, and their unborn child. She was shot in May 2012 at their home near Agency. The first jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man captured by police after a dangerous pursuit has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 30-year-old northern Iowa woman. Thirty-nine-year-old Tyrone Washington Jr. has been charged in Monday’s death of Justina Marie Smith of Northwood.

Atlantic City Council to hear abatement request from Cass County Fair Board

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August 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council is expected to hear a request during its meeting Wednesday evening, for the abatement of the fee for a building permit pertaining to the Cass County Fairgrounds. The Cass County Ag and Ed. Association, commonly referred to as the “Fair Board,” is asking the City of waive the building permit fee of just under $3,100, for the construction of a Cattle Barn on the Fairgrounds.

Cass Co. Fair Cattle Barn schematic

Cass Co. Fair Cattle Barn schematic

Zoning Administrator John Lund, will not be present to explain why he feels the fee was exorbitant for what he calls a “Glorified carport,” but City Administrator Doug Harris will speak on his behalf. City Attorney Dave Weiderstein has also indicated he has similar thoughts on the matter. Doug Harris says while Lund has reservations on a complete abatement of the fee due to precedent and fairness (as no entity is exempt from building permit fees outside of the City itself and AMU/Utility companies for basic infrastructure), he has sympathy for an entity that exists purely on donations, and provides an educational and enjoyable experience for all Cass County residents and visitors while remaining free to the public.

The Cattle Barn building is funded through donations from both individuals and businesses around Cass County. Construction on the 86-foot wide, 120-fott long all steel, clear-span structure is expected to begin within about  30-days. It will have open sides, with steel sliding doors on the ends and a dirt floor. The building is expected to cost nearly $84,300.

Regardless of the Council’s decision on approving abatement of the fee request, Lund has indicated he will likely present the matter before the Finance and Personnel Committee, so they can determine if the ordinance Lund must follow is flawed, and ways in which they can be improved to reflect a fair and logical pricing system for everyone.