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Frederickson Mem. Fund donates to Kiwanis and CAM Youth Sports Board


March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund has been busy donating funds to projects that follow the funds mission statement. According to fund spokesperson Melanie Petty, Grant Petty presented a $400 check to Deb Schuler of the Kiwanis club for their annual bike helmet project. Trevor received a bike helmet when he was in 3rd grade and it brought a huge smile to his face. The Kiwanis have been doing this service project for many years and we are happy to help them out.

Both Melanie and Grant Petty were on hand to present a $500 check to Stacey Platt of the CAM Youth Sports Board. A new scoreboard is going to be placed at the baseball diamond. Trevor’s passion for baseball was undeniable so this donation in his memory really hits home. We are excited to see the CAM Youth Sports Board make continued progress on updating their facilities and are happy we can help. IMG_2398

Concerned about Gambling? Have the Conversation: March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month


March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation this Friday, March 4th, marking March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month. While gambling is harmless entertainment for most Iowans, gambling can lead to personal and financial problems for others. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), 294,000 adult Iowans experienced a problem related to their gambling in the past year.

During Problem Gambling Awareness Month, Iowans are encouraged to have the conversation about gambling with those they care about. “We know the majority of Iowans who gamble do so because it’s fun and they don’t have any problems as a result of it,” said Eric Preuss of the of the IDPH Office of Problem Gambling Treatment and Prevention. “But for those with a gambling problem, many suffer in silence because they don’t know why they developed a problem, what gambling addiction is, or where to get help.”


Have a conversation about how gambling affects your life if you or someone you know shows symptoms of problem gambling, including:

  • Thinking a lot about gambling, such as past gambling experiences, future gambling ventures, or ways of getting money for gambling
  • Needing to gamble with larger amounts of money or with larger bets in order to get the same feeling of excitement
  • Repeatedly trying to cut down or stop your gambling without success
  • Feeling restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling
  • Gambling to run away from problems or to get relief from feeling depressed, anxious, or bad about yourself
  • After losing money gambling, often returning another day in order to win back your losses
  • Lying to family members, friends, or others in order to hide your gambling from them
  • Losing or almost losing a significant relationship, job, or an educational or career opportunity because of gambling
  • Relying on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

The Office of Problem Gambling Treatment and Prevention works to reduce the harm caused by problem gambling by funding a range of services for Iowans. These services include outpatient counseling for problem gamblers, concerned persons and family; recovery support services; financial counseling, including budgeting and debt reduction plans; and state-wide information and referral services through 1-800-BETS OFF and www.1800betsoff.org. In addition, the program funds targeted prevention and education services for schools, community groups, casino employees, and other at-risk groups.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-BETS OFF or go to www.1800BETSOFF.org.

R.E.M therapist/counselor in Council Bluffs arrested on a sex charge


March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A report in the Daily NonPareil says a Treynor man employed by REM Iowa Community Services in Council Bluffs faces charges of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, an aggravated misdemeanor. 54-year old Michael E. Krauth was arrested late Friday morning on a warrant, at REM Iowa’s Council Bluffs office.

According to Bluffs Police Criminal Investigation Division Sgt. Chad Meyers, Krauth is accused of victimizing a 30-year-old male resident of a REM Iowa group home in August 2015 and September 2015. Krauth was being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail on Monday on $10,000 bond. He has requested a public defender, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, March 10th.

Kelly Flanagan, area director for REM Iowa Community Services, said she could comment on the case.REM Iowa’s Council Bluffs operation offers services to children and adults with disabilities, including residential services and dual diagnosis services, and also offers supported living services to adults with neurological disorders and brain or spinal cord injuries.

Red Oak man arrested for Possession of Stolen Property


March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Monday night for allegedly possessing stolen property. Red Oak Police say 41-year old Troy Alan Myers was taken into custody at around 10-p.m., after officers recovered stolen property from his residence during the execution of a search warrant. Myers was being held on $1,000 bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

Two injured in Pott. County crash Monday night


March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says two people were injured during a single-vehicle rollover accident that happened at around 9:45-p.m. Monday, in Pottawattamie County. Officials say a 2000 Buick Regal driven by 20-year old Brandon S. Angus, of Des Moines, was traveling east on Interstate 680 when the car left the road and entered the south ditch near the Neola exit.

The car slid sideways and rolled over before hitting a guard rail and coming to rest upright on an embankment. Angus, and a front seat female passenger in the car, 20-year old Mariquita Ulrich, of Des Moines, were injured and transported by Minden Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs. An infant child was in a car safety seat in the back seat, and was not injured.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., March 1st 2016


March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys for a former Boone, Iowa, man accused of killing his wife opened their defense with statements by his relatives. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports lawyers for Alexander Fazzino called his mother, sister, brother and an aunt to testify yesterday in a Winneshiek County court. Fazzino contends his wife accidentally drowned in a bathtub, possibly induced by withdrawal from prescription drugs.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs woman accused of fatally stabbing her ex-boyfriend has been found guilty. In yesterday’s verdict, District Judge Kathleen Kilnoski found Jodie Sherman guilty of second-degree murder in the July 2014 death of Douglas Richt. Sherman was accused of stabbing Richt in the throat during an argument after he picked her up in a car. She waived her right to a jury.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state Senate may debate a bill soon to increase oversight of facilities in Iowa that provide some educational instruction, but are largely unregulated. The debate would be in response to a sex abuse investigation at a now-closed boarding school in southeast Iowa. The Senate Education Committee met yesterday to discuss the legislation, introduced after authorities announced an investigation into Midwest Academy in Keokuk.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) —Washington state’s attorney general is asking a judge to find an Iowa-based group violated disclosure laws while backing a 2013 food labeling initiative. Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued Food Democracy Action! in December 2014, alleging it concealed sources of $200,000 in contributions supporting a measure that would have required labeling of genetically modified foods in Washington. Founder David Murphy says they were simply late in filing reports, and didn’t try to hide their donors or violate the law. A hearing is set for March 25th.


Man accused in shooting of Iowa officer pleads not guilty


March 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old man accused of shooting a Sioux City police officer last month has pleaded not guilty. The Sioux City Journal reports that Isaiah Mothershed pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of attempted murder and five counts of first-degree robbery. Each count carries a 25-year prison sentence.

Mothershed is accused of pulling a gun from a couch while his hands were handcuffed behind his back, and shooting Officer Ryan Moritz in the leg while being arrested. Police say that as officers struggled with Mothershed, the gun fired again, shooting Mothershed in the leg.

Mothershed’s trial is set for May 24. He remains in the Woodbury County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

Iowa woman found guilty of fatally stabbing ex-boyfriend


February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs woman accused of fatally stabbing her ex-boyfriend has been found guilty. In a verdict handed down Monday, District Judge Kathleen Kilnoski found Jodie Sherman guilty of second-degree murder in the July 2014 death of Douglas Richt, her ex-boyfriend. Sherman previously waived her right to a jury.

She was accused of stabbing Richt in the throat during an argument after he picked her up in a car. 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.

Sherman will be sentenced April 15th.

Runoff from feedlot near Macedonia reaches West Nish River

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) say they received a call Sunday regarding diluted liquid manure running off a field from a cattle open feedlot about 20 miles east of Council Bluffs. On Sunday, DNR investigators found an unknown amount of wastewater had entered a tributary of the West Nishnabotna River. Investigators searched for signs of a fish kill, but did not find any dead fish. DNR staff talked with Cyclone Cattle feedlot producers near Macedonia.

The facility was pumping liquids from a solids settling basin and land applying the wastewater through a center pivot irrigation system. Land application is allowed during winter for open feedlots. However, the wastewater was running off the field, which is not allowed.

Water samples have been submitted and DNR is waiting for laboratory results. The investigation is ongoing. The DNR will continue to monitor the situation and consider appropriate enforcement action.

Iowa man accused of beating mother to death pleads guilty


February 29th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — An Akron man charged in the death of his mother has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and willful injury in a plea agreement with prosecutors. The Sioux City Journal reports 46-year-old Jonathan Neunaber entered his plea Monday in Plymouth County District Court. The plea deal calls for a 60-year prison sentence. Neunaber must serve at least 35 years before being eligible for parole.

He had previously been charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of his 80-year-old mother, Esther Neunaber. Her body and the body of her husband Donald Neunaber were found July 2014 in the home they shared with their son.

Donald Neunaber died of natural causes. Neunaber admitted in court Monday that he killed his mother with a steel pipe.