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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., May 20th 2015

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May 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — A 17-year-old from Sioux City faces a charge after authorities say he led a high-speed car chase in western Iowa and shot at a transportation enforcement officer. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Chauncy Jewett initiated the chase Monday afternoon following a traffic stop in Harrison County. The teen is accused of driving away from an enforcement officer with the state Department of Transportation. A 20-year-old Sioux City woman in the car is charged with identity theft and interference with official acts.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the death of a man found near a road in Des Moines doesn’t appear suspicious. The Des Moines Police Department says 32-year-old Jesse Parish was found in a patch of trees and shrubs Tuesday on the south side of the city. Authorities say a cause of death will not be released until an autopsy is performed, but the Des Moines man’s death doesn’t appear suspicious.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weeks after burned macaroni and cheese emptied out the Iowa Capitol, a charred pizza crust has done it again. The crust burned Tuesday morning in the Capitol cafeteria, prompting a brief evacuation. Department of Administrative Services Spokesman Caleb Hunter says property was not damaged and no one was injured. About three weeks ago, the Capitol was evacuated when someone burned a macaroni and cheese lunch in a microwave behind the Senate chambers.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has fired a student health clinic worker and disciplined another for breaching the privacy of an athlete and his girlfriend by immediately discussing the results of their pregnancy test. The violations come after Iowa fired three and suspended two for accessing the records of football players who were hospitalized in 2011. The university has increased its training on health privacy rules.

 

Open Class Bucket/Bottle Calf – Registration Extended

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Fair Board will once again sponsor the open class Bucket/Bottle Calf show at the Montgomery County Fair. The open class Bucket/Bottle Calf show is open to all kindergarten through 3rd graders in Montgomery County. Any newborn or orphan calf, steer or heifer, daily or beef, that was calved between March 1st and May 15th may be shown.

Calf must be bucket or bottle fed. The Bucket/Bottle Calf show will be held on Sunday, July 19th at 2:00 pm with check-in from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Bucket/Bottle Calf packets can be picked up at the Montgomery County Extension and Outreach Office at 400 Bridge Street.

Registration has been extended to Monday, June 1st. For questions, contact the extension office at 712-623-2592 or open class Bucket/Bottle Calf superintendent Mary Gohlinghorst at 712-623-9041.

Name of teen driver involved in Harrison Co. shootout released

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our earlier reports, the Iowa Department of Public Safety late Tuesday afternoon released the name of a teenaged driver involved in a shooting and chase in Harrison County. Officials say 17-year old Chauncy Jewett, of Sioux City, was the driver of a vehicle that sped away from Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Derek Floerchinger, Monday afternoon.

The incident began at around 12:34-p.m., when Floerchinger located a vehicle parked along the side of I-29 south bound near mile marker 90 in Harrison County.  Officer Floerchinger stopped to conduct a motorist assist.  Officer Floerchinger made contact with the Jewett, who initially provided a false Iowa Driver’s License.  During questioning by Officer Floerchinger, the teen put the car in gear and sped away.  Officer Floerchinger then pursued the vehicle and called for assistance.  Several Agencies to include the Iowa State Patrol, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Valley Police Department responded.

During the pursuit the subject’s vehicle reached rates of speed exceeding 100MPH.  At these high rates of speed Officer Floerchinger observed Jewett leaning out the driver’s side window. At that point Officer Floerchinger heard a loud noise.  One bullet struck Officer Floerchinger’s marked unit.

Jewett retreated back into the car and the pursuit continued south bound to a rest area located at the 80 mile marker.  In the parking lot the teen lost control of his vehicle and struck a parked vehicle.  Jewett ran into a wooded area behind the rest area and was later taken into custody by officers from the Missouri Valley Police Department. A female passenger in the vehicle, 20-year old Sydney Swanson, of Sioux City, was also taken into custody by Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers.  Both subjects were transported to the hospital in Missouri Valley to be checked for injuries and then released to law enforcement.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was requested to conduct the shooting investigation. Jewett was subsequently charged with Attempted Murder, while Swanson was charged with Identity Theft and Interference with official acts.  The investigation is still ongoing and more charges are pending.

Egg prices jump as impact of bird flu begins pinching supply

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Egg prices have surged higher as the death of millions of hens from bird flu is beginning to tighten supplies. The Midwest price of a dozen large eggs rose to $1.88. That’s 58 percent higher than they were a month ago when the bird flu first hit Iowa chicken farms. Prices have been climbing at a rate of about 5 percent a day for the past week as supplies become tighter.

Rick Brown, an egg industry analyst with commodity market firm Urner Barry, says it’s because 10 percent of chickens that lay eggs for food are dead or dying from bird flu. Eggs used principally as an ingredient in ice cream, mayonnaise and other products are up even more, about 162 percent to $1.65 a dozen since April 22.

Iowa reports 2 more chicken farms, turkey farm with bird flu

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say bird flu has been found on another turkey farm in Buena Vista County, two more chicken farms in Sioux County and in a backyard flock of chickens. The four new cases announced Tuesday raise the state’s total to 60 and boosts the number of chickens dead or dying to about 26 million. The latest turkey farm has 24,000 birds raising turkey losses in Iowa to more than 960,000.

One chicken farm has 150,000 egg laying hens and the other 100,000 pullets, younger chickens that were to be egg layers. The backyard flock had 15 chickens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed more than 39 million birds in 15 states with the H5N2 virus that scientists believe came to the Midwest this spring with migrating waterfowl.

Health workers violated privacy of Iowa athlete, girlfriend

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has fired one student health clinic worker and disciplined another for breaching the privacy of an athlete and his girlfriend by immediately discussing the results of their pregnancy test. The violations come after Iowa fired three and suspended two for accessing the records of football players who were hospitalized in 2011. The university has increased its training on health privacy rules.

According to records The Associated Press obtained under Iowa’s open records law, the latest investigation found a lab worker told a clerk Dec. 31 that a pregnancy test was positive and identified a male athlete in the waiting room. The clerk then spoke with medical assistants who treated the patient to ask whether the athlete was with her and how the couple reacted.

IA DPS releases more info. on Harrison County shooting/chase

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, today (Tuesday), released more details about Monday’s shooting and chase in Harrison County. Authorities say at 12:34-p.m., DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Derek Floerchinger located a vehicle parked along the side of I-29 south bound near mile marker 90 in Harrison County.  Officer Floerchinger stopped to conduct a motorist assist.

He made contact with the driver who initially provided a false Iowa Driver’s License.  During questioning by Officer Floerchinger, the driver put the car in gear and sped away.  Officer Floerchinger then pursued the vehicle and called for assistance.  Several Agencies to include the Iowa State Patrol, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Valley Police Department responded.

During the pursuit the subject’s vehicle reached rates of speed exceeding 100MPH.  At these high rates of speed Officer Floerchinger observed the driver leaning out the driver’s side window; at that point Officer Floerchinger heard a loud noise.  One bullet struck Officer Floerchinger’s marked unit.

The driver retreated back into the car and the pursuit continued south bound to a rest area located at the 80 mile marker.  In the parking lot the driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a parked vehicle.  The driver ran into a wooded area behind the rest area and was later taken into custody by officers from the Missouri Valley Police Department. A female passenger was also taken into custody by Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers.  Both subjects were transported to the hospital in Missouri Valley to be checked for injuries and then released to law enforcement.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was requested to conduct the shooting investigation. The driver of the vehicle is a 17 year old male whose name is not being released.  The female passenger is 20-year old Sydney Swanson, of Sioux City, Iowa.  The driver has been charged with Attempted Murder, and Swanson was charged with Identity Theft and Interference with official acts.  The investigation is still ongoing and more charges are pending.

Bomb threat in Stanton School District Tue. morning

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a person who sounded like an adolescent, called-in a bomb threat this (Tuesday) morning, in the Stanton Community School District. According to reports, the call came in just before 8-a.m. from someone claiming they would bring a bomb to the school. Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Sampson and deputies investigated and in the process, screened all K-thru-12th grade students as they entered the school. The students then reported to their homeroom under the supervision of adults.

After a thorough search of building failed to uncover any suspicious devices, the all-clear was given at 9:10-a.m., with classes resuming as normal. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the threat is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office or Stanton school administration.

2 arrested on drug charges in Cass County

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office today (Tuesday) issued a report containing information about numerous arrests. Officials say on May 12th 31-year old Eloy Flores, Jr., of Escondido, CA, and 22-year old Karla Cristina Cabrera, of Somerton, AZ., were arrested on drug charges, following a traffic stop. The pair were charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver approximately 20-pounds of methamphetamine, Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, and Prohibited Acts. They were released the following day on their own recognizance.

Also arrested that same day, was 54-year old Gregory Scott Kline, of Griswold, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense. Kline was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released on his own recognizance later that day. And, 41-year old Joseph Jesse Betances, of Harlan, was arrested May 12th in Cass County, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear for a Child Support Hearing. Betances was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2,000 bond.

On May 15th, deputies in Cass County arrested 35-year old Travis Lynn Sickels, of Red Oak, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear for a Child Support Hearing. Sickels was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held without bond. On May 16th, 19-year old Wyatt Lee Sargent, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Cass County on a charge of Driving While Barred. Sargent was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

On May 19th, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year old Robert Lee Olwell, of Avoca, on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense. Olwell was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance. On May 7th, 51-year old Richard Lee Clausen, of Adair, was arrested on a charge of Theft 3rd Degree (Aggravated). Clausen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

On May 9th, 36-year old Heather Marie Christensen, of Atlantic, turned herself in at the Cass County Jail on a charge from the Sheriff’s Office from earlier in the week of Driving While Revoked (Serious). At the time Christensen turned herself in, she was charged with Public Intoxication. Christensen was released on her own recognizance later that day.

On May 10th, Russell Shearer was arrested in Cass County, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear and an additional charge of Driving While Revoked. Shearer was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2,000 bond. On May 11th, 24-year old Morgan Kay Leeder, of Griswold, was arrested on charges of OWI 1st Offense (Serious), Assault on a Peace Officer (Serious), and Interference with Official Acts (Simple). Leeder was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $1,000 bond.

High school students resume classes after tornado

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May 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LAKE CITY, Iowa (AP) – Students have resumed classes this week in Lake City after their high school was damaged by a tornado. The Messenger reports students of South Central Calhoun High School attended classes Monday at various locations, including churches, a public library and a bank.

The last day of school for everyone in the district is next Thursday. Principal Randy Martin said he’ll leave it up to the teachers to decide whether students would be given end-of-the-semester tests.  An EF1 tornado on May 10 damaged the school’s roof, making the building unusable for the rest of the academic year.