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No injuries reported following a collision in Creston

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January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An accident Monday morning in Creston caused $4,000 damage, but no one was injured. Authorities say vehicles driven by 18-year old Keegan Williams, and 77-year old Jerry White, both of Creston, collided at around 8:40-a.m. at the intersection of Peterson and Adams Streets.

Officials say Williams stopped at the controlled intersection, but then proceeded north on Peterson Street in his 1990 Chrysler van before being hit by White’s 2010 Chevy HHR. Williams told authorities he looked before pulling away from the intersection, but didn’t see White’s vehicle approaching from on eastbound Adams Street.

The van broadsided the HHR, causing it to spin around nearly 360-degrees before it came to rest in the eastbound lane of Adams Street. No citations were issued.

Omaha man arrested, warrants issued for 2 more Cass County cattle theft suspects

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January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into the theft of cattle from a farm near Lewis has resulted in the arrest of a Nebraska man, and arrest warrants for two other Nebraskans. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports 57-year old Ervin John Jacob, of Omaha, was arrested Jan. 22nd following the execution of a search warrant in Omaha.

Ervin John Jacob (Cass Co. Sheriff's Dept. photo)

Ervin John Jacob (Cass Co. Sheriff’s Dept. photo)

Jacob was arrested on three Class D felony counts of Theft in the 2nd degree, and a Class-D felony charge of ongoing Criminal Conduct, for his involvement in three incidents of cattle theft.

The Cass County District Court has also issued warrants for 49-year old James Michael Brunzo, of Omaha, for two counts of Theft 2nd for his complicity in the thefts that took place May 28th, 2014, and June 9th, 2014,  and for 42-year old Amy Louise Springer,  of Omaha, NE, who faces  one count of Theft 2nd Degree for her complicity in a theft that took place January 6th, 2015.

The investigation into the trio’s activities began on May 28th, 2014, when the Cass County Sheriff’s Office took a report of the overnight theft of two cattle from Freund Brothers Farms in Lewis. On June 9, 2014, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office took another report of the theft of four cattle from JW Freund Farms in Lewis, IA. Again, on January 6, 2015, Freund Brothers Farms reported the theft of two more cattle overnight. On January 16, 2015, Cass County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office, conducted a search warrant in Omaha, Nebraska, with the assistance of the Omaha Police Department and the Cuming County, Nebraska, Sheriff’s Office.

Cass County authorities were assisted in their investigation by the Cuming County, Nebraska, Sheriff’s Office, the Omaha Police Department, and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Massena Sale Barn, Rolling Hills Bank & Trust, and citizens, whose tips assisted in the outcome of the investigation.

Debate over education funding begins in Iowa House

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January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Republican-led Iowa House has begun debating a bill that would forward nearly 48 million more dollars in general state aid to Iowa’s public school districts for the next academic year. School advocates say the increase isn’t enough and won’t even cover negotiated salary hikes for teachers. Others complain Republican legislators are making property tax relief a higher priority than kids. Representative Ron Jorgensen, a Republican from Sioux City, says K-through-12 public schools would be getting “about half” of the additional state tax revenue that’s available in the coming this year under the G-O-P’s proposal.

“We are not the federal government. We must live within our means,” Jorgensen says. “We must do the math. If the money is not there, you can’t spend it unless you are willing to cut in other areas in order to pay for it.” Critics say Iowa’s per pupil spending level ranks 37th among the states. Jorgensen says another study that factored in each state’s cost of living and ranked Iowa 25th.  “I believe in education you could find a study that would pretty well prove whatever point you wanted to make,” Jorgensen says. And Jorgensen says per pupil spending “does not always equate to higher performance.”

Educators warn class sizes will increase and teachers will be laid off because the one-and-three-quarter percent increase in state aid that the G-O-P proposes won’t be enough to meet school district obligations. During last night’s (Monday’s) two-hour-long public hearing, just two people spoke in favor of the G-O-P proposal and one of the two is an aide to Republican Governor Terry Branstad.

(Radio Iowa)

Denison firm awarded roof replacement project at HCHS

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January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A company based in Denison was awarded the bid for the Harlan Community High School’s roof replacement project. R L Craft’s bid of $160,217 was accepted by the Harlan Community Schools Board of Education.  The bid includes a 10-year warranty and additional items may include replacing insulation, the cost of which will not be known until the project is underway.

Insurance will cover all but $29,092 which the Harlan Community School district will be responsible for paying. This amount is under what officials had estimated for the district’s cost.

Former Harlan doctor facing a sex abuse charge reaches plea agreement

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January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The second degree sexual abuse trial for a former Harlan physician charged with felony second degree sexual abuse, will not be held as scheduled. The trial for 81 year old Dr. Wing Tai Fung was scheduled to take place today (Tuesday) at the Shelby County Courthouse, but an order was handed down yesterday (Monday), indicating that a plea agreement had been reached. On Monday, Judge James Richardson issued an order for a pre-sentence investigation.  A written guilty plea must be entered by January 30th with sentencing set for March 27th.

Fung, of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, was charged in May 2014, in connection with an incident that  took place in January 1999, where he allegedly molested a 10-year-old girl he was treating for a knee sprain at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan. Chicago police arrested Fung April 28th at O’Hare Airport after he returned from Canada. He waived his extradition so the case could be tried in Shelby County.

Fung had entered a written plea of not guilty to the charge, last May.

Former Iowa postmaster pleads guilty to thefts from mail

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January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former northern Iowa postmaster accused of stealing painkillers from the mail has pleaded guilty in a Sioux City federal courtroom. Fifty-five-year-old Danny Miller, of Ventura, was convicted of mail theft by a postal services employee. His trial had been scheduled to begin next week. A federal grand jury indicted Miller in October.

Federal prosecutors say Miller admitted that from about May 2013 through July 2014, while serving as postmaster for Forest City, he stole the prescription painkillers from the mail.  He’d been appointed Forest City postmaster in 2012. He’d also served as postmaster in Fertile.

A sentencing date hasn’t been set for Miller, who faces up to five years in prison.

Guthrie County Sheriff wants more help in fighting the scourge of Meth

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January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright is asking the County Board of Supervisors to provide funds for the hiring of another deputy. KCCI reports Arganbright wants the extra help in fighting the scourge of drugs in his county that are stretching resources too thin. Arganbright said he’s seen a huge rise in the use of meth, which has surpassed marijuana as the drug of choice. More specifically, he says Crystal Meth is a powerful drug that presents a danger to his deputies and citizens alike.

According to drugfreeworld.org, Crystal Meth creates a false sense of happiness and well-being—a rush (strong feeling) of confidence, hyperactiveness and energy. It also causes a decrease in appetite. The drug’s effects generally last from six to eight hours, but can last up to twenty-four hours.

The sheriff said nearly 50 percent of traffic stops in his county result in some sort of drug charge related to meth. Arganbright said dealing with meth users puts deputies at risk. In December a woman, who was likely high on meth, fought with deputies after receiving a sentence officials said she didn’t agree with. It took several deputies to wrangle her, and they all were injured in the process.

He said the spike in dangerous offenders high on meth calls is why he is asking for more help. The sheriff’s office currently has four full-time and eight part-time deputies. The office also has a jailer that acts as a part-time deputy. The Board of Supervisors should decide within the next two to three weeks if it will approve funding for another deputy.

(podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 1/27/2015

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January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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Public Intox arrest in Creston

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January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man was arrested Monday night for Public Intoxication. The Creston P-D says 57-year old Terry Gene Tull was taken into custody in the 200 block of Russell Street, at around 8:30-p.m. Tull was later released on $300 bond.

(podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 1/27/2015

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January 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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