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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., April 10th 2013


April 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Republican Party of Iowa has set the dates for the 2014 caucuses and conventions. The precinct caucuses will be Jan. 25, the county conventions March 8, the district conventions April 26 and the state convention June 14. The party meetings come as Iowa Republicans are struggling to map out the state GOP’s future.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has approved legislation that would require children enrolled in the state’s voluntary preschool program to attend regularly. The Senate passed the bill 32 to 17 yesterday. It earlier passed the House and now moves to Gov. Terry Branstad. The measure would allow school districts to require that children enrolled in preschool attend regularly.

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — The murder trial of an eastern Iowa man accused of shooting his grandparents in the head has been reset for later this year. Isaiah Sweet’s trial is now set for Oct. 16. He is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Richard and Janet Sweet in May 2012. Their bodies were found on Mother’s Day in their Manchester home.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are monitoring the weather’s impact on pheasant numbers in the state. The Department of Natural Resources says spring nesting season is a critical time for pheasants. Their counts in the state could decrease if temperatures in April and May are below normal and rainfall is above normal. The opposite weather would lead to an increase.

Man Arrested on Probation Violation Warrant


April 9th, 2013 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 35-year old Jeremy Joel Binns of Council Bluffs today (Tuesday). Binns was arrested on a Montgomery County District Court Warrant for Violation of Probation. Binns is being held on $10,000 bond.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued until 1-a.m. Wed. for far SW IA

News, Weather

April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson



I-80 westbound bridge near Casey open to 1 lane of traffic


April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reported Tuesday afternoon, that the inside lane of Interstate 80 westbound near Casey (Exit 83), is open to traffic. Both westbound lanes had been blocked due to an accident that happened Monday night, where an oversize load struck the bridge underpass.

Iowa DOT picture shows damage to the I-80 westbound concrete bridge support beams caused by an over-size/over-height excavator load hauled on a truck. The damage occurred late Monday night, just south of Casey.

Sioux City man arrested for illegal shooting of a wild turkey

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports a Sioux City man has been arrested on several counts resulting from the alleged illegal shooting of a wild turkey north of Pisgah, in Monona County. 47-year old Phuoc Nguyen pleaded guilty to not having a valid turkey tag, illegal method of harvesting a turkey by using a rifle, shooting a turkey out of season, abandonment of dead or injured wildlife and shooting a rifle on or over a roadway. He faces fines totaling more than $700 and liquidated damages for the turkey of $200. The turkey and a Marlin .22-caliber rifle with scope were seized.

The investigation began after Chase Durfee, a technician for the DNR Forestry Bureau, was contacted by a citizen on March 19th.  Durfee identified Nguyen’s vehicle and followed it, observing Nguyen stopping at one point and moving an uncased rifle from the front to the rear of the vehicle. Jeff Poen, park ranger for Lewis and Clark State Park, stopped Nguyen’s vehicle on I-29 where an uncased gun was observed. Durfee and Poen located and recovered the turkey that had been shot on state forest land near the Boy Scout Camp, north of Pisgah. Nguyen was later charged by DNR Conservation Officer Steve Griebel.

Nguyen still faces a charge of having an uncased gun in the vehicle in Harrison County. DNR Conservation Officer Dave Tierney said this is another case that underscores the importance of citizens providing eye-witness information when they see illegal activity taking place. A good option for providing the information is through the Turn In Poachers hotline, 1-800-532-2020.

Harlan man cited following collision, Monday


April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say no injuries were reported following an accident Monday at 6th and Court Streets. Official say vehicles driven by Gabriel Brown and Joan Gubbels, both of Harlan, collided, when Brown stopped, but failing to see anyone coming, proceeded into the intersection heading north on 6th Street. The 2005 Kia he was driving was struck on the left rear, by a 2001 Buick being driven by Gubbels, as she was heading east on Court Street.

The collision caused Brown’s Kia to be spun 180-degrees around. Brown was cited by police for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Harlan Police issue arrest report


April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department today (Tuesday) released a report on recent arrests. Officials say on Sunday, 27-year old Kaitlyn Mehaffey, of Harlan, was arrested on a charge of OWI, domestic abuse assault, and possession of a controlled substance. She was taken into custody after officers were called to a reported domestic disturbance in the 1400 block of 12th Street.

Also arrested on Sunday, was 28-year old Garrett Phillips, of Harlan, who was taken into custody on a charge of domestic abuse assault, for allegedly causing minor injuries to Heather Scheffler, of Harlan. His arrest took place in the 900 block of Victoria Street.

And, on Friday, 18-year old Dylan Jager, of Elk Horn, was arrested in Harlan following a traffic stop. Officials say Jager was charged with interference with official acts, for allegedly refusing to produce his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance, when requested to do so, by the officer. He was also cited for speeding.

Traffic stop in Harlan after car clocked at 100+mph


April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan say a Dow City man was arrested Sunday after the vehicle he was driving was clocked in excess of 100 miles per hour. 18-year old Ismael Corona was allegedly doing 104-mph in a 55 zone when he was spotted by a Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy. Corona was stopped in Harlan and brought to the Shelby County Jail on charges of No proof of insurance, operating without a registration, possession of a controlled substance and speeding.

Iowa Supreme Court hears juvenile parole case


April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that could free a man imprisoned for life for his involvement in a 1986 Council Bluffs parking lot brawl in which another man was killed.  The court will consider whether 44-year-old Jeffrey Ragland is eligible for parole now or must spend decades more in prison.

Ragland is among more than three dozen teen killers given a chance to seek parole following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last June that says states cannot automatically sentence juveniles to life.

In July, Gov. Terry Branstad ordered people sentenced to life for juvenile crimes to remain imprisoned for 60 years before seeking parole. A district court judge ruled Ragland is eligible now.   The court will decide whether Ragland gets a parole board hearing.

Cass County Supervisors to act on funding agreements


April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. During their 9-a.m. session at the courthouse, the Board will act on renewing a lease for about 30 acres of County Farm pasture land. The Board will also act on approving Iowa DOT funding agreements for: A Hot Melt Asphalt resurfacing project on 570th Street from Highway 6, to Highland Road; and, a bridge replacement project on Jackson Road, over a small creek just east of 648th Street.

In addition, the Supervisors will hear a report from Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Megan Roberts, with regard to the Chambers’ strategic plan. They will also act on approving an RFP (Request for Proposal), with regard to a VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone system, at the courthouse.