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3rd of three Atlantic men involved in January stabbing is sentenced

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April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The third of three men involved in the January stabbing of an Atlantic man was sentenced in Cass County District Court to not more than 5-years in prison, today (Monday).

Bryce Baker

18-year old Bryce Baker pled guilty to an amended charge of Willful Injury in the stabbing of 43-year old Robert Leslie. The incident occurred January 28th.

Judge Richard Davidson ordered Baker to pay restitution to the victim, attorney’s fees and related court costs.  He is also required to have no contact with Leslie. The man was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections, with Mittimus to be issued immediately, and credit for time served. His sentenced was NOT suspended. Baker had requested probation and a suspended sentence, but the State, represented by Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner, agreed to go along with what the pre-sentence investigation recommended, which ended up being a prison sentence, which was recommended by the Department of Corrections

During his sentencing, Baker’s attorney Jay Mez said his client was dating Robert Leslie’s daughter.

He  said Leslie did not agree with the relationship, and the altercation took place when Baker went to Leslie’s home to “settle things.” Baker told the judge that the stabbing occurred out of self defense because Leslie had a weapon. He said he used a pocket knife to protect himself. 

Two others involved in the altercation, 21-year-old Austin Nelson and 23-year-old Mykel Thoren, were with Accessory after the Fact and received two-year suspended prison sentences.

Shelby County Fire Danger remains “Moderate”

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April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency say due to increased winds, recent area fires, and lack of rain the last few days, the  Shelby County Fire Danger Index will remain in the “Moderate Category,” until Thursday, May 2nd.

Exira-EHK reorganization vote officially set for June 25th

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April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Patrons of the Exira and Elk Horn-Kimballton Community School Districts are set to head to the polls on June 25th, for a vote on reorganization. Last week, members of the EHK Board approved setting the date for the vote. Their counterparts on the Exira School Board approved the same measure during their meeting this (Monday) morning.

The districts currently operate under a whole-grade sharing agreement. Superintendent Dean Schnoes has said the only difference the change will make if reorganization is approved by the voters on June 25th, is a property tax deduction of one-dollar at the onset, with a gradual increase over a period of three-years to $5.45 per thousand dollars of taxable property valuation.  

Branstad on US Senate race: “The last thing we need is another congressman”

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April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Republican Governor Terry Branstad seems to be suggesting Republican Congressman Steve King either is not running or should not run for the U.S. Senate. “I really believe that Iowans want somebody that will serve in the Senate that will be an Iowa problem solver, not another congressman,” Branstad said. “You know congress is a mess. We’ve seen them spend a trillion dollars more than they take in every year and so the Democrats have decided, ‘Well, we’re going to send up another congressman.’ That’s the last thing we need is another congressman in the United States Senate.”

Democratic Senator Tom Harkin announced in January that he would not seek reelection in 2014. Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley started running for the Senate in February, but no Republican has stepped forward. Several in the G-O-P have said they’re considering it, including state Senator Joni Ernst of Red Oak and state Ag Secretary Bill Northey. “The contrast of having an Iowa problem solver versus somebody who that’s had all of their service in Washington, D.C. in the congress would be a very good thing for Republicans,” Branstad says.

Steve King served six years in the state senate before being elected to congress in 2002. While Branstad told reporters this morning that King was a “very effective” state legislator, the governor then doubled down on his anti-congressman pitch. “That last thing we need is another congressman in the United States Senate,” Branstad said. “The congress is so messed up. They are so unable to make tough decisions. They are so far out of touch with the public in terms of their spending policies that we just need somebody that’s going to come there with fresh ideas and we’ve got some of those in Iowa.”

Senator Harkin served 10 years as a congressman before he was elected to the Senate in 1984. Republican Chuck Grassley had been a congressman for six years before he was elected to the Senate in 1980.

(Radio Iowa)

3 drugs arrests in Fremont County

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April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports three Shenandoah residents were arrested on drug charges, Thursday. 32-year old Daniel Lee Mattox faces Possession with the intent to deliver/methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Driving Under suspension, charges. 39-year old James Raymond McFail was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 44-year old Christine Renee Perry was charged with Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

2 arrests in Atlantic Saturday

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April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest of two individuals, Saturday. 31-year old Ericka Sanchez, of Houston, TX, was arrested for Public Intoxication. And, 27-year old Tyler Gage, of Creston, was arrested for Theft in the 2nd degree. Official says Gage allegedly took an enclosed trailer from the 1100 block of East 14th Street, in Atlantic.  Gage and Sanchez were brought to the Cass County Jail and held, pending an initial court appearance.

8AM Newscast 04-29-2013

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April 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Union County man arrested on drug charges

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April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report the arrest late Saturday night, of a Union County man. 33-year old Justin Robertson, of Creston, was taken into custody at around 11-p.m., on Possession of a Controlled Substance and OWI/1st Offense, charges. Robertson was being held in the Adams County Jail on $1,500 bond.

7AM Newscast 04-29-2013

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April 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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The “Freedom House” open in Carroll for troubled vets

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April 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A celebration was held Saturday in Carroll, for the grand opening of the “Freedom House.” It’s a half-way house for veterans who’re suffering from alcoholism or post-traumatic stress. Randy Riesberg, an army veteran from Carroll, says the inspiration came from a conversation with a fellow veteran who went to Des Moines for help. “He was telling me one time on the phone, he says: ‘If we had a halfway house up there, I think I could get the hang of being sober,’” Riesberg says.

The new half-way house in Carroll is a place for recovering veterans to stay and heal, according to Riesberg. “As a veteran of the military, I couldn’t ever talk about what I had done, so these guys will be able to sit around the table and chat with each other on what’s bothering them,” Riesberg says. Up to eight men at a time will be able to stay at the Freedom House. No alcohol will be allowed. “And hopefully they will get clean and sober and stay clean and sober,” Riesberg says.

Riesberg will manage the house. A lawyer from Carroll still owns the property, but is donating its use as a halfway house. For more information, call Riesberg at 712-790-3481.

(Radio Iowa)