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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 1/6/2016

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January 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Ex-Sioux City band director pleads not guilty in sex case

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January 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former Sioux City high school band director has pleaded not guilty in a student sex case. Court records say 34-year-old Lucas Sursely, of Sioux City, filed a written plea Tuesday to one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee. He resigned from North High School on Dec. 11. His trial is set to begin on April 26.

Authorities say Sursely texted a 15-year-old female student in one of his classes about having sex with her and sent the girl a picture of himself in his underwear.

Tips on making purchase of Powerball Tickets for the office pool

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January 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since early November and is now up to an estimated $450 million for tonight’s (Wednesday) drawing. Mary Neubauer, spokesperson for the Iowa Lottery, says “That’s the fourth largest jackpot in the history of the Powerball game. The jackpot is also number six on the list of the largest lottery prizes we’ve ever seen in North America.”

When lottery jackpots climb near record territory, more people tend to join office pools or buy multiple tickets with friends and family. Neubauer suggests the best way to keep office pools hassle “One of the most important things to do is keep very careful track of who did put money into the pool and who didn’t put money into the pool, so there won’t be any questions about that later,” Neubauer said.

The person who buys the tickets should also provide everyone in the pool with photo copies of the group’s tickets before the drawing. Neubauer says there have been court battles in Iowa and elsewhere over lottery office pools. “The arguments in those cases were that the people in the office pool were alleging that the person who bought the ticket took one of the tickets that should have been the office pool ticket and substituted in a different ticket because they were trying to keep the money for themselves,” Neubauer said.

The largest Powerball jackpot won in Iowa was a $241 million prize claimed in June 2012 by the “Shipping 20,” a group of co-workers from the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids.

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3 arrested on drug charges Tue. night in Fremont County

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January 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Fremont County say three people were arrested on drug charges Tuesday night, following an investigation into narcotics distribution in the Sidney and Hamburg areas, that spanned several months.  Sheriff’s deputies and the Fremont County K9 unit, worked in cooperation with the Fremont County Attorney’s Office in conducting the arrests.

William H. Bailey

William H. Bailey

Clinton Cook

Clinton Cook

Mikayla Edie (All photos provided courtesy the Fremont Co. S/O)

Mikayla Edie (All photos provided courtesy the Fremont Co. S/O)

Taken into custody on felony charges, was 25-year old Mikayla Edie and 35-year old William H. Bailey, both of Hamburg, along with 35-year old Clinton Gabriel Cook, of Sidney.

Edie was arrested in Hamburg on a warrant charging her with four counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, (Methamphetamine). She was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $200,000 bond.

Bailey was arrested in Hamburg on a felony warrant for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. His bond was set at $50,000. Other charges are pending. And, Clinton Cook was arrested in Sidney, on active warrants for his arrest on several narcotics related offenses. He’s been charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Cook was also arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine/2nd offense, in connection to a traffic stop that occurred near Sidney on Dec. 26th. Cook was being held at the Fremont County Jail on $52,000 bond.

Walnut couple sue Bluffs hospital over leg surgery & post-op care

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January 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Opening statement are expected to take place this (Wednesday) morning in Council Bluffs, in a civil trial by two Walnut residents alleging malpractice at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. The Daily NonPareil reports Tony Bailey and Debra Bailey seek damages from Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital; Dr. Steven J. Feldhaus; Heart, Lung and Vascular Surgery; and Emergency Physicians of Western Iowa. A jury pool was selected Tuesday. The trial is expected to last seven days.

According to court documents, the Baileys claim that the defendants were professionally negligent in performing and failing in a timely manner to treat and operate on Tony Bailey’s lower leg on Jan. 20, 2012, and in failing to provide proper care after Bailey’s operation. The plaintiffs also claim that Tony Bailey incurred pain and suffering and a loss of full mind and body. The loss of mind and body is the inability of a particular part of the mind or body to function in a normal matter.

In addition, Debra Bailey, Tony’s wife, seeks damages for harm done to her marriage. She claims that because of Tony’s loss of full mind and body, she suffered a loss of consortium from her spouse. She added that now she and her husband don’t enjoy the benefits of company, cooperation, affection and the aid of the other in a relationship.

According to court documents, the defendants deny negligence and assert that any injury or damage is the result of pre-existing conditions, others or outside conditions over which the defendants had no control or responsibility. Furthermore, attorneys for the defendants told the jurors that Tony Bailey was not only a smoker, but also had a history of retroperitoneal fibrosis, atherosclerosis and peripheral arterial disease.

A Methodist Health Systems spokesperson is declining to comment on the case until the civil trial concludes. Christopher Welch, attorney for the Baileys, has not released a desired amount for damages. They are expected to give the jury a monetary amount during closing arguments.

Red Oak woman alleges cock roach included in her French fries

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January 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak woman has filed a lawsuit after she allegedly discovered a cockroach in her French fries at a southwest Iowa McDonald’s location. Restaurant owners deny the charge. The Daily NonPareil says according to court documents, Ronda Wilkinson and her husband, Tim, ordered a pair of meals to go at the drive-through at the McDonald’s at 1501 N. Broadway in Red Oak on Aug. 15th, 2013.

In her lawsuit against Kosmith, Inc., owner of the McDonald’s location, Wilkinson said that when the pair arrived home and opened their meals, she “observed a French-fried cockroach among the French fries.” In the lawsuit filing, Wilkinson said that the sight of the cockroach in the French fries, which she was eating, “caused her great anxiety and physical distress immediately and continuing to the present and into the future.”

The suit alleges the incident occurred because of negligence by the restaurant, citing a failure to keep the restaurant clear of cockroaches and to inspect the French fries for cockroaches. Kosmith Inc. flatly denied the allegations in a court document answering the lawsuit. Court documents did not note how much money Wilkinson is seeking in the lawsuit.

Bluffs man arrested Tue. night after fight & pursuit

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January 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs responding to a fight Tuesday night ended-up arresting a man suspected of assault, but only after a brief foot pursuit. Authorities say 29-year old Bart Franks, of Council Bluffs, was booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail on a felony charge of Willful Injury, and two misdemeanor charges of Aggravated Domestic Abuse, and Eluding a Police Officer.

The incident leading to his arrest began at around 9:50-p.m., when Officers were called to a reported cutting that occurred in the area of 8th Ave and Ave G. The victim, 53-year old Christina Miller, of Council Bluffs, told police Franks was involved in a fight with another female at Miller’s residence. When Miller attempted to intervene, Franks allegedly cut the side of Miller’s face with what was believed to be a razor blade.

Miller went to a nearby bar and called for help. Officers arrived and began searching the area for Franks. At around 10:12-p.m., Franks was located in the area but attempted to elude officers on foot. A short foot pursuit began. Franks went westbound over the Broadway viaduct. When cornered by officers, he climbed the safety fence and jumped, falling about 20 feet. Franks was then quickly taken into custody. He refused medical treatment at the scene.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 1/6/16

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January 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A Marshalltown man is celebrating the memory of his wife and seeking to have a little fun by holding a “Shirley party” at the city’s senior citizens center. Shirley Ann Stecher Pille died Feb. 9, 2014, at age 77. She used to occasionally attend theme-parties where only women named Shirley were invited. With that in mind, her husband Laverne “Ray” Pille decided to hold his own party at the Marshalltown Senior Citizens Center Thursday in hopes that many Shirleys attend.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is considering a proposal to pay for water quality efforts with a portion of a sales tax designed to help schools pay for repairs and updated technology. Some lawmakers oppose the idea, saying it would pit the needs of schools against the need for clean water.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Multi-State Lottery Association officials say the Powerball jackpot is up to $450 million for Wednesday night’s drawing. It’s the largest lottery jackpot in nearly a year and the sixth-largest ever in North America.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 28-year-old Waterloo man convicted of murder has been given 55 years in prison. Roderick Ward Jr. was sentenced in Black Hawk County District Court in Waterloo. Ward was convicted of second-degree murder and a weapons charge for the Aug. 2, 2014, shotgun slaying of 27-year-old Gary Wilson.

Glenwood man injured in Monday morning accident

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January 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man from Glenwood was injured during a collision Monday morning on Highway 34, in Mills County. Sheriff’s officials said Tuesday (today), Kelcie Oliver was transported by Glenwood Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, following the accident that took place at around 7:30-a.m.

Authorities say a 2015 Chevrolet driven by Richard Clayton, of Creston, was westbound on Highway 34 at the same time Oliver was traveling east. The left front side of the Clayton vehicle and the left rear of Oliver’s 2000 Buick made contact, causing damage to both vehicles. Officials were not able to determine which driver was at fault.

Two arrested on drug charges in Mills County

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January 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A man and a woman were arrested on drug charges, Monday night, in Mills County. The Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday 55-year old Terry Joe Halvin, of Red Oak, and 55-year-old Julie Ann Vore, of Council Bluffs, were taken into custody at Highway 34 and Kidd Road at around 11:50-p.m., for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts. Their bonds were set at $1,600.

On Monday, 21-year old Dylan Lee Conn was arrested in Plattsmouth, NE, on a Mills County warrant for Failure to Appear. Conn was being held in the Mills County Jail on $5,000 bond. Also arrested Monday, was 28-year-old Rueben Darnell Davis, of Glenwood, who was wanted on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County. His bond was set at $1,000.

On Saturday, 46-year old Matthew James Kelleher, of Glenwood, was arrested for OWI/1st offense. Bond was set at $1,000. And, 38-year old Michael Raymond Carver, of Omaha, was arrested for Driving Under Suspension. His bond was set at $300.

And, on Jan. 1st, Mills County deputies arrested 53-year old Randy Joseph Huff, of Council Bluffs, for Driving Under Suspension. Also, 49-year-old Karen Ann Schneidewind, of McClelland, was arrested on a warrant for Harassment in the 3rd degee. Their bonds were set at $300 each.