ROBERT D. HARDY, 82, of Atlantic (Private family svcs.)

Obituaries

May 5th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

ROBERT D. HARDY, 82, of Atlantic, died Thursday, May 3rd, at the Salem Lutheran Home, in Elk Horn. Private family memorial services for ROBERT HARDY will be held at a later date. Visitation with the family will be held from Noon until 5-p.m. Sunday, May 6th, at 207 W. 10th Street, in Atlantic. Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Home in Atlantic, is assisting the family.

Burial will be at a later date in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

ROBERT D. HARDY is survived by:

His wife – Marian Hardy, of Atlantic.

4 children, 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s report (5/5)

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May 5th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests took place, Friday. At around 11:25-a.m., Deputies arrested 41-year old Chrystal Rush Stewart, of Red Oak, on a warrant for Failure to Appear in court. Stewart was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

And, at around 11:53-a.m. Friday, Montgomery County Deputies arrested 39-year old Jill Christine Curring, of Corning, following a traffic stop. Curring was arrested for Driving While Revoked, and Failure to have insurance. She was also cited for Expired license plates. Curring was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond.

Woman, young boy found dead at Iowa railroad crossing

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May 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

BELLE PLAINE, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating the deaths of a woman and a young boy at a railroad crossing in eastern Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says in a news release that Belle Plaine police were called to the crossing around 5 a.m. Friday for a train-pedestrian accident.

Arriving officers found the bodies of a woman believed to be in her mid-30s and a boy believed to be about 8. Police say the names of the two will not be released until they have been positively identified and their family members notified.

Police say Union Pacific Railroad is cooperating with the investigation. No other details about the deaths have yet been released.

UPDATE: IA Gov. Reynolds signs nation’s strictest abortion bill into law

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May 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a six-week abortion ban, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation, and abortion rights activists staged a rally on the statehouse grounds today (Friday), pledging a legal battle overthe new state law that would ban nearly all abortions in the state.

Suzanna de Baca, president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said Friday, “I am here to tell Governor Reynolds: ‘We will see you in court.’ The Republican-led legislature passed a bill banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happens around the sixth week of a pregnancy.

Mark Stringer, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, says the abortion ban is the most restrictive in the country, and that “the ACLU of Iowa will be proud to be a part of the litigation team that will stand with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland as we sue.”

Many of the Republican legislators who spoke in favor of the bill during House and Senate debate are anxious for the matter to go to court, too, hoping it will be the catalyst for overturning Roe v Wade, the 1972 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Erin Davison-Rippey, director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, was the lead-off speaker at today’s (Friday’s) rally. She says Planned Parenthood and its allies “will persist no matter what.”

“We will do whatever it takes to make sure that we protect the rights that our mothers, our grandmothers and our great-grandmothers have already won,” Davison-Rippey said. Rally-goers also criticized a proposal that’s eligible for a vote in the House and Senate that would deny federal grants to Planned Parenthood sex ed programs for teenagers. Andi Grubb, director of education for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, says “tens of the thousands” of Iowa teens take the courses.

“We empower young people to determine their own values, to determine their own boundaries and to practice healthy communication and consent,” Grubb said. “In an era of #metoo, we need more of that, not less of that.” Grubbs says classes explain how to use contraceptives to avoid pregnancy and protection to avoid sexually-transmitted diseases. Abstinence is also discussed.

“We answer questions honestly and we tell people it’s o.k. not to have sex until you’re ready,” Grubb said. “And, yes, as a leading source of reproductive and sexual health education, Planned Parenthood teaches safe sex.” Critics say abortion providers have a “conflict of interest” and should not be involved in government-funded sex ed classes.

(This report uses information from the Associated Press and Radio Iowa)

Union County Sheriff’s report (5/4)

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May 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports 21-year old Adam Edward Lee Austin, of Creston, was arrested at the Union County Jail late Friday morning, on a warrant for probation violation. He was originally arrested Thursday night, on an assault charge. Bond for Adam Austin was set at $1,000.

And, Thursday morning, a woman from Kellerton reported the Union County Sheriff’s Office, that sometime over the past week, someone entered her property in Lorimor and took two antlers, a Craftsman lawn mower, and damaged windows on the garage and house.  The loss was estimated at $650.

Planned Parenthood, ACLU of Iowa vow to sue if governor signs abortion ban

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May 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Abortion rights activists staged a rally on the statehouse grounds today (Friday), vowing to sue if Governor Kim Reynolds signs a bill into law that would ban nearly all abortions in the state. Suzanna de Baca, president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said “Sources tell us that in the next 24 hours that is exactly what she plans to do and so I am here to tell Governor Reynolds: ‘We will see you in court.'”   The Republican-led legislature passed a bill banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happens around the sixth week of a pregnancy. Mark Stringer, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, says this abortion ban would be the most restrictive in the country. “And if the governor does sign this bill, the ACLU of Iowa will be proud to be a part of the litigation team that will stand with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland as we sue,” he said.

Many of the Republican legislators who spoke in favor of the bill during House and Senate debate are anxious for the matter to go to court, too, hoping it will be the catalyst for overturning Roe v Wade, the 1972 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Erin Davison-Rippey, director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, was the lead-off speaker at today’s (Friday’s) rally. She says Planned Parenthood and its allies “will persist no matter what.”  “We will do whatever it takes to make sure that we protect the rights that our mothers, our grandmothers and our great-grandmothers have already won,” Davison-Rippey said.

Rally-goers also criticized a proposal that’s eligible for a vote in the House and Senate that would deny federal grants to Planned Parenthood sex ed programs for teenagers. Andi Grubb, director of education for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, says “tens of the thousands” of Iowa teens take the courses. “We empower young people to determine their own values, to determine their own boundaries and to practice healthy communication and consent,” Grubb said. “In an era of #metoo, we need more of that, not less of that.” Grubbs says classes explain how to use contraceptives to avoid pregnancy and protection to avoid sexually-transmitted diseases. Abstinence is also discussed.”We answer questions honestly and we tell people it’s o.k. not to have sex until you’re ready,” Grubb said. “And, yes, as a leading source of reproductive and sexual health education, Planned Parenthood teaches safe sex.”

Critics say abortion providers have a “conflict of interest” and should not be involved in government-funded sex ed classes.

(Radio Iowa)

Report says Iowa prison officers in danger

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May 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A regulator says the prison that houses Iowa’s most violent offenders is exposing workers to harm by equipping them with radios that sometimes don’t work during emergencies and poorly trained security dogs. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration found 21 serious violations during a recent inspection of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. The agency is seeking a $49,500 fine against the Iowa Department of Corrections.

The Associated Press obtained the citation as part of a personnel appeal recently made public. The citation says radios fail to bring assistance to correctional officers who are under attack by inmates, including during two assaults that injured workers. It also says the department failed to provide K-9 officers with adequate time to train animals, which has led to dogs disobeying handlers.

Police investigating racist graffiti at eastern Iowa church

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May 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Police in an eastern Iowa city are investigating racist graffiti that was left on a bus belonging to a predominantly black church congregation. Senior Pastor Jerry Drake of Bethel AME Church in Clinton told the Clinton Herald that he found the graffiti April 27 on a door of the bus and on the seats inside. He says the discovery of what he called a hate crime has made the church members more cautious.

Clinton Police Capt. Steven Kopp told The Associated Press on Friday that the church building wasn’t the only structure in the area vandalized with racist language or neo-Nazi messages.
Kopp says there have been no arrests so far. He says officers interviewed one person who admitted several of the acts of vandalism, “but the church vandalism wasn’t one of them.”

Fraud alert for anyone who purchased a vehicle from Siouxland Auto Sales

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May 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

ANKENY, Iowa – May 3, 2018 –  A recent investigation by the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Investigation and Identity Protection has uncovered odometer tampering at Siouxland Auto Sales in Sioux City. Anyone who has purchased a vehicle from Francisco Hurtado or Siouxland Auto Sales at 500 S. Lewis Blvd. from 2016 to 2018 is encouraged to notify the Bureau of Investigation & Identity Protection at 515-237-3050 or email invbureau@iowadot.us with vehicle and contact information.

The December investigation was initiated after the Iowa DOT received a tip regarding vehicles which displayed odometers that had been tampered with, rolled back from high miles to lesser miles, to increase the vehicles’ value. On Jan. 17, 2018, a search warrant was served after undercover operations revealed three known victims and after identifying vehicles with tampered odometers on the dealer’s lot. This resulted in the seizure of 14 vehicles displaying odometers which had been tampered with. The owner, Francisco Hurtado, was booked into the Woodbury County Jail April 26 for six counts of fraudulent practice in the 2nd degree, each a Class D Felony.

If you suspect vehicle fraud from this or any Iowa dealer, please contact the Bureau of Investigation & Identity Protection at 515-237-3050 or email invbureau@iowadot.us.

Zager announces plans to retire from Iowa Supreme Court

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May 4th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Justice Bruce Zager has announced his plans to retire later this year. Zager has served on the state’s high court since 2011, when he was appointed by then-Gov. Terry Branstad. Zager was one of three appointments made to fill vacancies created when three other justices were voted off the bench for their role in a unanimous 2009 decision that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa.

Today (Friday), Zager announced his plan to retire effective Sept. 3. Zager did not give a reason for stepping down in his written remarks announcing his retirement. Under Iowa law, the governor appoints justices to fill vacancies on the high court. The governor will choose from three nominees submitted by the State Judicial Nominating Commission.