ADA ELLEN (Pugh) CONNETT, 92, of Oakland (Svcs. 2/15/16)

Obituaries

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ADA ELLEN (Pugh) CONNETT, 92, of Oakland, Died Feb. 6th. Services for ADA CONNETT will be held 10:30-a.m. Mon., Feb. 15th, at the Knodel Funeral Home, in St. Francis, KS.

Graveside services will take place at the St. Francis, KS, Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Francis Senior Center or Hospice of Southwest Iowa.

ADA CONNETT is survived by:
Her daughter – Catherine Busby and husband Darrell.
3 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, her in-laws, other relatives and friends.

Felony arrest warrant issued for Eswin Mejia

News

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA – A felony arrest warrant has been issued for a 19-year-old Omaha man accused in a motor vehicle homicide after he failed to show up for his twice-daily Breathalyzer tests. The Daily NonPareil reports the tests were part of the terms of Eswin Mejia’s release from custody. Mejia was charged Feb. 3rd with motor vehicle homicide and drunken driving in connection with the death of 21-year-old Sarah Root, of Council Bluffs.

Eswin Mejia

Eswin Mejia

Mejia was freed Friday after paying 10 percent of the $50,000 bond. The judge set bail on the condition that Mejia participate in a 24/7 sobriety program that requires him to appear twice a day for Breathalyzer testing. Mejia’s attorney said at a hearing that his client had lived in Omaha about three years and had many relatives in the area. The warrant was issued for Mejia on Tuesday.

Root, an Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School graduate, was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada east on L Street about 2:15 a.m. Jan. 31 when her vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck driven by Mejia. Root’s sport utility vehicle was stopped or slowing when it was rear-ended near 33rd and L Streets. Root died at the Nebraska Medical Center. Mejia, who doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, was treated at the medical center for a leg injury before he was booked into the Douglas County Jail.

Following a blood draw at the hospital, police said Mejia had a blood alcohol content of .241 percent, which is more than three times the legal driving limit. If convicted of felony motor vehicle homicide, Mejia faces up to 20 years in prison. Police said Thursday, the Metro Fugitive Task Force has been attempting to locate Mejia without success. Anyone who knows where he is should contact Omaha Crime Stoppers at (402) 444-STOP or at omahacrimestoppers.org.

An arrest warrant also was issued for Mejia in May 2015 for failure to appear for several traffic infractions, according to Douglas County Court records. He appeared in court a day after his arrest and pleaded guilty to driving while his license was suspended and failure to secure a child’s safety seat.

Iowa man gets 7 years in prison for impersonating officer

News

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man accused of impersonating a police officer and enticing young girls and inappropriately touching them has been sentenced to seven years in prison. The Sioux City Journal reports that 31-year-old Joey Alberts pleaded guilty Wednesday to enticing away a minor, indecent contact with a child and three counts of impersonating a public official.

According to court documents, Alberts was arrested in March 2014 after authorities say he approached girls in 2012 and 2013, telling them he was a police officer. Alberts was accused of inappropriately touching two 13-year-old girls on separate occasions, and trying to lure a 12-year-old and 13-year-old girl into his car in separate incidents.

Alberts must register as a sex offender upon release from prison.

NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties: 2/12/16

Weather

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. ISOLATED FLURRIES. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY IN THE MORNING THEN CLEARING. BREEZY. PATCHY BLOWING SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 20S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. BITTERLY COLD. LOW 5 TO 10 BELOW. NORTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS AROUND 15 BELOW.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. VERY COLD. A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH AROUND 15. SOUTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. NOT AS COLD. LOW AROUND 15. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE MORNING. WARMER. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

WASHINGTONS BIRTHDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S.

 

Area basketball scores from Thu., 2/11/16

Sports

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

BOYS BASKETBALL
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 72, St. Albert, Council Bluffs 43
Creston 62, A-H-S-T-W, Avoca 59
IKM-Manning 55, Logan-Magnolia 47
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 63, Underwood 45
Omaha Christian Academy, Neb. 64, Whiting 53
Spencer 76, OA-BCIG 33
Treynor 75, Tri-Center, Neola 44

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City 72, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 26
Creston 47, Clarinda 27
Harlan 46, Sioux City, East 30
IKM-Manning 57, Logan-Magnolia 48
Treynor 61, Atlantic 44
Class 1A Region 6
Regional First Round
CAM, Anita 54, Guthrie Center 38
Diagonal 64, Orient-Macksburg 30
Mount Ayr 72, East Union, Afton 23
Class 1A Region 7
Regional First Round
Bedford 49, South Page, College Springs 24
Essex 47, Stanton 30
Fremont Mills, Tabor 51, Heartland Christian 19
Griswold 40, East Mills 37
Nishnabotna 55, Lenox 19
Sidney 44, Riverside, Oakland 28
Class 1A Region 8
Regional First Round
Audubon 65, Woodbine 20
Boyer Valley, Dunlap 73, Whiting 42
Charter Oak-Ute 50, West Harrison, Mondamin 28
Paton-Churdan 51, Coon Rapids-Bayard 27
River Valley, Correctionville 56, Ar-We-Va, Westside 52

Hoosiers use late surge to upset No. 4 Hawkeyes 85-78

Sports

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 14 points and Troy Williams added 13 and Indiana rallied to upset No. 4 Iowa 85-78 on Thursday night after blowing a big lead. Indiana (20-5, 10-2 Big Ten) pulled into a three-way for the conference lead and gave coach Tom Crean his fourth 20-win season at the school.

Jarrod Uthoff led the Hawkeyes (19-5, 10-2) with 24 points, and Mike Gesell had 17. Iowa lost for the first time in four games. It could have been much easier. Indiana was cruising in the first half, building a 16-point lead before giving it away. The Hawkeyes closed to 45-38 at the half and scored the first nine points of the second half to take their first lead since the opening minutes.

Trailing 60-56 with 9:35 left, Indiana regained the lead with 14-2 run and never trailed again.

No. 7 Ohio State blasts Iowa 98-81 for 8th straight win

Sports

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell and Shayla Cooper each scored 20 points and seventh-ranked Ohio State blasted Iowa 98-81 on Thursday night for its eighth straight victory.

Ameryst Alton had 18 with six assists for the Buckeyes (20-4, 12-1 Big Ten), who also won in Iowa City for the first time in eight years. Ohio State had little trouble with the reeling Hawkeyes (15-10, 5-8), pushing a 14-point halftime lead to as much as 23 late in the third quarter.

Ally Disterhoft had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Iowa, losers of three straight and six of eight.

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Feb. 12th 2016

News

February 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. magistrate from Sioux City has been approved to serve as a judge on one of Iowa’s federal courts. Senator Chuck Grassley announced Thursday that the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Leonard Strand to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Iowa.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — A southeast Iowa jury has awarded seven former nursing students of Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant $75,000 each after the nursing program lost national accreditation just prior to their graduation in the spring of 2013. The students filed a lawsuit with several allegations including breach of contract and negligence. A Henry County jury returned the verdict on Wednesday.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The owners of a private northeast Iowa zoo must remove their tigers and lemurs after a federal judge ruled that they failed to provide appropriate living conditions for the endangered animals. In a ruling issued Thursday, Chief Magistrate Judge Jon Stuart ordered the owners of the roadside Cricket Hollow Zoo, near Manchester, to transfer the tigers and lemurs to U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed facility within 90 days.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored 14 points and Troy Williams added 13 and Indiana rallied to upset Number 4 Iowa 85-78 on Thursday night after blowing a big lead. Jarrod Uthoff led the Hawkeyes with 24 points, and Mike Gesell had 17. Iowa lost for the first time in four games.

Wallace Foundation 25th Annual Meeting

Ag/Outdoor

February 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The public is invited to attend the 25th annual meeting of the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at the Learning Center located at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis.

This year’s program will begin at 9:45 a.m. with Steven Bradbury and Richard Hellmich, ISU environmental toxicologists, presenting “Update on the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium” followed by Lee Schulz, ISU extension agricultural economist, speaking on “Crop and Livestock Market Situation and Outlook.”

Following a complimentary lunch, the annual business meeting will be conducted.

The Armstrong Research Farm is located 12 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and a half mile east on Hitchcock Avenue; or, 13 miles east of Oakland on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and half a mile east on Hitchcock Avenue.

For more information contact the Wallace Foundation at 712-769-2650 or paulette@iastate.edu.

Anita man turns himself-in on drug-related warrant

News

February 11th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a man wanted on a Cass County Sheriff’s warrant for drug charges, has turned himself-in. 54-year old Blake Ted Cooley, of Anita, was arrested on the warrant charging him with Felony, Possession with Intent to Deliver, and an aggravated misdemeanor Prohibited Acts, charges. Cooley was booked at the Cass County Jail on Tuesday and released later that day on $7,000 bond.

And, on Wednesday, Deputies in Cass County arrested 38-year old James Matthew VanScoyk, of Council Bluffs, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. VanScoyk was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $5,000 bond.