State Auditor review questions spending by four boards

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A review by the State Auditor’s office that questioned the spending of four boards under the Iowa Department of Public Health has led to changes in procedures. State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the process for buying electronics raised concerns during an audit. “Expenditures that were reimbursed to employees who had used their personal credit cards or made individual purchases of technology devices — including i-Pads, printers, scanners, laptops, G-P-S navigators, some cameras, a Kindle was in there, some wireless speakers — instead of going through the normal purchasing process.

The review involved the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, Iowa Dental Board, the Iowa Board of Medicine, and the Iowa Board of Nursing. “One particular individual, he has used his personal credit card to the tune of a little over 18-thousand dollars,” Mosiman say. “And when you are using your individual credit card, you can be earning reward points or other incentives that typically should be the property of the state for future savings instead of being the property of the individual. So, it’s not recommended practice.” She says individuals also paid some sale taxes that would not have been paid through the state purchasing process.

Mosiman says failing to follow state procedures left the devices open to not having the proper protection. “Without going through the department’s I-T department they did not have the necessary security for data and protection that is necessary, specifically in health boards,” Mosiman explains. The report covers purchases made from July 1st of 2011 to August 31st of 2014. Mosiman says most of the purchases took place in 2011 and 2012. The Iowa Pharmacy Board had reimbursements for equipment of more than 45-thousand-500 dollars.

“We’re questioning whether all of these pieces of equipment were necessary. Because as we interviewed or discussed the matter with different employees, some of the i-Pads did not perform all of the services that they needed for technology, so they still had to use their previously issued pieces of equipment,” Mosiman says. “So, we were questioning the public purpose for all of these pieces of equipment that were purchased.”

Mosiman says they also questioned why the Pharmacy Board paid the full cost of internet service for employees, which totaled more than 14-thousand dollars in the 2013 fiscal year. There were cellphone plans paid for by the state, when there were very few calls made on the plan. The State Auditor says her organization made several recommendations on changes to bring the boards into compliance with state rules. She says changes were made soon after her office started the review.

“I think once the realized that it is considered questionable, they put procedures into play to make sure they are doing a better job of that,” Mosiman says. “So, for the most part there was a favorable response to the recommendations within our report.” Mosiman says the problems surfaced in a routine review of the purchasing process for the boards.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., March 21st 2015

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — Police say Slipknot guitarist Mickael Thomson has been charged in Iowa after a fight with his brother earlier this month in which Thomson was stabbed. Clive Police Department Chief Michael Venema said Friday an investigation found both 41-year-old Thomson and his brother, 35-year-old Andrew Thomson, were responsible for the March 11th assault that hospitalized the pair. Both have been charged with disorderly conduct by fighting. The metal band Slipknot formed in the 1990s in Des Moines.

TABOR, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two 14-year-old boys have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed a southwestern Iowa home. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that the teens were charged with first-degree arson and are being held in the Council Bluffs Juvenile Detention Center. They are accused of starting several fires that ravaged a Tabor home March 15th.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — One of the oldest churches in Fort Dodge has been demolished. The Messenger reports that demolition of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Church began last week. The church has a cornerstone dated 1903. Crews were instructed to demolish the building because of problems with the foundation.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ally Disterhoft scored 18 points, freshman Whitney Jennings had 16 and third-seeded Iowa held off American 75-67 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Iowa City. Melissa Dixon had 15 points with four 3s for the lady Hawkeyes, who will host 11th-seeded Miami in the second round Sunday.

IA pounds Davidson 83-52, will take on Gonzaga Sunday evening

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March 21st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Aaron White scored 13 straight points as part of an 18-3 run early in the second half of Iowa’s 83-52 pounding of Davidson in the second round of the NCAA South Division . White delivered 26 points for the seventh-seeded Hawkeyes Friday evening in Seattle, while Mike Gesell added 15 to help Iowa advance to play second seed Gonzaga. Game time in Seattle Sunday is 6:10-p.m. Central Time. Pre-game coverage on KJAN begins at 5-p.m.

The (Gonzaga) Bulldogs were 86-76 winners against North Dakota State behind Kyle Wiltjer’s 23 points. Kevin Pangos had 18 points to help Gonzaga move within one victory of their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2009.

Iowa women, on home court, hold off American 75-67

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Ally Disterhoft scored 18 points, freshman Whitney Jennings had 16 and third-seeded Iowa held off American 75-67 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Iowa City. Melissa Dixon had 15 points with four 3s for the Hawkeyes (25-7), who will host 11th-seeded Miami in the second round on Sunday.

It wasn’t easy for Iowa though. American had the game tied at 36-all at halftime, and the Hawkeyes needed a 15-6 run after the break to start feeling comfortable. American rallied within 69-64 with 2:47 left, but couldn’t get any closer. Jen Dumiak had a game-high 23 points for the Eagles (24-9), who were making their NCAA Tournament debut.

N. Iowa into the round of 32 with 71-54 win over Wyoming

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SEATTLE (AP) — Paul Jesperson led five Northern Iowa players in double figures with 16 points, Seth Tuttle added 14 and the fifth-seeded Panthers held off the comeback of No. 12 seed Wyoming for a 71-54 victory in an East Region matchup on Friday. The Panthers (31-3) built a 21-point lead after scoring 11 of the first 12 points to start the second half. That huge lead was whittled to seven points twice but the Cowboys could get no closer. Wes Washpun scored eight of his 10 points in the final 9 minutes to help the Panthers advance.

Larry Nance Jr. led Wyoming (25-10) with 16 points, but was mostly invisible in the first half. Nance had one point and one shot in the first half before coming alive in the second half to try and lead Wyoming’s comeback bid.

Three arrested on drug charges in Crawford County

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A search warrant executed late Thursday night in Manilla, resulted in the arrest of three individuals on drug charges. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office reported today (Friday), that the search by officers with the Manilla Police Dept. and Crawford County Deputies took place at around 11-p.m. Thursday, at 578 7th Ave in Manilla.

As the result of the search warrant, Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia was seized. Authorities arrested 22-year old Brandon Lee Schechinger and 22-year old Steve Ray McClelland, both of Manilla, for Possession of a controlled Substance/Marijuana, and Possess of Drug Paraphernalia. Schechinger faces additional charges that include: Possession with intent to deliver a control substance (Marijuana) a class D Felony, and for Distributing a controlled substance to a person under legal age 18, a Class B Felony.

The third person arrested was 19-year old Myranda Lynn Jacobson, of Manilla. Her charge was for Distributing a controlled substance to a person under legal age 18, a Class B Felony.

STEVEN CROSS, 64, of Atlantic (Svcs. 3/24/15)

Obituaries

March 20th, 2015 by Stacie Linfor

STEVEN CROSS 64, of Atlantic, died Friday, March 20th, 2015 at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Funeral services for STEVEN CROSS will be held 10-a.m. Tue., March 24th, at the Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Sun., March 22nd, from 1-until 3-pm, & Mon., March 23rd, from 8-am until 5:30-p.m. and from 8-a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday. There is no family visitation. Online condolences can be left at www.RolandFuneralService.com

Memorials may be directed to Task Force Omega of Kentucky, Inc., Attn: Danny Belcher, P.O. Box 69, Owingsville, KY 40360 (This organization helps with MIA/POW affairs).

Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.

STEVEN CROSS is survived by:

His wife: Deborah

His son – Hezekiah (Ali) Cross.

His daughter – Azure (Wade) Cross-Corell

& 2 grandchildren.

The Young Professionals of Atlantic Seeking Nominations for excellence.

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic (YPA) will host the 2nd annual awards luncheon on April 29th, 2015 and are seeking community-wide nominations for the awards. The awards are designed to recognize the achievements of young professionals who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and innovation in his/her profession and community.

The awards are open to any Young Professional that meets the following criteria: professional is aged 21-40 years old as of November 1, 2014, professional is employed by a Chamber member business or organization and professional resides within Cass County. Young Professionals will be nominated for their excellence in 4 different categories: YP Newcomer, YP Entrepreneur, YP Business Leader, YP Public Servant. There will also be one YP Choice Workplace award given.

The YP Choice Workplace Award recognizes companies who effectively attract, retain and develop young professionals. Individuals can nominate their company or another company. Companies must be Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce members. Check the membership directory at www.atlanticiowa.com for eligibility.

To nominate: go to www.atlanticiowa.com for a nomination form or stop into the Atlantic Area Chamber Of Commerce Office (102 Chestnut, Atlantic, IA 50022) to pick up a nomination form. All nomination forms must be submitted by Monday, April 6th at noon. The YPA nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee.  The Award Recipients in all 4 categories and the YP Choice Award will be recognized and celebrated at the April 29th Awards Luncheon.

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The Young Professionals of Atlantic is a social group with no membership dues or required meetings. Their mission is to connect, engage and attract young leaders into the community while promoting the greater Atlantic area. Members are young professionals between the ages of 21-40. Any interested individuals can contact Kevin Wieser, YPA President at 712-243-1336 for information.

Malott helps No. 7 Dayton beat 10th-seed Iowa State 78-66

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Ally Malott had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help seventh-seeded Dayton beat No. 10 Iowa State 78-66 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. Nicole Kidd Blaskowski’s 3-pointer cut Iowa State’s 17-point deficit to seven with 2:32 remaining. But that was as close as the Cyclones would come before succumbing to Dayton. Iowa State also had nine of its 12 turnovers in the second half.

First in the Atlantic-10 conference this season in field goal percentage, Dayton continued that trend into the post-season; it shot 48 percent, including 16-of-28 in the first half. Malott was efficient in scoring her game-high 18 points, going 7-of-13 from the field.

Dayton will move on to the second round Sunday to play the winner between No. 2 Kentucky and No. 15 Tennessee State. The Cyclones finish their season 18-13.

Atlantic men arrested on drug charges

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March 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two Atlantic men have been arrested on drug-related charges. The Atlantic Police Department reports 19-year old Nicholas Zimmerman was taken into custody on a Cass County warrant for Possession of a controlled substance, and Gathering where marijuana is used. And, 18-year old Caleb Woodard was arrested on a warrant for Controlled substance violation, Possession of a controlled substance/1st offense, and gathering where marijuana is used. Woodward was subsequently charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/marijuana – 1st offense, and Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.