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Harlan Police report (7/14/20)

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July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department has issued a report on arrests and incidents dating back to July 3rd.

Today (Tuesday), 40-year old Lisa Marie Briggs, of Harlan, was arrested following a stop. Briggs was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Monday, 53-year old Danny Lawrence Brittain and 18-year old Chance Deshon Marley Manley, both of Council Bluffs, were arrested following a call for service. Brittain was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with willful injury, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Manley was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with aiding and abetting, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance.

Last Friday, 71-year old Fred Liden Fountain, of Holcomb, MS, was arrested following a traffic stop. Fountain was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with operating while intoxicated, speed, and turning from an improper lane.

Last Thursday, 52-year old Brian Allen Sorensen, of Harlan, was arrested on an active Shelby County warrant. Sorensen was transported to the Shelby County Jail. On July 8th, 19-year old Trinity Akasha Callahan, 21-year old Juan Carlos Andrew Lara Juarez, and 18-year old Haley Marie Briggs, all of Harlan, were all arrested following a traffic stop. All subjects were transported to the Shelby County Jail where Callahan was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and prohibited acts penalties, Lara Juarez was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, and Briggs was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

On July 7th, 32-year old Christopher Young Courtney II, of Harlan, was arrested following a call for service. Courtney was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with theft and trespassing. And, on July 3rd, Harlan Police were called to a disturbance at 1302 Hawkeye Ave. Following the investigation, the following persons from Harlan were arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail:

  1. 35-year old Dawn Noel Pederson was charged with assault;
  2. 51-year old Jodie Ann Tuttle was charged with assault.
  3. 59-year old John Allen Veydt was charged with assault displaying a weapon.
  4. 35-year old Joseph Rheinhart Smith-Kidd was charged with disorderly conduct.
  5. 40-year old Lisa Marie Briggs was charged with disorderly conduct.

Chicago officials expand quarantine order travelers to city

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July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — People traveling from Iowa and Oklahoma to Chicago will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or face possible fines starting Friday. Chicago first issued a quarantine order early this month for 15 other states based on increasing numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The city updated the order Tuesday, bringing the total number of affected states to 17.

States are included based on the rate of new confirmed cases per 100,000 residents. Illinois health officials announced 707 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease and 25 deaths.

Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative Awards $400,000 for Innovation Projects and Housing Studies in Rural Communities Across Iowa

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July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Economic Development Authority today (Tuesday) announced $400,000 in Rural Innovation grants and Rural Housing Assessment grants have been awarded to 21 communities across the state. Among them is Creston, Manning and Stanton. Officials say this is the inaugural round for the Rural Innovation and Rural Housing Assessment programs, which were developed in 2019 by the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative.
Area 2020 Rural Innovation $20,000 Grant recipients/Amount/Project/Total Project Cost (TPC):
  • City of Lenox, for a Main Street Pocket Park (TPC $90,000)
  • City of Stanton, for downtown renovations, including signage (TPC $553,400)
  • SWIPCO (City of Atlantic), for a complete building rehab for commercial and Airbnb (TPC $315,992)
  • TB Ramsey Enterprises, LLC (Regions around Lenox & Manning), for a rural grocery store delivery system. (TPC $60,000)
In addition to the Rural Innovation grants, the cities of Creston, Central City, Manning, Springville, Keokuk and Stanton received Rural Housing Assessment grants and will be working with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to undergo a facilitated readiness assessment and implementation process.
2020 Rural Housing Assessment $10,000 Grant recipients/Projects/funding amount:
  • SICOG (Southern IA Council of Governments), City of Creston: Facilitation w/ISU Extension & Implementation.
  • City of Manning: Facilitation w/ISU Extension & Implementation.
  • City of Stanton: Facilitation w/ISU Extension & Homebuilder Share Program.
Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development and Iowa Finance Authority Director, says “With access to supportive programs and creative ideas from the awarded communities, the projects will be used as models to be replicated across the state, serving as best practices. Both of the rural grant programs align with the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative to revitalize communities, and we are proud to support our rural areas.”
For more information on the Rural Innovation or Rural Housing Assessment programs, visit iowaeda.com/empowerruraliowa. A full list of the 2020 Rural Innovation and Rural Housing Assessment Grant recipients (applicant, population, project type, description, amount, total project cost) is available online.

American Cancer Society fundraisers shift to virtual in 2020, or postpone

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July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – This summer’s major fundraisers for the American Cancer Society in Iowa are undergoing significant changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Relay For Life is held every summer in many Iowa cities to raise funds for research and services for cancer patients and their families. Iowa chapter spokesman Brian Ortner says many once-familiar events are going virtual in 2020.

“Some events are being postponed, so either later in the summer or early fall,” Ortner says, “and some are taking on different looks where communities are trying to be creative in how they get to do their fundraising or in what kind of event they can hold.” The Relay For Life events are often the biggest fundraisers of the year and they’re vital, according to Ortner.

“Donations are key to us being able to continue to serve the patients and the families,” Ortner says. “Even though it seems like the world has stopped, cancer hasn’t stopped and neither have we. The resources for patients are still available. Our 24-7 Cancer Helpline and the National Cancer Information Center is still available. We need to funds to make sure resources like that continue.” The coronavirus has many people fearful, but especially those who are in the greatest danger.

“Preexisting conditions are one thing that makes this COVID-19 pandemic so concerning for some people,” he says, “and cancer patients are definitely in that class of being at high risk when it comes to being exposed to COVID-19.” To donate, visit cancer.org or relayforlife.org.

Casino company Boyd Gaming laying off workers in 10 states (including IA)

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July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A U.S. casino company with 29 properties in 10 states is laying off thousands of employees, citing a slow restart to business following closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. said in a statement Monday that an unspecified number of furloughed employees will not return to work. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported 2,500 company workers in Nevada could be affected.

The publicly traded company had about 10,000 employees in Nevada and another 14,300 nationally, according to its last annual report. It also has properties in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Iowa auditor questions legality of Test Iowa reporting chain

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July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES, Iowa A-P) – Iowa Auditor Rob Sand says the Test Iowa program brought to the state under a $28 million no-bid contract by Gov. Kim Reynolds on recommendation from actor Ashton Kutcher is violating state law in the way it handles test results data. Sand says Test Iowa results first go to two Utah companies contracted to provide testing then to the state’s chief information officer and then to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Sand says this indirect route violates a law requiring laboratories to immediately report infectious diseases to the public health department. Pubic health spokeswoman Amy McCoy says the reporting process follows Iowa law.

Nebraska sees 200-plus coronavirus cases confirmed in 1 day

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July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health statistics show more than 400 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus so far this week. The state’s online virus tracker shows 174 cases were reported Sunday and another 227 cases were reported on Monday, bringing the state total to nearly 20,400. Of the total, 16,025 have recovered from the virus. The total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, had reached 288 by the end of Monday. State officials say 41% of Nebraska’s hospital beds, 45% of the intensive care beds and 80% of the ventilators in the state remained available Tuesday.

Grinnell College announces internal hire for president

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July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — Grinnell College has selected an internal candidate as the school’s newest president. The private liberal arts college in east-central Iowa announced in a news release Tuesday that Anne Harris has been named the school’s 14th president. Harris has been vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college since 2019. Before her move to Grinnell, she spent nearly 20 years at DePauw University in Indiana, where she served as a faculty member and later vice president for academic affairs.

Harris was unanimously selected by the Grinnell Colldge Board of Trustees. She has been serving as acting president since July 1, after former longtime president Raynard Kington left to become head of school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

Shelby County Resident Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

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July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The U-S Attorney’s Office reports a Shelby County man was sentenced last week in Council Bluffs District Court, to six and a-half years (78 months) in prison, for Distributing Methamphetamine.  43-year old Ryan Nicholas Schwery is also required to six years of supervised release following his prison sentence, which was the result of an investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The investigation was focused on the distribution of methamphetamine in Harlan.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, using a confidential source, made three separate purchases of methamphetamine from Schwery before serving a search warrant on his living quarters at the Harlan Inn and Suites. During the search, officers located approximately 144 grams of pure methamphetamine, along with drug distribution paraphernalia, and over $1,000 in cash from the sale of methamphetamine. On February 21, 2020, Schwery entered a guilty plea to Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute.

The matter was investigated by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for
the Southern District of Iowa.

Corn and soybean development continues ahead of schedule

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July 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The development of the corn and soybean crops continues to be ahead of past years. The U-S-D-A crop report says 35 percent of the corn is at or beyond the silking stage of development– which is eight days ahead of last year and two days ahead of the five-year average. The report says 58 percent of the soybeans are blooming — which is two weeks ahead of last year and two days ahead of the five-year average.

Around ten percent of the beans have set pods — which is also two weeks ahead of last year. Both the corn and bean crops each are rated 83 percent in good to excellent condition.