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Kansas woman in Iowa, urging state senators to pass late-term abortion ban


April 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa native who was active in getting Kansas to pass a law that bans abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy is in Iowa, urging lawmakers here to do the same thing. Cheryl Sullenger (SULL-ehn-jer), a Marshalltown native, lives in Wichita, Kansas, where late-term abortion doctor George Tiller worked until he was shot to death. 

“The last thing you want to be known as is the late-term abortion capitol of the country,” Sullenger says. “We experienced that in Kansas and, frankly, it traumatized the community.”

Sullenger says Council Bluffs could become the next Wichita, as a late-term abortion doctor from Nebraksa — LeRoy Carhart — hopes to open an abortion clinic in Council Bluffs. A Nebraska law which took effect in mid-October prevents Carhart from performing abortions in his Bellevue, Nebraska, clinic after the 20th week of a pregnancy. Carhart has said he hopes to open a clinic in Council Bluffs, and the Iowa House has passed a bill that would set up a late-term abortion ban in Iowa. The bill has stalled in a Senate committee. Sullenger, who is senior policy advisor for the anti-abortion group “Operation Rescue”, is urging senators to act. 

“You guys have an opportunity to close that down before it gets here and once things like this get started in a state, it’s very difficult to get them out,” Sullenger says. “But you guys have an opportunity to nip this in the bud and protect women and their viable babies from exploitation.”

Carhart’s website says a “South West Iowa” abortion clinic will be “available soon.” It shows the charge for an abortion performed after the 24th week of a pregnancy would be about three-thousand dollars.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic man arrested for public intox


April 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Tuesday, on a charge of Public Intoxication.  Authorities say 19-year old Cody Pleis was brought to the Cass County Jail & held pending a court appearance.

Council Bluffs resident sentenced to 15-months in jail for illegally possessing a firearm


April 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say a Council Bluffs man was sentenced Tuesday in Federal Court to 15-months in prison for being in possession of a firearm while subject to an order of protection. United States District Judge John E. Jarvey also ordered Bret David Hauptman to serve a three year term of supervised release following incarceration.

Hauptman plead guilty last November, to knowingly possessing a .22-caliber rifle on May 29th, 2010. The weapon was discovered on that date by Council Bluffs Police, when they responded to a disturbance call at a residence in Council Bluffs. During their investigation, authorities learned that the Pottawattamie District Court had entered an Order of Protection on April 29th, 2010, restraining Hauptman from harassing, stalking, or threatening his wife.

The investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs Police Department, the

Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District

of Iowa.



April 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Shelby County man was sentenced this week to more than seven-years in prison on drug charges. The U-S Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Iowa says 50-year old Rodney Dean Brewer, of Elk Horn, was sentenced Tuesday to 87 months of imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine at his residence in Shelby County.

United States District Judge John E. Jarvey also ordered Brewer to serve a four year term of supervised release following incarceration.

On January 14th, Brewer plead guilty in a Council Bluffs federal court, to intent to manufacture methamphetamine on or about July 26th, 2010. A search warrant executed on that date at Brewer’s residence located at 4235 Union Street in Elk Horn, resulted in the discovery of an active methamphetamine lab. During the investigation by law enforcement it was determined that Brewer had been actively manufacturing for over six months at the residence.

The investigation was conducted by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Audubon

County Sheriff’s Office, the SWIN Task Force, the Shelby County Attorney’s Office, and the Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

Charges filed in connection with fatal crash


April 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol in association with the Montgomery County Attorney’s office have filed charges against an Essex woman, in connection with a crash late last year that claimed the life of two Cumberland children. 18-year old Karli Jo Brown, of Essex, was arrested Tuesday on two-counts of motor vehicle homicide and one-count of serious injury by a motor vehicle, with regard to a November 28th crash that resulted in the deaths of 5-year old Maliki Todd and 4-year old Alex Todd. The children’s mother, 25-year old Nina McNeese, was injured in the crash.

The accident occurred on Highway 48 in a no-passing zone. Officials say Brown was southbound on Highway 48 when she attempted to pass two vehicles. He car collided head-on with McNeese’s vehicle, at the crest of a hill.

In the complaints filed against her, prosecutors allege Brown operated a motor vehicle in a reckless manner which intentionally caused the deaths of the two children and resulted in serious injury to McNeese. She was also cited for allegedly speeding, texting while driving, and passing in a no-passing zone.

Brown was taken into custody Tuesday, but later released on $10,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing was set for May 10th in Montgomery County Court. If convicted on the charges, Brown faces a total of up to 25-years in prison and/or fines of up to $30,000.

Have a meal with Simon Estes, in Greenfield!


April 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Time is running short to purchase your tickets to enjoy a meal on Mother’s Day with world renowned opera singer and Iowa native, Simon Estes. Greenfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ginny Kuhfus says tickets for the meal with Estes….which follows his concert May 8th , at the Nodaway Valley High School…cost just seven-dollars. The concert begins at 3-p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Tickets for “Premiere seating,” which puts you right up front by the stage, are $20. General admission tickets are $10. Estes will, of course perform during the concert. And, he’s bringing some people along with him to make the event even more enjoyable. Kuhfus says some area students will be on the stage as well.

The 32-member Simon Estes Music High School Choir from Capetown, South Africa will be there, along with students from the Nodaway Valley High School, Adair-Casey and Orient High Schools.

Kuhfus says Estes’ visit to Greenfield is part of his ’ 99 county “Roots & Wings tour,” which combines his performances with school assemblies. Proceeds from the sales of tickets will benefit efforts to restore the E.E. Warren Opera House in Greenfield, and the Simon Estes Iowa Educational Foundation, which provides scholarships to aspiring young Iowa artists.

Kuhfus says work on the Opera House is progressing nicely, thanks to a 1.2-million dollar grant the Chamber, Main Street and Development Corporation received in August, 2010. The I-Jobs grant will allow the project to be completed by February, 2012.

Tickets for the meal with Simon Estes must be purchased by this Friday, April 28th.  Tickets for the meal and/or concert can be purchased in person at the Greenfield Chamber Main Street Office, or by calling 641-743-8444.

Iowa guardsmen help nab top Afghan militant


April 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Image from Ryan's FaceBook page (used w/his permission)

An Iowa National Guardsman from Cass County is one of several soldiers credited with the recent capture of a highly sought insurgent financier in Afghanistan’s Paktia province. The Army says the arrest of the unnamed insurgent came April 17th near Gardez. The man was among four men in a car that was stopped during a sweep performed by members of the Guard’s 1-168th Battalion, the Afghan National Army and the local police.

Members of the battalion’s D Company identified the suspect using photos and other evidence. Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Johnson, from Griswold, told a Des Moines Register reporter the insurgent’s capture equates to taking the legs off of a table one-by-one. Eventually, he says, The whole thing’s going to collapse.” Johnson said the financier was “One of those legs, and now the table is wobbling.” Ryan is on leave from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, while serving on active duty in the military.

The Army says the operation also uncovered two homemade bombs. At one point, insurgents lobbed four mortar rounds and fired rifles at guardsmen who were trying to pull an armored truck out of the mud. The soldiers tracked the firing to a house, where Afghan officials arrested five people who allegedly had gunpowder residue on their hands. The mortar tube was not found, but Guard leaders declared the overall operation a success.

Company D Commander, Capt. Kent Greiner said “We’ve definitely taken the wind out of the sails of the insurgents for a while.” He added that they’re “Striking a nerve with them, and we’re going to keep striking that nerve to see what happens.”

Nishna Valley Trails to Host National Parks Service Representative


April 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Nishna Valley Trails Association have announced a guest speaker for the next meeting, which takes place Monday, May 2nd. Brian Leaders, a landscape architect with the National Parks Service’s “Rails, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program,” and who works out of the Midwest Region’s Omaha office, will share plans and programs for trail development in Cass County.

In addition, there will be updates on the development of the T-Bone trail in Cass County, and on organizing for the coming of RAGBRAI to Atlantic in July, as well as planning for other future events.

The Nishna Valley Trails group will meet from 6-to 7-pm Monday, May 2nd, at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic, located at 1101 East 3rd Street. The public is welcome to attend.

Homeless man arrested for inferring with authorities


April 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A homeless man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say 47-year old Larry Willard Stoneking was taken into custody just after 1-p.m., on a charge of interference with officials acts.

The arrest was made following an incident which occurred at the intersection of 2nd Street and 3rd Avenue, in Villisca. Stoneking was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Monday arrests in Atlantic


April 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police report two people were arrested Monday on separate charges. Officials say 42-year old Dana Cisar, of Atlantic, was taken into custody for Driving While Suspended. And, 47-year old George Brittain, of Atlantic, was arrested for Driving While Barred.

Both of the individuals were brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.