Friday Afternoon News, April 11
Sioux City Man Arrested For Possession Of Drugs
(Le Mars) -- A traffic stop has resulted in a Sioux city man being arrested by Plymouth County authorities for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and an OWI, first offense drug related. 18 year old Austin Heck was placed under arrest when his vehicle was stopped Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of County Road C-80 and Hedge Avenue.
Grassley Upset With President Obama's Administration
(Washington) -- U-S Senator Chuck Grassley says in all his years of being an elected official, he has never seen more "stonewalling" as is being exhibited by the Obama administration. Grassley says he is frustrated with the President and Attorney General Eric Holder for the lack of cooperation to Congress for prosecuting cases.
Grassley says Attorney General Holder may be forced to take up prosecution, based on actions by the House Ways and Means Committee calling for the prosecution of Lois Lerner from the IRS scandal. However, the Iowa Senator says with the on-going "Fast and Furious" scandal, not much has been accomplished.
Grassley says when President Obama took the oath of office, he promised his administration would be the most transparent of any past administrations. The Republican Senator says that simply has not been the case.
Budget Remains As The Key Issue Before Legislature Adjourns
(Le Mars) -- The Iowa Legislature may have one week left before it adjourns, and then maybe not. State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson says he is not as optimistic today as he once was about the general session adjourning on time. The Republican says differences with the budget remain as the key issue to debate.
Anderson says so far, only one portion of the state's budget has been settled.
Iowa National Guard Acquires Two Helicopters
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Army National Guard has acquired two new helicopters in Waterloo.
The Army Aviation Support Facility in Waterloo unveiled the UH-72A Lakota helicopters to the public Thursday. They replace a 1968 Huey OH-58 used in Vietnam.
Both aircraft are new. Lt. Col. Tim Eich, AASF commander, says that units usually receive older vehicles and equipment because it's procedure.
The aircraft will be used for domestic emergency response and emergency management. It will also be used for transport and search and rescue operations.
Developer's Death Ruled As Suicide
GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have ruled the death of a prominent Des Moines developer found in a burned vehicle as a suicide.
The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner released the results of Bobby Joe Knapp's autopsy Friday. It determined that Knapp had multiple cuts on the upper and lower extremities of his body. They were complicated by smoke and soot inhalation.
Authorities found Knapp's body on March 30 in a scorched vehicle in rural western Iowa. Days earlier, the 64-year-old had left a federal prison in Minnesota after serving time following his 2011 conviction for environmental violations.
An estimated time of death for Knapp was not released. A message left for the medical examiner's office was not immediately returned.
Juveniles Escape From Custody
ELDORA, Iowa (AP) - Health officials say eight juveniles escaped a north-central Iowa facility that treats delinquent youth, and three remain at large.
The state Department of Human Services says the juveniles ran away Thursday night from the Eldora State Training School. The juveniles were being escorted from the gymnasium to their cottages when the incident occurred. Additional information was not released.
All the juveniles ran into a nearby wooded area. Five of them were returned to the cottages within an hour.
DHS Director Charles M. Palmer says law enforcement agencies continue to search for the three remaining juveniles.
The Eldora State Training School has 130 beds for delinquent youth between the ages of 12 and 18. The facility provides treatment and educational services as part of court orders.
Supreme Court Says Coach Is Not A School Official In Sex Abuse Scandal
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A divided Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out the sexual exploitation conviction of a former Bloomfield basketball coach who had sex with a 16-year-old girl claiming he doesn't fit the definition of a school employee under Iowa law.
In a 5-to-2 decision the court says charges against 36-year-old Patrick Nicoletto must be dismissed.
The court says Friday that a coach without a teaching certificate doesn't fall under the state law prohibiting sexual exploitation by a school employee.
Nicoletto, a coach from 2007 through 2009 was convicted and sentenced to five years. He was sentenced to prison in 2012 but has been free on bond during appeal.
Two justices disagreed calling the majority opinion absurd saying there's no persuasive indication the Legislature intended to exclude coaches from the sexual exploitation law.
Ankeny Teacher Accused Of Sexual Exploitation Of Student
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - A 33-year-old teacher has been accused of sexually exploiting a former student at Ankeny High School.
Authorities say Mandy Davenport, of Des Moines, is charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee. Ankeny police say the youth involved is a 17-year-old boy.
On Monday Davenport resigned her job as a language arts teacher at Ankeny Centennial High School. Davenport was placed on leave April 4. A schools representative says Davenport worked at Ankeny High for three years before moving to Ankeny Centennial.
A public phone listing for her couldn't be found. Online court records don't list the name of her attorney.