Western Iowa Today

DeJear Says She’d Make Reproductive Rights A Priority As Governor

(Sioux City, IA) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deidre DeJear says her Republican opponent’s legal push to revive a six-week abortion ban shows Governor Reynolds is determined to stand against the will of the vast majority of Iowans. During an appearance in Sioux City just before Reynolds made her announcement, DeJear denounced last week’s U-S Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe-V-Wade and said reproductive rights will be a centerpiece of her campaign. She also said in a written statement that instead of focusing on abortion restrictions, it’s time for a governor who instead will address pressing issues like education, healthcare, housing, and the workforce shortage.
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Reynolds Discusses Her Legal Steps On Abortion Policy

(Belmond, IA) — Governor Kim Reynolds says she has to pursue legal options on two abortion-related laws that were challenged in court before deciding whether to call legislators back in special session to pass abortion restrictions. Reynolds signed a bill into law in 2018 that would forbid abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually the sixth week of a pregnancy, but it never took effect due to a court injunction. She’s asking the courts to remove that block. She’s also asking the Iowa Supreme Court to revise its recent ruling that upheld a 24-week waiting period for abortions. Reynolds is making the legal argument that the U-S Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe-V-Wade should make it more difficult to challenge Iowa laws that restrict abortion in the future.
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Des Moines Man Sentenced For Illegally Obtaining Medical Information

(Des Moines, IA) — A Des Moines man will spend 27 months in prison for illegally obtaining health information on another person. Forty-nine-year-old Dustin Ortiz pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to wrongfully obtain and disclose individually identifiable health information. According to court documents, Ortiz conspired with a then-employee of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Des Moines to obtain the records on the victim’s mental health conditions and medications. Ortiz then gave the records to a third party. The court information says the intent was to use the health information for personal gain and malicious harm — making it a felony.

Two transported to the hospital following accident and manhunt in Pottawattamie County

(Council Bluffs) Two people were transported to the hospital following a two-vehicle accident that also resulted in a manhunt in Pottawattamie County Wednesday evening. The Iowa State Patrol says 49-year-old William Burch III, of Hernando, Florida, was driving a 2019 Dodge Durango at excessive speed on Interstate 80 and rear-ended a 2019 Chevy Corvette, driven by 52-year-old Stephen Hakes of Erie, Colorado. When Hakes approached the Durango, Burch and a passenger both fled the scene. The Dodge Durango was confirmed stolen.

Flooring bid approved for Audubon Courthouse as various offices change locations

(Audubon) The Audubon County Board of Supervisor’s appears to be moving closer to filling their full-time IT Director. An offer has been extended for the opening. “After some discussion we went ahead and decided to offer the job to a candidate we interviewed last week. He’s a very good candidate. A little bit shorter on experience than maybe what we wanted, but we have an offer from another county to mentor him and get him up to speed. We thought this was probably a good option for Audubon County to get a young guy to stay long term.”

Atlantic Picks Road Win in Non-Conference Softball Action at Treynor

(Treynor) Atlantic downed Treynor 16-3 in a non-conference softball game at Treynor on Wednesday night. Riley pitched the win for the Trojans. In three innings of work, the sophomore allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, struck out three, and didn’t walk a batter. Zoey Kirchhoff got the save. The 8th grader pitched two innings, allowed one run, on one hit, struck out three, walked on,e and hit a batter.

Atlantic Rallies to Beat ACGC in Non-Conference Baseball Game

(Atlantic) Atlantic came from behind with a five-run sixth inning to defeat ACGC 7-4 in a non-conference baseball game at Atlantic on Wednesday night. ACGC, trailing 2-1, grabbed a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Charlie Crawford and Miles Kading reached base on back-to-back walks, and Tegan Slabaugh drilled a single to load the bases. Brock Littler belted a two RBI single, and Lance Bunde’s single drove home the third run of the inning to put the visitors up by two runs.

Realtors Association president says housing market is slowing

(West Des Moines, IA) — The president of the Iowa Association of Realtors says the record-setting housing market has slowed some — but it is far from hitting a full stop. Byron Menke of Treynor says the nearly eight percent drop in homes sales in May was the signal of a slowdown that he says was not unexpected. He says, “the demand is still extremely high (and) inventory continues to be short,” but adds that the recent slowdown has made things a little more manageable. The median sale price in May was up nearly 13 percent — showing the impact of the high demand and low supply.

Authorities Blame Gas Leak For Death Of 13-Year-Old Girl In Marengo

(Marengo, IA) — Authorities blame a gas leak for causing the death of a 13-year-old girl in Marengo. The girl’s body was found Monday morning. Her name hasn’t been released. The police chief says there was a leak in or near the home where she was found but says the house didn’t have natural gas service. KCRG/TV reports emergency responders administered life-saving measures but the teenager died later at a hospital. Investigators say they don’t suspect foul play because three others went to the hospital with mild symptoms. The State Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.

Griswold man arrested for Eluding, OWI and other charges

(Cass Co.) A Griswold man was arrested following a short pursuit on Tuesday. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 48-year-old Christopher Putnam was charged with OWI 1st Offense, Carrying a Weapon While Intoxicated, Eluding and Interference with Official Acts. The arrest stems from a call for service in rural...

Purdy named Big 12 Sportsmanship Award winner

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State’s Brock Purdy has been named a recipient of the 2021-22 Big 12 Sportsmanship Award, the Conference announced Tuesday. Purdy won the award along with Anna Dong (Texas Tech women’s golf). The awards, previously called the Sportsperson of the Year, began in 2000-01...

Bateman Steps into Cass County Youth and 4-H Role

(Atlantic) Katie Bateman is no stranger to the 4-H program, and that knowledge will serve her well as she steps into her new role as the Youth Programs Coordinator at the Cass County Extension Office. Bateman began her role as Cass County Youth Coordinator in Mid-May, and has jumped right in to working with youth, parents, volunteers, and partners across the county.

Harlan Woman arrested on Drug-Related Charges

(Harlan) The Harlan Police Department reports two arrests on June 23 and June 25. Police arrested 19-year-old Morgan Ann Schwery of Harlan on June 23 following a call for service. Authorities charged Schwery with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prohibited acts. Police transported Schwery to the Shelby County Jail.

Blaine Kearney Obituary

Blaine Alfred Kearney, age 94, of Audubon, IA, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending with the staff of Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Atlantic, IA.

Michael Holloway Obituary

Memorial Services for 72 year old Michael Holloway of Irwin will be Friday, July 1st at 11:00 AM at the Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan. Visitation will be Thursday, June 30th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Kirkman. The Pauley Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Montgomery County Man Jailed for FTA

(Red Oak) Red Oak Police arrested Randall Wesley Lynn Butts, 28, of Red Oak, early this morning following a traffic stop near Broadway and Market Street. Officers transported Butts to the Montgomery County Jail on an active warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Interference with Official Acts. He is held on a $1,000 bond.