Bahena Rivera waives right to speedy trial

He doesn’t want a speedy trial.  A Poweshiek County Judge Friday (8/23) accepted Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s waiver of his right to a speedy trial for murder in the death last year of Mollie Tibbetts.  A speedy trial means within one year.  Tibbetts was found dead in August of last year outside her home town of Brooklyn.  She had disappeared a month earlier while jogging.  Bahena Rivera’s attorneys also asked for a delay for an upcoming hearing on whether Bahena Rivera’s interview with law enforcement can be used as evidence.  That hearing will be held in late October.  Baheana Rivera’s trial is scheduled for November 12 in Sioux City.

US wants woman accused in Capital One hack to stay locked up


SEATTLE (AP) — A woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations is a flight risk, a threat and should be kept locked up until her trial, U.S. prosecutors said in court documents filed ahead of a Friday detention hearing in Seattle.

Paige Thompson, a former Amazon software engineer who goes by the online alias “erratic,” has a history of stalking and threatening to kill people and to get herself killed by police, prosecutors said in the documents.

Police in Mountain View, California, said she also threatened to shoot up an undisclosed company in May, while she was living with a convicted felon who had a stockpile of pistols, rifles and ammunition.

“The risk of being continuously misgendered and becoming a target for intimidation by other inmates is likely increased in a male facility,” Dr. Matt Goldenberg wrote.

Authorities say Thompson previously has been the subject of an extreme risk protection order due to mental illness issues. State red flag laws permit police or family to petition a court to remove firearms from a person deemed to be a danger to themself or others.

“In today’s America, it is easy enough to obtain firearms, and there is every reason to be concerned that Thompson, who repeatedly has threatened to kill, would obtain the means to carry out … her threats – particularly when confronted with the alternative of near-certain conviction and imprisonment,” prosecutors said in their motion.

Thompson was charged in July with accessing personal information on 106 million Capital One credit card holders earlier this year.

The financial corporation said among the information obtained by the hacker was 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers. It said no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised.

The breach was among the largest on record involving a major U.S. financial institution. Thompson had talked about the hack online in chat groups, authorities say.

At least 40 lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against Capital One following the breach, saying it failed to protect consumers. Eight other suits were filed in Canada.

Seattle police were granted the risk order against Thompson in May 2018. Four months later, two of Thompson’s former friends secured a protection order against her, saying she had stalked and harassed them.

In May, Thompson focused on a California social media business and sent a series of Twitter messages to a former Amazon co-worker, according to police.

“I feel bad, when my cat dies, I’m going to California to shoot up (REDACTED) office I hope you are not there,” the message said. “Sorry. But it has to be done.”

The message continued: “I like you but I can’t let you stand in the way of what has to be done.”

The person responded, police said, and Thompson wrote back: “maybe spd could do something kind and come over and shoot me.”

Mountain View police sought help from Seattle police and they informed Thompson’s case manager and made a referral to a designated crisis responder.

Thompson’s lawyers said the Seattle police officer wrote in a report, “I am familiar with Paige Thompson and my unit has a response plan for her,” and found she had no means or money to travel to California.

WPU soccer & volleyball open their seasons

William Penn’s volleyball team opens its season this weekend at a tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.  The Statesmen will play Sterling and Tabor Friday (8/23)…and then face Friends and McPherson on Saturday (8/24).

The Statesmen soccer teams will kick off their seasons Saturday afternoon (8/24) against Avila at Statesmen Community Stadium.  The women’s game starts at 2; the men’s game at 4:30.

High school football

It’s opening night for some eight-man high school football teams in the area.  Friday night’s (8/23) schedule has Montezuma at Southeast Warren and Twin Cedars hosts English Valleys.

Meanwhile, other high school football teams will be having dress rehearsals Friday night.  In scrimmages that we’re aware of: Oskaloosa will scrimmage at Ottumwa, Sigourney-Keota at Davis County, EBF hosts Centerville, Lynnville-Sully is at Belle Plaine and Pella Christian hosts Des Moines Christian. All those are scheduled to start at 7pm. Also, the Oskaloosa High football team is asking for donations of Gatorade and sports drinks for Friday’s scrimmage.  You can drop those off by the team buses in Ottumwa.

Reynolds visits Lake Belva Deer State Park

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was in Sigourney Thursday (8/22) to visit Lake Belva Deer State Park.  She says her visit was in advance of next year being the 100th anniversary of the State Park System.  Reynolds tells the No Coast Network she liked what she saw.

“Loved the cabins. Those are really fun for families that don’t have a motor home or a trailer.  We’ve got a tent, but that’s something we look for when we’re trying to go to the parks.  It just makes it easier. We’ve got ten grandchildren.  So we love doing this stuff with them.”

Reynolds says her visit was also part of her 99 county tour of Iowa.


There was a peaceful protest outside of an Oskaloosa business Thursday (8/22).  The Tri-State Workers Coalition is unhappy with the safety practices and record of Bridge City Construction of Ottumwa, a contractor that has been hired by Musco Lighting to work on its building at 11th Avenue West in Oskaloosa.  Clark Palmer with the Tri-State Workers Coalition explains his group’s gripe with the subcontractor—.

“Bridge City has unpaid medical bills for a few of the workers.  Training is a huge issue for the workers, still.  Just having the basic OSHA 10 for all the workers, I think, is super important.”

You might remember a Bridge City employee was killed in a construction accident in Marshalltown in December 2018.  Iowa OSHA fined Bridge City nearly $3900 for not adequately training the worker.  When asked for comment, a representative from Musco Lighting told the No Coast Network the protestors aren’t protesting Musco itself, but a company that is doing work for Musco as a subcontractor.

Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said.

The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at Oroville Municipal Airport for unknown reasons shortly before noon, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The plane was carrying two pilots and eight passengers, and “all were accounted for, no injuries,” said Joe Deal, Oroville’s fire and police chief.

The jet had complications during takeoff that resulted in its catching fire, he said.

“They were out of the plane quickly,” said Rick Carhart, a spokesman the CalFire/Butte County Fire Department that assisted at the scene. By the time the first fire engine arrived, “the people had already gotten off and vacated the area very quickly.”

Carhart said he didn’t know if the jet caught fire before or after it left the runway.

The plane was flying from Oroville to Portland International Airport in Oregon, Gregor said.

An FAA website says the model 560XL jet was manufactured in 2003 and is registered to Jotts LLC, with an address that tracks to a firm based in Wilmington, Delaware, that provides registered agent services to multiple companies.

Deal said it was a personally chartered jet, and its corporate passengers had stayed overnight in Oroville.

“It was attempting to take off, but early reports show that it never made it off the ground,” Deal said. The jet slid off the northern end of the runway onto a grassy area, but it never left the airport property. It was fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived.

Firefighters were able to quickly control the grass fire, but it took more than an hour to extinguish the jet, partly because it had just taken on 400 gallons of jet fuel, he said. A crash truck from nearby Chico sprayed the jet with foam to help extinguish the blaze.

The airport, which does not have commercial flights, remained open.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. It typically takes the NTSB a year or more to determine a probable cause of an accident, Gregor said.

Montezuma volleyball preview

Montezuma volleyball coach Katie Dunlap knew she would go into the coming season without Riley Gatton, who graduated as the school’s career leader in kills, hitting percentage, service aces and digs, as well as seven other graduated seniors. But she wasn’t expecting to be without senior Shateah Wetering, whose play at middle blocker also helped the Bravettes make the Class 1A state volleyball tournament last year.

“Shateah ended up having a stress fracture this summer.  After healing and taking time for that, she had to make some pretty tough calls for her future. Obviously, our volleyball family knows that basketball is future.  As much as we all cried together, she had to make the best call for her future.”

Wetering has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Iowa in the fall of 2020.  Dunlap will have senior setter Waverly Roorda and sophomore Ash Krousie returning as starters. And she says the Bravettes’ cupboard of talent isn’t bare.

“I’ve been uncovering some hidden talents of our sophomore class and juniors.  I think we’ve got some tall girls, we’ve got height. We’ve just got to pick up that intensity that Shateah and Riley are leaving in our team.”

Montezuma opens its volleyball season September 12 at Keota.

Junior the Bulldog/American Boxer Mix

Junior is a 2-year old American Bulldog/Boxer mix who has been surrendered to the shelter. He’s now looking for someone who wants to spend the rest of forever with him. He’s lived with dogs and seems indifferent to cats. He doesn’t like kids who back him into a corner (he might work with older kids). He likes to play fetch, but is not very good at giving that ball back (after all, you did throw it away). Junior knows most of his commands. He’s not very happy about being at the shelter, but is starting to give kisses to the ones who gave him a bath–and attention. Junior will be ready to go as soon as he visits the vet, but you can come in and meet him now!! Call Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter at (641) 673-3991 for more information about Rambo or a wide variety of other loving and adoptable pets!

Poweshiek County storm wasn’t a tornado

It wasn’t a tornado.  You’ll remember that several strong storms came through Iowa Tuesday morning (8/20). A tornado was reported near Tracy—one of three in the state.  A homeowner southeast of Grinnell thought his home had been hit by a tornado, too.  A home, two outbuildings and several trees had been damaged.  Poweshiek County Emergency Management and the National Weather Service inspected the damage, as well as radar imagery, and determined the damage was from a microburst.  That’s a localized column of sinking air within a thunderstorm.  The sudden downforce of air can cause severe damage at the surface with winds up to 100 miles an hour—which is equal to an EF-1 tornado.  Two other properties sustained damage, with a grain bin damaged, plus broken windows and downed trees. The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office says no one was injured.


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