Oct 23

Des Moines Charged after Distributing Meth in Area in 2017

(From the U.S. States Attorney’s Office)

A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine while possessing firearms was sentenced October 22, 2018, to 15 years in federal prison.

Eric Humphrey, 33, from Des Moines, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 21, 2018, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

At the guilty plea, Humphrey admitted he conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine from September 2017 through October 2017 in the Humboldt, Iowa area.  On October 20, 2017, law enforcement attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Humphrey for an outstanding warrant, Humphrey fled and a high-speed chase ensued.  During the chase, Humphrey led police near an elementary school that was releasing students at the time, hit the car of a teenage driver, a parked car, and two police vehicles causing significant damage.  After Humphrey was apprehended, his vehicle was searched, and officers seized methamphetamine, a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol, cash, several cell phones and drug paraphernalia.  In a subsequent search of Humphrey’s residence, which was near an elementary school, officers seized a second Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol.

Humphrey was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Humphrey was sentenced to 180 months’ imprisonment.  He was ordered to make $19,977.20 in restitution.  He must also serve a four-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Humphrey is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and investigated by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Criminal Division of Investigations, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Oct 23

Playoff Volleyball Returns Tonight, Humboldt to Host Roland-Story

By: Nathan Bloechl — nathanb@977thebolt.com

Humboldt, Iowa — The Humboldt Wildcat volleyball team, 29-4 on the season, will return to the hardwood for tonight’s Class 3A Region 3 playoff matchup, playing host to Roland-Story.

Both Humboldt and Roland-Story are coming off sweep victories in the quarterfinal round, Humboldt’s over Greene County and Roland-Story’s over Southeast Valley.

The Norse have won 8 out of their last 10 matches, including sweeps in six of those, compiling a 30-7 record in doing so.

The winner of tonight’s match will move into next Monday’s region final in Clear Lake, to take on the winner of Osage and Forest City. That game will determine who from the region advances to the state tournament.

Tonight’s game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Humboldt High School.

Oct 23

October Birthdays

Winner: Harriet Bothne, Humboldt
Ryan Harklau, Humboldt
Ryan Wilson, Humboldt
Olivia Nagy, Plainfield

Sawyer Savery, 18, Humboldt

Josh Hannagan, Bode

Winner: Rider Halverson, 4, Humboldt

Kinsey Grebner, Humboldt

Winner: Lucas Patterson, 19, Humboldt
Darwin Clausen, Humboldt
Lex Christiansen, 10, Humboldt

Winner: Nancy Naeve, Humboldt

Winner: JT Stein, 8, Humboldt
Barb Boyington, Humboldt

Winner: Ashley Kiley, 20, Dakota City
Terry Bickel, Humboldt

Winner: Ann Wood, 76, Humboldt

Heather Jensen, Fort Dodge
Jadie Peterson, Humboldt

Kathy Eck, Dakota City
Julianne Schall, Humboldt

Winner: Todd Cox, 41, Humboldt
Brandon Fisher, 30, Humboldt
Greg Rhead, Humboldt

Joey Busse, 18, Humboldt
Joan Paterson, Dakota City
Dylan Straathoff, 14, Humboldt
Rodney Rix, 62, Manson

Karen Foertsch, Humboldt
Lily Theesfeld, 13, Dakota City
Ashley Zinnel, Humboldt
Bob Nagy, Plainfield

Winner: Curt Westre, 34, Humboldt
Eddie Mersch, 103, Humboldt
Colin Peterson, 4, Humboldt
Terese “Red” Granahan, Humboldt

Chris McNeese, 53, Wesley

Winner: Jill Burr, Gilmore City
Kevin Grebner, Humboldt

Winner: Mary Dahl, 60, Rutland
Maury Abens, 70, Humboldt
Page Walstrom, 7, Fort Dodge

Oct 23

Ex-NFL player Rae Carruth released after nearly 20 years in prison over girlfriend’s murder

iStock/Thinkstock(CLINTON, North Carolina) — Ex-NFL player Rae Carruth was released from prison Monday morning after spending nearly two decades behind bars on charges stemming from the murder of his pregnant girlfriend.

Carruth, a former wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in 2001 after a jury found him guilty of conspiring to murder Cherica Adams.

“I’m excited about just being out of here. I’m nervous just about how I’ll be received by the public,” Carruth said in an phone interview with ABC affiliate WSOC-TV on Sunday. “I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me. I’m actually some what frightened.”

Prosecutors said Carruth hired Van Brett Watkins and Michael Kennedy to kill Adams in November 1999, when she was eight months pregnant.

Adams, 24, was following Carruth in a separate vehicle after a movie when Watkins and Kennedy pulled up beside her. Prosecutors said Carruth used his vehicle to block Adams’ car while Watkins opened fire on her.

She died four weeks after the shooting. Her son, Chancellor Lee Adams, was born via a cesarean section and had severe injuries.

Chancellor Lee Adams, now 18, has been living with his maternal grandmother, Saundra Adams, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Carruth said he hopes to “make things right” with both of them once he’s released.

“I’ve apologized to Ms. Adams for the loss of her daughter and taken responsibility for what happened,” Carruth said. “I don’t want to harm Ms. Adams. I guess, honestly, I just want to truly be forgiven.”

Saundra Adams told the Charlotte Observer earlier this year that she would “leave the door open” for a potential relationship with Carruth.

“I’ve forgiven Rae already, but to have any type of relationship with him, there does have to be some repentance,” Adams said in February. “And I think this opens the door. But I can say definitively he’s not ever going to have custody of Chancellor.

“Chancellor will be raised either by me, or, after I’m gone, by someone else who loves him and who knows him. He will never be raised by a stranger — someone he doesn’t know and who tried to kill him.”

Carruth, a 1997 first-round draft pick, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, discharging a firearm into occupied property and attempting to destroy an unborn child, court records show. He’s set to be released from Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina, later today.

Watkins, who plead guilty to second-degree murder, was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison. Kennedy, who drove the car, was released in 2011.

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Oct 23

What will happen if Trump exits the INF Treaty with Russia?

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As National Security Adviser John Bolton was in Moscow, where he’s expected to inform Russian officials of the Trump administration’s intention to withdraw from a major nuclear arms agreement — the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty — President Trump himself said Monday it definitely would happen.

“I’m terminating the agreement because they violated the agreement,” Trump told reporters in Washington. “I’m terminating the agreement,” he repeated for emphasis.

Asked whether he was threatening Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said, “It’s a threat to whoever you want. And it includes China, and it includes Russia, and it includes anybody else that wants to play that game. You can’t do that. You can’t play that game on me.”

The INF treaty was a key to the end of the Cold War, reducing decades of nuclear tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The dismantling of the INF Treaty could have major implications for U.S. foreign policy not just with Russia, but around the world. The treaty’s end would mark another step into a new world order, one less characterized by the détente and cooperation of the post-Cold War era.

What is the INF Treaty?

The Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty banned the U.S. and the Soviet Union (and later, Russia) from deploying all ground-launched nuclear and conventional missiles with a range of 300 to 3100 miles. The treaty was signed in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and led to the destruction of more than 2600 missiles by 1991.

Originally, the agreement covered only the U.S. and Russia. But Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine have joined the treaty as well. And though they are not formally part of the treaty, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have also destroyed their intermediate-range missiles.

The agreement is a major part of President Reagan’s legacy.

Why does the Trump administration want to withdraw from the treaty?

President Trump announced on Saturday that he will exit the agreement, citing Russian violations.

“We’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we’re not allowed to,” Trump said after a rally in Elko, Nevada.

In 2014, the Obama administration claimed the Russians developed and tested a prohibited cruise missile.

Earlier this year, NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg agreed that the Russian development of the 9M729 intermediate missile system constitutes a violation of the INF treaty. Russia has denied all allegations that they are in violation.

The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, which was released in February, had called the U.S. to research its own medium-range missiles carrying low-yield nuclear warheads to pressure Moscow, but it had also warned Russia’s continued violations were making the treaty “untenable.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, speaking at NATO headquarters, made clear the administration’s patience on the issue was wearing thin.

“Russia must return to compliance with the INF Treaty or the U.S. will need to respond to its cavalier disregard for the treaty’s specific limits,” Mattis said.

Leaving the treaty is akin to finally calling the Russians out for the violation, according to ABC News Contributor and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Col. Steve Ganyard.

“The treaty was in name only, because only one side was abiding by it,” Ganyard said.

Are there any roadblocks to leaving the treaty?

The INF Treaty was ratified by the Senate, so there is some debate about whether the Trump administration requires congressional approval to abrogate the treaty.

Though the Constitution makes clear Congressional approval is required to create a treaty, “The Constitution is silent respecting withdrawal,” Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor of Law and International Dispute Resolution at the University of Notre Dame told ABC News.

“Presidents have consistently interpreted this silence to mean that he may withdraw under his foreign affairs power without the need for Senate approval,” O’Connell said.

Previous examples of the U.S. abrogating treaties include former President George W. Bush’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM), and former President Jimmy Carter’s decision to withdraw from the Mutual Defense Treaty with Taiwan.

Because Congress did not register opposition in those cases, there may not be legal precedent for Congress to oppose the abrogation of the INF treaty.

What will happen if the treaty is dismantled?

Will there be a sudden proliferation of nuclear arms around the world if the INF treaty is no more? Not necessarily, experts say.

First, the process of withdrawing from the INF Treaty is somewhat complicated. The U.S. must deliver notifications and justifications of intent, and other parties to the agreement, like Ukraine and Belarus, have to be involved. Notification of withdrawal from one party to another kicks off a 6-month timeline before the withdrawal is complete.

It is possible that the U.S. and Russia could attempt to negotiate a broader arms deal during that 6-month period or create a multilateral deal that would involve China or other nuclear-armed countries.

But if the deal is dismantled after six months, U.S. intermediate-range missiles won’t necessarily start popping up across Asia and Europe. The treaty governed ground-based intermediate-range missiles, but the U.S. and Russia have always been free to develop missiles launched by air and sea.

“The U.S. doesn’t need to build ground-launched cruise missiles with this kind of range,” Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-proliferation told ABC News. “We have intercontinental ballistic missiles and the most capable military in the world. This particular kind of missile, while it is provocative, we counter it in various ways.”

China’s influence

Still, the U.S. could be interested in using intermediate-range missiles to counter another emerging threat: China.

The INF Treaty was designed to remove missiles from Europe that had short reaction times and were difficult to counter, a major goal of the U.S. nuclear posture during the Cold War. Today, China’s growing military might is the strategic center point of U.S. nuclear strategy.

“From a U.S. perspective, we have a problem with China in that we have vast swaths of open ocean and long distances that would need to be defended if the Chinese were to move against allies like Japan or Australia,” said Ganyard. “There may be a reason for the U.S. to develop a longer range cruise missile to hold China at bay.”

Bolton echoed the idea that China is a major motivating factor in ending the deal during a radio interview in Russia on Monday.

“But there is a larger question here – I think one that applies to both Russia and the United States – and that’s the countries that are producing intermediate-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles right now, specifically Iran, China and North Korea. We have this very unusual circumstance where the United States and Russia are in a bilateral treaty, whereas other countries in the world are not bound by it,” Bolton explained.

And China may be a major motivating factor for Russia, too.

“Russia’s got a very long border with China, longer than its border with Europe, so Russia may be looking to develop those nuclear weapons that could protect its eastern flank against a growing Chinese military capability,” Ganyard said.

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Oct 23

US national security adviser John Bolton in Russia to announce end to historic Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — U.S. national security adviser John Bolton has arrived in Moscow, where he is expected to tell Russian officials that America plans to withdraw from a historic nuclear arms treaty that dates to the Cold War.

Bolton met on Monday with the head of Russia’s National Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, Russia’s state news agency, RIA Novosti reported, citing Patrushev’s press office. Later Bolton dined with foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, with Russia’s foreign ministry tweeting photographs of the U.S. delegation sitting at an elaborately laid table across from Russian officials.

Bolton is spending two days in Moscow, and is due to meet on Tuesday with Russia’s defense minister, Sergey Shoigu and later president Vladimir Putin. The trip is expected to be dominated by the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces or INF treaty.

President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that the U.S. will withdraw from the INF, saying Russia is in violation of the treaty. The announcement prompted strong criticism from arms control advocates, as well as former U.S. officials, who have said it removes an important safeguard and knocks out a symbolic pillar of post-Cold War trust between Russia and the U.S. at a moment when they are already locked in confrontation.

The INF was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union’s leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, at a time when the leaders of the two superpowers were seeking to put an end to decades of tension. The treaty bans the U.S. and Russia from deploying all ground-launched nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges of 300 – 3,420 miles.

The agreement did away with thousands of missiles and was hailed as a stepping stone towards ending the Cold War. But for several years now the U.S. and Russia, have accused one another of violating the agreement. Starting under the Obama administration, the U.S. has alleged that Russia has been flouting part of the agreement by secretly developing and deploying a new cruise missile.

On Saturday, Trump cited violations when he declared the U.S. would now pull out of the treaty.

“They’ve been violating it for many years and I don’t know why President Obama didn’t negotiate or pull out,” Trump told reporters in Nevada.

“We’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and do weapons and we’re not allowed to. We’re the ones that have stayed in the agreement and we’ve honored the agreement but Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement so we’re going to pull out.”

Russia has long denied the U.S. accusations and has retorted by alleging a U.S. missile defense system in Europe also violates the treaty.

Since Trump’s announcement, Russian officials have criticized the decision to withdraw, saying it undermines the system of arms control that has regulated the two countries’ relations.

On Monday, as Bolton was meeting with Patrushev, the Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said it would be seeking more detailed explanations from Bolton why the U.S. is leaving the treaty and “categorically” denied Russia is in violation. Peskov warned that Russia would have to take steps to “restore the balance” if the U.S. now began developing weapons banned under the treaty.

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, ahead of meeting Bolton said that the U.S. so far had not triggered the six-month withdrawal mechanism that is built-in to the treaty.

The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the INF treaty is the first time the U.S. has abandoned a major arms treaty since President George W. Bush unilaterally exited the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty with Russia in 2002.

The decision has been met with a chorus of criticism from arms control advocates, as well as some former U.S. officials, who believe exiting the treaty frees Russia’s hand while giving the U.S. little in return.

Members of Trump’s own Republican party have also expressed alarm that it could unravel the decades-old international system of nuclear arms control, calling on the president to renegotiate rather than abandon the treaty. “I hope we’re not moving down the path to undo much of the nuclear arms control treaties that we have put in place,” Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on CNN on Sunday. “I think that would be a huge mistake.”

Mikhail Gorbachev, who signed the INF with Reagan, condemned Trump’s decision, saying on Sunday that “Washington has chosen the irresponsible path”. Gorbachev said the Russian and the U.S. governments must still try to salvage the agreement. “I think that train hasn’t left the station,” RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.

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Oct 23

Two U.S. Navy warships sail through Taiwan Strait

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) —  Two U.S. Navy warships sailed through the international waters of the Taiwan Strait on Monday, the body of water separating China and Taiwan, the island nation that China considers a breakaway province.

The transit could increase tensions between the U.S. and China as both countries are involved in a trade dispute and as the U.S. voices concerns over China’s militarization of the South China Sea.

“USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) and USS Antietam (CG 54) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait Transit on Oct. 22, in accordance with international law,” Cmdr. Nate Christensen, Deputy Spokesman, US Pacific Fleet. ”

“The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” he added. “The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows.”

A similar transit by two U.S. destroyers occurred in July, the first time the Navy had carried out a mission like that in more than a year.

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry first confirmed the transit in a statement.

“The Ministry of National Defense said today that two US ships have sailed from the south to the north through the Taiwan Strait,” said a translation of the statement.

“The Ministry of National Defense pointed out that the US ship routinely passed the international waters of the Taiwan Strait, and the relevant details were explained by the US government,” it added.

While the U.S. and China cooperate in denuclearizing North Korea, tensions have increased as both the U.S. and China have engaged in a trade war.

There are also tensions between the two countries over China’s growing military presence on man-made islands in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Earlier this month a Chinese Navy ship came within 45 yards of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Decatur as it carried out a freedom of navigation passage through international waters close to those islands.

Another irritant in the U.S.-China relationship continues to be U.S. support for Taiwan. The U.S. continues to sell military weapons to the island nation even though it does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan. China maintains Taiwan is a breakaway province and not an independent nation.

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Oct 23

Bob Dylan’s lyrics and art on display at new exhibit in London

Rob Kim/Getty Images(LONDON) — A new Bob Dylan exhibit has opened in London and features handwritten copies of some of his most famous songs.

Included in the Mondo Scripto exhibit, which opened in Halcyon Gallery on Oct. 9, are “The Times They Are A-Changin'” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” Each song is accompanied by a drawing from the singer-songwriter.

“Mondo Scripto is a historical first,” Paul Green, president and owner of Halcyon Gallery, told ABC News. “It is the first time ever that Dylan has actually rewritten any of his lyrics.”

Some of the lyrics, however, have drastically changed. In “Tangled up in Blue,” the lyrics were rewritten for the exhibit.

“When he is sitting down, obviously it’s not 1962, it’s not 1970, it’s a different era, and he’s thinking again about the words and what they mean to him now and the drawings that are associated with them,” Green said.

Mondo Scripto also features Dylan’s sculptures, which were made in his studio in California. The exhibit, which will be in London through November, is set to travel to China and Japan in 2019 before eventually making its way to the U.S.

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Oct 23

5 dead, including 4 Americans, in Costa Rica rafting accident

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Costa Rica) — Five people, including four Americans, died in a rafting accident in Costa Rica, authorities said.

The bodies of Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso, Sergio Lorenzo and Andres Denis were found Saturday evening, along with that of Kevin Thompson Reid, 45, a Costa Rican guide. The Americans were aged 25 to 35.

The four Americans were on a rafting tour that included 14 people on three rafts, all of which capsized Saturday afternoon. The remaining tourists and guides survived.

The case is being investigated, Marco Monge, a press officer for Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Organization, confirmed to ABC News.

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Oct 23

Mega Millions lottery: Where does lottery money go in different states?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When many people think of how lottery winnings are spent, images of new mansions or lavish yachts and flashy cars zoom through the minds of jackpot hopefuls.

Most don’t think of the paths in Colorado parks, or the classrooms of Florida public schools, or senior centers in Pennsylvania, but those are all lottery winners in their own ways too.

The specific lottery systems differ in each state, but each state donates a percentage of the revenue generated from ticket sales to their own causes.

“Lottery revenues are allocated differently in each state, with determinations made by state legislatures. In many states, the money goes to public education, but some states dedicate it to other good causes,” said Carole Bober Gentry, a spokesperson for the Maryland lottery and Mega Millions.

One lucky state could be in for a bigger windfall depending on the results of Tuesday night’s historic Mega Millions drawing, now that the jackpot is set to $1.6 billion.

As the exact cause differs by state, so does the percentage that it recieves, but Gentry was able to give a rough breakdown of how the Mega Millions pot will be split.

“For Mega Millions (and Powerball) tickets, 50 percent of the sales goes to the prize pool. The remaining 50 percent is used to pay for the states’ retailer commissions, vendor fees, lottery administration, and the state beneficiaries or good causes of that state,” she told ABC News.

According to the PA Lottery, since 1972 the lottery has led to $28 billion in funding that supports programs geared towards seniors and older residents.

In Colorado, the charitable funds are split among various organizations and trusts dedicated to preserving the state’s wildlife, being spent on parks, pools and trails.

“So in a way, every time you play a game from the Colorado Lottery, you’re actually giving someone in our state the chance to play,” the state’s lottery website reads.

Florida sends an undisclosed amount of their lottery ticket purchase funds to the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund which is then dispersed based on decisions made by the state’s legislature with input from the Florida Department of Education, according to the Florida Lottery website.

Texas is another state that counts education as one of the good causes that receives lottery funds. According to the state’s lottery website, they’ve contributed $22 billion to a public education fund since 1997.

27.1 percent of the funds the state earns from ticket sales is directed towards the fund, According to the Texas Tribune.

Since 2009, the scratch-off ticket sales have benefited veterans’ assistance, contributing more than $101 million in that time.

For this latest doozy of a Mega Millions jackpot, there are 44 states and two territories — D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands — that participate, and in a way, they’re all winners, according to Gentry.

“Every state’s benefiting from the brisk sale of the tickets,” Gentry said.

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