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Lekar Named Chief Judge of First Judicial District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Monday, 30 January 2012 15:32
Des Moines, January 27, 2012 —The Iowa Supreme Court has appointed District Judge Kellyann M. Lekar, Waterloo, as Chief Judge of the First Judicial District. Judge Lekar succeeds Judge Thomas N. Bower who was appointed by Governor Branstad to the Iowa Court of Appeals.

"Judge Lekar has proven leadership abilities," Chief Justice Cady said. "She has a strong work ethic, involvement in several innovative court projects and an excellent working relationship with judges and staff. I'm confident she will make an effective chief judge. "

Judge Lekar was born in Waterloo. She earned her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1990 and her law degree from the University of Iowa in 1993. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Lekar was in private practice in Waterloo until her appointment to the bench in 2005. She is co-chair of the First Judicial District Family Law Mediation Committee and a member of the district's public outreach committee. She is also a state delegate to the American Bar Association's National Council of State Trial Judges a member of the American Bar Association, Courts and Community Committee of the Iowa Judges Association, the Iowa State Bar Association Jury Instructions Committee, and the Black Hawk County and Iowa State Bar Associations.

"I am pleased to have an opportunity to serve the First Judicial District as Chief Judge," she said. "As a native of Waterloo, I am proud to serve and represent northeast Iowa in this position. The judges and staff of the First Judicial District are hardworking, innovative and dedicated and I am privileged to work with them on a daily basis. Together we will strive to provide excellent judicial branch services to the citizens of the First Judicial District."

As chief judge, Judge Lekar will supervise all judicial officers and court employees in the district, supervise the performance of administrative and judicial business in the district, set the times and places of holding court, designate presiding judges, and serve on the judicial council, which advises the supreme court on administrative matters affecting the trial courts. In addition, she will continue to preside over cases.

The First Judicial District is located in northeast Iowa and comprises 11 counties: Allamakee, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, and Winneshiek. The district has 14 district judges, six district associate judges, three associate juvenile judges, four senior judges, 20 part-time magistrates, and 204 employees, with an operating budget for the current fiscal year of approximately $16,501,993. A total of 99,309 cases were filed in the First Judicial District last year.


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Use Tax Season to Organize for the Future PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 30 January 2012 15:26
Financial Planner Shares Tips for a 21st-Century Filing System

Jane was not looking forward to going through her parents’ belongings to get their house ready to sell. Their health had been failing for some time and they finally agreed to move to a retirement community. Now that they were both comfortably moved into their new apartment, it was up to Jane to get rid of the things they no longer needed.

Her parents had lived in the same house for more than 50 years, so Jane expected to find things that should have been tossed out years ago.  But she was amazed to discover 50 years of tax returns and bank statements carefully stored in boxes in the attic. Her parents had saved all their financial records!

Many people are confused about what records they need to keep and for how long. They hold onto tax returns, bank records, brokerage statements and other financial information simply because they don’t know if they’ll need it again. Like Jane’s parents, the documents get packed in boxes that eventually take over valuable living or storage space.

Financial planner Rick Rodgers, author of The New Three-Legged Stool: A Tax Efficient Approach To Retirement Planning (, says tax time is a great time to get organized.

“Most people are going through their records to get ready to file their return,” he says. “This is the time to get smart about what you need to keep and then set up a system to store it efficiently going forward.”

Rodgers suggests these five steps to help you effectively organize your finances for 2012 and beyond:

1. Out with the old – Discard the records you no longer need: Tax returns older than seven years; bank records and credit card statements that are not related to the tax returns you’re keeping; brokerage statements that aren’t related to purchases of current holdings. Be sure to shred all your old documents before throwing them out.

2. Go digital – Convert the documents you plan to save into digital images that are stored on your hard drive. Invest in a good scanner and scan as you go through your paperwork, shredding and tossing the hard copies as you go. On your computer, file by tax year, so your 2011 folder will contain your tax return for 2011 and all pertinent bank records and receipts. Organize the previous six years the same way. Next year you can delete the oldest folder when you add the 2012 folder.

3. Save a forest – All of the financial institutions you deal with would prefer to send your statements electronically. Stop receiving paper statements. Instead, download your statements electronically and store them in your new filing system.  Most banks and credit card companies keep at least a year’s worth of statements available.  You need to download these files only once a year to complete the year’s file.

4. Save backups in case of emergency – Make backup copies of your files on a CD. Choose a CD-R (recordable) as opposed to a CD-RW (rewriteable), because CD-R cannot accidentally be overwritten. Depending on your computer operating system, you may be able to continue adding data to a CD-R each year, until the CD is full. However, some operating systems won’t allow that, so you’ll need a new CD for each year.

5. Go paperless – Your new electronic filing system can be expanded to include all your financial records, from car maintenance receipts to pay stubs.  Wills and insurance policies can also be scanned and stored but, of course, keep the originals of those in a safe deposit box or fireproof safe.

Gone are the days of saving your financial documents in box and shoving it into the attic.  Technology advances have made organizing your personal finances easier with minimal cost.  Make 2012 the year you get organized by moving your finances into a 21st century filing system.

About Rick Rodgers

Certified Financial Planner Rick Rodgers is president of Rodgers & Associates, “The Retirement Specialists,” in Lancaster, Pa. He’s a Certified Retirement Counselor and member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisers. Rodgers has been featured on national radio and TV shows, including “FOX Business News” and “The 700 Club,” and is available to speak at conferences and corporate events (

Iowa Supreme Court Requests for Further Review PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Monday, 30 January 2012 09:10

The Iowa Supreme Court recently issued orders granting or denying applications for further review in 32 cases.










State v. Enriquez



State v. Stephen



State v. Winfrey



Sempek v. State



State v. Dayton


Black Hawk

State v. Williams



Am. Testing & Training, Inc. v. Div. of Labor Servs.



State v. Parker



State v. Singh



Greene v. Heithoff



State v. Little


Black Hawk

State v. Winters



Ravenwood, LLC v. Koethe



State v. Burton



State v. Roberts


Black Hawk

Matlock v. State



State v. Fox



Rains v. Grieve/RBC Capital Market Corp. v. Grieve


Black Hawk

State v. Sanford



Leliefeld v. Liberty Mut. Ins.



Titan Tire Corp. v. Labor Comm’r



Lange v. Diercks



Freeman v. Presley



Am. Tower, L.P. v. Local TV Iowa, LLC



Hicok v. EAB



In re Marriage of Diersen



In re K.H.












State v. Jones



State v. Clark



Flynn Builders, L.C. v. Lande



Ennenga v. State



ACLU v. Records Custodian


Further Review Results

January 11, 2012

December 19, 2011

November 29, 2011

October 19, 2011

September 14, 2011

August 23, 2011

July 22, 2011

King Center opens the Ida Robinson Banquet room PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Inc.   
Monday, 30 January 2012 08:59
The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is pleased to announce the opening of the Ida Robinson Banquet Room honoring 40 years of dedicated service from Mrs. Robinson to the King Center and the City of Rock Island. Ida Robinson will leave the King Center for the final time as a full time employee on Tuesday January 31. Ida has been essential in establishing the King Center as a trusted resource due to her diligence, dedication, honesty, and integrity. Ida earned a reputation as a community legend by surpassing any duties in her job description in pursuing her desire to enrich our community. She leaves behind a legacy honored with a brand new plaque dedicating the room.

This beautiful new banquet and conference center, created with the King Center's renovation and expansion in 2011, is available for rent. The 3,700 square foot room is ideal for weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, corporate meetings, fundraisers, or other celebrations.

The room has natural lighting and a neutral color palate, making it easy-to-adapt for any occasion. The room can be divided in half creating two separate event areas or kept open to accommodate 450 people using theatre style seating or 200 people using round tables that seat 8 people each.

A full-service kitchen with commercial stove, warmers, freezer, and refrigerator

is also available. The King Center welcomes clients to provide their food as well as its preparation in our kitchen. They are also able to help select a caterer from a list of preferred partners provided upon request or clients can select their own.

Alcohol service is allowed with proper licensure, insurance, and notifications. A list of approved caterers of alcohol can be provided by the King Center

The King Center offers the following rental rates commiserate with the quality of the new facility yet still highly comparable to similar Quad City facilities:

• $ 250 per 3 hours to groups (3 hour minimum); $100 per each additional hour.

• $ 200 per 3 hours to nonprofit organizations with proof of valid and current 501 c(3) status; $75 per each additional hour.

• An additional and separate $100 required as a refundable cleaning and security deposit.

• Usage of the kitchen is an additional flat rate of $50.

The Ida Robinson Banquet Room is available Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm and Friday – Sunday 8:00 am - 12:00 am.

Please call the King Center at 732-2999 to make your reservations or for more information

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Written by Kevin E. VanderSchel   
Thursday, 26 January 2012 16:28
DAVENPORT, IA – On January 26, 2012, Roger Dengler, age 55, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment for maintaining a drug house announced United  States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Chief United States District Judge James E. Gritzner also sentenced Dengler to two years supervised release following imprisonment and to pay $100 to the Crime Victims Fund. On March 7, 2011, Dengler pled guilty to maintaining a drug house.

During the summer of 2006, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Quad Cities Metropolitan Enforcement Group conducted an investigation into the distribution of marijuana and cocaine in the Davenport area after seizing 80 pounds of marijuana from a hotel room.

During the course of the investigation, police learned that Dengler, a 36 year employee of the United States Postal Office, allowed various members of the conspiracy access to his home to store cocaine and marijuana. Marijuana was transported from Denver, Colorado to Dengler’s home concealed in tires. Once it arrived in Davenport, Dengler, and others, would break down the tires, retrieve the marijuana, weigh and repackage it, then distribute it to various customers in the Davenport area. Cocaine was also transported from Denver to Davenport and stored in Dengler’s home. In exchange for the use of his home, Dengler received cocaine and marijuana.

During the course of the conspiracy, Dengler stored at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in his home.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Quad Cities Metropolitan Enforcement Group, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s
Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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