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(Atlantic) Atlantic Firemen were called to 103 Cedar Street in Atlantic just before 4:25 p.m. for a house fire. We’ll have more details when they become available.

 

03/05/2015

4:25 p.m.



(Council Bluffs) Effective March 9th Pottawattamie County will be implementing additional security measures at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse.

 

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says in an effort to provide a safer workplace and place of business an x-ray machine and walkthrough metal detector have been installed in the first floor lobby of the courthouse to screen individuals and personal belongings for weapons and other contraband not allowed into the building. Prohibited items include firearms, knives or any other weapons, including items which could be used as a weapon as determined by the Sheriff’s Office.

 

In an effort to expedite the screening process you are asked to only bring required or necessary items with you into the courthouse to conduct your business.

 

Mandy Billings

03/05/2015



(Atlantic) An Atlantic woman was arrested on three Cass County warrants.

 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 56-year-old Mary Helen Adams today (Thursday) on warrants for charges of Delivery of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense, Prohibited Acts, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Adams was taken to the Cass County Jail where she was held on $10,000 bond.

 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office also arrested 27-year-old Aaron Lee Ihnken, of Atlantic, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. He was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was held on $10,000 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

03/05/2015



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Layoff notices are going out to employees at a state mental health institution in Mount Pleasant that is slated for closure.

 

Department of Human Services spokeswoman Amy McCoy says Thursday that notices had gone out to 36 workers. The layoffs will be effective April 6. There currently are about 74 people working at the facility.

 

Under Gov. Terry Branstad's proposed budget, funding would be eliminated for mental health facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. Branstad says the hospitals are old and that people can seek mental health treatment from other providers, including two state mental health institutions in Cherokee and Independence.

 

Democratic lawmakers say the Republican governor is ignoring the fact that the Legislature appropriated money for the institutions. A Branstad spokesman says the change will lead to better care.



(Des Moines) A new national poll finds two of the many potential Republican Presidential candidates have separated themselves from the rest of the field.

 

The survey comes from Quinnipiac University which talked to 1,286 registered voters across the country to get their take on the potential slate of candidates.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was tops at 18 percent followed closely at 16 percent by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Rounding out the top five were New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at 8 percent and physician Ben Carson at 7 percent.

 

Hillary Clinton was favored by 56-percent for the Democrats followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren at 14 percent.

 

Mrs. Clinton bested all of the Republican field in hypothetical match-ups with Bush coming the closest to Clinton 45-to-42-percent.  The rest of the Republican field was anywhere from 6 to 10 points behind the former secretary of state in head to head contests.

 

 

Iowa Radio Network

03/05/2015



(Atlantic) Atlantic City Administrator John Lund says the new “gas tax” will mean an increase in the cities road use allocation. Lund speaking in front of the Atlantic City Council Wednesday evening says the city will experience an increase of around $128,016.00 surpassing his conservative estimated increase of $93,850.02.

 

Lund says regardless this will be a major boost in revenue for the city.

 

“We will actually see revenue coming in in roads use this fiscal year,” stated Lund. “Not very much, but we will see some.”

 

The Senate voted last week 28-21 in favor of the bill. The House passed SF 257 in a vote of 53-46. The gas tax increase will provide about $215 million annually for Iowa’s’ network of bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating.

 

Tom Robinson

March 5, 2015

a.m. news 



(Atlantic) Court dates have been set for the Underwood man facing Sexual Abuse charges in Cass County.

 

According to court affidavits 55-year-old Roger Ericksen is charged with 10-counts of 2nd degree sexual abuse. Ericksen is accused of sexually assaulting a female juvenile in 2011.   

 

Ericksen arraignment hearing is scheduled for March 16, Pre-trial Conference April 6, and a trial date is set for May 27.

 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ericksen on February 23. Ericksen remains held on $25,000 cash bond.

 

In December 2012, Ericksen, residing in Lewis at the time, reached a plea agreement in a prior case in Cass County District Court to 3rd degree Sexual Abuse. A Judge sentenced Ericksen to a 10-suspended prison sentence, and sent him to the RCF until all maximum benefits were reached. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

 

Tom Robinson

March 5, 2015

a.m. news 



(Atlantic) District Court Judge Greg Steensland has released the restitution order in the Leatha Slauson case.

 

A hearing on the matter was held last in week in Cass County District Court for individuals and organizations who wanted to reclaim financial donations given to the Atlantic woman who received money from fundraising events while claiming her daughter had terminal cancer, which was a lie.

 

The judge approved the following claims:

 

Total victim restitution is $32,964.06. 2. There are funds available in the amount of $15,900.82 to be applied to victim restitution. Those funds will be distributed as follows:

 

* Melanie & Darrin Petty $100.00

* Beta Sigma Phi $200.00

* Victoria Erickson $500.00

* Donald Kenny $1,000.00 1108

* Jeffry & Katie Tibbles $93.00

* United Methodist Church $3,050.25, (the funds returned to United Methodist Church shall not be returned to donors but used for a comparable charitable donation to the one in this case. They shall then provide proof of that donation to the Court.)

* Jennifer Nobles $335.00

* Mercy Medical Center North $2,642.20

* Ronald McDonald House $3,990.18

* Rainbow House $3,990.19, Omaha, Nebraska

 

The $15,900.82 shall be placed in the trust account of Attorney Jay Mez for distribution.

 

 The remaining balance of victim restitution in the amount of $17,063.24 is payable by the defendant. As this restitution is received, it shall be sent one-half to Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines and one-half to Rainbow House in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Slauson pleaded guilty in November to charges of child endangerment, administering harmful substances, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, and 2nd degree theft. She was given a suspended prison sentence last month and placed on five years of probation.

 

Tom Robinson

March 5, 2015

a.m. news 



(Des Moines) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled a public meeting over the Iowa Communications Network for March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m., to listen to the public’s thoughts on the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall.  

Area meetings will be held in Atlantic, Council Bluffs, and Creston.

 

Complete ICN locations are available online at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting

These meetings are part of the process for making rules in state government.

At each meeting DNR staff will facilitate a discussion about what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall.

 

These discussions along with the data that the wildlife bureau collects on harvest and population numbers will be used to develop recommendations for any rule changes this fall. Any changes must be approved by the Natural Resource Commission and then go back to the public for further comment before taking effect next fall.

 

Tom Robinson

March 5, 2015

a.m. news 



(Manning AP) Officials say one woman died in a house fire in rural Carroll County last weekend.

 

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that 47-year-old Julia Schlichte, of Manning, was found dead inside the home located about three miles northeast of town. Investigators say the fire that consumed the house has left it in complete disrepair.

 

Authorities say they are awaiting autopsy results to determine Schlichte's cause of death. No other injuries were reported.

 

The sheriff says the source of the fire that occurred early Saturday morning remains under investigation, though foul play is not suspected.

 

March 5, 2015

 



(Creston) Creston Police arrested three men on drug possession charges Wednesday.

 

Police arrested 48-year-old Michael Esslinger at his residence on a Union County Warrant for possession of a controlled substance violation, Methamphetamine.

Authorities also arrested 51-year-old Ricky Kimball at his residence Wednesday on a Union County Warrant for possession of a controlled substance violation, Methamphetamine. Both men were being held in the Union County Jail awaiting a bond hearing. Esslinger was arrested at 4:30 pm. and Kimball at 4:45 p.m.

 

Creston Police also arrested 32-year-old Andy Alden Hanson, of Creston in the 800 block of Adams Street and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and driving while barred.

 

Hanson is currently being held on $100,000 bond.

 

 

Tom Robinson

March 5, 2015

a.m. news 



(Neola) The Pottawattamie County Trails Association has selected “Frontier Iowa Trail” as the name for the trail system currently under development throughout the county.

 

Officials say the Frontier Iowa Trail will connect many communities in western Iowa and the concrete trail surface is expected to provide recreational opportunities for biking, running, walking, and rollerblading. Horseback riding and snowmobiling will be accessed in the open spaces next to the trail system as designated.

 

Survey work is scheduled to start this spring on the Council Bluffs to Neola section, with construction to begin in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016. It is anticipated to take several years to develop all the trails planned throughout Pottawattamie County.

 

The Trail Board expects to connect the Pottawattamie County Trails to surrounding Counties all along Western Iowa with the goal of becoming part of a larger Regional Network.

 

 

 

Tom Robinson

March 5, 2015

a.m. news 



(Red Oak) Red Oak Police arrested a Page County man on drug possession charges Wednesday night.

 

Police say Jason Lynn Ridnour, of Clarinda faces charges of possession of a controlled substance marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest stemmed from a routine traffic stop at around 10:00 p.m. in Red Oak.

 

Officers transported Ridnour to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 cash bond.

 

Tom Robinson

March 5, 2015

a.m. news 



(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council Wednesday night approved an an amendment to the Urban Renewal Plan for the Southeast Urban Renewal Area.

 

Sonntag Development LLC is seeking $360,000 in Tax Increment Finance money to help with infrastructure improvements and other related costs for the proposed Southern Heights Housing project.

 

The City Council will decide March 18 on the proposed development agreement with Sonntag Development LLC, including Tax Increment Payments.

 

Don Sonntag stated earlier that he is seeking $120,000 be paid at the time that the improvements are completed, $120,000 at the time of completion of the first foundations, (ten units), and the final $120,000 at the time of completion of the next five foundations, or (ten units). Sonntag Development LLC is proposing to build 28-Condominum units, 16 along 19th Street and 12 additional units near 22nd Street.

 

The site plan for the $3-to-$4 million project was approved at the January 21 City Council meeting.

 

Tom Robinson

March 3, 2015

a.m. news 



(Atlantic) Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones announced this (Wednesday), evening that 5th Ward City Council person Lori Stuart is stepping down.

 

Jones says Stuart, in her second year on the City Council  is moving to Cedar Rapids and will be stepping down during the first week of June. 

 

The Mayor has the option to appoint someone with the approval of the City Council. A citizen from the 5th Ward can file a petition to fill the spot, or schedule a special election if  more than one person is interested in running for the seat.

 

Jones says anyone interested can contact him. 

 

Tom Robinson

March 4, 2015



(Council Bluffs) As of 4:45 PM today, the traffic lights at Highway 92 and Harry Langdon Blvd in Council Bluffs have been repaired. “Normal” traffic for the construction zone has resumed. The traffic signals went down Monday following a traffic incident.

 

Mandy Billings

03/04/2015



(Walnut) The A-H-S-T and Walnut school boards will  continue

reorganization discussions during a joint board meeting on March 17th.

 

Jesse Ulrich, Superintendent for A-H-S-T and Walnut, said the meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Walnut 

School.

 

“I think over the last couple of months both boards have been doing diligence to the process in regards to receiving feedback from their patrons and talking about potential names,” said Ulrich. I think, at this meeting, I really think it’s going to be a meeting of where are we at and how can we move forward. I think they’ve had enough time to talk to the constituents to make a decision and so I think at this next board meeting we could see some progress.”

 

The Walnut and A-H-S-T school boards have been working on a mutually agreeable name for the reorganization petition for quite some time. Ulrich said if a name is chosen on March 17th, then the next step is for the board members to begin the petition process of reorganization, meaning each board member will take the petition and go get the required number of signatures.

 

“A-H-S-T will need just about 400 signatures and the Walnut School District will need between 170 to 200 signatures,” explained Ulrich.

 

After the petitions are signed it will be taken to Green Hills AEA and they will take land objections and reorganization objections and then they will have a public hearing. Once the AEA board approves the reorganization then it will get put on the ballot for a vote in September.

 

Mandy Billings

03/04/2015



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Senate committee has approved a bill requiring employers to give time off to non-essential workers so they can attend Iowa's presidential caucuses.

 

The State Government Committee in the Democratic-controlled Senate approved the bill Wednesday. It would mandate that employers provide unpaid leave to workers who want to attend their precinct caucus. There are exemptions for jobs that affect public health or safety, or if employers could show that they would experience economic distress.

 

The legislation will move to the full Senate. It is not clear how it will fare in the Republican-controlled House.

 

The Iowa Democratic Party supports the bill as part of an effort to expand caucus attendance. The Republican Party of Iowa has declined to offer an opinion.

 

Iowa's presidential caucuses are scheduled for February 2016.



(Des Moines) Members of the Iowa Supreme Court will be visiting with area high school and Southwestern Community College students next week to discuss the role of the courts.

 

On Monday, Justice David Wiggins will visit East Union High School in Afton. On Tuesday, Justice Brent Appel will visit Nodaway Valley High School in Greenfield, Justice Bruce Zager will be at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Chief Justice Mark Cady will stop by Creston High School, and Justice Daryl Hecht will visit the Winterset High School.

 

In addition to the school visits, the Supreme Court will hold a special session in the Creston High School auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Monday. During the special session, the court will hear oral arguments in the case of Sanon, et al. v. City of Pella, et al. This case involves the drowning of two teenage boys while on a youth camp outing to the Pella Aquatic Center, operated by the City of Pella. The case rises on appeal from the Iowa district court following its ruling granting in part and denying in part the City’s motion for summary judgment on immunity issues. The issues on appeal center on whether acts or omissions of city employees resulting in violation of pool safety regulations amount to a criminal offense under Iowa law such that the City does not have immunity from liability under Iowa Code section 670.4(12).

 

The oral arguments are open to the public. A public reception with the justices in the Creston High School Commons will follow the oral arguments.

 

Mandy Billings

03/04/2015



(Des Moines) Lawmakers in a House committee have unanimously passed a bill this morning that would make radon testing mandatory in Iowa schools. It strengthens an earlier bill that just encouraged such testing.

 

But, Iowa City Democrat Mary Mascher referred to a study that shows around 60 percent of Iowa districts still haven’t checked their buildings for the colorless, odorless, cancer causing gas.

 

“Most of the districts when they were asked why are you not testing, we don’t have to, and that’s ridiculous when you think about the safety of children and why that’s so important,” said Mascher.

 

Some lawmakers complained that mediation wasn’t mandated when high levels of radon are found. But, others say the bill specifically allows existing funding to be used to help foot the bill. Iowa has been referred to as ground zero for radon gas exposure in the U.S.

 

House Study Bill 178 passed 21 to nothing out of the House local government committee and is now eligible for floor debate.

 

Iowa Radio Network

03/04/2015



(Harlan) Three people were arrested following a domestic disturbance in Harlan.

 

The Harlan Police Department says officers were called to the disturbance in the 1700 block of 6th Street on February 25th. 43-year-old Timothy Sorensen, of Harlan, was charged with domestic abuse assault, possession of stolen property, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 29-year-old Marcia Finch, of Harlan, was charged with criminal mischief and assault. And, 43-year-old Pamela Frieze, of Harlan, was charged with assault. All three were transported to the Shelby County Jail.

 

The Harlan Police Department also reports that an investigation into complaints of harassing messages and texts led to the arrest of 50-year-old Curt Anstey, of Audubon, on February 24th. Anstey was taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with impersonating a public official.

 

In other activity, 21-year-old Nhial Lam, of Denison, was arrested February 26th when officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle. Lam was transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of contraband.

 

And, on March 1st, officers were called to the 1700 block of 6th Street where a total of eight tires had been slashed. The estimated cost of the damage was $1,500. This case remains under investigation.

 

Mandy Billings

03/04/2015



SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A religious discrimination lawsuit filed against Sioux City's Bishop Heelan Catholic school system has been dismissed.

 

In a ruling filed last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles said David Newbrough couldn't proceed on his claim that the system fired him because he wasn't Roman Catholic. Newbrough was the system's chief financial officer.

 

The lawsuit also said he was relieved of his duties as a volunteer basketball scorekeeper at Heelan High School in retaliation for filing a claim with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

 

The judge says the system's actions were protected under a federal law exemption that lets religious organizations discriminate on religious grounds in their employment practices.



(Elk Horn) A portion of Timber Road in Shelby County will be closed to replace a bridge with a culvert.

 

Shelby County Emergency Management says the bridge is over an unnamed tributary of Walnut Creek between Monroe townships 34 and 35.

 

The road will be closed March 9th and remain closed for approximately five to six weeks.

 

Mandy Billings

03/04/2015



(Avoca) The Avoca Main Street group is conducting a market study to explore the future of their downtown area. Avoca Main Street Director Anna Hoegh says they have assembled a special project team to work on the project.

 

The goal is to fine-tune and enhance downtown business development and marketing strategies. Hoegh says the study will include and in-depth analysis of input collected from local business and consumer surveys to be conducted in March and April.

 

She says the project team members are in the midst of the projects’ initial discovery phase that includes the collection and review of background information and an assessment of the downtown business climate. The team is also reviewing current demographic and economic data to assess conditions and to identify possible opportunities for business retention, expansion and recruitment.

 

Community residents and business persons will have a chance to chime in as part of the Downtown Avoca Market Study project.

 

For more information about the study and opportunities to participate, contact Anna Hoegh at Avoca Main Street at mainstreet@cityof avoca.com

 

Tom Robinson

March 4, 2015

a.m. news 



(Creston) Another theft arrest has been made in Creston.

 

The Creston Police Department reports the arrest of 56-year-old Mary Acker, of Creston. She’s charged with Theft 5th and was released on a Promise to Appear.

 

Acker was arrested at 3:19 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Bennett Blake

3/4/15



(Des Moines) Students from across the state came to the Statehouse Tuesday as part of Education Lobbying Day.

 

One component of their effort is aimed at getting a state law change that criminalizes delinquency on student loans by revoking a person’s driver’s license.

 

Evan Burger of the U.S. Student Association says the Association and the students he works with  feel this is a bad policy. "If they can’t afford to pay back their student loans with a driver’s license how are they supposed to pay them back without a drivers’ license."

 

Burger says Iowa and Montana are the only states with such a policy and an effort is underway in Montana as well to change the law there.

 

He says sanctions imposed by the federal government should be penalty enough for students struggling with student loan debt.

 

Iowa Radio Network

March 4, 2015 



(Des Moines AP)  A sentencing hearing for a Nebraska businessman accused of fraudulently landing $23.4 million in federal contracts intended for disabled veterans will continue.

 

Several witnesses were called Tuesday to discuss how Omaha businessman Ram Hingorani set up a company to qualify for federal contracts by certifying a service-disabled veteran ran the company and held majority ownership. In reality prosecutors say Hingorani, who is not a veteran, ran the company and extracted millions of dollars for his own use.

 

He's pleaded guilty to fraud and faces up to two years in prison under a plea agreement.

 

Judge Stephanie Rose will set a date to finish the sentencing which ran longer than expected on Tuesday.

 

Hingorani's companies won 45 federal contracts from 2007 to 2010 to perform construction work in Iowa and Nebraska.



(State) Iowa farmers who would normally have faced a filing deadline for state taxes, at the beginning of this month have been given an extension. ISU Ag Law Professor Roger McEowen explains, 

 

"Many were waiting because we were so late on the coupling legislation in Iowa, that didn't get signed until just a couple of weeks ago and the software is not caught up with the coupling bill in Iowa it was creating problems. So many people had stockpiled returns and not actually filed them yet. What this does is grant relief for those until April 15th for the Iowa return."

 

He says the sudden change is for those who get two-thirds of their income through farming. Non-farmers still face the April 30th deadline, to file their state taxes. 

 

Iowa Radio Network

3/3/15



(Audubon) A Cass County teen has been arrested in Audubon County.

 

19-year-old Jacob Quentin Dvorak, of Atlantic, is being held in the Audubon County Jail on $10,000 bond following his arrest at around 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

 

Dvorak was arrested on an outstanding Audubon County Warrant and is charged with Violation of Probation.

 

Bennett Blake
3/3/15



(Red Oak) An Elliott woman has been charged with 4th degree fraudulent practice.

 

48-year-old Kristine Courtney Ryan is being held on $1,000 bond following her arrest at 2:30 Tuesday.

 

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Ryan changed the purchase price of a vehicle that she registered.

 

Bennett Blake
3/3/15



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The attorney for a 19-year-old accused of fatally beating a 97-year-old Des Moines man says his client will use an insanity defense.

 

Trial is scheduled to begin April 13 for Ngor Makuey, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. Makuey is accused of entering the home of Rupert and Harriet Anderson on July 2 and attacking the couple. Rupert Anderson died of his injuries. Ninety-four-year-old Harriet Anderson survived.

 

Defense attorney Darren Page filed a notice last week that he'll employ an insanity defense for Makuey.

 

March 3, 2015



(Des Moines) State Senators launching a renewed effort today (Tue) to legalize use of medical marijuana in Iowa.  Sufferers of chronic diseases and their caretakers speaking at an event at the statehouse over the noon hour...


"Unfortunately obtaining the medicine in other states with medical cannabis programs is not possible without a medical card issued by that state. These cards are only issued to residents living in those states. I'm not able to count the number of conversations I've had with my son explaining why I need to rest, or why my legs don't work, or why I stutter, or why the potato chips are in the refrigerator."

 

Supporters say the medical cannabinoid oil bill passed last session isn't working. Senate Study Bill Twelve-Forty-Three would expand the number of conditions eligible for treatment with marijuana from one to eight...including cancer, M-S...and Hepatitis C.  It would allow in-state production of medical marijuana, but, would not legalize recreational use. 

 

Iowa Radio Network

3/3/15



(Corning) The Adams County Board of Supervisor’s during a joint meeting with the Adams County Conservation Board accepted bids this morning (Tuesday) for the $2.1 million Lake Icaria construction project.

 

Dan Carl Adams County Conservation Director says this is several projects wrapped into one or two. The three Cabin Restroom Additions is one bid and the other is for the Timber Ridge Expansion, Lake Icaria Sewer Regionalization, and the Lake View Restrooms.

 

“All of three of these projects were wrapped up into one bid from a general contractor,” stated Carl. “One phase includes the renovation of the Timber Ridge Campground, new restrooms in the Lake View area campground, and the third is the Lake Icaria Sewer Regionalization.”

 

Carl says the project will now allow them to document full service site usage which is about 60-more nights per year per site for those that provide sewer and water in addition to electric.

 

“We are going to add sewer and upgrade the electric system to 50 amps throughout that area of the park. In addition campsites will be leveled out and add twelve new campsites to that area as well. We are going to offer what people want in that area.”

 

Schwarnweber Construction was awarded the bid of $2-million-twenty-three-thousand-one hundred and twenty dollars for the Timber Ridge Expansion, Lake Icaria Sewer Regionalization, and Lake View Restrooms. Nishna Valley Builders bid of $140,981.00 was approved for the Cabin Restroom additions.

 

Carl says it will take approximately 12-months to complete the project. Construction within the campground itself will not start until after Labor Day.

 

Tom Robinson

March 3, 2015

p.m. news 



(Washington D.C) Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says Republicans cannot be accused of reneging on their promises to undo the President’s executive orders on immigration if that is not included in the final funding bill approved for the Department of Homeland Security,

 

“But yet our keeping our promise to the American people we would do everything possible under the constitution to pre-empt him. But under every constitutional method we have used we haven’t been successful.   Then maybe we better do the other things we can do. One’s the courts, the other one is passing immigration bills.”

 

The Senate has already approved the latest version of the Bill without the language on immigration.

 

Iowa Radio Network
3/3/15



(Atlantic) A pair of non-injury accidents occurred in Atlantic Monday.

 

The Atlantic Police Department responded to the intersection of 7th Street and the west Wal-Mart entrance at 7:21 a.m. Merle Pope, of Harlan, was eastbound  on 7th street approaching the stop light. At the same time, Patsy Wood, of Adair, was northbound at the stop light leaving Wal-Mart.  Pope failed to stop at the red light striking Wood’s vehicle. Pope is cited for Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device. Wood advised she bumped her head, but refused medical treatment.

 

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. yesterday. Kay Williams, of Marne, and Linda Fay, of Lewis were both eastbound on 7th street when Williams stopped for a vehicle in front of her. Fay failed to get stopped in time and was cited for Following too close. No injuries were reported.

 

Bennett Blake
3/3/15



(Atlantic) Anyone who has filed taxes in Iowa may be the target of the latest phone scam.

 

Jan Kinnison, owner of J & R Tax Service, says calls are circulating with people asking for personal information.

 

"This scam is directly using a Department of Iowa Revenue phone number and it's targeting strictly Iowa tax payers and the number is 515-281-3114."

 

Kinnison's advice,

 

"I wouldn't even answer if if that call comes in." 

 

If you receive a call do not provide any information to the caller.

 

Bennett Blake
3/3/15



(Ames) Three southwest Iowa communities are part of 14-communities  selected across Iowa as host sites for the 2nd annual Live Healthy Iowa 5K events.

 

Carroll, Glenwood and Mt. Ayr will host the event on Saturday, April 11, with proceeds from the events to benefit local wellness efforts in these communities, as well as Adaptive Sports Iowa. 

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with these 14 local communities and co-host these events," said Live Healthy Iowa director, Nicole Bruce. "These events not only serve as a time of celebration for challenge participants, but as a way for Iowans to come together in support of local communities and their wellness efforts." 

The 5K portion of the event will begin at 8:00 am with the 1K kid's run following at 9:00 am. All participants will receive a Live Healthy Iowa 5K T-shirt, race number, finisher medal and the opportunity to win age-group awards. The cost for the 5K is $20 through March 30, then $25 up to race day. Adult 10 Week Wellness Challenge participants can use the discount code in their weekly email to receive a $10 discount. The 1K kid's run for ages 12 and younger is $5 through race day. On-site registration will be available at all locations. Adult challenge participants should present their Access Card to receive the $10 discount. For local event details, or to register, visit www.livehealthyiowa.org.

Live Healthy Iowa and Live Healthy Iowa Kids provide challenges and events throughout the year to promote healthy and active lifestyles. To learn more about these programs and find more information about the Live Healthy Iowa 5K, please visit www.livehealthyiowa.org or contact us at (888)777-8881.

Tom Robinson

March 3, 2015

p.m. news 



(Red Oak) The Red Oak City Council approved a budget Monday night with virtually no change in the tax levy. The budget carries a levy of $17.18.

 

Red Oak City Administrator Brad Wright says every year they start out with the same process and he says in every department there are some tough decisions to make.

 

“We start out by working with all of our departments and all of our various funds and start where they would like to be and cut from there,” stated Wright. “We had to make some tough decisions this year.”

 

Wright says they reduced one position in the Police Department and continue to evaluate within the fire department the employment of three part-time personnel involved in patient ambulance transfers. He says that decision will be made by July 1 and will depend on ambulance revenue.

 

In other business, the Council approved a bond purchase agreement in the amount of $2.2 million. Wright says about half of that is refunding bonds that were sold in 2010 that saved the city around $40,000 by refinancing at an interest rate of 2.62 percent.

 

He says the new money is going towards a variety of things including; $1.3 million for the 2015 street improvement project, $230,000 for a new tanker for the fire department, a new sewer jet machine, and other minor equipment that was rolled into this as well.

 

Tom Robinson

March 3, 2015

a.m. news

 

 



(Stennett) Slick roads caused a single vehicle rollover accident in Montgomery County this morning.

 

Montgomery County Communications received a call at approximately 8:11 a.m. reporting a personal injury accident west of Stennett. Margene M. Bisbee, of Carson, was westbound on 150th Street near E Avenue when she lost control due to the road being 100% ice covered. The vehicle entered the north ditch and continued westbound in the ditch when it encountered snow in the road ditch as it was skidding sideways. The vehicle then rolled and came to rest on it’s wheels. Bisbee was transported to Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for neck and back pain. Her 2004 Ford Expedition sustained $7,500 damage.

 

Bennett Blake
3/3/15



(Creston) Police arrested two Creston people Monday evening on charges of domestic abuse.

 

Creston Police report 34-year-old Nick Ward and 35-year-old Rebecca Ann Ward were arrested at 513 Livingston Street in Creston on charges of domestic assault.

 

Nick Ward was held without bond in the Union County Jail awaiting an appearance in front of the magistrate. Rebecca Ann Ward was also held without bond in the Ringgold County Jail awaiting an appearance in front of a magistrate.

 

In a separate incident, 37-year-old Gerald Lynn Lawrence, of Des Moines was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on two Union County warrants for failure to appear.

 

He is being held without bond awaiting an appearance in front of a magistrate.

 

Tom Robinson

March 3, 2015

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(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council will hold a Public Hearing Wednesday night on an amendment to the Urban Renewal Plan for the Southeast Urban Renewal Area.

 

Sonntag Development LLC is seeking $360,000 in Tax Increment Finance money to help with infrastructure improvements and other related costs for the proposed Southern Heights Housing project.

 

Sonntag asks that $120,000 be paid at the time that the improvements are completed, $120,000 at the time of completion of the first foundations, (ten units), and the final $120,000 at the time of completion of the next five foundations, or (ten units).

 

Sonntag Development LLC is proposing to build 28-Condominum units, 16 along 19th Street and 12 additional units near 22nd Street.

 

The Personnel and Finance Committee reviewed the request and recommends approval. The site plan for the $3-to-$4 million project was approved at the January 21 City Council meeting.

 

Atlantic City Administrator John Lund says changes to the Iowa Code from House File 2460 went into effect nearly three years ago regarding TIF implementation must be observed.

 

Tom Robinson

March 3, 2015

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(Hamburg) Fremont County Deputies arrested two men early (Tuesday) this morning on numerous drug charges following a traffic stop in the 2300 block of Waubounsie Avenue.

 

Authorities charged 35-year-old Thomas Lee Knipe, of Glenwood and 43-year-old Christopher Lynn Mosier, of Essex, with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of Marijuana, and possession of numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia.

 

Knipe is held on $2,000 cash bond. Mosier is being held on $1,000 cash bond.

 

The Mills County K-9 assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s during the investigation.

 

Tom Robinson

March 3, 2015

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(Des Moines AP)  A Senate panel has approved a bill that could halt the upcoming closings of state mental health centers in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant.

 

A three-member human resources subcommittee approved the bill unanimously Monday. It now heads to a full committee for consideration.

 

The bill would require the state Department of Human Services to keep the facilities open until it develops a "suitable and appropriate" long-term care and treatment plan for its patients. The Legislature would approve the plan.

 

Gov. Terry Branstad's budget proposal removes funding for the facilities. State officials say patients will be able to receive treatment elsewhere. Critics say the closings, scheduled later this year, have not been well organized.

 

Democratic Sen. Rich Taylor, the bill's sponsor, says he has bipartisan support in both chambers.



(Forest City)  A north Iowa kindergarten teacher is facing a criminal charge following accusations he inappropriately touched a child under the age of 14.

 

Winnebago County Attorney Adam Sauer says the suspected incident didn't happen at the elementary school of the North Iowa Community School District, where 61-year-old Allen James Twait of Forest City is employed.

 

The district's superintendent says Twait has been placed on administrative leave.

 

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Twait is charged with one count of lascivious acts with a child. He was arrested Saturday and was released from the Winnebago County Jail after posting a $10,000 cash bond.

 

It wasn't immediately clear if Twait has an attorney. A phone listing for Twait could not be found on Tuesday morning.



(Red Oak) Montgomery County authorities arrested a Red Oak man for alcohol related charges early this morning.

 

Montgomery County Sheriffs’ Office says 26-year-old Todd Hall was taken into custody at around 2:49 a.m. on a charge of OWI 2nd Offense.

 

Hall booked into jail and held on $2,000 bond.

 

Tom Robinson

March 3, 2015

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(Adel) A Dexter man has been charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal accident in Dallas County.

 

The Iowa State Patrol responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 6 just after midnight on Saturday. 37-year-old Heidi Lynn Harkrader, from rural Adel, was westbound crossing the Raccoon River Bridge when her vehicle was rear ended by a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Justin Krutsinger, of Dexter. Both vehicles went into the north ditch and eventually struck a home on South 5th Street.

 

Harkrader was pronounced dead at the scene. Krutsinger was charged with vehicular homicide and is being held at the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office on $25,000 cash only bond.

 

The Iowa State Patrol, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Adel Police Department investigated the accident.

 

 

Mandy Billings

03/02/2015



(Atlantic) Chamber Ambassadors visited the Megan Roberts State Farm Agency, located at 912 E. 7th St. in Atlantic. Agent Megan Roberts, who opened her agency Jan. 1, said she and her team had a great start to 2015 and they are well prepared to help customers with their insurance and financial services needs.

Pictured: Megan Roberts, Desiree Hoye, Alisha Hass, Adam Roberts, Hank Roberts, Grady Roberts, Cameron Williams, Howard and Sherry Campbell, Bill and Diana Roberts, Ouida Wymer, Janet Cappel, Sue Muri, Nedra Perry, Pat McCurdy, Dolly Bergmann, Carole Schuler, Gerald Brink, JoAnne Runyan, Ann McCurdy, Arlene Drennan, Tammy Waters, Renea Steffens, Lana Westphalen, Doreen Ellsbury, Lucas Mosier, Keith Leonard, Rich Perry, Sara Nelson, Bill Saluk, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Kate Olsen, Crystal Christensen, BJ Hart, Russ Joyce, Dr. Jim Kickland, Dan Mehmen, Donnie Drennan and David Schwab.



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that could halt the upcoming closings of state mental health centers in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant.

 

A three-member human resources subcommittee approved the bill unanimously Monday. It now heads to a full committee for consideration.

 

The bill would require the state Department of Human Services to keep the facilities open until it develops a "suitable and appropriate" long-term care and treatment plan for its patients. The Legislature would approve the plan.

 

Gov. Terry Branstad's budget proposal removes funding for the facilities. State officials say patients will be able to receive treatment elsewhere. Critics say the closings, scheduled later this year, have not been well organized.

 

Democratic Sen. Rich Taylor, the bill's sponsor, says he has bipartisan support in both chambers.



(Underwood) An Underwood Middle School teacher has been arrested on sexual abuse charges.

 

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office took a report of inappropriate conduct with a student by Underwood Middle School teacher, 45-year-old Barret Glasnapp, on December 5th. The student was identified as a 16-year-old female. The inappropriate conduct was reported to have begun at age 14 following the victim’s 8th grade year of being a student of Mr. Glasnapp’s.

 

Today, Mr. Glasnapp was arrested and booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail on four counts of Sexual Abuse, 3rd Degree (Class C Felony), one count of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee (Class D Felony), and five counts of Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee (Aggravated Misdemeanors).

 

Mandy Billings

03/02/2015



(Atlantic) Atlantic Police Lt. Dave Erickson is warning the public of a scam.

 

Lt. Erickson is one of many residents who have received a Wells Fargo card support text message…

 

“It says your card is suspended, please respond and then it gives a website and what they’re wanting you to do is click on that website and give all of your needed information to reissue you a card,” explained Lt. Erickson. “It’s a scam because I’ve already checked with Wells Fargo and they’ve had numerous complaints about that and I just want to get the word out.”

 

Lt. Erickson says DO NOT reply to the message.

 

Mandy Billings

03/02/2015



(Atlantic) Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Cass County Saturday.

 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old William Dunlap, Jr., of Council Bluffs, on charges of OWI 1st Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Driving under Suspension. 20-year-old Robyn Lynn Spitler, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

 

Both were taken to the Cass County Jail. Spitler was released the following day on $1,000 bond. Dunlap was released the following day on his own recognizance.

 

Mandy Billings

03/02/2015



(Atlantic) Cass County Emergency Management is pleased to announce the official launch of a county wide mass notification system.

 

Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon said the system uses Inspiron Logistics’ Wireless Emergency Notification System to send residents important updates during emergencies.

 

“Nothing beats being able to get a message to somebody when it hits their pocket and it rings and gives them a text message and identifies an immediate threat to them and they can take action,” said Kennon.

 

Kennon said all land line phones have already been entered into the system, so registration will be required for residents wanting to receive emergency alerts via cell phone, email, or pager. The system is fully integrated with NOAA, which allows for automated weather notifications, including tornados, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and other notifications issued through NOAA. Kennon said at registration, residents will be allowed to customize how they will receive messaging and what types of messages they would like to receive.

 

“Say you live in Atlantic and work in Atlantic, but you have family members that live in Massena, you can get the messaging that goes to Massena residents… so there’s just lots of different things you can do when you get in to register,” explained Kennon.

 

To register, got to http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/cass_ia/wens.cfm and sign up by entering your cell phone, email, and/or pager number, city and zip code.

 

Mike Kennon would also like the public to be aware of a couple of upcoming events. Storm Spotter training will take place at the Cass County Courthouse on March 11th at 7:00 p.m. The Statewide Tornado Drill will take place March 25th at approximately 10:00 a.m.

 

Mandy Billings

03/02/2015



(Des Moines) State Climatologist Harry Hilaker says February will go down as the 9th coldest in 143 years of record keeping.  He says it was also the 9th snowiest February on record in Iowa.

 

Hilaker says the coldest temperatures occurred on the last two days of the month.

 

“Stanley and Elkader, two cities in northeast Iowa recorded the lowest temperatures in the state at 30-below,” stated Hilaker. “Atlantic dipped down to 23-below on February 5.”

 

Hilaker says snowfall amounts averaged about 12.9 inches for the month statewide which is double the normal amount for the month of February.

 

“Far northwest Iowa received normal snowfall amounts but everyone else in the state recorded above normal snowfall,” said Hilaker.  

 

He says a few locations in the northeastern part of the state received nearly 20-inches; however, 12-16 inches appeared to be the norm for most of the eastern third of Iowa.

 

Tom Robinson

March 2, 2015

11:00 a.m.  



(Des Moines) A woman from Ankeny is behind bars accused of running an adoption scam that preyed on the emotions of a number of couples wanting to adopt new born children.

 

Tracy Bess-Thacker, 29, is charged with 4th degree theft after police say she accepted $200 last month from a couple from Dewitt wanting to adopt her unborn baby.  Police Chief Gary Mikulec says Bess wasn't pregnant at the time but used info from an earlier pregnancy including hospital photos and a sonogram to fool potential adoptive parents.  The chief says Bess has had a history of using the same scam.  In 2011, she was accused of using 19 different aliases to connect with prospective parents in several states including Iowa.  And a couple from Utah reported Bess was working the same scam last July

 

Chief Mikulec says, "Tracy Bess is an internet predator who intentionally inflicts mental anguish and emotional distress on adoptive parents.   This is a strong example of an internet bullying case that has not been considered in the law."

 

Police are asking adoption agencies to forward the information about Bess to prevent more people from becoming victims.

 

Iowa Radio Network

03/02/2015



(Atlantic) An Atlantic man was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Assault on a Peace Officer.

 

The Atlantic Police Department arrested 26-year-old Jeremy Blagdon February 28th. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

 

In other activity, 28-year-old Christopher Castillo of Atlantic was arrested February 28th on a Cass County warrant for Violation of Probation. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

 

And, 49-year-old Tracy Auerbach, of Chariton, was arrested March 1st for OWI 1st. She was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

 

Mandy Billings

03/02/2015



(Creston) A Prescott woman was arrested on a Union County warrant for theft in the fourth degree. The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested 48-year-old Carolyn Cook February 27th. She was released from the jail on $1,000 bond.

 

 

Mandy Billings

03/02/2015



(Omaha) Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says Iowa won’t have huge growth in jobs in the coming months.

 

Goss questions businesses about supplies, orders and hiring and he says many Iowa manufacturers are shedding jobs at a slow pace.

 

“Agricultural equipment manufacturers, for example… metal manufacturing also and some in the energy sector, for example ethanol companies… not as strong as what we have seen at this time last year,” said Goss. “So, again, looking ahead Iowa is probably going to continue to add jobs, but at a much slower pace than what we saw this time last year.”

 

Overall, the Business Conditions Index has Iowa just four tenths of a point higher than last month. Goss says average weekly wages for Iowa have grown less than two percent over last year. While that’s better than the half-percent growth in Minnesota, it’s less than the nearly four percent in North Dakota.

 

Iowa Radio Network

03/02/2015



(Atlantic) The Atlantic Business and Professional Women are offering four scholarships to non-traditional students.

 

Officials say anyone who has been out of the work force and wants or needs to go back to work but needs additional education is eligible. The applicants must be a U.S. citizen, has been out of high school for five or more years and wants to resume their college education and demonstrates a financial need, scholastic ability, leadership skills and career goals.

 

The scholarships range from a $1,000 scholarship to a resident of Cass County, giving financial aid to a man or woman who need education to re-enter the workforce, gain additional education for a career, meet educational requirements for employment, or to continue education interrupted for family or other reasons.

 

A $500 scholarship is available to a female resident of Cass, Shelby, or Audubon County, who is pursuing a degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Computer Systems Management, Chemistry, or Engineering.

 

The $1,000 Bev Mendenhall  nursing Scholarship, is available to a female resident of Cass County who wants to re-enter the work force, gain additional education for a career, meet educational requirements for employment, or to continue education interrupted for family or other reasons.

 

Those interested can contact Jolene Roecker, BPW Scholarship Chairperson, at 712-249-7700 or email Jolene.roecker@greatwesternbank.com for an application.

 

Tom Robinson

March 2, 2015

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(Griswold) Griswold Republican Representative Jack Drake says in his time in the legislature, this past week he had one of his toughest votes. The vote was on the gas tax increase legislation.

 

Drake says he had many contacts on the proposed legislation, both for and against. He voted yes on the bill that passed on a 53-46 vote. An amendment was defeated that he supported that would have phased in the tax with a 5 cent increase over each of the next two years. His concern is that the gas tax passed at the present time will make the tax higher than the neighboring states, if they don’t pass a tax increase.

 

A South Dakota Republican Governor has proposed a 2 cent increase every year without a sunset. The legislature would have to vote to stop the increase. Nebraska is proposing a 6 cent increase over 4 years. Missouri is talking about an increase with no set amount yet disclosed. Minnesota is proposing a 16-cent increase. Wisconsin is looking at borrowing $1.3 billion. Illinois is looking at a 13-cent hike.

 

With the 10 cent increase it is estimated that Adams County would receive an increase of $469,711, Cass County, $616,614, Pottawattamie County, $1,282,784, and Union County, $487,568.

 

Tom Robinson

March 2, 2015

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(Creston) A Creston man faces numerous drug charges in Union County.

 

Police arrested 40-year-old Chad Lee on Friday for failure to affix a drug tax stamp, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, delivery of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

He was released on $5,000 bond.

 

In a separate case; Creston Police arrested 48-year-old Pamela Collette Oshel, of Lorimor, at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County Warrant for failure to appear. Oshel was released on $300.00 bond.

 

Tom Robinson

March 2, 2015

8:00 a.m. 



(Dubuque AP)  Iowa racing officials are reviewing a recommended plan to distribute $72 million settlement related to the end of greyhound racing in Council Bluffs.

 

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission plans to review the report Thursday.

 

Half of the money would support the Iowa Greyhound Association's operation of the Dubuque track, which plans to run races from April 29 to Oct. 25 on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Most of the rest of the money would go to Iowa breeders based on their past performance.

 

Dubuque's Mystique Casino and Bluffs Run Greyhound Park in Council Bluffs agreed to pay the settlement in exchange for ending subsidized racing.

About $1.2 million would be set aside for closing expenses at Bluffs Run and  no-kill greyhound adoption centers.

 

March 2, 2015 



(Omaha AP)  A new report suggests economic growth is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

 

The survey report issued today says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January.

 

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the regional growth is likely although areas "linked closely to the energy sector, including ethanol, are experiencing pullbacks in economic activity."

 

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

 

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

 

March 2, 2015 



(Des Moines AP) Des Moines police say a 30-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly admitted to fatally shooting his neighbor.

 

Police spokesman Sgt. Jason Halifax says the suspect, who hasn't been formally charged, called his girlfriend, saying he killed a man who lived next door. The woman then notified authorities.

 

Officers say they found the body of a 35-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on Sunday at a residence near the Des Moines International Airport.

 

Halifax says police think the men had been arguing before the shooting. The victim's name hasn't been released.

 

March 2, 2015 



(Red Oak) The Red Oak School Board officially named a High School Principal and Athletic Director last week.

 

The Council Bluffs Non-Pareil says Jeff Spotts was appointed by the Red Oak School Board as principal for the 2015-16 school year. And Barry Bower was also confirmed as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director.

 

The board voted on the appointments Feb. 23.

 

Tom Robinson

March 1, 2015

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(Grimes AP) The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a body found in a creek near a wrecked car is that of a missing Oskaloosa woman.

 

On Saturday, officials identified the body as that of 45-year-old Sallie West, who was reported missing on Monday.

 

The car was found submerged in the creek Friday morning just north of Grimes with no one inside. West's body was later discovered nearby, but not immediately identified.

 

Officials say they are investigating how the car ended up off in the creek. Officials have not yet released the cause of West's death.

 
March 1, 2015 


(Des Moines) Many school districts across the state are waiting on Iowa Lawmakers to decide on the school the funding bill.  

 

Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler says over the last several years, the state legislature has increased school funding by $500 million. The Revenue Estimating Council says there is $200 million of new money coming in this year. 

 

The House has proposed spending $100 million dollars on education and spreading  out the remaining $100 million amongst all of the other state programs.  

 

“As House Republicans, we have pretty much promised that we are not going to spend any more money than we take in,” stated Baudler.

 

The House is proposing a 1.25% increase. The Senate is proposing a 4% increase. Baudler says he is not sure where the money will come from if lawmakers approve the Senate’s version of the bill that is currently in conference committee.

 

Tom Robinson

March 1, 2015

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(Des Moines AP) With a fuel tax increase taking effect, how quickly can Iowa drivers expect to see road improvements on their daily commutes?

 

State and county officials say there will be additional road work underway later this year, but it's too soon to talk specifics. The 10-cent a gallon increase starts at the pump March 1 and is expected to generate over $200 million annually for Iowa's bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating or deficient.

 

Lyle Brehm, county engineer for Tama and Poweshiek counties, says he has a "very long list of repairs."

 

The Legislature approved the tax increase several days ago in a bipartisan deal. Gov. Terry Branstad quickly signed it into law.

The tax was last raised in 1989.

 

March 1, 2015



(Washington)  A onetime extension has been extended to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

 

According to the USDA, the final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month to March 31, 2015. This is also the final day for farm owners and producers  to choose ARC or PLC.

 

“This is an important decision for producers, because these programs provide financial protection against unexpected changes in the marketplace. Producers are working to make the best decision they can. And we’re working to ensure that they’ve got the time, the information, and the opportunities to have those final conversations, review their data, and to visit the Farm Service Agency to make those decisions,” said Vilsack.

 

 If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31, 2015, the farm's current yield and base will be used. A program choice of ARC or PLC coverage also must be made by March 31, 2015, or there will be no 2014 payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage through the 2018 crop year.

 

Tom Robinson

February 28, 2015



(Council Bluffs) A Council Bluffs man faces a third degree arson charge following an incident at a facility for the intellectually disabled.

 

Police say 46-year-old Clyde W. Points, set a fire to a trash bin on Wednesday. According to the Omaha World Herald police were able to identify Points from surveillance footage. He was arrested on a warrant on Thursday.

 

Bennett Blake
2/28/15



(Sidney) Fremont County authorities made a drug related arrest early this morning after being called to the Sapp Bros parking lot.

 

The Sheriff's Office was called on a report of a suspicious person. Upon investigation, 26-year-old Kory M. Pierce, of Nebraska City, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Multiple Pieces of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Pierce is being held at the Fremont County Jail in lieu of $2,300 cash bond.

 

Bennett Blake
2/28/15



(Mondamin) A Missouri man was injured when two semi's collided in Harrison County Friday afternoon.

 

The Iowa State Patrol reports 36-year-old Jason Durham was transported to Missouri Valley by Mondamin Rescue and then to Creighton by Lifenet. Durham was southbound on Interstate-29 near the 96 mile marker in a Freightliner semi when he reportedly entered the west ditch, struck a sign, and re-entered the roadway. Upon re-entering the interstate he struck a a southbound semi driven by 52-year-old Jose Ramirez, of Atascosa, TX. The collision caused Durham to enter the west ditch, drive through a fence, and hit a culvert. The semi came to rest in a wooded area.

 

Bennett Blake
2/28/15



GRIMES, Iowa (AP) — Police say they have discovered a body in the area where a car had earlier been found in an icy Iowa creek.

 

Authorities say the car was found Friday morning just north of Grimes with no one inside. The body was later discovered nearby. The identity of the body has not yet been released.

 

Officials say it wasn't immediately clear how long the car had been in the water, but that snow on top suggests it had been there since earlier this week. The car sustained severe damage to the rear.

 

The car belongs to a woman who was reported missing on Monday.

 

February 28th, 2015



(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department reports a pair of arrests.

 

23-year-old Danielle Lynette Archer, of Villisca, was arrested at 2:53 this (Saturday) morning on a charge of OWI. Her bond is set at $1,000.

 

44-year-old Shelby JoAnn Olivares, of Red Oak, was arrested Friday afternoon for Driving Suspended. Her bond was set at $566.25.

 

Bennett Blake
2/28/15



(Sidney) A Fremont County man has been arrested on drug charges.

 

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Friday conducted a Narcotics investigation leading to the arrest of 39-year-old Donald James Ryan, of Sidney. Ryan was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to deliver over 5 grams of methamphetamine. Deputies made the arrest in the Sapp Bros parking lot with the assistance of the Iowa State Patrol and Sidney Police Department.

 

Bond is set at $100,000 cash only.

 

Bennett Blake
2/28/15

 



(Audubon) Nearly 900 Mid-American Energy customers in and around the Audubon area were without power Friday evening due to a faulty insulator.

 

The outage originally affected 1,800 customers Friday afternoon, but according to a Mid-America Energy Spokesperson crews were able to switch at least of half of them over to a different circuit.

 

Power was restored to the remaining 900 customers just before 9:30 p.m. Friday.  

 

Tom Robinson

February 27, 2015

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