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More Travelers on Iowa Roadways Expected this Thanksgiving


(Des Moines) You’ll have plenty of company on the roads if you’re taking a Thanksgiving road trip.

 

“We’re expecting about a 4.2 percent increase over last year, or approximately 46.3 million Americans traveling at least 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday,” said Gail Weinholzer, of Iowa-Minnesota AAA

 

Weinholzer says bout 89-percent of all Thanksgiving travelers will be using a personal automobile and no doubt will be thankful for lower gas prices.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/25/2014

Be Cautious While Holiday Shopping Online


(Des Moines) A number of retailers got a jump on the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping blitz, starting online specials early.

 

Geoff Greenwood, of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, reminds consumers to make sure they’re not shopping on look-a-like websites.

 

“Look for the HTTPS, if it’s got an S on there that means it’s secure,” said Greenwood. “On some browsers you might see a little lock on the bottom of the screen and your transaction will be secure.”

 

He also reminds consumers to be vigilant about checking monthly statements, especially given so many big data breaches in recent months.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/25/2014

Governor Laying Groundwork for Possible Hike in Gas Tax


(Des Moines) The legislature doesn't convene until next January, but, the Governor says he's already laying the groundwork for a possible hike in the fuel tax.

 

“I’ve already talked with Senator Gronstal about this, I intend to talk with leaders in both houses and both parties to see if we can get their ideas, as well work with some of the ideas that the DOT has come up with on putting together a new system to funding the Road Use Tax Fund,” said Terry Branstad.

 

But, Branstad says he'll work for more than just a straight hike in the gas tax.  He says some possibilities include charging more for heavier vehicles and finding ways to charge hybrid or electric vehicles "their fair share".

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/25/2014

DNR Volunteer Fire Assistants Grants Awarded


(Ames) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau, in cooperation with US Forest Service - State and Private Forestry, has awarded $207,807 in 50 percent cost-share grants to 82 rural Iowa fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowan’s and their property from wildfires. 

 

The grants offer valuable funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, personal protective equipment and communications equipment.

 

The following fire departments in southwest Iowa will be receiving notification that their 2014 VFA Grant requests have been approved: Afton, Anita, Atlantic, Avoca, Carson, Grant, Jamaica, Hamburg, Harlan, Irwin, Logan, Manning, Mapleton, Neola, Pacific Junction, Prescott, Sidney, and Stuart.

 

Departments actively returning wildland fire reports receive priority points when the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant applications are scored.  These wildland fire reports are compiled locally and nationally and are reported to Congress.

 

Wildland Fire reporting forms and spreadsheets are available at www.iowadnr.gov/fire

 

Mandy Billings

11/25/2014

Fatal House Fire in Fremont County


(Riverton) A Riverton man died in a house fire this morning.

 

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office responded to the fire at 911 Meadow Avenue in Riverton at around 6:20 a.m. The owner of the home, 66-year-old William Daniel, was unable to exit the residence and died in the fire.

 

The fire remains under investigation. The Riverton, Sidney and Hamburg Fire Departments responded to the scene.

 

Mandy Billings

11/25/2014

Boil Advisory Lifted for City of Dunlap


(Dunlap) A boil advisory has been lifted for the city of Dunlap in Harrison County.

 

The boil advisory was issued Saturday after cracks were discovered in a water main. Repairs have been made to the system and the water has been tested to ensure it is safe.

 

 

Mandy Billings

11/25/2014

Snow to Develop over Southwest Iowa Tonight


(Atlantic) Kurt Kotenberg, with the National Weather Service in Des Moines, says southwest Iowa will receive between one and two inches of snow tonight.

 

“Most of that snow will start after midnight tonight and probably fall while we’re sleeping, so I think by around 7 a.m. or so, when we start to wake up, we’ll probably have about an inch and a half or so in southwestern Iowa,” said Kotenberg.

 

Kotenberg said light flurries will continue through the rest of the day on Wednesday. He said winds will be light so there should be no concern for reduced visibilities or drifting.

 

Areas of central Iowa could see three to four inches of snow.

 

The rest of the week will be dry with temperatures reaching the 40’s by Saturday.

 

Mandy Billings

11/25/2014

Inmate Serving Life Sentence from Pottawattamie County Dies


(Des Moines) An inmate serving a life sentence from Pottawattamie County for First Degree Murder died Monday.

 

Kenneth Boyd, 65, was assigned to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. He died in the IMCC Hospice Care Unit of natural causes due to complications from renal failure.

 

Boyd’s sentence began on June 25, 1976.

 

 

Mandy Billings

11/25/2014

Iowans Support Funding Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund


(Des Moines) A ballot initiative in 2010 resulted in passage of the natural resources and outdoor recreation trust fund, but years later the Iowa legislature has not approved the 150-million dollars in requested funding.

 

Jan Glendening, of the Iowa Nature Conservancy, says a recent poll found the majority of Iowans questioned are worried about pollution of rivers, soil conservation, and flooding and would be okay with the idea of a portion of the state sales tax for the fund as long as there were reductions in income and property taxes.

 

“Iowans really do care deeply about conservation and investment in conservation, it’s an investment in Iowa’s future,” said Glendening.

 

She says past bills to set aside revenue for the fund have failed in committee.

 

More information is available at www.iowaswaterandlandlegacy.org.

 

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/25/2014

Study Shows Health Centers may be Underprepared when ACA takes hold


(Des Moines) Community health centers and rural health clinics around the state could be hard pressed to keep up with the demand for services as the Affordable Care Act takes hold, according to a study released Monday by the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa.

 

“They’ve been able to do a lot with what little resources they have so that’s promising, but they did indicate that they felt like they maybe lacked some of the resources that they might need,” said Assistant Professor Brad Wright.

 

Wright says the study concludes the clinics may be underprepared for the influx of people seeking services because of the availability of insurance while maintaining the safety net provided by Medicaid services.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/25/2014

Fremont County Authorities aid in arresting Fleeing Subject out of Missouri


(Hamburg) A man running from Missouri authorities was arrested in southern Fremont County this morning.

 

Deputies from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist an Atchinson County Missouri Deputy in pursuit of a vehicle northbound on Interstate 29. When the subject entered Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to box in the fleeing subject at the 11-mile marker on northbound I-29 and arrest 18-year-old Jesse Calvin Rondell. He is being charged with assault on a peace officer, felony eluding, OWI, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Rondell is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $7,300. Bond.

 

Tom Robinson

November 25, 2014

a.m. news 

Lot of Interest in Jefferson Casino Convention Space


(Jefferson) The President of the Wild Rose Casino at Jefferson says he’s already getting phone calls about the new casino’s convention space, even though officials only recently broke ground.

 

Tom Timmons says he’s not surprised at the interest, noting casinos these days go well beyond gambling activities.

 

“The convention center will seat about 480 for a sit down meal or about 950 for a concert,” said Timmons. “The hotel will be a 71 room hotel which is being built by Cobblestone Inn and it will be attached to the building.”

 

The Jefferson facility is expected to open August 2015 and employ 250 people. Officials have named Mike Couch the General Manager of the Casino. Couch was part of the Wild Rose Emmetsburg property.

 

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved a license for the Wild Rose Jefferson Casino project in June of this year.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/25/2014

USDA Releases Final Iowa Crops and Weather Report


 (Des Moines) Ninety-six percent of Iowa’s corn acreage was harvested, equal to 2013 but 2 days ahead of the five-year average. Corn harvest in south central Iowa continued to trail behind the rest of the State with only 85 percent complete. Isolated corn fields still remain to be harvested throughout the rest of the State. Soybean harvest was nearly complete with 99 percent of the acreage harvested, according to the weekly report issued by the USDA Monday afternoon.  

 

 Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 37 percent moderate to heavy, dropping 11 percentage points from the previous week. Off-farm grain storage availability was rated at 93 percent adequate to surplus. On-farm grain storage availability was 97 percent adequate to surplus.

 

Hay and roughage supplies were estimated at 97 percent adequate to surplus. Cold and snowy conditions tested livestock, and some farmers have started to feed hay.

Temperatures for the week ending November 23, as a whole averaged 14.6 degrees below normal.

 

Tom Robinson

November 25, 2014

a.m. news 

Stolen Vehicle recovered in Douglas County


(Red Oak) A 2003 Ford Escape stolen from Montgomery County was recovered by the Iowa State Patrol in Nebraska Monday night.

 

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle owned by Richard Mcalpin was stolen at around 4:30 p.m., three hours later it was located on Highway 75 in Douglas County Nebraska.

 

The investigation continues.

 

Tom Robinson

November 25, 2014

a.m. news 

Cass County Arrests


(Atlantic) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests.

 

On Friday, 21-year-old Zachariah Vincel Flathers, of Anita, was arrested for Eluding, Public Intoxication, and Interference with Officials Acts. Flathers was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $1,000 bond.

 

Jacob Allen Cochran, 33, of Red Oak, was arrested today (Monday) on charges of Driving while Barred, two charges of Driving While Revoked, and three charges of Driving Under Suspension. Cochran was taken to the Cass County Jail. He was later served with a Sheriff’s Office warrant for Eluding, Driving While Barred, two charges of Driving While Revoked, and two charges of Driving Under Suspension. Cochran remains held in the Cass County Jail on $9,000 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

11/24/2014

Iowa Secretary of Ag Keeping Fingers Crossed on EPA Decision on RFS


(Des Moines) The Iowa Ag Secretary today is trying to find a “silver lining" in the EPA's decision to delay implementation of a "weaker" Renewable Fuels Standard.  Bill Northey is still not happy with all the "uncertainty" surrounding the RFS, but, he's "keeping his fingers crossed".

 

“Just maybe a precursor to them coming back and getting closer to the original rule and having what would be in 2015, 15 billion gallons recommended part of that RFS, and that would be good, that would also be market responsive,” said Northey.

 

Secretary Northey says he doesn't like all the delays, but, he says it'll be worth it if the EPA backs away from weakening the RFS.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/24/2014

Governor Pardons Hen and Turkey


(Des Moines) The Governor officially pardoned a hen and tom turkey at Terrace Hill this morning.

 

“Now therefore, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim Cinnamon the Turkey and Cranberry the Turkey free from the harm of the carving knives and gravy for this Thanksgiving,” said Branstad. “They are going to Living History Farms.”

 

The names "Cinnamon" and "Cranberry" were suggested in a contest held by fourth graders at West Marshall Elementary School.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/24/2014

Sarah Gomez Promoted to Lead Midwest Partnership as Executive Director


(Stuart)  After a thorough search and interview process, Sarah Gomez has been named executive director of Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation (EDC). This represents a promotion for Gomez who has served as economic development coordinator and, most recently, interim executive director, playing a role in the organization since 2009. 

 

“This is an incredible opportunity for me to aggressively continue the groundwork of our team over the last several years in the region,” said Gomez. “We have landed several successful expansions and projects and stirred conversation in many of our communities about small business and entrepreneurship. I’m excited to take the reins and work in collaboration with our communities and the board to continue to help our region’s growth.”

 

Originally from Greene County, Gomez joined Midwest Partnership in a support role after serving as city clerk for the City of Rippey, Iowa. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from AIB College of Business and has experience in business and accounting roles prior to her time with Midwest Partnership. Gomez has been instrumental in the region’s partnership in the entrepreneurship development project through the University of Northern Iowa and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

 

Midwest Partnership EDC represents Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie counties in Iowa and is the region’s leading facilitator for the retention, expansion and attraction of business to create jobs and grow the tax base. For more information, visit midwestpartnership.com, email info@midwestpartnership.com or call (515) 523-1262.

 

Tom Robinson

November 24, 2014

Noon 

Atlantic Man Arrested on Warrant


(Atlantic) An Atlantic man was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Failure to Appear for Arraignment. The Atlantic Police Department arrested 27-year-old Aaron Macia on Friday. He was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

 

Mandy Billings

11/24/2014

Iowa Ethanol Industry Seeing Small Changes


(Des Moines) Iowa’s ethanol industry enjoyed good margins in the first half of the year, but Monty Shaw, of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, says things have changed a little.

 

“Things have tightened up a bit here recently because of the falling oil prices and the fact that we’re just not, with the RFS kind of limbo, we’re not getting into the higher blends like we would like,” said Shaw.

 

He says the goal would be for the industry to chew through some of this bumper corn crop, produce more fuel for consumers, and help raise corn prices for the farmer.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/24/2014

Atlantic Rotary Auction labeled a "Big Success"


(Atlantic) The 32nd Annual Atlantic Rotary Auction held Saturday night at the Cass County Community Center was deemed a another huge success.

 

“The auction proceeds brought in over $48,000 which was the second highest total since the auction was started 32-years ago,” stated Ted Robinson, who is the President Elect for the Organization that holds a yearly auction to generate funds for numerous activities and organizations throughout the year.

 

“Those organizations include; the Atlantic Community Schools, Cass County Community Center, Cass County Health Systems, Iowa Western Community College and Atlantic High School for Scholarships, Nishna Valley Family YMCA, and Santa’s Cabin to name a few,” said Robinson.

 

The largest return was in 2012, where the organization raised 53,860.00.

Businesses and community members donate different items for the auction such as trips, tickets, food, etc., that are auctioned off to community members.

 

Tom Robinson

November 24, 2014

a.m. news 

Audubon Man Arrested on Drug Charges


(Audubon) An Audubon man was arrested Sunday on drug charges.

 

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Michael Larry Nielsen has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

The Sheriff’s Office says the charges stem from search warrants that were conducted at 307 Tracy Street and 403 1st Avenue in Audubon. The incident remains under investigation.

 

Nielsen was held in the Audubon County Jail on $10,000 bond.

 

 

Mandy Billings

11/24/2014

Fremont County Arrests


(Sidney) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports four arrests.

 

Carol Lynn Ludwick, of Omaha, was arrested November 19th for OWI 2nd, Open Container, Failure to Maintain Control and no registration.

 

Joseph Alan Muellner, 22, of Randolph, was arrested November 19th for violation of a no contact order.

 

David Wayne Miller, 44, of Hamburg, was arrested November 18th for violation of probation.

 

Dustin Lee Miller, 25, of Nebraska City, was arrested November 17th for OWI 2nd.

 

Mandy Billings

11/24/2014

Union County Man arrested on Drug Related Charges


(Creston) A Creston man was arrested on drug charges over the weekend.

 

According to Creston Police, Gerald Lynn Lawrence Junior, was arrested at 108 North Elm Street Saturday for possession of Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

He is being held in the Union County Jail on $2,000 bond.

 

Tom Robinson

November 24, 2014

a.m. news 

Special Traffic Enforcement Program Starts Today


(Des Moines) Law enforcement across the state is teaming up through the Special Traffic Enforcement Program starting today to save lives and reduce motor vehicle accidents.

 

Beginning today through November 30, there will be an increased presence of law enforcement officers on Iowa’s roadways.

 

Randy Hunefeld, of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau says 77-percent of all occupants ejected from a vehicle during a crash are killed. In 2013, Iowa had 317 traffic fatalities with more than 43-percent of them or 107 not restrained by a seat belt.

 

For additional information, go to www.iowagtsb.org or www.nhtsa.dot.gov.

 

Tom Robinson

November 24, 2014

a.m. news  

New City Mowing Ordinance submitted to Atlantic City Council


(Atlantic) Atlantic City Administrator John Lund has drafted an amendment to the code of ordinances that changes the way home owners are penalized for not mowing their yards.

 

The ordinance states that any vacated or non-vacated property is required to be mowed when the vegetation reaches a height of more than 12-inches on the first and fifteenth in the months of May, June, July, August, September, and October.

 

If the homeowner fails to comply, the city will mow the property at a charge of $75.00 per hour plus a surcharge of $100.00.  If the homeowner fails to pay the fine, it will be assessed on their property taxes.

 

Tom Robinson

November 24, 2014

a.m. news 

Victims identified in Northwest Iowa Accident


(Sloan) The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of the victims involved in the two-vehicle accident Saturday near Sloan.

 

The accident occurred on Highway 141 when a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV veered head-on into a pickup truck at around 4:45 p.m. There were four occupants in each vehicle.

 

The two passengers in the pickup that were killed have been identified as 80-year-old Donna Timm of Ute, and 70-year-old Myrna Malone, of Des Moines. Those killed in the trailblazer were; Kibrom Gebremicael, 46, Yohanes Tesfamariam, 34, and Bahta Grebremedhen, all of Sioux City.

 

Authorities were continuing to investigate the accident. 

 

Tom Robinson

November 24, 2014

a.m. news 

FIVE DEAD AND 3 SERIOUSLY INJURED IN NORTHWEST IOWA CRASH


(SLOAN, IA) A head-on collision east of Sloan has resulted in 5 fatalities and 3 people in serious condition.

KCCI reports the crash happened yesterday afternoon at 3:30pm at Highway 141 and Eastland Avenue. The sheriff of Woodbury County, Dave Drew, says a white Chevy Trailblazer was westbound on Highway 141 when the driver veered onto the gravel and overcorrected, losing control and crashing into a black Ford Truck heading east. Each vehicle contained 4 occupants, whose names are not being released. Drew also states road conditions were not a factor in the crash, and investigations are ongoing.

 

Brecklyn Carey

November 23, 2014

am news

 

WOMAN FOUND STABBED AT DES MOINES HOME


(DES MOINES) A woman was found with a stab wound to the stomach Friday night in a Des Moines home.

According to KCCI, 50 year old Cathy Smith was found shortly before 9pm on the front porch of a home across the street from Drake Park suffering from injuries. The victim was still conscious when authorities arrived, despite being stabbed once in the abdomen. Smith was able to identify her assailant, but the suspect had disappeared by the time authorities arrived. Smith does not live at the residence she was found at. Police are continuing to search for the suspect.

Brecklyn Carey

November 23, 2014

am news

 

55 Year Old Man Charged With Trespassing


(RED OAK)  A 55 year old man was charged with Trespassing yesterday afternoon.

 

According to Montgomery County Law Enforcement, Red Oak resident Ronald Hall was arrested Saturday afternoon for violating a trespass at HyVee. Hall is currently being held on $300 bond at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a Trespass Charge, which is a simple misdemeanor.

 

Brecklyn  Carey

November 23, 2014

a.m. news

 

Audubon County Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash


(Audubon) An Audubon County man was killed in a single vehicle accident in rural Audubon County. 

 

The Sheriffs’ Office received a report of the accident at around 1:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of 190th Street.  When Officers arrived on scene, they found a wrecked pickup and a deceased male identified; as 19-year-old Matthew Terry Sundberg, of Audubon.  The victim had been ejected from his vehicle.

 

Authorities are still investigating the accident.

 

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Audubon Police Department, Audubon Fire and Rescue, and the Audubon County Medical Examiner’s Office.

 

Tom Robinson

November 22, 2014

a.m. news 

Decision on Ethanol Content in Fuel Delayed


(Des Moines) Officials with Iowa’s renewable energy industry say they have reason to be encouraged by a delay in a decision about how much ethanol should be allowed in the nation’s fuel supply.

 

“Hopefully that means we can get the RFS back on track with correct numbers and the correct methodology, so we’re trying to be optimistic,” said Monty Shaw, of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.

 

The EPA has proposed a reduction in ethanol content in fuel, prompting a huge backlash from industry proponents and corn growers. The EPA now says a decision will come next year.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/22/2014

Red Oak Man Arrested on Warrant


(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was arrested on a warrant for Operating While Intoxicated.

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Danny Leroy Lewis on Friday in the 2200 block of 160th Street. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he will serve a two day sentence to satisfy the mittimus.

 

Mandy Billings

11/22/2014

Farm Bill Options Meeting in Atlantic on December 4


(Atlantic) Farmers and landowners are invited to learn more about new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill, at an informational meeting on December 4th. The session, hosted by Iowa State University Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency, is scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th Street in Atlantic.

 

Tim Eggers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Agricultural Economist, and Max Dirks, Cass County Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency, will lead the discussion.

 

The Farm Bill meeting will introduce these new programs: Price Loss Coverage, County Agricultural Risk Coverage, and Individual Agricultural Risk Coverage. Eggers will also discuss how the new crop insurance product, Supplemental Coverage Option, interacts with the Price Loss Coverage program.

 

There is no cost to attend the meeting. To make sure there are enough handouts and seats, please pre-register by calling Cass County Extension at 712-243-1132 or emailing xcass@iastate.edu.

 

Press Release

11/22/2014

Pledge Goal Exceeded for Shop Atlantic Small Business Saturday


(Atlantic) The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce challenged Small Business Saturday participants to invite 50 Atlantic shoppers to pledge to shop small businesses in Atlantic on Saturday, November 29.  Participating businesses, along with the Atlantic Area Chamber, have exceeded that goal with 135 pledges as of Friday. 

  
Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, the Atlantic Area Chamber is pleased to announce participating businesses: Aunt B’s, Bonnesen’s Five & Ten Store, Brink Flower & Gift, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Brymon Interiors, Cappel’s Ace Hardware, Dvorak Tire & Service, Geis Perry Jewelry, Howard’s Clothing, Hy-Vee, Lindeman Tractor Inc., Lou Lou’s, Renew Ag Supply, Robinson True Value Hardware, Tinder Box, The Nest Egg, The TV Store, Something for You, Steffen’s Cycle and Unique Salon & Spa. 
  
On November 29th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Atlantic community is encouraged to Shop Atlantic small business.  Kick off the day by fueling up before you shop at Downtowner Café & Catering, Family Table and Sweet Joy Shoppe.  

 

Press Release

11/22/2014

Update: Jury Convicts Robert A. Reynolds of First Degree Murder


(Council Bluffs) A jury Friday afternoon found Robert A. Reynolds, of Oakland, Iowa, guilty of First-Degree murder in the April 8, shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey of rural Atlantic.

 

The jury consisting of three men and nine women began deliberations at around 11:30 a.m. and returned to the courtroom with a verdict at around 2:45 p.m.  Robert Reynolds was escorted out of the courtroom by two Pottawattamie County Sheriffs deputies shortly after the verdict was read by Fourth District Court Judge Greg Steensland.

 

Defense Attorney's Nelson and Reedy say they will file a motion for arrested judgment. The grounds of their motion are expected to be; the trial not being held in Avoca, the jail house telephone call and possibly one or two issues discussed in chambers. If the judge denies the motion at sentencing, they intend to file a formal appeal.

 

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber says he was obviously happy with the verdict, but also feels bad for the Reynolds family, and has compassion for the jurors who had to make that decision.

 

“I don’t really celebrate after someone is going to prison for life, win or lose,” stated Wilber. “I could even see some tears in the eyes of the jurors as they were filing out and I know that they are going to struggle with this. But I know they made the right decision. I thought we had a very strong case, but it was a tough decision for them.”

 

It was also a tough three days for a group of friends of both parties who sat through the entire trial. Rob Stamp, of Atlantic was one of them.

 

“I have known both families for quite some time, Pat more than the Reynolds family, who I have known for roughly four years,” stated Stamp. “It’s quite a shock. But I believe justice was served. Nobody wins, everybody loses.”

 

Robert Reynolds is scheduled for sentencing on January 14, at 1:30 p.m.

 

Tom Robinson

November 21, 2014

 

Four Arrested Following Casey's General Store Robbery in Council Bluffs


(Council Bluffs) Suspects in the robbery of a Council Bluffs convenience store have been placed under arrest.

 

The Council Bluffs Police Department reports the arrest of 23-year-old William Dominque Jones Jr. 28-year-old Markis Moses Davis, 28-year-old Gregory Chevelle Lewis, and 21 year-old Stasha Dawn Cannon. The four individuals, all from Council Bluffs, are charged with 1st Degree Robbery in relation to a November 4th robbery at a Casey’s General Store.

 

The Police Department says their investigation determined Davis committed the crime while Jones, Lewis, and Cannon are all accomplices. The Fugitive Task Force were able to locate all four suspects and arrest each of them.

 

Bennett Blake
11/22/14

 

Bill Cosby in Des Moines Not Cancelled So Far


(Des Moines) A number of upcoming stage shows by Bill Cosby have been cancelled in recent days, amid decades-old accusations of sexual abuse. The entertainer's tour brings him to Des Moines next March 7th. Cindy Hughes-Anliker, Spokesperson for Des Moines Performing Arts says,

 

"At this time there is no indication the tour will be suspended and there are no immediate plans to cancel the show."

 

She says if that should change, announcements will be made. Cosby last performed in Des Moines in April, 2011. Cosby representatives have issued a statement discrediting the accusations, now brought on by several women who knew the entertainer decades ago.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/21/14

Adair-Casey Seeks Whole Grade Sharing Partner With No Immediate Deadline


(Adair) The Adair-Casey School Board passed a motion on Wednesday to operate in their same capacity, while at the same time exploring future whole grade sharing opportunities with other districts.

 

An agenda item on Wednesday's regular board meeting agenda listed three options under "Future of Adair-Casey District." 1.) Preservation of Current Situation 2.) Whole Grade Sharing 3.) Consolidation.

 

School Board President Megan Kading describes the action taken as a combination of items one and two and says the goal is to identify a suitable and mutually beneficial partner.

 

"We are seeking a partner that enhances our existing programs and who has programs that we can enrich. We are looking for a partnership that compliments each other. We want a good fit for our students, our families, and our communities."

 

Kading explains there is no deadline for finding a partner and says the schools under consideration for whole grade sharing are West Central Valley, CAM, Guthrie Center, and Nodaway Valley.

 

"We met with all of them briefly this past year when we were doing our research and we are intending to reach out to districts again now that we determined that we need to progress forward a little bit. So while we stay as we are, we will start that process again about contacting our contiguous districts."

 

Kading says Wednesday's board meeting drew a crowd of approximately 120 people.

 

Bennett Blake
11/21/14

Jury Reaches Verdict in State vs Reynolds Trial


(Council Bluffs) A jury Friday afternoon found Robert A. Reynolds, of Oakland, Iowa, guilty of First - Degree murder in the April 8, shooting death of a rural Atlantic woman. 

The jury consisting of three men and nine women began deliberating at around 11:30 a.m. and returned to the courtroom with their verdict at around 2:45 p.m.  

Robert Reynolds was escorted out of the courtroom by two Pottawattamie County Sheriffs deputies. 

Sentencing is set for January 14, and bond has been revoked. 

 

More details will be released later on, 

 

 

Bennett Blake

11/21/14

Red Oak Woman Arrested for Child Endangerment


(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of 25-year-old Katie Rose Carnes, of Red Oak.

 

Carnes is charted with Child Endangerment following her arrest late Friday morning.

She was held on $2,000 bond.

 

Bennett Blake
11/21/14

 

Juvenile Justice System Being Examined in Iowa


(State) Iowa is working to fix its juvenile justice system that seems to unfairly target black youth. The state justice department recently finished its report on the problem, Community and Strategic Planning Committee Chairman Duane Hoffmeyer says the solutions will need to involve several state agency. For instance, he says schools need to work to find disciplinary-solutions inside the building rather than suspending misbehaving students. Hoffmeyer says,

 

"When a kid is suspended, the evidence shows the likelihood of him not finishing school increases dramatically. We also do not want the juvenile courts to be the disciplinary arm of the school system."

 

The proposed plan calls for summits on juvenile justice every two years. Hoffmeyer says if the state can fix juvenile courts, the effects will echo into the adult judicial system.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/21/14

Anthony International Closing Down Audubon Facility


(Audubon) Audubon Mayor Sam Kaufman has confirmed that Anthony International has announced they will shut down operations in Audubon as of January 16th. This will result in a loss of 61 jobs.

 

"It's never a good thing of course, but I think we have a couple of options that are viable once it's all done. We have a couple of other people we are thinking might be interested."

 

Mayor Kaufman admits it will be a blow to the city financially.

 

"Well yeah, anything that has that many jobs of course is a big benefit to the city. Obviously it's going to hurt some because who knows what you can replace it with. It might be fewer jobs replacing it. Hopefully it will be a lot more."

 

Kaufman says he cannot elaborate on what potential business may be interested in the building once it becomes available. Anthony International is a nationwide business that makes shelving for Wal-Mart stores among other things. 

 

Bennett Blake
11/21/14

Freezing Rain Possible Friday Night for Guthrie and Adair Counties


(Area) Freezing rain is in the forecast for a small portion of the KSOM/KS95.7 listening area. Here’s Kurt Kotenberg with the National Weather Service in Des Moines.


“It’s looking like it’s going to be very close for southwest Iowa. I think most of it is going to be along Interstate-35 and to the east, but it might creep westward toward Guthrie County and into Adair. If you’re travelling west the chances for freezing rain decrease, and as you start getting towards the Des Moines metro and certainly east and south of the Des Moines metro there is a good chance for freezing rain tonight.”


He describes it as an evening through overnight event.


“It’s mainly going to start to the south and then spread northward and eastward. Along the Iowa/Missouri border we are looking at a starting time of 6-7p.m. and in the Des Moines Metro we are looking at 8-9p.m. then up further north from 11:00 until midnight.”


For freezing rain to occur, the air temperature must be in the 32-34 degree range, and the surface temperature must be 32 or below.


“With the snow cover and the cold temperatures we’ve had the past week the ground is below freezing in a lot of places. So what happens is the precipitation falling from the clouds is mainly rain and a little bit of icing as it goes from the cloud to the ground and then as soon as it hits the ground it freezes into ice on the surfaces which are below freezing.”


Kotentaberg does not expect any snow to be mixed in with the rain tonight.

 

Bennett Blake
11/21/14

 

Reynolds Case in the hands of the Jury


(Council Bluffs) Closing arguments wrapped up this morning in case of the State vs. Robert Reynolds.
 
Reynolds was charged with 1st degree murder in connection with the April 8 shooting death of Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, of rural Atlantic. 
 
The case is now in the hands of the jury.
 
 
 
 
11/21/2014
11:35 a.m.

Tabor Man Arrested for Theft


(Glenwood) A Tabor man was arrested in Glenwood on Theft charges.

 

The Glenwood Police Department arrested 36-year-old Charles Knipe on Thursday for 1st Degree Theft and 2nd Degree Theft while already in custody.

 

Knipe was held on $15,000 cash or surety bond.

 

Mandy Billings

11/21/2014

Villisca Man Arrested on Warrant


(Villisca) A Villisca man was arrested on a warrant on an original charge of OWI 1st Offense.

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Alan Joe Turpen at around 3:15 Thursday afternoon in the 500 block of E 5th Street in Villisca. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail where he will serve a two day sentence to satisfy the mittimus.

 

Mandy Billings

11/21/2014

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent


(Des Moines) Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in October from 4.6 percent in September.

 

The state’s jobless rate was 4.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in October compared to 5.9 percent in September.

 

The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 76,800 in October from 77,700 in September. The current estimate is 2,700 higher than the year ago level of 74,100.

 

The total number of working Iowans reached a current-year peak of 1,634,800 in October. This figure is 5,100 higher than September and 34,800 higher than one year ago.

 

Mandy Billings

11/21/2014

Average Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner Just Under 50 Dollars


(Des Moines) The 29th annual Thanksgiving dinner survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation found a Thanksgiving feast for 10 will cost just shy of $50 this year. Up 37 cents from last year, the survey found the cost to be $49.41.

 

American Farm Bureau Deputy Chief Economist John Anderson says overall there were no major increases in the survey.

 

“A few things that did increase though were sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie mix was up a little bit, and probably the items that were up more than anything else, although still not a major move, were the dairy related products; we have whipping cream and whole milk in the survey and we also have miscellaneous items which includes butter,” explained Anderson.

 

The big ticket item in the informal price survey, the turkey, came in lower than last year. A 16-pound turkey will cost an average of $21.65 this year. That’s roughly $1.35 per pound, a decrease of less than 1 cent per pound, or a total of 11 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2013.

 

“Turkey production has been down some this year, so you might think that would contribute to a higher retail price, but that’s really not what we’ve seen,” said Anderson. “If you look at the last couple of months of information from the USDA on turkey prices, their retail prices have been lower. Wholesale turkey prices have been a little higher, so what we may be seeing is retailers deciding to take a little lower margin to get people in the store.”

 

The average cost of the dinner has remained around $49 since 2011.

 

“The cost of our Thanksgiving meal works out to less than five dollars per serving, that’s incredibly affordable,” said Anderson. “To be able to provide a special holiday meal for your family, really for less than the cost of a fast food meal, is remarkable and it’s something that we shouldn’t take for granted.”

 

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/21/2014

Defense in State vs Robert A. Reynolds Trial calls Four Character Witnesses to the Stand


(Council Bluffs) Defense Attorney Eric Nelson called four character witnesses to the Stand soon after the State rests their case in the murder trial; the State vs Robert A. Reynolds.

 

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Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilber cross examined each witness and asked them if they had been with Reynolds on the night in question. Each of the witness said “no.”

 

Reynolds faces a charge of first degree murder in the shooting death of the rural Atlantic woman, found deceased at his residence on April 8. The State Medical Examiner’s Office stated during testimony that Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey died of a single gun-shot wound to the head.

 

Both the State and the Defense rests their case.

 

The case resumes Friday morning at 8:30; closing arguments begin at 9:00 a.m.

 

Tom Robinson

November 21, 2014 

Credit Union in Council Bluffs Robbed


(Council Bluffs) The Centris Federal Credit Union in Council Bluffs was robbed Thursday afternoon.

 

The Council Bluffs Police Department says at around 2:37 p.m., the suspect entered the Centris Federal Credit Union Lobby, at 2825 Avenue G, through the front entrance, walked up to the teller platform and displayed what appeared to be a long barreled pistol. The suspect then began to wave the handgun at several of the tellers and demanded currency in large bills. The suspect then ordered the teller to put all of the money into a bag that he brought with him. The suspect became agitated and then proceeded to grab the money from the tellers himself. The suspect also took the time to pick up some of the money he dropped on the floor. The suspect fled the credit union in a southbound direction with an undetermined amount of money.

 

The suspect is described at a white male, approximately 6’1”, 220 lbs, wearing a light blue denim jacket with a blue hooded sweatshirt underneath. He had a green scarf over the bottom half of his face and was wearing sun glasses and a fleece trapper-style hat. The suspect was also wearing mismatched gloves; one yellow and one gray, and carried a blue backpack style bag.

 

Anyone with information pertaining to this robbery is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

 

 

Mandy Billings

11/21/2014

Man Found Standing on Porch Arrested in Montgomery County


(Stanton) A man was arrested on a warrant in Montgomery County early this morning.

 

The Montgomery County Communications Center received a call from a resident on 180th Street, northeast of Stanton, at around 1:45 a.m. stating that there was a stranger on the porch that had tried the doorknob several times. Upon arrival, a Montgomery County Deputy located a male, identified at Joshua Fuller, on the porch. After a brief discussion with Fuller, the Deputy secured him and placed him into his patrol vehicle and was notified that Fuller had an active warrant out of Fremont County charging him with Obstructing Police originally charged as Driving Under Suspension and Interference with Official acts.

 

Fuller was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where he was held on $600 cash bond while awaiting transportation to Fremont County.

 

Mandy Billings

11/21/2014

Closing Arguments in State vs Reynolds Trial slated for 9:00 am Friday


(Council Bluffs) Jury instructions are slated to start at 8:30 a.m. Friday and closing arguments are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in the trial; the State vs Robert A. Reynolds. Reynolds, of Oakland, Iowa,  is charged with 1st degree murder in connection with the April 8 shooting death of Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, of rural Atlantic. Both the State and the Defense rest their case on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Testimony lasted two full days with the State attempting to prove that Reynolds shot and killed Dorsey, the defense argued that there is no physical proof that Reynolds did it.

 

The State wrapped up with testimony from Sgt. Michael Schmidt, of the Pottawattamie Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Rob Ambrose, (pictured on the witness stand), the lead investigator in the Reynolds case.

 

Sgt. Michael Schmidt told the court that he was assisting the Investigation Department by guarding Robert A. Reynolds who had been placed under arrest of the morning in question.

 

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Sgt. Schmidt testified that the defendant made two statements while he was escorting him at just before 7:30 a.m.

 

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Defense Attorney Reedy cross examined the witness.

 

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A recorded phone call became a controversial piece of evidence submitted by the State. Judge Steensland, after and early lunch break, to take time to review the legal process, allowed it to be entered in as evidence. The State played that recording for the court Thursday afternoon.  

 

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Lead Investigator Sgt. Rob Ambrose of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office testified that he believed that the voice on the phone was that of Bob Reynolds.

 

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Defense Attorney Reedy questioned Ambrose on the validity of the taped conversation.

 

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That was the State’s final witness before they rest their case Thursday afternoon.  

The defense called four character witnesses to the stand. That story will be posted and aired separately.

 

Tom Robinosn

November 20, 2014

Winter Hours in effect at City of Atlantic Yard Waste Site


(Atlantic) The City of Atlantic will go into their winter hours at the yard waste site effective November 24th. 

 

The yard waste site will be open from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. on Saturdays.

 

The city reminds residents to bring only trees, branches, grass, garden waste, and/or leaves. 

 

Bennett Blake

11/20/14

 

Ice Fishing Season Around the Corner


(Area) Cold temperatures over the past two weeks have led to ice formation on bodies of water in Southwest Iowa.

 

Brian Hayes, Fisheries Biologist with the Iowa DNR, says the ice isn't quite thick enough to get and fish just yet, but it's close.

 

"We are set up to have a long ice fishing season. Typically in southern Iowa we don't see much ice fishing before Christmas. This year we potentially could be on the ice the.first week of December."

 

Local lakes that Hayes believes will provide good ice fishing this year include Lake Anita, Littlefield Lake, Greenfield City Reservoir, Green Valley, and Prairie Rose.

The DNR recommends 4" of ice formation before getting out on the ice. Hayes reports as of mid-week many areas have up to 3" of ice formation.

 

Bennett Blake
11/20/14

Mills County Man Arrested on Warrant


(Glenwood) The Mills County Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of 36-year-old Charles Knipe, of Tabor.

 

He was arrested Thursday on a Mills County warrant for Eluding and Assault while Displaying a dangerous weapon.

 

Bond was set at $5,000.

 

Bennett Blake
11/20/14

Atlantic Police Join Effort to Increase Tobacco Compliance Rate


(Atlantic) The Atlantic Police Department is pledging to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor products out of the hands of Atlantic's youth.

 

The police department has partnered with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa's tobacco, alternative nictotine and vapor laws. 

 

Police Chief Steve Green says, "I-PLEDGE's retailer training is a great way for clerks to prepare themselves to refuse illiegal tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor product sales." 

 

Officers will be conducting compliance checks on local establishments as part of the I-PLEDGE program. 

 

Bennett Blake

11/20/14

 

Crime Scene Evidence Highlights Reynolds Trial this morning


(Council Bluffs) A Crime Scene Technician took the stand today in the trial of the State vs. Robert Reynolds.

 

The state called to the stand, Katie Pattee, Crime Scene Technician, from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office. Pattee testified that she was called out at around 3:45 a.m. on the morning of April 8, to 303 Brown Street, the location of a possible crime scene. 

The prosecution played a 12 minute video of the outside and inside of the residence displaying multiple marked items that Pattee believed were evidence. Some of those items included; a secured firearm lying next to a shed, a magazine removed from a handgun, and a photo of live ammunition located inside the weapon. 

Inside the residence was a close up of a handgun located inside a night stand drawer as well as items on the kitchen counter, including; cell phones and alcohol containers. 

Others items that were entered as evidence included; an ID of the victim, a broken dowel off of kitchen chair, and a broken gold colored neck less located on the kitchen floor. 

In addition photos of a shell casing underneath the kitchen stool and two shell casings located in the hallway of the residence. 

A handgun, rifle, and locked Firearm cabinet, were shown in the basement. In addition; photos of the deceased and a section of carpet from underneath the body were some of the items discussed as evidence. 

Pattee was on the stand almost the entire morning. 

The trial began Wednesday morning. 

Tom Robinson
November 20, 2014

Proposed reconstruction of US 6 in Atlantic to be discussed December 2 in Atlantic


(Ames) The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Tuesday, December 2, to discuss the proposed reconstruction of U.S. 6 in Atlantic from Olive Street to 880 feet east of Plum Street.

 

 As part of the project, the driveway and sidewalk system within the project limits will also be improved to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. 

 

Traffic would be detoured during construction using Iowa 83, Iowa 173, Interstate 80, and U.S. 71.

 

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. at the Iowa DOT District 4 Office, (2210 E. Seventh St.), in Atlantic. The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvements. No formal presentation will be made.

 

The meeting space is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify the Iowa DOT by November 25.

 

 

Mandy Billings

11/20/2014

Beware of Financial Aid Scams


(Des Moines) The Iowa College Student Aid Commission is reminding parents that this time of year scammers come out of the wood work trying to take advantage of college bound students looking for financial aid. Spokesperson Heather Doe warns parents and students about some of the common pitfalls.

 

“Anytime a company wants you to pay a fee; either to guarantee financial aid, to help you complete applications or to help you secure scholarships… a reputable organization will never ask you to pay a fee for those types of services,” said Doe.

 

Doe says also watch out for promises and money-back guarantees because the scammer is really just after your credit card information. She says the scams tend to be more common as students prepare to fill out financial aid forms toward the first of the year.

 

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/20/2014

Hogs Killed in Audubon County Fire


(Viola Center) Several hogs were killed in a fire in Audubon County this morning.

 

Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou said they were called to a hog confinement fire at 2516 150th Street near Viola Center at around 7:20 a.m.

 

“When we got there the attic was pretty much fully involved. We requested and got tanker assistance from Templeton and Dedham and we knocked it down and vented it out,” said Ballou. “They had around 400 head of hogs in there and they got about 360 to 370 of them out that survived.”

 

Ballou said they were on scene until around 9:45 a.m. The cause of the fire may have been an electrical short.

 

Mandy Billings

11/20/2014

Newly Elected Iowa SOS to push for Voter ID


(Des Moines) The newly-elected Iowa Secretary of State is signaling he will push for Voter I-D once he takes office.  And, former Cedar Rapids Mayor Paul Pate has an answer for critics who claim requiring a photo I-D to obtain a ballot is "a solution in search of a problem".

 

“Cedar Rapids, Iowa, my own back yard, Democrat County Auditor, he found a gentleman through his routine checks and balances who didn’t vote just once absentee, not twice, but three times,” said Pate.

 

The Secretary-elect asks "how much is too much"?  And, Pate says other states that have instituted Voter I-D actually have seen increased voter turn-out and increased minority participation after a transition period.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/20/2014

Elliott Man Arrested for OWI 3rd


(Atlantic) An Elliott man was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated, 3rd or subsequent offense. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 50-year-old Randall Joe Conry on Wednesday. He was also charged with Driving While Barred. Conry was taken to the Cass County Jail.

 

Mandy Billings

11/20/2014

Two Injured in Cass County Accident


(Atlantic) Two people were transported to the hospital following a two vehicle accident east of Atlantic Wednesday evening.

 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. on Whitepole Road. 55-year-old Paul Stinn, of Atlantic, was driving a 2004 Ford pickup westbound and slowed for traffic in front of him. 35-year-old Heather Possehn, of Audubon, was driving a 2002 Dodge Dakota behind Stinn and struck his vehicle in the rear.

 

Both drivers were transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital via Medivac. Possehn was cited for Failure to Stop within Assured Clear Distance.

 

The damage to Stinn’s vehicle was estimated at $8,000. The damage to Possehn’s vehicle was estimated at $12,000.

 

Mandy Billings

11/20/2014

Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund Donates to Friday Friends Backpack Program


The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund recently donated $300 to the Friday Friends Backpack Program.  The program helps provide weekend meals for students in need in the Atlantic school district. 

Rollover Accident in Southeast Pottawattamie County


(Elliott) The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office has released details on a rollover accident early this morning.

 

Lt. Duane Riche said 22-year-old Dominic Tilson was driving a 1998 Toyota Camry southbound on 500th Street from Pioneer trail when the accident occurred.

 

“The subject driving the vehicle stated that he swerved to miss a deer and his vehicle barrel rolled into the ditch,” said Riche.

 

Riche said Tilson was somehow able to get back to the residence where he had stayed the night at. He said Tilson made it to the front yard and persons inside heard him and came out to his aid.

 

“He is not sure how he got back to the residence due to his condition at the time,” explained Riche. “He was life-netted to Creighton.”

 

The accident remains under investigation.

 

Mandy Billings

11/20/2014

Council Bluffs Authorities Seek Help in Locating Robbery Suspect


(Council Bluffs) The Council Bluffs Police Department is searching for a suspect in a convenience store robbery.

 

A white male, approximately 5’9” with an average build entered the Kum & Go Convenience store located at 2024 5th Avenue. The suspect was armed with a large wrench and was wearing a black and grey coat, stocking cap, and red scarf covering his face. After the suspect demanded money, the clerk grabbed a baseball bat and told the man to leave. The suspect instead started throwing items at the clerk who began swinging the bat in his direction several times, but never striking him. The suspect fled the scene eastbound on foot in the alley behind the store. The phone number to call if you have any information that may help in this case is 712-328-STOP. Information that leads to an arrest and conviction could be eligible for a cash reward.

 

Bennett Blake
11/20/14

Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance Asking HyVee to Quit Selling Tobacco Products


(Des Moines) Hy-Vee is being asked to end the sales of tobacco products at any store that has a pharmacy or a health clinic.

 

The Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance is asking Hy-Vee to follow the lead of CVS Pharmacies and quit selling tobacco products. The group is starting a petition drive asking Hy-Vee to follow suit.

 

Dr. Christopher Squire, Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance Board President, says if Hy-Vee were to end the sale of tobacco products it would reduce the availability and marketing of such products, accelerate progress in reducing tobacco use, and ultimately help more Iowans quit smoking.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/20/2014

Laptop and TV Stolen in Creston


(Creston) A laptop and television were reported stolen in Creston.

 

The Creston Police Department says John Mcfee, of 623 New York Ave., Apt. F, reported Wednesday, that sometime between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. someone broke into his apartment and stole his HP laptop computer and 42 inch flat screen TV.

 

The estimated loss is $700.

 

Mandy Billings

11/20/2014

State vs Robert Reynolds Murder Trial continues Today


(Council Bluffs)  The trial in the shooting death of a rural Atlantic woman got underway at a little after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. 


Robert A. Reynolds, 63, of Oakland is standing trial on a charge of first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey of rural Atlantic.

 

Dorsey was found deceased in the kitchen of the Reynolds residence at 303 Brown street in Oakland on April 8. According to testimony from an official with the State Medical Examiner’s Office, Dorsey died of a gunshot wound to the head. 


A rescue call came in at around 3:00 a.m. in regards to a shooting inside the home at 303 Brown Street. 


Pottawattamie County Deputy Marc Freeman testified Wednesday morning that when he arrived on scene he went to the rear of his car, grabbed his tactical vest and his rifle and proceeded to the east side of the house.

 

“During that time I observed Mr. Reynolds, or the subject thought to be Mr. Reynolds at the time, exit the house onto the front porch several times with his hands in the direction or area of his waistband or pockets in the front of him, not complying with the orders that were being given to him by all deputies on scene at the time,” said Freeman.

Freeman says the subject came out of the rear of the house and took cover behind a gold SUV. He crouched down with his hands in the vicinity of his waist band. Freeman says he gave a command to the subject to take his hands out of his pockets, but the subject did not comply and retreated back into the home. After that Freeman says the subject eventually came out of the home and sat down on a porch swing where he succumbed to law enforcement.  

 

“At that point the subject was handcuffed. I checked him for weapons, anything that would stick or poke me, I asked him if he was alright and then immediately started reading him his Miranda rights,” explained Freeman.

 

When asked if he had a conversation with Reynolds, Freeman said, “Just asking him if he was injured or if he needed medical attention was the amount of my conversation with him other than reading him his rights.”

 

When asked if Reynolds responded, Freeman said, “He said that he needed medical attention in the form of mental help.”

Freeman says the subject was secured inside a patrol cruiser and was alerted that there was one female victim found inside the home. 


The prosecution is attempting to prove that Robert Reynolds shot and killed Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey. The defense is arguing that there is no physical proof that Reynolds did it. Reynolds has pleaded not-guilty. 


Testimony continues this morning at 9:00 a.m. 
 

Tom Robinson
November 20, 2014

Orthopedic Surgeon to join CCHS and MMC


(Atlantic) Edward Fisher, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, will be joining Myrtue Medical Center and Cass County Health System in February 2015.  Dr. Fisher is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with over 25 years of experience.

 

Dr. Fisher will provide full orthopedic services at hospitals, conducting clinics and performing surgeries at least two days each week in Atlantic and Harlan.  His care will encompass a wide variety of orthopedic surgeries including: joint replacement (hip and knee), carpal tunnel, arthroscopies (knee and shoulder), rotator cuff, and fracture and dislocation procedures.

 

Dr. Fisher completed medical school and his orthopedic internship and residency training at the University of California, Irvine. After practicing in California for seven years he moved to Russellville, Alabama where he practiced for 15 years.  He has been working in Clarksdale Mississippi since 2009.   

 

Dr. Fisher and his fiancée, Maggie Doran, will relocate to southwest Iowa in early 2015.

 

Mandy Billings

11/20/2014

Great American Smoke Out Today


(Iowa) The annual Great American Smoke Out is today.

 

“Smoking is the one activity that affects health more than any other in the United States,” said Dr. Richard Deming, Medical Director of the Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines. “About 30 percent of all cancer is caused by cigarette smoking.”

 

Dr. Deming says on average, those who smoke reduce their life expectancy by 10-years.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/20/2014

Atlantic City Council Approves 2015 Street Improvement Project


(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council approved an engineering contract with Snyder & Associates for the 2015 Street Improvement Project for $127,750 at their meeting Wednesday night.

 

The project is a continuation of the ongoing street improvement projects that the City has undertaken over the last few years.

 

“With this getting done, 95 percent of our streets will either be in good or excellent condition,” said Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones. “We’ll have a few little pockets here and we’ll fill them in as we need to.”

 

The project includes:

 

5th Street from Walnut to Mulberry

6th Street from Spruce to Walnut

8th Street from Palm to Poplar and Walnut to Cherry

14th Street from Linn to Olive

16th Street from Oak to Olive

Laurel Street from 8th to 10th

Linn Street from the railroad tracks to Commerce

Spruce Street from 5th to 7th

 

The City Council also approved an engineering contract with Snyder & Associates for the sanitary sewer relining project for $21,850. The proposed area of impact includes:

 

Teresa Drive from 14th to cul-de-sac

Bryn Mawr Blvd. from Ridge Road to Apt. parking lot

18th Street from Hillcrest to Fair Ridge Circle

Fair Ridge Circle from 18th to Oak Street

Walnut Street from 9th to 11th

19th Street from Hemlock to Bryn Mawr Circle

Chestnut Street from 1901 to 2001 address

8th Street from Cherry to Plum

 

The existing sewer mains will be cleaned and televised, protruding taps will be removed and point repairs will be completed where found necessary.

 

In other activity, the City Council approved a change order for the 2014 Highway 6 reconstruction for $3,900. This is for the sanitary sewer improvements to be included in the Highway 6 reconstruction plans. Meanwhile, Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones encourages everyone to attend a public information meeting on December 2nd that will focus on the proposed reconstruction of Highway 6 in Atlantic. The meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Iowa DOT District 4 Office (2210 E. 7th Street) in Atlantic.

 

Mandy Billings

11/20/2014

Single Vehicle Accident Just Reported


(Griswold) Griswold Rescue and Medivac have been called to a  single vehicle accident at 49229 Pioneer Trail this morning. According to scanner traffic a 22-year-old male was concious and breathing, but he hit his head. Lifenet has been sent to the scene. We'll have more details on the accident whent they are available.

 

11/20/2014

5:30 a.m.

State vs Robert Reynolds Murder Trial is Underway


(Council Bluffs) The trial in the shooting death of a rural Atlantic woman got underway at a little after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

 

Robert A. Reynolds, 63, of Oakland, is standing trial on a charge of first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 64-year-old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey of rural Atlantic.

 

Dorsey was found deceased in the kitchen of the Reynolds residence at 303 Brown street in Oakland on April 8. According to testimony from an official with the State Medical Examiner’s Office, Dorsey died of a gunshot wound to the head.

 

Witnesses say there were five people in the home when the April 8 incident happened including; Robert A. Reynolds, his wife Theresa, step-daughter Amber, and Theresa’s five-year-old grandson.

 

Reynolds, his wife Theresa, and Pat Dorsey were drinking with the neighbors, who left the house at a little after 10:00 p.m. and according to testimony everything was fine.

 

But, as the hours wore on something changed inside that home.

 

The prosecution played the chaotic 9-1-1 call at around 3:00 a.m. of the morning in question.  

 

Reynold's wife Theresa testified that she had gone to bed and was awakened by some commotion and when it continued she got up and walked into the kitchen and saw Pat lying on the floor, and yelled at Bob and told him to go to bed. Theresa testified that Robert headed toward his bedroom and returned to the kitchen, yelled at her and pushed against the kitchen sink and that is when she said she heard shots being fired.

 

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She also testified that she saw the gun lying on the kitchen table and picked it up.

 

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Theresa Reynolds said she took the gun and laid it by the garage following the shooting.

 

During cross examination Theresa admitted to defense attorney Eric Nelson that she has also been questioned about the April 8 shooting.

 

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Several Pottawattamie County deputies testified that they took Robert Reynolds into custody following a brief standoff that morning.  Deputies testified that Reynolds eventually came out the front door of the house and sat on a porch chair with a beverage in his hand. Officers testified that they tackled him and put him in handcuffs and read him his Miranda rights.

 

The prosecution is attempting to prove that Robert Reynolds shot and killed Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, the defense is arguing that there is no physical proof that Reynolds did it. Reynolds has pleaded not-guilty.

 

Testimony continues Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m.

 

Tom Robinson

November 19, 2014 

Grassley Commemorates Harkin on 75th Birthday


(Des Moines) After a hard-fought election, Senator-elect Joni Ernst will soon be sworn in. The man who she'll replace celebrated his 75th birthday today. It's an event his colleague, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, commemorated on the Senate floor.

 

“Although some of our silver tongued critics over the years may have described Tom’s views as those of a bleeding heart liberal, or mine mischaracterized as that of a cold hearted conservative… we both, Tom and I, know that our hearts have always been in the right place,” said Grassley.

 

Harkin thanked Grassley for the praise and invited him to speak at the Harkin Institute. The retiring senator has spent 40 years in Washington.

 

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/19/2014

GOP Activists and Donors Calling for Bipartisan Action on Immigration


(Des Moines) The national coalition of GOP activists and donors, including here in Iowa, today are calling for bipartisan action on the issue of immigration. 

 

During an Iowa statehouse news conference this morning, GOP consultant John Stineman says he prefers Congressional action as opposed to Presidential executive orders.

 

“This is all part of an effort to make it 100-percent clear that Republicans do want to see action on immigration reform, we want to see conservative principles reflected in that reform,” said Stineman.

 

And, former state Senator Jeff Angelo says the time for campaigning is over, the time for governance has begun.

 

“This is the time when the talking points end and you actually begin to practically implement policy,” said Angelo. “So, there are some things that we absolutely need to do in this next session of congress in regard to immigration policy.”

 

Angelo claims there needs to be a "pathway out of the shadows" for millions of undocumented workers.  But, he and others insist calling it "amnesty" would be a misnomer.

 

The Iowa news conference was one of more than twenty similar events in other states.  It's timed to coincide with the release of a report from the "Partnership for a New American Economy" Wednesday morning called "Immigration: Conservative and Economic Solutions to Act Now".  Articles contributed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Representative Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush and Senator Rand Paul.  An accompanying letter signed by over a hundred major national Republican donors.

 

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Red Cross Busy Helping Victims of House Fires


(Des Moines) This month has been extremely busy for Red Cross volunteers called out to help victims of house fires. Spokesperson Kara Kelly says the most recent case was overnight in southern Iowa.

 

“We assisted a family in Mystic, which is in Appanoose County… a couple who lost their home in a fire and we helped them with blankets and warm clothing; we give out a lot of warm clothing this time of year, and then we made sure they had a safe place to stay overnight and then we’re going to be working with them today to see if there is anything else we can do for them,” said Kelly.

 

Kelly says there have been twice as many home fires this month than normal. She notes, they always see an increase when the weather turns cold and people start relying on alternative heating sources.

 

The number one cause of house fires is cooking. The number two cause is heating sources.

 

Iowa Radio Network

11/19/2014

Iowa 'Doing Well' in terms of Credit Scores


(Area) When it comes to their credit scores, Cedar Rapids residents have some of the best in the nation. Rod Griffin of Experian says the Cedar Rapids area came in 9th in the nation among communities they tracked. And he says the rest of the state did pretty well.
 
“Everybody is doing well in Iowa generally on average. What we see in our survey and have consistently seen is that people in the Midwest and in the northern part of the country seem to have better credit scores on average than the populations in the southern part of the country.”
 
Experian’s ‘State of Credit’ report shows that nationally, credit scores are up and use of bank cards and retail credit is also on the rise. 
 
Iowa Radio Network
11/19/14
 

Teen Arrested for Arson Fire at Abraham Lincoln High School


(Council Bluffs) The Council Bluffs Fire Department has released new details on the fire at Abraham Lincoln High School.

 

At around 12:17 p.m. Tuesday, Council Bluffs Fire Department units were dispatched to a report of a fire in Abraham Lincoln High School. Fire crews found the fire to be out upon arrival. The fire suppression system in the school extinguished the fire that occurred in the mezzanine level of the gymnasium. The students were evacuated from the school without incident. The gymnasium sustained fire, smoke and water damage.

 

A fire investigation was conducted in cooperation with Council Bluffs Community School District and Council Bluffs Police Department. The fire was found to be incendiary in nature. Two suspects, a 14-year-old male and a 15-year-old male, were interviewed in connection with the incident. A 14-year-old male was charged with 1st Degree Arson and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. The names of the juveniles are not being released.

 

Mandy Billings

11/19/2014

Resources Available to Help Distinguish Dementia and Forgetfulness


(Ames) A partnership program is underway involving Iowa State University’s Gerontology Program and the department of aging to help promote a resource, that may help folds distinguish between normal forgetfulness and early dementia. The resource is www.lifelonglinks.org. ISU Gerontology Program Director Jennifer Margrett says it may prove valuable to your family.
 
“With ultimately the idea that people can age in place, can work within the context of dementia and have improved quality of life and not end up living in long term care needlessly or prematurely.”
 
She says a big obstacle, is simply talking about dementia, because there’s a stigma attached to it. 
 
Iowa Radio Network
11/19/14

Abraham Lincoln High School Suffers Water Damage After Fire


(Council Bluffs) Council Bluffs authorities are investigating a fire that led to the evacuation of an area high school.

 

The fire was reported just after 12:00p.m. on Tuesday at Abraham Lincoln High School. Council Bluffs Fire Marshal Larry Wohlers says someone intentionally set fire to a football tackling dummy in the school field house.

 

A sprinkler system activated to put out the flames. Officials say no one was injured. The school was evacuated for a short time while the firefighters worked to vent the smoke. School officials say there is water damage on the balcony and in the music wing at the school.

 

Bennett Blake

11/19/14

 

Supervisors Discuss Courthouse Safety


(Atlantic) Gunshots rang out at the Cass County Courthouse this morning, but only as part of an exercise.

 

Cass County Supervisor Gaylord Schelling, with Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren by his side, fired a starter pistol on each floor of the courthouse so employees could recognize the sounds of gunshots on each floor in case there was an active shooter in the building.

 

Prior to the exercise, Sheriff McLaren, Cass County Emergency Management Director Mike Kennon and the Board of Supervisors discussed courthouse safety.

 

“If we have an active shooter, we have to have some place for everybody to go,” said Schelling.

 

Most of the departments in the Courthouse have a “safe room”, but the plan is to talk with each department about the safe rooms and what they would need to do to ensure their safety. And, the courthouse will soon only allow the public to enter through one entrance, which would be the south entrance by the parking lot. Signs will be put in place to notify the public which entrance to use.

 

 

Mandy Billings

11/19/2014

Minor Injuries Reported in Council Bluffs Car/Pedestrian Collision


(Council Bluffs) Officials in Council Bluffs say there will be no charges after a car collided with a 9-year-old pedestrian. The incident took place at the intersection of 6th and Willow Street at 8:00 a.m. today (Wednesday).

 

According to the report, 9-year-old Joshua McNutt, of Council Bluffs, entered the intersection against a walk sign and into the path of a car driven by Kayla Knudtson, of Omaha. The low speed impact caused the pedestrian to fall to the ground and suffer minor injuries to his knees. He was taken to Mercy ER for evaluation as a precaution.

 

Bennett Blake
11/19/14

Theft of Ipod Nano Reported in Creston


(Creston) The Creston Police Depart reports one theft incident. According to authorities, Sherri Hodge, of Creston, reported that sometime on November 13th between 11:55 a.m. and 5:32 p.m. someone took a package containing an Ipod Nano from her residence that was delivered by Fedex that day. The estimated loss is $140.

 

Bennett Blake
11/19/14

Congressman King to hold Presidential Candidate Summit


(State) The Presidential campaign season for Republicans will officially kick off in January. Congressman Steve King and Citizens United are sponsoring an event in Des Moines to give potential presidential candidates a chance to make an early case to be Republican caucus-goers. King says,

 

"Almost all of them in a type of one on one conversation. I have confidence they'll have a good turnout. We'll have an outstanding list of potential candidates and thought leaders. Again it's just the right thing to do."

 

The event will be January 24th at Hoyt Sherman Auditorium in Des Moines. Among the possible candidates are Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Mike Lee, Carly Fiorina and John Bolton.

 

Iowa Radio Network
11/19/14

Area Conservation Boards Offer Bird Viewing Trip to Minnesota


(Area) The Cass County Conservation Board in conjunction with the Sac and Carroll County Conservation Boards are offering a Minnesota Avian Adventure trip. 
 
The trip to the Duluth, Minnesota area will be Friday, January 16th to Monday, January 19th. Participants will get a chance to see the world famous Sax-Zim Bog area. For more information on the trip you can contact Cass County Naturalist Lora Kanning at 712-769-2372. 
 
The cost of the trip is $480 for a single person or $645 for double occupancy. Included in the cost is transportation, three nights lodging, guides, one lunch, and snacks/refreshments on the bus.
 
Interested parties must register by December 31st.
 
Bennett Blake
11/19/14
 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Makes Two Arrests


(Red Oak) The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office reports a pair of drug arrests were made on Tuesday evening.

 

One came during a traffic stop while another arrest came after a follow up reference to an incident at a residence in Grant.

 

At 6:30 p.m. authorities pulled over 36-year-old Damyn Carl Stacy, of Villisca, at the intersection of Highway 34 and Eastern Avenue in Red Oak. Stacy is charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to Montgomery County Corrections, booked in, and later released on citation. 

 

At approximately 9:20 p.m. authorities did a follow up reference to an incident at 108 Adams Street in Grant. Deputies arrested Scott Timothy Brown, age 51, of Grant for Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Brown was booked into Montgomery County Corrections in lieu of $1,000 cash bond.

 

Bennett Blake
11/19/14

 

Strong Winds Prompt Special Weather Statement


(Area) A Special Weather Statement is in effect until 7:00 this morning for several counties throughout the state including Carroll, Crawford, Audubon, Guthrie, and Cass Counties within the KSOM/KS95.7 coverage area.

 

Much of Iowa will experience a brief period of strong winds early this morning. A cold front is pushing southeast across the state and right behind the front, a strong push of cooler air is causing winds to increase to 20-30 mph at times with gusts briefly to 45 mph. This may cause blowing snow, especially in northern Iowa. 

 

High profile vehicles may experience some brief difficulty driving early today and blowing snow may cause a few slippery stretches on roadways. Motorists are urged to use caution and allow extra time to reach your destination.

 

Bennett Blake

11/18/14

Adair-Casey School Board to Discuss District's Future


(Adair) The Adair-Casey school board will meet in regular session tonight (Wednesday).

 

Among the items on the agenda is the 'Future of Adair-Casey District' below that are three options: 1.) Preservation of Current Situation 2.) Whole-grade Sharing and Seek to Find a Partner 3.) Consolidation and Seek to Find a Partner.

 

Superintendent of Schools Steve Smith says, "Whole-grade sharing is kind of a nice comfortable feeling that you can get in and work around and work with another district, but the third option could be that you would just decide to investigate and look into consolidating with another school district. Most times that's really not the best option to start out with. I don't look for that to be there, but that has to be laid out there because there has to be those kinds of options."

 

Of course the entire discussion is due to declining enrollment.

 

"I think in rural Iowa we can all say that declining enrollment is taking it's toll not only in our schools but in our communities. It's no different at Adair-Casey than it is at some other surrounding communities and schools. Trying to align yourself and trying to work towards making the best fit and getting the best education possible for your kids is really important."

 

Smith says this same item came up about this team a year ago, at which time no immediate changes were made. Tonight's meeting will be held at the Adair-Casey High School at 7:00 p.m.

 

Bennett Blake
11/19/14

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