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(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

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(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

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(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

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(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

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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

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(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

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(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

 

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(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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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An arbitrator will decide new contract terms for state workers after union leaders could not reach a deal with Gov. Terry Branstad.

 

Both sides presented their final proposals to a neutral arbitrator Thursday for a two-year contract for about 19,000 workers. A final decision must be made by March 15.

 

The two sides are at odds over health insurance. According to data supplied by the Branstad administration, the union has offered to have members pay a fixed monthly premium, which would be a first for many members. But the administration wants workers to pay a larger portion of their health care costs.

 

Danny Homan, president of the Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, would not comment. A spokesman for Branstad also declined.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is upholding the state's refusal to award tax credits claimed by the makers of a documentary tied to the "Field of Dreams" movie.

 

The court on Friday upheld the dismissal of a breach of contract claim filed by investors who bankrolled "Ghost Player: Relive the Magic."

 

The dispute stems from an Iowa film tax credit program that was the nation's most generous but abandoned in 2010 amid scandal. Documentary maker Joe Scherrman says he believed he was owed about $400,000 under a state contract signed in 2009, but the state offered $59,000 after disputing some expenses.

 

His film tells the story of the Ghost Players, who play baseball and perform comedy at the Field of Dreams site in Dyersville and have traveled the world performing.

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(Greenfield) Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler says it appears a compromise on the school start date is moving forward to August 23. Baudler says if that is not acceptable, he thinks the date will go back to after September 1, which is the current law.

 

“I can tell you from what I am hearing and I am hearing some very positive information, if its’ not going to be a compromise on August 23, then its’ going to be September 1,”stated Baudler, “Which is the law today.”

 

And he says there would be no exemptions to that.

 

“So they have a choice to make and I would like to see every school start on the same date, unless they are year round schools.” Said Baudler.

 

He says  that way everything is all on the same playing field.

 

Tom Robinson

February 27, 2015

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(Clarinda) A Clarinda teen was arrested Thursday on drug charges.

 

The Clarinda Police Department arrested a 15-year-old male juvenile for illegal possession of a controlled substance believed to be marijuana. The arrest was made as a result of an investigation by the Clarinda Police Department and the Sioux City Police Department.

 

The juvenile was released to the custody of his legal guardian pending additional action by Page County Juvenile Court Services and the Juvenile Court Division of the Page County Attorney’s Office.

 

Mandy Billings

02/27/2015

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(Atlantic) A Preliminary hearing is scheduled next week 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. The defendant is accused of sexually assaulting a female juvenile in 2011.   

 

The preliminary hearing is for March 5. 

 

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

 

In December 2012, Ericksen pled guilty in a prior case in Cass County District Court to Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree. 

 

Tom Robinson

February 27, 2015

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(Atlantic) The Cass County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of an Assistant County Attorney at their meeting this morning.

 

The Supervisors appointed Jamie Arnold as an Administrative Assistant in January until his Iowa license was approved. Effective today, he is now the Assistant County Attorney.

 

In other activity, the Supervisors approved the low bid from Metal Culverts out of Maryville, Missouri, in the amount of $109,840 for stock pipe and project pipe.

 

The Supervisors also gave Cass County Engineer Charles Marker permission to buy used steel from Ida County. Marker said the cost of the steel is 22-cents per pound, which is half the price from the last time he bought steel to build a bridge.

 

“In looking at that used steel, with what we have in our yard, we can make four additional bridges,” said Marker. “What the used steel is, is the floor beams, the beams that actually span the entire creek bottom and we buy the decking to put on top of it.”

 

The total cost of the beams would be around $50,000.

 

Meanwhile, Marker said they will be taking bids in March for projects on bridge #247 south of Anita and bridge #414 off of N48 on Chicago Road.

 

Marker said some of these projects he hopes to finance with the money they’ll receive from the gas tax.

 

“I’m not sure of the time schedule. We know that the tax goes into effect March 1st, but of course that has to go through collection and normal distribution, but I don’t know when we’ll start to see the money come in,” said Marker. “We’re anticipating some of it will be in this fiscal year, before June 30th, and definitely all year next year.”

 

Marker is estimating Cass County will receive somewhere between $500,000 to $750,000 per year.

 

And, the Supervisors approved Ordinance 33: adoption of Cass County Code – a recompiling of county ordinances, after the first reading. A second hearing will be held at next Wednesday’s meeting.

 

Mandy Billings

02/27/2015

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(Glenwood) A Glenwood man faces assault and weapons charges in Mills County.

 

Glenwood Police arrested 39-year-old Jonathan Swaim for assault and two counts of displaying a weapon on a Peace Officer, and interference with official acts.

 

Bond was set at $1,100 cash or surety.

 

Tom Robinson

February 27, 2015

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(Red Oak) Red Oak Police arrested two men early this (Friday), morning following a traffic stop in the 700 block of North Broadway.

 

Police say 28-year-old Jeffrey Allen McClarnon, of Clarinda, was charged with driving while suspended, and issued a citation for no insurance.

 

The passenger in the vehicle Joshua Grady Washburn, of Council Bluffs faces charges of possession of controlled substance marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Washburn had  prior controlled substance convictions and will now be charged with possession of a controlled substance 3rd subsequent offense. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He also had a Taylor County warrant.

 

McClarnon was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300.00 cash bond and Washburn was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $1,000 cash bond and on a valid Taylor County warrant.

 

Tom Robinson

February 27, 2015

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(Underwood) A rural Pottawattamie County man was injured in a single-vehicle accident near Underwood Wednesday morning.

 

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says Kenneth Foote lost control of his 2006 Chevy Silverado pickup while driving westbound on Magnolia Road  near 300th Street at around 9:20 a.m.

 

The pickup left the road and entered the south ditch, went through a fence, crossed a field and came to rest near a tree and a hay bale.

 

Rescue personal transported Foot to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

Tom Robinson

February 27, 2015

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(Des Moines) The State Treasurer’s Office is finally able to “close the books” on a case, of an Iowa man, who refused to believe, he had an unclaimed fortune.

 

“We were holding $2.3 million for him and he just wouldn’t believe us,” stated State Representative Michael Fitzgerald. “We would try and go up to his door and he was kind of one of these characters that didn’t trust the government and get off my land.”

 

Fitzgerald says after 89-year-old Morris Wittrock of Storm Lake recently died, his estate lawyers contacted the Treasurer’s Office, and now the 2.3 million dollars’ worth of stock dividends, will be given to Wittrocks two sisters.

 

Iowa Radio Network

February 27, 2015

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(Des Moines) Analysts say Iowa drivers are about to get a “double whammy” at the gas pump.

 

Patrick Dehaan with “Gas Buddy.com says Iowans will see a 10-cent increase from the tax and probably another 10-cent increase from the phased in wholesale spike. He says two weeks from now prices will probably be 20-cents a gallon higher than they are today.

 

He says the wholesale price increase is due to several factors: lower  inventories, less refinery out-put, and a switch from winter blend to summer blend. He says there are a number of  refinery issues nationwide, and cold weather related issues.

 

Iowa Radio Network

February 27, 2015

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(Red Oak) A Clarinda man faces drug related charges in Montgomery County.

 

Sheriff’s deputies arrested 24-year-old Jacob Allen Washburn at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Highway 71, just south of Villisca.

 

Washburn is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and 1st offense drugged.

 

Washburn was transported to jail and held on $1,000 cash bond.

 

The Cass County Drug Recognition Expert assisted the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in this investigation.

 

Tom Robinson

February 27, 2015

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(Area) The snow forecast for this weekend appears to be on the lighter side with the heaviest amounts in southern Iowa and Missouri.

 

Jim Lee, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines expects the snow to begin late Saturday afternoon or early evening and continues most of the night before ending rather quickly on Sunday morning. At this time he doesn’t expect a lot of accumulation. The heaviest snowfall will occur in Missouri and Kansas, with about two-inches of snow around the Atlantic area.

 

Lee says there is another storm system coming through the area Monday night and Tuesday of next week.

 

He expects more precipitation out of this storm system mainly on Tuesday but he isn’t quite sure how much of this will be rain or snow. Lee says northwest Iowa may get some decent snow accumulations and southern and central Iowa could see some icing.

 

Forecasters admit they will have a much better idea by Sunday or Monday on the impact of this next storm system.

 

Tom Robinson

February 27, 2015

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(Des Moines AP)  The U.S. Department of Commerce says Iowa companies exported a record $15.1 billion worth of merchandise last year which contributed to the nation's record export level exceeding $2.3 trillion.

 

In the report released Thursday the government says machinery led Iowa exports totaling about $3.6 billion in value. That was followed by food and related products and agricultural products.

 

Canada was the leading destination for Iowa products followed by Mexico, Japan and China.

 

More than 3,300 companies — by far most of them with fewer than 500 employees — exported goods in the most recent report.

 

Coinciding with the release of the data, the White House issued a statement citing it as a reason Congress should act on new trade agreements now in negotiations to expand trade with additional countries.

 

February 27, 2015

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(Des Moines AP) A state insurance official says nearly 173,000 Iowans may have been affected by the recent data breach at health insurer Anthem Inc.

 

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said Thursday that 172,727 policyholders in Iowa may have had their personal information compromised. The cyberattack into a database of more than 80 million people was discovered earlier this month. The health insurance provider says hackers gained access to names, birthdates, email addresses, Social Security numbers and other information of people who are currently covered or previously had coverage.

 

Gerhart says Anthem will contact each person affected by the breach and inform them of available identity theft services and other protections. He says the Iowa Insurance Division continues to work with Anthem to monitor the situation.

 

February 26, 2015

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(Des Moines) Lawmakers are working to "fine-tune" Iowa's "Open Records, Open Meetings" law today.  Senator Jeff Danielson says it's always a balancing act between the public's right to know and an individual's right to privacy.

 

“Changing the law so that we achieve maximum transparency, but also considering whatever rules we pass the local governments have to follow them and still be able to maintain their operations in an efficient way,” said Danielson. “So, there’s always a balance we strike with bills like this.”

 

Cedar Falls Democrat says Iowa needs to be ready for the era of body-cams on all local police.  Senate Study Bill 1073 advancing to possible consideration by the full Senate State Government Committee.

 

Iowa Radio Network

02/26/2015

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a bill that would make it easier for adults in Iowa to try out hunting before getting a hunting license.

 

A three-member subcommittee for natural resources and the environment unanimously approved the bill Thursday. It now heads to a full committee for consideration.

 

Current law requires an adult to complete a hunter education course before obtaining a hunting license. This bill would allow adults to skip the course and work with a licensed adult under an apprentice permit program.

 

Evan Heusinkveld with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance says the bill is similar to legislation in more than 30 other states. Sen. Dick Dearden, a Des Moines Democrat and committee vice chairman, says the bill can open up hunting to more people.

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(Atlantic) Today is the last day of work for Iowa State Patrol Trooper Scott Pigsley, from Avoca.

 

Trooper Pigsley is retiring after 28 years of service here in southwest Iowa. Pigsley spent his first eight years as a road officer and then spent the next 20 years as a Trooper Pilot, flying out of the Atlantic airport.

 

He recalls many memorable moments over the years…. “Flying over all of the flood waters and taking photos of that, taking photos of the Parkersburg tornado and Little Sioux tornado, a lot of years of flying traffic: one time we were working on Interstate 80 years ago and happened to stop actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd for speeding and that was quite memorable, and just working with the public over the years.”

 

So what’s next for Trooper Pigsley? He said he hopes to find a flying job so he can continue using those skills, but he hasn’t made any big plans at this point.

 

Mandy Billings

02/26/2015

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(Council Bluffs) An unruly student caused a brief lockdown at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs this morning.

 

The Council Bluffs Police Department says officers were dispatched to the school at around 11:35 a.m. to assist staff members with an unruly student inside the school. Prior to the arrival of officers, the 14-year-old male was detained by staff members for his own safety, as well as the safety of other students and staff members. The school was placed in lock down as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of all students. The situation with the student was quickly resolved and activities at the school returned to normal very quickly.

 

The student was charged with Disorderly Conduct and removed from the school. No weapons were involved and no students or staff members were injured as a result of this incident.

 

Mandy Billings

02/26/2015

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(Washington DC) Iowa Senator Charles Grassley is part of a bi-partisan group of Senators, calling for stronger protections for government workers, who ‘Blow the Whistle’ on fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer dollars.

 

“Because it‘s so easy to retaliate against whistle blowers in ways that maybe even the whistle blower might not immediately be aware of. ”

 

Senator Grassley says retaliation discourages other whistle blowers. He notes the bi-partisan effort will likely support legislation, aimed at making current protections even stronger.

 

Iowa Radio Network
2/26/15

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(Des Moines) A state representative is trying again to pass a resolution through the house that would affirm the sanctity of life, especially in the womb. Melcher-Dallas Republican Greg Heartsill took the house floor this morning quoting from the classic Doctor Suess book, “Horton Hears a Who,”

 

“I’ll just have to save him because after all, a person’s a person no matter how small.”

 

Representative Heartsill’s co-sponsoring the ‘Sanctity of Life’ resolution to begin the deliberately difficult process of adding an amendment to the state’s constitution. That process requires passage of the same resolution by two separate legislative assemblies and an affirmative vote of the people.

 

Iowa Radio Network
2/26/15

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(Cedar Rapids) An Iowa man arrested for possession of marijuana led to a big, “Unexpected” discovery of crack cocaine.

 

The Linn County Sheriff says a man tried to sneak more than 100 bags of crack cocaine into the Linn County Jail. Sheriff Brian Gardner says “It’s uncommon…but its not unheard of.” The drugs were found inside two larger bags during a strip search when Brandon D. Wilson, of Cedar Rapids, was booked at the jail on Monday. 109 plastic bags of crack cocaine concealed in Wilson’s rectum.

 

Wilson was stopped by Cedar Rapids Police and found to be in possession of marijuana. Gardner said deputies do not strip search all incoming inmates. However, Wilson’s charge allowed deputies to perform the search.

 

Iowa Radio Network

2/26/16

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(Irwin) Icy roads are being blamed for a single vehicle accident that injured an Irwin, Iowa couple.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says 80-year-old Gerald Gross and 77-year-old Martha Gross were transported to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan for treatment. Gerald Gross was later airlifted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition.

 

Authorities say the accident happened at around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, near the intersection of 2300th Street and County Road M47. Gross was driving southbound on M47 in a 2002 Chevy pickup when the vehicle entered the east ditch, struck a culvert, went air-borne and came to rest in a field. The two had to be extricated from the vehicle.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says slick road conditions were a contributing factor in the accident.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Irwin Fire Department, Defiance Fire Department, Manilla Fire Department, and Medivac ambulance.

 

Tom Robinson

February 26, 2015

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(Atlantic) The Atlantic FFA Chapter is celebrating its’ 78th year during National FFA Week.

 

“National FFA Week is a big push to stress agricultural and how FFA can help kids around our community,” stated Atlantic FFA Advisor Eric Miller, who says there have been a lot of changes in Agricultural since FFA started 80-years ago.

 

“FFA started out as an organization just for farm boys and has changed into an organization that includes everybody,” said Miller.

 

He says the majority of his Atlantic students  aren’t farm kids. He says there are actually more students that live in the city than on the farm, which  he says is a common demographic in other chapters across the state.

 

“And there is also a big surge of female participants in the Atlantic FFA Chapter,” said Miller. “This year we have 55-FFA members and 20 of them are females.”

 

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education for over 610,000 FFA members, from 12-21 years old in 7,665 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Tom Robinson

February 26, 2015

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

 

The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Coty Allen Savage at 302 Pine Street for possession of marijuana.

 

He is being held in the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond.

 

Tom Robinson

February 26, 2015

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(Audubon) The Audubon School District will be participating in the One School, One Book reading program next month.

 

This is the second time around for this national event. Last fall was the first run with the Pre-K through Sixth graders, along with their parents, family members, and district staff members of the Audubon community.

 

Audubon Middle School and High School Librarian Lynn Spies says the fall reading was met with enthusiasm and positive feedback and was the catalyst for the upcoming spring reading event.

 

“We had a really great response from students, families, grandpa’s and grandma’s and community members,” state Spies.  So they are going to try it again beginning next week.

 

Spies says the Audubon School District One School, One Book committee have chosen, E.B. White’s classic book Charlotte’s Web, a classic book published in 1952 and the winner of several awards. Spies say classrooms along with families are encouraged to do their own activities as part of the reading event.

 

“We are trying to get the students to read together, read aloud, read as a family, whatever we can do to light that reading fire,” said Spies. “We want to show them that people of all ages can sit down and grab a book. We want to instill that love of reading back into the students.”

 

Spies say the reading schedule will run March 2-27. She says check the school website for further information an activities at www.audubon.k12.ia.us.

 

Tom Robinson

February 26, 2015

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(Elk Horn) After 30-years in business the owners of the Danish Inn Restaurant in Elk Horn announced that they will close for good, next week.

 

The owners posted a statement on their facebook page Wednesday evening.

 

”It is with much sadness that the Danish Inn, after 30-years, will be closing at the end of next week. The high cost of providing quality food and service has made it impossible for us to continue. We want to thank all of our loyal customers and friends that we’ve made from coast to coast and will miss seeing you.”

 

The owners responding to comments on their facebook said they have have tried everything to stay open, summers have been good but winter was brutal this year with a real lack of business and rising food costs, and wage increases.

 

“We appreciate all of you and your business.”

 

Tom Robinson

February 26, 2015

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(Red Oak) An Oakland, Iowa man was taken into custody in Montgomery County Wednesday afternoon.

 

Authorities arrested 24-year-old Jan Palubjak on a warrant for violation of probation.

 

He posted the $2,500 bond and was released.

 

Tom Robinson

February 26, 2015

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(Council Bluffs) Two suspects robbed a Council Bluffs coffee shop Wednesday evening.

 

Police says two men entered Scooters coffee shop at 3030 Broadway. One of the suspects pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the clerk and the register but did not say anything. The Clerk called a second employee to the counter and attempted to open the two cash registers. One opened and when the employee couldn’t come up with a bag… one of the suspects came behind the counter and grabbed the till and fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

 

The suspects are described as and Hispanic male 18-to-20 years old, wearing gloves, all black outer clothing, consisting of a sweatshirt with the hood up and a black handkerchief partially covering his face.

 

The second suspect is described as a white male, 18-to20 years old, wearing a bright blue hooded sweatshirt, gloves and a ski mask.

 

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

 

Tom Robinson

February 26, 2015

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(Des Moines) Bitter cold temperatures and a northwest wind has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Wind Chill Advisory for west central and northwest Iowa this morning (Thursday), including the counties of Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Guthrie, Harrison and Shelby. The Wind Chill Advisory will remain in effect until 10:00 a.m.  

 

North to northwest winds at 10-15-miles per hour coupled with temperatures between zero and 8 below will cause wind chills to plummet to 20-to-30 below zero through mid-morning.

 

Frost bite can develop within 30 minutes if skin is exposed and hypothermia may occur if precautions are not taken.

 

Tom Robinson

February 26, 2015

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(Atlantic) The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports one arrest and a scam.

 

On February 24, 53-year-old Jeffrey Charles Dory, of Anita, was arrested on a charge of Driving While Barred. Dory was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance.

 

And, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like the public to be aware of a recent scam in which three men are working together to reportedly fix lightning rods on a victim’s house. One person talked to the victim while two others went up on the roof. They then reportedly exchanged heavy cables that were on the roof with light-weight cables. The victim paid the subjects $1,400 by check, and the scammers immediately cashed the check and were gone from the area.

 

Mandy Billings

02/25/2015

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislation aimed at reducing school bullying in Iowa has advanced in the Legislature, though it remains unclear if it will have enough support to get to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk.

 

A three-member House education subcommittee gave unanimous approval Wednesday for a version of the bill. It now heads to a full committee for consideration.

 

On the Senate side, the education committee voted 9 to 6 Wednesday along party lines to approve the bill with some changes. The full Senate can now debate it.

 

The legislation would add language that supporters say will give educators more clarification on how to respond to bullying cases.

 

Rep. Quentin Stanerson, a Center Point Republican, was on the subcommittee Wednesday. He says he's still figuring out whether the legislation has enough support in the House.

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(Atlantic) Six people appeared at a restitution hearing at Cass County District Court Wednesday afternoon to reclaim financial donations given to an Atlantic woman who received money from fundraising events while claiming her daughter had terminal cancer.

 

District Court Judge Greg Steensland told the court that Leatha Slauson received a total of $35,964.06, and minus the amount that went towards an RV rental, the total netted $32,964.06. The remaining balance in the bank account is $15,920.83. Roughly $10,000 was claimed in court Wednesday.

 

Anyone who donated money to the defendant Leatha Slauson and wished to make a claim for the return of their donation had to be present today and show proof of their donation at the hearing. Any unclaimed money will be given to cancer research, tax exempt charity.

 

Those that appeared in court today ranged from individual donors to representatives from organizations such as the First United Methodist men’s $3,000.00 donation through fundraising events such as a pancake supper. Steve Green representing the church says they will re-donate the money. The Beta-Sigma-Phi sorority donated $200 and has offered to do the same. Four other individual donations were from $100.00, $200.00, $500.00, and $1,000.00.

 

A woman from northern Iowa took the stand attempting to reclaim roughly $5,500.00 though her own personal donations and money raised through the Super Riley website.

 

Judge Steensland told the court that he will issue a restitution order within the next several days. 

 

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

February 25, 2015

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URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents has identified 21 members who will serve on the committee tasked with finding the next University of Iowa president.

 

The regents on Wednesday said those selected for the University of Iowa Presidential Search and Screen Committee have been charged with seeking out candidates to serve as UI's next president for consideration by the board. Current UI President Sally Mason in January announced her plans to retire July 31.

 

UI Vice President for Medical Affairs Jean Robillard has been named committee chair. Eight additional UI faculty members were chosen, along with representatives from the regents, the UI Alumni Association, UI Student Government and other organizations.

 

Robillard says he's looking forward to working with all members as they conduct the search.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top state official says turning over Iowa's Medicaid program to private operators would save money and improve service, but lawmakers are questioning how the change would impact people in the program.

 

Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer addressed a legislative committee Wednesday. He says the state is moving forward with a plan to shift the Medicaid program to one or more managed care organizations. That means the state would pay outside companies a fixed amount per enrollee to provide health coverage.

 

About 550,000 people are enrolled in Iowa's Medicaid program, which is funded with $4.2 billion in state and federal dollars.

 

Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom says lawmakers need to closely monitor the change, noting that he'll hear from constituents if there are changes to quality of care.

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(Atlantic) Roads are quickly becoming snow covered in southwest Iowa.

 

Multiple accidents have been reported on Interstate 80 already this afternoon. 

 

At 1:50 p.m.: Interstate 80 eastbound is blocked between Exit 57: County Road N16 and Exit 60; US 6; US 71 (11 miles east of the Walnut area) due to accidents.

 

At 2:35 p.m.: I-80 westbound between Exit 5: Madison Avenue and Exit 4: I-29 (Council Bluffs) is blocked due to an accident.

 

511ia.org shows the following highways completely covered in snow….

 

-Between Highway 83 between County Road M47 (Marne) and Highway 6 (Atlantic)

 

-Between Highway 6 (near Atlantic) and Highway 148 (Anita)

 

-Between Highway 83 (9 miles south of Elk Horn area) and Highway 44 (Kimballton)

 

-Between County Raod G13 (Grant) and Highway 6 (Atlantic)

 

-Between I80; Highway 6 (1 mile south of Brayton area) and Highway 141; County Road N18 (near Templeton.

 

-Between County Road H12 (near Elliott) and Highway 6 (three miles north of the Griswold area)

 

Several other roads are partially covered in snow at this time.

 

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02/25/2015

 

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(Des Moines) Get ready to start paying a dime a gallon more in state gas taxes soon.  Governor Branstad signed the transportation infrastructure funding bill that contains that increase today.  Earlier this morning, Terry Branstad spoke about the bill.

 

“I know it’s not easy and I know that there are also people who feel strongly on the other side, but there is a critical need for additional funding for our roads and bridges in the state of Iowa,” said Branstad.

 

The Governor says the advantage of signing the bill this week is that there'll be an extra month of increased revenue in this fiscal year.  He says that could help make a difference sooner.

 

The tax increase will take place the first of next month, that's this Sunday.  But, Governor's staff says the bill exempts current fuel stocks from the hike.  So, you can expect to start paying that extra dime a gallon sometime next week depending on where you fill up.

 

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02/25/2015

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(Greenfield) The Adair County Board of Supervisor’s approved a new hire and addressed some routine items at this morning’s meeting.

 

The board approved the hiring of Kim Perkins, as full time second clerk to the County Treasurers office. The position opened up on January 1, following the resignation of former second clerk Tammy Mueller.  Perkins will be handling motor vehicle and driver’s license duties.

 

In addition to that, the board approved township wages, reviewed the annual 2014 County and Landfill Audits, a manure management plan update and received a COST Advisory Services Report.

 

Contracts were also signed with Henningsen Construction for a road paving and widening project within the county.

 

Tom Robinson

February 25, 2015

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(Atlantic) The Cass County Master Gardeners group is again offering grant money to be used in the 2015 growing season.

 

Cass County Extension Program Coordinator Kate Olson said any Cass County not-for-profit group or individual may apply.

 

“The money is called the David Williams Master Gardener Grant to honor the years of service of Master Gardener David Williams who passed away fairly recently,” said Olson. “They’ve been giving these grants out for several years; previous recipients have included local non-profit organizations, church gardens, 4-H clubs, as well as other individuals wanting to do community beautification projects or community gardening projects in their local area.”

 

Olson said to ensure the money is helping a wide variety of community organizations, groups who were funded by 2014 grants will not be eligible to apply in 2015. Each grant has a maximum value of $300. Applications must be received by Monday, March 30th for consideration.

 

“We would encourage folks to think about projects and apply,” said Olson. “They’ll get extra points for showing teamwork, sustainability, environmental consideration, anything like that. So, we encourage folks to be creative, think of things they could do to improve their local communities and maybe use this money as a starting board to make some fun things happen in our local communities.”

 

Applications may be submitted by mail or email. Grant recipients will be informed of their selection by the end of April. For more information, contact the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132, email keolson@iastate.edu, or stop by the Extension Office at 805 W. 10th Street in Atlantic.

 

Mandy Billings

02/25/2015

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(Creston) A family’s estate has donated over three million dollars to a Catholic Parish and school in Creston.

 

The Omaha World Herald says after Irene Pesik, the last of nine siblings, died in 2012, the 440 acres her family had owned northwest of Creston was given to the Holy Spirit Parish. It sold for just over three million dollars in January. The money was split between Holy Spirit Parish and the St. Malachy Foundation, which funds the St. Malachy School.

 

None of the Pesik siblings married or had children. Plaques to honor the family will be installed at the parish and school.

 

Mandy Billings

02/25/2015

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(Omaha) After a very strong growth in farm land prices for several years the air began to leak of the land price bubble a year ago, and continues into 2015.

 

Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says the lower trend continues this year after years of inflating prices.

 

“We have experienced a 15-20 percent increase in land price year after year and now we are seeing land prices coming down by as much as 5-to-10 percent year over year,” stated Goss. “A lot of that will depend on the dollar of course and it doesn’t help we‘ve had some difficulties in the ports on the west coast, which is not helpful for agricultural exports.”  

 

Goss says interest rates will move a bit higher, but because inflation rates remain so low interest rates should remain fairly low in the coming months. Goss says the Federal Reserve said Tuesday says they will not move on short term rates until the middle of the year. He says long term rates may move up a bit, but still in a very attractive range.

 

Tom Robinson

February 25, 2015

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(Atlantic) The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has cancelled its public meeting tonight due to the National Weather Service issuing a winter storm warning for much of the state closing many of the meeting locations.  

 

Meetings were scheduled over the Iowa Communication Network in Atlantic, Boone, Chariton, Clear Lake, Council Bluffs, Creston, Davenport, Decorah, Dubuque, Johnston, Marshalltown, Monroe, Ottumwa, Sac City, Sergeant Bluff, Sheldon, Spencer, Tiffin, Waverly and West Burlington.

 

The DNR will attempt to reschedule the meeting, if possible, to receive the public’s thoughts on the hunting and trapping regulations for this fall. The public is still encouraged to send comments about what went well last fall, what didn’t, and what changes hunters and trappers would like to see for this fall to wildlife@dnr.iowa.gov. Those comments, along with the data that the DNR Wildlife Bureau collects on harvest and population numbers, will be used to develop recommendations for any rule changes for this fall.

 

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02/25/2015

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(Atlantic) An Underwood man was arrested on ten counts of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree in Cass County.

 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office arrested 55-year-old Roger Allen Ericksen Monday. The charges stem from acts that allegedly happened with a minor child in 2011. Ericksen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $25,000 cash bond.

 

In December 2012, Ericksen pled guilty in a prior case in Cass County District Court to Sexual Abuse 3rd Degree.

 

 

 

Mandy Billings

02/25/2015

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(Harlan) The 10-cent increase to the state fuel tax is going to mean an extra $680,000 to Shelby County.

 

Shelby County Engineer Dan Ahart says this is about 10-percent of his revenue, which he says is pretty significant.

 

“Are we going to be able to build all new roads and repave everything, no,” stated Ahart. “But it will help stop the continued erosion of our roads and allow us to make some important improvements.”

 

Both chambers gave bipartisamn support to the bill Tuesday, with the Senate voting 28-21 and the House 53-46. The plan would provide over $200 million annually for Iowa’s network of bridges and roads, many of which are in disrepair.

 

For years the Legislature has considered raising the tax, which has not been changed since 1989. But until this year, lawmakers never took action, despite heavy lobbying by groups representing farmers and trucking companies.

 

This session, Governor Branstad voiced his backing for increased infrastructure funding, sparking a more serious conversation.

 

Tom Robinson

February 25, 2015

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(Red Oak) A Clarinda man was arrested in Montgomery on drug charges Tuesday.

 

 The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 51-year-old Clint Curtis Johnson was taken into custody on a valid warrant for delivery of a controlled substance methamphetamine.

 

Johnson was transported to the Montgomery County Corrections and held on $50,000 cash bond.

 

Tom Robinson

February 25, 2015

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(Sioux City AP) A Sioux City mother has been sentenced to three years of probation for leaving her 10-month-old son alone in a bathtub while she smoked marijuana in another room.
 
Twenty-one-year-old Maricela Vasquez pleaded guilty earlier this month in Woodbury County District Court to child endangerment resulting in bodily injury and possession of a controlled substance.
 
Vasquez agreed to a 10-day jail sentence on the drug charge as part of her plea agreement. She was given credit for the 10 days she already served in jail.
 
She was arrested in August after Sioux City officers responded to a 911 call, found evidence of marijuana in the apartment and discovered the baby had nearly drowned. The boy has been removed from Vasquez's custody.
 
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(Des Moines) A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of southwest Iowa from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. today.

 

The National Weather Service says snow will move into the area during the afternoon hours before diminishing this evening.

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Forecasters expect snow amounts of 2-to-4 inches. Moderate snowfall is expected to produce snow covered roads and hazardous driving conditions. Blowing and drifting snow may also lead to difficult driving conditions this evening even after the heaviest snow has ended.

 

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from north central, central and southeast Iowa beginning this afternoon, including Carroll, Guthrie and Dallas counties.  

 

Tom Robinson

February 25, 2015

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(Harlan) A Harlan woman was taken into custody on drug charges following a traffic stop in Harlan last week.

 

According to Harlan Police, 35-year-old Lisa Briggs was transported to the Shelby County Jail where she was charged with driving under suspension, two-counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also cited for failure to prove security against liability.

 

In a separate incident, two people were cited following a single vehicle accident in the 1600 block of Durant Street.

 

Police cited 20-year-old Kayle Cooper for failure to maintain control, failure to obey a stop or yield sign, and careless driving. She was also charged with reporting false information to a Police Officer.

 

A complaint was also filed with the City in connection with this same incident charging 21-year-old Brandon Allen, with violating the conditions of a restricted license.

 

Tom Robinson

February 24, 2015

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has approved bills that would raise Iowa's minimum wage and try to curtail cases of wage theft.

 

The Democratic-majority Senate voted 27 to 22 Tuesday to increase the state's minimum wage level to $8.75. The Senate also voted 26-23 to establish more rules to curtail alleged wage theft by employers in Iowa.

 

The bills now head to the Republican-led House for consideration, but it's unlikely there's enough support there to get them to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk.

 

Lawmakers in the House have said they would rather focus on skilled worker training opportunities instead of a minimum wage bill that raises it above its current level of $7.25. Lawmakers have also said there are other ways to prevent wage theft.

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(Des Moines) A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect beginning Wednesday morning through 9:00 Wednesday night for Adair, Adams, Cass, Pottawattamie, Montgomery, Page, Shelby, Taylor, Union and Harrison counties.

 

The National Weather Service says snow will move into western Iowa, west of Interstate 35 by late tonight. Snow accumulations range from three to five inches. Winds are expected to be easterly at 10 to 20 mph. Visibility may be reduced to under one mile at times. Winds will cause some drifting snow, but widespread blowing snow is not likely. Roads will become slick by early to mid-morning Wednesday.

 

A Winter Storm warning is in effect for Carroll, Guthrie, and Dallas counties from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

 

Mandy Billings

02/24/2015

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(Red Oak) A Red Oak man was taken into custody on assault charges Tuesday afternoon.

 

Police say 34-year-old Kale Garrett Hardman was arrested without incident for domestic abuse assault after an incident at the City View Apartments.

 

Hardman was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and was awaiting an appearance in front of a magistrate judge.

 

The Red Oak Police Department was assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Tom Robinson

February 24, 2015

4:00 p.m. 

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(Clarinda) A Sidney woman was cited following a two vehicle accident in Clarinda Monday afternoon.

 

The Page county Sheriff’s Office says deputies were requested to investigate an accident at the intersection of Lincoln Street and 21st Street at around 4:11 p.m. Deputies determined that 44-year-old Susan Muriel Lauritsen, of Clarinda, was southbound on 21st Street in a 2008 Pontiac G6. 20-year-old Chelsey Ann Boileau, of Sidney, was eastbound on Lincoln Street in a 1997 Plymouth Neon. At the intersection of Lincoln and 21st street, Boileau’s vehicle struck Lautisens’ vehicle in the passenger side. Boileau then left the scene.

 

Boileau was later found and cited into magistrate court for Failure to have Insurance – accident related, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident – vehicle damage.

 

Mandy Billings

02/24/2015

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(Carson) The Iowa Board of Chiropractic has suspended the license of a Carson woman.

 

On January 16th, the Iowa Board of Chiropractic notified Melissa Sternberg, DC, that her license is suspended indefinitely effective February 16th.

 

Sternberg was notified in December that the board intended to suspend her license due to the Board’s receipt of the certificate of noncompliance from the Iowa Department of Revenue Centralized Collection Unit. Sternberg was to contact the Unit to schedule a conference or otherwise obtain a withdrawal of the certificate of noncompliance. The Iowa Board of Chiropractic said since the matters were not addressed, Sternberg’s license was suspended.

 

A call to Melissa Sternberg was not immediately returned.

 

 

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has approved a 10-cent increase to the state fuel tax to help pay for road improvements.

 

Both chambers gave bipartisan support to the bill Tuesday, with the Senate voting 28-21 and the House 53-46. The plan would provide over $200 million annually for Iowa's network of bridges and roads, many of which are in disrepair.

 

For years, the Legislature has considered raising the tax, which has not been changed since 1989. But until this year, lawmakers never took action, despite heavy lobbying by groups representing farmers and trucking companies.

 

This session, Republican Gov. Terry Branstad voiced his backing for increased infrastructure funding, sparking a more serious conversation.

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(Glenwood) A Council Bluffs man was arrested on a warrant out of Audubon County for Contempt of Court.

 

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office arrested 37-year-old Jeffery Allen Culley Monday afternoon. He was held on $1,000 bond.

 

In other activity, 63-year-old Kenneth Eugene Farmer, of Coin, was arrested Monday for Driving under Suspension. He was held on $1,000 bond.

 

Jason Allen Wilkinson, 35, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Sunday for Burglary 2nd. He was held $10,000 bond.

 

Jayson Daniel Hickle, 34, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Sunday for Public Intoxication. He was held on $300 bond.

 

Adam Lee Viner, 34, of Omaha, was arrested Saturday on a warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of five counts of Theft 5th. He was held on $300 bond.

 

Keith Alan Row, 41, of Hastings, was arrested Saturday on a warrant for Theft 1st and Theft 2nd. He was held on $10,000 bond.

 

Alan Kent Burison, 37, of Essex, was arrested Friday for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Trespassing. He was held on $1,300 bond.

 

Shaun Joseph Goines, 35, of Glenwood, was arrested Friday for Driving under Suspension and Failure to have SR-22 Insurance. He was held on $1,300 bond.

 

Tony Dean Martin, 48, of Glenwood, was arrested Friday on a warrant for Violation of a no contact order. He was held on $300 bond.

 

Bridgett Renee Seyler, 20, of Glenwood, was arrested Thursday for Domestic Abuse Assault. She was held on no bond.

 

Nicholas Gene Argetsinger, 23, of Glenwood, was arrested Thursday for Domestic Abuse Assault. He was held on no bond.

 

And, 59-year-old Gregory Jones, listed as homeless, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of OWI 1st. He was held on $1,000 bond.

 

Mandy Billings

02/24/2015

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(Des Moines) Iowa House Republicans are going through the steps today that should send the disagreement over school funding to a conference committee.

 

Representative Scott Jorgenson has introduced and amendment restoring the House’s funding increase over the Senate’s version.

 

“H1009 just changes the 4 percent to 1.25 percent, those are my opening comments,” said Jorgenson.

 

The House passed Representative Jorgensen’s amendment despite a last minute attempt by Democrat Patti Ruff to change some votes.

 

“Why are we setting our schools up for failure? I just don’t understand it,” said Ruff.

 

The bill heads back to the Senate where it’s expected to end up in conference committee.

 

Iowa Radio Network

02/24/2015

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(Area) The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the west Central and southwest counties of Crawford, Carroll, Audubon, Guthrie and Adair counties.

 

The watch goes into effect Wednesday morning and will expire Wednesday evening. Meteorologist Allan Curtis says the heaviest band of snow will extend from Sioux City southeast to Des Moines to Ottumwa.

 

“Atlantic is on the edge of that 4 plus range,” stated Curtis. “The counties to the south and southwest of Atlantic could taper off to that one-to-three inch range.”  

 

Curtis says 10-to-20 mile per hour winds may reduce visibility to half mile at times. The winds will cause some drifting, but widespread blowing snow is not likely.

 

Tom Robinson

February 24, 2015

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(Atlantic) Frank and Kimberlee Spillers of Global Horizons visited with Atlantic Area Chamber Ambassadors to discuss their services offered to businesses both locally and nationally. Global Horizons, founder of the WUCA Way, lead business and organizational workshops focusing on creating a positive work environment.  

Pictured: Haley Kickland, Donnie Drennan, Tyler Mosier, Russ Joyce, Dr. Jim Kickland, Dan Mehmen, Chrystal Christensen, Rich Perry, Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Christy Jepersen, Arlene Drennan, Tammy Waters, Ouida Wymer, Sara Nelson, Sue Muri, Frank Spillers, Kim Spillers, Connie Wailes, Dianne Gipple, Pat McCurdy, Megan Roberts, Angela Logamann and Jolene Rocker.

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(Audubon) A new Chief of Police has officially been hired in Audubon.

 

The Audubon City Council approved the Mayoral appointment of Matt Starmer as Police Chief.

 

“We have a new Police Chief now, Matt Starmer has accepted the position. He was the interim here ever since our previous chief was on sick leave. So we’ve just now made it permanent for him now.”

 

City Clerk Joe Foran  says that now leaves an opening in the department for a police officer and the council approved a measure to advertise for the position.

 

In other news the council formally set the time and date for the 2016 Budget Hearing. It will be held on March 9th.

 

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2/24/15

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(Creston) A Winterset woman turned herself in on Union County warrants.

 

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Jessica Leigh Harryman turned herself into the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and was transported to Union County Monday morning. Harryman was arrested on two Union County warrants: failure to appear on a child support matter and probation violation.

 

Harryman was held for Union County in the Ringgold County Jail with no bond until her initial appearance.

 

Mandy Billings

02/24/2015

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(Creston) Creston Police are reporting two drug arrests this morning.

 

Police say 27-year-old Coty Allen Savage, of Creston was arrested at his residence at 6:00 a.m. this morning and charged with possession of controlled substance, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He is being held on $1,000 bond.

 

In a separate incident; A Creston woman was arrested Monday morning on drug possession charges. Police say 18-year-old Heather Madison was taken into custody at 600 North Pine Street for possession of marijuana. She is being held in the Ringgold County Jail on $1,000 bond.

 

In another case, Police arrested 33-year-old Jason Donald Willey, of Creston at 1001 South Sumner Street, apartment #22 and charged him with trespassing, 2nd degree forgery and motor vehicle theft. He is currently being held in the Union County Jail on $10,000 bond and a $300.00 cash or surety bond.

 

Tom Robinson

February 24, 2015

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(Villisca) A Villisca man was arrested Monday evening on drug related charges.  

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says 55-year-old Kirk Alan Black was taken into custody at around 6:24 p.m. for two counts of delivery of methamphetamine following an incident in the 500 block of 4th Avenue in Villisca.

 

Black was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $100,000.00 bond.

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement.

 

Tom Robinson

February 24, 2015

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(Elk Horn) The Museum of Danish America is hosting a special Free Admission Day this Friday.

 

All exhibits will be open and kids and their families can enjoy playing in the LEGO play area and seeing the exhibit “Danish Children Growing up American”, which features photographs and artifacts from childhood long ago.

 

The museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children must have adequate supervision.

 

Mandy Billings

02/23/2015

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(Des Moines) "Moral Mondays Iowa" coalition wants to allow immigrants to get state driver's licenses.  Erica Johnson of the ACLU of Iowa says the primary goal is increased public safety.

 

“In Iowa, 10 to 13 percent of accidents are caused by uninsured drivers and this is legislation that would, again, provide insurance benefits for all drivers, those who can’t necessarily access insurance right now,” said Johnson.

 

And, one of the Senate bill's co-sponsors, Des Moines Democrat Tony Bisignano, says he doesn't want the immigrant driver's license bill to get lost in the larger debate over immigration reform.

 

“And, that isn’t always easy here because rhetoric is very easy to project and enflame,” said Bisignano.

 

Supporters of what's called the "Iowa Temporary Visitor's Drivers Licenses" bill argue a dozen states or local governments have already passed similar laws.  They say the track record of T-V-D-L's shows increased public safety as a result.

 

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02/23/2015

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel says it will need more time to review proposed changes to a bill aimed at reducing school bullying in Iowa.

 

Members of an education subcommittee discussed the bill Monday but took no formal action. They plan to meet again before deciding whether the bill will advance to a full committee for review.

 

The legislation would expand how school officials around the state should respond to bullying cases. An amendment discussed Monday would change some language on guidelines for educators looking at why a student might be bullied. It would also create a group of experts who would study the issue.

 

The bill was proposed by Gov. Terry Branstad, who has made anti-bullying legislation a priority this session. Lawmakers failed to agree on a measure last year.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Eastern Iowa Airport has announced the implementation of two conservation initiatives developed by the University of Iowa and Iowa State University at its 2,000-acre farm.

 

Officials said Monday that the project at the Cedar Rapids airport is aimed at stemming nutrient loss that results from farming and improving environmental sustainability.

 

The airport seeks to incorporate an ISU initiative involving the conversion of farmland into prairie strips to reduce nutrient runoff. It also plans to plant a perennial grass called miscanthus to produce an energy crop that will benefit UI research.

 

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett says the project aids Iowa's waterways.

 

The airport's farm, which is the largest in Linn County and tended to by five local farmers, yields corn and soybeans.

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(Des Moines) Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds is defending the Governor’s statements about exploring the possibility of letting Iowans buy medical marijuana oil in Illinois.

 

She insists it just revealed a willingness to explore every option in a controversial issue.

 

“What you need to do, how you start that process is you start by taking a look at what some of the options are and then you further research those options to see what is possible and what isn’t possible,” said Reynolds.

 

But, the Lieutenant Governor indicated she shares the Governor’s reluctance to loosen up Iowa’s new cannabinoid oil law for fear of unintended consequences.

 

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02/23/2015

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(Atlantic) A Montgomery County woman was arrested on alcohol charges in Atlantic on Saturday.

 

The Atlantic Police Department charged 32-year-old Bobbie Ostrus, of Villisca, with OWI 1st. She was transported to the Cass County Jail and booked in.

 

In other activity, the police responded to a non-injury accident at the intersection of 7th and Poplar Friday night. Amanda Oliver, of Adair, was eastbound on 7th Street and stopped at a red light when she was rear ended by Jalynn Farmer, of Anita. Farmer is cited for Failure to Maintain Control. The accident caused an estimated $7,000. 

 

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2/23/15

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(Audubon) The Audubon Police Department reports three arrests.

 

Skielynn Laverne Stephens, 29, of Audubon, was arrested February 17th for Driving While Revoked and Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

 

Robert Charles Atkinson, 53, of Audubon was arrested February 20th for Public Intoxication, 3rd or subsequent offense.

 

Darrin Heller, 25, of Audubon, was arrested February 21st for Driving with a Suspended License.

 

Mandy Billings

02/23/2015

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(Des Moines) It looks like a snowy day Wednesday; heavier snow is a possibility for Saturday. Kenny Podrazik, with the National Weather Service in Des Moines says one-to- three inches of light fluffy snow will occur throughout the day Wednesday in southwest Iowa.

 

 "Snow will develop right around rush hour and continue most of the day before tapering off at around five or six o’clock in the evening," stated Podrazik.    

 

He says there is potential for some heavier snow late Saturday into Sunday. He says the track and timing is still uncertain. But the weather service is monitoring the situation.

 

Tom Robinson

February 23, 2015

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(Atlantic) Leatha Slauson through her attorney is back in court Wednesday for a restitution hearing.

 

Slauson had admitted to giving her daughter cannabis oil and neupogen, which she did not have a prescription for, and also admitted that she received money from fundraising events while claiming her daughter had terminal cancer. Around $30,000 was raised and put into a bank account. Around $16,000 remains in that account.

 

Anyone who donated money to the Defendant, and who wish to make a claim for the return of their donation must be present and show proof of their donation at the hearing. Court records say funds will not be returned without sufficient proof.

 

 If provable claims exceed available funds, those claims will be paid on a pro rata basis. In order to protect the nature and deductibility of donations, any unclaimed money will be given to a cancer research, tax exempt charity.  

 

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

 

 The restitution hearing begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Cass County Courthouse.

 

Tom Robinson

February 23, 2015

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(Creston) A Lenox man was transported to the hospital following a rollover accident in Union County Sunday.

 

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Abel Vasquez was driving a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound in the 2700 block of Highway 25 when he swerved to miss a deer. The vehicle entered the east ditch, drove up and over a farm field entrance causing the vehicle to leave the ground. The vehicle came to rest on its top in the east ditch.

 

Vasquez was transported to Greater Regional Medical Center by a friend. He was cited for Driving While Suspended.

 

Mandy Billings

02/23/2015

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(Creston) Two homes were broken into in Union County recently.

 

Crystal Mick, of Lorimor, reported that sometime between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on February 17th, her house was broken into and items were stolen, including jewelry, video games, movies, six $2 bills, a 12 pack of Mountain Dew, gum balls, and AA batteries. The estimated value of the items is $5,500.

 

Terry Bickford, of Afton, reported Saturday that sometime in the last two months someone broke into his house in Lorimor and stole a gas hot water heater, gas furnace, and copper piping. The estimated value of the items is $2,800.

 

 

Mandy Billings

02/23/2015

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

 

The Glenwood Police Department arrested 25-year-old Marcus Armstrong on Saturday on charges of OWI 1st Offense, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Affix Drug Stamp.

 

Armstrong was held on $7,300 cash or surety bond.

 

Mandy Billings

02/23/2015

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(Creston) Creston Police are investigating a theft reported by a private citizen last Friday. 

 

Police say Joshua Ray Derry reported that between 4:00 pm. and 7:30 p.m. someone operated his vehicle without consent. In addition he says a 20V impact wrench and sockets and a 2.5 ton floor jack were stolen. The loss is estimated at $810.00.

 

In separate incidents; 39-year-old Timothy Michael Vandevender, of Creston was arrested on Highway 34 and Abel Street for 1st Offense OWI. He was released on $1,000 bond.

 

Police also arrested 31-year-old Alicia Ellen Lovell, of Creston at Highway 34 and Oak Street for driving while suspended. She was released on $300 bond.

 

Tom Robinson

February 23, 2015

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(Des Moines) Iowa’s’ economy appears to better than a lot of Midwest States.

Griswold Republican Representative Jack Drake released the latest report in his weekly newsletter over the weekend.  

 

He says the Department of Revenue shows Iowa’s Leading Indicators Index reported modest growth in December 2014. The index rose to 109.4 for the month, a slight increase over November’s rating of 109.3. Six of the eight components making up the index improved in December, including average weekly manufacturing hours, residential building permits and the Iowa Stock Market Index. The Index has remained relative stable for the last six months of 2014 with December’s figure being only one-tenth of percent below July’s number.

 

In Missouri, lawmakers and Governor Jay Nixon are considering actions to take in light of slowing tax revenues. Nixon has stopped over $500 million of state spending in the current fiscal year and is proposing additional revenue streams to fund new spending for schools and health care.

 

In Wisconsin, legislators are faced with having to close a growing budget gap. Revenue in the Badger state is 2.7 percent below the previous year and the tax collections are now projected to be $619 million below state appropriations. Governor Scott Walker is proposing a series of cost saving measures, including a $300 million cut to higher education.

 

To the West, Nebraska saw tax revenue fall in January. The state saw tax revenue fall 6 percent when compared to January 2014. For the fiscal year, Nebraska tax revenue was still growing by 1 percent.

 

The exception of the group is Minnesota, as that state’s economy continues to exhibit solid growth. Revenue for November and December was 4 percent higher than what the state had projected at the start of November, actual revenue growth exceeded projections by 2.3 percent.

 

The economic forecast for all states in the region is complicated by factors that are benefiting other parts of the economy. The strength of the US dollar has made the price of imported products significantly cheaper. That strength creates challenges for US exports, including agriculture products. The drop in exports has been a factor in falling commodity prices and layoffs at major regional manufactures like Caterpillar and John Deere.

 

The state’s Revenue Estimating Conference will meet on Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m. The three member panel will review and adjust the revenue estimates for FY 2015 and FY 2016. If the REC lowers the FY 2016 revenue forecast, the legislature is bound to use the new revenue figure and the Governor is required by law to submit a revised budget.

 

Tom Robinson

Content courtesy of Jack Drake’s  news letter

February 23, 2014

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(Des Moines) KCCI says Mercy Medical Center released an update Sunday night on the condition of the 18-year-old Creston/Orient-Macksburg wrestler, who collapsed during the State Dual Wrestling Championships last Wednesday. 
 
The hospital announced that Taylor Pettit was discharged Sunday evening and is heading home.
 
Tayler’s parents, Scott and Melissa Pettit, released a statement Sunday evening explaining what happened when Tayler collapsed Wednesday after the semifinal round during the State Dual Team Championships.
 
Tayler's heart did not fibrillate from a blow to the chest during his wrestling match and it had nothing to do with maintaining or losing weight. The test found an extra electrical pathway in his heart that caused a rapid heart rate.
 
His family said a cardiologist diagnosed Tayler with Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome. The family said their son underwent surgery Friday to correct the extra electrical pathway and reduce the potential for future problems.
 
Doctors said Tayler should be able to return to sports this spring.
 
Tom Robinson
February 23, 2015
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(Red Oak) Montgomery County authorities say a Red Oak man was arrested on assault charges Sunday.

 

The Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Brent Matthew Harold was taken into custody Sunday evening at 8:50 p.m. and charged with domestic assault.

 

He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on no bond.

 

February 23, 2015 

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(Iowa City AP) Students, faculty and staff at the University of Iowa are making it clear they want candidates for university president committed to addressing sexual assaults on campus and creating a more diverse and inclusive campus.

 

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the university held three town hall meetings Friday as the process of finding a successor for Sally Mason begins. She retires in July.

 

Some students expressed their desire to have a president with a faculty background and research experience rather than one coming from the corporate world.

 

Faculty member Laurie Haag says she wants "an intellectual leader for the state" and faculty Senate Vice President Christina Bohannan is looking for someone who understands that "freedom of expression and the marketplace of ideas are not in tension with racial diversity."

 

February 23, 2015 

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(Fort Dodge AP) Fort Dodge Authorities say a house fire killed a woman and two young children in Fort Dodge Sunday afternoon.

 

Fire Chief Kent Hulett reported the deaths Sunday.

 

He says the victims were an adult woman, an infant and a toddler. Their names were not immediately released.

 

The house was burning when firefighters arrived and strong winds made the blaze difficult to fight.

 

February 23, 2015 

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(Des Moines AP) Des Moines police have identified a body that was found frozen in a park last week.

 

The police department says the body of Richard Miles was found without any shoes or coat on in a wooded area Friday in Water Works Park.

 

Sgt. Jason Halifax says police are still investigating his death. He says police don't believe Miles' death is suspicious, but think it was unusual because of where he was found and how he was dressed.

 

Although police aren't sure exactly how long Miles' body was in the park, Halifax says they think it was there for at least a few days. A missing persons report had been filed for Miles in early February.

 

February 23, 2015

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(Villisca) Six people were arrested Friday in Montgomery County on drug and weapons charges following a five month long narcotics investigation.

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 127 grams of marijuana, over $2,200 in U.S. currency, numerous items of drug packaging material, a 9 mm handgun, and approximately 600 rounds of ammunition. The evidence was gathered during a search warrant at 129 North 4th Avenue in Villisca.

 

Those charged include; 19-year-old Jeffrey Steven Whitt, 20-year-old Jessie Leroy Barger, 24-year-old Andrew Jackson Rice, 27-year-old Brandon Scott Johnston, 27-year-old Lacey Faye Dorris, and 26-year-old Joseph Dean White.

 

All are from Villisca.

 

Whitt was charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and a drug tax violation.

 

Barger is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, drug tax stamp violation, child endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, and a valid Pottawattamie County Court warrant for contempt of court on a charge of 3rd degree burglary.

 

Rice is charged with child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Johnston was charged with child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Dorris is charged with child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

White was charged with child endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

The six suspects are being held in the Montgomery County Jail pending an appearance in front of a magistrate.

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Sheriff’s Office, and the Red Oak Police Department.

 

Tom Robinson

February 22, 2015 

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Burlington police say they have located a vehicle they believe was involved in the shooting death of a man earlier this week.

Police had asked the public for help on social media websites and through the local crime stoppers program in finding a black SUV after 24-year-old Deonte Raynell Carter was found lying in a city street Monday afternoon. He later died at a hospital.

On Saturday police say tips helped them locate the vehicle, which has been taken to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab in Ankeny for analysis.

Police also say preliminary autopsy results show Carter died as a result of multiple gunshots to his upper torso.

 
February 22, 2015

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say they believe a man found dead in a city street early Saturday is the victim of a hit-and-run incident.

Police spokesman Jason Halifax says in a statement a 21-year-old Warner Douglas Robisnon was found on University Avenue at around 2 a.m. Saturday.


 

Halifax says traffic investigators identified a white newer model Dodge Avenger as a possible vehicle involved in the collision. He says it has been located and impounded but no suspected driver was immediately taken into custody.

 

February 22, 2015

 

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CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Two northern Iowa men are in trouble for telling a fish story that state officials say may not be true.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Aaron Lauber, of Clear Lake and Jason Schuttler, of Manly, are charged with theft by deception after officials believe they cheated at a state-sponsored fish tournament at Clear Lake on Feb. 8.

Lauber, who is 23, and Schuttler, who is 25, turned in the winning entry of 50 fish at the Yellow Bass Bonanza. They won a prize package valued at $1,500.

The DNR received a tip that some of the fish were caught outside of the tournament's hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cases are not yet listed in online court records. It wasn't immediately clear if they had attorneys.

 

February 22, 2015

 

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has suggested Iowa residents could one day buy cannabis oil in neighboring Illinois, a move that industry experts say has major legislative roadblocks if it's ever seriously considered.

Branstad recently said he was open to working with officials in Illinois, which has a pilot program to produce and distribute medical marijuana. Iowa has a law that allows residents with some forms of epilepsy to use oil with an ingredient derived from marijuana for treatment.

Illinois law would need to be changed to let Iowa residents purchase the oil there. Federal law would prohibit them from bringing it back to Iowa.

Chris Lindsey, with the Marijuana Policy Project, says the situation highlights the dilemma for states that allow some medical marijuana without a clear path to access it.

 

February 22, 2015

 

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(Winterset) One person was killed and three others were injured in a single vehicle rollover accident in Madison County this morning.

 

The Iowa State Patrol says the accident occurred at around 4:22 a.m. 22-year-old Austin Ayers, of Casey, was driving a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee westbound on 310th Street, south of Winterset, and failed to negotiate a curve. The Jeep entered the northwest ditch and rolled, coming to rest on its wheels. Ayers was pronounced dead at the scene. 22-year-old Shy Terry, 15-year-old Drew Steckelberg and 23-year-old Cody Zimmerline, all of Adair, were injured.

 

The accident remains under investigation.

 

Mandy Billings

02/21/2015

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(Tabor) An Omaha man was injured in a rollover accident in Fremont County.

 

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says 27-year-old Trenton Murry was driving a 2011 Chevy Malibu southbound on Interstate 29, approaching exit 24, when the vehicle left the roadway and entered the median where the vehicle rolled and struck the cable barrier before coming to rest.

 

Murry was transported to Nebraska by Lifenet. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

 

The Fremont County Sheriff's OFfice was assisted by Tabor Fire and Rescue, the Iowa State Patrol, and the Mills County Sheriff's Office.

 

Mandy Billings

02/21/2015

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(Red Oak) The Red Oak Police Department arrested an Emerson man on drug charges Friday.

 

Kenneth Dale Jipsen, 52, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1600 block of Summit Street in Red Oak.

 

Jipsen was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center where he was held on $1,000 cash bond.

 

Mandy Billings

02/21/2015

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(Council Bluffs) The Council Bluffs Police Department is searching for a subject involved in a robbery.

 

At approximately 7:21 p.m. Friday, the male suspect entered D & S Express at 2924 North Broadway. The employee on duty observed the suspect at the counter and as she approached him the suspect pulled up his hooded sweatshirt and displayed a black semi automatic handgun in his waistband. The employee gave the suspect an undetermined amount of money. The suspect then demanded money from under the drawer also. When he was told that there was none, he fled the business southbound on foot where he was later seen in the area of Spencer Avenue.

 

The suspect is described as a white male, possibly Hispanic, in his late teens to early 20’s, with a thin mustache. He was approximately 5’7” and 150 lbs with a medium build. He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and a black cloth covering his face, along with blaze orange cotton gloves.

 

Anyone with information on the suspect is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867. The incident remains under investigation.

 

Mandy Billings

02/21/2015

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(Council Bluffs) The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a scam.

 

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office received multiple complaints from citizens Friday reporting that a person purporting to be with the Sheriff’s Office has called their residence and stated that someone from their family is in jail and is in need of bond money, or that they have an outstanding citation or warrant for their arrest and if they do not pay the caller by purchasing green dot cards and providing the card numbers or by depositing funds into a pay pal account they will be arrested.

 

The Sheriff’s Office does not contact the public with these types of requests for money or payment of any kind. When the public receives calls with threats of arrest or any other method of intimidation for the purpose of exploiting money from them the call is fraudulent and should be immediately terminated. Anytime a person receives a call like this and they question the validity, they should follow up with their local law enforcement agency.

 

 

Mandy Billings

02/21/2015

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