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Women to drop lawsuit on hair braiding in Iowa amid new law


June 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two women challenging Iowa’s regulation on African-style hair braiding plan to drop a lawsuit they filed last year because of a change in state law. An attorney for Aicheria Bell and Achan Agit says the lawsuit against the state’s cosmetology board will be dismissed once new legislation takes effect Friday. The pending law will allow the women and others in Iowa to do natural hair braiding without a cosmetology license, which requires 2,100 hours of training that is mostly unrelated to braiding.

Iowa becomes among roughly 20 states that exclude natural hair braiding from the type of regulation that critics say can be burdensome to people in African-American and African immigrant communities. The move highlights some occupational licensing requirements around the country that research shows can hold back workers.

2 suffer serious injuries in Fremont County crash Saturday afternoon


June 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says two people, a man and a juvenile, suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries, during a single-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon. Officials say 37-year old Jon Roberts was traveling north in the 2500 block of Highway 59 at around 12:50-p.m., when he fell asleep at the wheel of the vehicle he was driving.

The vehicle traveled north into the west ditch before going airborne along the driveway of the Summit Methodist Church. The vehicle continued north, crossing 260th Street and going airborne once again before landing on its top north of the intersection with 260th.

Johnson, and a female juvenile, both of whom were wearing their seat belts, were transported to the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment. The accident remains under investigation. Shenandoah Police along with Shenandoah Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Clarinda Police Investigate Altercation Involving Knife


June 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports his officers responded early this (Sunday) morning to a report of a disturbance involving a knife. The incident took place in front of the Inda- Clar Recreation Parlor, located at 109 W. Washington Street.

Upon arrival, officers encountered 28-year old Kyle Campbell, of Shenandoah, who was wielding a knife. Officers ordered Campbell to drop the knife and Campbell complied. Kyle Campbell was arrested for disorderly conduct (engaging in fighting and violent behavior in a public place) and public intoxication.

He was taken into custody and transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center Emergency Room after complaining of pain to his jaw. Campbell was transported to the Page County Jail a short time later, and remained in custody on $300 bond.

Atlantic Chamber Programs Director announces her departure


June 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cate Christensen, Programs Director for the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, announced Friday she will be leaving her position in July. Christensen said her husband has been given an “amazing opportunity to advance his career with a company in Nashville, TN,” so her family will be relocating there. Cate’s last day with the Chamber is July 16th.

In her letter to the Chamber, Christensen said “It has been my pleasure to serve you for the past year as the Programs Director. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone I have meet and worked with.  This has been an amazing opportunity that I will always treasure.”

She went on to say “We are so excited for the new adventure that awaits us, but sad to leave such a great community, and many friends and family behind. It has been said that moving on is simple, it’s what we leave behind that’s hard, and that couldn’t be more true!”

She also thanked the Chamber and its members for the opportunity to have worked for them.

Iowa DCI investigates officer-involved shooting in Ottumwa


June 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Safety said late Saturday night, that authorities were investigating an officer-involved shooting incident that took place in Ottumwa. At approximately 8:55-a.m. Saturday, a call came into the Ottumwa Police Department dispatch center in reference to a house fire at 416 Waverly Avenue in Ottumwa. The caller also said that a male subject was outside shooting a rifle at the same house.

Ottumwa officers responded to the scene and upon arrival confronted the subject.  Officers gave commands for the subject to drop the rifle but the man refused.  He allegedly raised the rifle at officers in a threatening manner, who then  shot the subject. Officers immediately began life saving measures on the man, and the Ottumwa Fire Department was called to extinguish the fire.

The subject was transported to the Ottumwa Regional Medical Center and underwent surgery for his injuries.  A report on his condition was not immediately available. The officers involved with the incident were placed on paid administrative leave, per Ottumwa Police Department policy.

The Ottumwa Police Department requested the assistance of the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).   The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) and Iowa State Patrol (ISP) also assisted with the investigation.

In a separate incident that occurred at the same scene, 49-year old Gerald Porter, was arrested for possession with intent to deliver more than five grams of methamphetamine. Porter was arrested after the officer-involved shooting.  His arrest was NOT associated with the shooting. No additional information was released.

No injuries reported after car hits Mexican restaurant in Creston, Saturday


June 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A vehicle pulling into a parking spot in front of a Creston restaurant, Saturday morning, struck the building, causing $1,500 damage to the structure and $300 damage to the vehicle. Creston Police say 89-year old Wesley Brzozowski, of Creston, was driving a 1997 Mercury Marquis when he attempted to pull-up a little closer to the building in a parking spot.

His foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator, causing the car to lurch forward into the north wall of the Casa De Oro Restaurant. The accident happened at around 11:35-a.m. No injuries were reported, and there were no citations issued.

Loess Hills region earns coveted wine country designation

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June 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Mention domestic wine, and most people think Napa Valley or Sonoma. But Iowa’s Loess Hills? The Daily Nonpareil reports that could one day be the case after the region that runs along Iowa’s western border with Nebraska was recently certified as an American Viticultural Area. The federal designation is coveted by grape growers and not easy to get.

Doug Grave is president of the Western Iowa Grape Growers association and co-owner of Bodega Victoriana Winery near Glenwood. He says the association undertook a five-year, $50,000 effort to get the designation. The money went to soil scientists, geologists, map makers, climate scientists and other experts to show the area is the only one in the U.S. where the entire grape vine’s root is completely encompassed in loess soil.

Work Release escapee sought


June 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Corrections issued a statement Saturday afternoon, with regard to an escaped Work Release inmate. DOC spokesman Fred Scaletta says 26-year old Karlos L. Goldman Jr., was placed on escape status following an unexcused absence from the Fort Des Moines Work Release Facility.

Karlos Goldman

Karlos Goldman

Goldman is serving a 26-year sentence, which began Dec. 18, 2008, for assault while participating in felony, voluntary absence, two counts of first-degree theft and forgery in two counties. He is described as African-American with black hair who is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 270 pounds. He has tattoos on his chest, upper left arm, left forearm, right forearm and neck. He has piercings on both ears.

Anyone with information on Goldman’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Des Moines Police Department or the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

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Iowa kids encouraged to read, play, imagine & turn off the TV


June 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Kids across Iowa are hearing a message about the importance of reading books and switching off the television from an unlikely source — the star of a T-V show. Dan Wardell is the host of Iowa Public T-V’s Kids Clubhouse and he’s making his 10th annual trek to libraries across Iowa this summer.

“Ten years, I’ve been on the Reading Road Trip,” Wardell says. “It started with 51 libraries ten years ago and now I’m visiting 75 libraries, the biggest of the big libraries and the smallest of the small libraries all across the state. Just teaching kids to turn their TVs off, go outside and play, use their imaginations, read good books, and eat healthy food.” Wardell said he creates his own tales when he makes his stops.

“One of the cool things they’ve always let me do at IPTV is to write my own stories for these Reading Road Trip events,” he says. “I don’t actually read a book during the events but we incorporate the librarians, we incorporate the kids, we even incorporate the grownups into a super-interactive story time.”

The show will run for ten weeks. Find the full list of all of the stops at the website: http://site.iptv.org/about/iptv-news/iptv-announces-dates-tenth-annual-reading-road-trip

(Radio Iowa)