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Ideal conditions enable Iowa farmers to plant corn

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ideal weather last week enabled Iowa farmers to make progress planting their corn and soybean crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says as of Sunday, farmers had planted 68 percent of the state’s corn crop and 11 percent of the soybean crop. Both figures are better than the five-year average.

The USDA says 84 percent of farmland had adequate topsoil moisture, with 11 percent short and 5 percent in surplus. Farmers reported 82 percent of subsoil moisture was adequate. The state agriculture department says half of Iowa’s corn acreage was planted last week.

Bird flu virus found in 4 more Iowa poultry operations

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more locations in Iowa, bringing the total number of poultry that must be killed in the state to more than 19 million. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship announced Monday that new cases were reported at an egg-laying operation in Wright County with 2.8 million chickens and at three turkey farms. Two of the turkey farms are in Buena Vista County and one is in Cherokee County.

State officials didn’t release the number of birds at the turkey operations. The addition of the Wright County chicken farm brings the total number of poultry that must be killed to 19.3 million birds. The birds are killed in an effort to halt the spread of the virus.

(Update) Bluffs man who attacked his estranged wife charged w/attempted murder

News

May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs police have charged a 39-year-old man with attempted murder after stopping his vehicle and finding him bleeding from stab wounds. Police charged David Leroy McKee, who is being treated at an Omaha hospital.

The incident began Sunday after police received a report a man threatened his estranged wife and another woman. By the time officers arrived one of the woman said he entered the home and tried to choke her. She grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed him. Her injuries were minor and that the other woman wasn’t hurt.

After stopping McKee, he was treated and charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary and felony domestic abuse assault.

2 arrests in Cass County

News

May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two people have been arrested on separate charges, in Cass County. The Sheriff’s Office reports 19-year old Angel Nicole Knowles, of Elk Horn, was arrested today (Monday), on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Knowles was taken to the Cass County Jail where she remains held on $7,500 bond.

And on Sunday, 56-year old Robert John Rasmussen, of Massena, was arrested on a charge of Driving Under Suspension. Rasmussen was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

CAM School Board Special meeting set for Tuesday

News

May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The CAM School District’s Board of Education will meet in a Special Session Tuesday evening in the CAM High School Media Center. Shortly after the Board gavels-in the session at 5:30-p.m., they’ll discuss and take action on: Resignations; Approval of the 2015-16 Master Contract, teacher and other contracts, including 2015-16 Support Staff, and Schedule B contracts.

3 Iowa wrestlers facing burglary charges

News, Sports

May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three wrestlers from the University of Iowa are facing burglary charges following a series of break-ins earlier this year. The Linn County Attorney’s office says wrestlers Ross Lembeck, Seth Gross and Logan Ryan each face two counts of felony third-degree burglary. The trio all face seven counts of misdemeanor third-degree burglary, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and one count of conspiracy to commit an aggravated misdemeanor.

Marion police spokesman Scott Elam says several vehicles were broken into on March 18 in the community 35 miles north of Iowa City. Elam says one of the vehicle’s owners noticed the athletes, who took off running before being arrested. Lembeck, Gross and Ryan were redshirt freshmen last season.

Coach Tom Brands suspended all three wrestlers. He declined comment.

Lawyer: Client charged with murder has mental disorders

News

May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) – An attorney for a man charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his mother says his client suffers from mental disorders preventing him from understanding the case against him. The Sioux City Journal reports public defendant Billy Oyadare is seeking a hearing to determine if Jonathan Neunaber is competent to stand trial in the death of his mother, 80-year-old Esther Neunaber. Her body was found last July with the body of her husband Donald Neunaber. She was beaten to death. He died of natural causes.

Oyadare says a psychologist has stated 45-year-old Jonathan Neunaber suffers from mental disorders preventing him from appreciating the charges, understanding the proceedings or assisting in his defense. Neunaber was arrested in July. He’s pleaded not guilty.

Irwin women crash into each other Friday night

News

May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Two women were injured during an accident Friday night, in Page County. Deputies responded to the crash located about seven-miles north of Clarinda on Highway 71, at around 9:10-p.m. The Sheriff’s Office says 20-year old Leah Eng, of Irwin,  was driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am northbound on the highway, when she slowed for a deer on the road.

19-year old Kira Eng, also of Irwin, was following the car in a 1999 Jeep Wrangler, when the SUV rear ended the car, causing both vehicles to become disabled.Leah Eng was transported to Montgomery County Memorial Hospital by Villisca Fire and Rescue for treatment of unknown injuries. Kira Eng was transported to Clarinda Regional Health Center by Clarinda EMS for treatment of unknown injuries. Damage to both vehicles is estimated at over $15,000.00.

No citations have been issued. The Page County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Villisca Fire and Rescue, and the Clarinda EMS.

(12-pm News)

Teens arrested for tearing up a park w/a vehicle

News

May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office reports two teens were charged with Criminal Mischief Saturday, following a complaint about vehicle’s causing damage to Nodaway Valley Park, located about two-miles north of Clarinda. When Deputies arrived they found the vehicles the caller had described, a red Ford Mustang with Missouri license plates, and beige Pontiac Grand Am.

During the investigation, 17-year old Janie Jo Long, of of Clarinda, was cited for Failure to provide proof of insurance. She was taken into custody for criminal mischief and released to her parent, pending juvenile court proceedings. 16-year old Jacob Allen McGinness, of Burlington Jct., Mo., was issued traffic citations for Failure to provide proof of insurance, and operating a vehicle without driver’s license. He was also taken into custody for criminal mischief and released to his parent, pending juvenile court proceedings.

(12-p.m. News)

Carroll Police Chief announces retirement

News

May 4th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler announced today (Monday), that “After 34 years with the Carroll Police Department,” with 30+ (years) of [those] as Chief of Police,” [he] will be retiring effective June 8, 2015.”

Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler

Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler

Chief Cayler thanked members of the media for all of their help over the years. We wish him the best in his retirement.