Sun glare blamed for accident Friday evening in Montgomery Co.

News

October 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials say gun glare is being blamed for a non-injury accident Friday evening, in Montgomery County. Authorities say an SUV driven by 16-year old Leatha Renee Bennett, of Red Oak and registered to Fly A Cattle Company, was stopped at the intersection of K Avenue north of Highway 34. When she looked to the west, sun glare caused her not to see an eastbound pickup. When the SUV pulled away from the stop sign, it was hit by the pickup that was driven by 41-year old Robert Allen Childs, of Red Oak.

Officials say Childs had tried to avoid the collision by swerving to the right, but the right front bumper of the truck hit the SUV on the driver’s rear door. Following the collision, the pickup entered the southeast ditch off the intersection.

Damage from the accident amounted to $6,200. Bennett was cited for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Red Oak man arrested Friday on active warrants

News

October 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a Red Oak man was arrested Friday evening on two active warrants. 32-year old Joseph Aaron Nelson was arrested at a residence on Grimes Street in Red Oak, for warrants charging him with Violations of a No Trespass Order and No Contact Order. Nelson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $600 bond.

Dense Fog Advisories in effect Saturday morning

Weather

October 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ADAMS-UNION- TAYLOR-RINGGOLD COUNTIES
341 AM CDT SAT OCT 25 2014

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM CDT THIS MORNING…

MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-COUNTIES

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT THIS MORNING…
* VISIBILITY…DENSE FOG CONTINUES TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD LOW
VISIBILITIES OF A QUARTER MILE OR LESS IN THE ADVISORY AREA.

* IMPACTS…TRAVEL WILL BE GREATLY IMPACTED BY THE REDUCED
VISIBILITY AND FOG OVER PORTIONS OF THE AREA. ALLOW EXTRA
TRAVEL TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION SAFELY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING…SLOW DOWN…
USE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS…AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF
YOU. USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN APPROACHING INTERSECTIONS AND
RAILROAD CROSSINGS AS ONCOMING VEHICLES AND TRAINS MAY BE HIDDEN
BY THE DENSE FOG.

Authorities seek western IA man who skipped his sentencing hearing

News

October 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in western Iowa are searching for a man involved in a shooting and was scheduled to be sentenced, but is instead on the run. The Daily NonPareil reports 27-year old Luke Bird failed to show-up for his Oct. 16th court date, where he was to be sentenced in connection with an August 13th shooting in Council Bluffs. Bird plead guilty on Oct. 7th to charges that include: intimidation with a serious weapon; going armed with intent; possession of a firearm; assault while participating in a felony; eluding police while participating in a felony, and operating a vehicle while barred, according to Iowa court records.

Luke Bird

Luke Bird

Bluffs Police Sgt. David Dawson said Bird is known to be armed, on drugs and a flight risk. Citizens should not approach the suspect and should call any local authorities if he’s spotted. Dawson said he’s been known to hang out in Omaha with his girlfriend.

Ag economy behind increase in calls to Iowa Concern Hotline

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Concern Hotline has been receiving an increasing number of calls from farmers and those who depend on agriculture related businesses. Director Margaret Van Ginkel says that sector of the economy was thriving just a couple of years ago, but weather and low commodity prices are pushing things in a different direction. “We’re hearing some concerns from those smaller machinery businesses that are looking down the road to see how much those farmers are able to spend on machinery this year, and they could be having a tough year too,” Van Ginkel says.

Large equipment manufacturers are also feeling the pinch. Deere and Company idled one thousand workers earlier this week. The phone bank was initially established by Iowa State University Extension to offer advice to farmers back in the 1980s. The calls are free and confidential. “Sometimes you need to get a few things off your chest and just get rid of some of that stress,” Van Ginkel says. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can just call and be anonymous. You don’t have to give us your name.”

The Iowa Concern Hotline is not just for farmers. VanGinkel says they hear often from families who wonder how they’ll make their budget stretch if both food prices and other costs continue to increase. The number for the Iowa Concern Hotline is 1-800-447-1985.

(Radio Iowa)

Pheasant hunting season opens today (Saturday) in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

October 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Today (Saturday), marks the start of the pheasant hunting season in Iowa. Mick Klemesrud, a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says weather conditions should be ideal for hunters this weekend, though there will be challenges. “We’ve got a lot of crops still out in the field and that could cause a little bit of tougher hunting if there’s a lot of standing corn for the birds to escape to,” Klemesrud says. “On the flip side of that, it could provide some better late season hunting because the birds haven’t been hunted that much.” He’s hopeful the number of hunters on opening day will be up this year after a drop in 2013.

“We’re hopeful that we can hit 60,000,” Klemesrud says. “Last year was our lowest on record of about 41,000. Traditionally, back in the late ’80s and ’90s, we’ve had opening day numbers around 200,000. We used to call it the largest sporting event in the state. We’re hoping that some of them come back.” Hunters should always get permission from land owners to hunt on their property. Klemesrud has some other safety tips.

“We always want to stress blaze orange, knowing the zone of fire, stay in a straight line, talk to everybody in the hunt so they all know what their role is and where there zones of fire are going to be,” he says. “You always want to be seen in the field. Go beyond the minimum. Wear as much blaze orange as you can.” The DNR says there was one hunting-related injury during the pheasant season last year. Learn more about the pheasant season at www.iowadnr.gov/hunting

(Radio Iowa)

KJAN listening area forecast: Sat., 10/25/2014

Weather

October 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

345 AM CDT SAT OCT 25 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLEAR. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. NORTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

MONDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH AROUND 70. WEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST 5 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS. COOLER. LOW IN THE MID 40S.

TUESDAY...MOSTLY SUNNY. COOLER. HIGH IN THE UPPER 50S.

Cardinals Wainwright undergoes elbow surgery

Sports

October 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has undergone what the team describes as minor elbow surgery that should not set him back for next season. The Cardinals say Friday’s operation was an arthroscopic procedure to trim a small piece of cartilage from the right elbow. The 33-year-old Wainwright is expected to begin physical therapy in two weeks and resume his offseason throwing program in eight weeks.

General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny made no mention of the injury at a news conference to review the season earlier this week. Wainwright went 20-9 with a career-low 2.38 ERA in 32 starts this season. The team says an initial MRI came back negative, but Wainwright requested additional tests and the findings of a second MRI resulted in the decision to operate.

Royals take a 2-1 lead in World Series w/a 3-2 over Giants Fri.

Sports

October 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Lorenzo Cain drove in an early run off Tim Hudson and made a pair of nifty catches, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 World Series lead. Cain’s RBI groundout three batters in put the Royals ahead, and Kansas City expanded its lead to 3-0 in the sixth when Alex Gordon hit an RBI double off Cain and scored on Eric Hosmer’s single off left-hander Javier Lopez.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Oct. 25 2014

News

October 25th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Customers of Mediacom in Fort Dodge and Webster City had their Internet access cut for at least 14 hours after a crew encountered problems in trying to make a fiber line repair. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the problems began late Tuesday when a crew from Windstream, from which Mediacom leases fiber lines, tried to repair fiber between Fort Dodge and Humboldt. Mediacom spokeswoman Phyllis Peters said service resumed at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A pack of wild coyotes in Illinois has proved to be pivotal in the capture of an Iowa fugitive. The Muscatine Journal reports that 21-year-old Daniel Rice is back in Muscatine County custody, facing a charge of escape in addition to other allegations. He’d been taken from the Muscatine County Jail on Monday to a Muscatine hospital for treatment of a heart-related issue when he slipped out of handcuffs. The Rock Island County, Illinois sheriff’s office respond early Wednesday to a call about coyotes chasing two men at a forest preserve, including Rice.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — That cougar sighted in Evansdale? It’s probably a house cat. KWWL-TV reports that’s the verdict of Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Jason Auel after studying photos a woman took near the Cedar River on Tuesday.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has been convicted of making and using counterfeit credit cards. Federal prosecutors say Yoirland Rojas of Storm Lake was found guilty Thursday in Sioux City.