Villisca Burglary


January 29th, 2015 by Mark Saylor

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary of the United Farmers Mercantile Cooperative Elevator in Villisca that took place during the night time hours of Wednesday thru the morning hours of Thursday. Unknown perpetrators gained entry into the building and removed an undetermined amount of cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-434-1001.

Villisca Accident


January 29th, 2015 by Mark Saylor

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department investigated a single vehicle property damage accident late Thursday morning. A blue Chevrolet Impala owned and operated by Ashley Colwell of Corning was traveling west on 8th Street from 7th Avenue when she was attempting to adjust her seat belt. Colwell’s vehicle went of the road to the north and went across a driveway striking a trash dumpster owned by Brown Sanitation of Villisca.

Damage is estimated at 15-hundred dollars to the car and 150-dollars to the dumpster. No citations were issued.

Creston Accident


January 29th, 2015 by Mark Saylor

No injuries were reported in a two vehicle accident in Creston Wednesday afternoon on Highway 34. Melinda Gist of Macksburg was traveling south and attempted to cross Highway 34 from a city street and Judy Damewood of Corning was traveling west on Highway 34.

Gist did not see the Damewood vehicle and started to cross the highway and broadsided the Damewood vehicle in th back passenger side. Total damage estimated at 26-hundred dollars.

Charges pending following Page County injury accident


January 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says charges are pending the result of an investigation into a single-vehicle accident that took place at around 7-a.m. today (Thursday). The accident happened about four-miles west of where a 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by 36-year old Thomas Christopher Lee Blank, of Council Bluffs, blew a passenger side tire as the car was traveling east on 190th st. The tire shredded, but Blank continued to drive the car, which went out of control about 150-yards east of E Avenue. The car went into the north ditch and rolled onto the roof. When Law Enforcement arrived, Blank and passenger in the vehicle, 33-year old Lacey Nichole Remmen, of Carter Lake, where under the trunk / rear deck of the vehicle, sheltered from the weather. Both were transported to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. Remmen was transported to University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska by Life Net.
Blank and Remmen were found to be the only occupants of the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Iowa Senate panel advances early school start bill


January 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel has advanced a bill that would let school districts in Iowa decide whether to start classes earlier in August. Members of an education subcommittee voted Thursday in favor of advancing the bill, which would remove authority from the state education department to issue waivers that allow school districts to start early. The department recently released new guidelines for the waivers, which in the past were issued automatically.

The bill will be sent to a full committee for consideration. A similar House bill was recently sent to another full committee for review. Organizations in support of both bills say school districts should have control on deciding their calendars. Tourism officials say early school start dates hurt businesses that rely on summer attendance, including the Iowa State Fair.

House panel rejects bill on crossbow use for Iowa children

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

January 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Members of a House panel have rejected a bill that would have expanded the ability of children to use a crossbow to hunt deer in Iowa. The natural resources subcommittee tabled the bill indefinitely Thursday. Bill sponsor Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Missouri Valley Republican, says he will work with interested parties to reword the bill for a future session.

The bill would have allowed children ages 16 and under with a youth deer hunting license to hunt for deer with a crossbow during other firearm seasons. The minor would have needed an unused tag. A child can currently use a crossbow during the late muzzleloader season if they’re accompanied by a licensed adult.

The Iowa Bowhunters Association, which supports archery through bow and arrow, expressed concern about expanding crossbow use.

2014-15 EIGHTH Iowa Girls Basketball Rankings


January 29th, 2015 by Jim Field

Class 5-A
1. Waukee 15-1 (1)
2. Dowling Catholic 13-2 (2)
3. Southeast Polk 13-3 (4)
4. West Des Moines Valley 15-1 (5)
5. Iowa City West 15-1 (3)
6. Ankeny Centennial 10-5 (6)
7. Iowa City High 12-4 (9)
8. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 12-5 (10)
9. Pleasant Valley 11-4 (NR)
10. Johnston 9-6 (8)
Dropped Out: Cedar Falls (7)

Class 4-A
1. Harlan 15-0 (1)
2. Western Dubuque 16-0 (2)
3. Carlisle 15-1 (3)
4. Ballard 15-1 (4)
5. Waverly-Shell Rock 17-0 (6)
6. Sioux City Bishop Heelan 12-2 (8)
7. Perry 12-4 (5)
8. Davenport North 14-2 (7)
9. Cedar Rapids Xavier 12-5 (10)
10. Indianola 12-4 (10)
11. Pella 13-2 (12)
12. North Scott 12-4 (9)
13. Marion 13-4 (15)
14. Mount Pleasant 12-3 (NR)
15. Dallas Center-Grimes 11-5 (13)
Dropped Out: Lewis Central (14)

Class 3-A
1. Mediapolis 16-0 (1)
2. Pocahontas Area 14-1 (2)
3. Sioux Center 15-1 (3)
4. Osage 18-0 (6)
5. Hampton-Dumont 14-1 (7)
6. Crestwood 13-2 (8)
7. Shenandoah 13-3 (10)
8. Spirit Lake 10-5 (5)
9. Center Point-Urbana 13-4 (12)
10. Kuemper Catholic 11-4 (9)
11. Nevada 14-3 (4)
12. Red Oak 13-4 (11)
13. Cherokee 10-6 (NR)
14. Clear Lake 9-5 (13)
15. Saydel 13-3 (NR)
Dropped Out: Gilbert (14), PCM (15)

Class 2-A
1. Unity Christian 15-0 (1)
2. Western Christian 14-2 (2)
3. North-Linn 17-1 (3)
4. South Central Calhoun 15-1 (4)
5. IKM-Manning 15-1 (5)
6. Dike-New Hartford 14-2 (6)
7. Panorama 15-2 (7)
8. Manson-NW Webster 13-2 (10)
9. Des Moines Christian 13-4 (11)
10. Cascade 15-2 (8)
11. Iowa City Regina 14-2 (9)
12. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 14-2 (15)
13. Hinton 14-2 (13)
14. Pekin 14-2 (NR)
15. Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 14-4 (12)
Dropped Out: Okoboji (14)

Class 1-A
1. Burlington Notre Dame 16-0 (1)
2. Colo-Nesco 16-0 (2)
3. Kingsley-Pierson 17-0 (3)
4. Fremont-Mills 16-0 (4)
5. Exira/EHK 17-0 (5)
6. Lynnville-Sully 17-0 (6)
7. Newell-Fonda 13-3 (7)
8. Grand View Christian 15-1 (8)
9. Bedford 14-2 (9)
10. Turkey Valley 17-1 (10)
11. George-Little Rock 12-3 (11)
12. Springville 14-2 (12)
13. Janesville 16-1 (13)
14. Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 13-3 (14)
15. Central Lyon 12-5 (15)
Dropped Out: None

Glenwood man evades authorities


January 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Mills County man is being sought by authorities following an incident that took place Wednesday night in Page County. According to reports, an Iowa State Patrol Trooper saw 38-year old Harold Rudduck, of Glenwood, walking along County Road J-20 east of Essex, at around 8:30-p.m. After talking with the man, the Trooper ran a check on his identity and learned Rudduck was wanted in Council Bluffs for failure to appear on a drug charge.

Rudduck took off on foot when the Trooper went to place him under arrest, and ran into a wooded area. Despite a search by a k-9 unit and deputies from Cass, Page and Montgomery Counties, authorities were unable to locate the man. The search was called-off at around 11-p.m.

Rudduck is described as being a white male with tattoos on his left arm, right forearm, chest, neck and left wrist. The man may have been picked up by a friend. Anyone with information on Ruddock’s location is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Competition heats up among colleges for Iowa students


January 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

There’s an increased emphasis on bringing in-state students into the three state-supported universities and that has ramped up the competition with private schools for graduating Iowa high schoolers. Jonathan Brand, the president of Cornell College, says the Mount Vernon school is continually seeking to increase the number of in-state students. “About seventeen percent of our students now are from Iowa..and that number has got to grow,” Brand says. He says it’s an important issue for the school that has nearly 12-hundred students.

“I so firmly believe — without giving up our national or international focus — when you have a healthy number of students from your home state, it anchors the student body, the culture, the population, in the healthiest of ways.” The college has launched what it calls a “Promise Grant” which Brand says makes Cornell a good deal. “Which is 20-thousand dollars per year for four years for those Iowa students who are admitted to Cornell College,” Brand explains. “That is our way of saying that we want to make sure that Cornell is accessible to them, that we want them here.”

The discount brings Cornell’s tuition next fall to 18-thousand-dollars for Iowa residents and brings it within five-thousand dollars of what the University of Iowa is listing as its base tuition. Brand says the school is looking to grow, even in the more competitive environment. “Our plan over the next seven to ten years is to grow initially to sixteen-hundred students. And, at that point, we’ll take a breather and make sure that the academic experience is of the same caliber and quality that it is today,” Brand says. He says they realize they are fighting strong headwinds with the demographics in the upper Midwest, and in Iowa. The school does draw eighty-three percent its students from regions that are growing like the west coast and Chicago has also been a target area.

M.J. Dolan, executive director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, says the fifteen regionally-based colleges draw from outside too, dispelling the notion that they are exclusively Iowan.
“And it think it’s important, certainly for Iowa’s community colleges, we welcome all young people coming into this state,” Dolan says. But she says they also depend on a diverse variety of Iowa students. “Certainly we’ve seen that in our communities with the increasing minority populations all across rural Iowa as well as the urban areas, inviting those folks in. You know, we have so many stories, the Cattlemen’s Association approached us and was interested in getting training for Latino workers in the cattle industry. We had a German company come to Estherville, Iowa who is interested in getting training for the wind industry.” Dolan does acknowledges that Iowa’s community colleges largely depend on the same pool of Iowa students as the other schools.

“I don’t want to lead anyone astray saying that we aren’t concerned about the unintended consequences of a policy that takes our Iowa students and wants to put them into many institutions when there aren’t enough to go around,” Dolan says. Dolan’s reference to unintended consequences is a reference to the proposed Board of Regents policy which changes the funding formula to distribute money based on the number of in-state students.

(Radio Iowa)

Creston woman hurt in T-bone style accident


January 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One person was transported to the Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston following a collision Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say vehicles driven by 35-year old Nicholas Sprague, of Orient, and 21-year old Marissa Merrill, of Creston, collided at the intersection of East Monroe and South Vine Streets, at around 1:30-p.m., Tuesday.

According to the accident report, Merrill was traveling west on Monroe and stopped at the intersection, but then pulled out in front of the Sprague vehicle, which was traveling south on Vine Street. Sprague couldn’t stop in time. His 2000 Mazda Protege hit Merrill’s 2012 Kia on the passenger side. Merrill was extricated from her car and transported to the hospital. A report on her condition was not available.

Damage from the crash amounted to $8,000.