Frost possible this weekend in parts of Iowa

Weather

May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines says lingering showers or areas of drizzle are possible early this morning over the far Southeast. A strong cold front will push across the state tonight ushering in breezy conditions and much cooler air for the weekend. Patchy frost is possible Saturday night across the North as colder air continues to push into the state and Sunday night across the East. A big warm up is still expected early next week with temperatures approaching 90 in some areas. Temperatures will fall back into the 70s Wednesday and for the remainder of the week.

IA Motor Vehicle Enforcement Office part of effort to prevent human trafficking

News

May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa D-O-T’s Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement is partnering with the non-profit group Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to help try and stop human trafficking. Motor Vehicle Division Chief, David Lorenzen, says it’s a natural role for his office, which comes into regular contact with truckers. “One of the initiatives of our office is to reach out to the motor carrier industry and to provide materials that educate them on the aspects of human trafficking,” Lorenzen says. “We have materials in all 11 of our state scale sites, we work with the highway division to put materials for drivers in the 40 state rest areas, and we’re also continuing to work with putting the materials in the truck stops across the state.” Lorenzen says they learned of TAT and it’s goal, and thought it was a good fit to work with them.

“This effort is something that we feel is important, we feel we can help play a part in it and do what we can to help curb this,” Lorenzen says. He says enlisting the help of truck drivers is a good way to expand the reach of law officers. “The motor carrier industry are people who are out there every day, 24-seven, 365 days a year they see things where there’s not that much law enforcement out there. They can obviously give us a set of eyes that we don’t have,” according to Lorenzen. The U-S Justice Department estimates between 100 and 300-thousand American children are at risk to enter the sex trade industry every year.

“And that doesn’t even count some of the people who’re being imported from other countries,” Lorenzen says. “Obviously human trafficking involves that part of it too, and it’s a billion-dollar industry. It’s something obviously that the F-B-I noticed there’s a lot of these things happening in truck stops and those types of things.” The F-B-I held four stings between 2003 and 2009 that targeted truck stops and over 500 children were rescued and millions of dollars recovered.

The TAT program began in March 2009. You can find out more about the program on it’s website at: www.truckersagainsttrafficking.com. The National Hotline number to call and report suspected human trafficking is 888-373-7888.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man cited following collision w/a trailer and house

News

May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a local man was cited for Failure to Yield half of the roadway and Leaving the Scene of an Accident, following a collision Thursday morning on east Summit Street. Officials say 23-year old Kiley Brian Caron, of Red Oak, was traveling east on east Summit at around 11:25-a.m., when his 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo crossed the center line and struck a utility trailer being pulled by a 2004 Chevy pickup, driven by 23-year old Joshua Lee Porter, of Red Oak, as Porter was traveling west.

Following the collision, Caron continued east on east Summit until he reached the intersection of North Boundary and turned south onto Boundary and went over a curb, nearly hitting a sign before continuing south. While police were investigating the first accident, they received word from a witness who followed the Monte Carlo to 1000 Highland Avenue, where officers caught up to Caron.

During their investigation, police determined the right front side of Caron’s car hit the corner of the home at 1000 Highland Avenue. Officials say when the man entered his driveway, he was traveling too fast. His car went up on a bank next to the driveway and back down the slope to the driveway before hitting the house, causing $1,000 damage to the structure.

Caron’s car sustained $2,000 damage. No dollar amount of damage was listed for the trailer being pulled by Porter’s pickup. No injuries were reported.

(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: May 10th 2013

Podcasts, Weather

May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The (podcast) Freese-Notis forecast for Atlantic and the KJAN listening area and weather data for Atlantic…

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Omaha-based BBB reports medical alert scam calls

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May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha-based Better Business Bureau is warning people about suspicious phone calls regarding medical alert devices. The BBB says consumers from across its service area have inquired about the calls. The people report that the callers say medical alert devices have been purchased for the people but the callers need more information about the recipients for delivery.

The BBB says it made return calls and was told by one person who answered that the alarm devices carried a fee of almost $35. BBB President Jim Hegarty says the calls to consumers were “very suspicious due to the secretive nature and lack of full disclosure to their real purpose.”

The Omaha-based BBB service area includes Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: May 10th 2013

Weather

May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

400 AM CDT FRI MAY 10 2013

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. PATCHY DRIZZLE. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

TODAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 60S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS EARLY IN THE MORNING. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. BREEZY. HIGH AROUND 60. NORTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. COLDER. PATCHY FROST AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 30S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTHWEST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. WARMER. LOW IN THE MID 40S. HIGH IN THE MID 70S.

MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY…MOSTLY CLEAR. WARMER. LOW AROUND 60. HIGH IN THE UPPER 80S.

New jail approved by voters in Fremont County

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May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Voters in Fremont County this week overwhelmingly approved a $5.5-million bond issue to pay for the construction of a new law enforcement center/jail. According to the Daily NonPareil, 20-percent of the registered voters turned out for the special election, and more than 72-percent agreed it was time for the county to have a new jail and law enforcement facility.

The current jail is more than 124-years old, and has been cited by State inspectors for not being handicapped accessible, and for its inability to adequately separate sentenced and non-sentenced prisoners. And, since there isn’t enough space to segregate male and female inmates and juveniles, the latter two types of individuals must be sent elsewhere.  Another problem faced by the current Fremont County Jail…which was built in 1889…is the settling of the foundation, which creates more problems with jail cell doors opening and closing properly.

In addition to Fremont County, Adair, Mills and Montgomery counties have all passed bond issues to replace old facilities in recent years.

National Sports Headlines: May 10th 2013

Sports

May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Backup goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots in his first playoff start in six years and the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the New York Islanders 4-0 to take a 3-2 series lead in their first-round NHL playoff series. Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Douglas Murray scored during a seven-minute stretch in the second period for the Islanders, who can eliminate New York with a victory Saturday on Long Island.

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators are moving onto the second round following a pair of lopsided Game 5 victories. The Blackhawks dispatched Minnesota 5-1 and the Senators outscored Montreal and its backup goalie Peter Budaj 6-1.

DENVER (AP) — CC Sabathia and five relievers combined on a four-hitter and the New York Yankees beat Colorado 3-1 in a game delayed more than two hours by rain at Coors Field. Robinson Cano homered and also had a single for his 1,500th career hit.

WASHINGTON (AP) __ Washington finished an abbreviated two-game interleague sweep by holding off the Detroit Tigers 5-4. Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano combined for shutout relief after Dan Haren nearly squandered a four-run lead. Soriano closed it out for his 12th save in 13 chances

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Castro tied the TPC Sawgrass course record with a 9-under 63 that’s good for a three-shot lead over Zach Johnson and Rory McIlroy after the first round of The Players Championship. Tiger Woods shot a 5-under 67 and is tied with five other golfers four shots off the lead.

Iowa News headlines: Fri., May 10th 2013

News

May 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Democrats are offering modifications to a Medicaid expansion proposal. They say they’d waive doctor co-pays for patients who get annual physicals and choose healthy behaviors to better align with Republican plans. Republican Representative Walt Rogers calls the changes tweaks.

CAMBRIDGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified the body of a man found in a central Iowa farm field. Barton Tingley was found Thursday in a rural area about seven miles southeast of Cambridge. The county medical examiner will perform an autopsy today to determine the cause of death.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is close to breaking a state record for the longest stretch without a reported tornado. It’s been 349 days since a tornado touched down in the state. Officials call the streak impressive because digital technology and spotter networks today are so comprehensive.

GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) — An eastbound coal train and westbound train carrying cargo containers collided yesterday. The wreck derailed 35 train cars. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says there are no injuries.

(update 4:48-p.m.) Union Pacific trains collide near Grand Junction

News

May 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) — Union Pacific Railroad is updating information from a morning collision between two trains in central Iowa. An eastbound coal train and westbound train carrying cargo containers collided Thursday morning derailing 13 coal cars and 22 cars of the intermodal cargo train —which carries ocean-going containers on flatbed cars. That’s more train cars than originally reported. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says there are no injuries.

The crash shut down a section of the company’s mainline track near Grand Junction about 60 miles northwest of Des Moines. The cause of the 6:20 a.m. collision is not immediately clear.

Davis says the derailment has halted traffic on main tracks between Chicago and the company’s Iowa and Nebraska destinations. Trains are being detoured. Cleanup is expected to be finished late Friday.