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Audubon Police report: 4 arrests

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February 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Police Chief Matt Starmer, today (Monday), said there were four arrests the first week of the month. On Feb. 7th, 38-year old Karen Ann Hulbert, of Audubon, was arrested for Violation of Parole.  On Feb. 5th, 23-year old Andrew Allen Malloy was arrested in Audubon on two-counts of Driving Under Suspension, and two-counts of Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. Malloy was arrested again Sunday (Feb. 16th), on a warrant for Failure to Serve Mittimus.

On Feb. 4th, 24-year old Rae Beth Horton, of Audubon, was arrested for Domestic Abuse with a Dangerous Weapon.  That same day, 32-year old Jennifer Meese-Cherry, of Audubon, was cited by Audubon Police, for Allowing Dog at Large.  She was released at scene.  During the same incident, 34-year old Robert Taylor Glidden, of Audubon, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct.  Glidden was cited and also released on scene.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 2/17/20

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February 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

More State and area news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & Funeral report, 2/17/2020

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February 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The area’s latest and/or top news stories at 7:06-a.m. From KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Woman accused of embezzling more than $116K from employer

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February 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — A woman who headed the accounting division of a private fertilizer company in Urbandale has been accused of embezzling more than $116,000. Polk County court records say 41-year-old Heidi Cook is charged with nine counts of theft, one of fraudulent practices and one of unauthorized use of a credit card. She remained in jail Monday. The court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for Cook. Prosecutors say that, from at least Dec. 10, 2018, she took 33 checks totaling more than $116,000 from Spraytec and deposited them into her own bank account.

Fatal, fiery crash Sunday evening in Dallas County

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February 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal crash that turned fiery, Sunday. According to reports, one-person died, after the vehicle they were driving rolled over a little before 6-p.m., near the intersection of Panther Creek Road and Old Highway 6. The vehicle left the road at a high rate of speed before rolling over, hitting a tree and catching fire. The name of the driver has not yet been released.

Effort continues to educate about the 2020 Census

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February 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — The 2020 census will begin with a mailing starting in mid-March. Census Bureau spokesperson Maureen Schriner says it’s important that everyone looks for and completes the census form to be counted. Schriner says the census determines our legislative representation and also determines how much money communities get from the federal government. She says the federal government decides every year on how to hand out 675 BILLION dollars in funding for services in communities.

Schriner says some people are concerned that the information they provide on the completed census forms will be readily available. She says that in information is kept confidential.”Your individual information is never shared. For 72 years it is locked down, it is confidential. It is not shared with any other governmental entities,” according to Schriner.  She says the information is only released in an aggregate form. Schriner says that would be numbers like the population of the state. “So the 2020 Census tries to go out and record the entire population. That’s what it is used for — so it is not reported out on an individual basis,” she says.

Additional information about the census can be obtained by going on-line at www.2020census.gov

DNR has town halls starting to discuss issues

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February 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a series of town hall meetings scheduled to discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations and other topics. D-N-R spokesman, Mick Klemesrud, says the first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday in Sioux City. “We have 18 meetings set up across the state. And these are public meetings where our local staff will come in and provide a recap of the hunting and trapping seasons,” Klemesrud says. “They’ll give population updates, and they’ll talk about hunter participation, trapper participation and just what to expect and what we’re looking at as potential rule changes.”

He says one rule change involves the waterfowl hunting zones. “We are going to increase the size of the Missouri River Zone to actually go all the way to the Mississippi across southern Iowa to create kind of a new central zone, shift the southern border of the north zone up a little bit. And then modify the season dates accordingly,” according to Klemesrud. “So the southern zone will have later season dates, the central zone will have the old southern zone season dates, and the north zone will probably stay fairly close to what it has been.”

There could be some other rule changes as well. “We are also looking at expanding and increasing the number of otters that trappers can harvest. And there’s some other deer quotas, and things like that,” he says.  Klemesrud says they expect to have a good turnout. “Hunters like to talk about hunting and they like to come to these. They’ve got a like-minded audience — they’re hearing things that they enjoy — and hunter participation is definitely a part of these meetings,” Klemesrud says.

Comments collected from the public meetings will be considered along with other related comments received by the Iowa D-N-R prior to proposing changes to hunting rules and regulations. Proposed rules will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission during a regular public meeting for consideration and additional public comment.

Here are the AREA meeting dates, time and locations:

Sioux City, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road
Council Bluffs Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Fish and Game Club, 531 Commanche Street
Creston, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room adjacent to the YMCA, Southwestern Community College, 1201 West Townline Street
Sac City, March 5, 7 p.m., Sac County Conservation Center at Hagge Park, 2970 280th Street

Red Oak woman arrested for poss. of paraphernalia Monday morning

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February 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Red Oak was arrested at around 3:30 this (Monday) morning, in Red Oak. Authorities say 30-year old Sara Ann Billie-Kier was taken into custody for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Billie-Kier was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $300 bond.

Clarinda man arrested on a drug charge Sunday morning

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February 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop at around 12:10-a.m. Sunday in Adams County, resulted in the arrest of a man on a drug charge. Joshua Strange, of Clarinda, was taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance, after a baggy of methamphetamine was found inside his vehicle.

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

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February 17th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:05 a.m. CST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an investigation into animal treatment at an Iowa state lawmaker’s hog farm found no evidence that animals were being abused despite video that a group posted that appeared to show otherwise. Two people with California-based Direct Action Everywhere entered a hog farm last spring owned by Republican Iowa state Sen. Ken Rozenboom. Mahaska County Sheriff Russell Van Renterghem says an investigation didn’t find any abuse. Rozenboom said he decided in December to lease the hog building to a different farmer. He has said veterinary records show the herd was being treated for a respiratory infection that contributed to the problems Direct Action Everywhere documented.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A student is suing Drake University in Des Moines, along with a fraternity at the school and several fellow students for an unspecified amount after he said he nearly died from a hazing incident. Court documents filed Feb. 7 show Marcus Shields is suing the school, Theta Chi fraternity, its Drake chapter and others. The lawsuit says Shields was a 19-year-old freshman last year and a Theta Chi pledge when the fraternity engaged in hazing, included coercing and forcing him to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Shields says he pleaded with his fraternity brothers that “he didn’t want to die,” and had to be taken by ambulance to a hospital for acute alcohol poisoning.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party has selected a new interim chairman to replace Troy Price, who resigned this week following a meltdown in the state’s lead-off presidential caucuses. The Des Moines Register reports that the party’s State Central Committee voted Saturday to install Iowa state Rep. Mark Smith, of Marshalltown, as interim chairman. The vote came a day after party officials agreed to hire two high-profile lawyers to investigate the factors leading to the problems that hamstrung the Feb. 3 Iowa Caucus, when problems with a mobile app and other issues prevented it from releasing results.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Officials say two people suffered minor injuries in a fire that destroyed a Fort Dodge towing and auto business. Television station KCCI reports that the fire broke out Friday afternoon in Mid Iowa Towing. Firefighters arrived to find a large fire in the company’s shop area, with flames reaching the roof. The building is not served by the city and did not have fire hydrants, requiring the firefighters to use 500-gallon water tanks. Officials say the lack of water and presence of a large amount of flammable liquids, coupled with high winds, caused the fire to grow and spread quickly. Two of the business’ employees were treated for burns on their hands.