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Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., April 10th 2014


April 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Wapello County officials have agreed to make repairs to the 120-year-old courthouse. The Ottumwa Courier reports the Wapello County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night approved spending $139,000 on repairs and maintenance for the courthouse, built in 1894. The work will be done by Karr Tuckpointing of Vinton.

ACKLEY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa inspectors have cited a care center after incidents in which residents weren’t properly supervised. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports state inspectors cited the Presbyterian Village in Ackley. In one, a resident with dementia left the home during the early hours of February 4th and was found outside later with a 78.3 degree temperature. In another incident, residents with Alzheimer’s engaged in sex.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Iowa City say a man accused of dropping his pants in front of two women blamed a faulty belt. Iowa City police tell the Press-Citizen say 51-year-old Vincent Vogelsang approached two women Tuesday afternoon and dropped his pants. He is also accused of making lewd and sexual gestures toward them.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man has been charged in federal court with murder in connection to a fatal stabbing on the Meskwaki Settlement in central Iowa. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for northern Iowa says 20-year-old Jonathan Youngbear made an appearance yesterday in Cedar Rapids federal court. He was held without bond. Youngbear was arrested in February.

Iowa State halts celebration after student hurt


April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University’s president has halted a popular annual celebration after a rowdy crowd caused damage near the school that hurt one student and led to the arrest of two people. University President Steven Leath said at a news conference that Veishea, an annual multi-day celebration on campus, would be canceled after 5 p.m. Wednesday. Officials have not decided whether to hold it again in future years.

The university says one student was seriously injured after a crowd disturbance near the campus late Tuesday, in which people overturned cars and threw rocks at officers. Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff says people knocked down two light poles, striking the student who was badly hurt. The school has not identified the student.

Police told The Associated Press that the crowd dispersed early Wednesday.

Non-injury accident in Atlantic, Tuesday


April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic say no injuries were reported following a collision late Tuesday morning at the intersection of Highway 6 and 22nd Street. Authorities say a vehicle driven by Mark Darrow, of Merriam Woods, MO., was preparing to turn onto 22nd Street off of southbound Highway 6, and had stopped to wait for traffic to pass before making the turn.

A vehicle driven by Thomas Dahl, of Dexter, was also traveling south on Highway 6, and failed to stop in time before rear-ending the Woods vehicle. The accident happened at around 11:15-a.m. Damage from the collision amounted to $6,500. Dalh was cited for Failure to Maintain Control and/or reduce Speed.

Shelby County Fire Danger Index moved to “HIGH” until further notice

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency have moved the county’s “Fire Danger” Index to “HIGH” until further notice. Dry and windy weather conditions prompted the change. All open burning is prohibited in Shelby County until the danger of rapidly spreading grass and field fires is reduced.

Oakland murder victim identified


April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County have identified a woman who was shot and killed early Tuesday morning, in Oakland. Sheriff Jeff Danker says 64-year old Patricia Kinkade-Dorsey, from rural Cass County, died from injuries she suffered when she was shot at around 3-a.m. Tuesday.

63-year old Robert Reynolds, Jr., of Oakland faces a charge of 1st Degree Murder in connection with the incident. Reynolds remains in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $1-million bond. His preliminary hearing was set for April 18th. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Reynolds allegedly told law enforcement officers during an interview that he had a verbal confrontation with a woman in the kitchen of his Oakland residence at 303 Brown Street, before shooting her multiple times with a semi-automatic handgun.

Kinkade-Dorsey was described by authorities as being a family friend. According to reports,  she was headed to Eppley Airfield to go on a trip and was staying with Reynolds and his wife for the night. Authorities say alcohol and an argument are believed to have played a role in the shooting. Reynolds was taken into custody after a brief stand-off with law enforcement.

There were three other persons in the home when the incident occurred, including Reynolds’ wife, and two family members under the age of 18. The incident was the first homicide investigation that occurred in Oakland in more than seven years. This case is believed to be the first murder in Oakland since the November 2006 killing of 24-year-old April Corter of Red Oak, whose body was found in a well near the community.

Revised Iowa broadband bill keeps local control


April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – City officials and local governments in Iowa would maintain their control over where cell towers are placed within city limits under a broadband-expansion proposal adopted by a legislative panel.

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee unanimously approved changes Wednesday to a bill intended to expand broadband access to rural Iowans. The legislation, which now includes language about cell tower placement, is now subject to full committee review as early as Thursday.

The Senate’s proposal strays from a draft in the House, which local officials have said could strip their authority in tower placement decisions. Lawmakers in the Senate have vowed to maintain this authority while still adhering to cellular companies’ concerns.

Democratic Sen. Steve Sodders, of State Center, says the language in the bill has been considered and approved by local officials.

30 acres burned in Montgomery County field fire

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The entire KJAN listening area is under a Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather conditions, meaning that any outdoor burning which occurs either intentionally or by accident, can spread in an explosive manner, due to low humidity, dry grasses and timber, and very gusty winds.

Photo's courtesy Montgomery Co. EMA (Brian Hamman)

Photo’s courtesy Montgomery Co. EMA (Brian Hamman)

Similar conditions Tuesday afternoon helped to spread a 15-acre fire in Montgomery County into a 30-acre fire. Emergency Manager Brian Hamman reports the Red Oak Fire Department was paged to a possible field fire just before 4-p.m., Tuesday, in the area of 230th Street and J Avenue.

Hamman says upon arrival, crews found nearly 15 acres of corn stalk stubble on fire, with flames moving rapidly to the south. Mutual aid was requested from the Stanton Fire Dept., and multiple tractors with discs were used to stop the spread of the flames. A total of 30 acres burned and crews were on scene for roughly three-hours. 10250061_619760518118010_440940216061508473_n

Hamman says a hot exhaust pipe that was sitting in the field while workers were marking terraces caused the fire. Once the crew noticed the fire, they attempted to extinguish it with their fire extinguisher but were unable to do so due to the strong winds and dry conditions. The Fire Weather Index was in the Very High category at the time.

Absent western Iowa senator has returned to the statehouse


April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A western Iowa lawmaker who’s been absent from the state senate for a month is back at the capitol today (Wednesday). Senator Hubert Houser, a Republican from Carson, met with the secretary of the senate this morning (Wednesday) to ask that he not be paid for four weeks’ worth of the daily expense money legislators receive. “I asked him about past practices and he said this is probably the first time this has ever been done,” Houser says. “There’s been absences before, but they’ve never bothered to ask for reimbursement.”

Houser, who is 71 years old, does not intend to seek reelection this November after 22 years of service in the Iowa House and Senate. Houser says he was surprised by the controversy sparked by his absence. “The way I look at it, having been around here for a long time, that I was only on standing committees and that part was pretty well done when I left,” Houser says. “And I’m in the minority and I’m retiring and I’m a lame duck and, you know, there wasn’t much for me to do here at all, really.”

Republicans hold 24 seats in the senate compared to the 26 Democrats hold, meaning Democrats get to control the senate’s debate agenda. Houser says he’s been spending time expanding his farm operation, building new livestock facilities for his 34-year-old granddaughter to run. Houser says he notified the Republican leaders in the Senate that he needed to be home for the construction. “And so they knew and they said, ‘Will you come in if we need you for votes?’ And I said: ‘Sure,’” Houser says.

Houser says he’s not sure there will be any votes in the Senate today (Wednesday), but he was on the senate floor early this morning and plans to be in the senate every day until the 2014 session adjourns, perhaps sometime this month according to legislative leaders. Houser says he’s spent the past year finding other legislators who will champion key issues he’s handled over the past two decades and Houser says he’s found members of the Iowa House who will take up the cause for the Loess Hills and for the Glenwood Resource Center.

(Radio Iowa)

Cass County Supervisors News


April 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors had a very light agenda this (Wednesday) morning, and consequently a short session. The Board moved to re-appoint Chair Frank Waters to the Southwest Iowa Mental Health Regional Governing Board.

In other business, the Supervisors approved a final payment to Gus Construction for a box culvert project on Boston Road, about one-mile east of “The Valley” (near the Highway 71/I-80 interchange). Engineer Charles Marker provided an update on the project. He said the final cost of the project was just over $207,324.00.

Marker said also, applications closed last Friday for a truck driver’s position associated with the Secondary Roads Department’s Massena County Shed. He said they received 42 applications, six candidates were selected to be interviewed, with Marker and Assistant Engineer Rich Hansen narrowing those down to the top two candidates.  A background check is currently underway on those two individuals. Marker said also, that a single bid has been received for replacement of a culvert pipe northeast of Marne with a concrete box-type. No decision has been made on accepting the bid at this time.

And, Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner mentioned to the Board he’s looking into selecting a law school intern through a program with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. He says it’s a good program to help future prosecutors train in the legal field, and possibly place those persons in a job following graduation.

According to the Iowa A-G’s website, first-and second-year law students are being sought for 2014 summer internships. The Office is unable to offer paid internships for first-year students and has a limited number of paid internships for second-year students. The Office has slots for 10 – 15 summer interns.


8AM Newscast 04-09-2014

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April 9th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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