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2 arrests, 1 accident, in Adams County

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April 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports two people were arrested earlier this week, on separate charges. Ilene Gowen, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody at around 7:40-p.m. Monday, on an Adams County warrant charging her with Harassment. Gowen was picked up by Council Bluffs Police and has since bonded out of jail. And, on Sunday, Mickey Fidler, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a warrant stemming from an incident that occurred in 2012. Fidler was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana). Fidler posted a $5,000 bond, and was released from custody.

In other news, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office says only minor injuries were reported following a rollover accident early Sunday morning. Officials say the accident happened when Trevor Shipley swerved to miss a deer on Birch Avenue. When he lost control of the 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora he was driving, the vehicle entered a ditch and rolled.

9AM Newscast 04-11-2013

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April 11th, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Partnership reduces deer herd, helps to feed iowans in need

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April 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say it’s been 10 years since the DNR and the Food Bank of Iowa joined to promote a new program to help reduce the size of Iowa’s deer herd, and help Iowans in need receive a healthy meal. The Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program allows hunters to donate any legally harvested deer to a participating locker as a way to encourage hunters to harvest more deer.

Lockers process the donated deer into ground venison in specially labeled two pound packages that are picked up by the local food bank and distributed in the community.  HUSH lockers have processed 56,000 donated deer providing more than 11 million meals since the program began. The program exemplifies Iowans helping Iowans. Jim Coffey, who coordinates the HUSH program for the DNR, says “We asked our hunters to harvest additional deer to reduce the herd size and the HUSH program gave them an option to donate the additional venison to help their fellow Iowans in need. We have a lot of lockers who enjoy the program and participate because it supports their local community.” Carey Miller, executive director of the Food Bank of Iowa, said “We are so grateful for this partnership and program,” says . “It has helped put a high protein, low fat product into the hands of hungry Iowans.”

Since its inception, the program served an important role to help reduce the deer herd, but that role will be changing. As the deer population approaches the management goal, the program will not be used as much for population control as it will be for certain situations, like hunters wanting to support their local food bank or for hunters participating in special population management hunts in urban areas or park settings. The Iowa program is viewed nationally as one to emulate and states from Hawaii to Nebraska call on Coffey looking for the recipe to replicate Iowa’s success.

Every deer license sold includes a $1 fee that supports the HUSH program. The program is administered through the Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund of the Iowa DNR. Lockers are paid $75 for each HUSH deer processed and participation in the program is voluntary. In 2012, 89 lockers participated in the HUSH program. The Food Bank of Iowa received $5 per deer to pick up and distribute the venison.

More information on the DNR’s HUSH program is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/DeerHunting/HelpUsStopHungerHUSH.aspx

Iowa company recalls mislabeled pork jerky

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April 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa company has recalled more than 1,000 pounds of pork jerky because the product’s label doesn’t list wheat, which can cause an allergic reaction for some consumers.  Formosa Food Co., of Hull, is recalling 16-ounce individual packages of Formosa Brand Pork Szu, a cooked seasoned dried pork product.

The product was made on various dates through Nov. 29, 2012. There is no expiration date but the label carries the establishment number “EST. 2446.”  The jerky was sold on the internet and through direct sales nationwide.  The USDA says in a statement released Wednesday that the problem was found by food safety inspectors during a label review. Wheat is an ingredient in the soy sauce used in the product.  There have been no reports of sickened consumers.

8AM Newscast 04-11-2013

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Driver on the way to a “meth party” crashes car while trying to intimidate another driver

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April 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities say a single vehicle accident in Pottawattamie County Tuesday evening on Interstate 29 took place, after a man admitted he wasn’t focused on what he was doing, and driving crazy. Sheriff Jeff Danker told The Daily Nonpareil that the unidentified driver was in a Chevy Impala traveling southbound on I-29, when he sped up next to a car, turned his dome light on and flashed a hatchet at another vehicle. The Impala driver then lost control of his vehicle and ended up getting stuck in the median. Danker told the paper the driver said someone in the other car threw trash at his car so he sped up, threw trash at them and flashed the hatchet.

The driver and a passenger told authorities they were on their way to a meth party. The driver of the Impala was transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail where a drug test was conducted. Charges are pending the results of a toxicology report.

Red Oak man arrested for possession of drugs in a jail

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April 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County say a Red Oak man was arrested Wednesday night at the Montgomery County Jail, for possessing a controlled substance. 18-year old Eligah Ryan Newkirk was charged with possession of contraband in a correctional facility. Newkirk was taken into custody at around 10:20-p.m., and held in the jail on $5,000 bond.

Tougher penalties for interference with official acts in Iowa

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April 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A bill that boosts the penalty for interfering with law enforcement activities has cleared the Iowa House, over the objections of more than a dozen lawmakers. About three percent of Iowans are African Americans, but Democratic Representative Mary Wolfe of Clinton says last year in Iowa 27 percent of the people who were convicted of interferance with official acts were black. “Until somebody can tell me why it is that such an extremely disproportionate number of African Americans are convicted of interference with official acts, I am not comfortable voting yes for a bill that creates a new and much broader crime of interference with official acts,” Wolfe says.

The bill increases the penalty for someone who, for example, injures a police officer who’s making an arrest. Representative Rick Olson, a Democrat from Des Moines, says the bill goes another step too far. “The defendant doesn’t have to inflict the injury,” Olson said. “He doesn’t have to cause the injury. It’s just that the clumsy cop causes his own injury, but yet the penalty is enhanced.” Representative Deborah Berry, a Democrat from Waterloo, says if the bill becomes law, it will have a “tremendous impact” on Iowa’s minorities. “This particular bill — we’re going to see an additional burden on our state prisons by it,” Berry said.

Representative Ako Abdul-Samad, a Democrat from Des Moines, says “racism still does exist in the state of Iowa.” “It’s a ‘Catch 22′ for a lot of us. I know it is for me, because I support my law enforcement officers,” Abdul-Samad said. “I support the work that the police officers do…but I also have to look at the reality of Iowa.” Representative Gary Worthan, a Republican from Storm Lake, responded. “We can’t solve race problems by backing away from what we see as a crime.” Worthan says he’s not willing to abandon the bill because of a minority impact statement. “The law should be blind as to race, color, creed, religion and minority impact statements in my mind’s eye basically remove the blindfold from ‘Lady Justice,’ who holds the scales,” Worthan said. “…If it’s a crime, it’s a crime whether you’re white, black, red, yellow or whatever.”

The bill also adds removal of an officer’s communications device to the list of actions considered to be interference with official acts. Worthan says it applies to the communications devices used by police and by prison staff. “Members of law enforcement will tell you in this day and age, that communications device is their lifeline,” Worthan says. “Without that, they are out there on their own, with no back-up, so we need to move this forward.”

The bill passed the House Wednesday on a 77-to-17 vote. The bill passed the Senate April 1st by a unanimous vote. It now goes to the governor for his consideration.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., April 11th 2013

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April 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Drivers headed northeast from Iowa should expect delays thanks to a spring storm that’s knocked out power to thousands in eastern South Dakota. In Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton has issued an executive order activating the state’s National Guard to assist local authorities today.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Two Waterloo officers have received their police department’s highest honor for rescuing five children from a house fire last month. Officers Shawn Bram and Dustin Lindaman were given the Medal of Valor during a brief ceremony yesterday in the City Council chambers. The officers rescued the children March 29th during a house fire in Waterloo. All the children were able to get out without injury.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City high school band director accused of stealing more than $50,000 in instruments from the school and pawning them has resigned. Thirty-nine-year-old Kevin Massey of Sergeant Bluff resigned from North High School on Monday. Massey has agreed to pay $5,000 in restitution to the school district. Massey was charged last month with first-degree theft and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on April 15th in Woodbury County Court.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — A 24-year-old Iowa man was given one to two years of probation on Monday after pleading guilty to reckless use of fire. Wayne McCormick was charged with arson after a blaze November 19th at the house he was renting in Evansdale. McCormick later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.

Construction work to begin Monday on I-80 bridge near Casey

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April 10th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston Construction Office reports bridge construction work on eastbound Interstate 80 between Antique Drive (exit 83), near Casey, and Iowa 25 (exit 86) will begin Monday, April 15th, weather permitting. During the project, traffic will be operating in a two-lane, two-way traffic pattern in the westbound lanes of I-80 in the work zone. The open lanes will have a 16-foot width lane restriction in place. This project is expected to be completed by late July.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.