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Bluffs shooting under investigation

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December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are investigating a shooting incident which occurred late Wednesday morning. According to the police report, at around 11:35-a.m., a Council Bluffs Police Officer noticed a vehicle driving recklessly, and stopped the vehicle in the 700 block of 7th Avenue. A passenger in the vehicle, 25-year old Charles E. Duncan, of Council Bluffs, approached the officer and said he’d been shot in the chest. Duncan was transported to Creighton Hospital.

An investigation revealed Duncan and his sister were test driving a car earlier, and had stopped in the parking lot of Goofy’s Bar and Grill in the 800-block of south 21st Street. When they went to switch drivers, Duncan was shot as he exited the passenger side of the vehicle and began walking toward the driver’s side. The shooting occurred when a car pulled into the parking lot and one of the occupants fired two shots at Duncan.

The first shot hit him in the bottom of his right sleeve, and did not result in any injuries. The second shot struck Duncan in the right side of his chest. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening. Duncan’s sister was attempting to get to him a hospital when she was stopped by police.

The suspect vehicle was described as being a small, black, newer model car with Nebraska plates. The suspects were slightly overweight white men in their 20′s. One of the men had a beard. Their vehicle took off after the shooting, traveling north on 21st Street. Neither Duncan nor his sister knew who the men were.

(updated 4:54-a.m.) Midwest hit by its first major snowstorm of season

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December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Forecasters are warning that the Midwest’s first major snowstorm of the season could cause blizzard conditions this morning from Kansas to Wisconsin. And there are predictions that some areas in a swatch stretching from northwest Missouri, into Milwaukee, Chicago and Michigan could get as much as much as a foot of snow. The conditions could threaten operations at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until Noon today, for much of Iowa.

Heavy overnight snow has forced some school districts in Nebraska and Iowa to close. Drivers in Nebraska have been told to avoid treacherous roads. In western Kansas, some tractor trailers jackknifed or tipped. A clerk at a travel center in the town of Tribune says a stranded UPS driver had to spend the night with a family.

One meteorologist says the snow is a nuisance, but the moisture is welcomed by farmers in the drought-parched region. Some areas are more than 12 inches below normal precipitation for the year.

Some businesses in the KJAN listening area are either closed or will be starting late. Please see the “Cancellations” section under the “Community Hub” tab on KJAN. com for updates throughout the day. The snow will be tapering-off early this morning, with reports in western Iowa thus far ranging from 3-to 6-inches. Drifts of up to nearly a foot were common in the open areas, as well.

Midwest hit by its first major snowstorm of season

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December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The first major snowstorm to hit the Midwest this season is sweeping across the region, shuttering schools and creating dangerous driving conditions. Forecasters are warning that heavy snowfall coupled with strong winds will create blizzard conditions Thursday from Kansas to Wisconsin. The weather is also threatening to cause delays at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, the nation’s second-busiest airport, ahead of the busy holiday weekend.

Nebraska’s largest school district canceled classes because of heavy overnight snow, as did many districts across Iowa, where drivers are being told to stay off the roads because of whiteout conditions. The heaviest snow is expected across a swath extending from northwest Missouri into Milwaukee, Chicago and Michigan. As much as a foot of snow could fall in some areas.

Blizzard Warning remains in effect until Noon today (Thursday)

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December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

246 AM CST THU DEC 20 2012 Natl. Weather Service/Des Moines

…BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY…

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...MODERATE TO AT TIMES HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE OVER THE REGION THOUGH EARLY MORNING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WILL BE COMMON THROUGH THE AREA WITH ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES THROUGH 6 AM CST THIS MORNING. THE WIND WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 25 MPH WITH BLOWING SNOW BECOMING MORE PREVALENT. OVER THE FAR SOUTH THE PRECIPITATION WILL LINGER AS RAIN FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATION…8 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW ARE FORECAST BY MORNING..WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS LIKELY. SNOW DRIFTS SEVERAL FEET DEEP WILL OCCUR GIVEN THE STRONG WINDS.

* WINDS/VISIBILITY...NORTHWEST WINDS ARE BECOMING VERY STRONG AND THEY WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY TODAY. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS OVER 50 MPH ARE LIKELY. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP BY 4 AM WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW LEADING TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS FOR MUCH OF THE MORNING AND INTO THE EARLY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…LIFE-THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE DEVELOPING AND WILL CONTINUE THIS MORNING. TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT…IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ADVISES NO TRAVEL! POWER OUTAGES MAY BECOME MORE PREVALENT BY MORNING AS HEAVY SNOW IS WEIGHING DOWN TREES AND STRONG WINDS BY MORNING AND AFTERNOON MAY FELL TREES ON POWER LINES…RESULTING IN POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS…MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED…STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

Dozens of flights canceled at Iowa airports

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December 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of flights have been canceled at several of Iowa’s major airports as a large snow storm hits the state. Officials at Des Moines International Airport posted dozens of cancellations online for arriving and departing flights as the storm picked up intensity Wednesday night. The airport recommends that travelers contact their airliner for information on delays and cancellations.

The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids posted canceled flights from airplanes that were expected to arrive from cities like Chicago and Detroit. All flights scheduled to depart in the morning from the airport have been canceled. Dubuque Regional Airport listed a handful of canceled flights to its main destination point in Chicago. Up to a foot of snow is expected in parts of Iowa as the storm continues into western Illinois.

(Updated 8:45-a.m.) Towing Bans are in place in Cass, Guthrie & Pottawattamie Counties

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December 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Area Law Enforcement Agencies are strongly advising against any travel in western Iowa today (Thursday). If your vehicle becomes stuck, you may be waiting hours or days before it can be extracted from the ditch or median.  Currently, Towing Bans are in-place in Cass, Guthrie and Pottawattamie Counties, meaning those services are prohibited by order of Law Enforcement Agencies until the weather conditions begin to improve.

Because of the blowing and drifting of snow, vehicles which skid off into the median or ditches will not be removed from those locations until the winds and visibility on the roadways improve. The Iowa Department of Public Safety reports at least 13 other counties in Iowa had instituted a ban on towing until conditions improve.

Western Iowa Counties Currently Under a Tow Ban:
Cass Pottawattamie  Guthrie
*Note: Towing prohibitions announced by the Iowa State Patrol apply to highways and interstates. Please contact your local law enforcement to verify if towing is allowed within the city limits of you community.

Cass Supervisors receive WCCA report

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December 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, received an annual report from West Central Community Action Executive Director Joel Dirks. WCCA, based in Harlan, assists low-income families and individuals in a 10-county area, in southwest Iowa. The County is in partnership with WCCA, and as such makes an annual contribution towards its services. Last year, Cass County contributed $3,000. Dirks said this year, WCCA is asking for a $500 increase in the amount of the contribution.The Board will consider the request when they begin work on next year’s budget.

West Central provides a number of services in Cass County, including three Head Start classrooms…one in Anita, and two in Atlantic. Dirks says they worked with 59 children over the last year. They worked with 522 WIC – Women, Infants and Children – Program participants in 2012, which amounted to slightly more than $204,000 in WIC vouchers which were spent locally.

WCCA also worked with 523 households participating in LiHeap, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and provided just assistance amount to slightly less than $215,000. In all, Dirks said West Central provided a little more than $1.8-million in services in the County in 2012. He says service dollars which went out clients, local vendors and through delivery of their programs, amounted to just under $1.56-million.

The organization he says, worked with 676 households in the County, which were comprised of 1,586 individuals which received services from West Central last year. 17% of the people they worked with were single-parent, female head-of-households. 41% were households run by a single-adult. 56% of the households were at 100% of the poverty line or below. The means a family of four, living on just under $23,000 per year.

Dirks said also, 37% percent of their clients are either in the process of buying, or own their own homes. 62% of their clients receive what are often referred to as food stamps, which is a slight increase over last year. (More info. available on the web at www.westcentralca.org/)

Heavy snowfall begins in parts of Neb., Iowa

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December 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Heavy snow has begun to fall in parts of Nebraska and Iowa as a powerful storm threatens a swath of the Midwest. The snow started in Atlantic at around 3-p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for southeast and east central Nebraska as well as most of Iowa. Between 8 to 10 inches of snow are expected in Nebraska and 9 to 12 inches of snow are expected in Iowa.

Officials in both states have warned people to stay off the roads during the storm’s heaviest snowfall, which is expected from Wednesday night into Thursday. Sustained winds in Iowa will be up to 30 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph. Nebraska winds will be up to 30 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph.

Snowstorm hits Rockies, heads to Midwest

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December 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DENVER (AP) — A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains could cause headaches for travelers in the Midwest. Drivers in Iowa and Nebraska are being warned to be careful or stop driving altogether starting Wednesday evening as the first major winter storm of the season heads into the central Plains. Strong winds are expected to create blizzard conditions.

Light snow is also expected at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Thursday and strong winds could make visibility poor. National Weather Service forecaster Jamie Enderlen says that, combined with low clouds, could cause delays at the nation’s second-busiest airport. Delays at Denver’s airport, the fifth-busiest, were averaging 30 minutes because of snow and ice Wednesday. Interstates in Colorado remained open.

Carroll Man Sentenced on Gun Charges

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December 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Wednesday (Dec. 19th), that 26-year old Chad Allen Brayman, of Carroll, was sentenced Dec. 11th to 10-years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms. United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey handed down the 120 month sentence in Council Bluffs against Brayman.

Jarvey also ordered Brayman to serve 3-years of supervised release following his imprisonment. In addition, he will have to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim Fund, and forfeit the firearms and ammunition found in his possession. Brayman remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending designation the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at which he will serve his sentence.

Brayman was sentenced upon his pleas of guilty to the two counts of felon in possession of a firearm. The first charge arose from a call to the Council Bluffs Police Department from a Council Bluffs motel on February 6, 2012, regarding a person sleeping in an automobile in the parking lot of the motel. In answering the call, Council Bluffs police officers found Brayman in the vehicle at the motel, and in possession of a loaded Norinco SKS 7.62X39 rifle, a loaded Remington 22-250 rifle, a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, a 410-gauge Westernfield shotgun, a Ruger 9mm pistol, and several rounds of ammunition. The second charge arose from the stop of a vehicle in Council Bluffs, Iowa, by Council Bluffs police officers on April 30, 2012, in which Brayman was found to be the driver of a vehicle with expired registration.

During the stop, Brayman was found in possession of a loaded ACCU-Tec pistol. Prior to possessing the firearms and ammunition, Brayman had been convicted of various felony offenses, including burglary, theft-related crimes, and felon in possession of a firearm.

The case was investigated by the Council Bluffs Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.