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Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report (11/8)

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November 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office is reporting several, recent arrests. On Monday, 39-year old John James Ring, of Underwood, was arrested on a warrant out of Council Bluffs, for Probation Violation. Sunday night, a Pott. County deputy arrested 32-year old Edwin Caceres, Jr., of Fremont, NE., for OWI/1st offense. Caceres was also cited for failure to dim his headlights.

Sunday afternoon, 22-year old Raistlin Scott Rodenburg, and 23-year old Colton John Hildredth, both of Council Bluffs, were arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, following a traffic stop for speeding. Hildreth was given a citation, and released, while Rodenburg was arrested for Driving While Revoked.

Early Sunday morning, 30-year old Joseph James Ausdemore, of Minden, was arrested following a traffic stop in Underwood. Ausdemore was charged with OWI/2nd offense. 44-year old Patrick C. Endriss, of Missouri Valley, was arrested Nov. 4th following a traffic stop, and charged with OWI/2nd offense. A Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) put his Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) at .241, or three times the legal limit for intoxication. Endriss was also cited for Improper Use of Lanes.

Also arrested Nov. 4th, was 31-year old Lori Ann Morgan, of Council Bluffs. She was taken into custody on a Council Bluffs P-D warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree. And, 66-year old Franklin Dean Jensen, of Neola, was arrested for OWI/2nd Offense, and Driving While Revoked. His arrest followed a traffic stop at Noon on Nov. 4th, along Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County.

Cass County libraries & Judicial District group to request funds from BOS, Wednesday

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November 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will act on two funding requests during their regular meeting Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. The Board will hear a request for $500 for the 10th Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights week gala set for April 11th, 2017. The County is one of nine counties in 4th Judicial District expected to participate in the event and related funding. The Board will also hear an annual report from the County Library Association, and request for Fiscal Year 2018 funding. In January, the Board granted the Library Association $600 more per year, per library, beginning with the 2017 Fiscal Year that began in July.

The Board will also discuss amending the Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal Area Ordinance. Their meeting begins at 8:30-a.m. in the boardroom at the Cass County Courthouse.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 11/8/2016

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November 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 11/8/2016

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November 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Slain Urbandale officer’s funeral is set for Rockwell City

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November 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The second funeral for the central Iowa police officers killed last week will take place today (Tuesday) in a small town in Calhoun County. The service to honor 24-year-old Urbandale officer Justin Martin is at the South Calhoun Middle School in his hometown of Rockwell City. It will start at 11:40, which was the officer’s badge number.

Officer Justin Martin

Officer Justin Martin

Martin was shot to death early last Wednesday while on patrol in Urbandale. Martin had just finished his probationary period with the department in August. He became the first ever Urbandale officer to be killed in the line of duty when he was shot while stopped at an intersection last Wednesday morning.

Des Moines officer Tony Beminio was shot to death after responding to the call about Martin’s shooting. Beminio was laid to rest Monday and Pastor Mike Householder summed up the feelings of those at his funeral. “It isn’t right it isn’t fair,” he said. Some 15-hundred law officers from around the country attended Beminio’s funeral and most are also expected to be there for Martin’s as well. Martin will be laid to rest at the Rosehill Cemetery on the edge of Rockwell City.

The entire Urbandale Police Department plans to attend the funeral. The Urbandale Police Department spokesman says with the large amount of police cars in the funeral procession they will have to loop outside the tiny town on the way to the cemetery in order to get all the cars into the procession.

(Radio Iowa)

Bridgewater woman arrested on drug and theft warrant

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November 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Department reports a Des Moines woman who formerly resided in Bridgewater, was arrested Saturday afternoon after she turned herself-in on a warrant charging her with numerous offenses. The felony warrant for 34-year old Julie Ann Holmes, charged her with: Ongoing Criminal Conduct; 1st Degree Theft; Two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance/3rd or subsequent offense; Gathering where controlled substances are used; and two counts of unlawful possession of prescription drugs. Holmes was released from custody a short time later, on $25,000 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office says a man from Stuart was arrested last Tuesday (Nov. 1st), on an assault charge. 46-year old Donald J. Noggle, was arrested by Stuart Police on a felony charge of Assault causing serious injury, after he allegedly struck his victim on the arm with a crow bar. Noggle was later released from the Adair County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

Two other Stuart residents were arrested on Oct. 31st on Adair County warrants. The pair live together in the same apartment. 34-year old Justin Patrick Beaman was arrested by Stuart Police on a warrant for Probation Violation. He was released the following day on $2,000 bond. And, 25-year old Heather Linn Armstrong was arrested by Stuart Police on a felony warrant for a Controlled Substance Violation, and Child Endangerment. She remains in the Adair County Jail, held on $20,000 bond.

Iowans who don’t vote won’t be able to blame Mother Nature

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November 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowans should not encounter any weather-related obstacles on their way to the polls this Election Day. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad Small says plenty of sunshine is expected, along with typical temperatures for early November. “Highs will be just above normal, not as warm as we’ve seen recently, but still in the 50s…so it should be a great day to get out,” Small said.

Throughout history, there have been some unusual weather events in Iowa during a federal election. For instance, in 1938, eight inches of snow fell in parts of eastern Iowa on Election Day. Small notes, while significant snowfall in early November is rare, all kinds of severe weather can strike this time of year.

“Last year, we even had a tornado outbreak in the middle part of November,” Small said. “We can get a wide range of weather in Iowa in November, but snow is not really too common this early.” Ten tornadoes touched-down across Iowa on Veterans Day last November.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Nov. 8th 2016

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November 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:30 a.m. CST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After a long campaign, it’s finally time to vote. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Today (Tuesday), but voters have been casting early ballots for weeks. More than 300,000 of Iowa’s 2.1 million voters have opted to vote early. There are plenty of candidates on the ballot, including the presidential race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Senate election between Republican Charles Grassley and Democrat Patty Judge, four congressional races and legislative contests.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than nine months after Iowa held its lead-off caucuses, beginning an extended and, at times, bizarre presidential selection process, voters Tuesday will weigh in once again on who should lead the country. Iowa voters also will decide whether to re-elect longtime U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley and the state’s four congressmen, and which political party should control the state House and Senate.

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma regulators say they will shut down some disposal wells and reduce volume in others after a magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck near Cushing on Sunday night. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Division said Monday that more than 700 square miles are included in the new area, but specific details wouldn’t be released until Tuesday. Wastewater from oil and gas production is injected into the disposal wells.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — About 1,500 law enforcement officers joined more than 1,000 other mourners at a funeral for a one of two Iowa police officers who were fatally shot just minutes apart last week. Officers slowly filed into a church Monday in West Des Moines to remember Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony Beminio. The 38-year-old was fatally shot early Wednesday, just minutes after Officer Justin Martin was killed in nearby Urbandale. A local man has been charged in both deaths.

This year will likely end up as one of the warmest ever in Iowa

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November 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Despite some predictions of a colder, snowier winter ahead, 2016 is shaping up to be one of the warmest years on record for many parts of Iowa. Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg, at the National Weather Service, says we’ve been seeing above-normal temperatures in recent weeks in central Iowa, with atypical highs some days in the 60s and 70s. “So far, we do have the warmest fall on record,” Kotenberg says. “From September 1st to November 5th, we have an average temperature of 65.1 degrees. Number 2, was 1938, 64.5 degrees.”

It’s exceptional, considering weather records have been kept consistently here since 1878. Kotenberg says it’s likely we’ll end the year in the top two for the warmest weather. “From January 1st to November 5th, we are at the second warmest year on record so far in Des Moines, 58.2 degrees,” Kotenberg says. “The warmest year on record was 2012 with 59.7 degrees. We have a little bit of room, actually, quite a bit of room to go there. We’ll need some very, very above-normal temperatures for the rest of the year to catch 2012.”

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center is forecasting roughly equal chances for above- versus below-normal temperatures and precipitation in the winter ahead, according to Kotenberg. “In the long term — December, January, February — we might rebound and get closer to normal,” Kotenberg says, “but in the short term, certainly for November, it looks like we’ll be experiencing above-normal temperatures here in Iowa.”

The Climate Prediction Center recently issued a La Nina watch, predicting the weather pattern is likely to develop in late fall or early winter. La Nina favors drier, warmer winters in the southern U-S and wetter, cooler conditions in the northern U-S.

(Radio Iowa)

CCHS medical staff urging drivers to be safe of the road

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November 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Traffic fatalities in Iowa are up 23% from last year according to the Iowa Department of Transportation. As of November 6th, there have been 335 crash-related fatalities this year on Iowa roads. Nine of those have taken place in Cass County. The latest deaths occurred early last Friday morning, and early Sunday morning.  The medical staff at Cass County Health System has issued a statement in response to this increase.

“As healthcare providers our goal is to help our patients protect their health.  Many times we do that by treating and monitoring chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.  Motor vehicle accidents are a different type of health condition, but one we are equally concerned about.   We urge everyone to stop and think before you drive—it’s something we do so often we sometimes take driving safety for granted.CCHS logo 2014 1

  • Don’t drive when you are distracted by other things, whether it’s texting, talking on the phone, reading a map or any of the many things that can take your attention from the road.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Do wear your seatbelt every time you are in a motor vehicle.

We want to see our patients in the clinic, not the emergency department!”

According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, in 2014, 9,385 people nationwide lost their lives as a result of not buckling their seat belt; and in Iowa in 2014, 118 of the 322 crash fatalities were not buckled up. The Iowa DOT’s Traffic Fatality Count reports that 40.91% of the fatalities during 2016 were without a seat belt.