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Flags to be lowered for Iowa soldier

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November 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered state offices to lower U.S. and state flags in honor of a western Iowa soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. Nineteen-year-old Pfc. Brandon Buttry, of Shenandoah, died Nov. 5 while serving in Kandahar Province with the U.S. Army. The governor has ordered the flags lowered to half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

Pfc. Brandon Buttry, U-S Army (Photo courtesy Col. Greg Hapgood)

A visitation is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Shenandoah. The funeral is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Buttry was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which is south-southwest of Tacoma, Wash. He was deployed to Afghanistan in August.

Lane restrictions on eastbound I-80 at the Missouri River bridge near Council Bluffs begin Nov. 15

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November 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs Construction office reports work to replace a dynamic message sign will require restricting lanes on eastbound Interstate 80 at the Missouri River bridge (milepost 0.0) near Council Bluffs to one lane at 9- p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15th, until 3-a.m. Friday, Nov. 16th, weather permitting.  Officials say there will be a complete closure of eastbound I-80 for 20 minutes between 12:30- and 1:30-a.m. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limits 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.

Conversations on STEM coming to Atlantic & Council Bluffs

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November 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen today (Wednesday) announced a series of community conversations featuring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and economic development that will take place across the state in November and December. This series of community conversations is the second installment. The pair held 14 town hall meetings in September and October seeking feedback on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council priorities as the STEM initiative continues to build across Iowa.

Locally, a Cass County Community Conversation on STEM will be held in Atlantic Tue., Dec. 11th, beginning at 11-a.m., at the Rock Island Depot at 102 Chestnut Street, and, later that afternoon at 2:30, in Council Bluffs, in the auditorium of Looft Hall at Iowa Western Community College.

Cumberland man arrested on assault charge

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November 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports a Cumberland man was arrested last week on an assault charge. Officials said Wednesday, 53-year old Jerry Lee Edwards was taken into custody November 8th on a charge of Assault Causing Bodily Injury. Edwards was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $5000 bond. That same day, 54-year old Timothy Dayle Meyer,  of Cumberland, was arrested on a charge of Public Intoxication. Meyer was released the following day on $300 bond.

This past Tuesday (November 13th), deputies in Cass County arrested 23-year old Andrew Gaston Nickum, of Atlantic, on a charge of Public Intoxication. Nickum pled guilty to the charge the following day. On Wednesday (Nov. 14th), 52-year old Mark David Carroll, of Griswold, was arrested for Driving While Revoked. Carroll was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was being held on $1000 bond.

Fallen Shenandoah Soldier’s Family Issues Written Statement

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November 14th, 2012 by Jim Field

The family of a southwest Iowa soldier who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month has issued a statement, saying Brandon Buttry’s childhood dream was “to be a U.S. soldier.”

Pfc. Brandon Buttry, U-S Army (Photo courtesy Col. Greg Hapgood)

Private First Class Brandon Buttry of Shenandoah was 19 years old when he was killed on November 5th. He enlisted in the Army in 2011 and was deployed to Afghanistan this past July. Buttry had eight sisters and five brothers and his siblings, along with his mother and father. The family says Buttry had “an infectious smile” and enjoyed playing board games with his family. The family’s written statement says Buttry “had a big heart for others” and “was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in.” A visitation will be held this evening (Wednesday) at the First Baptist Church in Shenandoah. His family says “Brandon was a born-again Christian and loved the Lord.” His funeral will be held Thursday at the same church.   Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa to be flown at half-mast Thursday in honor of Buttry. Rows of American flags already line several streets in Shenandoah, as a tribute to the fallen soldier. People in the community also are bracing for the arrival of a family from a Kansas church who stage protests at military funerals. A group of motorcyclists called “The Patriot Guard Riders” have assembled at other military funerals in the state, to shield soldiers’ families from the protest.

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CO man arrested Tues. in Montgomery County

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November 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a Colorado man was arrested Tuesday night, near Stanton. 56-year old Richard Miles Best, of Ft. Collins, was taken into custody at around 10:30-p.m., for Public Intoxication. His arrest followed an incident which occurred at M Avenue and Highway 34. Best was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Iowa’s Rose becomes youngest on federal bench

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November 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former prosecutor Stephanie Rose is now the nation’s youngest federal judge and the first female federal judge in Iowa’s Southern District. The 39-year-old former U.S. attorney for Iowa’s Northern District took the oath of office at a Tuesday ceremony in Des Moines. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attended the swearing-in at the federal courthouse.

Rose, of Center Point, received attention during her Senate confirmation hearing in September for her role in prosecutions stemming from a 2008 raid by federal immigration officials on Agriprocessors, Inc., in Postville. Critics alleged that hundreds of workers at the kosher meatpacking plant, many in the country illegally, were rushed through the court process. Despite that, she was overwhelmingly confirmed

Rose became the Northern District’s U.S. attorney in 2009.

Iowa early News Headlines – Wed., Nov. 14th 2012

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November 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Cedar Rapids City Council has voted to sell a city park to a corn processing company so it can expand and create more jobs. The Gazette reports the council on Tuesday unanimously approved the sale of 8.5 acre Riverside Park to Penford Products for $1.67 million. Penford employs 250 people at its plant, which processes corn into starch products and ethanol.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A spokesman for Regent Bruce Rastetter’s investment business has been named the next lobbyist for Iowa State University. The state Board of Regents announced today that Joe Murphy will become ISU’s state relations officer. Murphy has worked as public affairs director for Rastetter’s firm, the Ames-based Summit Group, for more than a year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State legislators are allowing the Iowa Board of Parole to go ahead with plans to reduce the number of board votes needed to parole high-risk inmates. The Des Moines Register reports the Administrative Rules Review Committee discussed the proposal Tuesday and opted to let the change take effect next month. The panel could have delayed the new rules so the full Legislature could debate the matter.

UNDATED (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and the governors of other wind energy producing states are calling on Congress to renew an expiring tax break. Branstad and Oregon’s governor said today that uncertainty over the wind energy production tax credit’s future is hurting the industry. House Republicans stalled efforts to renew the credit last summer, calling it wasteful.

IA Law Enforcement Agencies sTEP Up enforcement efforts beginning Monday

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November 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

In an effort to ensure Iowa’s road are as safe as possible for motorists during the week leading up to Thanksgiving, law enforcement agencies across the State will be participating in another special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP). Officers with local police departments, deputy sheriffs, state troopers and DOT officers, will be encouraging everyone to buckle-up, and be watching out for impaired drivers. They’ll also be looking closely for other moving violations. It all takes place November 19th through the 25th.

Although 92% of Iowa motorists are using safety belts during the daytime hours, there is plenty of those who aren’t especially in the rural communities.   Patrick Hoye, Bureau Chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau continues to stress the importance of buckling up during the daytime hours and especially at night. Hoye says “Seat belts save lives and that is the bottom line.”  As of November 1st with over 37% of this year’s 299 fatalities having been determined not to have been wearing seat belts, the answer he says is clear, that buckling up increases your odds in surviving a major crash.

During the last August-September sTEP wave, Iowa officers confronted 2,358 seat belt violations, 847 impaired drivers, 13,443 speeding violations, and a total of over 34,335 contacts with traffic violators.  Vehicle assistance was given to 1,980 motorists and 419 arrest warrants were served.  The next sTEP wave is scheduled for March 14-17, 2013.