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8AM Newscast 09-14-2012

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September 14th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Iowa store where clerk attacked raided by police

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa store where a clerk was attacked with a stun gun in robberies just days apart is now under police scrutiny.  Exotic Gifts in Council Bluffs and other stores with similar names in the Nebraska cities of Omaha and Lincoln were raided Thursday by agents with the federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau. The Council Bluff store’s clerk was led away in handcuffs during the raids.  Federal authorities would not say what agents were seeking in the raid, but several boxes were seen being removed from the stores.  Only two weeks earlier, the clerk had been repeatedly shocked with a stun gun in back-to-back robberies. Two Omaha men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary in those robberies.

7AM Newscast 09-14-2012

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September 14th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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IA Air National Guard to conduct flight Op’s over parts of NW/Western IA

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa National Guard say the 132nd Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard will be conducting an Operational Readiness Exercise, beginning this weekend. The exercise, scheduled to take place Sept. 15th through the 21st, is designed to increase the unit’s readiness for future domestic and combat operations at the Des Moines Airbase, which is located at the Des Moines International Airport.

F-16 fighter

In addition, increased flight operations will be conducted during the exercise in a temporary Military Operating Area (MOA) designed to provide realistic training. The MOA is situated in northwest Iowa and extends west from Carroll to Charter Oak, north to Sanborn, east to Whittemore, then southwest to Carroll. F-16 aircraft will be flying extended hours of operation, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., and at altitudes as low as 4,500 feet. Given the lower altitudes, aircraft may be visible and audible throughout the temporary operating area.

(Update) Red Oak woman’s vehicle stolen and burned – recovered in Mills County

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County and Mills Counties are investigating the theft and destruction of a vehicle taken from Red Oak.  The father of 29-year old Jessica Appley told KJAN News his daughter was notified about the incident early this (Friday) morning, by the Red Oak Police Department. Officials in Red Oak had been contacted by authorities in Mills County, who indicated Appley’s fire damaged 1999 Chevy Cavalier was located just south of the former Ponderosa Truck stop/Cafe, on Highway 34, east of Glenwood. The vehicle sustained extensive damage, and appeared to have been a total loss.

The incident remains under investigation by the Red Oak Police Department, along with the Mills and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Departments.

Fly Iowa event to be held Saturday, in Atlantic

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Pilots from around Iowa and the Midwest will gather in Cass County this weekend for the annual Fly Iowa air show.The free event takes place Saturday, at the Atlantic Municipal Airport, and begins with a brunch from 8-a.m. to 10:30-a.m. Garry Pellett is the local chairperson for the event. He says there’ll be at least four World War II era P-51 Mustangs on-hand, including one owned and flown by Atlantic resident Mike Henningsen.

A P-51 Mustang

The Mustang, Pellett says, has a very distinctive sound. He says the aircraft are equipped with engines producing nearly 15-hundred horsepower, and they will literally “shake the ground,” when they are warming up and taxiing for take-off.

But the Mustangs aren’t the only vintage aircraft to take to the sky Saturday.

Douglas A-26 “Lady Liberty” bomber

Pellett says a bomber scheduled to make an appearance can produce 54-hundred horsepower.   says an A-26 Bomber will be flying in from the south.

Greg Koontz, aerobatic pilot

Aerobatic flying will be performed by Greg Koontz, from Alabama, who is one of the top performers in the country. Koontz will perform two shows, including a comedy act. The air show runs from 11-a.m. to 1-p.m.  There will also be static exhibits on the ground for people to enjoy.

Gary Maas, “Air Boss” for the event, says that includes helicopters, other aircraft, and various aviation and food vendors. Depending on the wind conditions, a tethered hot air balloon may available, along with helicopter rides, for a nominal fee. There will be plenty of activities for persons of all ages to enjoy. Maas says the theme for the event in Atlantic is “Heritage and Homecoming.” He says it sets the event apart from other, previous Fly Iowa shows, by having people from southwest Iowa who have a career or experiences in aviation, invited to attend. Those persons have written about their experiences. Their bios will be on display and those individuals will be available for the public to speak with.

One person flying in for the event lives in Medford, OR., who is originally from Bridgewater, Iowa. He flew as a pilot for TWA, and will continue in his aircraft to Kittyhawk, NC for another air show, following the Atlantic show. Maas reminds those planning to attend to bring a lawn chair or blanket for your comfort, while you enjoy the show.

I-680 reconstruction project in running for $10,000 award

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An interstate reconstruction project in western Iowa is among 10 finalists for a national award. The Missouri River flooding in 2011 closed 77 miles of highways and interstates between Hamburg and Sioux City.

Flood damage to I-680 (courtesy Iowa DOT)

The most highly traveled roadway section to close was a three mile stretch of Interstate 680 connecting Council Bluffs and Omaha, Nebraska. That section of roadway was destroyed after being under water for four months.

Troy Jerman (German), with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says it reopened to traffic in early November after just over a month of construction. “They did that in 34 days, which was quite a feat, but everything just came together – the weather cooperated, the contractors were ready to go and the plan was there,” Jerman said. “It was quite a turnaround of a project.”

The I-680 project is up for a People’s Choice Award in the America’s Transportation Awards “ahead of schedule/small project” category. The winning project will be awarded a $10,000 prize. “We haven’t discussed what we would do with that (money) yet,” Jerman said. “The People’s Choice Award says it must be donated to a charity of our decision, but we haven’t had that discussion yet about where that would go.”

Iowans can cast their vote at www.americastransportationaward.org. Voting is open now through October 19. The awards presentation is scheduled for November 16.

(Radio Iowa)

Judge: Western IA Mom convicted in slaying must see kids

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A prosecutor is expressing outrage about a decision ordering a father to take his two children cross-country to visit their mother while she’s in prison for killing a man in their rural western Iowa home in 2001.  Judge Nancy Whittenburg has ordered Michael Roberts to take his children from California to visit their mother, Tracey Richter, at Polk County’s Mitchellville prison while she appeals.

Whittenburg says the kids have a bond with their mother and the visits will “bring closure to the sudden and traumatic events of the past year.”  Sac County Atorney Ben Smith said Thursday he respected the decision, but couldn’t disagree more. He says it’s “mind-boggling” Richter still has parental rights since she shot 20-year-old Dustin Wehde while the kids were one room away. Richter claims self-defense.

SW IA man arrested for indecent exposure

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Dept. reports a Lenox man was arrested Thursday night on an Indecent Exposure charge. Officials say 21-year old Aaron Turlock was taken into custody at around 9:45-p.m., for allegedly e-mailing an indecent picture to a minor. Turlock was being held in the Adams County Jail on $1,000 bond.

OIL SPILL ON NORTH RACCOON RIVER NEAR JEFFERSON BEING INVESTIGATED BY DNR

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September 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources are investigating an oil spill originating from a greenhouse facility in Jefferson that reached the North Raccoon River. The spill was reported to the DNR shortly after 1-p.m. Thursday by local authorities. By Thursday evening, the DNR, with assistance from the police and fire departments in Jefferson as well as the Greene County Sheriff’s Department had tracked the spill approximately eight miles downstream. It was determined that the spill originated from an above ground tank storing used oil at Krieger’s Greenhouse in Jefferson.

A valve on the tank malfunctioned allowing used oil to run into a ravine where it eventually reached the Raccoon River. The amount of oil that was released has not yet been determined Thursday night. Hydro-Klean, Inc. of Des Moines, was in the process of installing booms downstream from the spill to prevent contamination further downstream Thursday evening. No dead or dying fish were found while tracing the oil downstream. The incident remains under investigation by the DNR.