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Atlantic woman arrested for Probation Violation; Atlantic man arrested on assault charge

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January 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department today (Friday) reports 25-year old Morgan Dvorak, of Atlantic, was arrested Thursday on a Cass County warrant for Violation of Probation. Dvorak was booked into the Cass County Jail. Wednesday, Atlantic Police arrested 23-year old Jacob Sweeney, of Atlantic, for OWI/1st offense, and, 31-year old Daniel Jensen, of Atlantic, for Domestic Abuse Assault (impeding air flow), and on two Audubon County warrants for Failure to Appear (in court). Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Middle of the road’ plan emerges on traffic cameras

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January 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The chiefs of police in Iowa’s two largest cities are praising a “middle of the road” approach to traffic enforcement cameras. Wednesday, a bill that would BAN traffic cameras cleared its first hurdle in the senate. Thursday, ANOTHER bill that would allow the cameras, but direct the traffic fines to road maintenance has emerged from a subcommittee. Senator Dan Zumbach, a Republican from Ryan, is working on the legislation.

“I felt we needed to have an alternative to zero cameras because safety is real and I appreciate the folks who have concerns about liberty, but there’s also a lot of folks who need the liberty of being able to drive down the road without being hit,” Zumbach says. “And so this bill provides an avenue to have good discussion, to be able to come up with something that we feel is fair.”

Zumbach, who is a farmer, has driven semi loads of grain through downtown Cedar Rapids on Interstate-380 for two decades and he appreciates the speed cameras that are placed there. “Before those cameras, it was vividly dangerous,” Zumbach says. “When I talk about the hair standing up on my arms, it did.”

Speed cameras were installed in 2010 along the “S curve” of Interstate 380 through downtown Cedar Rapids. Wayne Jerman, the chief of police in Cedar Rapids, says that stretch of interstate “is not safe for traditional traffic enforcement.” Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert says the traffic cameras along Interstate 235 that cuts through Des Moines are placed because of design issues, too.

One senator who supports traffic cameras suggests the pending legislation could require a warning, not a fine, the first time a vehicle is caught on camera running a red light or speeding.

(Radio Iowa)

Bluffs man arrested Friday morning after foot pursuit and taser fired

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January 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A report of two suspects breaking into vehicles in Council Bluffs early this (Friday) morning, led to a foot pursuit and one of the suspects being hit by a stun gun. Bluffs Police say at around 4:15-a.m., Officers were dispatched to Lincoln Avenue, and when they arrived observed one suspect near the intersection of Frank St and Morningside
Ave. After a short foot pursuit an Officer deployed his taser and was able to apprehend the suspect. The suspect was identified as 25 year old Keith Wise, of Council Bluffs.

At the time of his arrest, Officers were able to link Wise to four vehicle burglaries. He was charged with four counts of Burglary in the 3rd degree, Interference with Official Acts, Eluding, and Possession of Controlled Substance. The second suspect was not located.

Any information regarding this or any other incident can be reported by calling (712) 328-STOP(7867).

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, Friday, 1/27/2017

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January 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Man rescues burning US flag from Iowa City protesters

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January 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A man wielding a fire extinguisher has rescued a burning U.S. flag from protesters in Iowa City. Organizers told the Iowa City Press-Enterprise  that Thursday’s demonstration across from the Old Capitol Mall was aimed at racial and social injustice and U.S. imperialism. The protesters’ actions drew angry comments from some bystanders.

Iowa City Press-Enterprise/Citizen (photo) (A-P)

One man, Matt Uhrin, used the extinguisher against the flames and, despite some pushing and shoving, took one of the flags from the protesters and walked away. Uhrin returned when they set another flag aflame. More pushing and shoving ensued, but he was unable to retrieve the second flag and lost his extinguisher in the effort.

An Iowa City police officer says two of the protesters were cited because they didn’t obtain a permit for the open burn.

Fry, Moore, Bacon resolution passes Iowa House

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January 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Three lawmakers with a unique combination of names led an effort in the Iowa House to recognize the “economic importance” of Iowa’s pork industry. The Iowa House passed the resolution to coincide with the annual Iowa Pork Congress, which wrapped up Thursday. Representatives Joel Fry of Osceola, Tom Moore of Griswold and Rob Bacon of Slater read the resolution aloud, then the house speaker summed things up: “House Resolution 3: Fry, Moore, Bacon. All those in favor say aye. All those opposed say no.”

There were no naysayers, but a few pun-lovers took note. Perhaps house members named “Best” and “Salmon” and “Fisher” who could collaborate on a statement in the future.

(O.Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Medical condition cited in Montgomery County crash

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January 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say an unknown medical condition was likely to blame for a single-vehicle accident Thursday night on 200th Street at Highway 71, about three-miles north of the intersection with Highway 34.  Authorities say 34-year old Daron Dean Blackman, of Elliott, was driving a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup eastbound on 200th at around 8-p.m., when he passed out.

The pickup ran the stop sign at Highway 71 and entered the east ditch, striking a road sign, a ground transformer and multiple trees before coming to rest. Blackman was transported by Villisca Rescue to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Damages from the accident amounted to $10,500.

Blackman was later cited for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to Yield to a Stop Sign. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Villisca Fire and Rescue, Red Oak Rescue, and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Jan. 27th 2017

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January 27th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say the body of a 15-year-old Denison girl missing for a week has been pulled from the Boyer River. Crawford County Sheriff Jim Steinkuehler tells Omaha, Nebraska, television station KETV that searchers found the body of Yoana Acosta around 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the western Iowa tributary. The teen disappeared Jan. 19 after a car she was riding in crashed into the river.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Workers were expected to complete cleaning some 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel that spewed from a broken pipeline onto an Iowa farm, the largest U.S. diesel spill since 2010. Vacuum trucks were sucking up the fuel that spilled onto an acre of grass and tilled farmland when the pipeline broke. The spill was discovered Wednesday morning.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University is detailing the trips in which a university airplane flew President Steven Leath to and from Minnesota so that he could attend personal medical appointments. Leath announced last month he was reimbursing the university $3,800 for costs of flying to doctors’ visits at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a three-hour drive from Ames. The school says the reimbursement covered flights in October 2015 and March 2016.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Republicans have approved a bill that would resolve an immediate shortfall in Iowa’s $7.2 billion state budget. Lawmakers in the GOP-led chamber voted along party lines Thursday for the legislation, which has cuts totaling about $117 million. The reductions require some Iowa departments to cut about $88 million for the budget year that began last July, leading to less spending on corrections, higher education and public safety.

Iowa woman pleads not guilty in Omaha cold case killing

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January 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An Iowa woman charged with first-degree murder for what police say was the killing of a romantic rival has pleaded not guilty. A judge on Thursday also granted 41-year-old Shanna Golyar’s request for a bench trial, set to begin May 10.

Golyar, of Persia, Iowa, is charged in the 2012 disappearance-turned-homicide case of 37-year-old Cari Farver. Golyar was arrested in December of 2016 in connection to Farver’s disappearance, who was last seen in Omaha.

Police say Golyar posed as Farver online and by phone for years after Farver’s disappearance, and also posed as other people confessing to having murdered Farver. A sergeant testified Farver had been dating Golyar’s ex-boyfriend for some weeks when she disappeared.

Farver is presumed dead, although her body has not been found.

Arrest made in Thursday afternoon Bluffs bank robbery

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January 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs responding Thursday afternoon to a reported bank robbery have arrested a suspect in connection with the incident. Authorities say officers were called to the U-P Connections Bank at 204 S. 35th Street in Council Bluffs, at around 1-p.m. While en route, officers were informed that the suspect, a black male got into a white Chevy Trailblazer with Nebraska plates. Officers were given the Nebraska plate number and were told the vehicle pulled into the Bucky’s Express, located at 3501 West Broadway.

36-year old Hubert Theodore Carter III, of Council Bluffs

After they arrived in the area of the Bucky’s Express, officers were able to locate and apprehend the lone suspect, 36-year old Hubert Theodore Carter III, of Council Bluffs, who was at the business’ carwash.  Carter was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Criminal Investigation Division for questioning.

Officers spoke with the bank teller and were informed that Carter had allegedly approached the counter, handed the teller a bank bag and a note. The note made reference to Carter being armed with a gun and to fill up the bank bag. No weapon was displayed. After the teller filled the bag with an undetermined amount of currency, Carter allegedly grabbed the bag and fled the building.

He was positively identified with the assistance of the bank surveillance system. No one involved in the incident were harmed. The bank bag and currency were located in Carter’s vehicle. The man was later transported to County Corrections and booked on charges of Robbery in the 3rd- and Theft in the 1st- Degrees.