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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/9/2016

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May 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Creston man arrested for assault

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May 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a man was arrested late last week, on an assault charge. 21-year old Tyler White, of Creston, was arrested just before 7-p.m. Thursday at a residence in the 600 block of N. Pine Street. White was charged with Simple Assault and later released on $300 bond.

And, 62-year old Donald Vincent, Jr., of Des Moines, was arrested Sunday afternoon at the Union County Law Enforcement Center in Creston, on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear (in court). Vincent, Jr. was being held in the Union County Jail while completing a seven-day jail sentence.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 05/09/2016

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May 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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AAA: Gas prices hover at 6-month highs

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May 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Motorists saw very little shift in prices at the pump last week as oil prices seemed to stabilize. Officials with AAA (Triple A) say gas prices are hovering at their highest levels in more than six months, and the national average has remained above $2 per gallon for 46 consecutive days.  As of Sunday, the National average was $2.21, while the average in Iowa was $2.13/gallon.

 Gail Weinholzer, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group, says “Gasoline demand continues to break seasonal records as low prices motivate people to drive more. Refineries have ramped-up production to meet the increased demand, which helps to balance prices at the pump. Volatility in both gas and oil prices are expected in the short term, but barring any unforeseen price spikes or fuel shortages, gas prices should peak within the next month or two, like they did last year.”

Looking ahead…
•Summer drivers could find the lowest seasonal gas prices in more than a decade.
•Demand for gasoline is nearly 6 percent higher than a year ago.
•National prices at the pump are 45 cents lower than a year ago and $1.46 lower than two years ago
•The average motorist saves $22 for a full tank of gas compared to two years ago.
•National gas prices averaged $2.22 last week – 5 cents more than the 7-day average the week before.

Consumer Attitudes
The lower price environment for gas prices has not only led to drivers taking to the roads at record levels, but is also shifting attitudes about various price points. Attitudes towards gas prices have changed significantly over the past few years, according to a new survey by AAA:

  • Half of U.S. drivers now believe gas is “too high” at $2.50 per gallon. This figure has dropped significantly in relationship to the price of gas. As recently as 2014, half of Americans believed gas was “too high” at $3.30 per gallon, while last year half of Americans believed it was “too high” at $3 per gallon. Only nine percent of U.S. stations are selling gas for more than $2.50 per gallon today.
    •More than 35 percent of Americans believe that gas is “too high” based on today’s average price, even though gas prices are at the lowest levels since 2009. The vast majority of Americans also do not believe that gas is “cheap” today.

Iowa Caucus Review Panel opens discussions, key figures skeptical of ‘straw poll’

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May 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Democratic Party formally launched its review of the 2016 Caucuses this weekend with a public meeting in Des Moines and plans to release a report in September with recommendations for how the 2020 Caucuses should be conducted.
Iowa Democratic Party chairwoman Andy McGuire appointed the review panel. She opened the meeting Saturday with these words: “There is no suggestion that is off the table.”

Hillary Clinton finished a quarter-of-a-percentage point ahead of Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Caucuses. The Sanders campaign complained there was no way to conduct a recount, plus there were concerns about confusing party rules, tiny venues and long lines for Democrats who turned out February 1st. Former Iowa Congressman Dave Nagle , of Waterloo, said “We represent the one place where you can start unknown and rise to national prominence and if not win a nomination, at least deliver a message that the rest of the country hears.”

Nagle served as chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party in the early 1980s and Nagle is leading the 26-member review panel. Nagle invited Iowa G-O-P chairman Jeff Kaufmann to speak to the group. “We all know that we sink or swim together on Iowa First in the Nation. It’s that simple,” Kaufmann said to open his remarks. “…This is important to all of us.”

Republicans made changes after their controversial 2012 Iowa Caucus finish. Mitt Romney was declared the Caucus Night winner by an eight vote margin, but certified results two weeks later concluded Rick Santorum won by 34 votes. Kaufmann says the Iowa Republican Party spent nearly a million dollars putting on its 2016 Iowa Caucuses. Four paid staffers were hired to work full-time on the project in the year leading up to the caucuses. More than 300 training sessions were held around the state for the party volunteers who ran the Republican Party’s precinct meetings on Caucus night.

“If I could boil down to what was absolutely crucial for us, it’s that constant, non-stop training,” Kaufmann says. Four years ago David Oman led the Iowa G-O-P’s committee that reviewed the conduct of the 2012 G-O-P Caucuses and recommended changes for future Republican Caucuses. “It’s worth preserving, improving, sustaining and securing for as far as the eye can see,” Oman says. Richard Bender devised the system Iowa Democrats use for their caucuses. There is no straw poll to determine the winner, like there is when Iowa Republicans Caucus. Instead, Democrats in EACH PRECINCT use a mathematical formula to calculate “delegate equivalents” for each presidential candidate who clears a 15 percent threshold of support in a precinct.

“I don’t think we want to change the fabric of what caucuses are,” Bender said. “We really don’t want what’s known as ‘firehouse caucuses’ where people just go and cast a vote and leave.” Nagle says New Hampshire officials would consider the Iowa Caucuses too much like New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary if Democrats were to hold a straw poll Caucus night.

“The Caucuses are also supposed to be a party-building exercise, not a drop-and-go,” Nagle says. “We’re going to look at it. It’s not off the table, but it’s got some obstacles to overcome before we’d actually move in that direction.” Iowa Republicans first held a statewide Caucus Night “straw poll” in 1980. Nagle says the Iowa G-O-P’s straw poll along with the Democrats’ system of delegate selection were allowed in a 1982 deal with New Hampshire. It allows Iowa to hold the nation’s first caucuses and New Hampshire the first primary in presidential election years.

Some recommendations discussed Saturday included electronic check-in for caucus-goers and a new state law that would require government facilities to be available for the precinct meetings held on Caucus Night.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, May 9th 2016

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May 9th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:20 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mother of four leaves for yearlong military deployment in Afghanistan on Mother’s Day. The Iowa woman says leaving her kids will be the hardest part of the deployment. She is one of 60 soldiers deploying Sunday with an Iowa Army National Guard unit.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — County jails in Iowa will soon have to follow new federal rules aimed at making it cheaper for inmates to call loved ones, but a pending lawsuit is also expected to complicate the effort. The cost of certain telephone calls made from the nearly 100 jails in Iowa can range by county. Officials who oversee the facilities are expected to comply with some reduced phone rates and fees by June 20, though other proposed federal changes are on hold amid a lawsuit.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Security officers collect a significant amount of change travelers leave behind at most airport checkpoints, but not in Sioux City. Transportation Security Administration officials say the Sioux City airport is small enough that officers can usually return anything left behind at the security checkpoint.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Service says it received reports of tornadoes in central Nebraska amid severe storms but no word of damage or injuries. Meteorologist Jeremy Martin says it is likely that two separate tornadoes touched down in Red Willow County near the town of Indianola. Another tornado was reported in open country in Frontier County. More storms are possible Monday afternoon and evening.

Deadly Mothers Day weekend on Iowa’s Roads

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May 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(5/9 – updated)

It was a deadly Mother’s Day weekend on Iowa’s roads, with six lives lost in four separate crashes. The Iowa State Patrol says at around 6:30-a.m., Saturday, a single-vehicle accident in Greene County took the lives of 36-year old John Jacob Twombly, of Des Moines, and 26-year old Alexander Joseph Sharer, of Boone. The accident happened on Highway 30, west of 222nd Street, when a 1989 Corvette driven by Twombly, failed to negotiate a curve and veered off the road, through a cable guardrail, and traveled down an embankment before hitting a tree. Authorities say alcohol was likely a cause of the crash, but the accident remained under investigation.

Less than two-hours later, and as we’ve mentioned in earlier reports, 27-year old Tara Norton of West Des Moines and 70-year old James Snyder, of Adair, died in a near head-on crash. The accident happened at around 8:10-a.m. Saturday, east of Anita. 63-year old Constance Snyder, of Adair, was injured in the crash, and flown to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.

A few minutes later, in southeastern Iowa’s Monroe County, one-person died and three others were injured in a collision between a van and a car. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville driven by 47-year old Mark A. Garretson, of Bloomfield, was traveling north on Highway 5 at around 8:17-a.m., when a southbound 2012 Toyota van driven by 69-year old Maryln L. Copeland, of Ottumwa, for reasons unknown, crossed into the northbound lane and struck the car in an offset, head-on manner.

Garretson died at the scene. Copeland, and two passengers in the van, 5-year old’s Anneliese and Jopephine Knotek, both of Ottumwa, were injured. Maryln Copeland was flown by Mercy helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. The children were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Centerville. The accident remains under investigation.

And, a former Mount Mercy University basketball player has died at a hospital following a Johnson County car crash. The accident occurred a little after 3 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 380 near the Iowa Highway 965 overpass. The Iowa State Patrol says a northbound car driven by 26-year-old Rashad Carrington went out of control and struck a guardrail, then landed in a roadside ditch. He was pronounced dead later at an Iowa City hospital. Carrington graduated from Mount Mercy in 2013 and most recently was playing for the Cedar Valley CourtKings, a minor league basketball team based in Waterloo.

Red Oak Police & Montgomery County Sheriff’s report

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May 8th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police report one arrest and two persons were cited, Sunday. Authorities say just before 1-a.m. Sunday, 31-year old Mario Morales Aranda, of Omaha, was arrested for OWI/1st offense. He was also cited for Driving without a license and Failure to Obey a Stop Sign. A passenger in the vehicle, 29-year old Filberto Morales, of Ralston, NE, was cited for Open Container of Alcohol as a passenger. His fine amounts to $330. Mario Aranda was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond. And, a traffic stop was conducted early Sunday morning in Red Oak for a vehicle that was driving without its headlights on. The driver, Michael Wade Hamilton, was cited for Minor in Possession of Tobacco. He was subsequently releases to his parents.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports late Saturday night, three men were cited for Possession of Alcohol Under Legal Age. Those cited include: 19-year old Brendon Robert Birt, 19-year old Luis Rodriguez-IBarra, and 18-year old Elias Guerra, all of Red Oak. And, a Juvenile Citation was issued to 17-year old Oscar Daniel Vega, of Red Oak, for Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Vega was released to the custody of a parent.

U-turn accident near Red Oak

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May 8th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports a two vehicle accident occurred at 6:00pm on Highway 34 Saturday.  The accident occurred just west of Red Oak near mile marker 35.  A line of vehicles were stopped waiting for a train that was over the Highway.  A 2006 Jeep Liberty driven by 43-year-old Trent Allen Burnison of Emerson decided to do a u-turn and head East due to the delay from the train.  Burnison was traveling approximately 40mph when a 2008 Toyota Highlander driven by 69-year-old Joyce Fern Milby of Red Oak also decided to u-turn out of line and head east.  Burnison attempted to swerve out of the way but his front drivers side collided with the front passenger side of Milby’s Toyota.  Burnison then was forced into the ditch and the Toyota narrowly avoided entering the ditch and stopped facing south.

Burnison was transported to Montgomery County Hospital to be examined for possible minor neck injuries.

Both vehicles received an estimated $15,000 damage and both were towed from the scene.  A no littering street sign was also damaged in the crash at an estimated $260.

Pizza restaurant burglarized in Red Oak

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May 8th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Red Oak Police are investigating a burglary at a pizza restaurant.  The Red Oak Police responded at 3:00pm Saturday to a reported burglary at Patoli’s Pizza Restaurant located at 410 East Reed Street in Red Oak.  The burglary is believed to have occurred between 10:00pm Friday and 3:00pm Saturday.  The owners report upwards of $700 in damage to the business as well as missing cash and other items.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500.