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2 bank robbery suspects in custody

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two suspects in a bank robbery who officials say shot and wounded two officers during a high-speed chase are in custody. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright says the two men were “cornered and gave up” Tuesday evening, about seven hours after the Maynard Savings Bank in Maynard was robbed. Police set up a perimeter around a two-mile radius of a wooded area by a rock quarry near Frederika. Trooper Bob Conrad says the two suspects were trying to crawl out of the area when they were captured. Their names were not immediately released. Trooper Mark Domino was shot in the upper right arm. He was treated and released. Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain was shot in the neck, the hand area and the thumb. He was in critical condition and undergoing surgery.

Tree stand stolen in Page County

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Page County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a tree stand. A tree stand is comprised of a platform, seat, or other  devices for the purpose of hunting deer or other game animals from an elevated position. Sheriff’s officials say a Clarinda man reported Monday, that the tree stand was taken from property he has permission to hunt on. It was set in-place in July on the property, located in the Harlan Township, Section 22, and not discovered missing, until late Monday morning. The loss was estimated at $150. The incident remains under investigation.

Shenadoah Police Officer sideswiped parked car while on patrol

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a vehicle driven by a Shenandoah Police officer struck a car while the officer was on patrol early Tuesday morning. According to the Page County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Ethan Johnson was traveling through the parking lot of the Essex Post Office at around 1:35-a.m., and checking the license plate on a vehicle parked in the lot, when the 2012 Chevy Impala he was driving side-swiped another vehicle that was also parked, and unoccupied.

The Impala Police Cruiser, owned by the City of Shenandoah sustained damage to the front passenger door and front fender.  The parked vehicle Officer Johnson struck was a 1990 Olds cutlass owned by Jerry Meyer of Shenandoah.  Meyer’s vehicle sustained damage to the rear end. A dollar amount of the damage amounts was not immediately available.

Big Bird joins zombies and Captain America for trick-or-treating

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowans who are hosting Halloween costume parties can expect to see a lot of super heroes, zombies and cartoon characters. Veronica Dietrick, who works at a costume shop in West Des Moines, says a particular Sesame Street character is very popular this year. “We’ve sold a lot of Big Bird costumes, in fact, we’ve sold out of them and had to re-order them,” Dietrick says. Her store is also selling a lot of political masks, both in the likenesses of President Obama and Mitt Romney. Jeremy Lubash, who helps manage a costume shop in Omaha-Council Bluffs, says women are snapping up a particular type of disguise this season.

A new type of monster outfit incorporates a mini dress with a fuzzy monster hood with googly eyeballs on top — they’ve been a big hit, Lubash says. For kids who will be trick-or-treating and for many adults, Lubash says their costume choices are all about what’s on the big screen this year. “The Avengers has been extremely popular for us, Black Widow for the women and girls and Thor has been the biggest one out of all the male characters in the movie,” he says, while Batman and Catwoman are both big sellers. A poll finds nearly 70-percent of all adults will take part in some type of Halloween festivity this year. A survey from the National Retail Federation found the popularity of Halloween is growing annually, with consumer spending this year expected to pass eight-billion dollars.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa afternoon News Headlines – Oct. 20th 2012

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A state trooper has been shot while chasing bank robbery suspects near Frederika in northeast Iowa. But his injury isn’t believed to be life-threatening. A SWAT team is helping search for suspects who robbed the Maynard Saving Bank around noon today.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man has agreed to plead guilty to an Iowa City bank robbery. Eric Martin reached a deal with prosecutors and will be sentenced in February for the holdup at the Hills Bank last April. Authorities say Martin was caught with a backpack containing a gun and $23,000 of the bank’s money.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman is suing Deere & Company, alleging racial discrimination. Copa Burse says co-workers taunted her and painted racial slurs on her locker at the plant in Ankeny. She also says she found a doll painted with a black face hanging at her home. A spokeswoman says Deere doesn’t tolerate behavior that creates a hostile workplace.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has rejected a casino operator’s request to temporarily block the nonprofit group holding the Sioux City casino license from working with another developer. The ruling will allow Missouri River Historical Development to work with Hard Rock Casino developer Sioux City Entertainment in trying to establish a land-based casino to replace the Argosy riverboat casino.

Background check not required for teacher aides

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Most teachers’ aides hire by Iowa’s public schools aren’t required by state law to undergo background checks and even when districts do run checks, the process is often less rigorous as the one required for licensed educators.  The Des Moines Register  says federal checks were added as part of the teacher licensing process in 2002. Iowa law was changed in 2007 to require state and national checks on those licensed by the state.  But most teacher aides aren’t licensed.

Experts and parents say the case of a woman who spent time in an Indiana prison on manslaughter charges and was hired as a teacher aide in Iowa shows there are gaps in the system.  Rep. Josh Byrnes of Osage says the issue may surface in the upcoming legislative session.

Cass County man arrested on Audubon Co. warrant

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest today (Tuesday), of a Cass County man. 55-year old Devin Allen McDermott, of Atlantic, was arrested at around 10:30-a.m., on an outstanding Audubon County warrant charging him with Theft in the 5th degree, and Trespassing. The charges are the result of an investigation into the April 14th theft of scrap metal from property near 330th Street and Jay Avenue. McDermott was being held in the Audubon County Jail on $300 bond. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office assisted Audubon County authorities, in conducting the investigation.

Landmark Restaurant in Shelby County purchased by hospital

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An Historic Landmark in Shelby County has been purchased by Myrtue Medical Center. In a board of trustees meeting this (Tuesday) morning, Myrtue Medical Center approved to purchase Mickel’s Family Restaurant. Following a closed session by the hospital board of trustees, Myrtue Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Barry Jacobsen told the board he had a conversation with the owner of the restaurant Sue Kobold.

Jacobsen said he was contacted by Kobold about 3 months ago, with regard to her desire to sell the restaurant. He said following discussions, an agreement was reached that was contingent on the board’s approval. The purchase price would be $375,000. $175,000 would be paid at closing, one hundred thousand on July 15th, 2013 and $100,000 July 15th, 2014.

Jacobsen said there is another contingency before the Hospital can go through the process, and that is the conducting of a phase 1 environmental assessment at Myrtue’s expense with the results showing no contamination. Jacobsen says the property would be used for further expansion of the hospital. More specifically, the physicians clinic, lab and emergency room.

He said they would obviously work with Sue Kobold on the details of the purchase agreement and anything she wants to do on closing the restaurant down.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

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Five Iowa Red Cross response vehicles heading east

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A group of American Red Cross members from Iowa are preparing to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tammie Pech, with the Sioux City office of the American Red Cross says they are send five emergency response vehicles east. “We’ve got 10 volunteers on those five trucks and we also have another group of volunteers that are helping out in a leadership fashion…so currently we have 14 of the Iowa volunteers over there and many on standby to obviously go in as soon as the airports reopen and we can assess where the need is the greatest,” Pech says.

She says the Red Cross members will be scattered all over the eastern part of the country.
“We will be all up and down the eastern seaboard at this time, obviously New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Viginia …Baltimore, Maryland, I know we had a crew going there. There’s just going to be a lot of areas where people are going to be in need,” Pech says. If you want to help out, Pech says the best way is to make a donation to the Red Cross effort.

“A financial donation goes so far, just two dollars will provide snacks to kids who are in the shelters. Ten dollars provides a warm hot meal to shelter residents as they are waiting out the storm or until they get power restored to their homes. A financial donation is the best way to do that,” Pech explains. “They can do that by going to Red-Cross-dot-org (www.RedCross.org), texting the word ‘Red Cross’ to nine-zero-nine-nine-nine (9099) or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Just be aware that the 1-800-RedCross is also our emergency line, so that may be tied up right now.” Reports say as many as 17 people have died in the storm.

(Radio Iowa)