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Area law enforcement efforts to STEP up this week


November 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa law enforcement will be out in force this Thanksgiving Holiday with increased visibility and aggressive traffic enforcement. The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB), has announced extra city, county and state officers will be out in force ensuring traveler’s buckle up, slow down and drive responsibly in order to save lives and reduce crashes.

The high visibility traffic enforcement event will begin Monday, November 25th, 2013 and run through Sunday, December 1st, 2013. Randy Hunefeld, sTEP Coordinator with the GTSB, says “The number one priority of this Special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) is to SAVE LIVES. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, nine traffic fatalities occurred during the 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday, which is just not acceptable.” Six of those nine deaths were motorists NOT using seatbelts.

Officials say the data clearly shows that buckling up alone increases your odds of surviving a serious crash by 50%.

Careless driving causes crash Saturday morning in Red Oak


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak teen was cited for Careless driving following an accident about a block south of the Red Oak High School Saturday morning. According to Red Oak Police, a car driven by 17-year old Caleb Moya was traveling a high rate of speed and in a careless manner. Officials say Moya was traveling west in the 600 block of East Sunset Avenue, when he pulled the emergency brake on the 2000 Toyota Camry he was driving at around 11:30-a.m., causing the car to leaving the ice-covered road and hit a tree.

Neither Moya, nor two passengers in the car were injured. The vehicle sustained $3,500 damage, and a tree on private property sustained $200 damage. Red Oak Police were assisted at the scene by the Red Oak Fire Department and deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Bacterial infection hitting northwest Iowa


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Health officials say 95 cases of a contagious bacterial infection that causes diarrhea have been reported in northwest Iowa’s Woodbury County. The Siouxland District Health Department’s deputy director Tyler Brock tells the Sioux City Journal that the majority of those sick are children, but a number of adults have contracted shigellosis, too.

Most people who are infected with Shigella have frequent watery stools that could be bloody, as well as fever and stomach cramps, starting a day or two after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms usually last several days. Woodbury County recorded a single case of shigellosis last year.

But on Friday, 95 cases had been reported. About 20 of those had been diagnosed in early November.

2 teens injured during Pott. Co. accident Saturday


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two teens were injured Saturday afternoon during a crash off Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says a 2005 Chevy Malibu entered the median off of I-80 westbound at the Neola exit at around 1:10-p.m.  The vehicle slid across the westbound lanes, entered a ditch and struck a tree. The names of the 16-year old driver and a 15-year old passenger in the car, were not released. The teens were transported by Neola Rescue to Mercy Hospital. The Patrol says the passenger was wearing their seat belt, but the driver was not.

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Van-vs-bull accident in Montgomery County


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A collision Friday evening in Montgomery County caused $3,500 damage to a minivan, but no injuries were reported. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a 2003 Chrysler Town & Country minivan owned and operated by 47-year old Kellene Sorensen, of Stanton, was traveling east on 270th Street at around 6:30-p.m., when the vehicle struck a black bull that was standing on the road.  The animal belonged to Max Hossle, of Red Oak.

The accident happened near the intersection with I Avenue, or about 7-miles southeast of Red Oak.

Council Bluffs does well in cost of living survey


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Council Bluffs was recently recognized as being one of the nation’s 50 most affordable suburbs, by a national real estate blog. The Daily NonPareil, citing a blog by Movoto Real Estate, of San Mateo, Calif., says Council Bluffs came in 31st place, and it was joined by other adjoining cities to Omaha. Each city was ranked by low cost of living, which factored costs for houses, food, utilities and property and state income taxes.

Mayor Tom Hanafan said the showing was indicative of a bolstering metro area. Council Bluffs – the only Iowa city listed – fell 10 spots behind Bellevue, Neb., which was tied at 21st with La Vergne, Tenn. Papillion, Neb., ranked 33rd.

Midwest City, Oklahoma, was ranked first because it had the lowest overall cost of living. Food and utilities costs also were lower than average. The median price for a house was $76,600 while the median household income was $44,396. Property taxes were 24 percent below the national average while sales and state income taxes were 56 and 17 percent above average.

The realtor blog surveyed 139 cities, which comprised suburbs and other communities near the 50 largest cities in the United States.


The top 10 most affordable suburbs in the U.S., according to Movato Real Estate:

1. Midwest City, Okla.

2. Moore, Okla.

3. Cimarron Hills, Colo.

4. Pearland, Texas

5. Greenwood, Ind.

6. Clarksville, Ind.

7. Universal City, Texas

8. Schertz, Texas

9. Fishers, Ind.

10. Cibolo, Texas

Clarinda Police Report


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers, Friday, released a report on his department’s recent arrests and incidents. Brothers said that on Friday (Nov. 22nd), 41-year old Donald Troy Rottinhaus, of Clarinda, was arrested on a Simple Misdemeanor Assault in a Domestic Relationship, charge.

Brothers reports also, his office took reports on the following incidents: A theft & burglary from a residence in the 300 block of East Logan Street, on Nov. 16th; Thefts at two separate apartments located at the Parkview Apartments on Nov. 17th & 18th; and, the theft of plumbing items from the McDonald’s Restaurant in Clarinda, on Nov. 20th. The loss to the restaurant was estimated at $1,500.

Iowa News Headlines: Sat., Nov. 23rd 2013


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man faces an attempted murder charge in connection with a shooting. The Cedar Rapids Police Department says 26-year-old Delamar Williams was arrested yesterday following the morning shooting of 25-year-old Marneze McKnight. Williams was taken to Linn County Jail. McKnight remains hospitalized.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has disbarred a Davenport real estate lawyer who was convicted of helping buyers secure inflated mortgage loans before the 2008 market crash. The court on Friday revoked the law license of Marc Engelmann, who is serving a three-year prison term on fraud charges.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says a dentist convicted of evading taxes must pay them back with penalties and interest. The court ruled Friday that a judge should have included those costs in a restitution order for former Waverly dentist Marc Hagen. The judge says he did not believe he had the authority to order the payment of civil penalties and interest to the Iowa Department of Revenue in a criminal case. Instead, he only required Hagen to pay back the amount of unpaid taxes, roughly $10,000.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Losing seasons and a chilly forecast have dampened the excitement for Saturday night’s game between Kansas and Iowa State. The Cyclones have won three straight in the series, but they’re also headed into tonight’s game in Ames on a seven-game losing skid.

Iowa officials: Health patient choked on food


November 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials say they’ve revised meal distribution policies at a state mental health institute after a patient fatally choked on food he shouldn’t have been served. The state Department of Human Services says food service procedures at Clarinda Mental Health Institute were not followed when a patient in the geriatric psychiatry program was given a peanut butter sandwich on Sept. 1 instead of pureed food. He was later found unresponsive and slumped over a dining table.

Officials say they began an internal investigation and at least one employee has been fired. DHS Director Charles M. Palmer says the incident was isolated. The Department of Inspections and Appeals surveyed the facility in early November. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also issued a civil penalty of more than $8,000.