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Trump campaign schedules another Iowa visit


August 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Republican presidential campaign of Donald Trump has planned another Iowa event – his third in nine days. The Des Moines Register reports that Trump will hold a town hall Friday in Des Moines. It’s scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Where it will be held and other details have not been announced publicly. He held rallies in Davenport and Cedar Rapids last week.

Trump finished second in the February’s Iowa caucuses to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas.

Red Oak man arrested for 2 counts of assault


August 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Montgomery County man was arrested late Tuesday night on assault and other charges. Police say 42-year old James Reed Mitroff II, of Red Oak, was arrested just before midnight in the 2300 block of N. Eastern Avenue, on two counts of Assault, and Breach of Peace. His arrest stems from an earlier incident. Mitroff was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on a $300 cash bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Aug. 3rd 2016


August 3rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 2:40 a.m. CDT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo officials agreed to spend more money to design a white-water course along the Cedar River despite concerns about a lack of money to pay for the project. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the City Council voted 5 to 1 Monday to pay $32,430 on top of the $245,865 original contract with a Colorado, company that is designing the project. The money comes from gambling revenue collected from the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo. It would cost $2.6 million to $4 million to build the course.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The longtime principal of a Cedar Rapids high school has resigned following questions about his response to an incident involving a substitute teacher charged with having sexual contact with a student. KCRG-TV reports Ralph Plagman announced Tuesday he will retire Wednesday as principal at Washington High School. Plagman says he’s leaving at the request of school district officials. He alluded to the case of 24-year-old Mary Haglin, who was charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Ankeny man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for possession of child pornography and attempting to kidnap the children of a federal prosecutor. Court documents say 35-year-old Aaron Lawrence Storm reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in Des Moines in which he admitted to having cell phone video clips of child pornography.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo police officer has been charged in connection with what authorities say was a road rage incident last month. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 45-year-old Corbin Allen Payne faces a charge of assault causing bodily injury, a misdemeanor. Police Chief Daniel Trelka says Payne is on paid administrative leave. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Page County authorities looking for stolen UTV


August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Page County are asking the public to be on the lookout for Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) stolen from an area about eight-miles east of Shenandoah. The Sheriff’s Office on July 30th received a report of a stolen, red Polaris Ranger 800cc UTV. Deputies responded to the location of the incident, a field in the 1800 block of Ironwood Avenue, processed the scene and spoke with surrounding agencies.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was working cases that were similar to this one.  The Page County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in regards to this case. It is believed that the stolen Polaris Ranger might possibly still be in Page County or the surrounding counties at this time.

There is a Page County CrimeStopper’s reward being offered in this case.  Anyone with information about this can call the Page County Sheriff’s Office or their local Law Enforcement agency.

Great Iowa Treasure Hunt has unpaid mortgage settlement money available


August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is helping the federal bureau which oversees banks try to return unclaimed payments from 15 mortgage servicers to Iowans. Fitzgerald says the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has the money from a settlement with lenders who were using improper mortgage lending practices. “They’ve tried to locate the owners, but we still have over one-point-two million dollars we’re holding for over two-thousand Iowans who have anywhere between 300 and three-thousand dollars coming back to them. And we want to find them,” Fitzgerald says.

Fitzgerald says some people may’ve already gone through a foreclosure, but could still be due some money. “If you had a mortgage between 2009 and 2010 — and especially if you were in financial difficulty with it — you are probably on our list,” he says. The servicers involved what was a three-point-six billion dollar overall settlement are: Aurora, Bank of America, Citibank, CountryWide, Goldman Sachs, H-S-B-C, J-P-Morgan Chase, MetLife Bank, Morgan Stanley, P-N-C, Sovereign, SunTrust, U-S Bank and Wells Fargo.

Fitzgerald says you can now claim any money you may be due from the settlement through the long-running program to return abandoned property known as The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. “You go to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt-dot-Gov and just put in your name, and it’ll pop up if you are there,” Fitzgerald says. He says even if you aren’t due any settlement money, you may find something else.

” When you are there and you punch up your name — you might find you have some other property coming too. Because we have over one million names and we are holding over 300 million dollars for people, so along with that you might find you have other money,” Fitzgerald explains. “It’s really simple, it takes about two to three weeks, and we have easy ways to work with you to prove that you are who you say you are.”

Fitzgerald says The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over 214 million dollars in unclaimed property to more than 500-thousand people since it was created in 1983.

(Radio Iowa)

Veterans Affairs hospital in Omaha leaves nuclear business


August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System is out of the nuclear business after entering the atomic age with its small-scale reactor nearly six decades ago. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission terminated the operating license for the Alan J. Blotcky Reactor Facility, effective Monday. The facility had run in the basement of Omaha’s VA Medical Center for more than 40 years.

VA researchers used the reactor primarily for neutron activation of biological samples from 1959 to 2001. The facility was also used to train operators of the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant. Soon after 9/11, it was shut down because of security concerns. Last year, the VA spent $1.3 million to dismantle what was left of the reactor, in addition to $5.9 million spent in 2001 and 2002.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Sept. 16-18 at Springbrook Ed Center

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August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop is Sept. 16-18, at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center, adjacent to Springbrook State Park, north of Guthrie Center. While the focus of BOW is primarily for women, the workshop is an opportunity for anyone 18 years or older to learn outdoor skills. Workshop courses include basic fishing, Dutch oven cooking, birdwatching, kayaking, deer hunting, wild edibles, basic camping, intro to archery, intro to firearms, canoeing and more.IA DNR Outdoor logo

“This workshop is an excellent opportunity to try activities under the guidance of our top-notch instructors,” said Rachel Ladd, with the Iowa Departments of Natural Resources. “Our workshop is popular because we keep our class sizes small and the setting at Springbrook is beautiful, particularly in the fall.”

The cost for the workshop is $150 before Sept. 4, and $180 beginning Sept. 5. The fee includes program materials, equipment, lodging and meals. Enrollment is limited to 100 participants. A limited number of scholarships are available that can reduce the fee by $75.

Go to www.iowadnr.gov/bow to download a registration form, select classes and for more information on applying for a scholarship. Lodging is in dormitories with eight people per room.

Sioux City WWII chapel may be moved to museum


August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A chapel that is one of the last standing remnants of Sioux City’s World War II air base could be moved to a nearby museum. The Sioux City Journal reports that city officials are discussing the possibility of moving the chapel at the entrance of the Sioux Gateway Airport to the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation, which is also located on the former grounds of the base.

Airport director and assistant city manager Mike Collett says the potential move is something that officials have been eyeing to create more space for possible commercial developments. The air base was constructed in 1942 as a B-17 bomber training facility. Three of the base’s original structures remain, and the chapel is the only structure that’s regularly open to the public.

Grassley, Johnson, Ernst Seek Inspector General Inquiry into Veteran’s Suicide


August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, along with Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, today (Tuesday), urged the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs to review the case of a combat veteran who committed suicide after seeking help at the Iowa City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Brandon Ketchum reportedly was denied admittance to a psychiatric ward after seeking help during a mental health crisis.

The senators wrote to Inspector General Michael J. Missal, “In light of what has transpired, we strongly urge your office to examine the facts and circumstances of Mr. Ketchum’s interactions with the Iowa City VA Medical Center on July 7, 2016, to determine what, if any, steps can be taken in the future to better protect our veteran population, including potential changes to VA policy, if applicable” They said also, “It is also important for policymakers within the VA and in Congress to know if this is an isolated incident, how often veterans seeking inpatient mental health care are turned away, and how often this leads to adverse consequences.”

Ketchum, a native of Wisconsin living in Davenport, Iowa, was a veteran of the Marine Corps and Army National Guard. On July 7th, according to a later post on his social media, he believed himself to be a threat to his own safety and sought assistance from the Iowa City VA Medical Center.  The Senators say “Despite his year-long treatment with a psychiatrist at the facility that knew of his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder as well as repeated flags for suicide over the last three years, his request to be admitted to the psychiatric ward due to what he termed ‘serious mental issues’ was reportedly denied. Mr. Ketchum took his own life just over 24 hours later.”

A representative for the medical center has stated that the standing policy is never to turn away a patient who requires admittance as long as beds are open and that even if beds at the Iowa City facility are unavailable, the VA would find the patient a bed at another facility, the senators wrote. The senators asked to be informed of whether the inspector general’s office has decided to open an inquiry and if not, why not, and if so, for a status update when appropriate.

Trial set for home health care worker in client theft case


August 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

PRIMGHAR, Iowa (AP) – An October trial has been scheduled for a northwest Iowa home health care worker accused of stealing from an elderly client. Spencer radio station KICD reports 36-year-old Rebecca Rutledge, of Paullina, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of forgery, one count of theft and one of unauthorized use of a credit card. Her trial is set to begin Oct. 25th.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office says Rutledge obtained access to the client’s debit card and checking account. The office says that between June and September 2015, Rutledge took more than $7,500 from the client.