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1 critically injured during accident near Avoca Tue. morning

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October 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was critically injured in a single-vehicle accident this (Tuesday) morning, near Avoca. According to our sister station KNOD in Harlan, the crash occurred around 7:30-a.m. on Iowa Highway 83, near Avoca.

The injured person was taken to Myrtue Memorial Hospital in Harlan, in extremely critical condition.   No further information is available at this time.

IA Transportation Commission approves $5.5-million in Rec Trails projects

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October 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Transportation Commission has approved more than $5.5-million in funding for 12 propjects included in the State Recreational Trails Program. The Commission today (Tuesday) approved $224,437 for the Coon Rapids Connector Trail Underpass (near Coon Rapids), and $700,000 for the Pottawattamie County Trail-Phase I Project (proposed by the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board and Pottawattamie County Trail Board).

The State Recreational Trails program was created in 1988 with the purpose of developing and maintaining recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized trail users. This funding is available to cities, counties, state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit organizations through an annual application-based program.

Afton woman arrested on Union County warrant

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October 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Monday of 33-year old Rosie Marie Peterson, of Afton. Peterson was taken into custody at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for theft in the third degree. She was later released on $1000 bond.

Branstad, Hatch face off in final debate

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October 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch will face off in their final debate in the race for Iowa governor. Branstad and Hatch will appear in Sioux City on Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre. This is last of three debates in the race.

Polls have shown Branstad, who is running for a sixth non-consecutive term, with a sizable lead in the race. He has touted his recent achievements, including a commercial property tax cut and new education spending, as reasons for re-election.

Hatch has argued that he would do more for middle-class families, pledging to raise the minimum wage and create jobs.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN State/Local News w/Ric Hanson, 10/14/2014

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October 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral report, 10/14/2014

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Central IA man arrested on warrant in Union County

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October 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Central Iowa was arrested Monday afternoon, at the Union County Law Enforcement Center. According to Creston Police, 31-year old Steven Michael Scott Beck, of Boone, was arrested on a Union County warrant for Failure to Appear in court. Beck was being held in the jail on $300 bond.

Red Oak accident under investigation

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October 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a collision between two vehicles in Red Oak Monday, but the accident remains under investigation. Authorities say a 2014 Buick Encore driven by 51-year old Christina Vestal, of Emerson, was stopped at the intersection of North 3rd and East Washington Streets at around 5-p.m. Monday, and when it pulled away from the intersection, was struck by an eastbound 2005 Chevy pickup driven by 58-year old William Ehlers, of Red Oak.

Vestal told police she didn’t see Ehlers’ pickup approaching because of an obstruction created by motor vehicles parked along the north side of east Washington Street, and the position of a power pole. Damage from the crash amounted to $5,600.

No citations were issued, pending completion of the accident investigation.

Attempted murder charge against Iowa man dropped

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October 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – An attempted murder charge against an Iowa man has been dropped after witnesses could not identify a shooter. The Daily Nonpareil reports the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office dismissed the attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon charges against 21-year-old Vaughn White. He is still charged with a felony count of escaping custody.

He was arrested in July in connection to a June shooting of a 16-year-old girl. Police say White briefly escaped from officers while handcuffed during his arrest. The county attorney’s office says neither the girl nor a witness could identify a suspect during a deposition.

White is being held at the Pottawattamie County Jail on $5,000 bond.

IPIB to look at Atlantic & 5 other southwest Iowa cases this week

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October 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Public Information Board is expected to address six cases from southwest Iowa during its meeting later this week. The Daily NonPareil reports an agenda for the meeting, which will be held at 1-p.m. Thursday, in Des Moines, was released Monday afternoon. It shows recommended action for the following cases:

A complaint filed by Jeff Lundquist against the Atlantic City Council and Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones alleged an unlawful meeting was held to discuss the resignation of the City Administrator Doug Harris. An investigation by the IPIB, however, found no such meeting occurred.

In a letter to Lundquist, IPIB Executive Director Keith Luchtel wrote “Our investigation revealed that conversations among the mayor and some council members about the resignation of the city administrator did occur outside of a council meeting, but never when a quorum of the city council was present.”

Without enough members present to legally hold a vote, public bodies are not subject to open meeting requirements, even if they discuss business. Luchtel recommended the IPIB dismiss the complaint.

Three complaints against the Red Oak Community School District are expected to be resolved through negotiated remediation plans. The Red Oak school board has agreed to training and has acknowledged concerns about its handling of open meeting requirements in April and June.

Margaret Johnson, the deputy director of the IPIB, said in a report to the board that all three complainants – Jedd Sherman, Don Rogerson and Margaret Stoldorf – have agreed to the remediation plans approved by the school board. Johnson recommended the plans be accepted by the IPIB.

A complaint filed by Pacific Junction City Council member Earl Smith that alleges the council violated state open meetings laws during a closed session to acquire a $50,000 loan in November 2013. Smith has since indicated to the IPIB and the Iowa State Auditor’s Office that the loan – actually for $40,000 – was approved at the beginning of the meeting and a closed session centered around a different $50,000 debt.

Executive Director Keith Luchtel said in a letter to Smith, released as part of the IPIB agenda, that the council has “ongoing actions” that appear to be violations against Iowa Code, including “vague and non-descriptive agenda, votes on matters not on the agenda and deliberation on matters not on the agenda.” Luchtel recommended the IPIB accept the complaint, which would begin a process of resolving the case informally or gathering evidence to determine if probable cause of a violation can be found.

• And a complaint against the Fremont County Attorney’s Office was withdrawn by Rick Aultman, who told the board he has instead filed a formal records request with Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope.