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30 Iowa Air Guard members return home

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October 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A homecoming celebration is planned for 30 members of the Iowa Air National Guard returning home from a tour of duty in Southeast Asia.

F-16C Fighting Falcon, Iowa Air National Guard

The guard says the airmen from the 132nd Fighter Wing in De Moines are scheduled to return to Des Moines Wednesday morning.  The airmen have been in Southeast Asia for the past six months.

Climatologist: weekend rains barely put dent in drought

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October 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Most of Iowa got a good soaking last weekend, but it didn’t go far in terms of making up for the drought. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says far northwest Iowa didn’t receive any rain, while the heaviest downpours were scattered around the state. Areas of northeast Iowa, around New Hampton and Decorah, received three-and-a-half to four inches of rain. Similar rainfall totals were reported around Red Oak, Greenfield and Winterset in southwest Iowa, and near Centerville, Albia and Oskaloosa in southeast Iowa. In Atlantic, we received 1.93-inches of rain over the weekend.

Statewide, on average, the weekend system dumped one-and-a-half inches of rain. It marked the single biggest rainfall event in Iowa since early May. “This one event over the weekend was almost as big as what we had for the whole month of September,” Hillaker said. Despite the downpour, Hillaker notes we’re a long way from bringing an end to the 2012 drought.

“We’re still roughly eight-and-a-half inches below normal for the year to date, as far as statewide average,” Hillaker said. “We did trim about an inch off the deficit we had going before this last rain event. So, it’s not a huge impact as far as reducing our deficit, but it will have quite a positive impact on soil moisture levels.”

(Radio Iowa)

NW Iowa work release inmate listed as escaped

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October 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say they’re looking for a 28-year-old Iowa inmate who’s been listed as escaped from a work release facility in Sioux City.  The Iowa Corrections Department says Justin Miller didn’t return to the facility as scheduled on Friday. Miller was transferred to work release last month. He originally was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years following assault convictions in Woodbury County.  Miller began his prison term in April 2009.

Vehicle vs. pedestrian accident in Atlantic

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October 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Tuesday afternoon, following an vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident. According to the Atlantic Police Department, a vehicle driven by Marlene Strauss, of Atlantic, was backing out of a parking stall near the Dollar General Store on east 7th Street, when her vehicle hit an unidentified 70-year old woman, who was loading merchandise into her vehicle. No citations were issued. The accident happened at around 12:20-p.m., Tuesday.

Iowa early News Headlines – Wed., Oct. 17th 2012

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October 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A homecoming celebration has been scheduled for 30 members of the Iowa Air National Guard. The guard says the airmen from the 132nd Fighter Wing in De Moines are scheduled to return tomorrow morning. The airmen have been in Southeast Asia for the past six months.

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a young woman and a girl were injured when their horse-drawn Amish buggy collided with a semitrailer in southern Iowa. The Appanoose County sheriff’s office says the buggy was heading east on a rural road yesterday morning. The horse unexpectedly moved to the left and pulled the buggy into the path of a westbound truck. The truck driver wasn’t injured. It’s unclear what happened to the horse.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say thieves are scaling great heights in Iowa in the search for copper. Pottawattamie County officials say the thieves are yanking wiring from cellphone towers and wind turbines. Sheriff Jeff Danker says the thieves are risking jail or death for a few dollars.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad says a South Dakota artist has been chosen to create a statue of Norman Borlaug that will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Benjamin Victor of Aberdeen, S.D., will create the statue of the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Borlaug, a Cresco native, died in 2009 at age 95. The statue is set to be installed by March 2014.

Iowa officials say missing teens found in Illinois

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

VINTON, Iowa (AP) — Four missing teens – two from western Iowa and two from eastern Iowa, have been found safe in Illinois.  Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green said Tuesday afternoon, that  16-year-old Corey Sunderman and 13-year-old Austin Boggs, both of Atlantic, and Skie Floyd and Jazlyn Visek, both 15 from Shellsburg, were located in Eureka, IL., where they were taken into custody. They had been missing since Saturday afternoon.

Benton County Sheriff Randy Forsyth had said Monday that the teens were not believed to be in any danger and that the girls had planned a trip with the boys. Corey Sunderman’s mother, Crystal Sunderman, told KJAN News Monday, that she thought the teens may have been on their way to Florida for a skateboarding event.

Copper thieves scale great heights in Iowa

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Thieves are scaling great heights in Iowa in the search for copper, yanking wiring from cellphone towers and wind turbines. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says thieves are risking jail or death for a few dollars. Danker says there are over 40 wind turbines and nearly a dozen cellphone towers from Avoca to Council Bluffs, and patrolling them all is a problem. Authorities recently caught two men on top of a cellphone tower near the Lewis and Clark Monument in Council Bluffs. They were arrested for criminal mischief and burglary. Officials say one of the men was wearing gloves and gear to keep him from falling.

SW IA woman arrested on assault charge…again

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report a Malvern woman was arrested Monday afternoon, after she allegedly assaulted a police officer. 24-year-old Tonisha Christina O’Meara was being held without bond, for Simple Assault, at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center. The same woman was also arrested October 8th, for allegedly assaulting a police and corrections officer, but those charges were dismissed by the court, the next day. She still faces a separate assault charge for an incident that occurred on October 1st. Her trial on that charge is set to take place November 6th.

Montgomery County to Host Forestry Field Day October 30

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources say the Nodaway River Valley Woodland Owners Association Forestry Field Day is Oct. 30th, at 12:30 p.m., beginning from the host landowner property at 1974 U Avenue, Villisca. The field day will include light hiking and demonstrations on woodland health and wildlife habitat management, pond management, and bow making.

It will also include a discussion on alternative products from Iowa forests like ginseng, maple syrup, wild plum, hazelnuts, aronia berries, using thinning residues for meat smoking and native tree species for wood working. The field day is scheduled to conclude at 4 p.m. Attendees should plan to dress for outdoor weather conditions and be prepared for light physical activity.

Directions to the host property: 2.8 miles north of Hwy. 34/71 interchange on Hwy. 71, then east on 198th street to the bend in the road where hit becomes U Avenue. The property is at the corner of U Avenue and 198th Street.

Clarinda-based medical helicopter unveiled Monday

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October 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The public and local officials had an opportunity Monday, to take a look at a new helicopter in Clarinda, that will serve a 15-county area of southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.

A Bell 407 helicopter similar to one that will based in Clarinda.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the Bell 407 helicopter will be based either at the Clarinda Regional Health Center or at a maintenance hangar at Schenck Field in Clarinda. It’s service area is within about 50-miles of the base.

The fully-staffed chopper was made possible thanks to a partnership with Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, and Air Methods/LifeNet. Mercy will provide the 11 flight paramedics and nurses, while Air Methods will provide the pilots and a mechanic. The helicopter will transport patients to medical centers in Omaha and Lincoln, NE, Des Moines, and St. Joseph, MO. Communities served by the chopper include Clarinda, Atlantic, Corning, Creston, Mt. Ayr, Red Oak and Shenandoah, in Iowa, and Fairfax and Maryville, in Missouri.