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Carroll Man Who Led Authorities On Chase Sentenced On Four Charges


August 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A Carroll man has been sentenced in four separate cases, including assault, a serious misdemeanor, possession of methamphetamine, an aggravated misdemeanor, and two counts of probation violation. On Friday, Aug. 25th, 24-year-old Dustin Duane Hill was ordered to serve 365 days on the assault charge and not more than two years in prison on the possession charge, with all sentences to run concurrently. Hill will receive credit for time served.

In addition to his incarceration, Hill was ordered to pay fines totaling $940, surcharges of nearly $465, restitution and court costs. Hill, who has a long history of criminal mischief, robbery, assault and other charges faced the four latest charges following two incidents in March and May of this year.

On March 21st, Hill led Carroll authorities on a chase through a neighborhood on the east side of town after an attempted traffic stop. His vehicle stalled shortly after the pursuit began, and then rolled backwards down a hill, striking a police car. During the incident, authorities used a stun gun on Hill before he could be taken into custody.

Following his arrest, a search of his vehicle uncovered methamphetamine. The assault charge was the result of his arrest on May 2nd, after Hill was involved in an altercation with Jacob Jay Segura, of Carroll.

(Update) Omaha man dies in early morning crash east of Logan


August 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

In an update to an earlier report, authorities in Harrison County say an Omaha man died following a crash that took place east of Logan at around 5-a.m., Tuesday. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said 60-year old John M. Oien, was pronounced dead at CHI Health Missouri Valley after being transported there by Logan Rescue following a crash that occured at the intersection of Overton Avenue and Highway 30.

Sheriff Patrick Sears reports Logan Rescue personnel arrived at the scene found one person trapped in a vehicle. The victim was extricated and transported to the hospital. An investigation determined Oien was traveling northbound on Overton Avenue approaching the Highway 30 intersection when his vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign, went through the intersection and struck a utility pole in the north ditch of the highway. An autopsy will take place.

The crash remained under investigation as of last report.

Store robbed twice this week in Council Bluffs


August 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A grocery store in Council Bluffs was robbed Wednesday night, the second such incident at the same store in less than one week. Council Bluffs Police say officers were called to the Mega Saver store at 3540 W. Broadway, at around 11:23-p.m., Wednesday.

A victim of the robbery told police a 17-to 25-year old black male wearing a red hoodie, blue jeans and black shoes entered the store, pulled a black handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the victim demanding the money from the register.

The victim backed up and the suspect opened the registers and removed the cash from the register. The suspect then fled on foot to the west. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.  Two similar suspects, wearing grey hoodies, robbed the store at around 12:15-a.m. Tuesday. They escaped in a white SUV.

If you have any information regarding either incident, case please call Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thursday, 8/31/17


August 31st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:55 a.m. CDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of three victims in a late-night shooting at a crowded pedestrian mall has died, and officials have charged a suspect with murder and other counts in the case. Iowa City police said Wednesday that 22-year-old Kaleek Asham Douglas Jones, of Iowa City, died Tuesday from injuries suffered in the early Sunday shooting. Police arrested two men in the shooting, including 23-year-old Lamar Wilson of Iowa City, charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and weapons counts.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed eight people to a medical marijuana advisory board created under a new state law. The Republican governor announced appointments to the medical cannabidiol board Wednesday, though one slot remains vacant. The board was one of several provisions to a medical marijuana law that went into effect this summer. It expanded Iowa’s existing cannabis oil program by allowing the sale and manufacturing of such oil within the state.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities say a man questioned in a fatal attack on a Des Moines man last week in which the victim was set on fire has been charged with murder. Des Moines Police said in a news release Wednesday that 41-year-old Randy Dean Miles Jr., of Des Moines, has been charged with first-degree murder and arson in the death of 26-year-old Christopher Lenhart. Police say Lenhart was set on fire Friday afternoon and died of his injuries Sunday.

Democratic Party fundraiser leaders snub Iowa candidate


August 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic Iowa congressional candidate known for expletive-laced rants against the Republican incumbent has been excluded by her own party from a speaking role at a fundraiser. The Des Moines Register reports that the Polk County Democratic Party committee voted not to invite Heather Ryan to speak at next month’s Steak Fry.

Ryan, a businesswoman from Des Moines, is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 3rd District to challenge GOP Rep. David Young. Ryan has repeatedly used expletives to deride Young.

Party chairman Sean Bagniewski says Ryan may still attend the event and is not prohibited from speaking at other party-sponsored events. But officials cite the need for civil language by speakers at the televised event that will be open to children.

Ryan says the snub is an attack on her freedom of speech.

Governor appoints 8 members of medical cannabis advisory board


August 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Governor Kim Reynolds has named the eight members of a board that will advise the Iowa Department of Public Health as the agency implements Iowa’s newly expanded medical cannabis law. Among them is Dr. Lonny Miller, a family medicine practitioner, from Creston.  Iowa Department of Public Health director Gerd Clabaugh says his agency is rushing to meet a December deadline for granting licenses for growing marijuana that will be turned into cannabis oil.

“We’ve been developing drafts of the rules around the legislative requirements, but the board will provide us an important point of feedback — and medical feedback — with regard to how the program will be set up and operate,” Clabaugh says. A policeman from Mason City and a pharmacist from Spirit Lake are two of the eight members of the new advisory board. The rest are doctors who are specialists in pediatrics, psychiatry, family medicine and pain management as well as neurology and cancer treatment.

A new state law passed this spring sanctions marijuana growing operations for production of cannabis oil that will be dispensed to Iowans. Supporters acknowledged it may take up to two years to set up the distribution system. Clabaugh says he and his staff hope to meet with the advisory group as soon as possible.

“Now that the board has been appointed, we’ll be anxious to meet with them, get their feedback and really begin the process in earnest,” Clabaugh says. Previous state law had decriminalized possession of cannabis oil purchased out-of-state for treatment of chronic epilepsy. The new law lets Iowa doctors prescribe cannabis oil for treatment of more than a dozen chronic and debilitating conditions.

The administrative rules for regulating this new system will be reviewed and approved by the previously-existing State Board of Health as well as a legislative committee before the rules take effect. Through May 11th of this year, more than 300 Iowans had obtained cards from the state, for using cannabis oil as treatment for epilepsy. Since then, nearly 100 MORE Iowans have applied for and received the cards under the new law, which allows cannabis oil as treatment for more conditions, including the side effects of cancer, like nausea or chronic pain.

(Radio Iowa)

Young Announces Glenwood Fire Department to Receive $484,788 for Firefighters


August 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa Congressman David Young today (Wednesday) announced the Glenwood Fire Department will receive $484,788 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program. The funding was authorized by the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, of which Congressman Young is the only member from the State of Iowa.

The AFG program awards competitive grants to fire departments and other organizations nationwide to obtain and maintain necessary equipment, facilities, training, and programs. The AFG program is part of a larger preparedness effort in support of the safety, security, and health of the public.

“This important grant funding will help ensure the Glenwood Fire Department has the resources to work safely and effectively,” Congressman Young said. “I’m pleased this award will benefit our firefighters, and the safety and security of the entire Glenwood community.”

Iowa propane users urged to stock up in light of hurricane complications


August 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Gasoline prices are already rising in Iowa as part of the fallout from Hurricane Harvey as many Houston-area oil refineries are offline, but analysts still aren’t sure how the still-raging storm may impact propane supplies. Paul Ovrom, an ag marketer with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, is urging Iowa propane users — businesses, farmers and rural residents — to stock up as the flooding in southeast Texas will persist. “We don’t really know what that might do to the supply,” Ovrom says. “Right now, all indications are that it’s not going to have a significant effect but there are a lot of unknowns out there, so you want to make sure that your supplies are good going forward.”

Ovrom says propane consumption both domestically and overseas is dropping, but that could change quickly.  “Decreased propane consumption is being talked about by petrochemical plants, so there’s not a lot of pressure on propane right now,” Ovrom says. “The storm may impact that, but right now, things are looking good going into the fall season.”

Ovrom says a colder-than-normal autumn with significant rain could also draw down supplies. Farmers would need additional propane to dry their grain and rural residents would likely need more to heat their homes.

(Radio Iowa, with Thanks to Pat Blank, Iowa Public Radio)

Ernst addresses South Carolina GOP gathering, fueling speculation about her presidential prospects


August 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Republican Senator Joni Ernst spoke this week at a big Republican event the state that holds the “First in the South” presidential primary. The crowd in South Carolina gave her a standing ovation before she said a word. Ernst has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate of the future. She immediately mentioned the three years she lived in South Carolina when her husband was the commander at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

“I truly enjoyed it because you know what? Iowa is home to me, but South Carolina, your folks — the people here — are so much like my folks back home. You are good, grassroots conservatives and I love it. Thank you for all you do. Thank you so much,” Ernst said, to applause.

Ernst talked about her childhood on a “little dirt farm” in southwest Iowa. Ernst said worked construction with her dad in the summer and did “all the dirty horrible jobs” on the farm, too. “It taught me to understand how we need to work with our hands and respect those that do,” Ernst said. “That’s one thing that binds us all together is that we respect people who work hard — work hard to do better for their families.”

Ernst also mentioned her first 2014 campaign ad — the one about castrating hogs on her family farm and cutting pork in Washington, D.C. “It’s really important we focus on what the federal government should do and what the federal government maybe shouldn’t be doing because we really do need to cut the pork. Don’t you agree?” Ernst said, to applause. “It’s much better served as South Carolina barbecue, most definitely.”

Ernst was speaking Monday evening at the annual barbecue fundraiser for a South Carolina congressman. One of her biggest applause lines came when she and the crowd celebrated the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. “It was so important that we elected a Republican president and one that we knew would select the right person to serve on our court,” Ernst said. “Thank God for Donald J. Trump.”

About 11-hundred people attended the event in Anderson, South Carolina. It’s billed as the largest annual gathering for conservatives in that state. South Carolina Public Television posted her half-hour-long speech on YouTube.

(Radio Iowa)

NW Iowa manure spill affects local creek

Ag/Outdoor, News

August 30th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

KINGSLEY, IA – Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources report a manure spill from a sow facility in Plymouth County Tuesday afternoon, reached a small creek about four miles northwest of Kingsley. The spill, which occurred over the weekend, came from the Kingsley Sow Facility, managed by Dave Wittry.

Authorities don’t know how much manure spilled. The unnamed stream has low flows, is very small and there were no fish in it. DNR staff found low dissolved oxygen levels in the stream, but no evidence that the manure had reached Johns Creek about one mile downstream.

Wittry reported that most of the manure was captured by a berm near the facility. He will pump manure from the tributary and land apply it. The DNR will continue to monitor the cleanup progress and consider appropriate enforcement action.