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Iowa DOT: No licenses for illegal immigrants

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will not issue driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants who are now eligible to work in the U.S. under an Obama administration program. The department said Thursday that Iowa law does not allow it to issue driver’s licenses or non-operator identification cards to people who are not in the country legally.

President Barack Obama announced a policy change in June that lets certain illegal immigrants apply for a temporary work permit if they were brought to the country as children. Several Republican governors have said they will not issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who qualify. In August, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said his state would continue to deny licenses, welfare benefits and other public assistance unless required by state law.

Accident blocks part of I-80 near Shelby

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports an accident this (Thursday) morning on Interstate 80 in Pottawattamie County, has traffic down to one lane. The right eastbound lane of I-80 near Shelby, between County Road M-16 and Exit 40, is currently blocked. No other details are available.
(Last updated by the DOT at 10:27 AM CST)

Snowmobilers: Are you aware of registration & user permit changes?

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The first significant snowfall of the season last week had area snowmobilers out enjoying their machines and hoping for more snow to keep them active. Cass County Recorder Joyce Jensen says before you begin your next adventure in the open, you should be aware the State of Iowa has made some changes in snowmobile registration, license renewal, titling and assignment of liens.

Jensen says her office uses the Recreational Vehicle and Vessel Registration, or RVVRS (pronounced “Rivers”) System. She reminds snowmobile enthusiasts that registrations for your machine or machines are due no later than the end of this month. Jensen says registrations are due by December 31st, if you want to avoid a penalty.

In addition she says, there are some new requirements when it comes to using snowmobiles on public land. Jensen says all snowmobiles, regardless of owner residency status, used on public land, public ice, and designated snowmobile trails in the State of Iowa, must display and IDNR User Permit.

User permits are required in addition to a valid registration. And, Jensen says also the State requires insurance cards or proof of insurance in order for snowmobiles to be used on the highways. There are new rules as well, regarding the use of snowmobiles for“Water Skipping.”

She says you are welcome to come into the Cass County Recorder’s Office to pick up a booklet containing information on all the new changes, which Joyce and her staff will go over with you. She says she hopes to see all snowmobile enthusiasts in her office over the next few days to get their registration up-to-date and go over the new rules.

Sunday house fire claims the life of a Council Bluffs man

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An elderly Council Bluffs man who suffered from third-degree burns and smoke inhalation during a fire early Sunday morning, has died from his injuries. According to Omaha television station KMTV, 90-year-old Robert Kissel, Sr., a World War II veteran succumbed to his injuries this week.

Kissel, Sr., was transferred from Creighton University Medical Center to St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, NE, following the 2:30-a.m. fire, Sunday. His 59-year old daughter, Robin Ann Krause tried to reach her father but couldn’t because the staircase was on fire. Instead, she called 911 and crawled out a basement window.

Firefighters found Kissel, Sr. in his bedroom. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Adair and Cass County BOS meeting previews

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Board of Supervisors will meet for the last time in 2012, Friday morning, in Greenfield. During their 9-a.m. session at the courthouse, the Board will discuss and possibly act on: Taxable mileage; Township Clerk wages, and an amended Public Health Emergency Preparedness Contract. In addition, at 9:15, the Adair County Supervisors will hear from County Engineer Nick Kauffman, who will present a report in his department’s maintenance and activities.

The Cass County Board of Supervisors will hold their last meeting of the month Monday morning, here in Atlantic. During their 9-a.m. session at the courthouse, the Board will act on a Livestock Facility Construction resolution, and on ratifying a bargaining unit  agreement with the Secondary Roads Dept. union.

New snowstorm is headed for Iowa, up to 5″ for NW quarter of state

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Another week, another snowstorm. A large portion of Iowa is about to get dumped on, according to meteorologist Mindy Beerends at the National Weather Service office in Johnston. A storm system is moving out of the Rockies, tracking east, which will bring us persistent snow starting this afternoon, through tonight and into tomorrow.

At last check, 25 counties in northwest and north-central Iowa are under a Winter Weather Advisory. Beerends says conditions won’t be as bad as last week’s blizzard, but some areas of Iowa will be getting another good dose of snow.

“Right now, mostly across the northern half of Iowa, we’re looking right around three to four inches and there could be a few five-inch reports by the time the snow tapers off sometime Friday,” she says.

The weekend forecast calls for clearing skies and dry weather, with high temperatures warming slightly into the 20s and near-30.

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(Update) Bluffs woman faces felony charge following Wed. morning pursuit

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities says a Council Bluffs woman who led police and deputies on a meandering chase early Wednesday morning, faces a felony assault charge for allegedly driving a vehicle that hit a police cruiser. The Council Bluffs NonPareil says 34-year old Dawn Scott was being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail Wednesday, on $5,000 bond. She was charged with felony assault on a police officer, with additional charges pending.

The incident which led to Scott’s arrest began around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a Bellevue, NE, police officer went to check on a 1996 Ford Taurus that had stopped on a highway off-ramp. The officer said the car nearly backed into his cruiser, and then headed north toward Omaha. The chase continued into Omaha and back to Bellevue, where the car stopped several times and sped away whenever officers approached. Scott eventually went to Omaha and then drove east into Council Bluffs, using the westbound lanes of Interstate 80.

She was finally taken into custody a little after 3 a.m., when one of the car’s tires went flat on Second Avenue in Council Bluffs. According to Pott. County Sheriff Jeff Danker,  Scott tried to take off on foot before officers were able to subdue her. She was charged with felony assault on a peace officer for striking the Bellevue officer’s cruiser, and eluding.

3 injured in Pott. County I-80 crash

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December 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An accident on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs Wednesday afternoon resulted in three people being sent to the hospital. According to Omaha Television station KETV, a vehicle drifted off the interstate near the Lake Manawa exit before striking a guardrail head on. The unidentified female driver and her two passengers were seriously injured, and transported to Mercy Hospital. Authorities say all of the vehicles’ occupants were wearing their seat belts.