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Wet weather hampers corn planting in Iowa

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April 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers are off to slow start in planting corn as cool, wet weather hampers the progress. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says nine percent of Iowa’s corn crop is now planted, behind the five-year average of 16 percent. Less than one percent of the soybean crop is in the ground. The USDA says last week’s weather was unfavorable for planting, and farmers are waiting for fields to dry out. However, the rain improved soil moisture, with topsoil at 88 percent adequate or surplus. Subsoil moisture also improved. Temperatures ranged from the upper 20s to the 70s The report says normal rainfall during the week, just shy of an inch, was exceeded in the northern half of Iowa and came up short in the southern half.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., April 24th 2012

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April 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama will speak at a charity lunch in Omaha on Tuesday. Obama is the featured speaker at Tuesday’s fundraiser for Girls Inc. After the lunch, Obama will speak at campaign events in Omaha and Des Moines, Iowa. Girls Inc. provides educational and recreational programs for girls.

RUDD, Iowa (AP) — The Floyd County attorney says a 17-year-old Mason City boy was shot to death at a house near Rudd in north-central Iowa. County Attorney Normand Klemesrud has identified the teen as Hunter True. He died Sunday. No arrests have been made and the investigation continues.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly every coach in the Big 12 will swear that spring practice shows just how far away their team is from playing a real game. For new Kansas coach Charlie Weis, it’s far from hyperbole. The Jayhawks have issues on both sides of the ball.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified a suspect in an Iowa City bank robbery who fled the scene on a motorcycle and led authorities on a chase. No injuries were reported in yesterday’s robbery at a Hills Bank branch. Police say 34-year-old Eric Martin of Davenport faces several charges, including first-degree robbery.

Carson man sentenced to 14-months in prison

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April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa said Monday that 38-year old Jerry Lee Dawson, of Carson, was sentenced Friday to 14-months in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.  United States District Court Senior Judge Ronald Longstaff, also ordered Dawson to serve a three-year term of supervised release following his incarceration.

On February 22nd, Dawson entered a guilty plea to possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense. The federal charge
arose from a traffic stop conducted by the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department on June 29, 2011. During the traffic stop, a 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition were recovered from the vehicle Dawson was driving.

The investigation was conducted by the Pott. County Sheriff’s Office, Pott. County Attorney’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Branstad announces disaster help after storms

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April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says individual disaster assistance programs are available for some residents dealing with storm damage in Fremont and Union counties. Tornadoes hit on April 14 in Thurman and Creston. The programs provide grants of up to $5,000 for households with an income at or below twice the federal poverty level, or a maximum of $37,000 annual income for a family of three. Grants are available for home or car repairs, clothing and temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for expenses.

Atlantic School Board to hold work session Tuesday

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April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic School District’s Board of Education will hold a work session Tuesday evening at the High School. On the agenda for their 7-p.m. session, is approval of resignations, a closed session, an update on the Schuler and Washington Building Leadership Teams (BLT), a report from Technology Coordinator Roger Warne, on a Technology Purchasing Plan, and discussion with regard to additional Elementary Classroom space.

June 30th parade to honor Iowa’s veterans, current military members

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April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

State officials are planning a parade in Des Moines on Saturday, June 30th to honor the state’s veterans and those who are currently serving in the military. Governor Branstad wore his own Army uniform to make the announcement. “The parade will be similar to what we did in 1991 to welcome home the soldiers after the first war in the Gulf and I wore this uniform at that time,” Branstad said. “It’s the same uniform that I wore when I was in the service from ’69 to ’71.” Retired Colonel Robert King is the parade’s chief organizer and he’s collecting private donations to finance the event.

“You know, I look back to my great-great-granddad that was in the Civil War, started as a private then ended as a company commander marching down Pennsylvania Avenue (in Washington, D.C.),” King said. “And then, you know, looking at all the friends that served in Korea and then that those from Vietnam and a lot of those who are really stepping up to the plate and really want to make this a really neat celebration for the community.”

According to Iowa National Guard Adjutant General Timothy Orr, there are nearly 230-thousand veterans in Iowa and more than 15-thousand Iowans who are current members of the military. Iowans have served in every major U.S. conflict since the Mexican War in 1846. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and the start of a three-year-old commemoration of the start of the Vietnam War. Organizers like Orr plan for this parade to be a long-delayed tribute to those Vietnam veterans who weren’t welcomed home as current soldiers have been.

“There’s a generation there from the Vietnam era that I think this parade is going to have a special meaning,” Orr said. “It’s an opportunity for us to say, ‘Welcome home,’ to that generation that didn’t receive the same type of acolades and, more important, respect that this generation has serving today.” The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the state capitol, go west on Grand Avenue, then turn north up 2nd Avenue. It will end at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Call the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs for more information, or to register a parade entry.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Several arrests reported in Cass County recently

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April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department said today (Monday), several people were arrested on separate charges over the course of the past week and a-half. On Saturday, 30-year old Teresa Ann Brown, of Atlantic, was taken into custody on Cass County warrants for Child Endangerment and Failure to Secure Child. Brown was brought to the Cass County Jail where she was released later that day on $2,325 bond.  That same day, 39-year old Wesley Thomas Yanna, of Council Bluffs, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear for Child Support Hearing. Yanna was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on $2,000 bond. 

On Friday, 44-year old Clinton Lea Ashburn, of Greenfield, was arrested on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear for Child Support Hearing. Ashburn was taken to the Cass County Jail where he is being held on $2,000 bond. 

Last Thursday, 71-year old David Max Reynolds, of Elliott, was arrested on a charge of OWI/ 1st Offense. Reynolds was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released later that day on his own recognizance. Also arrested Thursday, was 65-year old Frank Ernest Kutz, of St Paul, MN, who turned himself in to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a district court warrant for a Probation Violation. Kutz was booked into the Cass County Jail, where he was being held on $5,000 bond. And, 19-year old Shannen Taylor Tedford, of Cumberland, turned herself in to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of OWI/1st Offense. The charge stems from a traffic stop which took place on December 21st, 2011. Tedford was booked into the jail, and then released. 

On April 15th, 39-year old Billy Joe Perry, of Poteau, OK, turned himself in to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of Theft 2nd Degree. The charge resulted from an investigation into the theft from Cass County of a 2007 Yamaha Sportbike. The cycle was later recovered from a ditch in Montgomery County. Perry was booked into the Cass County Jail where posted $5000 bond and was released later that day. 

And, on April 12th, Cass County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 37-year old Isidro Reynago Montoya Gonzalez, of Anita, on a charge of OWI 1st Offense, with regard to an incident which took place on January 30th. Gonzalez appeared before the magistrate and was subsequently booked into the jail and then released. That same day, deputies arrested 46-year old Sue Ellen Shobe, of Carlisle, on a District Court warrant for Failure to Appear to Serve Jail Time. Shobe was brought to the Cass County Jail where she finished serving her time and was later released.

5 arrests in Fremont County last week

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April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s office reports today, five people were arrested last week on separate charges. On Friday, 25-year old Christy Ann Ward, of Sidney, was taken into custody for Driving Under Suspension. Last Wednesday, 22-year old Melanie Kristen Jura, of Hamburg, was arrested on a charge of Simple Domestic Assault.  On Tuesday, 22-year old Dnae Christine McConahay, of Malvern, was arrested for a Violation of her Parole.

On Monday, April 16th, 22-year old Thomas Michael Cash, of Glenwood, was arrested for burglary in the 3rd degree, Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree, theft in the 3rd degree, and Conspiracy. And, on Sunday, April 15th, 26-year old Antonia Jacinto Mendiola, of Omaha, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Minor injury accident in Atlantic

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April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports one person was injured during an accident Friday evening at 7th and Cherry Streets. Officials say a vehicle driven by Michael Anderson, of Atlantic, rear-ended a vehicle driven by Judy Masker, also of Atlantic, at around 5:15-p.m., Friday. Masker was transported by a private vehicle to the Cass County Memorial Hospital to be treated for possible injuries. Damage from the accident amounted to $7,000.

Bluffs man injured during car vs. motorcycle accident

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April 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man was flown to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, following a car-versus-motorcycle accident Friday afternoon, in Shelby County. According to Sheriff’s officials, David M. Waugh, of Council Bluffs, was injured, when the 2006 Yamaha he was driving collided with a 2011 Kia Sportage, driven by Kelly J. Klaisner, of Harlan. The accident happened at around 2:10-p.m., at the intersection of Highway 44 and Shelby County Road M-16.

Officials say Klaisner was traveling west on Highway 44 and turning left onto M-16, but failed to yield the right of way to Waugh, and turned into the path of his eastbound cycle. The vehicles collided in the eastbound lanes of Highway 44. Klaisner wasn’t injured in the crash.

Shelby County deputies were assisted at the scene crews with the Harlan Fire Department, and Medivac Ambulance Service.