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Iowan says GOP drafts ‘most conservative platform in recent history’

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two Iowans were among the 112 Republicans from around the country who’ve drafted the G-O-P’s national platform. Ben Barringer, of Northwood, spent last week in Cleveland as a member of the G-O-P’s national platform committee. “I’ve been told by multiple people they think it’s the most conservative platform in recent history,” Barringer says. The platform calls for “better negotiated trade deals that put America first.” Those are words presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s words uses. But Barringer says Trump’s campaign did not “strong arm” the platform-writing group.

Tamara Scott of Ankeny, the Republican National Committeewoman from Iowa, also served on the national platform committee. “I think it’s a very positive, strong statement for America,” Scott says. The proposed document encourages teaching the Bible in public schools, to help develop “an educated citizenry.” It also calls for repealing a federal law that prevents churches from endorsing political candidates or engaging in political activities.

Scott is a lobbyist for The Family Leader, a Christian conservative group, and she credits Trump for championing that move earlier this year. “He’s taking steps that are stronger than many of what we called our ‘conservative’ candidates ever have because we’re at a time and a place where we have to. We now see the left is relentless,” Scott says. “It’s not just that they want to silence you. They want to remove you from the debate, period.” Scott and Barringer expect the platform to be ratified by convention delegates later today (Monday).

As for whether Republican candidates, including Trump, support all the items in the document, Barringer says there is no legal consequence for candidates who fail to do so. And He says it’s up to voters to hold the candidates accountable.  “I’d rather just call them whenever they do something that’s not in it,” Barringer says. “…If every one of my neighbors would do that, we wouldn’t have to worry about pledges.” Democrats have criticized the proposed G-O-P platform, arguing that by failing to embrace same-sex marriage and gay rights, the Republican Party is going backwards on social issues.

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Creston man arrested on drug and weapon charges

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston arrested a local man in drug and other charges, Friday. Authorities say 35-year old Joey Gene Baxter, of Creston, was arrested in the 200 block of N. Oak Street, on charges of Solicitation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Baxter was being held in the Union County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

Public Intox arrest Monday morning in Red Oak

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say a man was arrested early this (Monday) morning, for Public Intoxication. 23-year old Timothy John Jennings, of Glenwood, was arrested in the 2300 block of N. Eastern Avenue, at around 4:15-a.m.  Jennings was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $300 cash bond.

Atlantic Fire & Rescue dispatched to I-80 for an accident

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Fire and Rescue personnel have been called (5:40-a.m.) to a reported accident this morning on I-80 eastbound at mile marker 60. A motorist reported a vehicle had entered the ditch at that location. No injuries were reported (Update 5:51-a.m.) .

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, July 18th 2016

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Weekend thunderstorms and at least two tornadoes that rolled through the Midwest are expected to give way to a blistering hot and sticky week. Temperatures in Chicago and stretching into Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and up into Wisconsin are expected to reach 90 degrees by Thursday or Friday, with the same story _ though perhaps warmer _ anticipated in Minnesota. And in all these areas, the humidity is going to make the temperatures feel like they have reached and even passed 100 degrees.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — National Weather Service confirms at least two tornadoes in storms that caused damage across eastern Iowa Sunday morning. The storms damaged homes and businesses and knocked down trees across the area. At least one home collapsed from the damage in Walford, Iowa, and tore the roof off an apartment complex in Vinton, Iowa.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 34-year-old city councilman from Mason City, Iowa, has died. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2alnri8) Alex Kuhn died Friday in Floyd County where he grew up. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department did not release any details of his death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa correctional officials are revamping their procedure for issuing a little-known certificate aimed at helping inmates secure jobs once they leave prison. The Iowa Board of Parole and the Iowa Department of Corrections began a formal process this summer to propose new language in state code on how a certificate of employability is issued to an inmate who completes certain skills training in prison.

 

Traffic stop leads to pursuit in Fremont County Sunday night

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop in Fremont County late Sunday night resulted in a pursuit and arrest. Sheriff Kevin Aistrope says a deputy tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle, driven by 33-year old Brandon Buckner, of Hamburg, was reportedly involved in an previous incident Sunday evening. Buckner refused to stop for the deputies, and led them on a chase through the city limits of Hamburg.

He was arrested when the pursuit ended in the 500 block of Main Street, in Hamburg. Buckner was brought to the Fremont County Jail, where he faces multiple traffic violations, and was awaiting an appearance before a magistrate.

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Authorities say alcohol was believed to be a factor in the chase, but their investigation was on-going.No damage or injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

Cass County man arrested on felony drug warrants

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July 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports a Cass County man was arrested Friday afternoon at the Adair County Jail on two felony warrants for a controlled substance violation stemming from an undercover sale that took place in Dec. 2015. 47-year old Bradley Leo Ranney, of Massena, was being held in the Adair County Jail on a $150,000 cash only bond. Between Dec, 1st and 31st, 2015, Ranney is alleged to have possessed and delivered more than 5-grams of a methamphetamine to an undercover officer, in Bridgewater.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office reports also, 49-year old James Alana Klemish, of Adair, was arrested Thursday morning for Serious Domestic Abuse Assault, in connection with an incident during which he allegedly struck his wife in the mouth at his residence, causing visible marks and injury. Klemish was released from custody later that day on a $1,000 cash bond or surety.

Other arrests in Adair County include: 42-year old Mark Alan Emgarten, of Adair, on July 16th, for OWI/1st Offense; and, 36-year old James Robert Sims, of Fontanelle, on July 15th, for Driving While Barred. Emgarten was later released on $1,000 bond, while Sims was released on $2,000 bond.

Iowa officials seek to help inmates with new certificate

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July 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa correctional officials are revamping their process for issuing a little-known certificate aimed at helping inmates secure jobs when they leave prison. The Iowa Board of Parole and the Iowa Department of Corrections began a formal process this summer to propose new language in state code on how a certificate of employability is issued to an inmate who completes certain skills training in prison.

The certificate has been available for years, but a parole official told lawmakers recently that no certificate has ever been issued because no inmate has ever completed a required application form. The proposed changes would allow eligible inmates to automatically receive the certificate.

Experts and former inmates applaud the proposed change, which could go into effect this year. They’re also cautiously optimistic because there are several barriers to employment for former inmates.

Firefighters rescue man from Iowa home that collapsed

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July 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

WALFORD, Iowa (AP) — Firefighters rescued a 27-year-old man after a house collapsed after storms moved through eastern Iowa. The Linn County Sheriff’s office says the home in Walford, Iowa, was damaged around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Firefighters found Brett Gioimo trapped under the rubble from the house. He was rescued and taken to the hospital, but he is expected to survive. A 28-year-old woman escaped the home on her own with two children, ages 3 and 4.

The Linn County Sheriff’s office says several other homes were also damaged by the storm.