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(Updated 4:45-p.m.) Amber Alert! Abducted eastern Iowa child


March 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An AMBER ALERT was issued in Iowa at 3:33-p.m. Saturday, March 7th, for 9-year old Brianna Christine Elise Crane, who was allegedly abducted in Solon at around 2:30-p.m.

Brianna Crane

Brianna Crane

Brianne is hearing impaired, 4-feet tall, and weighs about 85 pounds. She was brown hair, hazel eyes, as was last seen wearing blue jeans, black high top shoes and an unknown color/style blouse.

It’s believed she and the suspect, 48-year old Kenneth Eugene Johns, are in a gray 2014 Ford Focus, with license plate CKJ 484. He is described as being a 48-year old white male, 6-feet tall, weighing 210 pounds. He has blonde hair and blue eyes, and is clean shaven. He was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and gray, Ocean Pacific shoes. The suspect is possibly armed and dangerous.

As of 4:45-p.m., it was believed the pair may be in or near southeastern Iowa.

Alleged abductor

Kenneth Eugene Johns (Alleged abductor)

If you see the suspect or have any information about the child’s location, call 9-1-1 or the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 515-443-3014. Do not attempt to confront the suspect!

Texas’ Cruz tells Iowans he opposes renewable fuel quota

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March 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is telling Iowa Republicans and agribusiness leaders that he opposes the federal standard for renewable production, including ethanol. At a forum focused on agricultural issues on Saturday, Cruz likens the federal renewable fuel standard to “corporate welfare.” Cruz tells the audience of roughly 1,000 that he has “every bit of faith that businesses can continue to compete, continue to do well without going on bended knee to the government.”

Iowa is the nation’s largest producer of ethanol. A 2007 law increases the volume of ethanol and other renewables blended into transportation fuel to 36 billion gallons by 2022. The federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 proposed reducing the increase. Leaders from both parties in Iowa say that would hurt the state’s economy.

Man rescued after falling through ice on western Iowa lake


March 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A man who fell through the ice of a western Iowa lake is recovering after being rescued. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that rescue crews were called to Big Lake at Council Bluffs around 3 p.m. Friday. Authorities found the man in the water about 70 feet from shore.

Assistant Fire Chief Brad Nocita says workers used a boat to get to him and pull him from the water. The man, whose name has not been released, was treated at a local hospital. A witness says the man was fishing with two boys on a dock when he walked on the ice. Both boys tried to help pull the man out.

Nocita says one of the boys was treated at the scene; the other didn’t need treatment.

Sleepy driver rolls his pickup Sat. morning


March 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The driver of  a pickup truck fell asleep at the wheel Saturday morning, causing his pickup to crash. The Iowa State Patrol says 19-year old Zachary Thomas, of Council Bluffs, was driving a 2007 Ford Ranger northbound on Interstate 29 in Fremont County, when he fell asleep just before 7:30-a.m.. The pickup veered off the road and into the median.

Thomas woke up and took corrective action that caused the pickup to fishtail around and roll numerous times before re-entering I-29. The vehicle rolled across both northbound lanes of traffic before coming to rest in a ditch upside down on top of a fence. Thomas, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported by Tabor Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs.

Special Traffic Enforcement effort planned for St. Patrick’s Day weekend


March 7th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching March 17th, the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau is putting out advance notice that a Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will take place in the days leading up to the holiday. Extra law enforcement officers will be on the roads March 13-17, 2015, to keep Iowa motorists safe. stpatty-980-400

Officials say the weekend leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, and the day itself, is a particularly deadly time, with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, 40-percent of all crash fatalities during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend involved drunk drivers, and that number rose to 55-percent in the post-party hours of midnight – 6:00 a.m., of March 18th. Almost 75-percent of those fatalities involved drivers who were twice the legal limit. Over the last four years, nationwide, drunk driving kills on average 68 people each St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Authorities say before you take your first sip of green beer, make a plan. If you become impaired and don’t have a designated driver, call a friend, relative, cab or use public transportation to get home safely. If you think a cab fare is expensive, consider the average $10,000 expense of getting an OWI, including higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, towing fees, lost wages, and other unanticipated expenses. Above all, they say “Be safe and smart this St. Patrick’s Day holiday! Whether you’re buzzed or drunk, it doesn’t matter. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving – drive sober.”

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March 7th, 2015 by Chris Parks

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Omaha Woman Arrested in Red Oak


March 7th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest of a 35-year-old Omaha woman on Friday night on E Corning Street in Red Oak.  At 10:30pm officers arrested Gennette Lee Gessler of Omaha on an active Montgomery County Warrant for Theft in the Fifth Degree.  Gessler was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 cash bond.

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Council Bluffs Man


March 7th, 2015 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Council Bluffs man after a traffic stop near Red Oak Friday.  Officers stopped a vehicle at the intersection of D Avenue and Highway 34 West of Red Oak at 10:29pm Friday.  26-year-old Michael David Sutton of Council Bluffs was then arrested for four valid Pottawattamie County Warrants for Failure to Appear on Probation Violation, OWI First Offense, and two counts of Driving While Barred.  Sutton was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $20,000 bond.

UNI Men Move On in Arch Madness


March 7th, 2015 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Nate Buss scored a season-high 23 points and No. 11 Northern Iowa overwhelmed Bradley in the second half for a 71-46 rout in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Friday night.

The second-seeded Panthers (28-3) advanced without much from Valley player of the year Seth Tuttle, who made his first basket with 13:47 to go and finished with 10 points on 3 for 9 shooting.

Deon Mitchell added 14 points, five assists and two steals for the winners, who led 34-32 early in the second half before taking control with an 11-0 run. Northern Iowa has won 17 of 18 and faces either Indiana State or Loyola on Sunday in the semifinals.

Reserve Omari Grier had 16 points and Josh Cunningham added 14 points and six rebounds for Bradley (8-24), the 10th seed.

Special hearing at CAM re: Early Start Fall 2015


March 6th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Public Hearing has been set for this coming week in the CAM School District, with regard to an Early Start Waiver for the 2015-16 school year. The CAM School Board is set to hold the hearing during a meeting that begins at 5-p.m. Tuesday (March 10th), in the CAM High School Media Center, in Anita. The Board will act on a Resolution to approve establishing an early start date, following the hearing.

In other business, the CAM School Board will offer their response to the CAM Education Association’s (CAMEA) Initial Bargaining Proposal for the 2015-16 Master Contract.