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Some Iowans must wait for mental health services

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September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – Dallas County has started a waiting list for some mental health services, hoping to stretch its budget so it can meet residents’ most vital needs.  Community Services Director Darci Alt expects more than 600 people will obtain mental health services through the county this year.  Alt told The Des Moines Register that, “with the downturn in the economy, financial problems and job loss are causing people to have more crisis situations.”

Alt says the waiting list will not affect therapy services, but there will be limited access to transportation, day programming, community living and employment services. The waiting list will affect an estimated 30 percent of the county’s patients. The overall number could increase if more people seek services.

Iowa Lottery says $1M prize awaits ticket buyer

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September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Lottery officials say someone who bought a Powerball ticket in suburban Des Moines has won $1 million.   The lottery said in a news release Sunday night that the ticket matched five of the six Powerball numbers drawn Saturday night: 8, 11, 21, 44 and 49. The ticket didn’t match the Powerball number of 22, so the buyer didn’t win the $80 million Powerball prize.  The ticket was sold at a Hy-Vee store on Douglas Avenue in Urbandale.  The lottery says it’s the sixth $1 million-winning ticket sold since the $2 Powerball began in January.

Forgery arrest in Red Oak

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September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County says a Red Oak man was arrested Sunday morning. Officers with the Red Oak Police Department took 32-year-old Michael Wayne Parsley into custody at around 8:30-a.m., on a valid police department felony warrant for forgery. Parsley was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $5,000 bond.

Iowa early News headlines: Mon., Sept. 3rd 2012

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September 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have identified the pilot who was killed when his plane crashed during an air show in eastern Iowa. The Quad-City Times reported yesterday that Glenn Smith of Frisco, Texas was the pilot killed in Saturday’s crash of a Soviet-era L-39 jet.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man will face tougher criminal charges because of what he yelled out while he was being arrested after a July shooting at a Waterloo bar. Prosecutors have now charged 53-year-old Roland Anderson of Waterloo with attempted murder in connection with the shooting of 39-year-old Maurice Stovall on July 22nd. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Anderson yelled that he wished Stovall was dead as he was being put into a police car. Stovall was wounded several times in the attack but he survived.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge will decide soon whether a former Drake student sentenced last month to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a fraternity brother should get a new trial. A Polk County judge may rule tomorrow on Anthony Bertolone’s motion.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers for an Iowa woman facing a second death penalty trial for her role in the execution-style killings of five people in 1993 are planning to challenge the process used to select jurors. Angela Johnson’s attorneys on Friday asked for years of data to analyze the racial and gender makeup of juries in the federal district that covers the northern half of Iowa.

Des Moines woman arrested on drug charges in Adams County

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September 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County say a Polk County woman was arrested Saturday evening on drug charges. 40-year old Margaret Rhoads, of Des Moines, was taken into custody at around 6:30-p.m., following a traffic stop for speeding. Rhoads was also arrested for Driving While Suspended. A search of her vehicle by the Adams County K-9 unit resulted in the discovery of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Rhoads was subsequently charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. She was being held this (Sunday) morning in the Adams County Jail on $1,748.50 bond.

Iowa early News headlines: Sun., Sept. 2nd 2012

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September 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama says Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are offering outdated ideas that are ill-suited for the United States today and in the future. The Democratic incumbent made the remarks while campaigning yesterday in Iowa. Obama stopped in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale before heading to Sioux City to speak at Morningside College Saturday.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The remnants of tropical storm Isaac have dropped rain on drought-parched southeast Iowa. The National Weather Service says a steady rain, heavy at times, is expected over the region — including the city of Burlington — through this morning. Up to 4 inches is expected by the end of today in some areas.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A plane that was part of an air show in eastern Iowa has crashed, and the pilot was killed. The Soviet-era retired military jet was performing with the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport. Authorities say the jet was flying in formation with other jets when it failed to pull out of a 45-degree bank and crashed into a field north of Interstate 80 around 1:25 p.m. yesterday.

CHICAGO (AP) — Damon Bullock ran for 150 yards and scored on a late 23-yard touchdown run to lead Iowa to an 18-17 victory over Northern Illinois in the season opener yesterday. The Hawkeyes simply got all they could handle from the reigning Mid-American Conference champions but came out on top after trailing most of the way at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Steele Jantz threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as Iowa State beat Tulsa 38-23 Saturday to win its ninth opener in 10 years. Shontrelle Johnson added a career-high 120 yards rushing for the Cyclones, who scored 24 straight points and held off a late rally by the Golden Hurricane in Ames.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Montee Ball rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and 12th ranked Wisconsin needed a big defensive play to survive a fourth-quarter scare from Northern Iowa in a 26-21 victory Saturday.

Man arrested for waving a gun at kids in Corning

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department reports a Corning man was arrested late Friday night after authorities received word a man was waving a gun at kids, at the bottom of Davis Avenue. Sheriff’s officials say when officers arrived on the scene, they observed 58-year old Joseph Johnson hiding a weapon from them. Johnson was arrested at around 10:30-p.m. on Public Intoxication, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Going Armed with Intent and Disorderly Conduct charges.  He was being held in the Adam County Jail Saturday on $5,900 cash bond.

(updated 5:05-p.m.) Plane crashes at air show in eastern Iowa

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A plane that was part of an air show in eastern Iowa has crashed, and authorities say the pilot was killed. The Quad-Cities Times reports that the Soviet-era retired military jet was performing with the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport. Authorities say the jet was flying in formation with other jets when it failed to pull out of a 45-degree bank and crashed into a field north of Interstate 80 around 1:25 p.m. Saturday. Nobody on the ground was hurt, but crowds watching the show saw the plane go down and erupt in flames. Davenport police and federal investigators planned to comb the field Saturday for widely-scattered wreckage from the plane. Assistant Davenport Police Chief Don Schaeffer did not identify the pilot, but said he was not from Davenport.

Two-vehicle accident north of Atlantic, Saturday

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered minor injuries during a collision between a car and a pickup truck this (Saturday) morning, north of Atlantic.

Mazda Protege in the north ditch off of Boston Road (Ric Hanson photo)

The crash between a Mazda Protege driven by Mike Anderson, of rural Atlantic, and a Ford F-350 pickup driven by Rick McDermott and owned by Smith Farms, of Atlantic, happened at around 10:30-a.m., about one-quarter of a mile west of Olive Street, on Boston Road. Cass County Chief Deputy Sheriff Bill Ayers told KJAN News the car was traveling west on Boston Road,  which he described as being like a washboard. As Anderson tried to move away from the side of the road and was left of the center, the eastbound truck topped the hill and the vehicles collided, despite efforts by both drivers to avoid the collision.

Accident scene (east to west view) – Ric Hanson photo

Following the collision, the car rolled onto its top into the north ditch, while the truck came to rest on the gravel road. Anderson was treated for cuts and abrasions, but did not require transport to the hospital. Chief Deputy Ayers said Anderson was cited for Failure to Yield half of the roadway.

The car being loaded onto a wrecker.

While the scene was under investigation, the unoccupied pickup apparently popped out of gear and rolled on its flat left front tire, into the north ditch.

The pickup rolled into the ditch about 30-minutes after the collision.

Cass Supervisors appoint Mental Health Committee member

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September 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors on Friday, acted to appoint one of their members to the Southwest Iowa Mental Health Regional Planning Committee. General Relief/Mental Health Coordinator Teresa Kanning told the Board there has been interest in the community regarding the appointment. The Board voted to appoint Supervisor Frank Waters as a member of the committee, and Supervisor Gaylord Schelling as the alternate.

The  Supervisors in June signed a letter of intent to join with other counties in a 28-E agreement for Mental Health services. In May, Governor Terry Branstad signed legislation that reform’s the state’s mental health system. It shakes up the current county-based format in favor of one based on “regions.”